Secret Teachings of All Ages: The Qabbalah, the Secret Doctrine of Israel. Sacred Texts Esoteric Index Previous Next p. 113 ALBERT PIKE, quoting from Transcendental Magic, thus sums up the importance of Qabbalism as a key to Masonic esotericism: "One is filled with admiration, on penetrating into the Sanctuary of the Kabalah, at seeing a doctrine so logical, so simple, and at the same time so absolute.
The necessary union of ideas and signs, the consecration of the most fundamental realities by the primitive characters; the Trinity of Words, Letters, and Numbers; a philosophy simple as the alphabet, profound and infinite as the Word; theorems more complete and luminous than those of Pythagoras; a theology summed up by counting on one's fingers; an Infinite which can be held in the hollow of an infant's hand; ten ciphers and twenty-two letters, a triangle, a square, and a circle,--these are all the elements of the Kabalah. These are the elementary principles of the written Word, reflection of that spoken Word that created the world!
" (Morals and Dogma.) p. 114 1. Secret Teachings of All Ages Index. For once, a book which really lives up to its title.
Hall self-published this massive tome in 1928, consisting of about 200 legal-sized pages in 8 point type; it is literally his magnum opus. Each of the nearly 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Although there are some questionable and controversial parts of the book, such as the outdated material on Islam, the portion on the Bacon-Shakespeare hypothesis, and Hall's conspiracy theory of history as driven by an elite cabal of roving immortals,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.
For many years this book was only available in a large format edition which was hard to obtain and very expensive. Grimoires. Sacred-texts home Wicca/Neo-PaganismEsoteric & OccultBuy CD-ROM Buy Books: Grimoires The name "Grimoire" is derived from the word "Grammar".
A grammar is a description of a set of symbols and how to combine them to create well-formed sentences. A Grimoire is, appropriately enough, a description of a set of magickal symbols and how to combine them properly. Most of the texts linked below are descriptions of traditional European ritual magick, which is based on Judeo-Christianity. Even though this must not be confused with neo-Paganism, many of the neo-Pagan traditions use similar rituals and techniques, albeit with a different (usually Celtic) vocabulary.
Note: These historical texts are presented for research and entertainment purposes only; we can't answer any questions about the material contained in them. Secret Teachings of All Ages: Fundamentals of Qabbalistic Cosmogony. Sacred Texts Esoteric Index Previous Next p. 117 THE Qabbalists conceive of the Supreme Deity as an Incomprehensible Principle to be discovered only through the process of eliminating, in order, all its cognizable attributes.
That which remains--when every knowable thing has been removed--is AIN SOPH, the eternal state of Being. Although indefinable, the Absolute permeates all space. Secret Teachings of All Ages: The Tree of the Sephiroth. Sacred Texts Esoteric Index Previous Next p. 121.
Secret Teachings of All Ages: Qabbalistic Keys to the Creation of Man. Sacred Texts Esoteric Index Previous Next p. 125 HENRIE STEPHEN, in A World of Wonders, published in 1607, mentions a monk of St.
Anthony who declared that while in Jerusalem the patriarch of that city had shown him not only one of the ribs of the Word made flesh and some rays from the Star of Bethlehem, but also the snout of a seraph, a finger nail of a cherub, the horns of Moses, and a casket containing the breath of Christ! To a people believing implicitly in a seraph sufficiently tangible to have its proboscis preserved, the more profound issues of Judaistic philosophy must necessarily be incomprehensible. Nor is it difficult to imagine the reaction taking place in the mind of some ancient sage should he hear that a cherub--which, according to St. Secret Teachings of All Ages: An Analysis of Tarot Cards. Sacred Texts Esoteric Index Previous Next p. 129.
Secret Teachings of All Ages: The Tabernacle in the Wilderness. Sacred Texts Esoteric Index Previous Next p. 133.
Secret Teachings of All Ages: The Fraternity of the Rose Cross. Sacred Texts Esoteric Index Previous Next p. 137 WHO were the Rosicrucians?
Were they an organization of profound thinkers rebelling against the inquisitional religious and philosophical limitations of their time or were they isolated transcendentalists united only by the similarity of their viewpoints and deductions? Where was the "House of the Holy Spirit, " in which, according to their manifestoes, they met once a year to plan the future activities of their Order? Who was the mysterious person referred to as "Our Illustrious Father and Brother C.R.C.
