Demeter & Persephone
An Ancient Greek myth

Ancient Greeks recount that Demeter, goddess of agriculture and harvests, had a daughter, Persephone, whom she adored. She was so beautiful that the god of Hell, Hades, fell in love with her. As she was wandering in the fields, he set a trap for her using a beautiful magic flower. When Persephone stretched her hand out to pick it, the flower dragged her away into the earth’s depths.
In the evening, Demeter started to worry about her daughter whereabouts. Crying her eyes out, she asked men and gods, but no one wanted to tell her what had happened. Finally, it was Helios, the god of sun, who took pity on her sadness. He revealed the awful truth to her. Desperate and feeling betrayed by all the gods, Demeter went to cloister herself in a temple.
That year was terrible for mankind, because the goddess didn’t let anything grow. No seed bore fruit. No crops were harvested.

From the top of Olympus, Zeus, the king of the gods, started to worry. If Demeter let mankind starve, who would pay homage to the gods? Who would pray and make offerings? So he sent his faithful messenger, Hermes, to try and reason with her. But Demeter remained unmoved. She would let the world wither and die for as long as it took to get her daughter back.
So Zeus sent Hermes to order Hades to give Persephone back. But Hades invoked a law of Hell which said that whoever had eaten its food had to stay there. He had given Persephone six pomegranate seeds as a snack.
Hearing this news, Zeus became very angry. He was the king of the gods. It was up to him to decide.
As she had eaten six pomegranate seeds, he decided she would spend six months a year in Hell. She would go back to her mother on Olympus for the other six months.
The legend explains why the earth bears no flowers nor fruit during the winter months, because Demeter is cloistered in her pain. In spring, when Persephone is returned to her, the earth can blossom and turn green again…the result is the unchangeable cycle of seasons.