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Triple Goddess - Mother, Daughter, Crone

Demeter, Persephone, Hecate

Ficus root sculpture of Greek/Celtic Triple Goddess

Triple Goddess, L to R, Hecate, Demeter, Persephone

back view of Triple Goddess sculpture - the supporting hand

Ficus Root extends a supporting hand from behind

21"h x22"w x 8"d

Ficus root, fiber, gold wishbone, varnish

Triple Goddess was inspired by the Homeric Hymn to Demeter, an ancient Greek poem that describes what happens when the mother goddess Demeter, essentially the goddess of grain and motherhood, suddenly loses her daughter Persephone to Hades, the King of the Greek Underworld. Demeter seeks the aid of Hecate, a crone goddess, to help her find her daughter, and Demeter finds refuge among humans after devastating the world with famine in her grief. For further exploration of this mytheme, I recommend the series of seminars offered by Canadian Jungian Marlene Schiwy, PhD, whose Body-Soul program, drawing on the work of Marion Woodman, is myth-based and integrative.

This sculpture is the "other half" of the ficus root from which the Washer at the Ford was created. This particular ficus root is oddly apt for this Triple Goddess sculpture, because the root itself is a merge of three separate ficus trees which in growing, grew three-as-one, surely inspirational for anyone aware of the Celtic and Greek traditions of the Triple Goddess, and the three stages of womanhood so represented! As you can see, my courage in working more deeply with the wood is growing as I continue to intertwine myth and my own creative sources with the revelations in the wood.