"The Triple Goddess, the original trinity, symbolizes the 3 faces of the Great Goddess & is the earliest representation of her division into multiplicity. The goddess with 3 faces is a universal motif, found worldwide. The Triple Goddess is intimately associated with the changing phases of the moon; just as the moon transforms from one phase to another, the Great Goddess moves among her many roles. Her 3 faces are usually virgin, mother, & crone: virgin representing the strong, self-defined goddess; mother representing the nuturing goddess as source of all nourishment; & crone representing the goddess of death & transformation. This symbolism embraces the role of the goddess in all phases of existence, from birth through death to rebirth. The Triple Goddess reminds us of our sacredness regardless of our age or function in life. She reminds us that despite her many forms there is 1 goddess, always present & always sacred."