Back to Home Page or Contents Page or Past and present beliefs or Index


Grain is symbolic of regeneration and resurrection. There is an obvious association between burial and planting of the seed. Grain, which is the seed from the harvested fall crop, issues forth new life in the spring. The shaft of wheat is a most common symbol seen on old tombstones.

In many ancient societies grain was symbolic of the mysteries of transformation. It was sacred to the goddess Ceridwen, and to Ceres, the Patroness of the Mysteries. Grain because of its generative power to sprout from a seed beneath the soil was believed to possess knowledge of the underworld. Therefore, the seed of the plant also is thought to be magical and contain occult power. A.G.H.

Source: 78, 161.
Home    Alchemy    Ancient Beliefs    Buddhism    Christianity    Demonology    Divination    Goddess and witchcraft    Great Mysteries    Hinduism    Islam     Judaism    Magic    Neo-paganism    Other    Paranormal    Past and present Beliefs    People    Places    Religions and sects    Rituals and texts    Shamanism    Stones    Theosophy African Mythology    Asian Mythology    Buddha Mythology    Egyptian Mythology    Greco-Roman Mythology    Greek Mythology    Hindu Mythology    Native American    Persian Mythology    Roman Mythology    South American Mythology