Essence and Seed

Essence and Seed Dionysus is often seen depicted holding a Chalice and a Wand. His wand was called a “thyrsus”. Of old, the thyrsus was made from a fennel stalk capped with a pinecone and to the ancients this was symbolic of a plant and seed as representing the union of his forest nature (the pinecone) and his agricultural nature (the fennel). The chalice is thought to represent the womb of his mother Semele for whom he would have been a Child of Promise. In it he offers her his divine nature, for it contains his liquid essence “wine”. So from legend he comes down to us as the “Lord of the Harvest” whose essence and seed is returned via the soil, to the mother earth. Cited from Website: Greek Mythology Forest Nature - Agricultural Nature Pine Cone - Fennel