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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lustrous chamber, with its starry rays, images
to him whose eyes are opened, the "Sail of
the Firmament," which, by its starry grandeur,




The Sail of the Firmament.

draws the soul irresistibly to God. The Well
reflects to him the " Paddle" shining in the
invisible waters, as the image of the Creator
shines invisibly in the Waters of Life : the
" Planks," the rungs of the ladder whereby the
soul came down to visit him, each guarded by
a spirit of celestial intelligence. In the sub-
terranean chamber he discerns the " hold " of
" darkness," and in the Chamber of New Birth
the Cabin, or Secret Place of the Divine Vessel.
A remarkable instance of pyramidal allusion is
supplied by the form of the cabin. For the
roof proper was surmounted by another roof of
the singular and apparently unmeaning shape
given in the text. But if above the Chamber
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