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Most people don't know much about the various cultures and religions of ancient civilizations. But today, I hope to allow you to learn about a specific deity I've always been fascinated by... that deity is the Triple Goddess.
The concept of the Triple Goddess reaches back to the time when Paganism was the largest religion in the world. Triple Goddesses are the representation of feminine energy, rebirth and psychic abilities, always depicted as three aspects. These three entities are, the Maiden, the Mother, and the Crone (though there are others, more ancient versions, this is the Neo-Pagan version), symbolized either by the Triple Moon (comprised of a waxing, full and waning moon) or the Triple Spiral.
But what exactly do the three aspects represent?
Well, the main quality the Maiden entity represents, is the idea of new beginnings, as well as youth, excitement, enchantment and female energy. Because of this idea of new beginnings and youth, the Maiden aspect was often celebrated during the Spring Equinox, known in Wiccan culture as the festival Ostara, when the world is awakening from its winter slumber. A festival, I may add, was most commonly used to celebrate the Maiden Germanic goddess by the name of Ostara, or Eostre. This festival is known in modern times as Easter.
Next, the Mother aspect. The idea of the Mother makes the Mother Goddesses, which are generally not triple entities, relate to the Triple Goddesses. This aspect is representative of power, fulfillment, fertility, but mainly the concept of new life. Worshippers of the Triple Goddess, almost all of them being women, in whatever form they choose to worship her, or them, in, often planned to bear children at the time of year when the Mother aspect was said to be strongest, the Summer Solstice, Litha.
The final aspect is that of the Crone. The Crone is mainly the spiritual representation of great wisdom, but also of magic and the underworld. Because of this, she's said to rule the cold season, her reign starting on the Wiccan Samhain, the ancient version of Halloween. She's looked to by her worshippers when they're in need to make a difficult decision and are seeking wisdom.
Now, there's two different versions of the Triple Goddesses pertaining to these three aspects. The first is that each aspect is represented by the same, triple goddess, either as three maidens, or one singular crone entity. An example of this is the Celtic battle goddess, the Morrigan, which has three aspects, Anu, Badb and Nemain, and the Greek witchcraft goddess, Hecate, who's three aspects aren't named.
The other belief is that different goddesses represent each of the three aspects, instead of one goddess representing all three. For example, the Greek triad of goddesses, the Maiden, Persephone, the Mother, Demeter, and the Crone, Hecate.
Today, the Triple Goddesses are still being worshipped by Neo-Pagans throughout the world, the most popular being worship of Hecate and the Morrigan, though there are many others. Hopefully, you have learned something interesting about this intriguing type of deity.