Hello everyone! It has been a minute since I have done a little article about a deity, so today, we’re going to be talking about Pluton. I figured since we’re in the darker half of the year, it would be good to learn some more about a Greek God of the Underworld, King of the Dead, and Keeper of the Gates of Hades.
Who is Pluton?
Commonly known as Hades, Pluton is the Greek Olympian God of the Underworld and the dead. He is the brother of Zeus King of the Olympians and the husband of Persephone, Goddess of the Spring and Queen of the Underworld.
He is commonly called Hades, but this is a misnomer. Hades is the name for the Greek Underworld where Pluton resides. Either name is fine to use, but historically it was considered bad luck to call on Him as Hades. He rules over one part of the physical world alongside His brothers Zeus and Poseidon. Pluton rules the Underworld. Poseidon rules the Sea. Zeus rules the skies.
Homer, Iliad 15. 187 ff (trans. Lattimore) (Greek epic C8th B.C.)
“We are three brothers born by Rheia to Kronos (Cronus), Zeus, and I [Poseidon], and the third is Aides [Haides] lord of the dead men. All was divided among us three ways, each given his domain. I [Poseidon] when the lots were shaken drew the grey sea to live in forever; Aides drew the lot of the mists and the darkness, and Zeus was allotted the wide sky, in the cloud and the bright air. But earth and high Olympos are common to all three.”
God of the Underworld, but so much more!
Besides being King of the Underworld, ruling over Hades with His Queen, Persephone, Pluton is responsible for presiding over funeral rights. He also defends the right of the dead to have a proper burial.
As Pluton, he is also the God of the hidden wealth of the earth, especially since He presides within the Earth. This covers all hidden gems within the earth, the nourished soil, and things mined such as gold, silver, and other metals.
Important Things to Pluton
According to Theoi.com Pluton has several associations.
|Symbols||Royal sceptre, cornucopia|
|Sacred Plants||Asphodel, mint, white poplar|
|Retinue||Judges of the Dead, the Erinyes, Cerberus|
|Other Names||Pluton, Aidoneus|
|Roman Name||Pluto, Dis, Orcus|
If you’re looking to work with or honor Him, consider the Devotion to Hades here on Spells8!