The Secret Teachings of all Ages

The Secret Teachings of All Ages is perhaps the most comprehensive and complete esoteric encyclopedia ever written. The sheer scope and ambition of this book are stunning. In this book Manly P. Hall has successfully distilled the essence of more arcane subjects than one would think possible. He covers Rosicrucianism and other secret societies, alchemy, cryptology, Kabbalah, Tarot, pyramids, the Zodiac, Pythagorean philosophy, Masonry, gemology, Nicholas Flammel, the identity of William Shakespeare, The Life and Teachings of Thoth Hermes Trismegistus, The Qabbalah, The Hiramic Legend, The Tree of the Sephiroth, Mystic Christianity, and there are more than 200 illustrations included here. This is essential reading for anyone wishing to explore esoteric knowledge.

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By Jonny (The United States) · ★★★☆☆ · February 18, 2012
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... ...more
By Blake4d · ★★★★★ · April 11, 2010
The full title on most editions of this book is - "The Secret Teachings of All Ages: An Encyclopedic Outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic and Rosicrucian Symbolical Philosophy". Which just goes to prove that real books don't have short titles.

This is the great work of Manly Palmer Hall and i... ...more
By Lynne (France) · ★★★★☆ · July 08, 2013
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 e... ...more
By Grady (Swansboro, NC) · ★★★★★ · January 04, 2013
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, Diony... ...more
By Maxine (Australia) · ★★★★☆ · January 21, 2014
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... ...more
By Brad (Waterloo, IN) · ★★★★★ · December 04, 2009
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 h... ...more
By Todd (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · May 21, 2012
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... ...more
By Abe (Colton, CA) · ★★★★★ · February 23, 2012
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 eac... ...more
By Alex (Fallbrook, CA) · ★★★★★ · February 17, 2013
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 ac... ...more
By Michelle (San Diego, CA) · ★★★★★ · January 26, 2009
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 ...more