It is written by an occultist for occultists. In fact, for decades, the book was not marketed to the general public at all. Hall did not shy away from exposing the great influence of Freemasonry and other secret societies on the world today. Furthermore, Hall also did not shy away from explaining how occultism can be used for nefarious purposes through demonology and black magic. In short, there is no agenda or condescension in this book — only years of research compiled in an original, skillfully written and beautifully illustrated volume.
Manly P. In the s, Hall was in his early 20s and obtained a significant sum of money from members of a family that controlled a valuable oil field in California. These funds were used by Hall to travel around the world and acquire a substantial personal library of ancient literature. This collection formed the knowledge base of his future works. Some researchers believe that the PRS influenced Roosevelt in adopting the Great Seal of the United States the unfinished pyramid and the all-seeing eye on the dollar bill in Although Hall had close ties with Freemasonry, he only officially joined the order 23 years after writing The Secret Teachings of All Ages.
While he projected the image of a mystic sage, Manly P. Both marriages were childless. She also believed that his last male interest, an occultist by the name of Daniel Fritz, might have been responsible for Manly P. The case was never solved. An older Manly P. Hall in Masonic garments.
Although Hall wrote numerous books and gave hundreds of lectures throughout his life, The Secret Teachings of All Ages remains his magnum opus. The Secret Teachings of All Ages is not merely a dictionary defining the meaning of symbols. It is a full and thorough revision of world history as seen by occultists. Through the chapters of his book, Hall sometimes proposes surprising theories that are, to this day, highly controversial. Here are two examples.
A depiction of Atlantis according to accounts from Ancient Greece. During its Golden Age, Atlantis was the home of a highly advanced civilization that flourished until it was completely submerged in a gigantic cataclysm. Forced to evacuate their island, Atlanteans sailed to several parts of the planet, where they imparted their evolved knowledge to the locals. All that primitive man remembered of the Atlanteans was the glory of their golden ornaments, the transcendency of their wisdom, and the sanctity of their symbols — the cross and the serpent.
That they came in ships was soon forgotten, for untutored minds considered even boats as supernatural. Wherever the Atlanteans proselyted they erected pyramids and temples patterned after the great sanctuary in the City of the Golden Gates. Such is the origin of the pyramids of Egypt, Mexico, and Central America. The mounds in Normandy and Britain, as well as those of the American Indians, are remnants of a similar culture. In the midst of the Atlantean program of world colonization and conversion, the cataclysms which sank Atlantis began. The Initiate-Priests of the Sacred Feather who promised to come back to their missionary settlements never returned, and after the lapse of centuries tradition preserved only a fantastic account of gods who came from a place where the sea now is.
Although Atlanteans imparted great knowledge to the civilizations they encountered, they also introduced them to their darker impulses:. The Atlanteans instigated the first war; and it has been said that all subsequent wars were fought in a fruitless effort to justify the first one and right the wrong which it caused. Before Atlantis sank, its spiritually illumined Initiates, who realized that their land was doomed because it had departed from the Path of Light, withdrew from the ill-fated continent.
Nearly all the great cosmologic myths forming the foundation of the various sacred books of the world are based upon the Atlantean Mystery rituals. The existence of Atlantis would indeed explain lots of unexplainable mysteries. However, concrete proof of its existence has never been found … or at least has never been revealed to non-initiates. He was a Rosicrucian, some have intimated the Rosicrucian. If not actually the Illustrious Father C. First, Hall asserts that Bacon was given the task to oversee the translation of a new version of the Bible by King James himself — with whom he was very close.
The documents remained in his hands for nearly a year, but no information is to be had concerning what occurred in that time. Regarding this work, William T. The first edition of the King James Bible contains a cryptic Baconian headpiece. Did Bacon cryptographically conceal in the Authorized Bible that which he dared not literally reveal in the text — the secret Rosicrucian key to mystic and Masonic Christianity?
As stated in this last paragraph, the cover of the first edition of the King James version contained various esoteric symbols associated with the Rosicrucian Order.
