Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Eve, The Mother of Us All





The Goddess Speaks
 
Mother Eve


Anima Mundi/World Soul

It is time, and past time, don’t you think? Many men have worked to create an amazing world, but they did it without women’s guiding hand. And in the end, they've created death rather than Life. Now the Earth is dying: her waters polluted, her air poisoned, her fires fierce and destructive, her body ripped opened and abused, her people afraid and unsure.
It is time, and past time, for women of spirit to step forward and reclaim our ancient powers: to help the old die and to guide us into a new birth.
Therefore, I ask you to join me in calling on the Divine Feminine Spirit of Life, who holds the feminine powers that we’ll need to re-create our society.
Each and every goddess and heroine of legend has had her story stolen by patriarchy. So now it is time for us to hear their true stories, for these stories will give us courage to face the future, compassion to help the world and power to accomplish it.
Let us begin at the beginning. The First One, Mother Eve wants to set her story straight.   

Eve, the Mother of Us All

Eve ~ Susan Seddon Boulet

I look at my world and weep.
I weep that my human children have chosen to be so cruel and unconscious that they are killing my beautiful creation. I weep for my healing waters and fresh air; I weep for the web of life broken; I weep for all my children, dying so that a few might live.
For those children who can hear me, I will tell my true story so you may know what I created for you. 

Eve Speaks:
Don’t believe all the stories you’ve heard about Eve, Adam, the Serpent and the Garden. They are twisted out of shape, just as part of Adam is twisted and broken. What happened to Adam changed him on a cellular level. Do you know that all my human children start life with 2 X chromosomes? And that it is only after a few months of gestating that one of the X chromosomes mutates into a Y chromosome?
When the Father of Lies mutated Adam’s second X chromosome into a Y, Adam lost his innate ability to go within to connect with Spirit. He lost his connection to the Source and cursed his sons to live in servitude to an outer god, rather than to their own inner Spirit.  And so my sons have their Quest -- to reclaim their lost feminine soul.
Through the millennia, my sons have struggled to find that Source within, but most have seen it as sacrifice and struggle rather than as acceptance and joy. And they have grown jealous of and fear my daughters, who have retained their connection, for they are the Life-Givers. And so they hid the Truth behind their lies, and now they believe those lies.
It’s time to set the story straight. Adam’s sons have tried to stop my daughters from living by their natural connection to Source. Eve’s daughters are still vilified, ignored, enslaved and abused around the world. But now many of my daughters are strong, and they stand up for themselves. They are acknowledging their connection to each other and to Mother Earth, and they are again living from their Source. They will do wonders. 
Blessed Be!
That is why we need to tell these stories – the stories of our feminine powers, so that women and men will know their true nature. And what is our true nature? Adam’s sons would have it be War.  But our true nature is Love!
So Yes. It happened in the Garden. Adam banished himself from our blissful existence. That part’s true. But that old story you grew up with gives you a bit of the truth, but it points you in the wrong direction.

Fake News indeed!

 In the Beginning...

I am Eve, an avatar of the life-force of this glorious cosmos. I have danced with galaxies, made love with gods and given birth to worlds, and so I was sent to nurture a jewel amongst planets. I was sent here to this planet to bring it LIFE. Specifically, I was sent to Earth to create a GARDEN, a place of beauty and grace and peace. It’s what I do best.
I danced the cosmic rhythms of life upon this planet, seeing its potentials, singing LIFE into the dirt, the waters, the fires and the air. I woke the planet’s energy body and watched it coalesce. 


 
When my Earth was born, She lit up the heavens with her energy.
Then I began to channel Her energies into more life.
I enticed plants to grow and thrive on sunlight, just as I did. I gave them colors to play with and shapes to best suit them. And then asked the trees to grow tall to shade us from the fierce heat of my young sun. And it was good.
I leapt and let the air currents sweep me where they would, dispersing seeds, spreading abundant life. Churning the oceans. Refreshing my Earth. I birthed my winged children to help. I gathered moisture and wove clouds and danced on them. And it rained.

