The Triple Goddess

The triple moon is a Goddess symbol mentioned in Robert Graves writings. It is commonly mentioned in neopaganism as a symbol that represents the Maiden, Mother, and Crone as the waxing, full, and waning moon.

The Triple goddess is associated with feminine energy, psychic abilities and mystery. This symbol can be seen on the crowns or headpieces worn by High Priestesses. It is a representation of the three stages that a woman goes through.

The goddess is a symbol of fertility, infinite wisdom and love. She is the queen of heaven, of the earth and of the other world, encompassing the three worlds.

The Great Mother expresses the potentials of the bodies, souls, minds and creations of women in a positive way, granting freedom, dignity and power to bond with others without sexual subordination. A spirituality that has given back to women the right to freedom of worship of the goddess without a male religious authority or enlightened guru that defines what women should believe in.

For women, understanding the eternal tradition of the Goddess religion strengthens their connection to their own spiritual essence, no matter what religion they belong to. Finding the Goddess helps women appreciate their own power, abilities, heritage and beauty. The Goddess can teach us to celebrate all the moments of life.

The Maiden

She is the first appearance of the goddess in which she manifests as a young and naïve girl with an exciting appearance. This stage represents childhood and puberty. She is the Goddess of Spring and New Beginnings. She is sometimes called a virgin and is known for her creativity, art, self-expression, self-confidence and strength.

Her colors are soft and clear, pink or lemon yellow and pastel shades. She is invoked for love, beauty, romance, youth, dreams and new projects. Her symbol is the Waxing Moon. Her animals are all wild animals, especially the Deer and the Owl.

Other Goddesses that are related to the Maiden Goddess include: Ishtar, Astarte, Artemis, Blodewedd, Brigid, Venus,  Athena, Flora, Freya, Ostara, Hebe, and many others.

The Mother:

She is the mature aspect of the Goddess, who is motherly, compassionate, and protective of her children. Being a powerful woman in her prime, she represents nutrition, care, love and fertility.

In her human form, she appears as a woman in her mid-thirties and mid-forties.  Her season is in summer and the beginning of autumn when it is harvest season. Her time of the day is midday.

She represents adulthood and parenthood. She is the fullness of life representing the highest point of all cycles and the sustainer of the Universe. The Cauldron and churning pot of regeneration serve as her symbols and she rules the Sabbats of Beltane, Lammas and Litha.

She is associated with green, light purple, red, and royal blue color. She is represented as the Full Moon. Due to her strength, she can be called upon to enhance almost every spell especially protection, healing, guidance, psychic direction and spiritual awakening intentions.

Other mother goddess include: Isis, Hera, Demeter, Gaia, Yemaya, Tara, Kwan Yin etc….

The Crone:

She has the appearance of a witch and that makes her the most feared aspect of the Goddess. She represents death and rebirth. There is no way in which death can be avoided, since all things have a life cycle. At the end of time everything and everyone must die and be recycled. 

The Crone Goddess represents wisdom and she gives advice to the Mother and Maiden Goddess. She is also referred to as the Terrible Mother, the Dark Mother and the Hag. She is a great destroyer who dissolves the old things thus allowing new growth to occur.

In her human form she is approximately 45 years old or more. Her colors include; black, gray, purple, brown and dark blue. She rules over the end of autumn and winter when the leaves fall and the cold floods the earth. Her time of day is midnight and her moon is the Waning Moon.

She can be summoned by those who seek for guidance and wisdom. Her magick is most powerful during the Dark Moon phase. You can summon her for spells involving divorce, rest, retribution, protection, death, harvest, aging, to attain wisdom and for trance work to communicate with the spirit world.

Other goddesses related to the Crone include: Annis, Badb, Baba Yaga, Hecate, Ceridwen, Cailleach, Elli, Kali, Kalma , Lara, Libitina, Lilith, Macha, Mórrígan, etc…

Sources:

  • http://sacredwicca.com/the-wiccan-triple-goddess
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triple_Goddess_(Neopaganism)
  • http://www.religionfacts.com/triple-goddess
  • http://www.crystalinks.com/triplegoddess.html
  • http://www.mother-god.com/triple-goddess.html

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