Finding the Triple God

Triple God by El Sharra - Sun King/Horned God/Sage

Triple God by El Sharra — Sun King/Horned God/Sage — http://el-sharra.deviantart.com/

Because Wicca places a great importance on the archetype of a Triple Goddess, I question why there isn’t a Triple God?  Though I found several attempts at creating one on various web sites, I did not find one that seemed to me much a good counterpart to the Triple Goddess.

Having failed to find one that made sense to me, I decided to create my own.  To build this archetype, I created the following requirements.

  1. Just as all three titles in the maiden/mother/crone were easily identifiable as feminine, I needed parallel titles that were recognized as male.  Titles like “hunter” or “youth” would not work because you could not identify the gender.  For example, Raven Grimassi’s triple god consisting of The Hooded One, The Horned One and The Old One did not work for me because I could not identify the gender of each of these.  I also wanted to stay contemporary and identify titles that would be evident today and not worry about statements like “men used to be the primary hunters.”
  2. I wanted to reflect the life-cycle of a man.  Young/middle-aged/old did not work very well since all the gods were all ancient.  I decided to break this down as pre-marriage, marriage, and elderly though I recognize that not all men get married, just like not all women become mothers.
  3. Since all Gods are ancient, identifying elderly gods was a problem.  But I decided to look for identifiers that typically being portrayed old and maturity and looked for identifiers such as beards, being a leader of other gods or being placed at the top of a pantheon, or having dealings with the underworld.
  4. Since the Triple Goddess was usually symbolized by the triple moon, I thought it would be important to find some Gods associated with the sun but would not exclude other candidates.
  5. I decided that the traits of these gods did not need to be masculine as most gods and goddesses displayed feminine and masculine traits.

The following is the list that I compiled:

The Young Man

  • Other titles: Son, Boy, the Young God, Prince, Brave, Bachelor, Gentleman, Lad, Boyfriend,
  • Corresponding Sun Gods: Apollo (Greek), Helios (Greek), Other potential Gods: Adonis (Greek), Hyacinthus (Greek), Narcissus (Greek), Thor (Norse), Pan (Greek), Hermes (Greek), Aengus (Irish)
  • Traits: lover, student, youth, unmarried, self-discovery, learning

Father

  • Other titles: King, Man, Chief, Dad, Duke, Emperor, Husband, Lord, Priest
  • Corresponding Sun Gods: Hyperion (Greek), Freyr (Norse), Garuda (Hindu), Huitzilopochtli (Aztec), Liza (West African), Lugh (Celtic), Surya (Hindu),Other potential Gods: Zeus (Greek), Hephaestus (Greek), Njord (Norse), Baldur (Norse), Thor (Norse), Poseidon (Greek), Dagda (Celtic), Cú Chulainn (Irish)
  • Traits: provider, ruler, decision-maker, protector, teacher, soldier, warrior, hunter

Sage

  • Other titles: grandfather, old man, wise man
  • Corresponding Sun Gods: Inti (Inca), Mithras (Persian), Ra (Egypt), Utu (Mesopotamia), Arawn (Celtic)Other potential Gods: Odin (Norse), Anu (Sumerian), The Horned God (Wicca), Bor (Norse), Hades (Greek),
  • Traits:  mentor, patriarch, philosopher, thinker, scholar, savant, expert, guru, wise

Triple God Symbol

My symbol of The Triple God.

My symbol of The Triple God.

Now I needed to find a counterpart to the triple moon symbol.  Deciding that it should be a triple sun symbol,  I had to decide whether to have it reflect a complete day (probably too short) or a complete year?  Could my symbol represent the seasons of Spring, Summer and Fall and ignore Winter to mirror how the triple moon symbol only shows the waxing, full, and waning phases and ignores the new moon?  I am also partial to using circles to reflect cycles.

Conclusion

Now this Triple God makes sense to me.  Though it doesn’t have a connection to any ancient practices in the past, I am ok with this since because I consider myself part of a New Religious Movement.  And besides, they have a word for me in Wicca…. eclectic.

About Sam Shryock

I am a resident of Kansas City metro area and have practiced Pagan Spirituality since 2007. I am a third-degree Wiccan with the Correllian-Nativist tradition, the local coordinator for Kansas City Pagan Pride Day, and the host of the monthly Kansas Coffee Coven. I currently work full-time in the Computer Industry. I am a retired Army Reserve Lieutenant Colonel and have a Masters Degree in Computer Resource and Information Management. Most importantly I am a proud husband, father, and grandfather.
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