 

I swam in the deep waters of Earth and gave birth to magnificent children who knew how to go with the flow and when to stay rooted. I blessed the springs that quenched my thirst with healing and delight. And it was good.
I traveled the lava roads, midwifing new lands from fire and earth. Each land had a voice I listened to. I discovered what it wanted to bear—forests and meadows, blossoms and fruits, deserts and plains. And so it did.



Then I blessed the holy ground I walked on, called on the rains, drew in the fires of creation and asked the World Tree to gather us in Her arms. To hold and sustain us, as She does with all the worlds. And She did.




As my Beloved Earth took hold of herself, I shaped my Garden around the Tree, with sights and sounds and tastes and smells to delight and refresh the senses. For the blessings of life are joy and beauty.
Thus, I called forth the foundation of this Earth of ours – Nature, which is a single entity, a unified whole. A living presence. And Earth herself awoke.
Then Earth gave birth to more children, for now she was a co-creator with me. And it was good.
For an eternity, I walked in my Garden with Strength and Pride, Subtlety and Loyalty. You know their forms as lioness, horse, snake and wolf. Innocence came to me as a unicorn and power flew over me in the shape of a mighty dragon. Each being in my Garden was a source of living light and knowledge, part of Earth’s dance of life. And it was glorious.

Susan Seddon Boulet

So abundant is my Beloved Earth’s imagination that soon my Garden was home to every variety of Life that we could imagine and shape. Our children came and went, learned to hunt, to couple and to die. And it was all good.
Everywhere I walked, I walked in beauty. All my children lived in beauty and harmony, life and death flowing in cycles as we orbited our sun in an eternity of bliss. But even bliss can deepen.



One day as I walked alone, a sudden wish of my heart grew strong in me. It soon overflowed my heart and filled me with such delight that I shaped it into a song. As I gave it my voice, the song rang out into my Garden, a star burst of energy, like the birth of a sun. And it was very good.
As my song filled the Garden, my Beloved Earth rose up and gathered the song to Herself, shaping a form of clay and dirt, green leaves and warm sunshine, clear water and soft breezes. Shaping her response to my longing. Offering her gift to me.
The Adam. My mate. My Green Man. He who would share this paradise with me.



And so we did, for many eternities. Surrounded by our living Garden, we knew each other and all our relations who lived within Mother Earth’s sheltering arms. We shared our blessings and it was very good.
Your Genesis book turns the truth around. Their story says that Adam named the animals and plants, and was to have dominion over them, but that is not true. My beautiful Earth is alive and each of her aspects has its own name. We are part of one being. Together Adam and I communed in our Garden with the spirits of the trees and plants; of the shape shifting waters, the rain, the snow; of the 8-fold winds, the divine fragrances; the wild flames, the secret fires. The magic and mystery of this Earth was your blessing. 


In the Garden, we shared our essence and we knew our grace and blessings.
Later, I watched in sorrow as Adam put a name to their essence, locking them into a singular form by the power of his newly acquired Word. Naming was only the beginning. I watched Adam learn to dominate instead of cultivate. My heart cried to see him so.
And where did he learn that? From the Father of Lies. Oh yes, there was a serpent in my Garden, but it wasn’t mine. He came down from the heavens in his chariot of fire. When he stepped onto my Earth, she cried out in pain. For she felt his great fear and will to dominate the creative chaos of life. Her life.
And so it was that Adam came to be tested. And he chose power over Love.
This cosmic being came to test, to dominate, to destroy. If he could. You know him by the name of Yahweh, the demi-god who calls himself – I AM THAT I AM. He came and seduced Adam, with his tricks and illusions, his ideas and delusions.
When he first appeared, Adam was wary of him. He didn’t trust his smell. And I told him truthfully what I knew from other worlds. That Yahweh is a demi-god, a cosmic principle, shaped on a desert planet, harsh in judgment, jealous of his power, eloquent in his use of words. He is one who travels the galaxies looking for followers. He lives off their energy and they keep him alive. Your Christian Gnostics knew him as such.
Yahweh bewitches with Words – in the beginning was the Word and the Word was God-- spoken with power. He told Adam he would teach him to create in a new way – with words of Power, and by the power of Naming. He promised him a new magic, one that would give him power over life instead of just creating life.
He seduced Adam and captured his heart with the desire to Name, which Adam was already beginning to discover on his own. But instead of growing into his new consciousness naturally, he allowed Yahweh to force his growth.
Yahweh did it by stealing one of my apples and offering it to Adam. He told him I was keeping a great secret from Adam, a power I refused to share. He created a division in Adam’s heart, and whispered lies. And finally, Adam believed him. And asked for Yahweh’s blessing.
Yahweh mutated Adam as he ate the apple until all that he heard within wasI am that I am, I am that I am, I am that I am. The Father of Lies enticed Adam to go against his own nature – he commanded Adam to stop listening within to the voice of Source. And to only listen to Yahweh’s voice. And to Yahweh's rules. I am that I am. I am that I am. I am that I am.

