The idea of the Triple Goddess was popular in different pagan religions in the ancient world. Goddesses who had similar significance or represented different aspects of a whole were often conflated or grouped together. One of the most well-known of these was the Artemis-Selene-Hecate Triad (check out our Triple Moon Collector Necklace honoring all of them) in ancient Greece, now simply called the Artemis Triad in modern studies of mythology.
According to ancient sources, the Triad was often worshiped at shrines dedicated to Hecate and Selene and groves that held sacred significance for Artemis. As a Triad, their powers were amplified, with their combined powers making them a force to be reckoned with.
However, all three of these Goddesses have their own significance and power. Though they share similarities and make a fierce trinity, they can also be viewed as individuals each serving a different purpose. Hecate is the Goddess of magic and witches while Artemis and Selene are both associated with the moon, and Artemis also with wildlife and the hunt.
Tomorrow, August 13, is the first day of Nemoralia, a three-day ancient Roman festival (also called the Festival of Torches or Hecatean Ides) that honors Diana (the equivalent of Artemis in Greek mythology).
Statius, a 1st century CE poet, wrote this of the festival:
It is the season when the most scorching region of the heavens takes over the land and the keen dog-star Sirius, so often struck by Hyperion's sun, burns the gasping fields. Now is the day when Trivia's Arician grove, convenient for fugitive kings, grows smoky, and the lake, having guilty knowledge of Hippolytus, glitters with the reflection of a multitude of torches; Diana herself garlands the deserving hunting dogs and polishes the arrowheads and allows the wild animals to go in safety, and at virtuous hearths all Italy celebrates the Hecatean Ides. (Statius Silv. 3.I.52-60)
Thus, you can see how the Triad was celebrated through the heavens (represented by Selene and dog-star Sirius, the earth (the grove where the festival took place and Artemis’ domain) and the underworld (represented by Hecate).
This year, the festival falls just before the full moon (called the Sturgeon Moon, and it will be the last supermoon of 2022) and along the Perseids Meteor Shower, which peaks on the nights of August 12 and 13. It is truly a magical, wondrous, and mystical time to celebrate, make intentions, and absorb all of the universe’s positive energy.
Some of our most special pieces can help you manifest and feel the positive vibrations all around you. The Artemis Goddess Pendant Necklace is especially significant for the festival, but you can also choose the Artemis and Antler Necklace Set to represent the hunt.
The Hecate and Triple Moon Necklace Set is another powerful and energetic piece for your collection and for invoking Hecate and the moon’s vibrations. Of course feel free to wear the Hecate Pendant Necklace on its own.
For Selene, you have two exquisite choices – the original Selene Goddess Pendant and the Special Edition Selene Goddess Pendant that just launched. We have also created a special necklace set called Darkest Before The Dawn Necklace Set, which features Artemis, Hecate, and the Diamond Star Locket, which represents dog-star Sirius.
Wishing you all of the positive energy of the universe.