The best known example of the triad is the Father (Godhead), Son and Holy Ghost of Christianity. But there was also the ancient Egyptian divine triad of Osiris, Isis and Horus, and the ancient Druid holy triad of Beli, Taran and Esus, not to mention the three great gods of Greece – Zeus (the sky), Poseidon (god of the sea and the power of the earth) and Hades (the underworld), mirrored in the Roman Jupiter, Neptune and Pluto. Hinduism has the triad of Brahma the creator, Vishnu the preserver and Shiva the destroyer.
The Egyptian trinity of Isis, Osiris and Horus is linked with the Knights Templar and the figure of John the Baptist. The Templars were accused of worshiping the ‘evil’ image of a human head – a carved head reliquary – which they called ‘Baphomet’. This head has been described as having two faces back to back, or perhaps three heads or faces – two faces back to back with a third placed centrally (like the three-headed Celtic god Bran). Some say that Baphomet had the face of a man or woman or both. But if it had two faces, then it was most probably a head with a male and a female face back to back, in which case it is more than likely that it was modelled on the two-faced Roman god Janus, the god of new beginnings and/or endings, of spiritual portals and gateways. Janus was also the god of change, transition or transformation from one condition to another and one ‘world’ to another, which relates to the midpoint between the opposites being a gateway. Continue reading