The Faces of the Goddess

Severina Sosa
Jul 1 · 3 min read
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By Subbotina Anna

The Triple Goddess is arguably the most important deity in the vast majority of Pagan and Wiccan pantheons. She also is often one of the most misunderstood. Robert Graves called her by a few different names:

  • Mother/Bride/Layer-out
  • Maiden/Nymph/Hag
  • Maiden/Mother/Crone

The Goddess: Three Deities or One Deity?

  • Threefold
  • Tripled
  • Triune
  • Triadic
  • Trinity

In Greek Mythology, an example of a trinity of deities are Artemis, Selene, and Hecate. Whereas Artemis is the Waxing Moon or Maiden, Selene the Full Moon or mother, and Hecate the Waning Moon or Crone. These distinctions mirror the trinity or threefold nature of the triple goddess throughout other pantheons.

In Norse mythology, you’ll see reference to the three Norns, while in Celtic mythology it’s the single Morrigan. According to Mythopedia:

The Morrígan was a shapeshifter who took many forms; she would often appear in multiple forms throughout a single story. The most common of these forms were a shapely maiden, a battle ready warrior-queen, an old crone, and a raven.

Learning about the roots of the Triple Goddess, and exactly what her “faces” are, can help you better choose how you want to connect with her during your magickal workings.

Honoring The Goddess honors the feminine divine in us all, no matter our gender or phase in life.

The Maiden

The Mother

The Crone

A Fourth Category?

  • New Moon — Winter — Crone
  • Waxing and First Quarter Moon — Spring — Maiden
  • Full Moon — Summer — Mother
  • Waning and Last Quarter Moon — Autumn — Queen/Enchantress

No matter how you choose to work with The Goddess (either together or separately), always make sure to honor and respect each phase. Honoring The Goddess honors the feminine divine in us all, no matter our gender or phase in life.

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Wright, Gregory. “Morrigan.” Mythopedia. Accessed on July 1, 2020. https://mythopedia.com/celtic-mythology/gods/morrigan/.

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Severina Sosa

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Herbalist🌿Green Witch✨Stargazer🔮Diviner🖋️Writer ♉Taurean with a ♐⬆️ and ♎🌕 Twitter @severinasosa

Wild Goddess Magick: Witchology Blog

An online blog for modern witches and Wiccans. Also check out latest issue of Witchology Magazine at www.witchologymagazine.com

Severina Sosa

Written by

Herbalist🌿Green Witch✨Stargazer🔮Diviner🖋️Writer ♉Taurean with a ♐⬆️ and ♎🌕 Twitter @severinasosa

Wild Goddess Magick: Witchology Blog

An online blog for modern witches and Wiccans. Also check out latest issue of Witchology Magazine at www.witchologymagazine.com

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