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Persephone and magic(k)al practice...
by A Childlike Empress (littlelotte)
at February 25th, 2009 (12:33 pm)
thoughtful

current mood: thoughtful

I posted this at another community, too, so sorry if you see it twice. I just felt this seemed an appropriate venue to ask in.

I was just wondering how many of you are involved in fairly serious magic(k)al practice, and how many of you are led through by Persephone? Once upon a time I did a fair amount of personal magic(k)al practice (not led through or headed by any deity in particular, and not all focused on one thing, but rather smaller things that needed addressing at whatever given time), but then I fell out of it. Over the past year or so I've felt like I need to start again, and even more recently Persephone rather smacked me over the head and let me know that She's the one I will be answering to in regards to it (I've always felt a thread to Her, but I never realized that this would be why). The only other thing I know so far is that the first part of it is going to be very self-focused and very self-transformational, and that as a whole it's going to be very much a journey. Where do I go from here? I really don't know where to start.

Edit: Apparently, I should make it clear that Persephone is already a part of my regular religious practice, and already receives offerings from me and is part of my research and study, and has been since I was about 11. I am also getting married later this year, and She is on my personal list of deities to specifically honor and find marriage offerings for, and I've been involved in ritual practice (when I was younger and involved in non-specific pagan groups) where I've been the one asked to invoke Her, so we've already a working ritual basis with each other. She is not my patron, and I'm certain She's not asking for that type of relationship at this point--currently, that domain belongs exclusively to Athena (and has for years...and Athena is not shy of making certain I know that).

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Posted by: SunVenus (sunvenus)
Posted at: February 25th, 2009 05:38 pm (UTC)
ipan

I am an initiate of a few magical orders (the GD, QBLH, GAC & ATW plus a Pagan Way coven) and I’m a Hellenic polytheist. Rarely do these things overlap, meaning my practices as a Hellenic pagan have little to do with any of the work done in any of the aforementioned orders & systems.

So specifically, no, Persephone has had little to do with any of my work. She has been part of an invocation or two in an experimental working we’ve tried but she isn’t a feature or core deity of the systems in which I trained, other than as a comparative mythology talking point.

Perhaps Persephone is calling you in a more focused way? Maybe you are meant to work with her in a patron/priest relationship, maybe not wholly in just a “magical” paradigm. I’d suggest continued research into her, prayers & rites to her and listening for what she may have to say to you.

Posted by: A Childlike Empress (littlelotte)
Posted at: February 25th, 2009 05:53 pm (UTC)
Athena - Parthenon

No, I'm about 99.999% certain about the reason behind Persephone's call. Athena is my patron and has always made it rather clear that I am Hers in that way, and I haven't had any indications recently that She's looking to share. However, I've felt a kinship with Persephone for just as long as I have with Athena (both since childhood, long before I understood worship of the Olympians), except that it's always been clearly different than my relationship with Athena. When I hit upon the realization as to how, I knew that I had nailed it. I realize that this doesn't exclude a patron/priest relationship, possibly, but it's been made pretty clear that I'm to start this work, and I'm supposed to do it with Her.

Posted by: Dver (erl_queen)
Posted at: February 25th, 2009 06:24 pm (UTC)

Well in my experience, there's not a hard line separating magical and religious practice when it comes to working for/with gods. Worship is part of establishing the relationship, which then in turn may contribute to (or entirely dictate) magical practice. So I would still start off with (accompanied by research into Her), prayers and offerings, creating a shrine as focal point, etc., and then go from there. Both Persephone and Hekate are active in my "magical" practice (I don't use that term, personally, but it's probably applicable), but I also believe that gods request/require/appreciate straight-up worship, tangible gifts, and that attempting a working relationship with Them without acknowledgement of that is not going to go very well.

As for offerings, I'd start with pomegranates (or pomegranate juice, wine or liqueur), flowers, jewelry, along with the usual incense, candles, etc.

Posted by: A Childlike Empress (littlelotte)
Posted at: February 25th, 2009 07:04 pm (UTC)
Athena - Parthenon

I edited my original post to include my previous Persephone experience:

Persephone is already a part of my regular religious practice, and already receives offerings from me and is part of my research and study, and has been since I was about 11. I am also getting married later this year, and She is on my personal list of deities to specifically honor and find marriage offerings for, and I've been involved in ritual practice (when I was younger and involved in non-specific pagan groups) where I've been the one asked to invoke Her, so we've already a working ritual basis with each other. She is not my patron, and I'm certain She's not asking for that type of relationship at this point--currently, that domain belongs exclusively to Athena (and has for years...and Athena is not shy of making certain I know that).

Posted by: zehlyah (zehlyah)
Posted at: February 25th, 2009 10:43 pm (UTC)
India

Persephone is not my patron but I do pay her a lot of respect in ritual. When I was given a very similar smack over the head it was by Hades. I've followed Him for twelve years now (cripes has it been that long?!) and as such I often pay my respects to Her as well.

As far as how you should proceed I would suggest mediating and deep study. The answers will find you :)

Posted by: Shapeshft (shapeshft)
Posted at: February 26th, 2009 02:48 am (UTC)

I do have a magickal practice but have not worked with Persephone per se with respect to that.

However, after a very serious ritual years ago, both She and Hades really hit me upside the head years ago on a particular issue I needed to deal with (and heal from). And the way in which they did it was both puzzling and yet exactly right on target. It was definitely a journey, through some very confusing territory but to a much better place. I have lots of gratitude for her for that.

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