Adam listened and obeyed.

He destroyed the Balance.

Truthfully, this is the original sin. So stop blaming it on me and my snakes.


This wound has been passed down to Adam’s sons. This is the Fisher King’s wound and only the Grail – Love – will redeem them. It is my hope that my daughters will help them heal this mutation, this wound. So they can reclaim their inheritance, so we can all heal this wondrous Garden.

Beltane Goddess: Aphrodite: The Once And Future Goddess

Beltane Goddess

      Happy Beltane!  It's the lusty month of May so I chose Aphrodite as our Beltane Goddess.  Here's something about her from my book, Wisdom's Daughters: How Women Can Change the World.
 
APHRODITE: THE ONCE AND FUTURE GODDESS

Aphrodite the earth-born Kore is also sea born, as becomes an island Queen, but more than any other goddess she becomes Ourania, the Heavenly One. . . She is the only goddess who in passing to the upper air yet kept life and reality. . . .As man advanced in knowledge and in control over nature, the mystery and the godhead of things natural faded into science. Only the mystery of life, and love that begets life, remained, intimately realized and utterly unexplained; hence Aphrodite keeps her godhead to the end.




         Aphrodite of the Greeks, Venus of the Romans, is one of the most vibrant archetypal images of the Goddess that has come down to us from antiquity; the aspect of the ancient Goddess that was never totally forgotten, the form of the Goddess written about and romanticized down through the ages until She truly embodied 'the mystery of life, and love that begets life'. Aphrodite is the Goddess who combines the spiritual and natural worlds, spirit and body. She does this through Her essence, which is Love. She embodies the energy of connection, for She brings everything into relationship, from electrons to people. She is the Goddess of Love, the love that is rooted in the body and which is playful, sensual, and erotic. As Goddess of Sexuality, she engenders all physically passionate love: non-marital and marital, heterosexual and homosexual. As Goddess of Beauty, she connects us to Truth. As Goddess of Wholeness, she drives our individuation and awakens Psyche within us.




As an aspect of Lady Wisdom, she is Aphrodite Ourania, Queen of Heaven, who was in the Beginning and who created all the worlds. She is that spiritual Love we call compassion, the love which unites us in our humanity and makes us all One. She is the Wisdom that teaches us greater consciousness, as we will see in her role as Psyche’s initiator. Her energies fill us with longing to connect with ourselves, with others, and to create Life! 
Aphrodite is the Goddess of Beauty, not just physical beauty but the beauty of life itself. She is the love of Beauty which makes great art and music for the healing of our wounded spirits, for She is Love as a creative, cosmic force. 

 
          Aphrodite's beauty is this kind of divine beauty: it is a golden, laughter-loving beauty which engenders a warm, life-giving relatedness. It is a beauty which is inherently graceful and enrapturing. "It is the warmth and truth of passion that shine through Aphrodite's nature, as sunlit gold shines through her whole appearance."6 It is the truth of Her passion that is the 'healing of the passion of matter'. We women are so passionate about who and what we love! And yet we often equate passion with ‘too muchness’ in our society. 


