Persephone guides you through the seasons, so you can evolve into a queen.
The weather is getting warmer, and the days are getting longer. As the sun shines more brightly, your mood might be getting brighter too. You may have already started to observe buds on trees, crocuses popping from the lawn, and the sounds of birds returning home. There’s a sense the world is emerging from the dark womb of winter and is ready to be born again.
While you prepare to shed your coat, scarf, and gloves, take this time to consider what else can be released. This can be a habit that is no longer serving you, a belief that keeps you playing small, a resentment you continue to harbour, or maybe it’s a relationship that is no longer evolving. We can look to Persephone, the Greek goddess of spring, rebirth, and fertility, to teach us how to let go of the things holding us back so we can grow and evolve.
The Story of Persephone
Persephone was a beautiful maiden, most well-known as the beloved daughter of Demeter, the goddess of grain and the harvest. One day, Persephone was picking flowers in a meadow (I imagine her smiling innocently without a care in the world) when suddenly the earth cracked open. Hades, the god of the underworld appeared. He noticed Persephone, and as often happens in Greek mythology, he was immediately lovestruck. He captured the maiden and brought her to the underworld to be his wife.
Of course, Demeter was utterly distraught – as any mama would be over the loss of her daughter. She looked all over the earth but couldn’t find her anywhere. Forlorn and angry, Demeter neglected her tasks, and the land became infertile. Not only that, she threatened to keep the land barren forever if her daughter wasn’t returned. Famine ensued. Zeus, the god of the sky (who also happened to be Persephone’s absentee father), feared that human life (and all of his worshippers) would cease to exist. He finally intervened. He sent Hermes, the messenger god, to the underworld to bring back the young goddess.
However, while Persephone was in the Underworld, she ate some pomegranate seeds offered to her by Hades. This act invoked an underworld rule that would require Persephone to stay with Hades for half of the year but return to her mother for the other half. Some say Persephone ate the seeds on purpose to stay with her lover (this is the version I choose to believe), as most accounts tell of Hades and Persephone sharing a happy and loving union.
When Persephone returns to her mother, Demeter lights up, and the crops and flowers bloom – it is spring. When she goes back to her husband, Demeter becomes depressed and again neglects her tasks as she grieves her daughter’s absence – this is the onset of fall. And that’s the story behind the seasons.
It’s important to note that Persephone is not just the goddess of spring, but she’s also the queen of the underworld. Unlike many gods and goddesses who remain static in their position, Persephone evolved from a maiden who was eclipsed by her powerful mother into a powerful queen with much authority. We can look to this myth to remind us that though change can be difficult, it begets growth. There is a life/death life cycle inherent in the seasons, and it is present within us too. We can use the seasons as a reminder to release what is no longer serving us and evolve into our highest selves – or, let’s say, the queen.
Persephone can guide us through these transitions to remind us to let go of what’s keeping us from achieving our full potential and optimal health. And while letting go can be challenging (as humans, we often desire to keep things the same), it is necessary for our evolution. If everything stayed the same, Persephone wouldn’t have become a sovereign and empowered queen (she has a pretty sexy partner too).
Release and Renew with a Spring Ritual
To tap into Persephone’s energy to release and renew, you can practice this spring ritual.
You’ll need an altar (or something that can be used as an altar), candle, burn-proof dish, journal and pen, and an offering to the goddess Persephone – maybe a pomegranate.
Get in a comfortable seat. Take a few moments to sit silently, coming back into your body. You can do this by focusing your attention on your breath.
Once you feel safe and grounded, consider what is no longer serving you and what needs to be released. Again, this could be a habit, belief, resentment, or an attachment. Pick one item that is holding you back.
Write it on a piece of paper. Imagine what your life would be like if this item was released. Close your eyes and imagine: What would you do? How would you feel? Where does this feeling show up in the body?
Sit with this feeling for a few minutes. See if you can expand the physical sensation throughout your entire body.
When you’re ready, take the piece of paper and burn it in your burn-proof dish.
Now that you’ve sowed the soil, you’re ready to plant the seeds of your new intention.
Next, set a new, empowering intention. Consider what you want to achieve, how you want to evolve, or what you’ll give birth to next. Write this down in your journal.
Now, imagine that you have achieved it. Imagine what your life would be like. What would you do? How would you act?
Consider how it feels in your body to have accomplished your intention. Sit with this feeling for several minutes or as long as you like. Focusing on this feeling of growth, achievement, and evolution.
When you’re ready, petition Persephone for any guidance needed as you move forward with this intention in mind. Whatever insights you receive, write them down. Thank the goddess and blow out your candle.
I am a queen who will rise to the occasion.
I wish you growth, release, and rebirth on your journey.
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