26 Proserpina

This minor planet is named after the Roman goddess Proserpina, daughter of Ceres, and forced bride and abductee of Pluto. She symbolizes springtime, prosperity, growth, and cycles. Some modern adaptations of the Rape of Proserpina retell it as more of a romance, but - come on, it's right there in the name.

The symbol of this minor planet is a lobed fruit with three marks in a row in the middle. The fruit represents the pomegranate of the underworld that she ate that bound her to the underworld part-time, and the three marks are seeds that marks the three months of winter she is bound.

Some sources state the classical symbol of this asteroid is a pomegranate with a star in the center, but I reserve that for 399 Persephone, this asteroid's referent's Greek counterpart.

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