Ceres is a Dwarf Planet, the largest body in an asteroid belt that lies between Mars and Jupiter.  The best description of the effect of Ceres in the chart comes from Demetra George in her iconic book The Asteroid Goddesses ~ she represents the development of our self worth within relationships, and our ability to hold a space for true nourishment and nurturing on the planet.

Asteroid Belt (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Why Include Ceres In Human Design?

The ancient astrologers knowledge of the cosmic world ended when they reached Saturn. Then we got Neptune, Uranus and Pluto and we moved into the more subtle spiritual realms.

There’s no doubting we are in a period of exponential expansion of consciousness.  In 2006 the International Astronomical Union added 5 new planets to our cosmic pantheon. One of these planets was Ceres. To ignore them is to ignore a potential for expansion beyond old accepted limitations of self, relating and spiritual expression.

Ceres represents the themes of true nourishment, nurturing and mothering in your Human Design chart. Primarily it represents the development of self worth as a basis for forming relationships. And it does this by revealing what nourishment we absolutely needed and almost certainly didn’t get when we were children.
Ceres lost her daughter to Pluto or Hades (depending on whether you’re in Greece or Rome) and so she also can show how we deal with grief and loss, and how we can respond neurotically when we don’t get our own way.

The Return of Persephone by Frederic Leighton 1891

When Ceres didn’t get her daughter back she chose to remove her bounty from the earth and famine resulted.  It’s clear that she can tell us something about eating disorders, and how we might create feast and famine in our lives.

There’s also a deeper and more mysterious sense of the earth’s cycles in our Ceres activation.  Her connection with Pluto and daughter Persephone, the Lord and Lady of the Underworld, accentuate her connection to the mystery of deep transformation through attuning to natural cycles, whether they be emotional (recovering from grief and loss), natural (growing crops) or physical (maiden, mother, crone).



Ceres in the Centres

When you know what Centre your natal Ceres is in, you already know something about how it operates in your design.  Here are some very brief keynotes.

Crown ~ Inspired parenting, nourished by inspiration, difficulty being physically present with children or self.

  • Ajna ~  Cosmic mother, digest things on a mental level, psychic attunement to and conversations with children.
  • Throat ~ Lullabies, storytelling, a need to talk things through, silence as nourishment, an ability to gather others together to take action on nurturing issues.
  • Heart Centre ~ Encouraging, supportive parenting, competing with children or encouraging them to compete, feeling possessive of your own life, or of your children.
  • G Centre ~ Parenting as a higher spiritual calling. Nurturing others through compassion and unconditional love. Being idealistic and missing the practical day to day experience of nurturing.
  • Solar Plexus ~ Passionate and emotional connection to children, tendency to mood swings in your own needs and in ability to meet those of children.
  • Spleen ~  Sensual experience of nurturing, taking on too much responsibility for others, an ability to be present in the moment with children.
  • Sacral ~ Ability to do the day to day repetitive tasks of parenting, experiencing parenting as a creative endevour, using your energy to nurture others while neglecting self.
  • Root ~ Lacking limits or the feeling of being securely held, feeling limited by your birth family, being supported or pressured to do things. Having the ability help children feel secure and grounded.


Looking for the feminine in our Human Design

In the standard Human Design chart we have only two ways to view the feminine – the Moon and Venus.  The feminine has many more aspects and much more to offer us when we are exploring our consciousness.

When the feminine asteroids Ceres, Juno, Vesta and Pallas Athene were first included in an ephemeris in the early 1970’s, it co-incided with an upsurge in the rise of consciousness in women.

In 2006 when Ceres was declared a Dwarf Planet, many saw feminism entering a crucial ‘fourth stage’ that has women moving beyond demands for equality and choosing instead to step into leadership roles.   It is time to gather the women and step into the lead, and Ceres is an exceptionally important indicator for our role in this movement.