Relevant Reads: The Secret Teachings of All Ages (2003)


Every Thursday, to celebrate Tarcher Books‘ long-standing commitment to its readers, we’ll be throwing back select backlist titles personally curated by our imprint’s editors, associates and directors. Jeremy P. Tarcher founded the publishing company more than forty years ago to share a powerful message: Great lives begin with great ideas. Today, the imprint publishes some sixty titles annually to promote this mission.

1. WHO
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The Secret Teachings of All Ages, by Manly P. Hall

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Published in 2003

“Like no other book of the twentieth century, Manly P. Hall’s legendaryThe Secret Teachings of All Ages is a codex to the ancient occult and esoteric traditions of the world. Students of hidden wisdom, ancient symbols, and arcane practices treasure Hall’s magnum opus above all other works.”

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5. WHY
MySpace arguably heralded the advent of astrology for my generation. Suffice it to say, our obsession with zodiac signs is as undeniable as it is widespread: Some of us choose our friends based on astrological compatibility; others will even eschew first dates if the stars don’t line up. Love it or hate it, this esoteric pseudoscience is here to stay, and it begs an obvious question: How did this phenomenon even start?

Cue Manly P. Hall.

Widely regarded as a leading text on the wisdom of antiquity, Hall’s classic 1928 edition of The Secret Teachings of All Ages offers up a comprehensive survey of Western astrology, ancient alchemy, and American Indian symbolism, among countless other teachings and practices thought to be forgotten. The author’s erudite mastery over the arcane mysteries opens doors to all kinds of worlds, and their appeal is hard to resist.

“Symbolism is the language of the Mysteries; in fact it is the language not only of mysticism and philosophy but of all Nature, for every law and power active in universal procedure is manifested to the limited sense perceptions of man through the medium of symbol. Every form existing in the diversified sphere of being is symbolic of the divine activity by which it is produced. By symbols men have ever sought to communicate to each other those thoughts which transcend the limitations of language. Rejecting man-conceived dialects as inadequate and unworthy to perpetuate divine ideas, the Mysteries thus chose symbolism as a far more ingenious and ideal method of preserving their transcendental knowledge. In a single figure a symbol may both reveal and conceal, for to the wise the subject of the symbol is obvious, while to the ignorant the figure remains inscrutable. Hence, he who seeks to unveil the secret doctrine of antiquity must search for that doctrine not upon the open pages of books which might fall into the hands of the unworthy but in the place where it was originally concealed.”

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