Persephone Goddess of Spring, Queen of the Underworld
Persephone has always been a Goddess that held my attention. She is the Goddess of Spring and the Queen of the Underworld. She is a great example of balancing life and death. As consort to Hades, God of the Underworld, she is able to help the living connect to the dead through compassion and understanding.
Greeks believed their lives were fated, following through with what was prophesied for their lives.
The Fates are Clotho, the spinner who spin the thread of fate. Lachesis os the allotter dispensed the fate, Atropos cut the thread, determining the moment of death.
Persephone/Kore (maiden) is the daughter of Demeter, Greek Goddess of the Harvest and Zeus, King of the Greek Gods, thunder, lightning, rain and winds.
When Persephone was born, she was fated to be Hades wife. Hades sees Persephone and asks Zeus to take her for his wife. Zeus agreed and created a beautiful meadow for Persephone to live. Hades kidnaps Persephone and brings her to the underworld.
What Zeus and Hades didn’t count on was Demeter, goddess of the harvest, Persephone’s mother, would search for her daughter, forgetting about all else. The weather turned to winter, plants died or went dormant in her search. Humans started to blame the Gods for their horrible environment. They stopped worshipping the Gods.
Meanwhile, Hecate, goddess of magic and the crossroads. helped Demeter with her search for Persephone. Through the other Gods who witnessed Persephone’s kidnapping, Hecate and Demeter find out where Persephone is.
Zeus concerned with what was happening on Earth, calls Demeter to Olympus. Demeter tells him to take a flying leap off a low bridge, she isn’t going to do anything until her daughter is returned to her.
During this time, Persephone, is living within the Hades domain. The first thing he does is gives her a pomegranate, she eats from it and unknowingly binds herself to Hades and the underworld. Hades while romancing Persephone realizes she needs sunshine and living plants. When Zeus makes a deal with Demeter and Hades, allowing Persephone six months on Earth and six months in the underworld, the seasons are created. What he didn’t count on was Persephone and Hades fell in Love. Hades loves his wife and Queen so much, he releases her freely. Persephone returns, to Hades willingly in the fall of each year. Hades is the only god once married, doesn’t cheat on his wife, Persephone.
Hades agrees to help the living and the dead through Persephone's request. Here are some examples -
Hercules - Persephone, loaned Hercules Cerberus the dog and releases Theseus. Orpheus - Helps his bring his wife from the Underworld Psyche asks for Persephone’s beauty cream, on a task (Eros) for Aphrodite, Persephone, sends the cream to Aphrodite.
When Persephone is on the earth as our spring and summer goddess her name is Kore, which means maiden. She helps with fertile soil which grows our wondrous flowers, trees and food. She brings us hope, new beginnings, abundance and prosperity.
She teaches us about renewal, and love.
Here are some symbols to use for an altar for her -
Her flowers are deep red Roses, romantic love and Daffodils, inspiration and renewal.
The stones related to Persephone, Smokey Quartz, Obsidian, dark amethyst, Garnets, hematite.
When Persephone returns to the underworld she teaches us about paying attention to our dreams, writing them down, she understands about how the Clares work - clairvoyance. clairaudience etc and prophetic dreams. Persephone is the intermediary between the living and the dead. Hecate is one of her closest friends.
Purple Candles, Purple Scorpio/ Virgo Moon, Pluto Earth - element Bat - New beginning, change, transformation, Owl - Sprits - Clairvoyance, prophetic dreams, magic Pomegranates
References - https://www.theoi.com/Khthonios/Persephone.html
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Have a wonderful Week! Keep your heart open and aligned with the energy of LOVE! Auriel Grace