Persephone was the daughter of Zeus (uh oh) and Demeter. She had the bad luck of attracting the deadly gaze of Hades, who having decided he wanted her, went to her father to discuss his needs (as you do). Zeus knew Demeter wouldn’t agree to the union, so he suggested that Hades simply abduct Persephone (as you do). Hades didn’t have to be told twice, and just like that, Persephone was gone. Demeter, the goddess of agriculture, was so grief-stricken that the earth went barren. Years of winter and famine went by until Zeus was finally forced by the outcry of the starving people to compel Hades into returning Persephone. Hades did so, but not before tricking Persephone into having to return to the underworld for part of every year. Her absence from this world is called winter.
Persephone was never associated with a planet or asteroid. But some ancient cultures believed that the souls of the dead were held in the atmosphere around the moon, the ruler of the night. Thus we have elevated Persephone from the underworld to the moon. From there, we’d like to think she’ll be in a better position to both end Hades and watch Athena overthrow Zeus, ridding the Pantheon of the poster children for worst husband and father ever.
Single strand embroidery in a 4 inch, hand-painted black hoop. Perfect for tucking into a corner of a bookshelf or hanging on the wall.
Design by ArtificeLux. His posters, prints, and patches of Aphrodite and Athena can be found in the ArtificeLux Collection.