The Secret Teachings

...of All Ages

 

by Manly P. Hall

1928

from SacredTexts Website

 

 

Circe, by John William Waterhouse [1911], public domain image

 

 

For once, a book which really lives up to its title. Hall self-published this massive tome in 1928, consisting of about 200 legal-sized pages in 8 point type; it is literally his magnum opus. Each of the nearly 50 chapters is so dense with information that it is the equivalent of an entire short book. If you read this book in its entirety you will be in a good position to dive into subjects such as the Qabbala, Alchemy, Tarot, Ceremonial Magic, Neo-Platonic Philosophy, Mystery Religions, and the theory of Rosicrucianism and Freemasonry.

 

Although there are some questionable and controversial parts of the book, such as the outdated material on Islam, the portion on the Bacon-Shakespeare hypothesis, and Hall's conspiracy theory of history as driven by an elite cabal of roving immortals, they are far out-weighed by the comprehensive information here on other subjects.

 

For many years this book was only available in a large format edition which was hard to obtain and very expensive. However, an affordable paperback version has finally been released.

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John Bruno Hare

June 11, 2004

 

 

 

Contents

 

  1. The Ancient Mysteries and Secret Societies - Which Have Influenced Modern Masonic Symbolism - Part One

  2. The Ancient Mysteries and Secret Societies - Part Two

  3. The Ancient Mysteries and Secret Societies - Part Three

  4. Atlantis and the Gods of Antiquity

  5. The Life and Teachings of Thoth Hermes Trismegistus

  6. The Initiation of the Pyramid

  7. Isis, the Virgin of the World

  8. The Sun, A Universal Deity

  9. The Zodiac and Its Signs

  10. The Bembine Table of Isis

  11. Wonders of Antiquity

  12. The Life and Philosophy of Pythagoras

  13. Pythagorean Mathematics

  14. The Human Body in Symbolism

  15. The Hiramic Legend

  16. The Pythagorean Theory of Music and Color

  17. Fishes, Insects, Animals, Reptiles and Birds (Part One)

  18. Fishes, Insects, Animals, Reptiles and Birds (Part Two)

  19. Flowers, Plants, Fruits, and Trees

  20. Stones, Metals and Gems

  21. Ceremonial Magic and Sorcery

  1. The Elements and Their Inhabitants

  2. Hermetic Pharmacology, Chemistry, and Therapeutics

  3. Qabbalah, the Secret Doctrine of Israel

  4. Fundamentals of Qabbalistic Cosmogony

  5. The Tree of the Sephiroth

  6. Qabbalistic Keys to the Creation of Man

  7. An Analysis of Tarot Cards

  8. The Tabernacle in the Wilderness

  9. The Fraternity of the Rose Cross

  10. Rosicrucian Doctrines and Tenets

  11. Fifteen Rosicrucian and Qabbalistic Diagrams

  12. Alchemy and Its Exponents

  13. The Theory and Practice of Alchemy - Part One

  14. The Theory and Practice of Alchemy - Part Two

  15. The Hermetic And Alchemical Figures of Claudius De Dominico Celentano Vallis Novi

  16. The Chemical Marriage

  17. Bacon, Shakespeare, and the Rosicrucians

  18. The Cryptogram as a factor in Symbolic Philosophy

  19. Freemasonic Symbolism

  20. Mystic Christianity

  21. The Cross and the Crucifixion

  22. The Mystery of the Apocalypse

  23. The Faith of Islam

  24. American Indian Symbolism

  25. The Mysteries and Their Emissaries

 

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