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B is the second letter of the English and the Latin alphabets. In the earlier Phoenician alphabet B is said to represent Beth, a house. The sign shows an upright pole with a triangle. If we lay this stick on its side we see that the triangle also bisects the line. If we go back to the Zodiac square from India then we note how the central line relates to Saturn (Saturday on the left) and the Sun (Sunday on the right. The symbol of fire is the upward triangle which pertains to the sun. So the symbol for Beth contrasts the lack of light of Saturn (left half or bottom half) with the presence of light and fire of the sun (right half or top half). This resoning also helps us read El and Baal (q.v.) afresh. The letter B takes this idea one step further. It introduces the mysteries of how one line entails 2 points (at the extremities) and how one line fivided into two entails 3 points. In terms of gods this alludes to how two gods divide the world into polarities: e.g. Hari and Hara in India; Horus and Set in Egypt. In India B is also linked with Budha (the planet Mercury) which might explain the links of Beth with magician. In India this idea of twin gods begins as Mitra and Varuna (or Indra), who then become the models for Gemini and a whole series of twin gods, celestial and terrestrial. It is significant that the god of fire Agni is shown as two headed, thus introducing the idea of Janus, which we in the West associate with January but has much older roots.
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