of the unseen Father. At the tropical extremity
of Egypt, immediately below the celestial or
tropical arch traversed by the sun at the
summer solstice (at that epoch about 24° N.
the inclination of the earth's axis to the plane
of its orbit, being at that time about half a
degree greater than at present), was the cata-
ract or " Gate of the Nile," through which
the ancestors of the race entered the country.
That cataract or throne of the life-2;ivin<>'
waters, situated beneath the Royal Arch of
the solstitial throne, marks the point attained
by the Illuminate in the Ritual, when he has
achieved, in Aahlu, the " passage of the sun,"
and " opens the gate of the Nile," the cataract
of heavenly light.
As the deceased, in making that ascent,
entered into the presence of the forty-two
judges of the dead (the Gods of the Horizon
and the Gods of the Orbit), each judge supreme
in his particular province ; so also was all the
land of Egypt parcelled out into forty-two