God/Goddess Terminology for the Beginner
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Author: RavenHawk Silvermist
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There is much confusion about the meaning of words. I have noticed most errors come from people who read a few things and think they know everything... or from those who attempt to clarify and yet have no real knowledge about what they are writing about. So I am here to help you all out. So with a smile on our faces -- and a blessing to the Goddess -- let’s begin. The most interesting persona you will come across is the Goddess. So I am going to attempt to help define her for you. You, guys ready? Okay, I must mention that this broomstick comes with seatbelts and you must wear them when riding at all times. You know there are laws about that stuff nowadays. Yeah. I know. I know. A few Witches fall off the broomstick and they ruin it for everybody else…
The Triple Goddess – No, she is not a Goddess with multiple personality disorder. Although I have to wonder sometimes. Simply, the Goddess is expressed as having three personas. The most common form is found in the Moon Goddess. Here we have the triplicate of the moon expressed as the Goddess or the Goddess expressed through the moon. Either which way, it really doesn't matter. The simple point being that the Goddess in divided into three aspects that are associated with the three main phases of the moon.
The Triple Goddess is also associated with the seasons. So one must be mindful of the time of year it is. This way you can understand what aspect of the Goddess you are dealing with.
The Goddess Persephone who is a Goddess of the seasons. Persephone is a Triple Goddess. She is the Crone when all dies and winter befalls the land, She is expressed as the Mother when she is the consort of Hades, and at last she is the Maiden when she returns from the underworld and brings with her springtime.
There is another form of the Triple Goddess. The Morrigan is the Goddess of death, destruction, and pestilence. She is more then just that. She is thought of as a negative Goddess, yet she is not really. Her role is that of the Crone. There is more to her. She too reflects the role of Mother, Maid, and Crone. The thing about her is she is also made up of three Goddesses, each with a distinct roll. The Goddess Morgan, Badh, Macha. So, as you can tell, there are many types of Triple Goddesses out there.
Maiden Aspect - The Maiden of broken love and lost dreams. And no, she is not running around using the Horned God’s car and running up the Mother's credit card and fearing that she will look like the Crone if she doesn't lose those extra Twinkie calories she just ate. The Goddess is youth. She is you or she is your youth And yes, I do mean you men, too.
To deal with her energy you should treat her the same way you want to treated when you were/are in your youth. Yes, broken hearts and broken dreams do happen with her. It's the nature of youth; remember that.
She is the spring and early summer. Her energy is also the energy of growth and fertility. This maiden of beauty and love is also reflected in the waxing of the moon. This is the nature of growth and positivity. Be warned though that this energy is wilder than most other forms of Goddess energy, for this reflects her youthful nature. As any parent knows, the nature of a teenager is wild and unstable. (P.S. I must warn you messing with the maiden may get you a good zap by the Crone. One day, you will be standing there and the next day, you think you’re Tony Di Nozzo from the TV show NCIS getting head slapped.)
Mother Aspect - This is the Goddess of the full moon. The woman of stature and sexuality. She is the mature woman, in her prime. She is the caring, nurturing aspect of the Triple Goddess. She is the mother, the perfect mother. The Goddess in her aspect of mother is the mother we all dream about. When working with this type of energy, you really need to think of her as if she really is your mother (truthfully, she is) and treat her accordingly.
I got ‘grounded and sent to my room’ once. So a heads up, it will happen to you, too. It's only because she cares and if you really think about it, we are never too old for a little motherly guidance. This is great energy to work with and one I personally work with a lot.
This Triple Goddess is the aspect of the Full Moon at her prime, and a mighty force to be respected. The Mother is found in the midsummer festival. She is the lover of the God, his consort. If you ask her, she will tell you that she is his ‘better half’. She watches over her children into the early fall just before the harvest comes in.
Crone Aspect - The Crone is the Female energy fully realized. She is the Goddess in Full Wisdom. She is not that scary hag who floats around Halloween, haunting people and seeking to harvest the human, or to spread darkness and destruction. These are misunderstandings concerning who she is. She is the Grandmother, and in that aspect, she is to be seen as your Grandmother; act accordingly. She is the dark aspect of the Triple Goddess. She is the opposite of the Maiden (The Mother is the balance of both) . As the Maiden is the Goddess of growth and passion, the Mother is the Goddess of Love and Life, so is the Crone the Goddess of death. Out of all three, the Crone has the greatest association with destruction and to death.
She is the Goddess of the waning moon. She rules when the moon hides in the night. When Dark Days of the soul overtake us, she is the one we turn to for guidance back into the light. She is the Goddess of the Harvest, the Taker of Life. She rules when everything dies. She is the Goddess of late fall and winter. She is also a Goddess of creation and miracles, for from within her personal hour of greatest darkness, the Light is born. Upon the arrival of this light, the God long thought dead returns, giving way to her and leading he into the new light of spring as the Maiden.
The Horned God - The God of nature, the Oak and Holly King. Consort of the Mother Goddess, lover of the Maiden, Guarded by the Crone within her hallowed darkness. Birthed upon the day of the greatest darkness, he is the Horned God. The Horned God is the Jack in the Green, the Robin Hood of our dreams. He is everything and everywhere. He is the hunter and the hunted. He is Man; hear him roar. (That is only if the Goddess is not around.)
He is the animal, the wilderness. He is the crop. In the spring, he is young. He is the masculine youth of both sexes just as the Maiden is the feminine youth of both sexes. Beltane comes around and he mates with the Goddess becoming her consort, her lover. And as the story goes, she is impregnated by and with him. Without the help of God, the Maiden cannot become the Mother Goddess. The Mother Goddess also needs the God to become the Crone.
The God needs the Goddess in all her aspects to live and bring life back to the world. This aspect of the God is nature. He is life and death. He wears Horns and sometimes grows a bread of Oak Leaves… which, I must say must be a pain considering he can only shave in the fall… and I have to wonder: why is it only his face we see? Normally we see him portrayed as either hiding in the bushes or popping out of a tree.
Makes you kind of wonder where he left his clothes when he died the year before. Can you imagine the thoughts of the Maiden Goddess? I mean she is almost always clothed. One day she is walking through the forest and out pops the Horned God. He is all green and has an oak bread stubble and is as naked as you can get. Getting a lot of fresh air if you know what I mean.
The Horned God is one of many different types of masculine god forms. The Horned God though seems to be the most popular. I think much of that is because he is a universal symbol, a general archetype, if you will. In any case, I recommend you continue your studies into all of the different gods, goddesses and aspects of deities. They all have something to share and teach.
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