Proserpina or Persephone is the ancient agricultural Goddess of the underworld world. She was the Queen of the Dead, wife of Hades and daughter of Demeter the Mother Earth. She was the center of Eleusinian Mysteries celebrated by the Greeks during the beginning of Spring . But Persephone was named Core when she was an innocent maiden before she was abducted and dragged down into the underworld by Hades. Demeter mourned the loss of her daughter and everything on Earth died. The Gods demanded Hades to return Persephone because the Earth was dying. But because Persephone ate 6 pomegranate during her stay in the underworld she had to return for 6 months each year to her husband Hades. Thus the myth of how the season came to pass. Persephone symbols are the red poppies that grow both in the fields of Southern France and Italy. Also her symbols are pomegranate known as the womb of the Goddess.
French Bakeries even today are painted with red poppy flowers, and wheat shafts. Wheat is the symbol of Demeter the Earth Goddess. When these symbols are found together it is the celebration of Persephone returning to her Mother and the Earth’s Life forces has risen into the plant kingdom.
The French city of Marseille has a church which is known as St. Victors. It is in the crypt of this church the Black Madonna, Notre Dame de la Confession resides. But when the Romans occupied ancient Gaul the city of Marseille came under Persephone veils. Notre Dame de la Confession is the over lay of the Dark Lady of the Underworld. You can see this in the Church’s Sacred Holiday celebration Feb 2, Candlemas. Candlemas is the older celebration of Imbolc which celebrate the first signs of the greening of Spring. St Victors celebrate this holiday with blessed green candles and Les Navettes. Les Navettes are orange scented cookies shaped like vulvas.
Our Lady Core is the new archetype of Dark Lady of the Underworld. She helps us integrate our Core Issues of our Emotional Body with the Awareness of the Spacious Heart. As innocent children life happens and wounding also happens. This is the human condition. This wounding re-occurs over and over again as the same old story but different characters playing the same parts. We relive these tragedy until we are willing to go down in the underworld of our bellies and reclaim the wounded child.
Just as the energy rises in Springtime, we can allow the wounded child to rise in our Heart of Awareness. It is through the Spacious Heart and our own unconditional love for our self our childhood core issues can begin to heal. That unconditional love includes non-judgement, which is rooted in witnessing our own emotional patterns. Our Lady Core’s Empty Spacious Heart gives us the right balance and teaches us how to re-mother and re-father our inner child to become healthy adult.
Note: When I lived in the South of France the hills were covered with Persephone’s poppies. Such a beautiful site, when I returned to Northern California I was so surprise to find a small patch of the same flowers outside of Weed the home of my Father.
It was known as the Passion of Christ as a reference to the sleep of death in the Virgin Mary’s Sacred Flora of the 12th century. The Madonna image is from the South of France. She is said to made of sacred dark wood from Belgium. The poppies and the Dark Madonna have now transformed into Our Lady Core.
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