Two nights ago, I sat down after work and household chores to talk to Ange about the changes in her spiritual path. While her path is not for me to share, she did ask if I had any recommendations for a playlist she was creating about death. So, as we talked, I opened up iTunes and began perusing my musical library. And, as I sat there, I began to build my own devotional playlist. Songs that I mulled over began to find themselves in a playlist I labeled “The Maiden and the Queen,” for Persephone.
I haven’t spoken much about Persephone of late. She has been around and lately, as autumn dusts its rosy fingers over the woodland behind my building, I see her more and more, the chthonic queen casting her spell over the land as she descends again to Hades, her mother settling in for her yearly grief. As I sit here, staring out the window, I find myself looking at a particular tree on the horizon. Its leaves have begun to change, but still very green, still vibrant with the life that spring gave it many months ago. Here and there, its branches are dotted with red, like the seeds of a pomegranate spilled across a verdant table.
She has been here, and as I sink into the meditative state that marks my year from the autumnal equinox to the final days of October, I find myself mulling on the reasons she is here again.
Shadow work was something that came to my attention about the same time I started seeing signs of Persephone Kore. Mentions and hints here and there. I began discussing it with people and remembering my classic literature class at university where we discussed the Jungian archetypes. The Shadow, of the seven, had stuck out to me, much like the Trickster archetype. And as I learned more about shadow work, I began to realize why Persephone was here, in my life, at this time.
I’ve mentioned before that I’m in therapy. During the beginning, I mentioned to my therapist that I wanted to discuss my religion and spirituality. I sent her a document that I had written, a very basic primer to my beliefs, and we discussed it. Within the text, I mentioned the deities that I work with or have worked with and, of them, my therapist mentioned Persephone. Not surprising, considering she is from Cypress. Looking back now, I have to laugh, since my inclination is that Persephone is here to assist me with shadow work, something my therapy is doing on a more scientific level.
Spiritually, I have felt like I’m floating lately. Partly that is due to my job making me so busy of late. I’ve been a dog walker for nearly a month now and barely written here at all. Writing at this blog is important to me; it helps me keep track of my spiritual thoughts and growth, from one point to another. Getting my thoughts out here helps me keep track and helps keep me sane.
Next week, I take my first small vacation from work. From October 16 through the 20th, I am free to do as I wish, barring my Wednesday therapy session. I have plans for that weekend, since Halloween is coming, the most sacred day of the year to me. Likely, I will be taking it and November 1 off, for religious reasons, too. But, on Wednesday, I will be planning on working with Persephone some, with doing another round of shadow work (though I’ve been quiet about it, that isn’t to say I haven’t been doing it, after all) and my therapy session.That Saturday, I hope to finally celebrate a holiday for Anubis, one of my own creation, and give thanks to him. But Persephone has taken the reins of late, with her hints and nudges, just like she did six or so months ago. And, though I bent the knee, it is time to bear her colors and bow my head.