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First Degree Reading Assignments

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First Degree Reading Assignments


The Book of Tridea

Read this entire text and follow the steps below.


  1. Set up your home altar by referencing the “Tridean Practices” section.
  2. Do the “Oneness Exercise” and the “Judgment Exercise” and make notes of your experiences in your journal.
  3. In the “Goddess” section of the book read and perform the affirmations, meditations, rituals, and a few of the chants at your altar. Do this in order starting with the Maiden. Record all your thoughts and experiences in your journal.



Maiden, Mother, Crone: Voices of the Goddess by Claire Hamilton – Entire Text

Refer to the Goddess section in the Book of Tridea for further explanation of the aspects of the Goddess according to Tridean practices. For the sake of argument and to provide a framework for this course, answer the questions based on your knowledge of Tridean beliefs regarding the Goddess and her Triplicate form.


For each story answer the following questions:

  1. What makes this Goddess a Maiden, Mother, or Crone?
  2. Do you see evidence of sub-aspects such as Lover, Warrior, or Queen? If so, what part(s) of the story point to this fact?
  3. Did this Goddess have a mate or children? If so, explain her relationship with them.
  4. What is this Goddess the Goddess of? For example, Goddess of Love, Goddess of Corn, etc. Are there any other things the Goddess in the story could represent and be the Goddess of – maybe some less obvious things? Explain why you have come to your conclusions.
  5. Can this Goddess be representative of a particular element or elements? Why and what bearing does this have on understanding her story?
  6. What is the lesson of this story? What can the story teach us as spiritual seekers?



The Myth of the Goddess: Evolution of an Image by Cashford and Baring – Pages 3-105

Read the assigned pages and make notes for yourself in your journal if you so choose. It’s helpful to read this text with a highlighter. You may be quizzed on this material.



Goddesses of Greece: Aphrodite, Demeter, and Persephone - Pages 349-390



- Examine Aphrodite’s relationship with Eros and Adonis. Are these two male deities the same? What do they represent?

- How would you classify Aphrodite as based on the known aspects of the Goddess? Why?

- How and when would a ritual to Aphrodite be most appropriate? Why? What would the main purpose of the ritual be?


Demeter and Persephone:

- If Demeter is the Mother and Persephone the Maiden, who could be the Crone? Is there a single image that unites the three into a view of the All Goddess? Could these other aspects be present within the two Goddesses themselves? What deities make up the Goddess concept as seen through Tridea; Maiden, Mother, Crone, All. Refer to the Hymn of Demeter in the text for clues. Explain your conclusions.


- We know little of what actually happened during the Mysteries of Eleusis. Contemplate now what those mysteries may have contained, what they symbolized, and what they meant to Initiates. What might a ritual of Eleusis been like? Write your thoughts and explain your conclusions.

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