While I cannot speak for everyone, I can state that many people leave Netflix reruns of shows they watched growing up while they do their homework or study for a test, myself included. Some might say that watching television is distracted, but for a few of us, the quiet is even more distracted, which is why we turn to our trustworthy Netflix apps to find a familiar show to watch. Usually, I tend to pick shows I grew up watching. I already know what is ultimately going to happen, and so I don’t lose focus on my homework and/or studying. This week, however, my trusted strategy did not work.
As I perused through Netflix, I decided to play a few episodes from the show Charmed. Normally, I am able to maintain my focus, but this week the symbol for the 3 sisters (Prue, Piper, Phoebe…and later one Paige) caught my attention more than the work I had to do. The symbol for the sisters magic was a form of 3 overlapping shapes meant to signify their bond as witches and as sisters throughout the entirety of the show. After some online research, I discovered that the symbol for the Charmed sisters is referred to as a triquetra—meaning triangle in Latin—it is also referred to as a Trinity Knot, which is speculated to have first appeared in Pagan/Celtic belief systems. The three intertwining rings were meant to symbolize the power in unity. The circles have no beginning and no end, instead they continue on endlessly much as the power of a unified people can continue endlessly from generation to generation.
The triquetrais said to symbolize the energy of the Trinity and they represent the forces of the universe. Supposedly, it is meant to represent the three planes of existence—mental, physical, and spiritual. Similarly, the three sisters in Charmed unite to form a magical trinity, ultimately becoming an unstoppable force of good in the world by using the individual powers they contain. Each of the sisters wields a different power, which is connected to a different element that can only be controlled when each sister learns to tap into their mental, physical, and spiritual understandings of themselves. In the first few episodes of the show, the sisters are depicted reforming their bond as siblings and as witches. When they do so, the triquetra rings are brought together and Prue, Piper, and Phoebe become able to access their magic. After Prue dies, the rings are once again reformed to solidify the magical power of three when Piper and Phoebe meet their long lost sister Paige. Once again, the Trinity Knot becomes a representation of the power of unity and the force of the universe.
The moral of the story: if anyone thinks it’s a less distracting option to watch reruns of old television shows while doing homework, studying, etc…think again. Rather than seeking a less distracting form of entertainment when your working hard, put the remote down, refocus, and get the work done. There will be plenty of time to watch reruns when you’re done. If you’re like me and still struggle to concentrate in complete silence, put on music instrumentals; it is a great way to fill the room with non-distracting noise. Good luck!