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The word Enneasphere means "nine-fold-sphere."  As designed by Fred Adams, there are eight outer spheres within the bounding circle, and one in the center. The outer ones represent the five visible planets plus Sun, Moon, and Earth. The central sphere represents the center of Being, Galaxy, and the Universe, all at once.

The Enneasphere is like the Cabalistic Tree of Life in representing aspects of our spiritual world; and yet, there are important differences. It presents a circle as the basic relationship between spheres of being, which is quite different from the above/below motif of the Tree of Life.

As a whole, one can read the image like a map, with North being up, and East on the right.

Each Planet has its symbol in one of the outer spheres. Mercury, on the right, is in the position of East, dawn, Spring Equinox, the Element of Air, the suit of Wands and the beginning of Springtime. SouthEast holds energetic Mars, and the position of the Feast of Beltane.

In the South is the Sun, Mid-day, Summer Equinox, the Element of Fire, the suit of Swords, and the official beginning of Summer.  Southwest holds the Planet Venus and the Feast of Lammas.

In the West is the Earth, with the symbol of the Minoan double Axe for Psyche/the Soul of the Earth, Evening, and the Fall Equinox. In Feraferia, West is the direction of Earth (at our feet, symbolically opposite Air above our heads in the East) and Pentacles, and here the Fall Season begins. In the NorthWest is the Planet Saturn and the Feast of Samhain.

Due North holds the Moon, Midnight, Winter Solstice, Cups, and the Water element. Water and Fire thus form the primal Yin-Yang pairing of opposites. And finally, NorthEast holds Jupiter, the Feast of Oimelc.

 

 

The colored version of the Enneasphere above was put together by Feraferia member Peter Tromp in the Netherlands.

Fred created many versions of the Enneasphere, to show the complex relationships between each of the planets, between the planets and the Major and Minor Arcana of the Tarot, and especially, to identify the placements and meanings of his Ogham-based Axerian Hieroglyphs (also known as the Leaves of the Green Pulse Oracle) relative to the Sacred Year. Above is but one version of the Enneasphere, with the Feraferian names of each Festival time next to the appropriate time of year. The little marks on the outside of the Enneasphere represent the weeks of the Year.

The Enneasphere was designed in our time by Fred Adams. However, Fred had been inspired by seeing a version of it in Paul Christian's History and Practice of Magic, and according to Carroll "Poke" Runyon of the Church of the Hermetic Sciences, Christian had gotten that from Idries Shah's The Secret Lore of Magic, which depicted a circular talisman from an 18th century French manuscript of The Key of Solomon.

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