The story of Old tells us that Persephone beloved Daughter, returns from Her journey to the Underworld. Demeter, the Mother, stretches out Her arms – to receive and rejoice. The beloved One, the Lost One, returns with new Wisdom from the depths.
In the Spring Equinox ceremonial Poetry, as I have written it, I have identified Demeter with “the eternal Space and Time in which we are immersed and embraced”: Demeter may be a name for this, for the eternal Space and Time “in which we are immersed and embraced” … who holds us, who waits for us, who receives us. So, every moment is such a Moment – a Spring Equinox Moment of being received by Her … the Mother is always present. We are always in the embrace of eternal Space and Time, whom we may imagine as Mother – Demeter or whoever, our Origin.
She holds us even when we ‘depart’ – in our minds or attention. She waits for us, to attend again, to be present. She receives us always – She is complete forgiveness, and to whom we belong … the sentient Cosmos, the Dark Womb of Space and Time. Spring Equinox may be this kind of Return – to Her Sentience, to embrace of Her. Jennifer Berezan spells the word as ReTurning , and we have used this music of hers in the ceremony, for the rite of the journey to the Underworld and the return/emergence. It is not always clear whether the new Strength of Being – the Return – celebrated at Spring Equinox is a flowering or a descent to her arms … they are certainly never separate.
At the Equinoxes – both Spring and Autumn – the altar we use for ceremony is a triangular shape, meant to represent Demeter – “the Great Triangle of Life” as Carolyn McVickar Edwards names Her: Persephone is Her Daughter-Self, simultaneously Queen/Sovereign of the Underworld … all Three-in-One. There is debate about the etymology of the name Demeter … McVickar Edwards tells the appealing story that De is the word for delta, the triangle-shaped letter of the Greek alphabet, and Meter means ‘Mother’: so Her name is “a visual pun suggesting the sacred Vulva and the Great Three-in-One Mother”. In any case, a triangle is an appropriate representation of the Great Source of Life, and an Earth Mother, which Demeter no doubt is – much like Gaia.
Spring Equinox altar in PaGaian MoonCourt
Glenys Livingstone 2013
A Spring Equinox/Eostar Meditation is available digitally as an individual track on this page: PaGaian Cosmology Meditations CDs
fn 1. Glenys Livingstone, PaGaian Cosmology, p. 210.
fn 2. Glenys Livingstone, PaGaian Cosmology, p. 210.
fn 3. Carolyn McVickar Edwards, The Storyteller’s Goddess, p.178.
Edwards, Carolyn McVickar. The Storyteller’s Goddess: Tales of the Goddess and Her Wisdom from Around the World. NY: HarperCollins, 1991.
Livingstone, Glenys. PaGaian Cosmology: Re-inventing Earth-based Goddess Religion. NE: iUniverse, 2005.