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The Druidic Triads

  • Three keys of Mastery of the Self: to know, to dare, to keep silent.
  • Three conditions for which one may be un-seated: for performing murder or warfare, for telling a falsehood, for divulging a secret which he or she holds.
  • Three things which ought not to be revealed: injurious truth, the disgrace of a friend, the secrets of the grove.
  • Three virtues of Wisdom: to be aware of all things, to endure all things, to be removed from all things.
  • Three Spiritual Instructors of Mankind: mastery of self, mastery of world, mastery of the unknown.
  • Three things a Person is: what he thinks he is, what others think he is, and what he really is.
  • Three things that make re-birth (reincarnation) necessary for a person: his failure to obtain wisdom, his failure to attain independence, his clinging to the Lower Self.
  • Three signs to be controlled above all else: the hand, the tongue, desire.
  • Three signs of cruelty: to needlessly frighten an animal, to needlessly tear plants and trees, to needlessly ask for favors.
  • Three people deserving of admiration: those who love on the beauty of the Earth, on little children, on a great piece of art.
  • Three signs of compassion: to understand a child's complaint, to not disturb an animal that is lying down, to be cordial to strangers.
  • Three things to be avoided by the Wise: expecting the impossible, grieving over the irretrievable, fearing the inevitable.
  • Three things lovable in a person: tranquility, wisdom, and kindness.
  • Three duties of an excellent person: to cherish their mate and children, to love their country, and to obey the laws of their people.
  • Three things besides which the baneful cannot be: conformity to law, knowledge, and love.
  • Three joys of the happy: avoidance of excess, peace, and loyalty.
  • Three tendencies of a person's lifetime: hope, love, and joy.
  • Three things that unlock thoughts: drunkedness, truthfulness, and love.
  • Three things that bring a person the love of their neighbors: to be a peacemaker, to be a helper, and to be a guide.
  • Three things that bring a person respect among their neighbors: supporting themselves, being wise in their council, and being kind.
  • The three foundations of friendship: respect and trust, understanding and forbearance, a loveing heart and helping hands.
  • Three things for a friend: let them be to you a second self, let not their misery seperate you from them, do for their memory what you would do if they lived.
  • The three highest causes of the true human are: truth, honor, and duty.
  • The three manifestations of the true human are: civility, generosity, and compassion.
  • Three things for which thanks are due, because that is as easy as a reward: an invitation, a gift, and a warning.
  • Three qualities unbecoming of anyone: being impertinent in asking, hard in giving, and ill in opinion.
  • Three things that cause one loss of invitation: eating too much, speaking too much, and asking too much.
  • Three things never to bring one who has been your host: harm, contention, and ill repute.
  • Three reasons for keeping silent: against saying the thing one should not, against speaking in the way that one should not, and against speaking in the place one should not.
  • Three reasons for speaking, come what may: for instruction against ignorance, councel against strife, and truth against harmful falsehood.
  • Three things that do no hurt against anyone: concealing ill manners, controlling passion, and destroying ill intention.
  • There are three things that one should give freely to guests: gracious accomodations, friendly conversation, and insured safety.
  • Three elements of gracious accommodation: cheerful welcome, hot sustenance, and a warm bed.
  • Three things a guest should never bring another's house: ill tidings, presumptuous licence, and treachery.
  • Three things all should have on hand for a guest, expected or not: an open door, food to feed the guest if they are hungry, a warm bed.
  • The three foundations of happiness: contentment, hope, and belief.
  • Three things whicch the happy will gain: prosperity, honor, and ease of conscience.
  • Three things all should strive for: oneness with their Gods, peace among neighbors, and just judgement.
  • Three things by which we may know our neighbor: that he is poor, that he is a stranger, and that he is in the image of human kind.
  • Three to whom it is right to give food: the stranger, the solitary, and the orphan.
  • Three things by which excellence is established: taking all things in morderation with nothing in excess, abidance to oaths, and acceptance or responsibility.
