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Persephoneia, Bringer-of-Destruction.
[to Whom the twenty-seventh day of June, day 178, is dedicated]

Geography/Culture: Greek.
Description: First and foremost silent Goddess of the regeneration of life through death; Mistress of the mystery of the unknown, its fearfulness and unforgivingness; Gracious and gentle Queen; Ruler of the Underworld; She Who receives, preserves, and returns, the gold of our lives (it is the gold of Helios); She Who is approached with a golden-branch; She Who is the darkness of Core's light; She Who is associated with depths, solitude, hidden wealth and secrets of the beyond; {perhaps} Mother Goddess of the ripe ear of corn.
To Whom Sacred: pomegranate; willow; snake, and its venom; pool (which if drunk from by the dead insures immortality); loom; veil.

She has sometimes formed one person (as the dark moon) of a luna triad:
Diana in the leavës green,
Luna that so bright doth sheen,
Persephone in Hell.
Male Associates: consort, Hades, ----. Orphic Consort: Zagreus, Torn-in-Pieces, (a name, or title, of Dionysus; Dionysus is said by some to be Her son). Sources: ETAC; Graves GMv1 57; ibid GMv2 393; ibid WG 140, 173, 257, 386.
Androcleia, Glory-of-Men.

Geography/Culture: Greek.
Linguistic Note: Greek orthography, Androklea, Androkleia.

Despoina, Mistress.

Alternate meanings: Lady-of-the-House.

Geography/Culture: Greek: Arcadia.
Linguistic Note: delta-epsilon-sigma-pi-omicron-iota-nu-alpha, (Despoina), 'the mistress, lady of the house'. {The -poina element is the same as potnia, as in Potnia-Theron, Pi-omicron-tau-nu-iota-alpha, in the Greek Lexicon. There is also mention of Potnia under Mnemosyne.} Related English word: despot (from the Latin masculine form despotis, 'master').
This is a title common to all Goddesses of the underworld.

Source: Ency Brit; Graves GMv1 61-2; IGEL 180.
Eurydice, Wide-Justice.

Alternate meaning: Wide-Rule.

Geography/Culture: Greek.
Description: Serpent-grasping Goddess and ruler of the underworld.
To Whom Sacred: viper; male human sacrifice (death perhaps brought about with viper's venom).
Male Associates: consort, Orpheus, ----.

Source: GR.GMv1/128.
Minthe, Mint.

Geography/Culture: Greek.
Perhaps the herb mint was used in some connection with the dead.
Phersiphnai, ----.

Geography/Culture: Etruscan. Earliest reference circa 4th century {is this BC?} tomb paintings.
Description: Young and beautiful Goddess, Queen of the underworld and of the demons of the after-life; Giver of feasts to the dead.
She apparently had no cults in Etruria.
To Whom Sacred: snakes (which She wears in Her hair); wolf-scalp cap (the cap of darkness); snake twined sceptre.
Male Associates: consort, Aita, ----, (identified with Hades, Sightless).
{Note: it is interesting that Nicippe, (a title, as well as a priestess, of Demeter Who is so closely connected with Greek Persephoneia), is the Mother of Medusa, one of the Gorgones, and that Euryale, (Who some say is the Daughter of Eurydice, sometimes title of Persephoneia) is also one of the Gorgones, since the Gorgones too wear snakes in Their hair}.
Proserpina, Fearful-One.

Geography/Culture: Roman.
Description: {She Who initiates the intrepid living soul who descends into Her realm, the underworld of the subconscious}; Queen of death.
To Whom Sacred: casket filled with the ointment of divine loveliness.
worked on: June, July, August 1990; August 1991; May, June 1995.
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