A goddess is a female deity. In some cultures goddesses are associated with Earth, motherhood, love, and the household. In other cultures, goddesses also rule over war, death, and destruction as well as healing.
For over 2000 years, the symbol of the trinity has been represented by a male deity. And it is through this trinity that many women have looked for direction in their spiritual lives, not knowing of any other way. But recently, another tradition has re-emerged-one that predates the patriarchal view of the spiritual journey by thousands of years. This ancient tradition is that of the Great Goddess, whose three aspects-maiden, mother, crone-represent the natural cycles of the Earth and all its creatures. Many women seeking a spirituality that embraces and honors the feminine principles of creation and natural balance have claimed the Goddess for their own.