Hecate ruled in three realms, i.e. she was Diana on Earth, Cynthia in Heaven, and Proserpine in Hades. Her chariot was drawn by black horses or dragons.
The Annotated Shakespeare by A.L. Rowse, 1978.
Dorothy Parker. Simpson’s Contemporary Quotations by James B. Simpson, 1997.
If a bowler in cricket takes three wickets with three successive balls, he is said to have done the hat trick. The feat is so rarely accomplished that in the early days of cricket, any player who pulled it off was awarded a hat as a bonus.
Morris Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins by William and Mary Morris, 1977.
Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanac. 1960
Lavater. Many Thoughts of Many Minds by Henry Southgate, 1902.
A name given to the three magi who visited the infant Saviour. Their names are commonly said to be Jaspar, Melchior, and Balthazar; but one tradition gives them as Apellius, Amerus, Damascus; another as Magalath, Galgalath, Sarasin; and still another as Ator, Sator, Peratoras.
A Dictionary of the Noted Names in Fiction by William A. Wheeler, 1865.
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 an emblem of St. Patrick and of Ireland.
An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Traditional Symbols by J.C. Cooper, 1978.