In the Occult Book Review’s 8th episode, host David Halpin reviews Manly P. Hall’s The Secret Teachings Of All Ages. Right at the beginning, Halpin informs his viewers that this book is unlike the other books he has reviewed in that it does not have a single thesis, rather it is a collection of all sorts of occult subjects, more a companion than a compendium. Halpin provides a bit of history and explains that the book was written back when the Biblical Flood was accepted by most mainstream scholars and that Hall wrote of antediluvian societies such as Atlantis as being the source of esoteric knowledge. Halpin then touches on how the scholarly views concerning the Flood then changed as historians moved away from the idea of Biblical history being real history in response to the Biblical scholars who were opposed to Darwinism and were tied to an archaic version of history.
Halpin then gives a cursory rundown of the book’s many topics including the Egyptian origin of the Tarot card’s major arcana, the many pagan deities that mirror the traits of Jesus, the kabbalah, ceremonial magick, astrology, numerology and so on. Finally, Halpin admits that his is not so much a review as an attempt to make people aware of this book that belongs in the library of everyone interested in occult philosophy or spirituality. Still, I consider it a fascinating and wide-ranging review.
From Amazon’s product description of The Secret Teachings for All Ages: Within the pages of Manly Palmer Hall’s celebrated 20th century tome, readers delight in discussions about ancient symbolism, rituals, and mythology. Often hailed as an encyclopedia for all things hidden, ancient, and arcane, The Secret Teachings of All Ages explores a vast array of topics, from secret societies and the Zodiac to Mystic Christianity and William Shakespeare’s identity. Despite some of the outdated and controversial ideas it poses now in the 21st century, The Secret Teachings of All Ages continues to fascinate students of the cryptic and mysterious.