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3903 – Alpha Omega Tracing Board Diagram of Gehenna

Physical description:
Cream coloured card with black and red ink writing. Holes where pins have been. On the back is more handwritten writing and a typed label.
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. 

The front side has Hebrew writing in black ink within a geometric globe shape in red ink. There is a line dividing the globe shape and further horizontal lines of division. There are rings around the globe shape each marked with a number from 1 to 4 in Arabic numerals. The diagram is described as Gehenna, a small valley in Jerusalem. In the Hebrew Bible, Gehenna was the place where some of the kings of Judah sacrificed their children by fire. The place was seen as cursed thereafter. The description written on the back of the card explains the diagram.

On the reverse, thee is an inscription written in black ink which reads: Grade of Theoricus: 32nd Path of [Hebrew symbol, possibly ח‬ - Het, or according to The Golden Dawn by Israel Regardie, T/Th/Tau meaning Cross]. Diagram of Gehenna: the seven Infernal Mansions, the seven earths, and the four seas. 

Text in red ink reads: 6. [illegible] 2=9 Grade.

There is also a typed label stuck on the reverse which reads:

 

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.).

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

The front side has Hebrew writing in black ink within a geometric globe shape in red ink. There is a line dividing the globe shape and further horizontal lines of division. There are rings around the globe shape each marked with a number from 1 to 4 in Arabic numerals. The diagram is described as Gehenna, a small valley in Jerusalem. In the Hebrew Bible, Gehenna was the place where some of the kings of Judah sacrificed their children by fire. The place was seen as cursed thereafter. The description written on the back of the card explains the diagram.

On the reverse, thee is an inscription written in black ink which reads: Grade of Theoricus: 32nd Path of [Hebrew symbol, possibly ח‬ - Het, or according to The Golden Dawn by Israel Regardie, T/Th/Tau meaning Cross]. Diagram of Gehenna: the seven Infernal Mansions, the seven earths, and the four seas. 

Text in red ink reads: 6. [illegible] 2=9 Grade.

There is also a typed label stuck on the reverse which reads:

 

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.).

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.