3898 – Alpha Omega Tracing Board Diagram the Kamea of the Moon

Physical description:
Cream coloured card with black and red ink writing. Holes and ribbon used for hanging. On the back is more handwritten writing.
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. See the Alpha Omega tag for more tracing board diagrams. 

On the front there is a sqaure of tabulated digits which form a kamea or 'number square'. There is also writing in red ink which reads: "10. Second Point. Hanging on Banner of East, at East. Executed by Y. H. Frater "Fide et Amore"."

On the reverse there is another kamea of the corresponding numbers in Hebrew, and writing in black ink which reads: "The Kamea of the Moon. 2=9 Grade of Theoricus. Second Point.Isis - Urania - Temple."  Isis Urania Temple was originally the first temple of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, founded in 1888 in London.

The "2=9" 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.) 5=6 being the Adeptus Minor rank of the Second Order. 

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

 

This kamea, or 'number square', is possibly the Kamea of Luna described in The Golden Dawn by Israel Regardie. Although note the differences in numbers. The following scanned extracts from The Golden Dawn explain the use of kameas in ritual magic.

 

 

The phrase 'Hanging on Banner of East, at East.' possibly means that this kamea used to hang on the Banner of East in a Temple during the rituals of the inner order, as shown on the below two diagrams. 

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. See the Alpha Omega tag for more tracing board diagrams. 

On the front there is a sqaure of tabulated digits which form a kamea or 'number square'. There is also writing in red ink which reads: "10. Second Point. Hanging on Banner of East, at East. Executed by Y. H. Frater "Fide et Amore"."

On the reverse there is another kamea of the corresponding numbers in Hebrew, and writing in black ink which reads: "The Kamea of the Moon. 2=9 Grade of Theoricus. Second Point.Isis - Urania - Temple."  Isis Urania Temple was originally the first temple of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, founded in 1888 in London.

The "2=9" 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.) 5=6 being the Adeptus Minor rank of the Second Order. 

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

 

This kamea, or 'number square', is possibly the Kamea of Luna described in The Golden Dawn by Israel Regardie. Although note the differences in numbers. The following scanned extracts from The Golden Dawn explain the use of kameas in ritual magic.

 

 

The phrase 'Hanging on Banner of East, at East.' possibly means that this kamea used to hang on the Banner of East in a Temple during the rituals of the inner order, as shown on the below two diagrams. 

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.