“The ordeals of Egyptian initiation took place in vast underground temples; thence neophytes who gave way to fear never again returned, but the adepts who came forth victorious received the key of all religious mysteries, and the first great revelation, given to him in a flying whisper, was contained in the formula: Osiris is a Black God. That is to say, the God adorned by the profane is but the shadow of the true God.”

– A.E. Waite, “Mysteries of Magic” (1886)