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The Secret Teachings of All Ages [Paperback]

Manly P. Hall
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1 Jan 1988
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"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 Although there are some questionable and controversial parts of the book, such as the outdated material on Islam, the portion on the Bacon-Shakespeare hypothesis, and Hall's conspiracy theory of history as driven by an elite cabal of roving immortals,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." (Quote from sacred-texts.com)

Table of Contents:

Publisher's Preface; Preface; Introduction; The Ancient Mysteries And Secret Societies Which Have Influenced Modern Masonic Symbolism; The Ancient Mysteries And Secret Societies, Part Two; The Ancient Mysteries And Secret Societies, Part Three; Atlantis And The Gods Of Antiquity; The Life And Teachings Of Thoth Hermes Trismegistus; The Initiation Of The Pyramid; Isis, The virgin Of The World; The Sun, A Universal Deity; The Zodiac And Its Signs; The Terbembine Table Of Isis; Wonders Of Antiquity; The Life And Philosophy Of Pythagoras; Pythagorean Mathematics; The Human Body In Symbolism; The Hiramic Legend; The Pythagorean Theory Of Music And Color; Fishes, Insects, Animals, Reptiles And Birds (part One); Fishes, Insects, Animals, Reptiles And Birds (part Two); Flowers, Plants, Fruits, And Trees; Stones, Metals And Gems; Ceremonial Magic And Sorcery; The Elements And Their Inhabitants; Hermetic Pharmacology, Chemistry, And Therapeutics; The Qabbalah, The Secret Doctrine Of Israel; Fundamentals Of Qabbalistic Cosmogony; The Tree Of The Sephiroth; Qabbalistic Keys To The Creation Of Man; An Analysis Of Tarot Cards; The Tabernacle In The Wilderness; The Fraternity Of The Rose Cross; Rosicrucian Doctrines And Tenets; Fifteen Rosicrucian And Qabbalistic Diagrams; Alchemy And Its Exponents; The Theory And Practice Of Alchemy: Part One; The Theory And Practice Of Alchemy: Part Two; The Hermetic And Alchemical Figures Of Claudius De Dominico Celentano Vallis Novi; The Chemical Marriage; Bacon, Shakspere, And The Rosicrucians; The Cryptogram As A Factor In Symbolic Philosophy; Freemasonic Symbolism; Mystic Christianity; The Cross And The Crucifixion; The Mystery Of The Apocalypse; The Faith Of Islam; American Indian Symbolism; The Mysteries And Their Emissaries; Conclusion

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Forgotten Books is a publisher of historical writings, such as: Philosophy, Classics, Science, Religion, Esoteric and Mythology. www.forgottenbooks.org

Forgotten Books is about sharing information, not about making money. All books are priced at wholesale prices. We are also the only publisher we know of to print in large sans-serif font, which is proven to make the text easier to read and put less strain on your eyes.
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Philosophical Research Society Inc.,U.S.; Revised edition edition (1 Jan 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 089314830X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0893148300
  • Product Dimensions: 32.7 x 22.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,958,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Manly Palmer Hall (March 18, 1901 - August 29, 1990) was a Canadian-born author and mystic. He is perhaps most famous for his work The Secret Teachings of All Ages: An Encyclopedic Outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic and Rosicrucian Symbolical Philosophy, which is widely regarded as his magnum opus, published in 1928 when he was just 27 years old.

He has been widely recognized as a leading scholar in the fields of religion, mythology, mysticism, and the occult.

Carl Jung, when writing Psychology and Alchemy, borrowed material from Hall's private collection.

In 1934, Hall founded the Philosophical Research Society (PRS) in Los Angeles, California, dedicating it to an idealistic approach to the solution of human problems. The PRS claims to be non-sectarian and entirely free from educational, political, or ecclesiastical control, and the Society's programs stress the need for the integration of philosophy, religion, and science into one system of instruction. The PRS Library, a public facility devoted to source materials in obscure fields, has many rare and scarce items now impossible to obtain elsewhere.

In 1973 (47 years after writing The Secret Teachings of All Ages), Hall was recognized as a 33º Mason (the highest honor conferred by the Supreme Council of the Scottish Rite), at a ceremony held at PRS on December 8th, despite never being initiated into the physical craft.

