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The Serpent Grail: The Truth Behind the Holy Grail, the Philosopher's Stone and the Elixir of Life [Hardcover]

Philip Gardiner , Gary Osborn
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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15 Sep 2005
"'Extraordinary" - "Publishing News". Philip Gardiner and Gary Osborn trace the extraordinary influence of the snake cult which was prevalent all over the world in ancient times. They demonstrate how a central rite in which snake venom was mixed with snake blood in a ceremonial mixing bowl, which came to be called "the grail", produced a healing elixir which formed the basis of myriad religious and symbolic rituals, including the Christian Eucharist. These rituals operated on a number of levels. On a physical level, the powerful healing properties of this elixir, which is now proven by modern science to enhance t-cell replication, was in fact the basis of the "Elixir of Life". But there is a deeper level for the symbolism of these rituals which can be found in all the great mystery traditions of the world, though shrouded in myth and symbolism. Whether it be the quest to find the elusive "Philosopher's Stone" or indeed the Holy Grail, the Ultimate Quest is in fact to achieve true enlightenment.


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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Watkins Publishing; New edition edition (15 Sep 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842931296
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842931295
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 15.2 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 628,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, and know it will be a great success.

You know you have my every support. -- Andrew Collins - best selling author

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As the author of this book I am proud to see it finally in print, following years and years of research and travel around the globe. The revelations held within this book are radically and diametrically opposed to almost every angle you have ever come across regarding the Holy Grail, Elixir and the Stone. Why? Because it was hidden well. By whom - the guardians of the legend and the secret and by our own misconceptions of what was truly meant by the myths, traditions and history of the Grail lore. In truth, we discovered a major component missed by everybody and which has absolutely no relationship with the Da Vinci Code or any other Grail oriented book.

Our only wish is that you, the reader, enjoy and are enlightened by the incredible discoveries.


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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars rare ability 26 Oct 2005
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Format:Hardcover
Gardiner possess that rare ability to weave history, mythology and spiritual tradition into writing that is both understandable and enjoyable to those out of the gnostic loop, as well as to steadfast Initiates. His source material is irreproachable and intentions totally above board. His work contains a wealth of information worthy of Frazer, Blavatsky and Crowley-minus those writers' ponderous style (Frazer), mystification (Blavatsky), and idiosyncrasy (Crowley)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Repetitive and Boring 13 July 2007
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The information contained in this book is certainly informative, and I would recommend it for that. However, the presentation is abysmal. The book could be about half its size, once you take out the repetition; and the overall presentation could be better ... it is diffucult to find particular passages to refer to, because there is no set pattern for the way that the text is presented.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Average! 26 Oct 2013
By Vince
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I read this book with hope of being entertained, however it was mundane and not as exciting as a couple of reviews I had read made it out to be. I gave the book away as it doesn't belong in my library. I was very disappointed with it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Book 28 Aug 2005
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Format:Hardcover
Never in my life I have been so startled by the conclusions of a book. There was a lot out there about this book on the internet, but incredibly the conclusions and so much more had been kept a secret - very clever marketing. But, although I wondered about this being just another Grail book, no, its much much more. This book encompasses everything, every myth, every culture, every period of mankinds history and answers it all! You just would not think it possible. But it does. Scientifically too!! Buy it, seriously. As Andrew Collins said in his review of the book, "one for everybodies bookshelf".
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JAM PACKED WITH FACTUAL STUFF! 3 Feb 2007
Format:Hardcover
EXELLENT - EACH AND EVERY PAGE IS JAM PACKED WITH INFORMATION AND UNDEPT KNOWLEDGE. SOURCES CONSTANTLY REVEALED TO BACK UP CLAIMS. CONTINOUS LINES OF REVEALED INQUIRES/SEARCHES - ALL BACKED UP WITH FACTS AND TIMES BRINGING MIND-BOGGLING EXITEMENT TO THE PERSISTANT READER. NO STONE LEFT UNTURNED. DEEP ANALYSIS OF EVERY SOURCE REDUCES THE READER INTO A SLEEP DEPRIVED, BLUE EYE-BAGGED ZOMBIE. KNOWLEDGE IS THE KEY TO EXISTANCE AND THIS BOOK SWELLS YOUR BRAINS TO CAPACITY - EAGER FOR MORE!!!

GREAT STUFF - BE PREPARED FOR NO SLEEP!
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