General Muttering – The Power of Three, the Trinity in Myth.


A curious, well at least curious to myself, thought occurred while I was reading about the mythical idea of the “Fates”, the concept of edifices, individuals or an individual; spinners and weavers of human lives.  They take many forms, the Fates for example regardless of the period and geographical location follow the same concept:

  • Moirai in Greek mythology; Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos at the birth of each man would appeared spinning, measuring, and cutting the thread of life.
  • Parcae in Roman mythology; Nona, Decima and Morta spinned out the thread of a mans future life, followed his steps, and directed the consequences of his actions according to the counsel of the gods.
  • Nornir (Norms) in Norse mythology; Urðr, Verðandi and Skuld appeared at a person’s birth in order to determine his or her future.
  • Sudice in Slavic mythology; three old women (various regional names) spinners who approach cradles of every newborn child, and foretell their fate.

This sparkler lead me along the path to the idea of the use of three (Three Fates); predetermination, a guiding hand and intent in books we read, and then for some reason the idea of the Trinity in Christianity.  The Trinity is a great concept of the power of three.  It’s accepted that Christianity incorporated elements, practices and belief systems from other religions into its own narrative as it developed:

  • The Great flood from the Gilgamesh Flood.
  • Cernunnious the horned Celtic fertility God is now the representation of the Devil.
  • Christmas Day and the Christmas Tree taken from aspects of Pagan and Roman worship.
  • and others.

Do the authors we read simply incorporate the subconscious idea of what the Fates and Trinity represent? Characters and heros with a guiding hand on there shoulder, underlaying concept of only one path forward, being guided in life.  I am a fan of the broken and unknown path myself:

Sidebar: Is there a connection between the Trinity and the concept of the Fates.  The descriptive view of the roles of the Fates included:

  • The Spinner, Birth, What Once Was.
  • The Alloter, Life, What Is Coming into Being.
  • The Inevitable, Death, What Shall Be.

One of many descriptions for the Trinity states, the Father who generates, the Son who is begotten, and the Holy Spirit who proceeds.  Side by side they do align:

  • Generates; Birth.
  • Begotten; Life.
  • Proceeds; What Shall be.

It’s a stretch, but given previous adaptations into Christianity, it is an interesting thought bubble.  After a little reading there is even a case that the Trinity may have some linkages to Trimurti in Hinduism.  On one concept of the Trinity is meant to be are presentational construct of one God while on the other, Trimurti, is three Gods in one:

  • Brahm the Creator; the Father.
  • Vishna the Preserver or Protector; The son send to protect/preserve mankind.
  • Shiva the Destroyer or Transformer; The Holy Spirit the Gods active force in the world.

The power of three in yet another construct.  Connections in one form or another, related or not.

So, why do we like the reoccurrence of three?  In short, not a clue, I just think we like an pattern, good, bad and the inbetween; top, middle and bottom.  It covers all bases and it showes in the stories and structures we read.  We love the idea of birth, death and rebirth, of guidance, destiny and preordained action?  Are these ideas are woven into the human psyche?

Getting back to my original point, do the stories we love and the authors we read make these connections instinctively? Some probably, other may just intuit this and for some reason this seem, not right, but acceptable.   Its a funny of thing in the end, connections and interconnects.

Interesting randomness nonetheless.






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