Welcome back! The love 💕 story of Hades and Persephone is one of the most famous stories in Greek mythology. Well, it is not the most romantic as Persephone was abduct against her will. However, Hades treat Persephone as a queen (literally she became the Queen of the Underworld) which is romantic in that sense because let be real they were a whole lot of incest, killings, and revenge. Romance in any kind is hard to come by in the Greek gods/goddess world.
Before Persephone was the goddess of the Underworld (aka the beautiful maiden), she was the goddess of spring who was the daughter of Zeus (king of gods and sky) and Demeter (goddess of harvest, agriculture and fertility of the earth).
By the way, Zeus and Demeter are brothers and sisters, and Zeus and Hades are brothers; therefore, Zeus and Hades is Persephone’s uncle 🤢.
One day, Persephone was gathering flowers with her flora nymphs, Hades saw the beauty of Persephone and fell in love with her 😍. Hades then abduct Persephone and brought her to the Underworld to make her his wife 💍. Once Demeter found out Persephone was missing she asked the nymphs what has happen. No one knew and this made Demeter angry 😡and refused to grow crops which lead to famine. She cursed 🤬all the nymphs into sirens. Then, she asked Helios (the god of the sun) what has happened and she was told that Hades has kidnapped her. Zeus commanded that Hades release Persephone. Persephone did not know the ramifications of eating or drinking anything from the underworld. Hades agrees to his brother wish but, wants to keep Persephone. Persephone soon develop feelings for Hades and start to fall in love with Hades as he treated her with compassion and treated her as an adult. Not to mention how fast he made her his wife and queen.
At the same time she did miss her mother. Hades tricked Persephone into eating 6 pomegranate seeds from the underworld before she could leave. This means each seed she ate translated to one month she has to stay in the Underworld with Hades. This explains the seasons as Persephone spends six months (3 months (Fall) and 3 month (Winter)) with Hades in which Demeter is sadden that her daughter is leaving. This is why the season Fall is the time of harvest and the time where the plants and crops die because this is the time Persephone is leaving earth to go to the Underworld. However, when Persephone reunited with her mother this is the time of Spring, where plants start to flourish because of Demeter happiness to be with her daughter again. This is the the other 6 months of the year which is Spring and Summer. This is how the seasons came to be.
I think this is one of my favorite because of the attraction of opposites and that is a story at first of unrequited love . Persephone (the goddess of spring) has an innocence beauty who is lighthearted and tender, attracts the dark Hades who rules death. Unlike the other gods, Hades treated her like his equal, and not as a property. He was saddened when she did not reciprocate the same feeling he had for her at first, but he was also patient. I will say I did enjoy the ending as I think it was fair that Demeter and Hades share the equal amount of time with Persephone and I can say I relate to Persephone of having a protective mother. Also, to relate to my other section of my website about astrology, Hades in astrology speaking is connected to Scorpio which is the sign of death, rebirth and the unseen (like the Underworld). My dominant sign is actually Scorpio and it appear multiple times in birth as it is my sun, ascendent/rising sign and venus sign in western astrology, which could be why Hades is one of my favorite gods. Just to note there are different version of this story as of all other myths. For example, some say that Hades trick Persephone eating that seeds while other say she willingly ate the seeds without the help of Hades, but the fact remain that she has ate the seeds. Hope you enjoy the story and my stay tune for the next story about Narcissus and Echo !