The myth of Hades and Persephone is all about you(or the human race) and the way we treat nature. Persephone is the daughter of Demeter, the Goddess of nature. In the myths they both symbolize nature, young and old. Other myths symbolize this with maiden, mother and crone. Nature is always represented by the female, being old and young represents cycles of all nature. People saying this myth is about love and abduction are way off.
In Greek myths, Hades and the underworld is the human race. It is us in this body of ours. Hades falling in love with Persephone is us falling in love with nature. The myth states that it is one of the rare times that Hades came out of the underworld. Him coming out of the underworld to pursue her is symbolic of the human race(as a whole) rarely observing and enjoying nature. Just by doing this Hades instantly falls in love with her and wants to trap her. There is no better symbolism for the way we treat nature. We think we can trap her, conquer her and control her. Boy are we stupid. Hades and Zeus cause the ground to split open, Persephone slips beneath the Earth, and Hades stole her to the underworld where he made her his wife. The myths go on about how Persephone was unhappy, but after much time, she learned to love the cold-blooded Hades. Again, a perfect analogy for the way we treat nature and her putting up with us.
Demeter begging her brother Hades to give back Persephone is showing what I have said in my work previously. You are nature, you are her family. Demeter is the goddess of nature and she is asking her brother Hades to release Persephone. This is where the myth is incorporating the seasons into the story. Demeter searches for nine days and on the tenth day she sees the sun-god Helios. Helios tells Demeter that Hades took Persephone into the underworld. Demeter asks her brother Hades to return Persephone. He agrees, but she has to eat a pomegranate and return to the underworld four months of every year. This part of the myth is showing Persephone(nature) leaving the underworld for spring and then having to return for winter.
I think this myth is giving away a couple other occult things. First, it is showing you how to reach enlightenment. The pomegranate symbolizes the egg and the 9 in nine days symbolizes sperm and looking back. So you have the masculine and feminine energies along with doing shadow work. Persephone is the goddess of the underworld, so now we have the sacred feminine needed to execute shadow work. Last but not least we have the number 10 in the tenth day of searching. 10 is the symbol of man and god or woman and goddess merging. Second, I think this myth is giving away that it’s what humans did in the past that has caused the seasons. Remember, Hades (humans)lets her leave and when he does we have spring, summer, and fall. When she comes back to the underworld it is winter. I showed in previous work that the earth had no tilt until after the war of the gods (See Lemurian Magic). It was because of this war the earth has seasons and this myth is giving it away. We can’t undo what is already done, but we could stop trying to conquer and dominate nature. If the human race would just figure out we are here to take care of nature and not try to dominate or control her, we might be able to write a myth where Hades saves the world.
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The American Literature canon was once dominated by the American Adam theme (man AGAINST nature) but for a time, has moved a bit to working WITH nature. I hope this continues. Nice post, gserpent!
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I hope it continues too. Thank you. 😊
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