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The frontispiece of the first edition of the King James version. This ancient symbol representing self-sacrifice is an important part Rosicrucian imagery notice the rose on the cross. Hall also believed that Sir Francis Bacon was actually Shakespeare — a theory that has been floating around for centuries.
An impartial consideration of these documents cannot but convince the open-minded of the verisimilitude of the Baconian theory. In the following paragraphs, Hall explains the many similarities between Bacon and the mysterious artist known as Shakespeare. While he presents a compelling case, he does not stop there. Hall also asserts that Bacon, like other important figures in History, faked his death to serve humanity under various pseudonyms.
In reality he changed his name and place of residence, and a box of rocks or a body secured for the purpose was buried in his stead. It is believed that this happened in the case of Sir Francis Bacon who, like all servants of the Mysteries, renounced all personal credit and permitted others to be considered as the authors of the documents which he wrote or inspired. The Secret Teaching of All Ages contains many other theories that cause its readers to rethink human history as a whole. It provides a much-needed look at an entire side of history that is all but ignored in everyday life.
After decades of semi-obscurity, The Secret Teachings of All Ages is finding a new readership in the 21st century, as a growing number of people find themselves thirsty for occult truth. Far from fading into irrelevancy, this year old book provides the knowledge necessary to better understand the forces at work today.
I agree John. Nonetheless, I appreciate VG summarizing this book for his readers.
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There is only magic. GOD condemns magic. God is magic. The people who understand and weild power of magic, through use for good or for evil, understand the power of creation. Some say a man falling in love with a woman is just as much magic as a baby being born. CptJerry, I had the pleasure of attending a couple of lectures and meeting Manly P. Hall, and he was a true scholar and a devout man of God. In fact, he has a beautiful series of audio lectures about Christmas. He often referred to himself as a student of comparative religion.
So your demon comment speaks volumes about you! Your schoolgirl crush and defense of a giant of the dark side speaks volumes, also. Connect these two huge dots and the world will start to make sense. The MOST pagan celebration of the year? Doing something much more than objectuvely reading words someone wrote on a piece of paper or 2.
Have been manipulated by fear to not educate oneself objectively. Demons can not occupy the same place as the Holy Spirit. Have confidence in what Christ did at the cross. It was a truly free gift based in true love, nothing that a human can do can earn it, and based on that sacrifice we as humans, who have accepted Christ are free from torment. Yes, I had understood this already by deduction. That book is about occultism. Occultism is bad. VC is against occultism, the site intends to inform us about occultism symbologies.
So the intention here is only to inform us about occultism information and symbologies, right? There are three types of magic — white, grey and black. Black magic is to be avoided at all costs. As I understand it in the magic world many are battling evil with positive magic. It is therefore unwise to categorize all esoterica and occultism as bad, just as it is bad to assume all dogmatic religions are manipulative instruments to encourage people to kill each other in wars.
The bible says that magic is always bad, right? I think this part of the bible makes sense. You obviously have no familiarity with ceremonial magic, otherwise you would know that nearly all western ceremonial magic is performed in the name of Jesus Christ.
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Take a look in the mirror first. Lol Are you satanist of something? You guys are a bunch of liars! What I know is: magic is dangerous. Do you really think that you can invoke good spirits through magic? Praying is totally different than performing magick! Magick is not just praying to spirits, magick envolves rituals.
You are completely wrong. All magick is evil. VC is against pedophilia and uncovering the hidden agenda. VC is very much about occultism, because occultism means hidden from the eye, but usually in plain sight. So no, VC does not say occultism is bad. In fact, he is saying symbolism and occultism rule the world, and therefore like the english language, it is best to understand it before it is used against you. Even the bible has occult and hidden allegory in it that is best to understand, as you only get one half of the story if you just understand the literal.
