Honouring Persephone – Shadow integration

I’ve long had a fascination with the myth of Persephone and Hades; even in childhood I wondered if there was more to the story. As part of my Shadow work I’m trying to heal, work with and integrate parts of my Self that have been pushed down for too long. In giving them their say, and in trying to find constructive, positive outlets for their ‘light’ sides I have come to realise the importance of balance. In a healing session with J a couple of weeks ago Loki and Sigyn reminded me of Persephone, and how she had to learn to balance her Upperworld and Underworld time. She had to learn to balance these parts of Herself, and so She may also be able to help me.

Weirdly I’d been buying pomegranate seeds for salads for a couple of weeks beforehand, not even remembering about Persephone’s story. I had also bought a little pomegranate pendant last year because I felt Her calling, but then got caught up in health concerns and other things that took over. This time I am in Her domain, somewhere She understands, trying to find my way back to the Upperworld but still healing my ‘Underworld’.

I went on Etsy and found a lovely bright pomegranate clay piece, and checked in with Her, asking if it would be an appropriate offering and focus for my work with Her. I got the impression it was indeed acceptable, so bought it. I’m a very visual person, and I love different textures; I like to have something to look at or hold onto that helps remind me of my Deities, or acts as a focus for Them.

Last week the pomegranate finally arrived, and I set it up on my book case, at the opposite end to Athena, along with the little pendant and a glass of pomegranate juice. I said some prayers to Persephone, and asked for Her help with integrating and balancing my Self. Afterward I used my pendulum to check the offerings were suitable and I got a “yes”.

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I am remembering to thank Her and include Her in my daily prayers, and look forward to learning more from Her. I feel like She can really help people to learn to balance and integrate, with a better understanding of how to take responsibility for our own lives, emotions and actions – a kind of personal sovereignty/ rulership. I wonder how many others work with Her in this way.

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5 thoughts on “Honouring Persephone – Shadow integration

  1. The deities of the dark, of the underworld, are so needed as a balance to the light. Persephone reminds me also of the Cailleach, goddess of the winter, the dark, who returns as Brighid in the spring. All is cyclic, in nature, in our lives. There would be no shadows if there was not light.

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  2. I loved this post…and the pictures…your pomegranate is gorgeous 🙂 It is oddly synchronous for me at the moment as I just finished writing a song for the High Priestess card in the Tarot which is also full of the symbolism of Persephone and the pomegranate…
    The myth of Persephone/Hades/Demeter stuck with me from childhood as well and was a story that I have also found really helpful when working with shadow self (and also with physical female cycles…there is a lot in there about menarche and the cycles of the womb). It reminds me that every one of us at some time in our lives has need of that journey down into the parts of us we keep hidden and outside of our awareness. While touching that may seem unsettling and frightening at first, it brings us into a more empowered and whole state…we can start to see and accept ourselves as we are rather than fighting to resist the healing that is trying to work in us. When Persephone was first dragged away, we can imagine her fear…but through the pomegranate she became Queen of the Underworld. She was still and would always be Demeter’s daughter, but she came to know and accept another part of herself and could move gracefully between those states without resistance.

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