Power of Three

9 Nov

My newest Dream Faire treasure and the number three have many powerful associations.

Power of Three Necklace1

Whether you know this symbol as the Irish Trinity Knot, a Triquetra, or a Trefoil, there’s no denying it is a powerful symbol of three interconnectedness.

From the time of the ancients to the current day, three has always been a significant number for many cultures.

For Christians, the most powerful triple symbol is the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit (or Holy Ghost). Christians also believe that three wise men (Magi) brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to the infant Jesus.

For some pagans, the Maiden, the Mother and the Crone are represented by the triquetra; for others, it combines Earth, Air and Water; and for some it symbolizes Life, Death and Rebirth.

Celtic mythology introduced the three-faced Goddess of War: Morrigan (the great queen), Bodbh (the crow) and Macha (the plain).

Ancient Greeks had the three Fates (Clotho, the spinner; Lachesis, the measurer; and Atropos who cuts the thread of life), as well as the three snake-haired gorgons: Stheno, Euryale, and their infamous sister, Medusa.

Whatever its origin, and there are many conflicting theories (Christians say it was brought out of Jerusalem by monks, Celts say it originated with them and was appropriated by the monks, and Germanic people claim it from early engravings on runes), there is something magical about the power of three, even today.

Consider these well-known trios: The Three Musketeers, The Three Stooges, Three Amigos, Three Men and a Baby, as well as Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Athletes and other contest winners are awarded gold, silver and bronze medals or trophies.

What does the Power of Three mean to you?triquetrasign

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