The Goddess is the universal mother.  She is the source of fertility, endless wisdom and loving, caresses.  As the Wicca know Her, She is often of three aspects:  The Maiden, the Mother and the Crone, symbolized in the waxing, full and waning of the Moon.  She is at once the unploughed field, the full harvest and the dormant frost-covered Earth.  She gives birth to abundance.  But as life is Her gift, She lens it with the promise of death.  This is not darkness and oblivion, but rest from the toils of physical existence.  It is human existence between incarnations.
Since the Goddess is nature, all nature, She is both the Temptress and the Crone; the tornado and the fresh spring rain; the cradle and the grave.
But though She is possessed of both natures, the Wicca revere Her as the giver of fertility, love and abundance, though they acknowledge Her darker side as well.  We see Her in the Moon, the soundless, ever-moving sea, and in the green growth of the first spring  She is the embodiment of fertility and love.
Many symbols are used in Wicca to honor Her, such as the cauldron, cup, labrys, five-petalled flowers, the mirror, necklace, seashell, pearl, silver, emerald....etc.
As She has dominion over the Earth, sea and Moon, Her creatures are varied and numerous.  A few include the rabbit, the bear, the owl, the cat, dog, bat, goose, cow, dolphin, lion, horse, wren, scorpion, spider and bee.  All are sacred to the Goddess.
The Goddess has been depicted as a huntress running with Her hounds; a celestial deity striding across the sky with stardust falling from Her heels; the eternal Mother heavy with child; the weaver of our lives and deaths; a Crone walking by waning moonlight seeking out the weak and forlorn, as many other beings. But no matter how we envision Her, She is omnipresent, changeless, eternal.
              ~ Scott Cunningham
The Goddess
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