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For one of my stories I intend to have a Wiccan character, and so would like to be accurate in my writing. In my research, I have come across the concept of the Goddess (for those that do not know, Wicca involves two main deities, the God and the Goddess) having three distinct forms or emanations, but different sources say different things about them, and I do not know what is true to the Wiccan system of belief.

Straight up Wikipedia even implied that the God has three distinct versions as well, but I found no other source on it, but still do not want to ignore it if it is real.

What are the three parts of the Goddess, their names, and what are the parts of the God if such attributes exist?

Sorry in advance for my tags. I've always been bad with them, and I do not think that I've done them right.

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    $\begingroup$ I'm not sure if this question is really on topic here on Worldbuilding, you're asking about an actual real world religion... But from my experience with Wiccan friends and partners, there doesn't seem to be a hard established doctrine, more an amalgamation of bits and pieces from pagan religions. $\endgroup$
    – apaul
    Commented Jul 2, 2017 at 1:26
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    – Vincent
    Commented Jul 2, 2017 at 3:20
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    $\begingroup$ @Vincent We're not a catch all site though - even if there's no other SE site appropriate to ask this on, it doesn't mean it's on topic here. $\endgroup$
    – Aify
    Commented Jul 2, 2017 at 3:51
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    $\begingroup$ Adapting a real thing to your invented thing is Worldbuilding. I vote to reopen. $\endgroup$
    – Willk
    Commented Jul 2, 2017 at 13:09
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    $\begingroup$ I asked about this on the Mythology.SE Meta. It would also be reasonable to ask on the Worldbuilding.SE Meta about whether it is/should be on-topic here. $\endgroup$
    – Brythan
    Commented Jul 2, 2017 at 22:27

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I urge you to make it up, in a way that is most useful for your story and which imparts the most narrative energy.

The whole deal with Wiccanism is a rejection of traditional authority and received wisdom. People put together a thing that speaks to them and (maybe) their own group of like minded persons. Some of these folks have the god and goddess, some of them have each with three facets. Some just have the goddess. Some have a neutral Deist sort of thing. Many hybridize pseudohistorical things (for their gravitas) and invented / "rediscovered" new age things but I think a lot of people are fine with their own homebrew concepts standing on their own.

This really came home as I was reading up. There is no dogma. The three aspects for the Goddess could be - young middle and old, like the Fates or Norns. Wife, Mother, Grandmother. The God piece seems even less fleshed out, with various options to choose from: Horned God (god of the hunt?), Sacrificial God who dies and returns alive (Green Man? Mithra? Jesus? John Barleycorn?), Father, Sage etc.

If you want to have tripartite gods and you want some sort of canon as a creative guide, might I suggest you borrow from the Hindu pantheon and then adapt what you like to the neo-Celtic wiccan vibe. For example Shiva: creator / preserver / destroyer and Kali: lover / mother / killer. This will give the Wiccan thing a jolt of hybrid vigor unique to your story and let you sidestep criticism from persons who consider themselves authorities on wiccanism.

Plus the Hindu deities are awesome.

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    $\begingroup$ I suppose that I could simply create a variant of Wicca, involving a triple God. What about this? To The Maiden: Kouros, The Youth, The Green Man - Birth, renewal, being "fresh into the world," naivety, and that childlike mind. Children start here. To The Mother: Kernunno, The Father, The Horned God - Virility, strength, endurance, and instincts. This is adulthood, the warrior and protecting spirit, and the main avatar of the God. To The Crone: Koios, The Patriarch, The Great Sage - Intelligence, wisdom, forethought, and tranquility. One should aim to reach this by their old age. $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 2, 2017 at 7:08
  • $\begingroup$ I buy it 100%. Hybridizing the Celtic with the Greek is awesome as regards some sort of historic roots. Plus Greek names appear all the time in English and will feel smoother than Hindu to a reader. Great job! $\endgroup$
    – Willk
    Commented Jul 2, 2017 at 13:07
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As you know, in Wicca, "the Goddess" is usually described as Maiden/Mother/Crone. The reason you can't find an equivalent three-part god for Wicca is because there isn't one.

While most major Wiccan traditions officially recognize the "masculine" aspects of divinity as equal to the "feminine" aspects; in practice, Wiccans place a stronger emphasis on the feminine. This isn't without irony, considering the apparent misogyny of Wicca's founder.

The lack of there being one generally accepted triple god isn't from a lack of trying, however. People have taken stabs at it over the years. Unfortunately for your purposes, most in the Wicca communities considered such efforts to be forced. (This is why I said there isn't "one", not "any".)

The most common variations of a tripple god I've heard of are Warrior/Father/Sage, Hunter/Father/Elder, Stag/Father/Sage (amongst Cernunnos fans), and Warrior/Father/Smith (thanks GoT). You could use one of those, a variant thereof, or something you made up entirely. It's up to you. Go with what's best for your story since Wicca doesn't have any strong preference on the matter.

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