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Persephone: Queen of the Underworld and Symbol of Summer's Bounty



Persephone, daughter of Demeter, goddess of agriculture, holds a unique place in Greek mythology.  Her story, the myth of Persephone's abduction, is a tale of loss, resilience, and the cycle of life, death, and rebirth.  This powerful narrative was central to the ancient Eleusinian Mysteries, secret religious ceremonies focused on Persephone and Demeter.


Festivals of the Goddesses

Public festivals also honored Persephone and Demeter. The Thesmophoria, a women-only festival, celebrated fertility and the agricultural cycle. The Eleusinian Games, held every four years, included athletic competitions and religious rituals.


Persephone: More Than Just a Springtime Queen

Persephone's journey between the underworld and the world above resonates deeply with us today.  She is a powerful symbol of transformation, the constant change and growth we experience throughout life.  But Persephone's story also holds a vital message about consent. Her abduction by Hades, the god of the underworld, is a stark reminder of the importance of bodily autonomy.


Why Persephone at the Summer Solstice?

Here at Sisters of Lilith, we chose to honor Persephone at our Summer Solstice festival for a few reasons.  Persephone's return to the world above marks the beginning of spring, but she also spends a significant portion of the year in the underworld.  This duality reflects the balance of light and dark, a core theme of the solstice.  Furthermore, Persephone's strength and determination in the face of adversity resonate with the feminist ideals we celebrate at Sisters of Lilith.


Offering to the Queen

If you'd like to honor Persephone yourself, here are some offerings you can leave:

  • Pomegranate seeds:  A symbol of the underworld and Persephone's return.

  • Flowers: Daffodils, violets, and narcissus are all associated with Persephone.

  • Baked goods: Honey cakes or bread are traditional offerings.

  • Art or poetry: Express your creativity and connection to Persephone.

Persephone's story is a timeless reminder of life's cyclical nature, the importance of personal growth, and the fight for what's right.  By honoring her, we connect to the power within ourselves to navigate the challenges and joys of life's journey.

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