13 Things You Don’t Need to Know About the Triple Goddess (but are kind of interesting)

1. Gerald Gardner did not worship the Triple Goddess. Gerald Gardner, the father of Wicca, did not mention a Triple Goddess in his “Book of Shadows”.  Nor does Gardner mention a Triple Goddess in Witchcraft Today, which was published in 1954.  He does mention a Triple Goddess in his book, The Meaning of Witchcraft, published in [Read More...]

The Secret History of the Triple Goddess, Part 3: Will the real Triple Goddess please stand up?

No symbol is more ubiquitous in Neo-Pagan and Wiccan culture than that of the Triple Moon Goddess: Maiden, Mother, and Crone. Many Pagans will already be aware the Triple Goddess was the creation of Robert Graves. However, our knowledge of the ancient origins upon which Graves drew was incomplete, until now. [Read more...]

The Secret History of the Triple Goddess, Part 2: The Search for the Triple Goddess of Antiquity

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I trace the evolution of the Greco-Roman triple goddess par excellence: Hekate-Diana. Many Pagans will be familiar with the Hekate and Diana as triple goddesses, but they did not start out that way. The Greek goddess Hekate begins as a singular Great Goddess. She then becomes a tri-formed goddess of witchcraft, the moon, and crossroads, and is syncretized with the Roman goddess Diana. Finally, in Apulieus’ Golden Ass, Hekate-Diana is syncretized with the Great Goddess again. Along the way, she takes the form of “triplicities” and “triads”, but only hints at a true “triunity”. [Read more...]

The Secret History of the Triple Goddess, Part 1: Triads, Triplicities, and Trinities

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The origin of the Robert Graves’ Triple Goddess has been hidden from us, because the text on which Graves most likely relied upon was never translated into English … until now. [Read more...]

Tuesday with Mankey: Raise the Horns Radio

Last night, Jason Mankey and his co-host Kim Martin Bannerman were gracious enough to invite me to chat with them on the Raise the Horns Radio show, hosted by the Pagans Tonight radio Network. We talked about raising children in a multi-faith household, Mormonism, Humanistic Paganism, Neo-Paganism (just what’s up with the Neo- prefix anyway?), Robert Graves (for the history buffs out there), and why I hate the name Mabon for the fall equinox! [Read more...]

Interstellar and Capitalism: Imagining a Different Future

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More than any other religious group in the West, perhaps, Pagans can remember a time when Christianity was not the dominant mode of religious discourse. We can imagine a future which is not only post-Christian, but post-monotheistic. And to the extent that our relationship with the environment is bound up with a monotheistic paradigm, we are uniquely situated to help imagine a society which has a radically different relationship with the environment. [Read more...]


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