The number Three moves things forward. Three wants something new to happen. Three breaks out of impasses and forges new paths. That’s why Cinderella goes to three balls -- she wants out of her stepmother’s house. That’s why the handsome prince has three tasks he has to accomplish before he can win the princess’s love. He’s got to show her he’s no longer a mamma’s boy.
Folklore is full of other kinds of threes. Three wishes, three magical animals, three tests, three brothers. And don’t forget the three weird sisters, and of course there are all those Greek trios of goddesses: three Graces, three Charities, three Horae. The three Fates represent the three aspects of life: Clotho spins the thread of life, Lachesis measures the length of life and Atropos cuts the thread of life.
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The energy of Three pervades our lives.
You’ve heard the saying that “… things come in threes,” like bad news or accidents. By the third time we trip over our own feet, we start to pay attention. And advertisers know about the power of Three. When a store wants to get rid of things quickly, it runs a three-day sale. Or, even better, a three-for-one sale.
Women caught on to the power of three early on. The ancient Goddess had three forms – Maiden, Mother and Crone. And while Christianity worked hard to get rid of the Goddess, they kept the idea of a triple God called the Trinity.
Three unites the three-in-one of our human nature: body, mind and spirit. That’s the best way to fight our own demons and manifest an enriched life.
Sherene Schostak is a Jungian psychotherapist, author and metaphysician who specializes in helping creative artists transform their addictions and blocks. She has been in private practice in New York City for the past 13 years consulting, writing and... read more