          We women need to stop fearing that ‘the warmth and truth of [our] passion’ is wrong. There is a great strength in the purity of our passion, like the image of the Tarot card called Strength, where a woman gently closes the mouth of a lion. Our feminine strength lies in taming the lion of our passions rather than in killing it, as male heroes do, such as Hercules, who kills the lion and wears its skin as his own. These male myths indicate that it is men who feel they must overcome and kill these passions, not women. Women have a different path, for the ancient goddesses, such as Cybele and Astarte, rode on lions – they rode and channeled their passions. 

 
The Greeks came to regard the ideal form of Aphrodite’s divinity in the beauty of Her naked body, for ancient statues of Her show Her either about to undress - revealing Her mystery - or already undressed. If these forms express Her essence, then it is the realm of body that reveals Her mystery. There is a radiant charm in Her loveliness which draws us into relationship, because the truth of Her Being is embodied. As the archetypal essence of love and sexuality, Her heavenly nature clothes Her instinctual, earthy nature, thereby uniting both realms in harmony. She asks us to love our bodies, knowing that they are truly the temple of Spirit here on Earth.
 

Saturday, April 8, 2017

The Goddess Speaks: Mother Eve's Tale, Part 1


The Goddess Speaks 
Mother Eve's Tale, Part 1


 World Soul


In the Beginning...

I am Eve, an avatar of the life-force of this glorious cosmos. I have danced with galaxies, made love with gods and given birth to worlds, and so I was sent to nurture a jewel amongst planets. I was sent here to Earth to bring it LIFE. Specifically, I was sent to Earth to create a GARDEN, a place of beauty and grace and peace. It’s what I do best.

I danced the cosmic rhythms of life upon this planet, seeing its potentials, singing LIFE into the dirt, the waters, the fires and the air. I woke the planet’s energy grid and the system came online.



 
Earth was born.  So I began to channel its energies into more life.

I enticed plants to grow and thrive on sunlight, just as I did. I gave them colors to play with and shapes to best suit them. And then asked the trees to grow tall to shade us from the fierce heat of my young sun. And it was good.



I lept and let the air currents sweep me where they would, dispersing seeds, spreading abundant life. I birthed my winged children to help. I gathered moisture and wove clouds and danced on them. And it rained. 
 
I swam in the deep waters of Earth and gave birth to magnificent children who knew how to go with the flow and when to stay rooted. I blessed the springs that quenched my thirst with healing and delight. And it was good.



I traveled the lava roads, midwifing new lands from fire. Each land had a voice I listened to. I discovered what it wanted to bear—forests and meadows, blossoms and fruits. And so it did.

And I blessed the ground, called the rains, pulled in the fires of creation and asked the World Tree to gather us in Her arms. To hold and sustain us, as She does in all the worlds.  And She did.



As my Beloved Earth took hold of herself, I shaped my Garden with sights and sounds and tastes and smells to delight and refresh the senses of my children. And for me. For the blessing of life is to always walk in beauty.

Then I asked Earth to birth what children she would, for now she was a co-creator with me. And so came into being our four-legged children.



For an endless time, I walked in my gardens with my children: lioness and dragon, bear and wolf. And always my snakes nearby to bring me news. So abundant is my Beloved Earth’s imagination that soon my Garden was home to whole tribes of animals. Our children came and went, learned how to hunt, to couple and to die. And it was all good. 
 
Everywhere I walked, I walked in beauty. All my children lived in beauty and harmony, life and death flowing in cycles as we orbited our sun in an eternity of bliss. But even bliss can deepen.


One day as I walked alone, a wish of my heart grew strong in me. It soon overflowed my heart and filled me with such delight that I shaped it into a song. As I gave it my voice, the song rang out into my Garden, a sparkling display of light in all the colors of my heart. And it was good.

As my song filled the Garden, my Beloved Earth rose up and gathered the song to Herself, shaping a form of clay and dirt, green leaves and warm sunshine, clear water and soft breezes. Shaping her response to my longing. Offering her gift to me.



The Adam. My mate. My Green Man. He who would share this paradise with me.


To Be Continued:  Come back to see more.

If you like it, please let me know.  Where would you take this story?




Copyright 2017 Cathy Pagano  All Rights Reserved. 

