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Demeter was the goddess of agriculture, she taught men how to plant and grow grain. Her daughter Persephone helped her, Persephone watched over it and guarded it until it spurted. Demeter than cared for it until the plant was grown and the grain was ripened.
Persephone was playing in the meadows gathering flowers when a great opening appeared in the earth and a chariot came rushing stealing the poor girl. Zeus gave Persephone to Hades to be his queen, and she was taken to the under-world.
Zeus saw that if Demeter failed to care for the grain again, that all men would die. She refused unless they would give her back her daughter. So Zeus sent Hermes to get Persephone but she had eaten while she was with Hades, so she could only be given back to her mother for part of each year.
Two-thirds of the year Persephone live with her mother and spring came making all the earth glad by her presence. The remainder of the time she had to stay with Hades as queen of the under-world. Causing winter and plants to die leaving the earth dark and dreary.
The Mother Archetype, a life-giver and the source of nurturing, devotion, patience and unconditional love. Symbolic of agriculture, abundance, and fertility. The unhealable wound and the quest : Demeter endlessly searched for her daughter, filled with loss and grief the seasons halted and living things stopped growing and die.
Demeter is the goddess of the harvest, responsible for the fertility of the earth. Virtues of love, loyalty, strength, perseverance, leadership and self reliance. Strengths: Loving mother, persistence and empathic. Weaknesses: Depression, lived her life through her daughter. Young and beautiful and healthy resembling life, but when he daughter is taken she looks old and lifeless.
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