“By the power of three times three” – have you seen or heard this phrase and wondered about where it came from or what it means? This is one of those sayings that have been used for hundreds of years and acquired a life, power, symbology and energy of its own.
The saying “by the power of three times three” essentially relates to the sacred power of the number three, magnified by itself. Three, three times.
Let’s dive into some of the history and links to ‘three times three’ or ‘three by three’. The most prominent sacred or notable set of threes include:
Prominent Sets of Three
- The Christian Holy Trinity (by the power of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit),
- the Wiccan Triple Goddess (the Maiden, the Mother and the Crone),
- the human triad (Mind, Body, Soul or Mind, Body, Spirit)
- Our lives (Child, Adolescent, Adult and Birth, Life, Death) and
- the Universal Rule of Three or the Threefold Law of Return (what you put out /actions return with three times the strength).
Examples of Sacred Symbols with Three Aspect
Three in Religion
The number three is used in the Torah to mediate between two opposing or contradictory values. The third value mediates, reconciles, and connects the two. In a nutshell, one stands for unity. Two stands for disagreement. Three stands for the harmony of opposites that includes the properties of one and two.
There is also George Ivan Gurdjieff’s “Law of Three” that states for action to occur there need to be three forces present: “Every phenomenon, on whatever scale (from subatomic to cosmic) and in whatever world, springs from the interaction of three forces: the first active, the second passive, and the third neutralizing.” The new, arising from this interaction, will in turn form a new triad by which the process continues in its course of creativity.
Three in Numerology
In numerology, the number three symbolizes the principles of growth. When the initiating force of 1 unites with the germinating energy of 2, there is fruitfulness = 3, the Trinity. 3 signifies that there is a synthesis present – that imagination and an outpouring of energy is in action. The ‘thought’ of 1 and the ‘fertility’ of 2 results in the ‘creativity’ of 3.
The number three is also believed to resonate with the energies of the Ascended Masters and indicates that the Ascended Masters are around you, assisting when asked. The Ascended Masters help you to focus on the Divine spark within yourself and others, and assist with manifesting your desires.