Triple Goddess, Three in One, 3 Faced Goddess [ She has many names and faces ]The Mother, The Maiden, The Crone.Represented throughout history to fit many different combinations of Goddesses, there is no right or wrong representation of this. There are people who believe there are a few Goddesses that do not need to be paired with others and represent the three in one all by themselves. Whichever you choose or if you choose a path that has one of these Goddesses who alone can be a three in one, that is your choice, your path There is no right or wrong, yes, I repeated myself, but I really want to drive that point home. Everyone’s path is unique & different, our journey’s are never the same, but will have some tiny glintz of commonality to them. It is up to us as witches of this day and age, to teach & learn from one another. With this being said, on to talking about the three phases of the Triple Goddess
Maiden: By word association we can go by – youth, enchantment, excitement, carefree and erotic. She is represented in several mythologies in the Greek myths she’s Persephone – purity – and a representation of new beginnings. Other maiden goddesses include: Brigid, Nimue, Freya among others.
What we learn from the Maiden – When we are weary, overworked or the feeling of disparity enter our minds we can remind ourselves that everyday is a new beginning, every year we can start over and allow the maiden mind frame to give us the time to wipe the slate clean. In addition, there is a strength in being naive and unburdened by the toils of life. You look at life with a new perspective. This is what I love about my younger girlfriends, their zest for life!
Mother: She is the caregiver, nurturer, loving, ripeness, fertility, fulfillment, stability, and power. The Mother Goddess in Greek mythology is Demeter, representing wellspring of life, giving and compassionate. Other mother goddesses include: Aa, Ambika, Ceres, Astarte, Lakshmi, Jord, Null.
What we learn from the Mother aspect: To nurture and care for a project, another life, even our animal and plant babies we find that we learn so much in ourselves. A sense of passing on wisdom, education, pride and fulfillment. We also learn a great deal of patience and the lesson of giving immensely. Oh and one major aspect is protectiveness and a very fierce love.
Crone: Wisdom, clarity, insight, repose, compassion and knowledge. The Crone in Greek mythology is Hecate – wise, knowing, a culmination of a lifetime of experience. Crone goddesses include: Hel, Maman Brigitte, Oya, Sedna, Skuld, Hecate and others.
What we learn from the Crone aspect: What I find most insightful from the Crone is letting go, that death is only the beginning and we must embrace the change and pain. And she is often what we do not want to confront and accept. We only gain wisdom through our experiences whether they be good or bad. I’d also say that I ADORE the crones in my life, the women that teach me how to love myself and how to take time and learn.
There are many different schools of thought for who and what exactly the triple Goddess is, I believe it is up to the individual practioner to decide what/who it is on their own. [ You know, toss some Chaos into it ]