The Kerubic Altar Plaques are part of the Ritual symbolism of the R.R. et A.C. They are essentially Second Order talismans that are placed on the Circular Altar within the Vault of the Adepti. They represent the mighty Kerubim who preside over the Elements. These plaques are described in the Fama Fraternitatis as well as in the Adeptus Minor Ceremony as follows:
“In the center are four figures of the Kerubim enclosed within circles surrounded by the following four inscriptions and each distinguished by one of the following four inscriptions and each distinguished by one of the letters of the Tetragrammaton: Yod—Lion—Nequaquam Vacuum—Nowhere a Void. Heh—Eagle—Libertas Evangelii—Liberty of the Gospel. Vau—Man—Dei Intacta Gloria—Unsullied Glory of God. Heh (final)—Ox—Legis Jugum—Yoke of the Law.”
The Kerubic Altar Plaques come in a set of 4 plaques. They are made of wood and the Kerub images are hand-carved in a bas-relief. Each plaque is 6 inches in diameter and 1 inch thick. They are painted in the flashing colors of the Elements and have white felt on the bottom of each plaque.