“The whole history of serpent or ophite symbolism would require a book as large as the present volume to render it fair justice; hence very little space can be given to it here. In Craft Masonry, the symbol of the serpent does not occur, except on the die of the centenary jewel; and in the Templar and Philosophical degrees, the serpent is an emblem of Christ. In ancient Egypt, the god Nehebka, who represented the resurrection of nature, was represented with a serpent's head.”–Mackenzie's Royal Masonic Cyclopaedia

“Replace these, and we get אשימוא, which adds up to 358, the Number alike of נחש, the Serpent of Genesis, and the Messiah.”—Liber LVIII – Qabalah


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