Goddess of Agriculture, Harvest, Fertility, & Sacred Law
Demeter had a daughter named Persephone, she was an innocent, a virgin. When she disappeared one day Demeter was decimated with worry, sadness, then eventually righteous fury, when she discovered Hades (God of the Underworld) had stolen her. So preoccupied with her sorrow and ire, she halted the seasons, causing nothing to grow and eventually begin to die. Zeus discovering the emergent situation sent Hermes to the Underworld, demanding that Hades return the woman’s daughter. Hades said he would but only if she’d not eaten anything in his realm, binding her to it. Persephone had eaten some pomegranate seeds and so Zeus’ hands were tied.
Zeus reached a decision that would allow Persephone to return to her mother four months out of the year. Four months were also to be spent with Hades and the remaining four were to the girls discretion. Eventually, Persephone grew to love Hades and combined her four months with his.
Every year when her daughter returns, Demeter makes the earth abundant or Spring and every time she leaves is when Winter begins.
Demeter and Poseidon had a complicated relationship
Her symbols are the cornucopia, wheat, torches and bread, snake pig
The torch is for the countless hours she spent searching for her daughter
Zeus was Persephone’s father