In Paganism, the belief that the Goddess manifests Herself in three aspects, each symbolized by a phase of the Moon. The maiden (Waxing Moon) is young and sexually active, but not pregnant. She revels in her independence, especially freedom from male control, and freedom to be Herself. The Mother (Full Moon) is more mature and pregnant (from the Horned God at Imbolc). The Crone (Waning and New Moon) has given birth and raised the Sun God, and being older is revered for Her wisdom, knowledge and experience.