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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52 The House of Osiris. [Ch.

the Egyptian universe, the horizon of which
traces out, as we saw, the sacred Horizon of
the Ritual, determined by the pole-star and
denned by the Pyramid, was the Aptu, or
Southern " Apex of the Earth," mentioned
by Dr. Brugsch in " The Holy Land of Khent,"
situated in that immediate neighbourhood.
For our point of reference was demarcated
by the intersection of the Equator with the
grand meridian of Memphis; and that inter-
section takes place just by the Western shore
of the great Equatorial lake from which the
famous river derives its life-sivins; streams :
hence on the day of Equinox, an observer
standing at the fount of the river in the
patriarchal land of Egyptian tradition, would
witness that grand "Passage of the Sun," and
march of the universal hosts of space, which
solemnizes the day of the " Reckoning of the
Spirits." From that point of origin, we
marked out the four Cardinal Points of the
universal sphere the thrones of the four

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