Happy Friday! We’re starting the weekend with the Harvest Moon… and a lunar eclipse. It’s the perfect archetype for Demeter & Persephone. What can we learn from this mother-daughter story?
Demeter is a Mother Goddess in the stories of Ancient Greece. She is nurturing and lavish. She ensures her children have warmth and an abundance of food. She is prosperous and generous.
One day, her most beloved daughter Persephone (Maiden Goddess) catches the eye of Hades, god of the underworld. He bargains with Zeus to kidnap her, rape her, and bring her to live with him in the underworld.
Demeter is overcome with grief and anger. She orders Nature to stop producing food for the people, and blankets the earth with snow. She looks high and low for her daughter.
Meanwhile, Persephone chooses not to give in to the victim role. She faces the darkness around her, and finds her strength through her struggles. She becomes queen of the underworld, and helps others find their way to the afterlife.
Demeter finds Zeus and demanded for her daughter to be returned to her, or else the world will continue to be held hostage by winter. Zeus can not undo his promise to Hades, but was able to change the contract so that Persephone could return to the surface of the Earth a few months of the year.
Demeter and Persephone told a story explaining the change of seasons (and we are going into Fall on the Equinox on Sept 21). It is also a story of courage, resilience, love, and spiritual growth. It is a story of accepting one’s fate, and yet growing into wisdom.
I’m surrounding you with Love. Enjoy discovering your inner wisdom and courage. And if you need help facing the darkness or the challenges, remember to reach out. Click HERE and we can schedule a quick chat. xo