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"Persephone, Greek Goddess of Innocence and Receptivity and Queen of the Underworld, was the only child of the union of Demeter (goddess of the bountiful harvest) and Zeus, the mighty king of the Olympians.

The adolescent goddess unwittingly attracted the attention of the Greek god Hades, brother of Zeus and ruler of the underworld. One can hardly blame Hades because the underworld, in Greek mythology, was the realm of the sleeping and the dead. It probably needed some "brightening up".
Hades simply abducted her one bright sunny day when she stooped to pluck a narcissus from a field of wildflowers near her home. The meadow was suddenly rent open, and Hades simply reached out and snatched Persephone away, taking her to his underworld kingdom and making her his queen.

Part of Persephone missed her mother horribly, but another part had grown rather fond of the god Hades. And Persephone was rather enjoying her role as Queen, even if it was in the underworld. While preparing to return to the earth with Hermes, Persephone accepted a pomegranate offered to her by Hades. She knew full well that anyone who had eaten while in the underworld would not be allowed to return, even a goddess -- Persephone went ahead and ate seven of the seeds.
She would be allowed to stay with Hades in the underworld for four months each year (winter) and would return to the earth and her mother the remaining months.
Apparently Persephone didn't spend all her time "going home to momma". Having made the decision to consume the seeds of the pomegranate while in the underworld, she managed to somehow always be there when others came visiting, ready to receive them into the underworld and to serve as their hostess and guide.

In Greek mythology Persephone, goddess of the soul, is the possessor of its dark and frightening wisdom. She represents both the youthful, innocent, and joyous maiden aspect of a woman as well as the more womanly self who, innocence lost and family attachments loosened, can begin to consciously decide for herself".

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... I've had a fascination for this goddess for a long time...
Black roses might be growing in the realm of the dead, lol.

Seven pomegranate seeds somehow remind me of the "seven deadly sins", which would definitely not allow the lady of the underworld go back to heaven
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