The Story of Persephone and the Pomegranate Seeds

Mabon Blessings! We like to tell this story on Mabon evening, gathered around a fire. I have a pomegranate to show, and when the story is finished, I open the pomegranate to show the seeds inside, and let everyone try one if they wish.

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Once there was a beautiful young girl called Persephone. Her mother was Demeter, the Goddess of the growing things. Demeter and her daughter lived in a world where it was always summer. Green things were always blooming and the sun shone warm and sweet.

One day while she was out with her friends, Persephone felt a trembling beneath her feat and heard a rumbling. The ground split open and Hades, God of the underworld, appeared driving a chariot. He snatched Persephone and took her back into the earth with him. The ground closed up again with a huge roar and all that was left of Persephone was a bunch of flowers on the ground.

Demeter searched everywhere, but she could not find her daughter. For days and days she looked for Persephone. Her grief was so great that the earth began to grow cold and all the green things died. There was no food, and a terrible hunger came to the people.

In the underworld, meanwhile, Persephone came to see that Hades wasn’t as scary as she first thought. He had been so lonely in the underworld, he told her of his longing to keep her there with him.

Persephone missed her mother and the bright world above ground. But her new status as Queen of the underworld and her love for Hades gave her reason to stay with him. She believed that she had important work to do deep under the ground.

Persephone knew that if she ate or drank anything in the underworld, she would have to stay there forever. Even though Hades begged her too have just a sip, or one bite of food, she didn’t’.

Demeter had finally learned where Persephone was. She insisted that she be returned to her. Hades sadly hitched his horses to his chariot and prepared to take Persephone back. But before they left, he offered Persephone one last thing to eat – a ripe, blood red pomegranate. Looking him in the eye, Persephone took six seeds and ate them.

They went back above ground, up through a crack in the earth. Persephone threw herself into her mothers arms, joyous to be reunited. The earth again grew rich with flowers and the sun shone once more.

But, because Persephone had eaten six pomegranate seeds, it was decided that for six months of each year, she must return to the underworld with Hades, on Mabon, and winter would come to the world. In spring she would once again return to her mother, allowing the earth to bloom.

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  1. September 23, 2013 / 06:07

    I’ve always been fascinated with Greek Mythology, and I think Persephone’s story was one of the saddest one. But I didn’t know that she also fell in love with him (there’s too many versions to keep up with).

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  3. Sylver Blake
    September 19, 2014 / 17:28

    Lovely.
    Also, it was the Goddess Hecate who told Demeter of Persephones abduction and then helped Persephone come to terms with her role and purpose in the underworld. Just an interesting little detail :)

  4. teresa lace de souza
    March 14, 2015 / 20:39

    … delighted , i am to read this … my own story …

    well written in content . whats more relevant .

    lacemoon

  5. Christine Simpson
    September 21, 2015 / 08:02

    This is a great little story . I would like to see more.

  6. lily
    September 22, 2015 / 19:51

    Wow this really helped alt for my presentation

  7. Adam Smith
    October 2, 2016 / 20:04

    In the version I read, it was a little boy who offered her the seeds. But there are many versions so a tiny detail isn’t that unusual.

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