Occult has always been an art form used to influence the subconscious. Thus why the bible is written in allegory as well. Science, art and literature? What book would I recomend to explain it ALL. I would have to say this book. No question about it. Hall can put into everyday language the facts. There is no judgement calls in any of his writings. This book was his first and finest. It took him 3 years or so. Its laid out perfectly in order of sequence. He takes you step by step through the ages and explains and ties everything together. I wished I would of bought this book back when I was Would of saved me a bunch of money.
I'm writing a review on a book at the moment regarding freemasonry amongst other things, and this book of mine came to mind. I'm pleased to see that it is on Goodreads. If you're an individual who is interested in secret societies of all ages, well then this is an ideal reference book. It is "an encylopedic outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic and Rosicrucian Symbolical Philosophy" and is fascinating reading, especially the latter, with its symbolism throughout.
View 2 comments. Aug 14, Peter Mcloughlin rated it liked it Shelves: toce , bce-toce , to , medicine , to , biology , physics , world-history , to , Although I found this entertaining and engrossing, I can't take it seriously. It is nonsense. It has real ancient esoterica and many of the things it refers to were actually believed by mystics and magicians in the past.
It has the allure of some kind of secret magical knowledge and initiation into a select elite. It has all the spooky romance of esoteric arcana and it is fairly encyclopedic but nonsense even old venerated nonsense is at the end of the day still nonsense. I get why people like t Although I found this entertaining and engrossing, I can't take it seriously. I get why people like this stuff. I like Borges and Umberto Eco because they share my fascination with this stuff and the mindset that goes with it but they like me to recognize it as mystical mumbo-jumbo and dangerous stuff if it is taken seriously because it would be a waste of time to pursue this stuff in real life and expect to gain from it.
As an entertaining diversion, it is fun for a person of a certain taste As a serious pursuit it is at best a waste of time at worst the onset of delusion. So I can't give it more than three stars precisely because it seems the people who gave it a five take it way too seriously.
Feb 23, Abe Fabella rated it it was amazing Shelves: spirituality , occult , history , philosophy. This book was a phenomenal adventure into the realm of humanity's symbols and myths. Written with elegance and poise, the words played a dance in the black box of my mind. And, I became present in the scenes and with the human personalities and divine possibilities he so endearingly paints in each cogently crafted chapter.
I highly recommend this book for curious and seasoned philosophers, seekers and mystics alike. It is a resource of knowledge without equal; it is, in fact, the most brilliant This book was a phenomenal adventure into the realm of humanity's symbols and myths. It is a resource of knowledge without equal; it is, in fact, the most brilliant book I've ever read.
This man is certainly the most egregiously underrated humanist of the previous century. Read it! Jan 21, Maxi rated it really liked it. This Book proves an interesting read it is an interpretation of secret messages the author sees as being hidden within rituals, allegories and ancient mysteries through out the ages.
Manly P Hall provides indepth accounts and explanations of masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic and Rosicrucian symbolic philosophy. Starting with ancient systems of education, Druidic,and Mithraic mysteries and teachings, you are guided through the ancient mysteries of secret societies, and of manmy countries and culture This Book proves an interesting read it is an interpretation of secret messages the author sees as being hidden within rituals, allegories and ancient mysteries through out the ages. Starting with ancient systems of education, Druidic,and Mithraic mysteries and teachings, you are guided through the ancient mysteries of secret societies, and of manmy countries and cultures world wide.
There is something in this book for people interested in, Astrology, Tarot, Geological findings, ancient legends, Mathematics,The begining of world religions, the symbolysim of the human body, Hermetic pharmacology, chemistry and theraputics. This Book is litteraly a Gold Mine of Information which you are able to read front to cover or search for what interests you, though im sure you will read this book many times as the knowledge is vast and you may need to build up your ability to diggest all that is presented within these pages.
Oct 16, Ysanne rated it it was amazing. I was given this book by Genesis P-Orridge in , and it's a treasured possession. It introduced my young mind to exactly what it says in the title. A classic book from the 's that really introduced many, many paradigms to people at the time. Aug 01, Nathan Albright rated it it was amazing Shelves: challenge. If a reader is dedicated to reach the end of more than pages of encyclopedic writing, in more than one sense of the word, about esoteric matters, the last words of this book will haunt one's sleep: "The criers of the Mysteries speak again, bidding all men welcome to the House of Light.
