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Double Equilateral Triangle

Double Equilateral Triangle
 
Ragon gives in his Maconnerie Occulte a very good illustration of the “hieroglyphical senary,” as he calls our double equilateral triangle, image_il. He shows it as the symbol of the commingling of the “philosophical three fires and the three waters, whence results the procreation of the elements of all things.” The same idea is found in the Indian equilateral double triangle. For, though it is called in that country the sign of Vishnu, yet in truth it is the symbol of the Triad (or the Trimurti). For, even in the exoteric rendering, the lower triangle image_il with the apex downward, is the symbol of Vishnu, the god of the moist principle and water (“Nara-yana,” or the moving Principle in Nara, water;†) while the triangle, with its apex upward, image_il is Siva, the Principle of Fire, symbolized by the triple flame in his hand. (See the bronze statue of Tripurantika Siva, “Mahadeva destroying Tripurasura,” at the museum of the India House).
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