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This is a 2 pronged question. (ha!)
I am hopelessly immersed in the Christian Bible right now. The OT goes on and on about the worship of Ba'al, which was extremely popular, even among the Israelites, much to their disfavor with the Lord (called Yahweh).
As you probably know, I am looking at the Bible as a historical/legendary series of documents, not as a book to necc live by.
So my first question is: who was this Ba'al? Did a quick websearch, came up with: he is the son of El. His name means master. Baalzebul means Master-Prince. He is the god of storms and fertility. His female counterpart is Asherah. (beelzebub was derogatory wordplay on his name, it means Lord of the Flies)
Etc...anyone have any other good info?
2nd part: I found that his worship was associated with the age of Taurus (hence the worship of the golden calf). Then, the next era was the Ram, Aries, which was when Yahweh was "born."
Then, the next era was Pisces, hence, the Christian association with the fish. Now I know why my grandmother had that fish on her car's bumper! but obviously, carrying over from Aries was the epithet Lamb of God.
If I've got any of this wrong, and I probably do, and I know it is oversimplified, please don't yell at me. Share info!