Many fantasy writers have used number three in some significant way in their writing. Nora Roberts has quite a few fantasy series with three main protagonists, for example, the Key trilogy and the Three Sisters Island trilogy. Many writers use three quests, or three charms in their stories. Historically, the number three has always been used by fantasy writers.
The significance of number three in magic or Wicca can’t be overstated. In fact, the number three is considered powerful in many religions. Christianity has the Holy Trinity, Buddhism has the triple Bodhi, Hindus have the Trimurti, and the wiccans have the Three Fates or the Triple Goddesses.
Strictly in terms of Wicca, the Triple Goddesses are aligned with the three phases of the moon; waning, waxing and full.
1) The Maiden represents new beginnings, that is, the waxing moon.
2) The Mother represents stability and power of life, that is, the full moon.
3) The Crone represents endings and death, that is, the waning moon.
Many superstitions have been based around the number three: if you say a thing three times, it will come to pass. If you dream about an animal three times, then that is your totem animal (a Native American belief).
My fantasy series, The Power of Three, doesn’t strictly follow the Wiccan rules. For me, the power of three emerges from the three siblings, each one of whom is a protagonist in one of the books of the series. In The Demon Mages, Zo, one of the twin sisters, an air and fire mage, has to complete a quest in order to save her siblings from certain death.
In the second book, The Warrior Mage (soon to be released), the other sister Alicia, an air and earth mage, has to battle innumerable odds to destroy the power source of the main villain. And in the third and final book, The Water Mage, their brother Seve, has to use all his cunning and tactical ability to annihilate the army of the villain Vindha.
The power of three in this series comes from the unity of the siblings. It stems from their deep, abiding loyalty towards each other and from their utter devotion and commitment to do the best and be the best at whatever they do. One sibling is alone, two are untied and three together are powerful. And that is the beauty of number three in this series The Power of Three.
Numbers alone are meaningless in stories. It is a writer’s imagination and creativity that gives them significance.
If you have not read The Demon Mages, book 1 in The Power of Three series, download a sample now from Amazon kindle, and see how you like it.