Proserpina


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Proserpina

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

Proserpina, asteroid 26 (the 26th asteroid to be discovered, on May 5, 1853), is approximately 88 kilometers in diameter and has an orbital period of 4.3 years. Proserpina was the Roman name for the Greek Persephone, who was kidnapped by Hades and taken to the underworld to become his queen. According to Martha Lang-Wescott, Proserpina represents rites of passage—infant awareness of separateness, adolescent crisis, leaving home for school, marriage, job change, or personal growth. This asteroid’s key word is “transition.”

Sources:

Lang-Wescott, Martha. Asteroids-Mechanics: Ephemerides II. Conway, MA: Treehouse Mountain, 1990.
Lang-Wescott. Mechanics of the Future: Asteroids. Rev. ed. Conway, MA: Treehouse Mountain, 1991.
Schwartz, Jacob. Asteroid Name Encyclopedia. St. Paul, MN: Llewellyn Publications, 1995.

Proserpina

(Gk. Persephone) whisked away by lustful Pluto in chariot. [Rom. Lit.: Metamorphoses; Fasti; Art: Hall, 260]
References in classic literature ?
But she put the poisonous flower in her bosom, not knowing whether she might ever find any other memorial of Proserpina.
But I wonder what sort of stuff this torch was made of; for it burned dimly through the day, and, at night, was as bright as ever, and never was extinguished by the rain or wind, in all the weary days and nights while Ceres was seeking for Proserpina.
But not one of these leafy damsels had seen Proserpina.
But neither could Pan tell her what had become of Proserpina, any better than the rest of these wild people.
And thus Mother Ceres went wandering about for nine long days and nights, finding no trace of Proserpina, unless it were now and then a withered flower; and these she picked up and put in her bosom, because she fancied that they might have fallen from her poor child's hand.
Tell me, for pity's sake, have you seen my poor child Proserpina pass by the mouth of your cavern?
I am happy to tell you, my dear madam, that I did see the little Proserpina not many days ago.
Will not you stay a moment," asked Phoebus, " nd hear me turn the pretty and touching story of Proserpina into extemporary verses?
As long as Proserpina was above ground, there might have been hopes of regaining her.
While she dwelt in the king's palace, Mother Ceres had been so continually occupied with taking care of the young prince, that her heart was a little lightened of its grief for Proserpina.
And while they settle their business together, we must inquire what Proserpina had been doing ever since we saw her last.
How she contrived to maintain her resolution, and at the same time to keep herself tolerably plump and rosy, is more than I can explain; but some young ladies, I am given to understand, possess the faculty of living on air, and Proserpina seems to have possessed it too.