The Triple Goddess (pt 1) Maiden. Mother. Crone

Updated: Sep 27, 2018

Name: The Triple Goddess

Origins: Pagan


From the earliest ages, the archetype of the Great Goddess has been a trinity. She appears in multiple cultures and called by many different names. She is commonly associated with the Wiccan Triple Moon Goddess; Maiden-Mother-Crone. The three phases every woman will go through in her life. In Hinduism, she takes on three separate forms as the Creator, Preserver and Destroyer called the TriDevi. Other times she shows up as (what we like to call) The Goddess Girl Group. A group of three separate Goddesses, bound to work together to reach a common goal. Examples are the Fates, the Norns, the Graces, the Cranes, and so on. Regardless of how she multiplies herself, or the names she is given, they are all aspects of one supreme entity.


When you hear of The Trinity, most of us will automatically think of the Christian trinity of The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. However, just like the Ariana Grande song “ God is a Woman”, not only has God been a woman for over 2,000 years, she was also the original trinity. Since she has multiple forms from many cultures, we are going to first concentrate on the foundation and the common symbols that represents the archetype of the triple Goddess such as the magickal number three, The Triple Moon Symbol, Maiden-Mother-Crone and an introduction to the the phases of the Moon.


In Part two, we will introduce you to Lunar Goddesses from across the world that represent the Maiden-Mother-Crone aspects of the Triple Goddess. In part three we will talk about the “Goddess Girl Group” working together and abiding by their own rules, because even they are more powerful than some of the greatest Gods and Goddesses of their time.



The Triple Moon Goddess. The triad is associated with sacred feminine energy where each ⅓ represents a phase, a transition, or a cycle. The Wiccan triple Moon Goddess is one of the most identifiable Triple Goddess forms. Her three phases are classified as Maiden, Mother and Crone and correspond with the three major phases of the Moon: Waxing, Full and Waning. In Wicca, she is the counterpart of the Horned God. She was made popular by Robert Graves book “The White Goddess” where he talks about the three phases of womanhood and the stages of becoming a Witch. Graves may have popularized the Triple Goddess, but no means did he invent or create her. The triple Goddess archetype can be found in pre-Islamic Arabia, all over Europe, Asia and Africa, you just need know where to look.


The Maiden.

She is the beginning of the cycle. Young and beautiful like the first rosebuds on a bush. She goes by the names of Persephone, Freya and Parvati, just to name a few. She represents springtime, fertility, flowers and freedom. To watch the sunset or stop and smell the roses, are all aspects of maiden behavior. She is virginal but not in the sexual manner of being untouched, but that she is young and independent spirit, enjoying the moment of enchantment and erotic behavior. Think of her as a young woman, carefree, bra less, flowy dress in soft colors and flowers in her hair. That's the maiden.