|Demeter and Persephone |
Sacred Union Oracle
by Lisa de St. Croix
DEMETER and PERSEPHONE
We are mother and daughter
Torn apart by the desires of men
The land becomes barren
After a season of searching
We bring life back to the earth
Grain grows and flowers bloom
Search for what holds you together
Begin a new cycle of growth
Demeter is the Greek Goddess of grain, agriculture and harvest. Her daughter Persephone, also known as Kore which means maiden, had the responsibility of painting all the flowers on earth. Hades falls in love with Persephone and abducts her to be his Queen of the Underworld. Bereft, Demeter withdraws from the earth to search for Persephone, causing the land to become barren. Zeus, afraid that all living things will die, orders Hades to return Persephone. He agrees only if she has not eaten anything, but Persephone has consumed a small amount of pomegranate seeds so she is only able to return to her mother for part of the year– the growing seasons. Demeter is overjoyed to be reunited with her daughter and the land once again becomes fertile and abundant.
Demeter and Persephone were the central Goddesses of the Eleusian Mysteries which dates back to 1400 BC. The main theme of the huge festival was the reunion of the two. The ceremonies included secret initiations and rites, possibly involving hallucinogenics derived from poppies.
From Sacred Union Oracle which will be published in 2022