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Initiation Journey

Posted on: 23 Jul 2013

A tour for the soul

Keiramikos was the starting point for the Eleusian Mysteries. The worshippers followed this route until they reached the destination for their purification—Elefsina. The name “Elefsina” is derived from the word “elefsis”, which means “something which is coming”.

The symbolism of this name is born from the story of Persephone. Persephone, daughter of the Goddess Demeter, fell in love with Hades, God of the Underworld. Hades brought Persephone to the world of the dead, to live with him, despite Demeter’s grief. Zeus took pity on Demeter, Goddess of earth and fertility, and decided that Persephone would live with her mother for 6 months of the year, and spend the other 6 months in the kingdom of souls.

The Eleusian Mysteries refer to death containing life, just as winter hides spring. During the six months of winter, nature becomes infertile and refuses to flourish in respect for the goddess. However, when Persephone returns in the spring, nature comes to live, blooming in celebration.

It is precisely this cycle that we will understand as we gaze upon Eleusis, and we will feel that nothing is how it seems, and that nothing has only one perspective.

We will keep this perspective in mind in Pendeli, as we experience one of the most “unexplainable” phenomena.

Finally, we will salute the sun at the temple of Poseidon at Sounion, as the day gives way to night, and light takes over darkness. However, we will keep in mind that all of these are one, and no state of being is fully whole without its opposite.