The Archetypal Myth of Demeter and Persephone:
A Story of Mother and Daughter Celebrations
Reading and Ritual with Marjorie Meyers Graham
Friday, March 20, 7:00-9:00PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
The Illustrated Archetypal Myth of Demeter and Persephone presents the story of the seasons, which is connected to the special bond between mothers and their daughters. This pre-classical version of the myth is significantly different from the “rape and abduction” Greek story which appears in textbooks. The pre-classical version is an interpretation that could be centuries older and sends an empowering message to young girls.
The Cult of Demeter, based in Eleusis, Greece was fundamental to ancient Greek spirituality, and its mysteries were practiced for 2,000 years, well into the Roman era. Celebrating the death and rebirth of the seasons each year, women enacted this myth in secret ceremonies. We will join in a reading of the myth and create a ritual together in honor of Persephone’s return each spring. Mothers and daughters of all ages will be especially welcome!
Marjorie Meyers Graham, M.A., taught community college English, Humanities and Women’s Studies in Massachusetts, California and Illinois for 23 years. She was also a volunteer docent at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Since retiring from college teaching, Marge has rediscovered her early love of making art and has developed a new career as a watercolor artist and instructor. In 2012, she and her husband moved to the East Bay and she has become an adult literacy tutor for the Oakland Public Library. She hopes to offer a seminar called “A Scholarly Look at Female Divine” in the near future.