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Persephone returns!

In the Garden, March 5, 2010

When the first green shoots appeared in early spring, I took my then-young daughter out to the garden. There we sat on the earth while I told her Charlene Spretnak’s version of the  myth of Demeter and Persephone (Lost Goddesses of Early Greece: A Collection of Pre-Hellenic Myths).

There are many Spring-related stories, myths and legends, but I chose this particular version because of the themes of mother-daughter love, the removal of the “rape” element (which was added in later, Hellenized versions), and the message of our deep embeddedness in nature.

Now I have granddaughters, and can share stories with them. Brigid’s light grows, and she spreads her green mantle across the land; the Christ-light will soon be resurrected in our hearts; and this month we celebrate the Celtic saints David (with daffodils) and Patrick (with shamrocks, seamrog– clovers and trefoils). One of my favorite Celtic saints is Melangell, patron of rabbits and hares, small animals, the natural environment, and healing. Bunnies and chicks! http://saintspreserved.com/Melangell.html

The daylight grows stronger, and will soon equal the hours of darkness. The robins are here, the mounds of snow are shrinking, and the green is sprouting. At last.

In the Garden - March 5, 2010

Comments on: "Persephone returns!" (8)

  1. Theadora Davitt-Cornyn said:

    So lovely ~ reminds me of my childhood in Watertown, NY… used to play among duchess plum trees, and watch for the first signs of Lilies-of-the-Valley to appear, in January!

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    • Wow, Theadora, in January! My Lilies-of-the-Valley are under a foot or more of snow right now because they’re in a shady place. I transplanted them here from my mother’s home in Canton, NY.
      Before I was born, my mother moved them to Canton from her mother’s house in New Hampshire. Maybe someday my children will want some for their gardens to further this lilies-legacy.

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  2. You’ve seen the first robin already? Lucky you!

    I resonated with you story about the Celtic Saint Melangell. We have a rabbit, a little white one that escapes his hutch and runs away now and then. I call him “Cwazy Wabbit” and feel a joy every time I see him scampering in nature.

    Now, I have to go to the yard and check out the crocuses. Also to check out the myth of Demeter and Persephone.

    michael j
    Omega-bound

    Any tips of things to check out while at Omega?

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    • Michael J.
      Not just a first robin – several robins! Maybe they’ve been here all winter, in hiding.
      Not all Demeter / Persephone stories are the same. The Spretnak version was perfect for a young girl.
      Near Omega? How about Opus 40 in Saugerties or Innisfree Garden in Millbrook?
      Katharine

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  3. Lovely pix, Katharine, and a sweet memory of sharing wisdom with young girls -and now another generation. I just returned from NYC and being in that place – which I love – makes me cherish my new rural home even more. Many blessings to you as the spring emerges. I am sooo ready.

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  4. I’m so excited about your pictures. I saw some greens popping out this week too! Unfortunately I don’t have the eye to identify too many plant varieties. I’ve not had the opportunity to have my own garden. Some day hopefully…

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    • Hello Chris,
      The top “greens” photo is of snowdrops – they are now in bloom. The other pic is of crocus greens. No blossoms on them yet!

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  5. THE CROCUSES ARE UP.

    BUT, i AM SAD BECAUSE i HAVE YET TO SPOT MY FIRST ROBIN.

    WHY HAS MOTHER NATURE SHUT HER EYES TO ME? WHERE IS MY HERALD OF SPRING?

    michael j

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