1411 – Chief Adept’s Wand

Physical description:
Golden Dawn ceremonial staff, with winged sun-disc and serpents at top (Egyptian influenced), and striped shaft.
Museum classification:
Ritual Magic
Size:
c 1000 mm long
Information:

One of a set of 3, together with 386 and 1412. Golden Dawn ritual wand, with winged sun-disc and two serpents at top.

The Chief Adept's Wand, also known as Ur-uatchti, is one of the wands of the Second Order (see bottom of this page for details on the grading system of the order). It was likely used during the Ritual of the Portal - a ritual of initiation of a member into a higher grade of the order.

This wand is an extension of the Chief Adept’s Wand in the Portal, in which the forces of the four elements are crowned and governed by the fifth element of Spirit. In this case the linear form of spirit (the pentagram) has been exchanged for the image of the winged globe, a dazzling visual symbol which captures the true essence of Spirit. The winged globe is one of the most widespread of ancient symbols — it is an emblem of the sun and the heavens.

The colouring of the wand corresponds to the Kabbalistic / Rosicrucian colouring, as described below, in The Equinox by Aleister Crowley.

The table below illustrates how the zodiac, colours, and other features correspond with each other. 

 

This wand is also featured in the Hidden Lore: Hermetic Glyphs by Kenneth and Steffi Grant, pictured below.

 

The Chief Adept's Wand is associated with Horus - an Egyptian deity described as the son of Osiris and Isis - the two other deities related to the wand objects 386 and 142. 

 

This and the other two wands feature in Aleister Crowley's Thoth tarot card deck, as pictured below, which is described in his book The Book of Thoth: A Short Essay on the Tarot of the Egyptians. 

The Magical Revival by Kenneth Grant also makes a mention of Thoth.

 

 

The term "Chief Adept" refers to the highest grade of the second order - adeptus exemptus.

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

 

Possibly made by George Alexander. A catalogue and price list of magical artefacts made by him, showing a staff very like this one, is held in the museum archive.

Resource:
Object
Materials:
Wood

One of a set of 3, together with 386 and 1412. Golden Dawn ritual wand, with winged sun-disc and two serpents at top.

The Chief Adept's Wand, also known as Ur-uatchti, is one of the wands of the Second Order (see bottom of this page for details on the grading system of the order). It was likely used during the Ritual of the Portal - a ritual of initiation of a member into a higher grade of the order.

This wand is an extension of the Chief Adept’s Wand in the Portal, in which the forces of the four elements are crowned and governed by the fifth element of Spirit. In this case the linear form of spirit (the pentagram) has been exchanged for the image of the winged globe, a dazzling visual symbol which captures the true essence of Spirit. The winged globe is one of the most widespread of ancient symbols — it is an emblem of the sun and the heavens.

The colouring of the wand corresponds to the Kabbalistic / Rosicrucian colouring, as described below, in The Equinox by Aleister Crowley.

The table below illustrates how the zodiac, colours, and other features correspond with each other. 

 

This wand is also featured in the Hidden Lore: Hermetic Glyphs by Kenneth and Steffi Grant, pictured below.

 

The Chief Adept's Wand is associated with Horus - an Egyptian deity described as the son of Osiris and Isis - the two other deities related to the wand objects 386 and 142. 

 

This and the other two wands feature in Aleister Crowley's Thoth tarot card deck, as pictured below, which is described in his book The Book of Thoth: A Short Essay on the Tarot of the Egyptians. 

The Magical Revival by Kenneth Grant also makes a mention of Thoth.

 

 

The term "Chief Adept" refers to the highest grade of the second order - adeptus exemptus.

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

 

Possibly made by George Alexander. A catalogue and price list of magical artefacts made by him, showing a staff very like this one, is held in the museum archive.