The Secret Teachings of All Ages
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The Secret Teachings of All Ages

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A classic since 1928, this masterly encyclopedia of ancient mythology, ritual, symbolism, and the arcane mysteries of the ages is available for the first time in a compact reader's edition.
Like no other book of the twentieth century, Manly P. Hall's legendary The Secret Teachings of All Ages is a codex to the ancient occult and esoteric traditions of the world. Students o...more
ebook, 768 pages
Published October 27th 2003 by Tarcher (first published 1928)
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Jonny Henningson
Extremely fun, extremely interesting, but fundamentally unreliable. Manly wrote this book in his early twenties. He's obviously well read and very intelligent but this book is written with a pretty significant bias toward his own obvious Masonic leanings, and most of the lore he has absorbed due to this association is accepted by him and presented as unsubstantiated fact. I will admit it lends a certain kind of mystique to the yarns he spins. For instance, I would personally love to believe that...more
Lynne King
I'm writing a review on a book at the moment regarding freemasonry amongst other things, and this book of mine came to mind. I'm pleased to see that it is on Goodreads.

If you're an individual who is interested in secret societies of all ages, well then this is an ideal reference book. It is "an encylopedic outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic and Rosicrucian Symbolical Philosophy" and is fascinating reading, especially the latter, with its symbolism throughout.

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I've actually read and re-read this book- in sum and in sections- many, many times. Totally comprehensive, interesting, with an insanely useful bibliography. Good for anyone interested in the supernatural, occult, or secret societies.
Grady Ormsby
Jan 04, 2013 Grady Ormsby rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: only those with patience.
Recommended to Grady by: The writings of Dan Brown
The Secret Teachings of All Ages by Manley P. Hall is fascinating. It is a masterful compendium of esoteric teachings of all time. It is a summation of hidden wisdom from the arcane and mystical teachings of Druidic, Mithraic, Christian, Gnostic, Odinic, Gothic, Eleusinian, Orphic, Bacchic, Dionysian, Platonic, Atlantean, Cabric, Hermetic, Zodiacal, Astrological, Chaldean, Delphic, Orphic, Dodonean, Pythagorean, Numerological, Hiramic, Paracelsian, Mosaic, Qabbalistic, Sephirothic, Rosicrucian,...more
Brad Thompson
Ok this would be one of those rare occasions where I actually type a review on one of my books. My friends have asked me this one question.

Out of all my books on the occult, magick and things that are suppose to elevate the human conscience. What book would I recomend to explain it ALL.

I would have to say this book. No question about it. Mr. Hall can put into everyday language the facts. There is no judgement calls in any of his writings. This book was his first and finest. he wrote it in 1927...more
Todd Hansink
I marked up this book probably more than any other in my life. This book was my gateway to the "mystery" religions. I don't consider it to be the authoritative "last word" but it contained so many new ideas (to me) that it became my new study agenda for quite a while. From here I studied the use of symbols in religion from the Eleusinians to the Free Masons. I give this book five stars for the sheer volume of great ideas under one cover and for the introduction of the very inspiring and charisma...more
Ramona P.
Wow! Manly Hall's ability to gather, explain and present these complex and ancient traditions in one comprehensive book is amazing. He has helped me to understand how important the mystery schools and their proponents were in establishing the foundation for our current cultural imprint. Though most of their rituals, messages and doctrines have been visually hidden from the "everyman," they are nonetheless imbedded in our psyche and are being activated into consciousness by the current thrust of...more
Maxine Smy
This Book proves an interesting read it is an interpretation of secret messages the author sees as being hidden within rituals, allegories and ancient mysteries through out the ages. Manly P Hall provides indepth accounts and explanations of masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic and Rosicrucian symbolic philosophy. Starting with ancient systems of education, Druidic,and Mithraic mysteries and teachings, you are guided through the ancient mysteries of secret societies, and of manmy countries and culture...more
While interesting, it is hard to take as a genuine scholarly work. He jumps to too many conclusions too easily and makes some plainly outlandish statements. It's hard to see this work as being taken all that seriously by anybody who does not already agree with him.

