Demeter Goddess of GrainRead More
Persephone and Hades - A Love Story
By Christine Schultz
Will we simply return to dust after death? It’s the great mystery. The ancients held festivals and ceremonies to recognize the great mysteries, and to answer this very question.
In ancient Greece, these ceremonies began around 700 BC in a place called Eleusis. The Eleusinian Mysteries with roots in Egyptian and Brahman teachings, and influences from Buddhism, were held in secrecy. Christian leaders from the ancient world, including John the Evangelist with his ties to Freemasonry, were, according to legend, initiates of the Mysteries. It is believed that many rituals of the Freemasons and Christian Church are taken from these ancient ceremonies.
The Greek Mysteries are based on the story of Demeter, the Goddess of fertility, otherwise known as Earth Goddess. Her daughter Persephone, Goddess of Springtime, was married to Hades, the King of the Underworld. Here’s a super simplified version of the myth:Read More
When Crone is Greeted by Winter
Crone is last stage of the moon cycle. Spring, summer, autumn, winter are the Earth cycle seasons. Autumn and winter must correspond to the Crone stage. I understand autumn and see the beauty in it, but I’m unclear on winter. Winter is a metaphor for death. Or is it the very last stage of life? What is the symbolic and energetic meaning of the winter years? What is the beauty of it? I came to realize autumn is about reaping life’s harvest, and also letting go. Does that continue into winter? When does the season of winter begin for us humans? My father, nearly 81, recently had a stroke and is in decline. Depressed and wishing to die, he lost his zeal for life. Once the desire to live dies, does that mark our winter season?
I'm Loving the Autumnal Years!
At one point, I was introduced to the idea that our lives reflect the Earth cycle (spring, summer, autumn, and winter). As our life expectancy has increased, the Earth cycle begins to make more sense because for many, our lives will be only just more than half complete by menopause.
AUTUMN - this intermediate phase between summer/mother phase and winter/crone phase ushers in a whole new way of looking at the post-menopausal years. Autumn is the harvest season - the most abundant time of year, the most flavorful, and rich in color. It’s also the time when the leaves fall and let go… Symbolically, an autumnal woman is reaping the fruits of her life’s work, she may be heading into retirement and may have the resources and time to travel. She may be free of small children and may be going into grand-parenting. She may understand death more intimately as loved ones pass. She may be releasing relationships, or careers may change. It’s a time of purification and getting clear on who she is. The Autumnal woman is bursting through patriarchal cultural conditioning of being irrelevant and worth less.Read More
For women, this third season (there are four) is the time when our blood stops. For me, this was effing BIG! It happened slowly after a ten year “period”. I had been carefully noticing, adjusting health (No longer able to eat bread and having autoimmune issues!), and trying to find someone to talk about it. Still, when my doctor after reviewing blood tests, delivered the news that I, age 49, was officially “post-menopausal”, I was flattened. Thank god, my beloved was there to hold me as I mopped up the tears and surrendered the last remaining attachment I had to my summer season.
Officially over the threshold, I felt immense grief as I mourned the loss of my summer years. I had been bracing myself, yet, when that moment was known, I still felt mystified about how to feel as an autumnal. I hadn’t heard anything good about it ever, because we are a culture that worships youthful beauty. Yet, I knew the future would be good! I simply had little reference and understanding how and why.
Photo by Katy Rowe of Artist Group PhotographyRead More