Whenever I receive information regarding the three Wise Men I always get shown a compass, four points of North, East, West and South. Popular theory says the three men started their destination in Babylon but I believe
they came from different points of origin..........four corners of the world, travelling towards a gathering point just outside Bethleham. So if we have four points then who is this fourth man?
The fourth wise
man is said to have borne the name of Artaban and he is well known in Russian legend. This fourth wise man, who came from Persia, was the only one of the four wise men who knew that he was to visit and revere a girl-child, his gift of pearls was profoundly
symbolic from the Persian Gulf. The pearl represents the moon of the Sacred Feminine as the reflective vessel of wisdom. It's also a symbol of the egg as the source of life which Mary Magdalene holds herself in many paintings.
Unfortunatly Artaban died
of natural causes before meeting up with the other three Wise Men who carried on the journey towards the boy-child. This might explain the lack of information on him and his visit to the girl-child beforehand. His death did have a purpose however which was
symbolic in itself as it represented humanitys initial denial of a girl-child equal to the boy-child.