signifies youth, the springtime of life when all is in bloom, the
excitement of the chase, and the newness of life and magick. In human
age, she would be between puberty and her twenties. She is innocent in
some ways, but also a seductress who recognizes the power of her
sexuality. She has no mate. Maiden goddesses are often associated with
flowers. She symbolizes birth. Maiden goddesses include: Persephone
(purity - and a representation of new beginnings), Brigid, Nimue,
Anatha, Kore, Gerd, Caer, Blodeuwedd, and several others.
New beginnings -
starting a new home, educational path, job or project, creating new
ideas, embarking on a journey.
Planning or beginning a complete turn-around/ phase or re-focus in your life.
The beginning of a new relationship, love, or friendship.
Youthful energy, and physical beauty.
Colours: White (purity), Soft and light pastels, soft pink, or light
The Mother stands
for nurturing, caring, fertility; she is a woman in the prime of her
life and at the peak of her power. She protects her own and will
ensure that justice is done and done well. This woman is usually
mated. In human age, she would be seen as a woman in her thirties to
mid-forties. Mother is ripe, full-breasted, at the peak of her womanly
powers. She rears children and nurtures others. Mother is Life. She is
the Madonna who tenderly rocks her baby, but she is also the lioness
who hunts to feed her cubs and will fight to the death to protect
them. Mother goddesses are often associated with grain. She symbolizes
life. Mother goddesses include: Demeter (representing wellspring of
life, giving and compassionate), Aa, Ambika, Ceres, Astarte, Anahita, Asherah, Coatlicue, Danu, Hathor, Ishtar, Isis, Lakshmi,
Luonnotar, Nintu, Sheng-Mu
and completion, and strength to see matters through to the end.
Preparing for childbirth, or seeking fertility.
Blessings, protection, and guidance in life decisions.
Marriages - existing or looking for, finding/choosing a mate or
companion, and relationships/family matters
Choosing/accepting an animal, and protection of animal life.
Making choices of any kind, and gaining or continuing peace.
Developing intuition and spiritual direction.
Nurtureing, comfort, and mentoring
Moon phase: Full
Time: Noon, Twilight
Colours: Red, green, copper,
light purple or royal blue.
The Crone is a
being of age-old wisdom. She is shrew and counsels well. She cares for
the Maiden and the Mother as well as the offspring thereof. She is
logical and can be terrible in her vengeance. She stands at the door
to the dimension of death. In human years, she is approximately 45 or
older. The Crone is the most difficult of the three to place in human
age. Crone is the benevolent grandmother you can count on for sage
advice but she is also the Dark Goddess, a hag who can sometimes be
frightening. Crone is the Reaper and Life-in-Death. In many ways she
is even more powerful than Mother. There are no secrets from Crone,
who is old age, experience, accumulated wisdom, and death. Crone
goddesses are often associated with mills and cemeteries. She
symbolizes death. Crone Goddesses include Hecate (wise, knowing, a
culmination of a lifetime of experience), Annis, Baba Yaga,
Cailleach, Greine, Takotsi, Toci, Hel, Maman, Brigitte, Oya, Sedna,
Skuld, and others.
relationships, jobs, friendships.
Menopause, or coming to terms with aging.
A regrouping of energies needed at the end of a cycle of activity or
Rest and calmness before making new goals and plans.
When the garden or plants are ready for winter.
Harassment of any kind.
Retribution on rapists, murderers, abusers.
On the death of a person or pet.
Contemplation at the end of your own life cycle.
To understand the deepest of mysteries, wisdom, and hidden knowledge.
Any banishing, binding, ending.
Moon phase: Waning
Season: Autumn, Winter
Colours: black, gray, purple, brown, midnight blue
The new moon also
fits in the triple goddess cycle, representing rebirth after the
physical death of the crone. This is sometimes represented pictorially
as a dark moon behind the three aspects of the maiden, as seen in the
POEM - THE TRIPLE GODDESS
As the Maiden, I saw
through your eyes as a child
Spring rains, green
forests, and animals wild!
I saw you run freely on
the Earth with bare feet!
I watched as you danced
in the winds, blowing free!
I was there as you grew,
getting stronger each day!
I brought you rainbows,
chasing grey skies away!
I was there in your
laughter - I was there in your tears!
I was the acceptance you
gained from your peers!
I saw your first love and
I felt your first blush,
As passion first stirred
in the night's gentle hush!
I am there with you
always in the fresh morning dew!
I bring you the crispness
of beginnings anew.
As the Mother, I bore all
the labor distress
Of birthing your child,
and I felt the caress
Of your hand on the face
of the new life so dear.
I heard its first cry,
and I eased your fear!
I provided the milk which
you fed from your breast
Till the baby grew
strong, and with health it was blessed.
As she took her first
step, I was there in your smile!
I was there while you
nurtured your beautiful child!
On the first day of
school, when the doors opened wide
I was there in your fear
- I was there in your pride.
I am there with you
always in the bright full of moon!
I bring you fertility -
abundance in bloom.
As the Crone, I brought
blessings of wisdom with age
[Wisdom not found by the
turn of a page].
I was there as you taught
the correct way to live:
To love and to trust - to
take and to give!
I was there in the
twinkle of your aged eye!
I was there in your
thoughts of the years flying by!
I was there when you
taught the Mysteries of old!
I was there in the fire
warming you in the cold!
In the weariness of age,
I was there with you, too...
I brought well-deserved
rest and peace unto you!
I am there with you
always in the darkness of night!
I complete your life
cycle, guiding you toward the light.
Maid, Mother and Crone -
We are all One -
Yet We are all separate,
as each role is done.
We do not leave you -
We're always there
As you walk through this
life with your worries and cares;
As you dance in the
spiral, We live inside -
Deep in your spirit -
where nothing can hide!
No matter your path, no
matter it's length -
We give you courage and
We give you strength.
We are there to support
you every hour of day
And deep in the night,
when dreams take you away.
Our gifts We give freely,
for you are our Child...
Yes, We are the Lady:
Wise, Pure, and Mild!
note on Southern Hemisphere triple goddess pictorial representation:
at the beginning of this page, the triple goddess symbol we usually
see is the Northern hemisphere representation. If the same rules are to
apply to artwork for us here in the Southern Hemisphere, the
maiden would be on the right, mother in the middle, and crone on the left,
as seen below: