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Term: Three


Three: Number Symbolism in Tarot: Three symbolizes creation—the result of two separate forces combining to create a third entity. A mother and a father produce a child together. A thesis and an antithesis combine to produce a synthesis. The number three can also represent body, mind, and spirit, or past, present and future. Many religions believe in a holy trinity, such as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, or Maiden, Mother, and Crone, or the triple goddess of the New, Full, and Old Moon.
source: Tarot for Writers, by Corrine Kenner


On the Kabalistic Tree of Life, three is the number of Binah, the topmost sephirah on the left-hand pillar, the third in order from the top of the Tree. It represents the first Heh of Tetragrammaton, and thus is the universal mother.

In magickal groups, this is associated with the degree known as Magister Templi, master of the temple, implying that such a person has true mystical understanding of the mysteries.


Santería is an Afro-Caribbean religion that comes to us from Cuba and to this day it is practiced worldwide. Its original form, called Ifa, is an ancient Yoruba religion that comes from West-Africa and is declared by UNESCO as one of the ...
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Divinatory Practices
There are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of different forms of divination and clairvoyant practice. The following lists organize some of the more familiar by the major styles. It is a preliminary effort. Analytical Tables of Clairvoyant & ...
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Review of The Manga Tarot
Summary: The Manga Tarot is a beautiful and insightful deck. It skillfully combines the evocative and fantastical feel of Manga with the equally evocative format of Tarot. Add to the mix some creative changes and juxtapositions and you’ve got a deck ...
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Wheel of the Year Tarot Review
Summary The Wheel of the Year Tarot beautifully and cleverly incorporates the setting and sensibility of the seasons. The combined symbols of seasonal holidays and traditional tarot enhance each other, making for a very beautiful deck that is a ...
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Essentials for Discovery & Development of Psychic Powers
A cardinal principle of psychic empowerment holds that psychic potentials exist in everyone and can be developed through appropriate programs. Common to those programs are the following three essentials: Motivation. The number one essential in ...
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Science and the Mind's Eye
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Review of the Celtic Tarot
Summary: Beautiful deck made in the Rider-Waite-Smith pattern, but with a unique Major Arcana and a focus on Celtic myth and legend. Perfect for Celtic Wiccans and all Pagans drawn to Celtic lore. Beside being good for doing divination (especially ...
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Review of the Universal Transparent Tarot
Summary:  This unique deck allows you to create new “cards” that are also readings. The method of working with this deck also allows you to not only read your future but also to change your future.   In-Depth Review: One of ...
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Review of the Medieval Tarot
Summary: This deck is a unique blend of medieval artistic styles with modern sensibilities. Although following the Rider-Waite-Smith patterns, it features new symbolism and interpretations for the Minor Arcana that will either excite you or turn ...
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Modern Numerology
English Numerology Modern numerology really came into vogue at the turn of the nineteenth century. Early attempts at making a Qabalah for English often paralleled the English alphabet to Hebrew and Greek. But the alpha-numeric code for numerology ...
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Guidelines for Performing Herb Magic
- The magician should be alone during spellcasting. The presence of others will only hurt the magician’s efforts. Some wait until the others in the house are asleep before casting their spells. (Many people temporarily turn off the phones and ...
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