Homeric Hymn to Demeter read by Emily Carding

The Homeric Hymn to Demeter is one of the most famous texts from Ancient Greece. It is attributed to Homer and believed to date to circa the mid 7th century BCE. The Hymn recounts the story of Mother Demeter and her daughter Persephone – a story essential to the mysterious Mystery Cult of Eleusis of Ancient Greece. We learn that the beautiful maiden Goddess Persephone is lusted after by her Mother Demeter’s brother Hades, who is the God of all the riches in the earth. Knowing that he will not gain permission for Persephone’s hand, Hades plots with Persephone’s father, the God of Olympus Zeus to abduct Persephone. Demeter mourning the loss of her daughter wanders the earth disguised as an old woman and is guided out of her misery by the Goddess Hekate.

This is a reading of the full text, as translated by Evelyn-White, 1914.

Emily Carding is an actor, writer, artist and priestess, and has been working with Hekate in all of these aspects for over a decade. As an actor they have appeared in versions of over twenty of Shakespeare’s plays, both on stage and screen and are best known for award-winning international tours of solo immersive adaptations of Richard III and Hamlet. They hold a BA (hons) in Theatre Arts from Bretton Hall and an MFA in Staging Shakespeare from the University of Exeter. 

Emily is a published creator of a number of highly popular Tarot decks including The Transparent Tarot and Tarot of the Sidhe, and author of esoteric works, including Faery Craft,(Llewellyn 2012) with So Potent Art: The Magic of Shakespeare due for release in 2021.

Emily Carding is also speaking on her work on Hekate & Shakespeare as part of the weekend’s talks and events> Hekate & Shakespeare’s Magic by Emily Carding

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