Cabalistic title-page to Athanasius Kircher’s Ars Magna Lucis et Umbrae. This esoteric image depicts Hermes (as Enoch) elevated on a white cloud, a Baroque image, supported by a doubled headed eagle (anticipating the emblem of the Scottish Rite), between heaven and earth as a symbol of action and contemplation as a paragon formation for Freemasonry’s gradual system of high degrees. The engraving depicts the Tetragrammaton emanating solar rays and light surrounded by a host of angels, Hermes (as Enoch) exalted in the clouds with his caduceus - capped with an all seeing eye - surrounded by solar fire. He looks at the zodiac which rules the sub-lunar world. Like Enoch, the Masonic high degrees carried, symbolically, celestial secrets to its activist participants as a cadre of Pythagorean initiates through whom Arcana Coelestia were imparted to rulers both symbolically and pragmatically to bring in a “new world empire” within the new world itself.