Ceres in Gemini Dates:
July 31 to December 21, 2021
(Ceres retrogrades back into Taurus from December 21 to February 9)
February 9 to May 15, 2022
On July 31, Ceres, the goddess asteroid of nurturance, departs sensual Taurus for curious and inquisitive Gemini. Ceres’ astrological movements define how we provide support and offer care. And during its stay in Taurus, we did this by cultivating safe spaces and offering financial assistance and resources. Yet, we also had to be aware of overstepping others’ boundaries. Instead of protecting those we love from hardship, we risked enabling them; with our help becoming a crutch, rather than an assist.
Now, Ceres prepares to enter Gemini, where it will remain for the better part of a year due to its retrograde cycle. At this time, we nurture others through conversation and communication. This transit sees us taking our first tentative steps back out into the world, braving interactions with strangers and coworkers after a lengthy period of isolation within our own bubbles.
Asteroid Ceres in Gemini Meaning
Although we adapted to the stressors and unknowns of seclusion by finding ways to connect virtually, we might now be rusty in face-to-face transactions. Crafting witty text messages or using the correct meme to express our feelings have become normal methods of relating. But being able to keep the banter going while sitting across a table from someone is completely different! How can we show others that we are listening, while also honoring that the focus we once had in our exchanges will require practice to reestablish?
It might take a minute to feel comfortable in holding casual, lengthy discussions. Honesty can read as blunt or cutting. The general one might be misinterpreted. Well-intentioned questions can be misconstrued. Gemini territory is changeable, and oftentimes, erratic. We can find our minds scattered between multiple topics or ideas because there is simply so much to catch up on!
While Ceres transits Gemini, the concept of “care” doesn’t require huge gestures. It requires us to witness others and allow them to tell their stories. It demands that we begin to internalize the variety of experiences that those around us have confronted during pandemic life. Perhaps some of us re-entered the workforce quickly, with tales to tell of being an essential worker. Or maybe some of us lost jobs and had to figure out how to keep our families afloat. Perhaps some of us learned tiktok dances, studied new languages, or discovered surprising passions.
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Harnessing the Gemini Ceres Energy
It is a challenge to have compassion for others when their realities are reduced to anecdotal factoids. It is much easier to have compassion for someone when they are sharing their unique perspective as we are looking them in the eye.
In Taurus, Ceres offered safety in the form of shelter and familiar comforts. In Gemini, Ceres offers safety in contact and cognizance. Hearing others’ experiences helps us to develop empathy. We are all processing at different speeds. Ceres in Gemini makes us aware that people are not statistics, and their stories mean something.
Not everyone’s energy level is the same, and many are re-acclimating to being out in the world in their own ways. Yet, no matter our circumstances, we have the ability—and the responsibility—to communicate with each other in ways that foster mutual respect. Re-emerging from behind a screen and the false protection of image curation means we need to get cozy with others’ differences, including their differences of opinions.
Asking thoughtful questions and framing our responses considerately is the best course of action. We cannot force someone to learn something they are not ready or willing to learn. Nor should we belittle others if their choices or views diverge from our own. Dialogue, therefore, becomes a healing practice, and conversation becomes a medium that is restorative.
Ceres Conjunct the North Node of Destiny
Ceres will conjunct the Lunar North Node twice during its transit through Gemini: first on August 24 at 6 degrees, and second on December 12 at 1 degree. Record your experiences around these dates and note any pertinent exchanges. We could find ourselves reparenting through discourse, or nurturing new self-understanding by counteracting limiting beliefs, thereby orienting ourselves towards a better future. We might realize that living in the present and resolving to uplift each other, despite all our current woes, is healthier than pining for a romanticized, pre-pandemic past.