The number Three is one of the most important numbers in Masonic symbolism.

I would like to address just one (for now) aspect of its meaning.

In the lecture of the Second Degree, we say that Masonry is divided into Two sections Operative and Speculative. I would submit that in adopting a symbolic approach to teaching, and the inclusion of so many symbols into our Craft, it is really Three parts (like the 24 gauge). Operative, Speculative and Applied.