3894 – Alpha Omega Hexagram Tracing Board Diagram Hebrew and Planetary Symbols

Physical description:
Cream coloured card with black handwritten ink text and symbols, a yellow/gold ink diagram, and a blue ink border. Holes where pins have been. On the back is more handwritten writing in blue and purple ink and some damage where the label has been removed. The bottom left hand corner of the card has been broken off.
Museum classification:
Ritual Magic
Size:
24cm x 30cm
Information:

These tracing board diagrams were most likely used as a way to test the knowledge of the members of the order of Alpha et Omega (initially called The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn) and allow them to progress further up into higher levels (grades) in the order. It appears that some, if not all, of the boards were hung in the temple during rituals of the inner order. For example, this particular board diagram was shown to Associate Adeptus (a member of the First Order being tested to pass into the Second Order) who was supposed to explain the diagram to a member of a lesser grade in order to pass further. See the Alpha Omega tag for more tracing board diagrams. 

The front side has handwritten Hebrew letters and planetary symbols in black ink encased inside a yellow/gold hexagram with a blue border. The centre of the star has the symbol for the sun. Above this are the Hebrew letters תפארת, which stands (reading from right to left) for T or Th, R, A, P or F, T or Th. This appears to mean 'Glory' when translated. The top point of the star has the symbol for Saturn, then the letters זצת, Z, Aa or Ngh, T or Th. The literal translation for this appears to be 'You're quick', but this may mean something entirely different within the order or to native speakers of Hebrew. The top point contains the symbol for Jupiter, and the letters תסָז - H, S, Z. This translates to 'Concentration'. The bottom right corner has the symbol for Venus and the letters הֵצת, V, S, T. The exact translation is unclear, but it appears to mean 'Fire' or 'Ignite'. The bottom point has a moon symbol and letters יהֵנז, J, V, N, Z. The direct English translation for this appears to be 'Let's go', but again, this may not be accurate.  The bottom left has the symbol for Mercury and the letters הֵוז, H, V/W, and Z. This could not be translated. The top right point has the symbol for Mars, then the letters גִּ בֵ ור הֵ, G, V, V/W, F/T, J. The translation for this is 'He is great'. On the back at the top it says in purple ink '3. East. Hierophant Instructor.' Beneath this, written in blue ink it reads 'The Hexagram of Tiphereth. 5°-6° Ceremony of the Portal Executed by the v. ho. Frater "Fide et Amore" 5° - 6° September 1910'. Below this is the wear and tear where the sticker (pictured) used to be, At the bottom of this, it says "Isis - Urania - Temple." 

 

The "5=6" inscription pertains to the structure and grading of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (also known as Alpha et Omega, or the A.O.).

The structure of the Golden Dawn:

First Order
Introduction—Neophyte 0=0
Zelator 1=10
Theoricus 2=9
Practicus 3=8
Philosophus 4=7
Intermediate—Portal Grade

Second Order
Adeptus Minor 5=6
Adeptus Major 6=5
Adeptus Exemptus 7=4

Third Order
Magister Templi 8=3
Magus 9=2
Ipsissimus 10=1

Alpha-Omega Collection

These items came from a generous donor who wishes to remain anonymous.  She inherited them from Dorothy May Cox, who was probably a member of Alpha Omega, and perhaps a relative of Donald W. Cox, who was initiated into AO around 1920.

Resource:
Object
Materials:
Card and ink
Copyright ownership:
MWM

These tracing board diagrams were most likely used as a way to test the knowledge of the members of the order of Alpha et Omega (initially called The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn) and allow them to progress further up into higher levels (grades) in the order. It appears that some, if not all, of the boards were hung in the temple during rituals of the inner order. For example, this particular board diagram was shown to Associate Adeptus (a member of the First Order being tested to pass into the Second Order) who was supposed to explain the diagram to a member of a lesser grade in order to pass further. See the Alpha Omega tag for more tracing board diagrams. 

The front side has handwritten Hebrew letters and planetary symbols in black ink encased inside a yellow/gold hexagram with a blue border. The centre of the star has the symbol for the sun. Above this are the Hebrew letters תפארת, which stands (reading from right to left) for T or Th, R, A, P or F, T or Th. This appears to mean 'Glory' when translated. The top point of the star has the symbol for Saturn, then the letters זצת, Z, Aa or Ngh, T or Th. The literal translation for this appears to be 'You're quick', but this may mean something entirely different within the order or to native speakers of Hebrew. The top point contains the symbol for Jupiter, and the letters תסָז - H, S, Z. This translates to 'Concentration'. The bottom right corner has the symbol for Venus and the letters הֵצת, V, S, T. The exact translation is unclear, but it appears to mean 'Fire' or 'Ignite'. The bottom point has a moon symbol and letters יהֵנז, J, V, N, Z. The direct English translation for this appears to be 'Let's go', but again, this may not be accurate.  The bottom left has the symbol for Mercury and the letters הֵוז, H, V/W, and Z. This could not be translated. The top right point has the symbol for Mars, then the letters גִּ בֵ ור הֵ, G, V, V/W, F/T, J. The translation for this is 'He is great'. On the back at the top it says in purple ink '3. East. Hierophant Instructor.' Beneath this, written in blue ink it reads 'The Hexagram of Tiphereth. 5°-6° Ceremony of the Portal Executed by the v. ho. Frater "Fide et Amore" 5° - 6° September 1910'. Below this is the wear and tear where the sticker (pictured) used to be, At the bottom of this, it says "Isis - Urania - Temple." 

 

The "5=6" inscription pertains to the structure and grading of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (also known as Alpha et Omega, or the A.O.).

The structure of the Golden Dawn:

First Order
Introduction—Neophyte 0=0
Zelator 1=10
Theoricus 2=9
Practicus 3=8
Philosophus 4=7
Intermediate—Portal Grade

Second Order
Adeptus Minor 5=6
Adeptus Major 6=5
Adeptus Exemptus 7=4

Third Order
Magister Templi 8=3
Magus 9=2
Ipsissimus 10=1

Alpha-Omega Collection

These items came from a generous donor who wishes to remain anonymous.  She inherited them from Dorothy May Cox, who was probably a member of Alpha Omega, and perhaps a relative of Donald W. Cox, who was initiated into AO around 1920.