The Symbolic Power of Objects
We instinctively know that when we see a single standing stone, it marks something (or so we believe). Two posts create a gateway, three a family, four a room, five a counsel and many, well many are likely to be grouped in subgroups of one, two, three, and four.
If we contemplate the one stone, we sense authority and before long a paternal or maternal impression of the stone creeps into our heads. The two stones or posts appear to be guarding an entrance and we approach knowing that we may have to ask permission to pass. Three (let’s say of varying sizes) gets us identifying father, mother, and child. And four, depending on their placement will present an organized entity whether they enclose a space or provoke you to ask (as you would a panel of judges, sages, or grandparents), “what do you want?”