Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Triune Female Forces

There are two dimensions to the triumvirate of female supernatural beings in mythological texts. They are the roles in the spiritual domain and the psyche of the individual.
“In Greek mythology, the Fates were three female Deities named Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos who shaped people's lives. In particular, they determined how long a man or woman would live. Klotho spins the thread of life, Lachesis determines the length of the thread and Atropos cuts the thread when she decides your time has come. In Rome they were called Parcae Nona, the weaver, Decima the measurer and Morta cut the thread.”
The image of a triple goddess may be linked to very ancient worship of a moon goddess in three forms: a maiden (the new moon), a mature woman (the full moon), and a crone (the old moon). All these symbolisms bring to light the mortality of created beings.
This is a spiritual dimension in which the role of the goddesses bring meaning to the life process. Why should human beings be born, grow up and then wither away. The inevitability of the common fate is sanctified through a Divine agency. Ancient religious mythology assigned a benevolent attribute to the trinity of male divinity and a probable response, in the ancient cultures of Greece and Rome, was to assign the role of an organizing agency to the female triune divinity.
Vedic philosophy provides a more intricate dimension to the trinity of female goddesses. The goddesses Lakshmi, Sarasvati and Parvathi have a very complex and morphing relationship with the male trinity of gods, namely; Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. While the role of the gods are more cosmic, the goddesses are assigned a more human related role of providing life empowering knowledge. Wealth, fertility, love and devotion; as well as of divine strength and power. It is in this philosophy that both the male divinity and the female divinity are assigned positive roles and all negation of these gifts originate in the karmic field and it is up to the individual to mitigate these influences.
Triformis is a threefold nature. In witchcraft this is viewed as mother, maiden and crone of the great goddesses. In ancient times the triformis goddesses were often called ‘Trivia’ which Latin means ‘crossroads’. Aeschylus, the Greek tragedian, equates Artemis  with Hecate and Catullus. The symbolism is the confluence of life functions of birth, life and death. These goddesses were assigned the role of protector of virgins, aids for birthing mothers and guardian of the underworld.
The Egyptian pantheon contained three natures of the mother goddess but what made ISIS so universally famous is she became the first Goddess to embody the persona of all three Universal Goddesses in ONE form.
We have briefly looked at the spiritual mythological roles and now let us look at the roles they play at the level of the personal psyche.
Whenever there is a dramatic shift in the course of one’s life the interplay of three can be seen in all mythological context. Abraham is visited by three angels and they foretold the birth of a nation through Abraham, though Sarah, his wife was beyond the age of conception. It was left to him to believe and he is tested.
Shakespeare may have based those fate-deciding ‘weird sisters’ on the goddesses Fates—the Moirai of Greek myth or Parcae in the Roman version—of whom there were also three. The three witches of Macbeth may be the original dramatization conveying a deeper yet sinister meaning to the mythology wherein the trinity play a role as a catalyst to the personal ambitions and ego driven desires of Macbeth. The idea of the Fates may have influenced Norse belief in the Norns, also a trio of divine female arbiters of destiny. Shakespeare had other intensions to convey. As mythology had a very close route to the psyche of the individual and conveys a set of meanings that ordinary language fails to do, the three witches could be seen as three dimensions of the psyche of Macbeth. The Three Witches represent evil, darkness, chaos, and conflict, while their role is as agents and witnesses. This is an internal process in the ego mind of Macbeth but visualized through the external agency of the witches for the audience to comprehend.
Darkness, chaos, and conflict are all state of one’s mind. This is clearly demonstrated in the very opening dialogue of the witches which is: "Fair is foul and foul is fair". This answers both the doubt in the mind of Macbeth on the strange appearance of the witches as well as the presupposition of the justification to the prophecy about to be told.
Fate, which according to the socio-cultural and religious context in which one lives, could be predestined or in a more spiritual sense, well within the capacity of the individual, through free will, subject to spirit empowering rectification.
While more esoteric spiritual traditions taught of the capacity within the humans to change one’s life destiny the majority of people from a pagan tradition believed is the subject of arbitration in the hands of the divine. This is the reason that mythology and its symbolism holds up a mirror to the psyche thus empowering it to take control.
May the power of mythology empower us spiritually.

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