Originally posted by CIAGypsy
driley, Masonic Light, or Saurus,
It would seem to me that each of those organizations offers a maximum degree that is a multiple of 3 in some manner (12, 18, 33, 99, etc...). Is this
on purpose? Maybe because there are 3 points to the compass/square? Or is this simply a coincidence?
Hi CIA Gypsy
Sorry I took so long to your request here. I finally have a bit of time, so here goes...
As you suggest, many things in Freemasonry happens in threes - three principle officers, three risings, three Masonic principles, three steps to the
This, however, is not unique to Freemasonry, but is found in almost all mystery schools, and has massive significance in all esoteric and occult
societies, and some of the reasons are given below...
Trinities in religion are extremely common - the Trinity of Christianity, Thrice great Hermes, Trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, Egyptian triad of
Osiris, Isis and Horus etc. The triangle has ever been a symbol of the Almighty for this reason. The ancient Brahmins acknowledged the triple essence
of the deity. The Egyptian mysteries took their oaths on the sacred delta (equilateral triangle) and referred to the sacred delta as symbolic of the
Christianity is no different - there are three great virtues in Christianity - faith, hope and charity (love), three crosses at the crucifixion. Peter
denied Jesus three times. Resurrection after three days. Three appearances of Jesus to his disciples after his resurrection. There are hundreds of
triads in the Bible.
Three as a symbol:
The number three is the first number that, as written, has a beginning, middle and end - an important implication in mystery schools where symbolism
plays a part.
Sayings like "Third time lucky", three cheers, Genies grant three wishes in Arabic lore, three riddles in fairy tales. The list is endless.
Three graces, three fates, three furies.
Three is the number of basic substances - sulphur, salt and quicksilver.
I could go on all day, but from the examples I have provided, it should be clear that the number three has a deep association with every type of
discipline - it is rich in symbolism, deeply ingrained into mythology and religious thought.
In any mystery school which draws on symbolism from ancient times, it does not make sense to omit the significance of 'three'. It can mean so many
different things to so many people, which makes it a prime candidate to be used in ritual.
Please let me know if you would like even more info...