figure three (3) is semi-iconic (incorporating a stack of three horizontal
strokes). It is quasisymmetric with the (upper-case) letter 'E,' and
partially echoed in the figure '8' (designating the third power of two).
Figural grammarians consider it to involve a progression of compressive
folding beyond '1' and '2.'
figure '3' designates the number three, the second odd number (with
odditude of 1), and second prime (third prime = 5).
is the square-root of nine (relating it intimately to Barkerian arithmetic
digitally cumulates to six.
is itself the sum of the three preceding natural numbers (0 + 1 + 2
= 3), demonstrating a unique affinity with numerical triangularity.
Keypad direction: South-East.
peculiarly obsessive triadic numeracy is evidenced in the vulgar ('zygotriadic')
calendar of the Mu Nma.
number three is unique for both the intensity and diversity of its cross-cutting
hyperstitious investments. It is associated on the right hand with numerological
completeness and transcendence, and on the left hand with the middle,
the between, and the diagonal line.
triplicities include (amongst many others) the three dimensions of
manifest time (past, present, future) and space (height, length, depth),
the triad game (paper, scissors, stone), the Atlantean Tridentity
(Nunnil-Ixor, Domu-Loguhn, Hummpa-Taddum), the Hindu trimurty (Brahma,
Vishnu, Shiva) and gunas (rajas, tamas, and sattva), the alchemical
elements (salt, sulphur, and mercury), the Christian trinity (Father,
Son, Holy ghost), the stages of formalized dialectic (thesis, antithesis,
synthesis), the oedipal triangle (daddy, mummy, me), and the three
virtuous monkeys (blind, deaf, and mute to evil). History exhibits
strong tendencies towards a triadic order of the world, both in the
realm of mythology (heaven, hell, limbo), and in that of geopolitics
(first-, second-, and third-world). The extraordinary numinousness
of the number three is also indicated by ethnomes such as tribalism,
tributaries, trickery, and trials, the three body problem, three wishes,
three fates, three graces, the third-eye, and the arch-magician (Hermes)
sources relate the cultural dominance of the number three to the fact
that Alpha Centauri is a triple system.