During her internment in Hades, Kore found herself overcome by depression, her future (and innocence) permanently snuffed away from her, her hypnotically induced state rendering her almost catatonic- precisely the state that Hades preferred to have his captives maidens.
Yet, on the day the herald Hermes (Mercury) descended into the underworld to deliver the message that Zeus (Jupiter), god of gods, had commanded Kore’s immediate return to her mother, the newly-crowned underworld goddess Persephone suddenly came alive with eager anticipation. However, in her excitement at the news, Kore’s exuberance got the better of her, and she eagerly accepted a parting gift from Hades- a few pomegranate seeds.
In her eagerness to return to middle earth, she consumed the seeds, likely hoping to reclaim her former sweetness and supple nature. Little did she know that this seemingly innocuous act would seal her fate as Hades’ unwilling concubine for a good portion of each year…
With a thunderous roar, the earth ruptured asunder, unleashing the insatiable fury of edgelord Hades (Pluto) upon the world. Riding in his chariot, he brazenly seized Kore, ravished her, and then swallowed her whole, dragging her into the chthonic pits of his shadowy chambers. In many respects, this grim event acts out his own tormented youth, marred by the trauma of being devoured by his father (Kronos/Saturn), only to perpetuate the cycle of abuse as an adult…
Of course, the Hadean myth gained notoriety, with its defining incident in which the dark underlord violently snatches the innocent and radiant Kore, forcibly making her his own, then coercing her to share his throne in the dismal Underworld as his eternal queen consort, now known as Persephone.
Could this hideous abduction have been his twisted attempt to bridge his inhuman chasm of loneliness with another? Was he ignorant of the fact that no one can truly love or honour another under such oppressive conditions? Even to this day, forceful Plutonians who demand to own and control others struggle to earn genuine love and respect; they resort to manipulative tactics, gaslighting and sinister threats.
Hades fiercely guarded his subterranean realm, rarely venturing into the world of light and air without his special helmet of invisibility – just like those Plutonians and Scorpionic individuals who often don trademark sunglasses and facemasks to obscure their deviousness from the world and create an aura of mystery, unnerving the other gods the most, because they never knew whose conversations he was secretly monitoring, hoping to gather dirt which he would later use either to destroy you, get you imprisoned, and if that failed, have you snuffed out completely by his minions and his men in black…
When she found out, Demeter (Ceres) was beside herself with grief and anger, her sorrow causing the fertile land to become dry and more barren. Zeus, ruler of middle earth and all its humans, worried about the future of the planet and demanded a compromise: Kore would spend half of every year in the Underworld as Hades’ queen, and Demeter was allowed to go on strike, creating the non-vegetative seasons of autumn and winter.
But even this compromise was not enough to quell Demeter’s despair. As she withdrew her blessings from the land, famine and pestilence continued to ravage the earth. The changing climate seemed unstoppable, and Demeter’s sorrow only fueled it further.
Meanwhile, Hades.com (Pluto in Aquarius) who ruled over the ever-increasing zombified population of the digital Underworld, with souls of the newly dead and the damned logging into its gates every day, made sure that the world would never be the same again. And though Kore was reunited with her mother for half of every year, she was never quite the innocent young maiden again, having subscribed to Hades’ incredibly sexy, intelligence-enhancing powers.
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