The Divine Trinity
June 7, 2011
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As part of our exploration in the Tarot we’re also discussing the numerological associations.
As we know, the Tarot is an archetypal guide through the use of complex, symbolic images. Embedded in the tarot is the most primordial of all archetypal beginnings, Numbers.
We’ll be getting back to the tarot cards next week after this brief introduction into the number 3.
The Trinity – The fascinating and powerful Number 3 that brings one and two together.
The MOST primal, most fundamental example of the powerful symbolism of the trinity in 3 is Mother, Father and Child. The moment of conception, creation, birth. Life! There is no symbol more powerful than life.
In numerology the number three is considered a very positive number. It is associated with the Astrological Gemini as the third sign of the Zodiac. In Feng Shui three is an auspicious number to use when planning groups of items in your space.
In physics the number three is seen as the grouping of the atom – proton, electron, and neutron.
The Triad has a special beauty and fairness beyond all numbers, primarily because it is the very first to make actual the potentialities of the Monad ~ Iamblichus
Three takes us past the limitations of duality (dyad) and through it. Thus it symbolizes union, rebirth, transformation, succession.
Three is everywhere in our world, a part of our everyday life such as:
- Beginning, Middle, End.
- Birth, Life, Death.
- Three dimensions – height, length, width.
- Light, energy, mass.
Three is balanced relationship – Where there is two, a third, unifying point exists. The third aspect present in duality, is the movement along the spectrum of polarities.
Please Note: Entire volumes of books could be written about Trinity Mythologies. Below is merely a brief taste.
The Divine Trinity revealed through Mythology
We see the trinity within ourselves as body, mind and spirit.
Examples of archetypal symbols in spiritual traditions
- Osiris – god the Father, setting sun. God of afterlife, underworld
- Isis – goddess the Great Mother, creative power
- Horus – Son, rising sun, god of the sky, symbolizing sun and moon, left and right eyes, falcon head. The well known Egyptian eye, is the Eye of Horus (Wedjat).
In the image Osiris is in the center, Horus is on the left, Isis on the right.
Also, Ra, Amun, Ptah trinity
Thrice great, Hermes Trismegistus
The Three Wise Men, recognized in Christianity is also related to the 3 stars of the Belt of Orion, which the 3 Egyptian Pyramids are modeled after. The 3 stars also point to Osiris’ star Sirius.
The One God is symbolized by three gods, as universal forces of the universe. Each aspect containing one another. Each god also has it’s *goddess consort (female aspect) .
- Brahma – creator of the universe. *Saraswati
- Vishnu – preserver of the universe. *Lakshmi
- Shiva - destroyer of the universe. *Kali
The three gunas (fundamental attributes, modes of being)
- Sattva – Purity (Essence)
- Rajas – Activity
- Tamas – Inertia
- Anu - Supreme Lord of the Sky, Lord of constellations.
- Enki (Ea) – Lord of Waters, intelligence, creation.
- Enlil – Lord of Air and Earth (King of Heaven and Earth), god of weather.
for more on Sumerian myth, we suggest Brifae, a member of the symbolic living forum.
Greek, Roman Mythology
Greek – The Three Fates known as Moraie were goddesses of destiny. They would appear three nights after the birth of a newborn to assigning it’s destiny through birth, life, and death.
Roman gods – Jupiter, Juno, Minerva
The Three are One
1. Kether - Crown. Union archetype, initial spark, creation.
2. Chokmah – Wisdom. Male archetype, extended energy, force of creation.
3. Binah – Understanding. Female archetype, holder of the energy, womb.
At once the illumination exists in the trinity.
In the Tree of Life are the 3 pillars on which the sephira are placed
- Severity to the left (feminine)
- Balance in the middle
- Mercy to the right (masculine)
Pagan- Celtic, Druid Trinity
Triquetra – Maiden, Mother, Crone; Triple Goddess; Mother, Father, Child. It is used to symbolize many celtic, pagan associations.
Awen – Three rays of the sun, divine inspiration.
- Left ray, feminine force
- Central ray, balance
- Right ray, masculine force
Spiritual Trinity as One God
Father, Son, Holy Spirit
As we see the Vesica Piscis naturally gives rise to the first geometric shape with 3 sides, an Equilateral Triangle. Note the perfection of the points.
There are three types of triangles that exist:
- equilateral – all sides equal
- isosceles – two sides equal, third is not
- scalene – no sides are equal
There are three types of angles that exist – acute, right angle, and obtuse
Freemasonry has 3 degrees of initiation
- Entered Apprentice
- Fellow Craft
- Master Mason
The universality of previous mentioned trinity associations of the Divine, with Sacred Geometry, the Egyptian pantheon and Kabbalah being most dominantly evident in trinity association, as well as Christianity.
On the U.S. dollar bill seal we see the pyramid symbolizing the physical world. The eye within the triangle above it, symbolizing our consciousness. What do you consciously choose to do in the physical world? Money is one example of a tool that manifests your choices in the world.
Certainly there are infinitely many more associations to the trinity, a universal part of our reality. This is not an exhaustive list by any means.
Where else do you see Three used in myth and fairytale? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below.
When drawing the simple 3 card Tarot spread, it’s usually associated to Past, Present, Future. Try looking at the 3 card spread in terms of a mythological, universal triad.
We will get into the Tarot card associations next week.
Philosophy of the Matrix
Remember the Matrix? We hope you enjoy the thought provoking video. Consider the relationship between Neo (the One) and Trinity in the The Matrix. This video can not be embedded and will take you to youtube. Enjoy!
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