The three-sided talisman, in its many forms, is one of the most ancient symbols in the western world. It is found on the walls of the palace of Minos in Crete. It appears on ancient Irish stone carvings, as well as being etched on bones as much as 25,000 years old. It stands for the three Goddesses: the Maiden, Goddess of youth, springtime, and planting; the Mother, Goddess of growth, nurturing, and summer; and the Crone, Goddess of the harvest, wisdom, and the ends of things. The Sacred Three are also Creation, Preservation, and Destruction, as well as Birth, Life, and Death. Like all ancient symbols, the Talisman of the Sacred Three is subject to ever-deepening levels of interpretation, and culminates in the understanding that all things are one.