Update: for now, putting it on hold while the semester is going on.
Alex Towey
This is one of the books that got me into researching and studying Esoterism/Hermetics/Mystery School Traditions/Etc... I have two copies stationed at different parts of my house because at any time I can pick it up, flip to any page and start reading and gain some new knowledge that I haven't acquired yet.
This is a book that I could probably read and re-read for the rest of my life. It is very informative with a different perspective then the norm. It looks at history with a different light but it is not for everyone. It is full of variety of ancient knowledge
I was given this book by Genesis P-Orridge in 1990, and it's a treasured possession. It introduced my young mind to exactly what it says in the title. A classic book from the 1920's that really introduced many, many paradigms to people at the time.
I took 2 years and a half reading this, and it was worth every year. It's an encyclopedia of ancient spiritual knowledge. It is a blessed antidote for the materialist dystopia we moderns call "civilization."
The Elves
Someone brought us this book some time ago and it is a real treasure that we have kept even in our migration to the farthest Western shores!
One of the best collection of esoteric material. You can also find this book online, so check out sections and see if it interests you.
Alex Scales
Recently had my love of the occult reignited and picked this up. I love this book. Great overview of western mysticism and philosophy, and a lot of ideas I had never been exposed to before, much like discovering Madame Blavatsky for the first time.
Alex Kartelias
There's no doubt this book is filled with so much valuable information and wisdom. This is more of an introduction than an in depth discussion of numerous topics but, unlike most books,the parallels between these different topics are acknowledged and emphasized. The perennial philosophy is evident once you finish a book of this enormous scholarship. I'd recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn about esoteric philosophy and the sacred sciences.
Not a book for readers who are looking for short explanations, but certainly for who is interested in an overview of history and content of esoteric traditions. An asset to anyone's library.
Adam Long
Eye opening book. Really enjoyed it. Reads a lot like an encyclopedia so I'm sure I'll be referencing it as I read and research topics it covers.
I wish i would have found and read this book from an early age. A must read! Then again I have never been let down by anything from Manly P Hall
One of the best comprehensive studies of world beliefs. The depth and span of this book is strikingly impressive. To imagine that he finished this work before the age of 30 only adds to the achievement. For anyone interested in the topic, this book is a must read.
Abe Fabella
This book was a phenomenal adventure into the realm of humanity's symbols and myths. Written with elegance and poise, the words played a dance in the black box of my mind. And, I became present in the scenes and with the human personalities and divine possibilities he so endearingly paints in each cogently crafted chapter. I highly recommend this book for curious and seasoned philosophers, seekers and mystics alike. It is a resource of knowledge without equal; it is, in fact, the most brilliant...more
Krishna Giri
This book started it all for me, read in approx. 1989 or 90.
The guiding book on esotericism.
Feb 23, 2014 Lawrence marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Brandon Commiskey
If you have even the slightest interest in Theology, Metaphysics or the Occult then I would suggest reading "The Secret Teachings of All Ages." It is a perfect introduction into the many ideas, arts & practices that exist within the overall subject matter under the genres "Occult" & "Metaphysics." The clarity and precision in which Manly P. Hall's comprehension and literary skill can describe complicated concepts with ease is astounding & he did it at the age of 27 years old.
Of all the books I have read by Manly P. Hall I'd say all of them are great reads, some have a little more difficulty than others but some have such a profound and beautiful sequence of thought/thinking/meditating that they seem almost to easy to read. He has a wonderful way of building concepts which help me understand many puzzling ideas now and from long ago as in the Ancient Philosophers'. I really enjoy MPH, style too. :) greg
Andrew Maggs
What an amazing book indeed. This has taken me months to read on the train journey to and from work each day and each day I have been awed at the vastness of the knowledge of this man and his understanding of what it is to be human. The conclusion is truly a majestic work of art. I am not saying this was an easy read, sometimes it was a real slog, but in the end the whole experience has definitely been worthwhile.
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Canadian born, Manly Palmer Hall is the author of over 150 published works, the best known of which are Initiates of the Flame, The Story of Healing, The Divine Art,Aliens Magick and Sorcery The Secret Teachings of All Ages, and An Encyclopedic Outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic Rosicrucian Symbolical Philosophy.
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