Triple Moon Magick
When I started my practice, I found myself drawn to the triple moon symbol, and with good reason! Not only is it one of the most recognized magickal symbols, but it’s also a beautiful representation of three aspects of life and development. The waxing, full, and waning moons come together to symbolize the divine feminine that is in all of us. Here’s how to incorporate its magick into your life.
What Does the Triple Moon Mean?
The triple moon traditionally symbolizes three phases of a woman’s life: Maiden, Mother, and Crone. It can represent nature’s cycles, Birth, Life, and Death; as well as the realms of the underworld, earth, and heaven. There are also several triple goddesses, and you can even combine three goddesses to make your own personal trio of matrons. The best part about incorporating triple moon magick into your life is that you can repeatedly revisit the different phases for different events or life decisions.
The waxing moon is shown on the left side of the symbol. During this phase, the moon moves from the new moon to the full moon. It’s a time for new projects, exploration, and self-expression. Likewise, the Maiden represents youthful living and new beginnings. She is learning about herself and the world around her. She indulges in the pleasures of life and invites you to do the same.
The Maiden’s energy also represents the exploration of your spirituality, goals, desires, and creativity. She’s all about new beginnings, so anytime you’re about to start something new, invite the Maiden energy into your life.
- Season: Spring
- Moon Phase: Waxing
- Herbs: Rose, Daisy, Lilac, Spearmint, Bergamot, Pine, Lemon
- Gemstones: Aquamarine, Moonstone, Tiger’s Eye
- Goddesses: Hestia, Diana/Artemis, Athena, Aphrodite, Selene, Sarasvati
The full moon at the center of the triple moon symbol represents the Mother. During the full moon phase, our intentions and hard work have come to fruition. Similarly, the Mother represents fertility, patience, and a sense of fullness. The Mother is nurturing and grounding. She defends her children – whether they’re literal children or ideas and plans birthed from her mind.
The Mother’s energy reminds us to love ourselves and to accept love from other people. Her energy is perfect for anything that requires patience or power.
- Season: Summer
- Moon Phase: Full Moon
- Herbs: Willow, Spruce, Marjoram, Jasmine, Mugwort, Primrose, Sunflower
- Goddesses: Hera, Parvati, Demeter, Isis, Aine, Amaterasu, Devi, Bast, Brigid, Freya
On the right is an image of the waning moon. This moon phase is perfect for cleansing, closure, and letting go of what doesn’t serve you. In the same way, the Crone is content in her life. She has let go of things that drag her down. She may be a grandmother, or she may be the sage older woman in her community. There’s a certain amount of acceptance that comes with the Crone imagery too. Acceptance of aging, endings, and death.
The Crone’s energy is quiet and enduring. She reminds us that we must die to be reborn. Invite her energy into your life when you find yourself starting something new. She’ll help usher in your Maiden phase soon!
- Season: Autumn into Winter
- Moon Phase: Waning
- Herbs: Geranium, Rosemary, Sage, Rowan, Lavender
- Gemstones: Amber, Obsidian, Tourmaline, Lapis Lazuli
- Goddesses: Badb (Crone aspect of the Morrigan), Banba, Cerridwen, Kali, Hecate, Maeve, the Morrigan, Rhiannon
Triple Moon Goddesses
There are several triple goddesses around the world. For instance, Diana/Artemis is sometimes represented as the huntress, the moon, and as a goddess of the underworld.
Hecate also possesses three aspects and may have served as the first representation of the triple moon goddess. However, she isn’t directly related to the Maiden/Mother/Crone symbolism. Anyone else as unsurprised as I am that she’s her own woman?
More often, the triple moon goddess model appears as a combination of three different goddesses working together. For instance, Persephone representing the Maiden, Demeter as the Mother, and Hecate as the Crone. Use the above correspondence lists to create a combination of three goddesses you can invoke for each phase of the triple moon.
Is triple moon magick new to you?
Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Correspondences by Sandra Kynes
Which Goddess Are You? Quiz from Inked Goddess Creations
Wicca Living: Maiden, Mother, and Crone: The Wicca Triple Goddess