The deities of Wicca are a balance of masculine and feminine, with a God and a Goddess.
The Goddess, also commonly referred to as The Lady or the Triple Goddess, is followed by many people, both Wiccan and otherwise.
She has been an inspiration to many people and many Pagan paths.
Like the Horned God, her true name is revealed to Wiccans after initiation, but this in no way stops people from getting to know her and form a close, personal relationship with her in their own way.
Who is the Triple Goddess?The Triple Goddess is the divine personification of nature itself. Her identity has been inspired by many Goddesses throughout history and across many cultures. She exists as part of the “Great Goddess” tradition that exists in many cultures, from the Celts, to North Africa and even as far away as China and Japan. In this way she is both an old and new Goddess, given form in modern culture as the Triple Goddess, but at the same time being the embodiment of certain ideas and impressions that have been expressed as part of the human condition for thousands of years and variously expressed through many different Goddesses across the world.
As a Great Goddess she stands as head of her pantheon alongside her Lord, the Horned God. She is the creatrix that brings the world into being and the womb that gives birth to her divine companion.
She is nature itself, present in all things and as such we may view her as inseparable from the body of the Earth. She is there in the firmament below us and the sky above us, giving life to everything and changing with the seasons.
Each month Wiccans covens gather at meetings which are often called “Esbats”. These Esbats commonly occur at the Full Moon and are traditionally celebrations of the Goddess, where she herself is called to manifest in person before the coven.
The Goddess is often seen to present herself in three aspects, hence being a Triple Goddess. These three forms are Maiden, Mother and Crone, the life of woman which is also represented in the changing cycle of the Moon.
As the Maiden she is portrayed in the power of the waxing moon, which starts unseen and then grows in power and brightness.
Here she is the young, innocent Goddess.
In the Full Moon we see the fertility of the young Goddess reach its climax as she is made full and pregnant. The Moon is at its brightest and filled with power.
She is a provider, protector and teacher for her children.
As the Moon wanes we see the face of the Goddess as Crone, the post-menopausal old women who has passed through youth and motherhood and emerged richer and wiser. She is declining and approaching death, but what she has to offer is the valuable secrets of experience.
While we have represented the Wiccan Goddess as "the Triple Goddess", for her aspects of Maiden, Mother & Crone, we would also like to make note that although this is a common way of identifying and referring to the Goddess, it is not necessarily the way in which all Wiccans have come to know her best.
Certainly, the aspects of her in this triple form are closely linked to the role she plays in the seasonal cycle and her seasonal relationship with the Horned God, but ultimately the way in which an individual Wiccan views the God and Goddess will be determined by a combination of personal experience and the workings of their coven.
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