Who is Ceres?

March 16th, 2007

Ceres was the Roman goddess of agriculture, particularly grains. She was also considered responsible for the fertility of the land and the creation of the seasons.

According to ancient mythology Ceres was grief stricken when her daughter, Proserpina was kidnapped to become the wife of Pluto, the God of the Underworld. As Ceres traversed the Earth searching for her beloved daughter, the ground became barren under her steps, causing a widespread famine.

Jupiter, the Supreme god of the sky intervened and ordered Pluto to release Proserpina immediately. Pluto obeyed Jupiter’s order, but not before insuring that his bride had eaten 6 pomegranate seeds, a symbol of their marriage, that would tie her to the underworld forever.

From that point on, Proserpina would spend 6 months with her mother and then 6 months in the underworld with Pluto. Ceres joyful about the time with her daughter would celebrate lavishly by coloring the Earth every Spring and Summer, bringing it to life. However, when her daughter was gone, during the Fall and Winter she would mourn once more and draw the life out of all she had once nurtured, leaving a harsh landscape behind her. The ancient Romans believed this is how the growing cycles began.

Ceres’ Secrets is a blog dedicated to reminding us of our connection to the Earth, its seasonal cycles, our relationship with our food, and those who grow it.

  1. Dodie/GG
    March 18th, 2007 at 13:48 | #1

    This was one of my favorite mythology stories we learned in High School. (many, many moons ago) Now that I have raised children of my own I can associate with Ceres joy and sorrow.

    I think you chose a wonderful name for your blog/journal website. As Zen would say, g’donya!

  2. Rosemary(shr2)
    March 20th, 2007 at 08:33 | #2

    Best wishes on your new endeavour. I look forward to reading what you have to say. This is an exciting moment for you and I can see you are savoring it. As my late Italian mother, a chef, would say “Tanti Auguri.”

  3. Lizzy
    March 20th, 2007 at 19:51 | #3

    Beautiful words created by a beautiful lady. Sharing your love for food and cooking, I look forward to reading more. Today a blog, tommorrow a book….

  4. Shelley
    March 20th, 2007 at 21:09 | #4

    What an auspicious beginning! I know I will enjoy this, and that you WILL have a following!

  5. Carol
    March 21st, 2007 at 09:31 | #5

    I love the name of your blog and especially the symbolism of header picture you’ve chosen. I see the road of success!

  6. Joanie (EJ)
    March 22nd, 2007 at 17:03 | #6

    Talent like this cannot be hidden. This is definitely something you are meant to do and indeed, there is much more in you. Give it a voice.

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