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Wheel of the Year: Spring Equinox
Emergence


Persephone Awakening

Turning The Wheel of the Year

We’ve come through the dark of the year and now emerge into the light as we celebrate Spring Equinox in the northern hemisphere. Turning the Wheel of the Year again, we arrive to a moment of stillness & silence, when a balance is stuck between dark and light, before moving forward into the growing light of Spring and Summer as the Sun rises over the equator to continue its journey north for the year.
There are rhythms to life and nature that are more real and enduring than our modern insistence on continual progress. Ancient cultures knew this and created ceremonies to help people align with these changing energies. As we attune to Mother Earth’s rhythms, we learn to go with Her ebb and flow throughout the cycle. There’s a time for every purpose under heaven, as the Psalmist says. To live in Mother Earth’s cyclical time, we must step out of our habitual linear patriarchal time. Cyclical time gives us meaning and depth. Linear time leaves us racing to some unknown end that we fear is ‘the end’. The truth is there is no end in cyclical time because the end becomes the beginning. That’s why we began the year’s journey around the Wheel of the Year at the death aspect of the last cycle. 

At each gateway of the Wheel of the Year, we work with the different archetypal energies of life-death-rebirth. We’ve been working with the archetypal energies of the divine feminine aspects of this Wheel, although there are also divine masculine energies that operate throughout the year. This year we’re working on our feminine ‘being’ nature, our instinctual knowing and wisdom. In freeing our feminine nature from rigid patriarchal definitions and rules, both women and men can connect to our soul’s purpose and step away from the need to constantly achieve the ‘success’ that patriarchy demands.
So let’s look at where we’ve come from so we can see where we are now.
At Samhain, we journeyed to the ancient Crone goddess Hecate to stand at the crossroads and decide if we were willing to walk into the Unknown. What new road did we choose? What part of our lives were we willing to leave behind?
At Winter Solstice, we gave birth, along with the Great Mother, to the divine light of Life that is born in the darkness of Winter and of the Unconscious. During that season, we lived with the hope and joy that something new had been born.
At Imbolc, we searched for a vision of the new life growing in us since Winter Solstice. The Celtic goddess Brighid attuned us to our creative imagination. We were asked, how will we work with this new Light within us? What do we want to create this year? We clarify this new vision by engaging the imagination and intuition to see where this Light wants to go and what it has to tell us.
Now, at Spring Equinox, we begin to emerge from the mysterious dark to embody our vision. What has been growing within us is now ready to emerge into the world. Who we are – our character – determines our actions and our fate. “As above, so below, as within, so without, as the universe, so the soul…” Hermes Trismegistus 


 Spring Equinox is a time for new life and resurrection—that’s why the Christian Easter (named after the ancient goddess Ostara) and Jewish Passover are celebrated at this time of year. The days grow longer, animals are more active, migrant birds return to make their nests and birth their young ones and wildflowers awaken from their winter sleep. Spring is a time of rebirth, growth and change, when we feel we’ve emerged from the dark and cold of Winter into new life. It’s a time to assert ourselves and take things to the next step in their creation. In Spring, the fire of Life grows strong again.
The feminine energies of Spring Equinox are manifested in a few goddesses – Ostara, goddess of fertility, Artemis the Huntress and Persephone, the Queen of the Underworld and Spring Maiden. When Persephone returns from the Underworld in the Spring, she has changed, just as we have changed from who we were when we embarked on our initiation at Samhain. Persephone is now a Queen, a woman of power who creates her own life because she knows her inner depths. When we embrace Persephone’s energy and make it our own, we can embody this new life we’ve birthed. Persephone knows what’s inside her – she has come through the dark Underworld of Death and faced herself. Now, like the Tarot card Strength, she can use her will, courage and determination to bring her creative vision to life.

