Card of the day: DEMETER – The Mother
The seasons. Motherhood. Loss. Honor the divinity of your grief. Then spring will return.
(Deck: “Goddess Inspiration Oracle” by Kris Waldherr, Llewellyn Worldwide, 2007)
Demeter, Greek goddess of the harvest, is considered the mother archetype of the triple goddess consisting of maiden, mother, and crone. Her story explains the seasons and offers solace through the ages to mothers everywhere who are dealing with loss.
When Demeter’s daughter Persephone was abducted by Hades, god of the underworld, to become his bride, Demeter became inconsolable. She searched far and wide towards the ends of the earth for Persephone. When Demeter learned that Zeus allowed Hades to wed her daughter, grief and fury overcame the harvest goddess. So that the earth may reflect her mourning, Demeter put a halt to the flowering and ripening of plants, thus creating winter for the first time. A main ritual associated with Demeter, the Thesmophoria, allows women to work through pain and honor their grief, recognizing its goddess-like divinity.
Indeed, whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Pain and grief make you part of the human experience. Of course no one can quantify how much pain you are going through on account of your loss and suffering, but I believe that we need even these experiences to toughen our spine and put steel to our resolve. Just hang in there: honor your grief and then spring will return!
“Be patient and tough; someday this pain will be useful to you.” – Ovid, 43 BC
You are blessed in order to be a blessing!
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