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A typical illustration of the Egyptian deity Kneph (soul-breath). Like the Greek pneuma, and the Hebrew Ruach, kneph represented the life-force. It was the breath of Kneph who brought both the gods and man to life.

In Alchemy, the kneph variously represented the holy spirit, the state of volatility (mercury), or the creative force.

In Freemasonry, the kneph was the cosmic egg, the state of potentiality.

In Aleister Crowley’s Thelemic symbolism, the kneph represents Hadit, the “fire in the heart of matter,” the upward-rising force of kundalini.


Masonic Kneph


Kneph in Alchemy

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In Kemetic (Egyptian) tradition, the Ba is the part of the human soul that remains with the body of the deceased. In Egyptian art, the Ba is often depicted as a winged figure, the Ba-bird, an emblem of the ascension of the soul after death.

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The Ba visits the mummy
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