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triple goddess

n. (context mythology English) A female triune deity, either one goddess with three distinct aspects/manifestations, or three goddesses who form a unit. n. (context Wicca English) (alternative case form of Triple Goddess English)

Triple Goddess (Neopaganism)

The Triple Goddess has been adopted by many neopagans as one of their primary deities. 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 the heavens. These may or may not be perceived as aspects of a greater single divinity. The Goddess of Wicca's duotheistic theology is sometimes portrayed as the Triple Goddess, her masculine consort being the Horned God.

The term triple goddess can be used outside of Neopaganism to instead refer to historical goddess triads and single goddesses of three forms or aspects.

The Triple Goddess was the subject of much of the writing of the prominent early and middle 20th-century poet, novelist and mythographer Robert Graves, in his book The White Goddess, in his The Greek Myths, in his poetry and his novels. Modern neo-pagan conceptions of the Triple Goddess have been heavily influenced by Robert Graves who regarded the Triple Goddess as the continuing muse of all true poetry and who speculatively reconstructed her ancient worship, drawing on the scholarship of his time, in particular Jane Ellen Harrison and the other Cambridge Ritualists. The influential Hungarian scholar of Greek mythology Karl Kerenyi likewise perceived an underlying triple moon goddess in Greek mythology. More recently the prominent archaeologist Marija Gimbutas has argued for the ancient worship of a Triple Goddess in Europe, attracting much controversy, and her ideas also influence modern neo-paganism.

Many neopagan belief systems follow Graves in his use of the figure of the Triple Goddess, and it continues to be an influence on feminism, literature, Jungian psychology and literary criticism.

Triple goddess

Triple goddess or Triple Goddess may refer to:

  • Triple deity, any goddess who is described as threefold, or as appearing in groups of three
  • Triple Goddess (Neopaganism), a concept in Wicca and other Neopagan belief systems: sometimes a universal, global, "Great Goddess" who is threefold; sometimes a single goddess as maiden, matron and crone; and sometimes three sisters.

Usage examples of "triple goddess".

The five-pointed star of the pentagram within it is a sacred symbol of Isis and the single top point is considered by many to represent the Triple Goddess.

Ino's called the White Goddess now, by the way, and she's an aspect of the Triple Goddess.

Similarly confused was Brigit who again was frequently regarded as a triple goddess.

So get to work, toiling in the bank or wherever it is by day, and serving the Triple Goddess at night and on weekends.

And by the way, Beaver-red, white, and blue are the traditional colors of the Triple Goddess.

As far as he knew, Mary might be the actual Queen of Heaven, the Triple Goddess only an early intuition of her.

We of Hellas did, until we discovered what the Triple Goddess we thought we had supplanted could teach us.

I dared not look at the woman who guided me for fear of seeing the triple goddess and knowing I was gone, passed over, taken.

Orddu, Orwen, and Orgoch have appeared in other guises (as might well be expected of them): the Three Norns, the Moirae, the Triple Goddess, and very likely some other transformations they decline to admit.