The great institution of materiality has failed. The false civilization built by man has turned, and like the monster of Frankenstein, is destroying its creator. Religion wanders aimlessly in the maze of theol If a reader is dedicated to reach the end of more than pages of encyclopedic writing, in more than one sense of the word, about esoteric matters, the last words of this book will haunt one's sleep: "The criers of the Mysteries speak again, bidding all men welcome to the House of Light. Religion wanders aimlessly in the maze of theological speculation. Science batters itself impotently against the barriers of the unknown.
Only transcendental philosophy knows the path. Only the illumined reason can carry the understanding part of man upward to the light. Only philosophy can teach man to be born well, to live well, to die well, and in perfect measure be born again. Into this band of the elect--those who have chosen the life of knowledge, of virtue, and of utility--the philosophers of the ages invite YOU For one, the author takes them quite seriously--this book is a massive discussion of matters of esoteric philosophy from the point of view of an early 20th century defender of the ancient Mystery religions  and their contemporary proponents--the sort of people, Masons and Rosicrucians and the like--who are generally considered to be part of the Illuminati.
Basically, the closing words of this book are an invitation to someone who has read a lot of very seriously written prose in honor of an allegorical view of holy texts and a love of layered secret writings and codes to consider themselves a member of the Illuminati too. That might haunt the sleep of those far less easily haunted than me. How did Manly Hall, as a young man, create this masterpiece of contemporary occult reference material?
According to Occult America, he went to the local public library to explore the mysteries of the ages, and ended up with the material to make this book. He ended up with a lot of material, which is somewhat haphazardly "organized" in this volume. The materials are at least roughly chronologically organized, starting with ruminations on Atlantis and ancient mysteries and secret societies, looking at the Zodiac, the Hiramic legend, Pythagoras, Thoth Hermes Trismegistus, and Isus, as well as a look at solar worship. Several chapters of the book are devoted to the symbolism of the Pyramid, humankind, and plant and animal worlds, and several more are devoted to Qabbala, the mystery religion of Judaism, as well as a look at Rosicrucian history and doctrine, and alchemy.
There are chapters on Bacon that claim him to be the real Shakespeare, as well as chapters on Islam, mystery Christianity, American Indian symbolism, and an ode to the success of heathen mystery religions at infiltrating Christianity and using it as a way of preserving ancient pagan ways in new wineskins. The book contains text, images, and even the occasional copy of ancient texts for curious readers. Although few people are likely to read this book, especially to its conclusion, this is a book that has a good deal of value both on its own terms as well as in a larger context of religious reading.
The perspective of this book is that of a broadminded author who has a great deal of fellowship with elites of any particular religious tradition but a strong devotion to the point of view of the mystery religions. From an insider's perspective, this book provides at least some of the approach taken by the Illuminati throughout the ages in hiding the insights of their works in layers of ciphers and symbols, the general symbolic approach that disregards historical truth in favor of the truth of a larger ideal pattern that can be applied over and over again, and the way that those who have sought to transform themselves and their worlds in alchemy have struggled to find safety among hostile and uncomprehending masses, keeping their studies secret enough to avoid prying eyes but not too secret that they cannot be passed down generation after generation to like-minded philosophically inclined readers.
Quite frankly, it is an exhausting read. One almost feels a sense of sympathy and even compassion for those who have sought to plumb the secrets of the ages. Even given my general antipathy to the approach of this book, at least in its disregard for literal truth, the author's wise advice not to attempt to fool or outsmart dark spirits or court popularity among people are wise pieces of advice that adepts of the occult arts would be wise to listen to, although one cannot imagine too many wise people taking up such arts in the first place, it must be admitted. May 20, Todd Hansink rated it really liked it.
