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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230 The Illumination of the Adept. [Oh.

is twisted when he speaks, because his face is
behind him," the spirit of conscience, which
keeps its dread eyes inexorably on our past,
and speaks to us with mouth contorted in the
agony of self-condemnation—like the cry of
the penitent, which echoes as bitterly now as
when uttered three thousand years ago, " My
sin is ever before me."

Undeterred by that august tribunal, which
as we learn at the threshold, none can endure
but he who has truly judged himself, the
departed, protected by the Divine Guardian,
ascends the Passage of the Shadow where the
light is eclipsed, and achieves through Truth
his victory over Death. Gradually, as he
draws near the low but unobstructed gateway,
the glow of the splendour begins to appear;
and he sees before him the Sacred Orbit of the
circling earth defined by the four 1 turning
points of Solstice and Equinox, like a basin of
fire surrounded by four jets of name (cxxvi.).
In front of each of those cardinal points of the
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