Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Persephone: Heralding in Spring

At this time of the year, around the Spring Equinox, and thankfully, as the crocuses are finally beginning to bloom, I am reminded of Persephone, the Greek Goddess who represents Springtime. Despite the fact that she is often depicted covered with flowers, she is also known as the Queen of the Underworld. Often the Greek Gods and Goddesses are depicted in this dual manner, showing their light and their dark sides. Even Persephone's entrance into the Underworld is seen in a dual light. In one, she gladly strides into the Underworld, becomes Hades' bride and co-rules with him, sorting out the souls. In another, she is abducted, and it is this image that is most commonly viewed in painting and sculpture.

Laura Strong has a reinterpretation of the former myth, one where Persephone takes matters into her own hand. Read the story, read her interpretation, and check out her sources on Mythic Arts site here.


  1. Thank you so much for posting Laura Strong's take on the story.

    By the way - I am also a native Detroiter and went to school in Kalamazoo. I now live in Atlanta, GA.

  2. Hi Laura, thanks for responding. It's always great to hear from someone who enjoys the multi-faceted myths, especially the ones where women aren't subjugated.
    By the way, I went to high school with you under the name Tatar. Happy belated birthday!
    I've read your articles in PanGaia. Excellent work!