"Demeter is an ancient Greek Great Mother goddess, a goddess of life & death. The Greeks emphasized her role as goddess of the cultivated earth, the giver of fruitfulness & abundance & provider of the gift of agriculture. She & her daughter Persephone, called by the Greeks "the Goddesses", together represent the continuous cycle of life & death, the 2 phases of the vegetative power of the earth. Demeter is remembered primarily for her great love for her daughter -- when Persephone was abducted by Hades, Demeter's grief caused the whole earth to go barren. Here we see Demeter ready to give birth, to produce life.
Demeter offers a blessing of fruitfulness & possibility, of coming joy, of abundant life, & of hope."