Spring Equinox: Emergence

 
Spring is the season to rise up and blossom, not just in our personal lives but also in our collective life this year. Many Americans feel betrayed by what the President and his party are doing to our democracy. After the election, we were shocked into a dark, hopeless place, just as surely as Kore/Persephone was abducted by Hades into the Underworld. Like Persephone’s mother Demeter, we felt betrayed and overwhelmed by loss, fear and rage; over the Winter months (since Samhain) we’ve had time to mourn, so now it’s time to rise up with new creative ideas that will make our life fruitful and our democracy stronger in the long run. Like the goddess Persephone, we have lost our innocence but gained our power. It seems we are going through a collective initiation, a spiritual testing that will require all our courage, determination and vision. We have to consciously evolve now.
The Greek Goddess Persephone embodies the fiery, creative energy of Spring, bringing with her the fertility and wealth of the Underworld. Persephone’s underworld journey through death and rebirth unites different worlds – the upper and lower, the inner and outer – in a balance that gives us a unique perspective on life. The comfortably numb life we’ve been living is gone. It’s been raped away.
Persephone embodies the archetypal truth that we have to undergo a descent into the unknowns of our inner life through a betrayal or ‘death’ that initiates us into greater consciousness; then we return to the outer world with our own personal power to live a purposeful life. She embodies our ability to stay connected to the inner world so that its great riches can fertilize our outer world. She is the flower Maiden and powerful Queen as well as the medial woman who can see the unseen. As Queen of the Dead she helps us release what is no longer viable and as Spring Maiden, she brings us back to Life. 

Women of Eleusis ~ Jean Deville
 
Her mysteries where celebrated for over 2,000 years before Christ in the Eleusinian Mysteries, where her devotees’ initiation assured them of eternal life. The myth of Persephone and her mother Demeter was an important part of this initiation into a greater life. While the myth of Demeter and Persephone can be seen as the story of seasonal changes, there’s more here than meets the eye.

Before she was Persephone, Queen of the Dead, this young woman was called Kore, the Maiden. Her mother Demeter was the goddess of agriculture and the harvest, of growing grains and the fertility of Nature. Demeter was the sister of Zeus, the king of Heaven, Poseidon, the lord of the Oceans and Hades, the king of the Underworld. Hades asked Zeus for a bride and Zeus promised him his daughter by Demeter, Kore. Maybe the Aryan invaders had a habit of stealing their brides because the story is that Hades came up out of the Underworld in his chariot and ravished the young Maiden away. These gods didn’t believe in asking, but then again, life’s hardships also come upon us unexpectedly and we are forced to deal with a loss, an illness, a change.

The Rape of Proserpina 1 Bernini 1622

The story goes that nobody knew what happened to Kore except for Hecate, the Crone, who helped Demeter discover where her daughter was. This is the same Hecate who stood with us at her Crossroads at Samhain and asked us to walk a new path. Demeter then mourned her daughter by taking away the fertility of the land, of animals and of people. She was definitely pissed off. As the old ad from the 60s said “It’s not good to fool Mother Nature!” In the end, the gods weren’t getting the worship they felt they deserved and they made Zeus tell Hades to give her back. And he did. But only after she had eaten some pomegranate seeds in the Underworld, so she had to return there for the part of the year we call Winter.
There are deep archetypal and psychological truths in these ancient stories we call myths. What they reveal about humanity’s growth in consciousness is becoming clearer, as Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell, Karl Kerenyi and others have explained. So let’s look at some of the symbolism in this story and see what it has to tell us about the initiation into greater consciousness we are going through as a species.
This story of death and rebirth speaks to the truth that life is cyclical and that death is not the end but rather a transition into another state of being. The myth says the Kore was out in the fields, dancing and playing with other young women. There is an innocence about Kore, an innocence that doesn’t understand the part of life that entails pain and suffering. And so, while Hades is not an evil presence, he is most certainly an unknown presence or energy. When we’re young and innocent, we have no conception of pain, suffering and death. We are still bonded with the Mother who keeps us safe and secure. 

