November is a time for gathering with loved ones to feast and be thankful for everything accomplished, such as New Year’s resolutions. The goddess of this month lost her precious daughter in the underworld and nearly caused starvation from the lack of crops.
Her name is Demeter, the daughter of Rhea and Cronus and the sister of Zeus. The influence of Demeter was not limited to grain, but extended to vegetation, generally to all the fruits of the earth.
Demeter also appeared as a goddess of health, birth, and marriage. A certain amount of political and ethical titles were given to her, her most important being Amphictyonic League, well known in the temple of Delphi.
As many people know, Persephone was the daughter of Demeter, and was abducted by the lonesome god Hades, but how did Demeter feel?
Demeter was in grief. She wept and wept, looking for her lost daughter. The seasons halted and living things stopped growing and died. At this point, Zeus had to do something, so he sent Hermes on a search in the underworld to retrieve Persephone and prevent the extinction of all life on earth.
As people feast this November, they will likely not think about Demeter. Will they know what she did? Will they remember the stories about this powerful and loving goddess who could end all life on earth if she wanted to? Probably not.