The Triple Goddess is the subject of much of the writing of Robert Graves, and has been adopted by many neopagans as one of their primary deities. The term triple goddess is infrequently used outside of Neopaganism to instead refer to historical goddess triads and single goddesses of three forms or aspects. 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 feminine part of Wicca's duotheistic theological system is sometimes portrayed as a Triple Goddess, her masculine counterpart being the Horned God.
Modern neo-pagan conceptions of the Triple Goddess have been heavily influenced by the prominent early and middle 20th-century poet, novelist and mythographer 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 the Cambridge Ritualists. 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.
Portrayal in MediaEdit
The Triple Goddess, like many hidden occultic messages displayed on television and now the Internet, can be seen by those who aren't blind.
- The Three Women: Often in media there are three female characters who often are together when seen. They're rarely seen seperate and accompany three colors; for example, red, blue, and green.
- Lucy, Nana, and Mariko on the Blu-Ray box art of Elfen Lied: On the box art of Elfen Lied's Blu-Ray release (2004) the cover display's Lucy, Nana, and Mariko. They're three diclonius, they're nudity may be representing sexuality, feminality, fetility, and in Japanese culture innocence. The symbolism and resemblence is unmistakable and very clear, it wasn't accidental.