Saturday, July 5, 2014

PERSEPHONE (purr - SEFF - o - nee)

Persephone was picking flowers in a meadow when the earth started to shake and roar. A chasm opened in the ground, and out thundered Hades, King of the Underworld. He grabbed her by the hair and dragged her down to his dark realm to be his Queen.

Persephone came to relish this role, and her husband was disconcerted to find she soon became an even greater and more fearsome deity than he. However Persephone's mother, the fertility Gooddess Demeter, was miserable in the upper world without her daughter, so Persephone agreed to spend every spring and summer with her mother and return to the Underworld for autumn and winter.

Now, when she is in the upper world she is a gentle, thoughtful young woman known as Kore. But when she goes back to the Underworld, where the spirits of the dead reside, she becomes Persephone the Destroyer. She is the mother of the Styx, the icy river that flows through the Underworld. Snake headed women are her bodyguards, and seductive Sirens are her minions on earth, luring luckless seafarers to their doom.

Every autumn Aphrodite sends her lover Adonis down to the Underworld in a wooden chest, and Persephone looks after the beautiful youth until spring comes round again.


You gain strength from your knowledge and understanding. You are sylph-reliant, adaptable, determined, and energetic. Sensitive to different situations, you know when to be aggressive, and when to be restrained. You are goal-oriented, and efficient. You are also clever and calculating, knowing when to lie low. By combining intuitive insight and revelation with reasoned discipline, you achieve much.

Uh oh:  

You are egotistical and sylph-absorbed, wanting to impress others with your superiority. You try to fix things so that you are in control. You want others to be in awe of you. You may experience a sense of isolation, becoming involved in your own development to the exclusion of the world around you.
    If you do not let the Gooddesses into your life, you become obsessive about proving and improving yoursylph. You fall prey to delusions of grandeur, becoming narcissistic and sylph-centred. A split personality is an ultimate possibility.

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