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4.35  ·  Rating details ·  3,913 ratings  ·  183 reviews
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
Paperback, Reader's Edition, 751 pages
Published October 1st 2003 by TarcherPerigee (first published 1928)
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Grady Ormsby
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jonny Henningson
Jan 31, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Apr 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Brad Thompson
Oct 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
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.
Peter (Pete) Mcloughlin
Although I found this entertaining and engrossing, I can't take it seriously. It is nonsense. It has real ancient esoterica and many of the things it refers to were actually believed by mystics and magicians in the past. It has the allure of some kind of secret magical knowledge and initiation into a select elite. It has all the spooky romance of esoteric arcana and it is fairly encyclopedic but nonsense even old venerated nonsense is at the end of the day still nonsense. I get why people like t ...more
Abe Fabella
Feb 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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.

Oct 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jan 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Nathan Albright
Aug 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: challenge
If a reader is dedicated to reach the end of more than 600 pages of encyclopedic writing, in more than one sense of the word, about esoteric matters, the last words of this book will haunt one's sleep: "The criers of the Mysteries speak again, bidding all men welcome to the House of Light. The great institution of materiality has failed. The false civilization built by man has turned, and like the monster of Frankenstein, is destroying its creator. Religion wanders aimlessly in the maze of theol ...more
Todd Hansink
May 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This review is for the 'Diamond Jubilee Edition' of "Secret Teachings of All Ages" paperback issued by the Philosophical Research Society in 1989 (1st pb edition - all b&w) and reprinted in 2000 (54 illustrations are in color - the rest in b&w). This is the best trade edition available of this incredible book. This edition has all of the illustrations from the original text reproduced in good quality (all in b&w in the 1989 edition - 54 illustrations in color and the rest in b&w for the 2000 PB ...more
Alex Towey
Feb 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: esoterism, favorites
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.
Nathan Peterman
May 12, 2018 rated it liked it
I lied. I am a little more than 1/3rd through this often rambling, often maddening, often delightful, and very long tome.

By this point, however, certain characteristics of the author have become clear. Mr. Hall is a odd sort of fellow -- rapaciously curious, very widely read (in his chosen field, at least), quite articulate (albeit in a somewhat stodgy Victorian way), obviously intelligent -- but with seemingly no natural bent toward, well, actual scholarship. It's gobsmacking to me, that someon
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is a philosophical master piece. If you love the secret knowledge passed down via the ancient mystery schools and if you love philosophy then I recommend this book. Not only does Mr. Hall cover every philosopher in the pre-Socratic era and post-Socratic era but he gives a brief description of the philosophy and doctrines they taught. In addition, he covers Rosicrucianism, Freemasonry, alchemy, the Kabbalah, the Qabbalah, The life and teachings of Thoth Hermes Trismegistus, the tarot, t ...more
T.L. Cooper
Jul 29, 2014 rated it liked it
The Secret Teachings of All Ages by Manly P. Hall languished in my to-be-read pile for several years. I didn't really expect to find any secrets revealed. I bought it because I find belief systems and their origins fascinating. The Secret Teachings of All Ages doesn't so much reveal "secret teachings" as draw connections between current belief systems and ancient belief systems. While there is some supposition that what is being presented obscures the secret teachings, it feels like the books tr ...more
Oct 14, 2019 rated it liked it
This book is for those getting ahead of themselves. It’s useless to me, as I know all this already. How, you might be asking? Because I read it in other books.
It’s useful to have information printed, and I suspect, after Barruel and Robison’s books, this is the book family and friends expected me to write sooner, a few years ago, before the age of 25 or 30.
Any P.O.S. kid in their mother’s basement can upload an internet post on Facebook or a forum equivalent to this book, so I’m not sure what
Ramona P.
Jun 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
I've only read bits here and there, as it's more of a reference book than something to be read from start to finish. Having said that, the book is very impressive in its detailed analysis of esoteric and mystical traditions found throughout history, and around the world. The subjects are very varied - you can read about ancient Greek oracles, religion in ancient Egypt, black magic, the Kabbalah, the philosophy of alchemy, the pagan origins of Christianity, archetypes found in the world religions ...more
Nov 24, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
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!

The Silver Elves
authors of books on magic and enchantment
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn't read this cover to cover but it's an amazingly neutral treatment of the subject matter, for any time. And especially for when it was published. Wide range of ancient symbolism and a number of interpretations, lots of history. Wild stuff to think about on the origins of all religions.
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.
Apr 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
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.
Jun 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-own
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
Adam Long
Aug 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
James Haze
Oct 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An encyclopedia (of sorts) like no other!
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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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