Demeter: mother, don’t smother

Demeter’s search for her lost daughter Persephone took her on the path of poverty, abuse and eventually madness. But her perseverance and determination paid off in the end — as truly devoted motherhood always does.

  • Mantra: Determination
  • Gemstones: Rose quartz, pink tourmaline, emerald (pink or green stones)
  • Essential Oils: Goddess-ence Kwan Yin* blend for the crown chakra

Affirmations Theme: Security / Vulnerability

goddess demeter mother don't smother

  • Each time I believe I am making a difference, I am. (From Affirmation Goddess, by Anita Revel)
  • I can achieve my dreams
  • I am determined to succeed
  • I am a success in all that I do
  • I believe in my dreams and desires
  • Lives are made better by my efforts
  • I find my path following my inclinations
  • I am allowed to stop and appreciate the quiet

Her Story

Demeter, in Greek mythology, was the goddess of corn and the harvest. When her daughter Persephone was abducted by Hades, god of the underworld, Demeter’s grief was so great that she refused to be goddess of the grain any longer. Her neglect of the land meant no plants grew, and famine devastated the earth. She neither ate nor slept, she roamed land and sea and refused to give her up for lost – her dedication to the search devastating herself and the earth.

Her Modern Energy

If you’re under the influence of Demeter today, she is urging your nurturing, caring spirit to come to the fore in a very big way. It could though, be a project, plan, promise, passion or even a person that you come to see as ‘your precious baby’.

Reconnect With Your Inner Demeter

Take some time today to focus on what the ‘precious baby’ is for you, and honour the powerful need within you to protect someone or something. Be careful though that the situation is truly worthy of assistance, and that you don’t “smother” (as opposed to “mother”) the project you feel responsible for. You don’t want to suffer burnout as a result of this challenge.

Demeter is especially influencing you today if this emotion is so intense that you will feel willing to sacrifice almost anything for the sake of your project’s success. You are protected by Demeter if you let her, and can take on almost any task, consider almost any offer, and be willing to go to almost any lengths. Remember the ultimate protective spirit is at work, and the outcome of every saga can only, eventually be a happy one.

Light a candle while you are taking the time to identify your special project. Become mesmerised by the flame as you visualise the action you are going to take – see yourself pursuing your goal, and succeeding in spectacular style!

PS. If your urge to be totally responsible really does run away with you, don’t forget to stop and take a breath sometimes – don’t let it run away with your ability to feel like a whole person – and thus your ability to enjoy a whole life!

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What Would Demeter Do?

… If she were in your situation, she’d pull out all stops to mother a cause. She would up the ante on the safety of her children or pet projects, and she she would lavish her mother love on all her loved ones.

(Excerpt from What Would Goddess Do? by Anita Revel)

What is the next project you are going to “mother”?

Blissed be! ❤ Anita Revel

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