Card of the day: PERSEPHONE – The Maiden
The seasons. Sexuality. Innocence. Find ways to use your innocence as a strength.
(Deck: “Goddess Inspiration Oracle” by Kris Waldherr, Llewellyn Worldwide, 2007.)
Persephone is the maiden aspect of the “triple goddess” – maiden, mother, crone. The Greeks hailed her as the queen of the underworld. The daughter of harvest goddess Demeter, Persephone was abducted by Hades, god of the underworld, and she refused to give up her innocence, also refusing to eat or drink while in Hel. However, time passed and in her hunger, she was enticed to eat six seeds of pomegranate.
This signaled the loss of her innocence and six months of separation from her mother. During the 3 months that she is allowed to come to the surface, we have Spring because Demeter rejoices in having her daughter with her and thus allows things to bloom. On the other hand, when Persephone is in the underworld, we have Winter as Demeter mourns.
In your own transformational journey from innocent ingenue to Queen of your realm, you will surely be able to pinpoint several rites of passage or turning points that changed your life forever. Instead of mourning the loss of your innocence in exchange for hard-won wisdom, learn to celebrate your being able to move on and grow. However, learn to touch base with that basic innocence within you, untrammeled by disillusion and weariness, so that you can still look at the world with fresh eyes. Your innocence is your strength.
“Let us approach it normally, happily, willing to accept, glad to experiment, hoping and believing that as a result of our efforts we shall each derive a great good.”
– Ernest Holmes, “The Science of Mind,” p. 75
You are blessed in order to be a blessing!
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