Several years ago m’Lady Tony designed a piece that combines the three stages of Womanhood: the Maiden, the Mother and the Crone. The idea was to develop the three aspects into a single shape: the Astrological symbol of Venus.
At the foundation is the Maiden. She sits cross legged at the base of the piece, creating the anchor of Womanhood: she holds a chalice that contains a flame: an element that symbolizes transformation, a promise of the future’s ever changing opportunities.
In the center is the Mother: pregnant she fulfills the promise and instructs the maiden with her accumulated wisdom of her own maidenhood. In one hand the bud of a rose; the other the blossom: symbolizing beauty and passion, the possibilities that fertility offers. She is flanked with the stems of the rose illustrating life itself.
Above the Mother and below the sickle moon is the Crone. Her hair flows into the spider web that encloses their backs: the network of accumulated lessons of the lives that came before brought to generations of Women for eons. With arms outstretched she holds the wisdom and reveals the destiny of those who seek her.
The symbol of Venus is the cross of matter below with the circle of spirit above, reviling the core concept of Venus: Spirit over Matter: the symbol of love itself. In its purest form, Love is that direct link between spirit and matter without then need for demonstration, condition or interpretation. Women hold the very essence of humanity: the ability to carry within them both the seed of life that brings the next generation and the wisdom to bring to their children the knowledge of a better life.
The Maiden Mother Crone Amulet is a potent piece created as both an amulet that may be worn but also a focus of life itself. Although intended to be worn by women, it also is designed for small alters dedicated to life. A good gift for girls who have achieved womanhood; a talisman for the new mother or for one who has achieved the status of Wise Woman.