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May 16, 2010, 2:48 pm
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In Greek mythology, Persephone is the  goddess of the soul. Her story is about beauty, renewal and the mysteries of rebirth.  She was born to Demeter, goddess of the Harvest, and Zeus. As she became a young woman, Hades, the god of the Underworld, fell in love with her. He asked Zeus for permission to marry her but Zeus knew that Demeter would never agree. Zeus colluded with Hades in the abduction of Persephone as she picked flowers in a meadow, and Hades made her queen of the Underworld.

Demeter was distraught at her daughter’s disappearance and furious when she discovered Zeus’s deception. In her wrath, she withdrew her blessings of abundance. The earth became infertile and no crops or fruit would grow. Famine threatened the people and Zeus agreed to arrange Persephone’s return.

In the meantime, Persephone had grown to love Hades. He, though stern, was strong, loyal and just. She enjoyed being his queen and welcoming their visitors to the Underworld. However, she missed her mother and family.

Zeus ordered Persephone to be returned on the condition that she had not consumed anything in the Underworld. Persephone, who had eaten nothing up to that point, was unaware of the bargain that had been struck between her father and her husband.  Angry and dismayed, Hades turned to his only friend, Hermes, to take Persephone back home. Upon his entry to the Underworld, the messenger Hermes was amazed at what he found. Instead of finding a frail and fearful Persephone, he found a radiant and striking Queen of the Dead.

Hoping to comfort Persephone in her confusion, Hades came to his Queen’s side. He gently kissed her forehead and urged her, “Do not fret, eat instead from this fruit I know you will like.” As she pressed the red pomegranate seeds to her lips, she listened to his words. He told her he would miss her very much, but her duties as a daughter mattered too. So, she climbed into the chariot and bid her husband farewell, as Hermes sped them off to the middle realm of mother earth, the home of her devoted mother.

The flowers sang joyfully of her return, while her mother beamed with pride. Yet, the child that she had born and raised had changed while she was gone. She had grown into a goddess, one both beautiful and wise and the more that Demeter inquired about her experiences below, the more she came to worry that the life they knew was gone. She recalled a declaration Zeus had made from the heavens up above: in order for Persephone to return to the home and life she had known, the young goddess must be as pure as the day she left her mother’s side. However, the ruby stain upon her lips spoke of the beauty’s fate. Persephone had tasted of the fruit of life. It could not be erased.

When Persephone chose to eat the pomegranate seeds, she chose to examine the dark aspects of her soul. The legend is about our humanity and our divinity. Climbing back down into the underworld, every year, is about the integration of the dark and the light. It is about quickening consciousness. It is the ascension journey of a soul from the old energies into the new energies.


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