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Thrice Armed Hierophant

For the past few weeks I've been pouring over J. Daniel Gunther's latest book, The Angel and the Abyss. Gunther repeatedly quotes a particular line from the Thelemic holy book, Liber A'ash vel Capricorni Pneumatici (Book Creation or the Goat of the Spirit). I've had this verse rattling around in my head for days now with an intuitive feeling that it is directly connected to the Hierophant card. But I just can't pin the connection down. It feels like something is on the edge of consciousness, but I can't give it form or verbalize it.

The verse in question:
Originally Posted by Liber A'ash
7. For two things are done and a third thing is begun. Isis and Osiris are given over to incest and adultery. Horus leaps up thrice armed from the womb of his mother. Harpocrates his twin is hidden within him. Set is his holy covenant, that he shall display in the great day of M.A.A.T., that is being interpreted the Master of the Temple of A.'.A.'., whose name is Truth.
In a certain sense The Hirophant card shows Isis and Osiris. In Egyptian myth these two, although married, are brother and sister - hence the incest. Their adultery (adulterate) is their union and mixing in a third thing - the Child Horus. (This also relates to the Three Aeons.) This Child, Horus, is said to "leap up thrice armed from the womb of his mother". Gunther relates this to three forms of Hoor as Initiator. In the Outer Order he is Hoor-Apep. In the Inner Order R.C. he is Hoor-Ra. In the Supreme Order he is Hoor-Set. My intuition seems to be telling me that this is, at least partially, represented by the pentagrams on the card. Is it just me or does anyone else get the feeling that the two central pentagrams have lept out of the woman? Maybe the Averse pentagram is possibly Hoor-Apep, the destructive star Wormwood? The other pentagram containing the child is possibly "Harpocrates his twin hidden within him"? Or maybe it's some other combination on the card.

But what of the hidden Hoor-Set? For some reason my thoughts keep being drawn to a verse from Liber Tzaddi.
Originally Posted by Liber Tzaddi
15. I have hidden myself beneath a mask: I am a black and terrible God.
The Black God is Osiris. Is the Hierophant wearing a mask that conceals the face of Set? A secret joke at somebody's expense?
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