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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signification—the exterior and the interior
light. For in its fivefold gradation we have
the correlation of the lunar motion with the
sun, in the five degrees of the moon's ascent
and descent each month from the ecliptic.
Again, since the sacred quarter of a day
whereby the earth's rotation was harmonized
with its revolution exceeds the true period by
(very nearly) twelve minutes ; so in five years
does that annual excess make up (5 x 12 = ) 60
minutes, the lunar measure of the hour. And
thus we read in the Ritual of the " Chamber
of the Hour in Rusta," the territory both

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Thrones of Isis and Osiris.

of death and birth. In the same staircase,
around the niche or " type," wherein the
regenerate soul is formed — the image of
the Queen of the Pyramid—we have the
fivefold regeneration of the senses ; and in
it too we may recognize, in such a form
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