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The Eastern Mysteries (Key of It All) [Paperback]

David Allen Hulse
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31 Mar 2000 Key of It All (Book 1)
In scope and clarity, there is no book that can compare to The Eastern Mysteries. This reissue of David Allen Hulse's landmark work is the one book all students of the occult must own. It catalogs and distills, in hundreds of tables of secret symbolism, the true import of each ancient Eastern magickal tradition. Each chapter is a key that unlocks the meaning behind one of the magickal languages. Through painstaking research and analysis, Hulse has accomplished an unprecedented feat-that of reconstructing the basic underlying systems that form the vast legacy of mystery traditions. The real genius of this accomplishment is that it is presented in a way that is immediately understandable and usable. Although the book deals with many foreign scripts, ancient tongues, and lost symbols, it is designed for the beginning student. Included is a wealth of cross-references, excellent introductory material and overviews, an extensive annotated bibliography, and-new to this edition-a complete index.

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  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications,U.S.; 2nd annotated edition edition (31 Mar 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567184286
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567184280
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 17.8 x 4.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 732,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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The book discusses alphabets from 6 Eastern cultures, in a 7th, and their associations, with the emphasis on patriarchalism and gods rather than the original matriarchies and Goddesses. I am still waiting for the Western volume, which is said to do the same with 7 Western alphabets, including our Roman one. Two pages of the Tibetan tables are a bit misaligned.

It started me learning Devanagari and Sanskrit.

XLI + 614 pages
Approximately 178mm wide x 254mm tall x 40mm thick (excluding covers)
Smooth matt paper
Readable (by me) without magnification.
A bit heavy to hold for prolonged periods.

Yang magick for the left brain mostly, rather than Yin magik for the right.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Diamond of a Book 11 Oct 2013
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The Eastern Mysteries by David Allen Hulse holds within its pages an enormous amount of information covering the six keys of The Eastern Mysteries: Cuneiform, Hebrew, Arabic, Sanskrit, Tibetan and Chinese (keys 7-13 are covered in 'The Western Mysteries'. I found it a bit mind blowing at first and had to re-read certain parts in order for me to assimilate and understand what I was reading however, this was due to my lack of knowledge and understanding rather than to how the information was written. I have now learned a great deal from this book and refer to it often. The knowledge and wisdom found within its pages is an inspiration. since reading this book I have felt greatly motivated to delve more deeply into the mysteries of life, so much so that I also bought 'The Western Mysteries' by the same author and, found that book as mind blowing as this one. The Eastern Mysteries (Key of It All) 2nd (second) annotated editio Edition by Hulse, David Allen published by Llewellyn Publications,U.S. (2000)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Author's review of The Eastern Mysteries 25 Oct 2000
By David Hulse - Published on Amazon.com
This book is the first volume of a two volume set that took me over 20 years to research and write. As a child I was drawn to the magic of the ancient alphabets. At nine years old, I had already committed to memory the Greek alphabet. I was able to write in my child's hand the Egyptian hieroglyphic phonetic alphabet. I also copied out from an encyclopedia the Phoenician alphabet, and saw the connections between Egyptian, Phonecian, Greek, and Roman script, and how our own English alphabet of 26 letters evolved from the picture images of these ancient scripts (i.e, A was a bull, and B was a house). In the late 1960s I discovered the number values for the ancient Hebrew alphabet. I was fascinated by the concept that every letter of the alphabet had a different number value, and that the range of numbers spanned from 1 to 9 to 10 to 900 to 100 to 900. This revelation somehow triggered deeply within me past life remembrances of previously studying the sacred nature of the alphabet. From my first exposure to Hebrew, I searched out other cultures and other languages that were isopsephic (i.e., languages that use the letters of the alphabet as number value in addition to phonetic values). What really fascinated me was that any word in an isopsephic language could be measured and numbered by the number values of the letters composing that word. And if two words equalled the same number, they served as poetic metaphors to define the mystical nature of that specific number. As my research progressed, more and more languages unfolded, until I discovered languages in both the east and west that held this mystical property. When I finally recorded all of my research, my occult archaeological discoveries fell naturally to two books, one dealing with the eastern mysteries and one with the western mysteries. The Eastern Mysteries contains so much new material that have never seen print before in English. This includes the numbering of Sanskrit, including a key to the letters on the flower petals known as the chakras. The Tibetan alphabet is also deciphered for the first time, as well as the stroke count of the Chinese language based on Taoist Spirit practices. A key to the actual layout of the I Ching is also deciphered for the first time, and connected back directly to the stroke count of Chinese calligraphy. Beyond these rare discoveries the middle eastern languages of Cuneiform, Hebrew, and Arabic are fully deciphered. There are also many appendices to the 6 chapters in this first volume that offer additional insight into the number philosophy of the ancient world, including the number system of Gurdjieff and the ancient eastern elemental system known as the tattvas. This work, though highly detailed, is aimed at the lay person, and does not require any previous knowledge of any of the alphabets or symbolic systems. I would recommend this book alone, on the merits of the last chapter. For I have written the best possible explanantion of the I Ching that has yet to see print. For in my research with the I Ching over the last 30 years, I had discovered the key to all of its symbolism. That key is the 8 basic trigrams that make up the 64 hexagrams. Once the reader understands these 8 basic shapes, then all of the complex oracular vocabulary can be understood. The Western Mysteries should also be purchased, since the two volumes complement each other, and were originally written as one large volume.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Overwhelming 23 Aug 2003
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Can anyone truly digest all the knowledge in this book and its companion the Western Mysteries. It is impossible, but as references for whatever you indulge yourself they indisposible. If you want to figure out sanskrit or hebrew, either to write or number, or even to explore the magical implications of language, these books are a must for your bookshelf. You will find something useful for whatever path you follow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a value!!! 6 Feb 2002
By Mark Dragan - Published on Amazon.com
This book and it's "Western Mysteries" companion contain extensive amounts of interesting and valuable information. They truly bring together so many of the fundamental aspects that are shared across cultures and disciplines. Even though the books may appear, at first glance, somewhat complex, their many, many entry points provide easy access for both casual reading and deep exploration.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Reference 3 Dec 2001
By "fratersa" - Published on Amazon.com
This is a excellent reference for all students of Magick.
The volume abounds in tables and cross references for many Magickal Systems, the section on Hebrew, is an outstanding resource. With corrispondances from a number of major sources, including Golden Dawn, Aliester Crowley, and Eliphas Levi. with correlations between them.
If you want a reference to Magickal systems, Alphabets, and corrisponding number systems, this book is Great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comparative Cultural Numerology and Other Mysteries Encyclopedia 14 May 2007
By LAVERN J. DE WILDE - Published on Amazon.com
This "opus," of comparative cultural numerology and other mysteries, assists the metaphysics, spiritual, and intellectual masters on their individual journey to universal understanding. Eastern Mysteries is the first encyclopedic volume of the second volume companion book of "Western Mysteries."

The serious metaphysics, spiritual and intellectual students begin the verification journey with the Eastern Mysteries of numbers and language to continue with the "Western Mysteries."
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