From very early times, the Great Goddess has been a trinity: her three faces are typically virgin, mother, and crone. Guinevere (Gwynhyfar in Welsh) is the ancient Welsh triple goddess, the goddess of dawn and spring. Her ancient role is echoed in the version of the Arthurian legends in which King Arthur marries three women, each named Guinevere; it is reflected in the Celtic tradition that in order to be king a man must marry the goddess.

Guinevere means "white waves," white being the traditional color of the virgin. Virgin here means what Esther Harding calls "One-in-Herself" and refers to a woman or goddess who is complete in an of herself. Waves associate Guinevere with the regenerative power of the sea. As queen she is the eternal feminine principle of strength and order in a peaceful universe.

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