zeus:fizzbanger bath bomb- a fast fizzer with fizzing candy that smells like apple pie and goes out with a bang hera:rose bombshell bath bomb- an irresistible pink bath bomb filled to the brim with rose petals. apollo:sunnyside bubble bar- a bright citrusy bubbler that fills the water with sunny, glittery swirls. athena:the olive branch shower gel- a sunny, balanced shower gel featuring olive oil and olive leaf extract to clear minds. aphrodite:sex bomb bath bomb- a pink and purple bath bomb with a seductive jasmine fragrance and a rice paper rose tucked into the top. artemis:jungle solid conditioner- a solid conditioner bar containing cypress oil to tame even the wildest of hair and smells like the wildest of forests. ares:the little dragon reusable bubble bar- a feisty, bright red bubbler that can go again and again.
hermes:go faster feet lotion- this lotion moisturizes, heals, and deodorizes the feet; perfect for travelling and running. poseidon:big blue bath bomb- a turquoise bath bomb filled with dead sea salt and seaweed; creates a small sea in your bathtub. hephaestus:93,000 miles shower jelly- a jelly-like soap filled with ingredients to soothe skin and muscles after a long day’s stresses. hestia:cinders bath bomb- a small bomb filled with popping candy reminiscent of a crackling fire; smells like spiced fruit punch. dionysos:lord of misrule bath bomb- a sweet, spicy, & herbal bath bomb that turns water the colour of mulled wine. demeter:guardian of the forest bath bomb- a beautiful green bath bomb with flowers and leaves inside. smells like a lavish forest. persephone:happy 4 sad shower gel- a sweet smelling shower gel to show that the winter months aren’t as bleak and dreary as they seem.
bonus! hades: metamorphosis bath bomb- a dark grey, spicy smelling bath bomb that looks undesirable on the outside, but there’s so much more to it than meets the eye.
Sometimes a myth plays out a certain way because that’s the way certain aspects of our world seem to play out (The Eleusinian mysteries).
Sometimes a myth is a reflection of the societal norms of the culture that created it (sexual coercion of mortal women by gods).
Sometimes the author of a particular myth wrote it the way they did because they had a personal investment in writing it the way that they did (Ovid was known to exaggerate the brutality of Hellenic myths in his retellings).
Sometimes the myth doesn’t seem to line up with the cult practices of the culture in which the myth originates (Homer’s treatment of Zeus vs the Greek’s absolute adoration of Zeus).
Sometimes particular myths are taken as rote fact despite contradictory myths from lesser known authors (the birth of Aphrodite as extolled by Hesiod, Homer, Apollodorus, and Cicero).
Sometimes a myth just happens to be the one that survives the passage of time.
Sometimes a myth is used to teach a mortal lesson (literally every instance of a mortal being punished for their hubris).
Sometimes the translation of a myth reveals a quality not intended in the original work (the rape vs the abduction of Persephone).
Mythology is a product of humanity attempting to find its place in the universe. Taking every myth at face value, without considering allegorical symbolism, authorial intent, societal prejudice, or contemporary mythologies is a mistake many newbies make, and is certainly one that will bar most from coming to a wider understanding of the figures, lessons, and themes behind the myth.
Persephone is the daughter of Demeter, a harvest and agricultural goddess who presides over grain and the earth’s fertility, and over the sacred law of life and death. Persephone’s father is Zeus, god of the sky, who presides over the sky, storms, and rain. This puts Persephone in position as a goddess of vegetation, Spring, and the fertility of vegetation. She is a personification of vegetation itself and by her other name, Kore, a representation of youth and maidenhood, and newly awakening sexuality. She is also the goddess of the underworld, presiding over the dead and death via her husband, Hades.
The biggest story surrounding Persephone is her descent into the underworld. In this myth she was seized by Hades [some inaccurate translations say raped], this is a commonly misunderstood myth that paints the relationship between Hades and Persephone as non-consensual. This is not the case. The myth is part of her vegetative representations, plant life is seized by death six months a year, descending into the earth to the underworld. One misunderstood portion is the word “seized” and its context, it was not uncommon for women to run off with a man they loved, but since they were considered property of their families they were considered taken/seized by the man rather than active participants, it was considered kidnapping despite their wishes. The myth goes as follows:
Persephone was seized by Hades and taken to the underworld, she could not escape the underworld and was told there that if she ate anything of the underworld she would have to stay there. Gods don’t have to eat, they’re gods. Her mother wanted her to return and refused to let the earth create life until she was returned. So Persephone ate six pomegranate seeds so she would stay with her husband six months a year. Zeus, who also presides over the natural changes of seasons, decided that she would indeed stay with Hades in the underworld six months every year. During this time no vegetation grows, and Persephone presides over death as she does life the rest of the year. This myth demonstrates how Persephone is the personification of Spring and vegetation, and is an explanation of why vegetation dies down after the harvest each year.
With her flowery, girly associations with spring and renewal of life, flowers, and youth, Persephone is regarded as one of the most powerful goddesses. Her descent into the underworld is marked by a sudden dying of life, a chill in the air and a desperate hopelessness as the sky grows dark. Then when she returns to the world there is a sudden pop of life, and flowers, and warmth. Persephone as an agricultural goddess is one of the most important things to life, as agriculture sustains us and makes modern civilization possible.
The Eleusinian Mysteries which predated the normal Olympian Pantheon surround Persephone and her mother Demeter, these mysteries promised to their participants an easy transition to the afterlife and an understanding of it. It was believed to go through Persephone’s myth, through three parts of the ritual: “Descent” “Search” and “Ascent”, wherein they used hallucinogens to see into the afterlife and return from it, as Persephone does. The participants were said to no longer fear death after the ritual. As an agricultural goddess her early cults were agrarian and have little record, but the mysteries during the Athenian month of Anthesterion were dedicated to Persephone alone.
In Orphic mythos she was said to have by Zeus given birth to Dionysus, Iacchus, Zagreus, and Melinoe, all gods related to madness, including nightmares, and are all associated with Dionysus. This makes sense give the Eleusinian mysteries and her function as a goddess of vegetation, as Dionysus’s attributes - wine, wildness, and hallucinogens - are similarly associated with vegetation, albeit more wild. The plants Dionysus’s followers used to reach states of madness and ecstasy could not have existed without Persephone, and it seems the myth tellers knew that Nature gave birth to madness in their telling of her story.
Persephone is unique because she is a teenage girl, which are often not included in historical stories or mythos, and in that she represents both Life and Death, in that she, Life, recedes into the land of the dead for six months a year. Her popularity with modern pagans and witches is not surprising, as she has always been a very popular deity with followers of the pantheon.
Persephone is often portrayed as a young woman holding a sheaf of grain and a torch, representing her agricultural associations, or in the underworld with a pomegranate, both being symbols of Persephone. Growth and change are huge aspects of her, as are the natural cycles of life and death.
Appropriate offerings to Persephone might be things that fall within her associations - agricultural products, remembrances of death, pomegranate-related things - wine would be appropriate, wreaths of flowers, grains, honey, and other agricultural products.