The three dots, or ‘triangle’ are signs wide spread around the world for its spiritual and also anarchist values.It is also a sign commonly used by Freemasons. Representing the triangle or pyramid as described in Freemasonry and its hidden meaning.
” The ancients postulated the the complete man as the triune man composed of body, soul, and spirit. He was symbolized by the right angle triangle. The horizontal represents the physical or material, the perpendicular represents the psychical or mental, and the hypotenuse the spiritual. (The complete man symbolised by the right angle triangle should not be confused with the perfect or spiritual man, whose emblem is the equilateral triangle.)
The purpose of the mysteries was to teach the candidate the secret of making of himself the perfect man. Symbolically, it is the secret of progressing the right angle to an equilateral angle . As no ‘whole’ can be complete and perfect except its parts be complete and perfect, their instructions were divided into three parts, or grades. The first dealt with the physical, the second with the psychical, and the third with the spiritual.
The body is the vehicle of the mind and the spirit; and to make it a fit habitation for them the Mysteries began their instructions with the purely physical aspect of man and his material relation to the Universe. This teaching was that a string and obedient body was requisite for the development of a strong mind and, mind being the instrument of spirit, a strong and well developed mind was essential to spiritual to spiritual development. … ”
It is also interesting to make connections with some views of what anarchy means…
“However, anarchists still argue that anarchy does not imply nihilism, anomie, or the total absence of rules, but rather an anti-authoritarian society that is based on the spontaneous order of free individuals in autonomous communities, operating on principles of mutual aid, voluntary association, and direct action.”
My life seems to reveal that symbolism and spirituality are my mission, hence tattoo as a core activity in this research. A tool to progress on the spiritual path.
Have a look at the references below. I encourage people to read the ‘review od Freemasonry, for those who are interested in its symbolic syste. The ‘Three dots’ definition on wikipedia is not very complete or very well written. If any of you feel the courage to edit it! Please do and let me know.
I would also be grateful if you could add your comments and add your views.
definition from wikipedia
A tattoo consisting of three dots in a triangle, usually found on the skin between the thumb and forefinger, is popular amongst various groups. For Hispanic and Asian gangs, the three dots signify mi vida loca (“my crazy life”) in Spanish, and tôi ở cần gì cả (“I need nothing”) in Vietnamese. The original three dot represents a gang member gangbanging with each other as equals. Adding two more dots represents a gangster who earn the right to command others or a senior gang member known as a “OG”, original gangster. One surrounded by others in protection. As a Sureño (gang) symbol, the tattoo is worn between thumb and forefinger because it is believed to be harder to remove. The Sureño gang number is thirteen, using Arabic or Roman numerals, or a combination of both: 13, XIII, or X3. This signifies the 13th letter of the alphabet, the letter M, meaning “La Eme” or “The M”; the Mexican Mafia. Numerals are also incorporated into the tattoos, such as Tres Puntos (“Three dots”) or X3, which is the representation for the number 13 within the Aztec numeral system. This may explain the origins of the tattoo amongst Hispanic gang members. However, along with the pachuco cross, the three dots is also a popular “generic” tattoo among Hispanic teenagers with no gang involvement whatsoever.
This is also popular in German prisons among current and former convicts as a symbol of their time done behind bars. Generally it implies the person does not know, see or hear anything and has therefore no information for the police. This tattoo also usually appears on the skin between the thumb and forefinger. Also for some groups it means ‘I hate cops.’
In France, the dots stand for ‘Mort Aux Vaches’, literally ‘Death to cows’, in slang ‘Death to cops’. It can also be interpreted as ‘Fuck the World’. In Greece, the three dots in a triangle signify affiliation with anarchist beliefs/ideals (The three dots can be seen as points of the letter “A”, the symbol for many anarchists around the world).
The three dots in a triangle are also used as a protective symbol for hobos, sailors, and convicts, known as “hobo dots.” Among sailors it’s a traditional tattoo to get on their first voyage.
The three dots in a triangle are also used widely in the southeast region of Turkey as a symbol of being one of the tribesmen. The three dot symbol is known as “Gormem, Duymam, Soylemem” meaning that “I hear nothing, I see nothing and I tell nothing”. Bearing this mark is an oath to the person’s own society, and requires great responsibility such as being willing to sacrifice himself in favor of the society.