Nine times out of ten, when you ask someone to pick a number between one and five, they will say … three. I don’t know why, they just do, strange isn’t it? No matter how much you think about it, it always comes back to the number three.
The number three.
A triangle has three angles.
It is known as a triad.
A triangular shape is on the dollar bill.
A triangle is often seen in movies.
The Star of David, is two inverted triangles, laid on top of each other.
A triangle gazes upon you constantly when you log on AOL.
It is said if one takes a dull razor blade inside a triangle (pyramid) it will sharpen it. Flowers seem to grow better inside a triangle. They weave and bob, if watched under time lapse photography. Whereas, another flower of the same exact gender will grow straight up outside of a triangle.
The triangle is just a symbol, but it has a very ancient history. Buckminster Fuller, in his autobiography, called it the “fundamental building block of the universe.” It is the central symbol of growth in many ancient traditions. Three Ways was one name of the Roman goddess Hecate, whose three-faced image at crossroads traditionally received offerings of cake, fruit, and money. Money is still offered at one of her ancient shrines, the Trevi Fountain, and the traditional idea of being blessed by throwing three coins in the fountain has persisted to this day.
The Irish god Trefuilngid is the patron of the trefoil, or three leaf, the shamrock. Trefuilngid is known as the Triple Bearer of the Triple Key, which is the same appellation given Shiva, Astarte, and Ishtar, three ancient manifestations of the Triune Goddess. Of course, the samrock is also the symbol of St. Patrick, the Patron Saint. Among the ancient Arabs, the trefoil was called the Shamrakin, which was a symbol of the male trident of fertility.
In the book, “Communion” by Whitley Strieber, “the visitors” always show up in groups of three. The author of that book reported that the visitors etched triangles on his arm with a sharp instrument. Another person in the book reports the same thing, only this is a triangular rash that appears on his body.
The triangle was the symbol of the ancient Triune goddess. It is viewed by Christianity as the central form of the Godhead, the Trinity. In the bible, Ecclesiastes says, “two are better than one … and a cord of three strands is not quickly snapped.” Life is expressed in Christian cosmology as having emerged from the unity of the Trinity.
A current scientific theory suggests that gravity may consist of two components counter balancing one and another, the balance of which causes the third force-which is what we call gravity-to emerge. Many ancient traditions view man as a being with three parts: body, mind, and heart. In ancient Taoist thought, the fundamental force in the universe was duality, the yin and the yang, positive and negative, thrusting and opening, seeking and waiting, male and female. This was also thought by the Aztec and many other cultures to be fundamental to everything. And the duality, when it was in harmony, formed the triad.
The human being in a state of spiritual harmony is looked upon as a sort of cosmic egg out of which hatches the bird of resurrection, which is the Phoenix, also characterized as an eagle, the symbol of the yin. In the old imagery of the tarot, and in the gospel story of the Marriage Feast at Cana, the feminine is viewed as a cup, the masculine as what is poured into it. The Aztec poets sang of the creative impact of the god and Goddess of Duality, and called the third force the song of the flower.
There has ever been in the life of man this idea of the triad as the primary force of growth. The Sphinx is a very old construction, and the sacred graphic known as the Kali Yantra or Primordial Image in the Indian Tantras may be even older. This ancient symbol, a triangle with the bindu, or spark of life, at the center, is associated with the Triple Goddess who rules past, present, and future (length, breath, and depth) and trimester of pregnancy, and the three seasons of life.
Childhood. Maturity, Age.
In the Greek alphabet the fourth letter, Delta, is the symbol of the Holy Door. Among the Egyptians the triangle was the symbol of Men-Nefer, the very ancient goddess of the mother city Memphis, as identified in the Egyptian Book of the Dead. The object of the worship of the Yantra is to attain unity with the Mother of the Universe in her forms as Mind, Life, and Matter.
To the Gnostics of the later Roman Empire, the triangle signified creative intellect, the balancing coolness of mind, the persistent reconciliation that proceeds in the souls of the ones who see Christ within. Among the ancient Sumerians Ishtgar was the Triune goddess, as among modern Christians the Trinity is the central figure of the creative force. Now venture outside of your comfortable abode, into the “real” world, and search all the encasements of the dead:
The Roman goddess Hecate.
The Irish god Trefuilngid.
Search the graves of the ancient Aztec’s, the Inca’s, the Ying’s and the Yang’s of this world. Martyr’s to mans work, who all share one common characteristic. They are all still there. Exactly where man left them, in their respective tombs. Oh yeah, I almost forgot, here is another one. My God rose from his tomb on the “third” day.
The thirteenth-century Christian mystic Meister Echart said of the Holy Trinity: “God laughed, and begat the Son. And together they laughed, and begat the Holy Spirit. And in the laughter of the three … the Universe was born.”
Go ahead. Pick a number. I am going to pick the only three that matter.
God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
These three are good enough for me.
All the rest of it is just fluff.