Wiccans revere Deity in many forms – the principle form being the Goddess. The Goddess represents the feminine, nurturing side of Deity – intuitive, creative, magical. She is the inner nature of Deity – the origin of the external Universe. Thus the Goddess is the Creator, the Source – the God emerges from Her, when She sets the Universe into motion. The God is the Goddess’ Divine Child, formed from Her inner nature, Her “Other Self” as the Vangelo delle Streghe puts it. The God is also the Divine Consort, Whose union with the Goddess describes existence as we know it. In this sense the Goddess and the God are the polar forces also termed Yin and Yang. Yin, the Feminine, spiritual, emotive aspect of Deity Which is within all things and Whose presence gives all things life. Yang the Masculine, physical, volatile aspect of Deity which manifests in motion and action and Whose permutations build up the outer form of things.
In Wicca the Goddess is primarily revered through Her form as the Triple Goddess. As the God is often represented by the Sun, the Goddess is often represented by the Moon, and its three phases are taken as instructive as to the nature of Her being; the Waxing Moon representing creation and inspiration, embodied in the Maiden Goddess; The Full Moon representing fruition and sustenance, embodied in the Mother Goddess; and the Waning Moon representing ulfillment and endings, embodied in the Crone Goddess.
The Maiden: The Maiden is the Young Goddess of Spring and new beginnings. She is the Goddess of the Dawn, of youth and fresh potential. The Maiden is the Goddess of art and creativity and self expression – of beauty, intelligence, and skill. The Maiden is manifest in action and self confidence, exploration and discovery.
The Mother: The Mother is the Goddess in Her aspect as sustainer of the Universe. She is the Goddess of motherhood, of nurturing and providence. The Universe is Her child and She loves and cares for it, providing it with inexhaustible resources from within Herself, even as a mother nurses Her infant from the lactations of Her own body. Infinitely loving and compassionate, the Mother Goddess is a never- ending source of bounty for those who are open to Her gifts.
The Crone: The Crone represents the Goddess in Her aspect as Elder. The Crone is the Wise Woman, the Witch, the Matriarch. The Crone is the Goddess of Death, and magic, and the Spirit realm. She is the Goddess of Wisdom, visions, and guidance. Hers is the height of spiritual power, for She is the Great Sorceress Who creates Her will through magic. Goddess of Transformation, the Crone is the Destroyer Who dissolves outmoded forms, allowing new growth to occur.
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