Persephone is considered the Greek goddess of agriculture and vegetation, and the wife of Hades, with whom she rules the Underworld.
Persephone is symbolic of the changing seasons and the perennial change from life to death, to life once more- the changes of destruction and harvest to the once again return of life in spring as seen in the turn of the wheel.
The myth goes that Hades, god of the Underworld, fell in love with beautiful Persephone when he saw her picking flowers in a meadow. The god then carried her off in his chariot to live with him in the Underworld. Demeter, Persephone’s mother, went on a search to return her daughter, and in an act of persuasion, cast a drought to incentivize the return of Persephone from the Underworld. Hermes was sent to persuade Hades to release Persephone; however, since she partook in eating of the pomegranate seed (food of the Underworld), she was unable to be released. As a compromise, it was decided that Persephone would be released but that she would have to return to Hades for one-third of the year (or half the year differing accounts).
As we all go through our own turns of the Wheel, we mirror Persephone’s journey. From destruction of old patterns in order to birth fresh life, Persephone is reflected in all mental, emotional and physiological aspects of ourselves.