On This Day
As goddess of the underworld, Persephone speaks with ghosts and enjoys powers of necromancy. Her return to the upperworld signifies the beginning of spring.
Sundown on this day marked the Greek festival of Stenia, celebrated in honor of Demeter and Persephone. Persephone was abducted by Hades and brought to the underworld. Her mother, Demeter, refused to allow anything to grow, causing winter. Persephone was eventually released from the underworld, but not before Hades had deceived her into eating four pomegranate seeds (in some versions she willingly ate them), which ensured her return to the underworld for four months of the year.
Summation of Spread
The Six of Wands depicts a celebratory parade evocative of Demeter’s joy when Persephone returns as well as the general joy associated with those who’ve endured a long, cold winter and celebrate spring’s return.
Persephone’s myth informs the questions of this spread, reflecting on the duality of her life between the upper and lower worlds.
Cast Your Cards
Cast your cards to pave a journey to the underworld and back:
1. How does my relationship with my mother inform who I am?
2. What is my greatest temptation?
3. What great lie do I believe as truth?
4. What holds me captive?
5. What sets me free?
6. How do I regenerate lost pieces of my soul?
7. How do I cultivate wisdom?
8. What do I have the power to create?
9. What am I willing to destroy?
10. How do I best maintain the balance of duality in my life?