Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Power of Three Will Set You Free

The Power of Three Will Set You Free
            One of the powers of the Moon was expressed by the number three, an energy which is so prominent in the fairy tale Allerleirauh, as well as many other tales.  Three is considered a sacred number: we have many old sayings about the power of three bringing good or bad luck.  When something happens once, we might ignore it as unimportant.  When it happens again, we might say it's a coincidence. But if it happens for a third time, a pattern has been established.  Now we know that something important is happening: it carries certainty and power, the energy of forward motion, the power of expression and synthesis.
            Three symbolizes the stages of human life: childhood, adulthood and old age.  It stands for birth, life and death as well as beginning, middle and end.  It makes up the trinity of body, soul and spirit.  In numerology, three is the number of creativity, talent and knowledge.  And in many religions, there is a trinity of gods or goddesses.  Christianity picked up on the power of three and declared their God was Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  The Trinity symbolizes unity in diversity.
            The ancient Moon Goddess manifested as a triple-figured Being, the Creator, the Preserver and the Destroyer.  As crescent Moon she was Maiden, as full Moon she was Mother, and as waning Moon she was Crone or Wise Woman.  This triple Goddess represented the three stages of a woman's life, as well as Fate.  In many mythologies, Fate is depicted as a triple Goddess, the weavers of destiny.  In Greek mythology, they were: Clotho, the Spinner of the thread of life; Lachesis, the Measurer, giving the element of chance; and Atropos, the Cutter, who finally cuts off the thread of life.  Like the golden spinning wheel that Allerleirauh puts into the king's soup after she wears the dress of the Moon, this lunar consciousness gives us a chance to consciously meet our fate. 
            The Moon measured time for most cultures, whereas we depend on a solar calendar and so are out of sync with the Moon's time.  The dynamic energy of the Moon was worshiped as the Bull of the Mother, whose horns symbolized the crescents of the waxing and waning Moon.  The zodiacal sign of Taurus represents this dynamic feminine energy. The receptive, opened, meditative, dreaming energy was worshiped as the new and full Moon and was represented by the sign of Cancer.  The Moon set the rhythms of life and so was intimately connected to their lives.  Like my dream of the calendar and having to wait, what did we lose when we were banished from our home in the Moon?  Perhaps our sense of timing, but certainly our sense of the right time.

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