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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throne, " the stone of God," to use the ex-
pression of the Ritual, surrounded on every
hand by masonified radiance. The seat of
that throne (about 61'3 inches) measures the
number of times the radius of the earth is
contained in the radius of the orbit of the
moon ; while its height is proportioned to the
number of decades in the orbit of the Egyptiau
year, the five divine birthdays being expressed
in the Chamber of New Birth immediately
beneath. Above that throne at the higher end
of the chamber rises the seven-pointed arch of
the planetary heavens, its boundary lines defin-
ing the flaming belt of the zodiac. And from
its foot runs downward the floor-line ascended
by the Illuminate, and measured by the radius
of the cycle of perihelion, or Circle of Nearest
Approach, formed by " the Assembly of Minis-
ters of Truth," but along the midst of which
none might pass save the Illuminate alone.
And if we may estimate the distance of Sothis
(whose chamber lies beyond) to be 1,374.000
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