Setsuna – The Temporary Dark King (Queen in this case).

Mythology: Hades is the Greek deity similar to Pluto in Roman mythology. Setsuna has nothing to do with myths concerning Hades. Setsuna and Hades are solely related by the fact that Setsuna’s last name, Meioh, means “king of darkness,” which corresponds to Hades’ status as deity and ruler of the Underworld.

Setsuna was the Princess of Pluto during the Moon Kingdom in the manga version of Sailor Moon. Her fortress was named Charon Castle, which is notable since Charon was a servant of Hades in Greek mythology. Pluto’s only moon is likewise named Charon.

Setsuna’s Garnet Orb also plays a role and has a more profound significance than one may expect.

The garnet (symbolized by a pomegranate) is most often associated with Hades and Persephone. After Hades kidnapped Persephone and took her to the underworld, Zeus forced him to release her on Demeter’s behalf. Zeus sent Hermes to guarantee Persephone’s safe journey. Hermes saw Persephone sitting close to Hades. Persephone was overjoyed to be freed from the underworld when she saw Hermes. Hades realized he had no option but to let her go since he had to lead his brother’s order. Hades was desperate for her return. Before departing, Hades offered Persephone a pomegranate as a present. She eagerly took it, and Hades knew that once she tasted the deliciousness of the ripening seeds, she’d return to him. Persephone did, in fact, return to Hades every year for three months. Persephone’s homecoming brought the arrival of winter during the three months she lived with Hades. In several Greek myths, the pomegranate (and garnet) are connected with eternity. Many people have linked the giving of pomegranate seeds to the gift of excellent garnet jewels. Its significance has given symbolism to garnet as a gift of love’s appeal, a gift of speedy return, or an alienated love present. This story contributed to the notion that garnet is a stone for loved ones who travel and a crystal that can restore broken love relationships.


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