Blessed be the maiden,
of pure and sacred snow,
of innocence, divinity,
and promises aglow.
Blessed be the mother,
of fertility and growth,
tis full moon and her child,
she’s always loving both.
Blessed be the crone,
of wisdom, knowledge, truth,
she shows us strength and power,
while reminding us of youth.
Accept these lessons closely,
as each one has to show,
their part of sacred journey,
which each of us must know.

~(excerpt from The Crystal Witch by Andrew Pacholyk MS, L.Ac)

Also called The Triple Goddess, this symbol has been adopted by many Neopagans as one of their primary deities. The term refer to historical goddess triads and single goddesses of three forms or aspects.

In common Neopagan usage the three female figures are frequently described as the Maiden, the Mother, and the Crone, each of which symbolizes both a separate stage in the female life cycle and a phase of the moon, and often rules one of the realms of Earth, Underworld, and Heaven.

While many Neopagans are not Wiccan, and within Neopaganism the practices and theology vary widely, many Wiccans and other Neopagans honor the Triple Goddess of maiden, mother, and crone, a practice going back to mid-twentieth century in England.

In their view, sexuality, pregnancy, breastfeeding, along with other female reproductive processes are ways that women may embody the Goddess, making the physical body sacred.

The Maiden represents enchantment, inception, expansion, the promise of new beginnings, birth, youth and youthful enthusiasm, represented by the waxing moon.

The Mother represents ripeness, fertility, sexuality, fulfillment, stability, power and life represented by the full moon.

The Crone represents wisdom, repose, death, and endings represented by the waning moon.

The feminine part of Wicca’s duo-theistic theological system is sometimes portrayed as a Triple Goddess.

See also Archetypes (Mother), Moon, Moonsigns, Seasons of our Lives and Women
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