Monday, March 5, 2012

Persephone: The Lighter Side

My Persephone Altar
Hello friends!  I'm taking the Goddess Temple e-course with Stephanie Anderson Ladd for the next five weeks.  We are studying Persephone, Demeter and Hecate.  This week we take a closer look at Peresephone.  I chose to make an altar to honor her lighter side.... but we will get to darker side eventually. That's the side I seem to keep traveling back to, so I must honor it before all is said and done.

Before I started this course, I had been dreaming about Persephone and animals that could travel above and below: alligator, otter and turtle.  I knew Persephone was beckoning me, so I took heed of the call, and soon Pixie was promoting Stephanie's e-course.  Syncronicity is so freaking cool!

Now Hermes has always been important to me.  He's been by my side for the past two years, and I think it's rather interesting that he can also travel in the Upper and Lower worlds safely.  In fact, he was sent by Zeus to retrieve Persephone from the Underworld, in order to return her to her mother Demeter.   Hmmm.... from my perspective Hermes is my communicator.  He is my animus that is able to journey to the Under, come back and put what Persephone has learned into action.  He is very, very important, because without this action, the wisdom gained in the Underworld is futile.  Yes, Hermes is very useful indeed.

It's ironic to me, that when I was reading Jean Shindoa Bolen's "Goddesses In Everywoman" last summer, I was very cautious as I read about Persephone.  The book covered the seven major goddesses: Artemis, Athena, Hestia, Hera, Demeter, Persephone and Aphrodite.  I saw a little of myself in all of them, some more than others, but especially Persephone... and this scared the hell out of me!  At first I denied it, and I tried to stop thinking of the similarities.  I didn't want to see myself as dependent, as frail, as naive... but there is a big part of me that is.  There is a big part of me that needs to jump down the rabbit hole like Alice and allow the adventure to begin again.  There is a part of me that needs to grow, and mature and become self-suffcient.  There is a part of me that is so, so scared of doing such.  Persephone scared me, because I am her.  But I must remind myself, that I have been to void.  I've just come out of the Underworld yet again.  I'm starting to know my way around a bit, just like Hades queen.

I will continue to have Persephone experiences.  She's just built in to me, but which Persephone I bring to the table is up to me.  Both are okay.  The sweet Persephone and the experienced.  Light and Dark.  Yes, I am Persephone or Alice In Wonderland.  I am my mother's daughter, but I am a very curious girl, and if a trip down the rabbit hole is necessary for me to grow, then let the descent begin.  (even if I go kicking and screaming)

Infinitely Yours,
Lenora ∞

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