Diana, though her true name is unknown, is the legendary goddess of femininity in the Wicca religion.
Within the neopagan religion of Wicca, Diana is worshiped as the "Triple Goddess", representing the maiden, mother, and crone. The Goddess embodies feminine concepts such as sexuality, pregnancy, breast feeding, and other such concepts associated with the female gender.
It's symbolized by the moon in three phases all happening at once. These moon phases are concurrent with a women's life stages; the Waxing Moon represents the Maiden, the Full Moon represents the Mother, and the Waning Moon represents the Crone. All of this has allowed women to identify with a deity in a way they haven't been able to with patriarchal religions.
The Wicca author D.J. Conway has stated that the reconnection with the Great Goddess of Wicca is vital to the health of all of humanity.
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Within the Wicca tradition, the Great Goddess is seen as an archetypal figure who appears in different religions throughout history. The Dianic tradition conflates the Wiccan Goddess with the Roman Goddess Diana, another name for the Greek Goddess Artemis. D.J. Conway and Monica Sjöö have conflated the Goddess with the Hindu Tridevi.
- She is not to be confused with the Roman goddess Diana.