How did the lovely maiden Persephone come into her role as the wife of Hades of the Underworld for 6 months of the year?
When Hades saw Persephone, he desired her for his wife. But he knew it wouldn’t be that easy. Persephone was the daughter of his brother Zeus and her mother was Zeus’s sister Demeter. When Hades asked Zeus for Persephone, it was agreed that Demeter would never allow it. They decided Hades would simply abduct her, but this was witnessed by Hecate, who heard her cries and Helios, who sees all. Persephone was taken to the underworld by Hades, a dark and dismal place where he ruled over the hidden wealth of the earth, from the fertile soil which nourished the seed-grain, to the mined wealth of gold, silver and other metals. But Persephone was not impressed and in her despair, refused to eat,
When Demeter discovered her daughter was missing, she searched the land for her. In neglecting her duties and the Goddess of vegetation and fruitfulness, coupled with her sorrow, the land became cold and barren. When the Gods and Goddesses agreed this could no longer continue, Hecate and Helios informed Demeter of her daughter’s fate. Zeus dispatched his messenger Hermes, to bring Persephone back. Persephone rallied at this news, but Hades, determined she should stay, tricked her into eating a few pomegranate seeds. In this, she was bound to stay in the underworld forever, as she had partaken of it’s food. Rhea, the mother of Hades and Zeus intervened, on behalf of saving the barren lands, and it was agreed that Persephone could return to the realms above, but Demeter would stay in her place. In 6 month’s time, Demeter could ascend and Persephone would be returned to Hades.

The earth rejoiced in the return of Persephone, the vegetation returned and crops and animals thrived. When she left again, and Demeter returned, so did the sorrow of cold and barren lands. Here we have the cycles of Spring, Summer and Fall and Winter.

As the Summer now ends, can your descend inward, in the spirit of Demeter? During this time of turning inward, can you dwell of the wealth of the inner Earth that Hades rules? What will grow in your fertile soil in the spring or what precious metals Can you mine from within?

Blessed Be.

 

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