Persephone, or Proserpine, is a Hellenic (Greek and Roman) goddess and the daughter of Zeus and Demeter. Before her abduction by Hades, she was a maiden goddess known as Kore. Following her abduction, Persephone became not merely the wife of the god of the Underworld, but a ruler of the Underworld in her own right.

My Journey to Persephone

Intellectually, Persephone is difficult to understand. In her maiden form of Kore, she was a goddess of flowers and luck, a form that would not have particularly picqued my interest. But as a Dread Persephone, she is a goddess to be feared, a sovereign of Tartarus. How does one reconcile these two identities? Where does her essence lie? With other gods, some elements became intuitive after I had studied their symbolism and lore, but Persephone often seems two-dimensional in sources,and I have yet to discover anything that is particularly identifying about her. It would be interesting to know how much she was complicit in her own abduction, but without definitive information, I feel somewhat lost on her. That having been said, I connect to her in her role as ruler of the Underworld. Through power and darkness, she is most alluring, and this I honor.


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