Trinity Redux Picture

Afterwork: Sharpened, bordered, resized.

Another Redux shot, which I've taken actually more than twice now. This one is a more close up view, for I loved the single bird on the first cross. I'm a fan of threesomes, in all shapes and sizes. Most religions carry at least one reference to a trinity of kind, and I'll post a few here.

Long before the coming of Christianity, the Triple Goddess embodied the three-fold aspect of Gaia, the Earth Mother. She is one, but she is also three: The Maiden, pure and a representation of new beginnings; The Mother, wellspring of life, giving and compassionate; and The Crone wise, knowing, a culmination of a lifetime of experience. These aspects may also represent the cycle of birth, life and death (and rebirth).

In Old Europe and in Gaelic culture, in the Aegean world, and in the most ancient Near East, the Triple Goddess preceded the coming of nomadic speakers of Indo-European languages. In South Arabia the moon-god Hubal was accompanied by the three goddesses, Uzza, the youngest, al-Lat ("the Goddess]] and Manat the crone, the three cranes. More than anything, though, she is the personification of all women everywhere.

The Three Jewels, also Three Treasures, Three Gems, and Triple Gems describe, by Burton Wilson in The Lotus Sutra as "three things that all Buddhists are enjoined to serve and revere, namely, the Buddha, the Law or Dharma, and the Sangha or Order"

I take refuge in the three jewels,
The Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangra.
Until I attain Enlightenment. (the 14th Dali Lama)
-- Melissa Mathinson, "Kundun." 1997

In Greek mythology, the white-robed Moirae or Moerae ( the Three Fates) were the personifications of destiny. They controlled the fate of every mortal and immortal from birth to death (and beyond). Even the gods feared the Moirae. Zeus himself may be subject to their power, as the Pythian priestess at Delphi once confessed. They controlled the metaphorical thread of life for every person.

Clotho ("spinner") spun the thread of life from her distaff onto her spindle. Her Roman equivalent was Nona (the 'Ninth'), who was originally a goddess called upon in the ninth month of pregnancy.

Lachesis ("alotter" or drawer of lots) measured the thread of life with her rod, thereby determining how long people, animals and deities existed. Her Roman equivalent was Decima (the 'Tenth').

Atropos ("inexorable" or "inevitable") was the cutter of the thread of life. She chose the manner of a person's death. When she cut the thread with "her abhorred shears", someone on earth died. Her Roman equivalent was Morta ('Death').

The Furies: Who were female personifications of vengeance. They were usually said to have been born from the blood of Uranus that fell upon Gaia when Cronus castrated him; i.e., they were chthonic (earth) deities. According to a variant account, they were born from Nyx. Their number is usually left indeterminate, though Virgil, probably working from an Alexandrian source, recognized three; Alecto ("unceasing"), Megaera ("grudging"), and Tisiphone ("avenging murder"). The heads of the Erinyes were wreathed with serpents, their eyes dripped with blood, and their whole appearance was terrific and appalling. Sometimes they had the wings of a bat or the body of a dog.

The Trinity is a central doctrine of most branches of Christianity; it says that God is one God, existing in three distinct persons, usually referred to as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Historically, this has been described by the Nicene (325 A.D.), Apostles' (200 A.D.), and Athanasian Creeds (mid 300's A.D.) although it is not explicitly described in the Bible. These creeds were created and endorsed by the orthodox, catholic Church of the third and fourth centuries, and later retained in some form by most Protestants.

The word, Trinity, literally means, "a unity of three". This word does not appear in the Bible, and indeed, it apparently did not exist until Tertullian coined the term in the early third century. Nevertheless, although trinitarian Christians grant that the modern words and formulas are later developments, they still believe that this doctrine is found systematically throughout the Bible, and in the creeds and doctrines, and in other traditions of the Christian Church. It is considered a biblical doctrine "only on the principle that the sense of Scripture is Scripture".

Belief in God as a Trinity is considered essential by Eastern Orthodoxy, Roman Catholicism, and orthodox Protestantism. However, Christian faith does not ask for comprehension: it must be understood that God is a Trinity, for the sake of knowing who God is, and for understanding the salvation he has accomplished. Beyond such practical issues, speculation regarding a theory of the divine being is not necessarily encouraged. The believer does not need to know how it is that God is a Trinity; and in fact, that issue is more often taught in terms of what the Trinity is not, distinguishing the doctrine from the many alternatives.

The Three Wise Men, also known as the Three Magi or the Three Kings, appear in the New Testament, in the Gospel of Matthew, chapter two. There, they appear before Jesus as a child, noting that they observed his star in the east, and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. They first visit Herod, asking where the new king can be found; Herod sends them to Bethlehem, and asks that they return when they have found him. The Magi, however, are warned by God in a dream not to return to Herod, and their failure to report back leads directly to the massacre of the Holy Innocents.

The Three Wise Men frequently appear in Nativity scenes and other Christmas decorations; they are featured in the Christmas carol We Three Kings. An apocryphal tradition in the West gives them the names Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar; other cultures have different names. It is not even stated in Matthew's account that there were in fact three Wise Men; only that there was more than one Wise Man, and that there were three gifts.

And if you take science as a religion, we can even throw in this trinity as well.

Newton's laws of motion are the three scientific laws which Isaac Newton discovered concerning the behaviour of moving bodies. These laws are fundamental to classical mechanics.

Newton first published these laws in Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica (1687) and used them to prove many results concerning the motion of physical objects. In the third volume (of the text), he showed how, combined with his Law of Universal Gravitation, the laws of motion would explain Kepler's laws of planetary motion.

First Law
This law is also called the Law of Inertia or Galileo's Principle.

Every object persists in its state of rest, or uniform motion (in a straight line); unless, it is compelled to change that state, by forces impressed on it.
A body remains at rest, or moves in a straight line (at a constant velocity), unless acted upon by a net outside force. This means that a stationary object will remain stationary, and a moving object will continue to move (in a straight line and at a constant speed), unless a force acts upon it. In everyday life, the force of friction usually acts upon moving objects. Newton's law indicates that some force (gravity) must be acting upon the planets, as they do not travel in a straight line.

Second Law

The time rate of change in momentum is proportional to the applied force and takes place in the direction of the force. The acceleration of an object is proportional to the force acting upon it.

This equation expresses that the more force an object receives, the greater its acceleration will be. The quantity m, or mass, in the above equation is the constant of proportionality, and is a characteristic of the object. This equation, therefore, indirectly defines the concept of mass. In the equation, F = ma, a is directly measurable but F is not. The second law only has meaning if we are able to assert, in advance, the value of F. Rules for calculating force include Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation. Taken together with Newton's Third Law of Motion, it implies the Law of Conservation of Momentum.

Third Law

Whenever one body exerts force upon a second body, the second body exerts an equal and opposite force upon the first body. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.

If you strike an object with a force of 200 N, then the object also strikes you (with a force of 200 N). Not only does a bullet exert force upon a target; but, the target exerts equal force upon the bullet. Not only do planets accelerate toward stars; but, stars accelerate toward planets. The reaction force has the same line of action, and is of the same type and magnitude as the original force.

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