by Yvonne Rathbone
In the One we saw unity, initiation, beginning. In the Two we saw the possibilities of movement and therefore relationship. Now in the Three, we find the interaction between the two poles represented by the One and the Two.
We see this relationship often in stories and fairy tales. Heroes have to perform some action three times before they succeed at the task which transforms them. The hero's first attempt represents initiation and a commitment to action. The second attempt represents a response to that action, either from the hero's environment or subconscious. The final attempt represents the integration of the first two tries. Goldilocks first eats food that is too hot (yang) and then too cold (yin) until she finds a healthy integration in food that is "just right."