Three: Multiplicity; creative power; growth; expression; synthesis. 'Three is the first number to which the word "all" has been appropriated' and 'The Triad is the number of the whole, as it contains a beginning, a middle and an end' (Aristotle). The 'power of three' is universal and is the tripartite nature of the world as heaven, earth and waters; it is man as body, soul and spirit; birth, life and death; past, present and future; Father, Mother and Child etc.
Three is the 'heavenly' number representing the soul. Three also carries the authority of accumulated effect, once or twice being possible coincidence but three times carries certainty and power ('Third time's the charm') . The chief symbol of three is the Triangle.
Acrylics, pastel, graphite pencil and image transfer on wood panel.
Approximately 30x40 inches
S. Fitts, 2010
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The above mentioned meaning of symbols comes from research done and from J.C. COOPER's AN ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPEDIA OF TRADITIONAL SYMBOLS, copyright 1978 Thames & Hudson Ltd., London