In his over 70-year career, Hall delivered approximately 8,000 lectures in the United States and abroad, authored over 150 books and essays, and wrote countless magazine articles." (Quote from wikipedia.org) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I bought a copy of this at a bookshop in Glastonbury i jest not !
For decades,ever since coming across Von Danikens "Chariots of the Gods" i have tried to find out more on the subject of ancient mythology -for want of a better expression.
I cannot really think of a "proper "name for this type of area of study,is it ancient religon,mythology,sacred texts,alien insemination/interference ?
Anyway,it matters not really what one would call it, but this book is one of the best examples of the "subject",to say it was written in the late 1920,s by a man who was only in his twenties is awesome.
The reach and depth of the subject matter is just breathtaking.Over the years i have opted to become "pagan " in my choice of lifestyle/culture/divination and i wish i had access to this book a long time ago.It really does act as a guide to ALL areas of esoteric matters.
The style of writting is ,of course,a little old fashioned,but once you become accustomed to the language,you become immersed in the absolute arcane knowledge available to anyone with enough time and will to actually read this volume.
The detail is so immense that you can become a little bogged down with certain areas,e.g the details of the Great Pyramid at Cheops,so instance.
But this issue aside,the book has truly become my "guide"in terms of the ability to research virtually any esoteric subject.You can sit down and read the whole thing (take 4 weeks off work first !) or use it ,as i do,by choosing a particular chapter of interest,which then acts as a stand-alone work in its own right.
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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sloppy editing makes this book literally unreadable 26 April 2011
By Nigel Collier VINE VOICE
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I have struggled manfully through the first 200 pages of this volume so far and it is excruciating.

This is not in any way because of the writing of Manly Hall, which is a staggeringly erudite treasury of what I suppose could be termed Western esotericism. The fact that Hall wrote this at such a young age and in so short a space of time makes this book even more impressive. The title is kind of correct - this is an encyclopedic outline - but the book's scope takes in just so much that limiting the title to Hermetic, Qabbalistic and Rosicrucian symbolic philosophy doesn't seem to do it full justice. If you're looking for a one-volume esoteric reference then you should consider The Secret Teachings...

...published by someone else.

This really is by a country mile the worst editing and proofing of a book I have ever seen. It should be recalled and pulped because every page is absolutely littered with the most horrendous errors that you have to fight your way through the text, translating, transposing, reconstructing, head scratching and second-guessing. I suspect the fault here lies with the production method of Forgotten Books which, I'm guessing, is using some kind of OCR scanning of original texts and then publishing books digitally on a 'print to order' basis. This is potentially an exciting new way to publish perhaps out of print and niche books but the OCR software isn't very good, the printing quality is shabby (all illustrations are pixellated to the extent that they make little sense) and the proof reading is nil.

The result? Bizarre punctuation, with commas, full stops and capital letters interspersed at absolute random throughout the text, tripping up and confounding any possible flow.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars slightly dodgy copy 3 Nov 2013
By Redwall
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seems that this is some kind of cheap reproduction of the book. The bibliography is completely missing, there are no pictures in the book (which are mentioned in the prologue) and appears a much abridged version in general.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars its exactly what it says on the cover 8 Oct 2011
By rick
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a very interesting read and at points a little difficult as well, but it is exactly what it says it is, but to anyone who takes in this knowledge the book itself will open new doors for you to explore a sure must read for anybody interested in growing there minds
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Facinating Overview of the Mysteries 23 Aug 1998
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I can not add better insight to the review given by "finnegan@exploremaine.com". However, there is strength in numbers, and I want to add my voice to encourage those who might be interested in reading this book. It's true there was a paperback version of this book as well.
This particular work focuses on some of the mysteries from the cradle of Western Civilization. It is also interesting to review this from the stand point of mainstream religions and the odd periphery of the origins of these (mostly western) religions. Although there is much more to the book than just that.
If you enjoyed "Focault's Pendulum" this book gives great background to some of Umberto Ecco's arcanum. Conspiracy theorist will also enjoy the section on Francis Bacon.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars exoterically and esoterically beautiful 15 Oct 2008
Format:Paperback
This book deserves 5 stars. I take it out each weekend and only read a chapter or two, as the depth of information is abyssal. Yet it is written in a gentle and enticing manner. Also, the diagrams and full page paintings are stunning to look at. It really is a gem.
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I found several of the chapters brilliant and some not to clever deffinately a good book for someone wanting to no a little about the masons but he dosen't give away any important... Read more
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It took me five weeks to read this behemoth of a book but i can't help thinking I'll be reading it again someday as there is so much to know and so many subjects within.
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This book is excellent. It gives a good insight into the ancient philosophies, mysticisms and symbols that have shaped our world.
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