Areas of Influence: Persephone is the Goddess of the underworld, spring and rebirth. She is one of the fertility goddesses.
After Hades abducts her she became Queen of the underworld, helping to escort the souls of the dead. She only performed this role for four months of the year (due to the four pomegranate seeds she ate) the rest of the time she lived with her mother Demeter.
Her exit from the underworld heralds the beginning of Spring as she helps her mother to bring life and bounty back to the land. This dual role makes her a Goddess of death and rebirth.
She also symbolises the Maiden aspect of the Triple Goddess.
Origins and Genealogy: She is the only daughter of Zeus and Demeter. Her marriage to Hades bore no children.
Strengths: Able to compromise, adaptable.
Weaknesses: Not able to escape the influence of an over protective mother. Torn by her loyalties she tries to please everybody.
Usually shown as a beautiful maiden with a wreath of flowers in her hair, carrying sheaves of wheat and a torch.
Sacred Animal: Bats.
Sacred Plants: Grain, lily of the valley, spring flowers and pomegranates.
Roman Equivalent: Proserpina.
The Maiden Archetype represents purity and the innocence of childhood. where the soul’s dreams, magic and make believe still prevail.
It is also an aspect of the Triple Goddess, together with the mother and the crone they represents the cycles of the moon and the different stages of a woman’s life.
Shadow Maiden is very self centered all, her dreams and energy is expended on achieving her own personal needs and goals.
Persephone's life embodies this Archetype, she remains eternally on the cusp between childhood and motherhood. Trapped by a mother's love and her inability to fully assert her independence.
The Maiden is one of your Archetypes if you are life still in touch with your childhood intuition and fantasies and have used these to fulfil your dreams. Hence you can still have this archetype at any time of life.
The Maiden reminds you to take care of the magical child that lies within us all.
Shadow Maiden asks you to look at whether your dreams and aspirations are selfish and take no account of the needs of others.
You may also take this archetype to the extreme, fearing growing old or taking on any form of responsibility.