 
The old story says that Kore was looking at a narcissus flower. Our immediate association might be that it symbolized Narcissus, the youth who fell in love with his own image—that’s where we get the term narcissist from (we all know a modern example of this personality disorder!). The ancient narcissus flower was a type of lily or iris, both flowers associated with death. The modern narcissus, which is the daffodil, symbolizes rebirth and new beginnings, as we all experience in the Spring when daffodils are one of the first bulbs to bloom.
It seems young Kore was ready to die so she could have a larger life. It was time to break away from Mom. Just as it is time for all of us to leave humanity’s childhood behind us and grow into mature, responsible stewards of the Earth. This is the initiation Persephone went through. We need to go through it as well.
The story says Hades ravished Kore away. The word ravish comes from the Vulgar Latin *rapire, from Latin rapere "to seize and carry off, carry away suddenly, hurry away". So Hades, or Death, seizes her and poof, she’s gone.

Demeter & Persephone

Now it’s Demeter who feels betrayed when she finds out what has happened to her daughter. She is the part of us who is devastated by what is going on in the world now. Our hopeful, innocent belief that we are the change we’ve been waiting for didn’t take into account the need for a collective initiation before that change can manifest in the world. Demeter is also the part of us who mourns as our personal life goes through crisis.
So here we are, along with Demeter, mourning our lost hopes and future. But once again, all is not lost because in the Goddess’ cyclical time, while all things must pass, as George Harrison so sweetly sang to us, rebirth is just around the corner.
So while Demeter raged against the machine of her own time and held back life and warmth and love from humanity and the gods, things were going on below the surface. Hades, The Unseen One, is a mysterious god: while there’s a sense of danger and darkness about him, he was also the god of the riches of the Underworld – or the Unconscious. Hades took to himself the bright promise of Life and wed it to Death. It seems we have to accept that, just as don Juan told Carlos Castaneda to take death as your advisor.
In the Underworld, Hades offered Kore a pomegranate and she ate some of its seeds. Once she did, she became Persephone, Queen of the Dead. So what was it about those seeds that gave Kore her name and her identity?

Hades offers Persephone the Seeds

Pomegranates are basically a nursery for seeds, don’t you think? In ancient times they symbolized both immortality and fertility. Pomegranates are very juicy. Persephone eats the seeds – and she learns to look at the ‘seeds’, the beginnings, of things: complexes, habits, issues. When we know where things began, we can break habits and change things.
There was something waiting for Persephone in the Underworld that not only woke her up to her identity by giving her the wisdom of the seeds, but also gave her the fertility that used to belong to her mother. So if this myth holds true, which these archetypal patterns do, then what seeds have you eaten from your Unconscious this Winter? Can you see the patterns of your life?
If we are following this mythic journey, then we have to integrate the wisdom of the Underworld—that we are spiritual beings having a human experience, rather than just good little worker bees whose only purpose is to work, make money to pay taxes and then die. When we look at life from this deeper, spiritual perspective, we intuitively know ‘all will be well’ even when we still have lots of work to do. That’s what we have to remember to get us through the dark times: this life is an initiation into greater consciousness and we chose to incarnate at this time to help evolve humanity out of ‘us vs. them’ and into a ‘we at all one’ attitude. ‘What you do to the least of my brethren, you do to me’.
When Persephone emerges from the Underworld in the Spring, she comes back as a Queen, a woman of power and purpose. She comes back in men too, as their Anima. So with the return of the Light at Spring Equinox, we can let our own Persephone emerge and arise to bring back Life to a dark world. We bring with us a connection to the inner world, the inborn Wisdom of Life that is our heritage, so we can see the unseen and intuitively know what needs to be done.
Now more than ever, we have to remember who we are—not helpless victims of patriarchy, but luminous beings of Light and Life. Let Persephone’s power of renewal fill you with her own strength and purpose. That purpose is LIFE.


1. Principle of Mentalism: “All is Mind”
2. Principle of Correspondence: “As is above, so is below. As is below, so is above.”
3. Principle of Vibration: “Nothing rests; everything moves; everything vibrates.”
4. Principle of Polarity: “Everything is dual; everything has an opposite, and opposites are identical in nature but different in degree.”
5. Principle of Rhythm: “Everything flows, out and in; the pendulum-swing manifests in everything; the measure of the swing to the right is the measure of the swing to the left- rhythm compensates.”
6. Principle of Cause and Effect: “Every cause has its effect; every effect has its cause.”
7. Principle of Gender: “Everything has its masculine and feminine principles.”

Cathy Pagano