Maiden, time to learn life-skills,
Playful, chaste, and free.
Mother, bounty of the Earth,
Source of knowledge, aged Crone,
With half your life ahead.
You have swum this way before,
Have rejoiced and suffered dread.
Direct your pod in search of food,
Care now for their destiny.
It’s not of humans that I speak
But sister-whales in the sea.
By Kate Rauner
I enjoy the imagery of the triple moon goddess: “In common Neopagan usage the three female figures are frequently described as the Maiden, the Mother, and the Crone, each of which symbolizes a separate stage in the female life cycle.” I find it fascinating that humans are known to share this division of a woman’s life only with a couple whale species – orcas and short-finned pilot whales. Perhaps it’s not the subcutaneous fat we share (!) but our family structure.