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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244 The Illumination of the Adept. [Ch.

celestial company assembled in the Grand
Lodge of the solar throne. Mounting beneath
the Royal Arch of the Burning Crown, he
treads the Stone of God itself, and passes
through the Gate of Peace, with its seven
crowns and titles of Victory. Then, outstrip-
ping in his flight the power of mortal thought,
he passes beyond the shining orbit of the
earth, beyond the vast expanse of solar glory,
across the awful chasms of the unfathomable
depths, to far-off Sothis, the land of Eternal
Dawn, the ante-chamber of the infinite morn-
ing. He " has his star established to him in
Sothis," says the Ritual. And here the
Illuminate, now become a Master, is instructed
in the last mysteries which precede the uni-
versal glory ; the mysteries of the divine
sorrow, the " tears of Isis" (clii.), whence
comes the source of the celestial Nile, the fount
of illumination to man. Here he passes within
the triple veil, and is invested with the im-
perishable jewels of supernal lustre (cliii.-clxi.)-

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