I marked up this book probably more than any other in my life. This book was my gateway to the "mystery" religions. I don't consider it to be the authoritative "last word" but it contained so many new ideas to me that it became my new study agenda for quite a while. From here I studied the use of symbols in religion from the Eleusinians to the Free Masons.
I give this book five stars for the sheer volume of great ideas under one cover and for the introduction of the very inspiring and charisma I marked up this book probably more than any other in my life. I give this book five stars for the sheer volume of great ideas under one cover and for the introduction of the very inspiring and charismatic Manly P. My goal in studying this subject was to gain a better understanding of how "secret teachings" have influenced religion throughout history.
I still think that this book was is a good place to start Jan 05, Michelle rated it it was amazing. This is a book that I could probably read and re-read for the rest of my life. It is very informative with a different perspective then the norm. It looks at history with a different light but it is not for everyone.
It is full of variety of ancient knowledge. Feb 16, Alex Towey rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites , esoterism. I have two copies stationed at different parts of my house because at any time I can pick it up, flip to any page and start reading and gain some new knowledge that I haven't acquired yet. Feb 05, Chris rated it it was amazing. This is the best trade edition available of this incredible book. It also includes a couple of foldouts and a vellum overlay.
There are many facsimile editions out currently with no illustrations, or with poor reproductions of them. If you want to truly enjoy this book, seek out one of the authorized editions that made an effort to reproduce the text with the incredible illustrations intact. The original hardcover limited edition is a few feet tall.
The edition that I saw was hand-bound and hand-colored, apparently intended for a Masonic library. It would break your coffee table. It was issued in 'reduced size' - still not a small book - in hardcover and in this paperback edition from the Philosophical Research Society. These are the editions that faithfully reproduce the original. I can not speak for the other editions, but I've seen enough complaints to want to advise buyers to seek out these authorized editions from Philosophical Research Society, and to avoid the rest.
These are some of the authorized HC reprint editions issued by PRS over the years, any of which are worth buying. It is really bad, full of typos and the few pictures that are included look awful. The 'reader's guide edition' in PB from Tarcher ISBN: only has half of the original illustrations, but has the unabridged text. There are a few other editions available that I have not reviewed.
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So, if you are ordering online, ask the bookseller who the publisher is and check the ISBN before purchasing. This book is available in many, many editions, some are humungous and gorgeous books- some are poorly reproduced and edited. May 12, Nathan Peterman rated it liked it. I lied. By this point, however, certain characteristics of the author have become clear. Hall is a odd sort of fellow -- rapaciously curious, very widely read in his chosen field, at least , quite articulate albeit in a somewhat stodgy Victorian way , obviously intelligent -- but with seemingly no natural bent toward, well, actual scholarship.
It's gobsmacking to me, that someon I lied. It's gobsmacking to me, that someone with his intellect can be so lacking in discernment. His sources, when he deigns to cite them there's a LOT of sentences that begin with variations on the phrase "according to [the mystics, legendary accounts, the great philosophers, esoteric philosophy] It's fine to speculate, and Mr. Hall is very gifted at spinning gossamer webs from strands of fascinating ideas. But he seems to have made little attempt to gain a grounding in the generally accepted historical thinking of his time.
I suspect he was one of those young men who was extremely bright but easily bored, and was perhaps never afforded the academic opportunities that would have helped discipline his talented but too-wild mind. I'm beginning to understand this book, therefore, as more of an entertaining romp through mystic history with a charmingly unreliable narrator than the sober resource work the author clearly meant it to be, and which it is still considered by many -- in esoteric circles, at least. If anything, it has made me curious to learn the facts behind his claims and discover if perhaps they can at be least partly reconciled with his thinking.
It's also a revealing peek into one of the original sources of much of today's New Age bullshit. I'll continue reading it, because as I've said it's entertaining and interesting, but I can longer even try to take it seriously. Nov 09, JJ rated it really liked it. This book is a philosophical master piece. If you love the secret knowledge passed down via the ancient mystery schools and if you love philosophy then I recommend this book. Not only does Mr. Hall cover every philosopher in the pre-Socratic era and post-Socratic era but he gives a brief description of the philosophy and doctrines they taught.