"? What relationship existed between Rosicrucianism and mediæval Freemasonry? There are four distinct theories regarding the Rosicrucian enigma. In order to assist in bringing about the reformation, a mysterious person called "The Highly Illuminated Father C.R.C. ," a German by birth, descended of a noble family, but himself a poor man, instituted the "Secret Society of the Rose Cross. " Secret Teachings of All Ages: Rosicrucian Doctrines and Tenets. Sacred Texts Esoteric Index Previous Next p. 141.
Secret Teachings of All Ages: Fifteen Rosicrucian and Qabbalistic Diagrams. Sacred Texts Esoteric Index Previous Next p. 145 IN his well-known work, The Rosicrucians, Their Rites and Mysteries, Hargrave Jennings reproduces five Qabbalistic charts which he declares to be genuine Rosicrucian drawings. He gives no information concerning their origin nor does he attempt an elucidation of their symbolism. A recent writer who reproduced one of these charts correlated it to the emblematic tomb of Father C.R.C., thus exposing the true nature of Christian Rosencreutz.
Secret Teachings of All Ages: Alchemy and Its Exponents. Sacred Texts Esoteric Index Previous Next p. 149 IS the transmutation of base metals into gold possible? Is the idea one at which the learned of the modern world can afford to scoff? Alchemy was more than a speculative art: it was also an operative art. Since the time of the immortal Hermes, alchemists have asserted (and not without substantiating evidence) that they could manufacture gold from tin, silver, lead, and mercury. Those assuming that all alchemists were of unsound mentality would be forced to put in this category nearly all the philosophers and scientists of the ancient and mediæval worlds. Secret Teachings of All Ages: The Theory and Practice of Alchemy: Part One. Sacred Texts Esoteric Index Previous Next p. 153 ALCHEMY, the secret art of the land of Khem, is one of the two oldest sciences known to the world. The other is astrology. The beginnings of both extend back into the obscurity of prehistoric times.
According to the earliest records extant, alchemy and astrology were considered as divinely revealed to man so that by their aid he might regain his lost estate. Secret Teachings of All Ages: The Theory and Practice of Alchemy: Part Two. Sacred Texts Esoteric Index Previous Next p. 157 All true Philosophers of the natural or Hermetic sciences begin their labors with a prayer to the Supreme Alchemist of the Universe, beseeching His assistance in the consummation of the Magnum Opus. The prayer that follows, written in a provincial German centuries ago by an adept now unknown, is representative: "O holy and hallowed Trinity, Thou undivided and triple Unity! Cause me to sink into the abyss of Thy limitless eternal Fire, for only in that Fire can the mortal nature of man be changed into humble dust, while the new body of the salt union lies in the light. Oh, melt me and transmute me in this Thy holy Fire, so that on the day at Thy command the fiery waters of the Holy Spirit draw me out from the dark dust, giving me new birth and making me alive with His breath.
It is further asserted that they are still to be found by those who have qualified themselves to contact them. In Dr. From Kircher's Œdipus Ægyptiacus. p. 158 "(Use.) Secret Teachings of All Ages: The Hermetic And Alchemical Figures of Claudius De Dominico Celentano Vallis Novi. Sacred Texts Esoteric Index Previous Next p. A1 No better way can be found of introducing to the "Royal Art" a seeker after the mysteries of symbolical philosophy than to place at his disposal an actual example of alchemical writing. The text of this manuscript is as enigmatic as are its diagrams; but to him who will meditate upon the profound significance of both, the deeper issues of mysticism in due time will be made clear. An unknown person through whose hands this manuscript passed wrote thus of it: "Because of its drawings and illustrated expositions, the manuscript is of preeminent importance to the Rosicrucians and the contemporary order of Freemasons.
In addition to the 26 leaves here reproduced there are ten bottles or retorts, each half filled with varicolored substances. Secret Teachings of All Ages: The Chemical Marriage. Sacred Texts Esoteric Index Previous Next p. 161 THE self-admitted author of The Chemical Marriage, Johann Valentin Andreæ, born in Württemberg in 1586, was twenty-eight years of age when that work was first published. It was presumably written about twelve years prior to its publication--or when the author was fifteen or sixteen years old. The Secret Doctrine of the Rosicrucians Index. Sacred Texts Sub Rosa Buy this Book at Amazon.com Contents Start Reading Page Index Text [Zipped] This is one of the numerous Yogi Publication Society (YPS) books which have been attributed to William Walker Atkinson under pseudonym.
It bears strong similarities to The Kybalion, which is also known to have been authored by Atkinson. Secret Teachings of All Ages: Bacon, Shakspere, and the Rosicrucians. Sacred Texts Esoteric Index Previous Next p. 165.