THE THREE HERMES - Hermes Trismegistus
Why Three Hermes's?
Note the similarity to the Triple Gem, the Tripitaka, and The Three Turnings of the Wheel in Buddhism.
Could this suggests a Threefold Transmission?
Also, THREE exists within the Pythagorean tekrtys - as one of the archetypal Natures of Hermes/Mercury, i.e. the ONE.
Thrice Greatest, therefore - does not only refer to the Volume or Amplification of the Greatest of Hermes, but to his Triune, Three in One, Nature.
The Devil in Dante is 3-Headed: Note 7, p. 44. Jung, Transference:
In Abu'L-Qasim, the lapis is called al-shaitan, 'Satan'; Holmyard, "Abu'l-Qasim al-Iraqi."
Shamrock The Arabian 'shamrakh' symbolizing the Persian Triads; it represents all triads; the Mystic Three; the sunwheel. It was adopted by Christianity as depicting the Trinity and is an emblem of St Patrick and Ireland.
Cooper, J.C. An Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Traditional Symbols, Thames & Hudson, London, 1978.
trimorphic or triune conception of divinity seems to represent a very early
element in Greek religion, of which many survivals, such as the triple Hekate,
may be noted in later times. The most interesting of these survivals is to be
found in the later cult of Minyan Orchomenos, where, down to Pausanias's time,
the images of the Graces, which were contained in the most ancient sanctuary of
the place and received the greatest veneration, were three natural stones, which
were said to have fallen from heaven. It was only in his own time that this
group of primitive baetylic pillars was supplemented by artistically carved
Evans, Pillar, p.141