Old Soul Persephone Candle

Old Soul Persephone Candle

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Persephone is a blend of pomegranate and dragon’s blood. The top note of pomegranate is semi-sweet and tart with a balancing and earthy base of dragon’s blood- a potent concoction of cedarwood, orange, and patchouli.

This full-bodied aroma features forbidden fruit and a spicy, earthy boldness that is befitting Dread Persephone, the wife of Hades, and Queen of the Underworld and thus winter. This 9oz candle will burn for approximately 55-60 hours, is hand poured with soy wax by Old Soul Artisan in the US, and is presented in a glass jar with wax seal on the lid.

The legend of Persephone:

Unbeknownst to Persephone, her father Zeus accepts the request of Hades, the powerful God of the Underworld, for his daughter’s hand in marriage. The event known as the ‘Abduction of Persephone’ details a flower-picking Persephone snatched up by Hades on his golden chariot and carried down into the Underworld to be his queen.

Obviously distraught over her daughter’s disappearance, Persephone’s mother Demeter, the Goddess of Harvest and Agriculture, forbids the earth to produce. Hearing the hungry pleas of the people of earth, the gods beseech Zeus to intervene. Hades agrees to let Persephone go but not before he tricks her into the eating the food of the Underworld.

All it took was a snack of a few pomegranate seeds. Eating the food of the dead inextricably linked Persephone to the Underworld. The compromise was that Persephone must spend a third of the year with Hades and the rest she could be with her mother Demeter. This is the Greek origin story for the seasons. Spring arrives and the earth flourishes when Persephone returns to her mother. Winter sets upon the land when she returns to the Underworld. Thus, Persephone becomes the dual goddess of life, spring, and vegetation but also of death and destruction.