In addition, he covers Rosicrucianism, Freemasonry, alchemy, the Kabbalah, the Qabbalah, The life and teachings of Thoth Hermes Trismegistus, the tarot, t This book is a philosophical master piece. In addition, he covers Rosicrucianism, Freemasonry, alchemy, the Kabbalah, the Qabbalah, The life and teachings of Thoth Hermes Trismegistus, the tarot, the zodiac, the pyramids, cryptology, and Mystic Christianity to name a few.
He who has an accurate knowledge of human concerns alone is a man among brutes. Be he who knows all that can be known by intellectual energy, is a God among men. He whose mind is enslaved to his bestial instincts is philosophically not superior to the brute, he whose rational faculties ponder human affairs is a man; and he whose intellect is elevated to the consideration of divine realities is already a demigod, or his being partakes of the luminosity with which his reason has brought him into proximity — Manly P.
Jul 29, T. Cooper rated it liked it. Hall languished in my to-be-read pile for several years.
I didn't really expect to find any secrets revealed. I bought it because I find belief systems and their origins fascinating. The Secret Teachings of All Ages doesn't so much reveal "secret teachings" as draw connections between current belief systems and ancient belief systems. While there is some supposition that what is being presented obscures the secret teachings, it feels like the books tr The Secret Teachings of All Ages by Manly P. While there is some supposition that what is being presented obscures the secret teachings, it feels like the books tries too hard to connect ancient mythologies, scientific discovery, and religion.
The Secret Teachings of All Time uses stories of gods and goddesses as well as scientific and mathematical discoveries to show the development of modern day religion. Often as I read, I felt like the book disproved the theories it attempted to support. Overall, Hall provides an interesting assembly of teachings through the ages that will have readers questioning what they have long been sure they know for sure.
Basically, I would describe The Secret Teachings of All Ages as attempting to document the evolution of religion in the world. Parts of The Secret Teachings of All Ages were certainly interesting making it worth the read, but it failed to convince me it revealed any true secrets of which the world is unaware. Jun 06, Ramona P. Manly Hall's ability to gather, explain and present these complex and ancient traditions in one comprehensive book is amazing. He has helped me to understand how important the mystery schools and their proponents were in establishing the foundation for our current cultural imprint.
Though most of their rituals, messages and doctrines have been visually hidden from the "everyman," they are nonetheless imbedded in our psyche and are being activated into consciousness by the current thrust of Wow! Though most of their rituals, messages and doctrines have been visually hidden from the "everyman," they are nonetheless imbedded in our psyche and are being activated into consciousness by the current thrust of empowered people who are seeking a oneness with all. Jul 21, Sam rated it really liked it.
I've only read bits here and there, as it's more of a reference book than something to be read from start to finish. Having said that, the book is very impressive in its detailed analysis of esoteric and mystical traditions found throughout history, and around the world. The subjects are very varied - you can read about ancient Greek oracles, religion in ancient Egypt, black magic, the Kabbalah, the philosophy of alchemy, the pagan origins of Christianity, archetypes found in the world religions I've only read bits here and there, as it's more of a reference book than something to be read from start to finish.
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The subjects are very varied - you can read about ancient Greek oracles, religion in ancient Egypt, black magic, the Kabbalah, the philosophy of alchemy, the pagan origins of Christianity, archetypes found in the world religions, and so on. What's even more impressive is that Manly P.
Hall wrote this when he was just 25! Feb 16, Benjamin rated it it was amazing. One of the best comprehensive studies of world beliefs. The depth and span of this book is strikingly impressive. To imagine that he finished this work before the age of 30 only adds to the achievement. For anyone interested in the topic, this book is a must read.
I didn't read this cover to cover but it's an amazingly neutral treatment of the subject matter, for any time.