2 Fish

It is said that the 2 Golden Fish, as one of the 8 auspicious symbols, were originally symbolic of the rivers Ganges and Yamuna. The rivers Ganges and Yamuna have a confluence at Allahabad which is the main location of the Khumba Mela every 12 years. We noted elsewhere (under Khumba Mela) that this confluence on earth mirrors the confluence of the Milky Way in Spring. If the 2 fish symbolize the same rivers, this would mean a) that the cords from the two fish towards the knot mirror the same confluence of the Milky Way and b) that the point of confluence in the mystic knot corresponds with the Spring Equinox, which adds a layer of depth to the symbolism of Allahabad and the Khumba Mela. In terms of the creation story, in the Indian tradition there is first one fish (Piscis Austrinus in early versions of Aquarius ); then two fish (Pisces, who become Eros and Aphrodite in the West); then two animals (Aries one wild: ram; one tame: bull); then two humans (Gemini). There are thus interesting parallels between the 6 days of creation and 6 months of creation, corresponding to the period 21 December -21 June when the sun is waxing and dominant. Ganges Yamuna Eros Aphrodite Makara Pisces Aquarius Pisces (Khumb) a) Vase with Fish of Great Lustre b) Cetus c) Piscis Austrinus For a discussion of various theories of the two fish see: The False Gospel: http://watch.pair.com/pisces.html The two fishes originally represented the two main sacred rivers of India - the Ganges and Yamuna. These rivers are associated with the lunar and solar channels which originate in the nostrils and carry the alternating rhythms of breath & prana. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fish