The Many Faces of the Goddess
The Goddess was given different personifications in different cultures. The Goddess has three stages of life: the maiden, the mother, and the crone. This is referred to as the ‘Goddess Trinity’. These life stages each correspond to the phases of the moon. The maiden represents the waxing moon, the mother, the full moon, and the crone, the waning moon. There is also a dark side to the Goddess. She is the ruler of the underworld where one goes after death to face judgement. It is also a place of rest for the bodiless soul.
The Greek goddess Artemis, known to the Romans as Diana, was considered the maiden within the GT. As the goddess of the hunt, she represented power. Selene, the mother within the trinity, was the Greek goddess who ruled over the moon. She is depicted as a woman in a chariot, flying through the night.
The crone of the trinity is Hecate, ruler of the moon’s dark side. She destroyed life and was responsible for nightmares. She was portrayed as a woman with three heads, to represent life’s crossroads.