Persephone Dual Deity

I have my witchy box from Tamed Wild coming this month & we get an amulet for our bracelet to represent Persephone. As most know I work with Brigid, but to wear the amulets there’s a ritual involved & I don’t want to just do the ritual & wear the amulet. I’d like to know what each God/Goddess represents & have some kind of idea of what I’m wearing. I hope that makes sense.

Anyway, I don’t know if anyone here works with Persephone. She is a dual deity. The daughter of Zeus & Demeter. The story is that while she was picking flowers in a field, Hades abducted her to be his Queen & she ruled the Underworld. She was also the a fertility Goddess. She spent 2/3 of the year with Hades & because of her mother’s heartache, she spends 1/3 of the year with Demeter on Mount Olympus which coincides with Spring through the harvest. When Persephone is with Hades, that is the Winter, when the earth is barren.

Other names that she goes by include: Kore; Persephoneia, Persephassa, Persephatta, Pherepapha, Periphona, Phersephassa

The plants associated with her are Pomegranate, Asphodel, Narcissus

Her symbols are: Scepter, Torch, Seeds, Sheaf of wheat

The ritual that we are doing this month involves ancestors also & Persephone which makes sense because she rules the Underworld with Hades. It will also be a good time for me to brush up on my ancestor offerings & maybe get that apple on there @MeganB.

GreekMythology.com, The Editors of Website. “Persephone”. GreekMythology.com Website, 07 Apr. 2021, https://www.greekmythology.com/Other_Gods/Persephone/persephone.html. Accessed 10 September 2021.

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Thanks for the info! I had no idea that she was a dual diety. The thing about each diety/god/goddess is so interesting to learn about their story!
And yeah, maybe you should use that :apple:!! :grin:

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I love this image of her.

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I knew the Persephone myth but didn’t know she was considered a dual/Goddess. Thanks for the lesson.

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@pedros10 I really like that image of her also! Great find & thank you for sharing!

@Garnet you are very welcome. I knew that she was Zeus’ daughter… that was the extent of my knowledge. Lol… the page I got the information from has a lot of things linked to her & her family as far stories & history of the Greek Gods/Goddesses of Mount Olympus.

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I do work with Persephone and was immediately drawn to her background when I was initially researching the various Gods and Goddesses.

This is the picture of her I have on my altar…

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Oh that is gorgeous @IrisW!

I think after my ritual & how I feel, I would like to work with her & my ancestors. But, we’ll see how the ritual goes & I want to see if I can find a book on her to read.

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In my book on Mabon, the author wrote a different story to go with Persephone, rather than having Hades abduct her. She was growing up and tired of being Momma’s little girl and all that and went for the first bad boy that came by in a fit of rebellion. It gave Persephone much more power, I liked it.

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Oh I haven’t seen that version yet! Now I’m curious! Thank you @Amethyst

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You’re welcome. It’s in Autumn Equinox The Enchantment of Mabon by Ellen Dugan I think. It’s been a couple of years since I read it.

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I like that twist on the story.

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Me too! I know the abduction is the usual story but that just makes poor Persephone’s life seem so sad. At least in that story, she made choices for herself.

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Thanks for sharing your exploration of Persephone, @Siofra! She is a very interesting Goddess to explore :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

I love this so much- I feel like this take on the story puts a lot more power in Persephone’s hands! :clap:

I’ve been seeing a lot of story re-telling lately when it comes to the Greek Pantheon- like the Hades game (amazing game btw) or the book Song of Achilles. Maybe it’s because I’m biased with modern tastes, but so far, I’ve found that I tend to like the modern interpretations even more than the originals :grin::+1:

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I think that’s it. I’d rather think that Persephone wanted to be carried away, rather than her being abducted and raped. Not a nice thing. No wonder Demeter was having fits.

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Seriously, if that’s what happened with my father’s approval… I doubt my mother would have ended at having fits. :rofl: There’d be some kind of carnage to go along with it.

Honestly I was thinking about how she got abducted but was such a wonderful Queen of the Underworld. I like the being carried away version better too. Then it seems like she could flow through her days more easily if it was her choice rather than under force.

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Especially if she CHOSE to eat the pomegranate and not was tricked into it. Choice makes everything better.

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I couldn’t agree more @Siofra and @Amethyst- choice is a very powerful thing! Adding it into Persephone’s story gives both the characters and the story as a whole a much better flavor- it’s certainly easier and more enjoyable to read that way! :grin:

I have to admit I’m getting a bit tired of some of the recent old movie re-dos (looking at you Disney), but these new retellings of anicent classics that change (at least what I see as) problematic elements to make them easier and more fun to read are :100: :ok_hand: a-okay by me! :laughing: :+1:

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Ha, Ha
Bri, I remember when Pocahontas came out I was appalled when they separated in the end. Was this not Disney? What happed to happily ever after? But then again she was only about 12 when this all happened.
Disney took many liberties with fairy tales which mostly were very dark.

Speaking of Pocahontas, she did marry a man named John and lived in England until she died. There are still issues of her tribe wanting her back but the UK remains uncooperative.

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I love this portrait of her :star_struck:

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I’ve seen that gorgeous picture before on another post. It’s stunning :heart_eyes:

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