Ceres was a very important Goddess to ancient civilizations and we can surmise this based upon her countless mentions within classical mythology– as well as pre-Hellenistic texts– that have survived to present times. Her stories are many, and messages abound.
In these stories, she is most often depicted as The Great Mother Goddess, presiding over agriculture, grains and the harvest. Her daughter, referred to as the Kore or Persephone, is Ceres’ most prized creation, loved more than anything else in the world.
As the Grain Goddess, she represents “right work” and an abundant harvest, and the consequences of neglecting our proverbial crops.
She represents Motherhood and thus her story can give clues about how to navigate the joys and the sorrows of parenting.
As an archetype, Ceres is a wonderful guide for creative and artistic types who must learn about the dangers of over-identifying with their creations.
In all, though, the story of Ceres paints a picture for parents who are trying to raise our children into happy, healthy, well-adjusted adults.