You know the story of Persephone, daughter of Demeter, who is kidnapped by Hades, god of the Underworld. Mad with grief, Demeter, goddess of harvest and crops, causes a famine until her daughter is returned to her. However, since Persephone has eaten a pomegranate seed while in the Underworld she must return each year to spend a third of the year with Hades.
That’s the common version of the myth. I prefer an earlier version. Seeing the confused spirits of the dead haunting the world of the living, Persephone, feeling great compassion, chooses to enter the Underworld and become its Queen. She helps the spirits adjust and offers them pomegranate seeds, the food of the Underworld. Demeter doesn’t want her to go, but Persephone knows her calling.
Persephone’s quandary is one that creatives, especially women, deal with daily. The quandary of Read More→