Adams, Walter M.  
The house of the hidden places: a clue to the creed of early Egypt from Egyptian sources — London, 1895

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VJ The Sceptre of the Depths. 15 5

of the Horizon of Heaven—must be clearly
defined, and incapable of confusion ; it must
be self-evolved, and yet immutable; it must
be within man's power to compass, but not
within his grasp to alter. Now these condi-
tions are fulfilled by one line, and one only
known to man, the polar axis of the earth—the
line, that is to say, about which takes place
the earth's daily rotation, while itself performs
the annual circuit around the sun. Let that
line be carried far as the eye can follow or
thought can reach, the depths through which
it pierces remain for us for ever at rest.
That is the line which directs the axis of the
Sacred Horizon of the Point of Equinox, and
which indicated to the mind of Egypt the
entrance path for the holy departed as they
passed from the created to the Uncreated Light.
A beautiful allusion is made in the Ritual to
the illuminative action of the sun in reference
to this double motion of the axis, as the earth,
the vessel of God, perforins her daily and
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