Welcome to Four Seeds

Photo by Heather at One Love Photo.

Hello!

I’m so glad you’re here. I have a story I want to share with you. You may have heard it before. It’s about the Greek Goddess Persephone.

There are so many renditions of this story. Persephone, daughter of Demeter (goddess of the Earth, harvest and all things alive and growing) was abducted by Hades, God of the Underworld. Persephone had been playing in a field with some nymphs, probably picking flowers with her long, white arms, when Hades opened up the ground beneath her and dragged her down to hell. Just like that.

Persephone’s mother, Demeter, was horrified. Of course. And since Demeter governed all things that grew and sustained people, she was not to be trifled with. The enraged mother went straight to Zeus. Demeter had pull with Zeus because the two deities had some history. In fact, the gossip around Olympus was that Zeus was Persephone’s father.

Demeter gave Zeus an ultimatum. Not wanting to waste time by asking nicely, Demeter stopped all things on Earth from growing and told Zeus the world would simply starve if her daughter was not returned.

Eventually, Zeus complied. He ordered Hades to let Persephone go. She was returned to her mother, and the barren Earth came alive with blooms and vegetation as Persephone resurfaced. But, since Persephone had eaten some pomegranate seeds (possibly four) while in the underworld, she was doomed to return to Hades once a year for a season, each seed in her belly representing a month, perhaps. During Persephone’s annual visit to hell, the Earth goes barren (winter) until the maiden queen’s return to Earth (spring).

I love this story. It explains so much: the difficulty of winter, the redemption of spring. But I also like to look at the myth in a different way.

Persephone, when she descended to Hades each year,  was the Queen of the Underworld. She decided who came and went (just ask Orpheus) and lorded over her domain, gritty as it was.

What if Persephone’s story is not one of victimization, sacrifice, and tragedy?

What if Persephone’s story is one of difficulty, power, and redemption? Persephone loses everything. She then makes hell her own beautiful domain, her Queendom.  She returns annually, as to a second home, then is reborn again and again.

All women suffer and recover. What if Persephone’s story is a template for the journey into darkness that so many women experience and return to, literally and mentally, again and again? What if the power and understanding that the  descent affords us can be seen as something beautiful and powerful?

It was when my family and I first moved to Sugartown, nearly two years ago, that I first saw her. She rides around town on her wheel chair. She leans slightly to the left as she goes, her long, unkempt hair trailing from her slightly tilted head. She smiles as though she’s having a ride in a paddle boat, her lover at the helm. All that’s missing is the parasol.

“How is it that this woman is beaming?” I used to wonder. There I was, fretting about this and that and chicken again tonight, and there she was, in her own personal heaven, in a wheel chair, cruising along a main road, with no bike lanes.

A few months later, the ground opened up beneath my feet. After my own journey to hell and back, I now know what the wheel chair lady sees.  After nearly losing everything, after being dragged down to Hades, the beauty of ascension is in every moment.

Four seeds in the wheelchair lady’s belly. Four seeds in mine. Four seeds in yours, perhaps. My seeds are for harvesting inspiration, renewal, beauty, and love. This little blog is where I’ll plant little tidbits for the enjoying and the sharing. And don’t worry, my posts won’t be as long and serious as this one. Hopefully you will taste some, enjoy some, and pass some on. See you soon.

Oh, and for fun, here’s Walt Disney’s “Silly Symphony” version of the Persephone myth. It’s fantastically operatic and full of nice dancing and melodrama…

Photo: Peonies and Polaroids and One Love Photo

  1. Ms. Miller’s avatar

    Your four seeds have already grown an abundance of beauty, strength, joy and inspiration, my friend. Love you. xo

  2. miss t.’s avatar

    Thank you Jennifer! I look forward to following your thoughts on Four Seeds. I appreciate you reminding us of the power we have in the face of adversity. You’re wonderful. Keep on writing!
    Terre

  3. Sidney’s avatar

    Very nice kickoff! And I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the cartoon.

  4. Jennifer’s avatar

    Thank you, ladies!!

  5. Christine Anastos’s avatar

    Jennifer, That was beautiful. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with you and your family. May the new year and decade be one of ongoing healing for you. Warm regards, Christine

  6. Amy’s avatar

    Love it. Looking forward to more nourishing stories from one of my favorite writers.

  7. Jodi’s avatar

    Wow! Jennifer! You have no idea how much your post today “hit” me and helped me!! Great job – I’m excited for you and can’t wait to enjoy Four Seeds.com!! Will you be linking it on FB?
    Jodi

  8. trash’s avatar

    I had some great thoughts to share at the end of your inaugural blogpost here at Four Seeds. I feel sure they would have been incredibly clever but all that dissipated when I saw the monsters now all I want to do is get this written so I can see which one I get!!!

  9. trash’s avatar

    Hahahahahaha! It was a pink one!

  10. miguel's mom’s avatar

    Awesome and wonderful, as always. Thanks for continuing to share your whole self with us. Can’t wait to experience this newest chapter. big hugs, rj

  11. admin’s avatar

    Thanks, Christine. Continued prayers are the best! Hugs, Amy. So glad you stopped by, Jodi. Can’t wait to read you on PE. And, FB? Not even sure how to create a blogroll yet, so we’ll see. Trash, I love the pink monster best. M’s Mom, hugs galore. Jenn

  12. Michalene’s avatar

    Persephone indeed. Yes, I resonate with this archetype. Have you read “The Descent to the Goddess” by Sylvia Brinton Perera? It is a similar archetype, about the Goddes Innana in her descent into the Underworld, but there is a much richer exploration of process of descent, the exploration of the shadow, and the return/empowerment of the Divine Feminine.

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