Ambition, determination, victory, personal drive
THE CARD’S STORY BY: PIYA WANNACHAIWONG
I chose Persephone for this Tarot Deck because I’ve seen many depictions of her as a young, innocent and pure girl and I wanted to show her in a new light: older, powerful but bitter to her fate as a reluctant ruler of the Underworld. She is coming back to Hades on her own, standing tall and proud despite the loss of agency in her life. She towers over Charon, who in this painting, has come up with an innovative and labor saving solution to rowing across the River Styx. Persephone’s appearance reflects her dual role as Queen of the Underworld, with half her face a visage of death, and as goddess of spring and vegetation, whose power is so potent and non-discriminating that the wood from Charon’s boat springs to new life.
THE CARD’S MESSAGE BY TRISH SULLIVAN
Persephone is travelling across the River Styx. The deal for her time was struck between her mother and the god of the dead, but she has taken control of her own destiny, taken on characteristics of both her realms and nothing can stop her. Eyes on the prize! Don’t let doubt stop you, don’t show any fear, and don’t let anyone’s dissent dull your energies. Instead, keep your focus steady and your energy high. Face negativity by ramping up your determination and your confidence, knowing within your heart that nothing can slow you down, that you have all the skills you need, and more!
MYTHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION: PERSEPHONE
Persephone was the daughter of Demeter, abducted by Hades. Her mother made the living world barren until her return. Zeus agreed, provided she had not eaten in Hades, but she had…six pomegranate seeds. In the end a compromise was struck, and she spent six months with her mother above ground, six months in Hades, and she became the Queen of the Underworld. Th e way she takes charge of her own destiny, despite the choices made for her by those in power, we felt that she would make a driven Charioteer!
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