if she were any greener, you’d have to water her. the trees seem to sigh when she walks by, but it could be the wind. (no one really believes that.) she keeps her younger sister close, especially when boys in leather jackets crook their fingers at her from behind lockers, promise to turn her lips red bloody. she trusts no one but the denizens of the school greenhouse, the plants who soak up her secrets and tell no tales. she’s a benevolent spirit, content in the background. she with twigs in her hair and flower crowns wrapped around her heart like a shield. she is both the rose and the thorns. heaven help you if you meet the fury of mother nature.
Medusa was originally a ravishingly beautiful maiden, but because Poseidon had raped her in Athena’s temple, the enraged Athena transformed Medusa’s beautiful hair to serpents and made her face so terrible to behold that the mere sight of it would turn onlookers to stone. In Ovid’s telling, Perseus describes Medusa’s punishment by Minerva (Athena) as just and well earned. [x]
but Medusa’s “punishment” was not a punishment at all but rather a gift from the goddess. Athena could not punish Posiden for what he’d done soshe made sure Medusa would never be at the mercy of a man again
She was abducted by Hades, the god of the underworld, infuriating her mother who made the crops wither and the earth barren. Zeus intervened and tried to bring Persephone back to the world of the living; however, Persephone ate the seeds of a pomegranate that Hades had given to her, binding her to him for one third of the year. Thus, it was decided that Persephone spend four months in the underworld and eight months on earth with her mother. The period in the underworld corresponded to the winter season, during which Demeter would make the soils barren due to her grief, while her return marked the start of the spring.
So I grabbed my king and ran away to a land of death, where I reigned and people whispered that I’d been dragged. I’ll tell you I’ve changed. I’ll tell you, the red on my lips isn’t wine. I hope you’ve heard of horns, but that isn’t half of it. Out of an entire kingdom he kneels only to me, calls me Queen, calls me Mercy. -Daniella Michalleni, “Persephone Speaks”
In Norse mythology, Rán is a goddess associated with the sea. According to Snorri Sturluson’s Prose Edda book Skáldskaparmál, in his retelling of the Poetic Edda poem Lokasenna, she is married to Ægir and they have nine daughters together.
In the classical period of Greek mythology, Artemis (Ancient Greek: Ἄρτεμις, pronounced [ár.te.mis] in Classical Attic) was often described as the daughter of Zeus and Leto, and the twin sister of Apollo. She was the Hellenic goddess of the hunt, wild animals,wilderness, childbirth, virginity and protector of young girls, bringing and relieving disease in women; she often was depicted as a huntress carrying a bow and arrows. The deer and the cypress were sacred to her. In later Hellenistic times, she even assumed the ancient role of Eileithyia in aiding childbirth.
our wonder of the stars is bone-sunk; we’ve been thinking and dreaming and watching and watching and watching since the beginning of time, and we looked for so long that we started making connections. we played a celestial game of connect-the-dots; trying to find order in something so vast and trying to show that the stars are in everything and everything is in the stars. [x]