Actually, since its been brought up:
What DOES everyone think of the Maiden-Mother-Crone archetypes (in Wicca or otherwise)? Does it set an unrealistic example for women? What about its male counterpart? Does it put too much emphasis on gender roles?
Is it harmful?
I ask this because in…
Honestly, not a fan. This paradigm is imposed most often on Celtic Deities. But it completely ignores other roles that these dieties held (including mmc). I like the structure for people it fits for (primarily mothers who will become crones someday), but for me, it doesn’t fit quite right. Yet mother to me means more than giving birth to children—it means assisting with the rearing of children in anyway. So I don’t hate mmc. I just want it to be mmwmqachclce maiden matron warrior muse queen artist craftster healer curser lover crone etc. The Brigit three would be hms healer muse smith. The Morrigan three could be smc Soveriegn, Warmage, Carrioncrow. I could go on.