Monday, April 21, 2008
Manly P. Hall-The Secret Teachings of All Ages (1928)
Each of the 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 Although there are some questionable and controversial aspects of the book, such as the outdated material on Islam, the portion on the Bacon-Shakespeare hypothesis, and Hall's conspiracy theory of history as driven by an elite cabal of roving immortals,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.