Persephone Comes Home  

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ACCORDING TO MYTHOLOGY, THE "SPRING EQUINOX" IS THE TIME, THAT "PERSEPHONE," THE GREEK GODDESS OF SPRING, STARTS HER JOURNEY BACK TO EARTH AND HER BELOVED MOTHER, " DEMETER." EACH YEAR AT THE END OF THE WINTER SEASON, SHE RETURNS TO THE SURFACE OF THE EARTH FOR A JOYFUL REUNION WITH HER MOTHER. IN WINTER, SHE RETURNS TO LIVE IN THE "UNDERWORLD" AS THE "QUEEN OF HADES." PERSEPHONE" IS THE "GODDESS" OF DEATH, YET WITH A PROMISE OF LIFE TO COME.

Persephone loves helping her mother, "Demeter," cover the Earth with plants and seeds. When Hades snatches Persephone to be his wife in the underworld, "Demeter" will not rest until She gets her daughter back. "I" WILL NOT LET ANYTHING GROW", SHE CRIED, AND THE EARTH GREW COLD AND BARREN. HER SADNESS OVER THE LOSS OF HER DAUGHTER WAS SO DEVASTATING THAT HER TEARS FELL AS ICE.

FINALLY "DEMETER" WENT TO HER BROTHER, "ZEUS" AND PLEADED WITH HIM TO HELP FIND "PERSEPHONE. ZEUS," SITTING WAY UP THERE ON TOP OF "MOUNT OLYMPUS," WAS ABLE TO SEE WHERE "PERSEPHONE" WAS. HE TOLD "HADES" TO GIVE HER BACK. BUT "HADES" WAS SHREWD AND SAID HE WOULD ONLY GIVE "PERSEPHONE "BACK IF SHE HAD REALLY NOT EATEN OR DRUNK ANYTHING FROM THE LAND OF THE DEAD. NOW, AS IT TURNS OUT, "PERSEPHONE" HAD ALREADY EATEN SIX POMEGRANATE SEEDS. SO, IT WAS AGREED THAT SHE COULD SPEND SIX MONTHS A YEAR ABOVE GROUND WITH HER MOTHER, BUT SHE WOULD HAVE TO SPEND THE OTHER SIX MONTHS IN THE LAND OF THE DEAD WITH "HADES."

And so it is that AT THE TIME OF THE "SPRING EQUINOX, PERSEPHONE "BEGINS HER JOURNEY OUT OF THE UNDERWORLD. OVER THE COLD DARKNESS OF THE WINTER "PERSEPHONE" AND "HADES" HAD REUNITED, AND NOW SHE BEGINS TO HER ANNUAL RETURN TO THE LIGHT. DAYLIGHT AND DARKNESS ARE EQUALLY REPRESENTED AT THE "SPRING EQUINOX "AS "PERSEPHON"E HOLDS THE BALANCE BETWEEN HER TWO SEPARATE WORLDS.

"Blessings to all of you at this most special time of the year."

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