DEMETER: GODDESS OF AGRICULTURE AND FIERCE MOTHER
Demeter, the Greek goddess of Grain, Abundance and Fertility, is a goddess of harvest and transformation. She was the mother of all on Earth, and of one, precious daughter, Persephone.
When Persephone was raped, kidnapped and taken to the Underworld by Hades, Demeter refused to allow anything on Earth to grow until she got her back. The famine that followed nearly destroyed all life. Zeus, King of the Gods, was forced to intervene in the struggle between Hades, the King of the Underworld, and Demeter, Earth Goddess, for the life of Persephone.
Ultimately, Zeus had to restore Persephone to Demeter for the spring, summer and fall months of every year. She was required to return to the Underworld, however, every winter. This was because, just before her release, Hades tricked her into eating a few seeds of the pomegranate ~ a symbol of marriage in ancient Greece.
Despite this trickery, Demeter blessed the world again when Persephone was with her. She withheld her blessing when she was absent. This is why Earth turns cold and seems dead in winter. (Story on back of card.)
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