The Goddess speaks:
I am the Great Mother, worshiped by all creation and existent prior to their consciousness. I am the primal female force, boundless and eternal.
I am the chaste Goddess of the Moon, the Lady of all magic. The winds and moving leaves sing My name. I wear the crescent Moon upon My brow and My feet rest among the starry heavens. I am a field untouched by the plow. Rejoice in Me and know the fullness of youth.
I am the blessed Mother, the gracious Lady of the harvest. I am clothed with the deep, cool wonder of the Earth and the gold of the fields heavy with grain. By Me the tides of the Earth are ruled; all things come to fruition according to My season. I am refuge and healing. I am the life-giving Mother, wondrously fertile.
Worship Me as the Crone, tender of the unbroken cycle of death and rebirth. I am the wheel, the shadow of the Moon. I rule the tides of women and men and give release and renewal to weary souls. Though the darkness of death is My domain, the joy of birth is My gift.
I am the Goddess of the Moon, the Earth, the Seas. My names and strengths are manifold. I pour forth magic and power, peace and wisdom. I am the eternal Maiden, Mother of all, and Crone of darkness, and I send you My blessings of limitless love.1
The Goddess is the female force, that portion of the ultimate energy source which created the universe. She is all-woman, all-fertility, all-love.
In Wicca She is perhaps most closely associated with the Moon. Not that Wiccans worship the Moon. They simply see is as a celestial symbol of the power, both manifest and
1 Based on an invocation written by my first Wiccan teacher and included in Wicca: A Guide For The Solitary Practitioner.
unmanifest, of the Goddess. Some Wiccans call the Goddess Diana in Her lunar aspect. Most meet for worship on the nights of the Full Moon each month.
She is also associated with the Earth. The entire planet is a manifestation of Goddess energy, a tangible example of the powers of Mother Nature. Wiccans may revere Her in this aspect as Gaea, Demeter, Astarte, Kore, and by many other names.
The Goddess is inextricably linked with women in general. Childbirth, menstruation, and other women's mysteries were anciently celebrated with religious rituals. Many feminist Wiccan groups today still perform such rites.
Indeed, the rebirth of Goddess worship in general in the last few years has had a dramatic influence: western women, who have long been denied access to the feminine aspect of Deity (save in the thinly disguised Mary worship in the Catholic Church), have found their voices and themselves within the Goddess.
Many are heavily involved in politics in an effort to secure women's well-deserved equality in society. Others are active in anti-nuclear campaigns. Some are so Goddess-oriented that they don't invoke the God in their rituals. This is the result of thousands of years of male-oriented religion. Feminist Wiccan groups devoted solely to the Goddess, once viewed as upstart and nontraditional (i.e., non-valid) by some more traditional Wiccans, have settled into their own space and are now a growing and influential movement within Wicca. They're certainly fulfilling a need for women to rediscover the Goddess within.
Perhaps most Wiccans know the Goddess in three aspects, corresponding to the three stages of life. These are the Maiden, the Mother, and the Crone. The declaration of the Goddess that preceded these words amply examined these stages.
The triple aspects also relate to the phases of the Moon. The Maiden corresponds to the New and waxing Moon, the Mother to the Full, and the Crone (also called the Hag or Wise Grandmother) to the waning Moon.
Wiccans see the Goddess at work in their daily lives. The birth of a new idea may show Her hand. Flowers bursting into full glory are seen as manifestations of Mother Earth's abundance. The initiatory processes of pregnancy and birth are also linked with the Goddess.
Just as members of conventional religions establish personal relationships with their conceptions of Deity, so too do Wiccans with the Goddess. She is everywhere, all around themin the Earth, the Moon, and within themselves.
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