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'Secret Symbols of The Hell Fire Club' [Hardcover]

Eamonn Loughran
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  • Hardcover: 158 pages
  • Publisher: Hell Fire Club Books; 1st edition (2010)
  • ASIN: B004NDHHB0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,475,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Limited to 666 copies. 'Secret Symbols of the Hell Fire Club' which gives first hand information on the structure and operation of Hell Fire Club Chapters worldwide. The book explains the nature of the Club, its membership structure, details the symbolism for the first time and opens a window to scholars wishing to delve deeply into its extraordinary spiritual and occult world. The book examines the use of two 'Keys' which unlock Dashwood's notorious 18th century caves in surprising ways, shows the whereabouts of the legendary 'secret passge' in the caves, relates the symbolism and activities of the Club to magickal evolution and indicates the possible existence of Templar cosmology in the Hell Fire Club. Illustrated with over 70 pictures and line drawings many seen here for the first time, we are given a rare glimpse into the most notorious of secret societies from the inside. Contains rare information on the 1940's 'Phoenix Nest' group which met at West Wycombe influencing the thought of occult researchers including Gerald Gardner, Robert Cochrane and Evan John Jones including members up to the present day.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The Hell Fire Club. It's a group that elicits responses ranging from horror to fascination to macabre obsession. It smacks of secret society rites, mysteries revealed and reveled in, hedonistic tendencies and laudanum-soaked dreams; yet the sensationalist image of the Hell Fire Club quickly pales in comparison to the description of the modern, continuing and resurrected tradition it has become in the hands of seekers wishing to preserve the teachings and symbols of the Club and who have at their hearts the desire for self-knowledge and truth. "Secret Symbols of the Hell Fire Club" takes the reader on a journey into the darkness of the caves in which the mysteries were originally given, and illuminates for those who wish to see the deeper meaning of the Hell Fire Club.

"The fragments of the Hell Fire Club's inner teachings that are gathered here have come from all surviving streams, the names of the guardians of these truths are all but lost, only a strange heraldry remains: signs of Heart, Eye, Lamp and Anchor flaming vividly through the dark." ~ pp. 29.

As a reader I began "Secret Symbols" knowing little about the original manifestation of the Hellfire Club, and indeed did not realize until picking up the book that the Club still continued today. I was immediately drawn in and fascinated. The author, Eamonn Loughran, begins with promises of revealing the secrets of the mysteries and occult symbols, and recommends that the reader take the journey themselves into that dark cave, to drink from the stream underground. It captured my imagination - and my thirst for knowledge - straight away, and I found it almost impossible to put the book down: quite a feat for a non-fiction work!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A glimpse into the inner mind of esoterica 11 April 2011
Secret Symbols of The Hell Fire Club
by Eamonn Loughran
This exquisite cloth bound book of 160 pp is limited to 666 copies, and is the study by the author of a "series of chapter papers, given informally amongst its members at different times and arranged in themes" in his artful consideration "from an occult perspective." In his acknowledgments the author expresses earnestly his desire for this important work to be viewed and accepted as part of his own mystical and philosophical journey, albeit one that draws upon the rich and fertile resources explored within the text and the photographs that accompany and clarify them.
The symbols are explained according to their significance within the Club and to greater occultism beyond those confines, revealing their universality of application to the `Mysteries' and all pathways such symbols may illuminate. He goes on to describe how symbols work upon the psyche, and of the anamnesis this stimulates. For my joy, the works of Rabelais are here credited, a gross lack elsewhere meted. Where would Crowley, Thelema and the Abbey of such infamy be without recourse to the biting satire of this literary genius?
Everyone that has the slightest curiosity regarding the Hell Fire Club will find considerable knowledge and information here ranging from its purpose, its underlying principles, of Truth, Love and Beauty to its candid expression of the Hermits Mirror, the Hermetic keys regarding particular forms appropriate to the context of the Cub's motto "Sacred to Liberty and Friendship". The use of occult, alchemical and hermetic terms does not impede the authors forthright style in any way whatsoever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Secret Symbols 5 Mar 2011
Format:Leather Bound
Covering not only the historical background to the HFC, this study also describes more recent developments - in particular twentieth century individuals and activities in the West Wycombe area.

Fine 'book arts' and fascinating text combine to make an essential acquisition for anyone interested in what the Hell Fire Club was really about.
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