- Circle-in-Square Clasp - May come from the Freemasonry concept of
"Squaring the Circle." Waite mentions (Brotherhood of the Rosy Cross, p 473)
the circle in square as meaning the four elements coming from the unity and says that
it appears in the initiatory instructions for the Masonic grade of “Freres Chevaliers
de Rose-Croix.” It may also be a reference to the Tattwa for earth sub air (Francis
King, Magic, The Western Tradition, Fig 54 and p 26, and Israel Regardie,
The Golden Dawn, pp 456-8). The possibility is made
stronger by similar Tattwa-like forms on the chest of Chariot and
Temperance. The possibility is made weaker by the fact that the Tattwa should be a blue
circle in a yellow square.
- The scales on this card explain its attribution to Libra in the GD
system. The color Green is also associated with Libra and may explain the cloak color.
The number of this card in most traditions is 8. The number was changed in the Cipher
Document so the attribution to Libra would be possible.
"Brotherhood of the Rosy Cross"
p 463 - The circle with the point in the center is the alchemical symbol for
gold = the end of the quest = perfection (he uses this on Hierophant, Justice, Temperance)
p 473 - Circle within a square - unity within the Quaternary of elements
Based on original research by Robert V. O'Neill. To add to this collection of information, please email
Robert V. O'Neill.