  • It is easier to determine the truth when these three prime evidences are existent: physical items which tell their story, trustworthy witnesses who tell their story, and concurrence with known truths.
  • Three things from which never to be moved: one's oaths, one's gods, and the truth.
  • Three things that strenghthen a person to stand against the whole world: seeing the quality and beauty of truth, seeing beneath the cloak of falsehood, and seeing to what ends truth and falsehood come.
  • There are three things excellent among wordly affairs: hating folly, loving excellence, and endeavoring to constantly learn.
  • Three manifestations of humanity: affectionate bounty, loving manners, and praiseworthy knowledge.
  • Three things that spring from following lawful goodness: universal love from the Wise, worldly sufficiency, and a better place in the life to come (reincarnation).
  • Three things without which there could be nothing good: truth, valor, and generosity.
  • Three manifestations of excellence: the honoring of parents, the respecting of the aged, and instructing the young, and to this a fourth, defending of infancy and innocence.
  • Three reasons for supplicating the Mighty Ones: because it is a pleasure to you, that you may be a friend to those who are wise, and because your soul is immortal.
  • Three ways to lose excellence: to become a servant to one's passions, to not learn from the examples set by others, to indulge to excess.
  • Three things that always lead to deception: the love of a person too strong in sensuality, the good will of one's superiors, the promises of one cursed with ill luck.
  • Three persons from whom you should keep yourself: he who praises you too much for easy deeds, he who speaks against you for his own benefits, he who boasts of deeds never done.
  • There are three things: wisdom. loss, and remorse. He who does not have the first shall have the other two.
  • Three signs of a bad man: bitterness, hatred, and cowardice.
  • Three things that never end well: a lie, envy, and decpetion/guile.
  • Three people easy to do without: they who do not benefit to any, they who bring no joy to any, and they who keep not peace with any.
  • Three things hateful to the Mighty Ones and to human kind: a weak look, a deceitful tongue, and a mischievous spirit.
  • Three roots of every evil: covetousness, falsehood, and arrogance.
  • Three joys of the lawless: gluttony, fighting, and fickleness.
  • Three bad tendencies in a person: pride without generosity, covetousness without justice, and anger without mercy.
  • There are three evil companions: pride, envy, and rapine (the violent seizure and carrying off of another's property; plunder).
  • Three chief evil qualities of people: sloth, deceit, and arrogance.
  • Three chief things that decieve people: fair words, desire for gain, and ignorance.
  • Three nourishments of arrogance: recklessness, wealth, and excess.
  • Three things that attack the weakest: enemies, wealth, and pride.
  • Three things better forsaken by those who love them: sport, carousal, and strife.
  • Three things of which only the happy and wise beware: the breaking of oaths, drunkedness, and vanity.
  • Three things that follow sloth: evil deeds, evil report, and evil end.
  • Three things odious in a person: ignorance, bad deeds, and perversity.
  • Three strange things in the world: loving war more than peace, loving excess more than sufficiency, and loving falsehood more than truth.
  • There are three people accursed: they who work against the Laws of Nature without concern, they who know nothing of the Mighty Ones and do not seek to learn, and they who know much and do not share their knowledge with any other.
  • Three kinds of evil people: the traitor, the conspirator, and the slanderer.
  • Three people hateful to the Mighty Ones and to human kind: the liar, the thief, and the miserly scrooge.
  • Three kinds of people worthless to they who are just and honest: the drunkard, the perjurer, and the traitor.
  • Three kinds of people without fear of the Mighty Ones: the traitor, the ravisher, and the miser.
  • Three chief attributes likely to do wrong: an angry countenance, an arrogant spirit, and an insatiable covetousness.
  • Three marks of a thief: an inquisitive tongue, a curious eye, and a fearful face.
  • Three who are best when they are farthest off: the fulsome flatterer, the contentious slanderer, and the lying talebearer.


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