Do you ever wondered whether some of the things that you learned in school were actually true? I love this question. Because it invites us each to lean on our own inner knowing, to use our own sense of truth and energetic sense of"yes" as our Compass for what is real and what we want more of.
With this podcast I invite you to reconsider the myth of goddess Persephone. She is usually seen and really mostly written about in the Homeric Hymn to Demeter. In this Hymn she is depicted as this helpless goddess who is snatched by Hades, the evil god of the underworld and who is also severely mourned by her mother. She is only rescued by her father when her mother brings famine upon the earth in her mourning. As the story goes, Zeus, Demeter's husband confesses that he gave Persephone’s hand to Hades in marriage He then goes about setting things right and worked an agreement out with Hades where his daughter would spend six months in underworld with Hades in six months above ground with her mother Demeter.
Not only does a story depict women in a hapless and helpless right… Where Demeter is bringing famine to earth because she is so uncontrollably sad, and Persephone is helpless and in the clutches of an evil man. But it leaves Persephone completely devoid of any of her own sovereignty, personal power, freedom of choice, and ability to embody who she truly is. I believe all goddesses are here to remind us who we truly are, so in this podcast I present a new way of looking at the myth through the eyes of Persephone herself. I hope that you enjoy!
Lisa Marie Haley