Mythology

Cycle of the Phoenix in World History

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Eastern and Western Interpretations of Reincarnation: Rebirth According to Buddhism and Platonism

Eastern Wisdom; Philosophy & Comparative Religion

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Emperor Julian’s Oration on the Mother of the Gods

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Fable of Cupid & Psyche (e-Book)

By Thomas Taylor (Translator). With an Introductory Preface by Manly P. Hall

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Thomas Taylor published his translation from the Latin of The Metamorphosis by of Apuleius in 1822. The most important part of this was the fable of Cupid and Psyche, in which Apuleius gives an account of his being initiated in the mysteries of Isis and Osiris

In the fable Eros, or Cupid, is introduced as the Divine Principle in man and Psyche as the human soul. The morality of this fable is profound and exalted. Sacred and profane love are contrasted and those inner parts of human nature associated with this mystery are beautifully explained. As the plot of the story develops it is obvious that the supporting philosophical doctrines are derived from the secret teachings of the Mystery Schools. The truths involved were then perpetuated by later sects who sought to restore and preserve the older wisdom.

To the modern psychologist who has become aware of the alchemy of human emotions, the account given by Apuleius should be of extraordinary interest. The author points out that the sacred mystery of love has been generally profaned and associated with mortal passion and that the perversion of the greatest good is the greatest evil. The human being must sometime face the challenge of his own spiritual needs; by purifying his own emotions he preserves not only himself but the mortal world in which he lives.

In this photographic facsimile edition the reader will benefit greatly from Taylor’s introduction which presents the true meaning of the fable in a simple and understandable manner. Included in this volume are A Poetical Paraphrase on the Speech of Diotima, in the Banquet of Plato and Hymns to Venus, Love, Neptune, etc.

This electronic e-book edition is fully bookmarked for easy navigation.

About the Translator | Thomas Taylor (1758-1835) was a scholar without honor in his own time. Most of his books have long been out of print, but in recent years there has been a strong revival of interest in his writings. In 1969 a definitive work, Thomas Taylor the Platonist, appeared as Vol. LXXXVIII of the Bollingen series (Princeton University Press). Admirers of Taylor have said that other scholars may had had more Greek but less understanding of those sublime doctrines which he both translated and interpreted.This PRS Edition features an Introductory Preface by Manly P. Hall, and the text appears in the original 17th century typeface, with spelling indicative of the period.
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Greek & Roman Divinties as Personifications of Divine Principles

1 | Divine Dynasty: Uranus, Cronus & Zeus

2 | Circle of the Twelve Olympian Deities

3 | Children of Zeus: Secondary Order of the Gods and Mortals

4 | Heroes: Offspring of the Gods and Mortals

5 | Neoplatonic Key to the Grand Cycle of Myths

ISBN: 0-89314-130-5 | 5-cassette audio album

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Hidden Church of the Holy Grail*

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Hymns of Orpheus (Hardcover)

Thomas Taylor (translator).  Preface by Manly P. Hall

A photographic facsimile of the 1792 edition, published in London, this is a compendium of the teachings of Orpheus; a missionary of civilization and one whose teachings are nearly indistinguishable from the foundations of Pythagoran philosophy.  This work includes a preliminary dissertation on “The Life and Theology of Orpheus”; “The Initiations of Orpheus,” the invocations used in the Eleusinian Mysteries, and “Concerning the Beautiful” by Plotinus.

Hardcover 60pg. | ISBN: 0-89314-415-0

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Interpreting Great Legends of the World

1 | Mystery of the Iron Tower

2 | The Gesar Khan

3 | The Court of the Sea King

4 | The Queen of Heaven

5 | The Golden Legend

ISBN: 0-89314-151-8 | 5-cassette audio album

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Invisible Beings of Religion, Folklore & Legend: Their Meaning in Everyday Life

Esoteric Philosophy

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Lord Bacon’s Interpretation of Classic Myths & Their Importance in Solving Modern Problems*

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Lord Bacon’s Interpretation of Classic Myths and Their Importance in the Solution of Modern Problems*

Philosophy & Religion

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Mystery and Meaning of the Ancient Rituals

1 | The Initiation Rites of Ancient Egypt

2 | The State Mysteries of Greece and Rome

3 | Esoteric Rituals in Early America

4 | Secret Ceremonies in China and Japan

5 | The Secret Symbolism of the Christian Mass

ISBN: 0-89314-193-3 | 5-cassette audio album

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New Mythology of Science: Ancient Beliefs in Modern Dress

Esoteric Philosophy

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Orders of the Quest: The Holy Grail

Adepts in the Western Esoteric Tradition, Part 1

The origins of the “Grail Legend” are described, from the dissemination of the secret doctrines of antiquity in Europe, to the collapse of the Pagan Mysteries, to the end of the “Age of Chivalry.” The account begins with Manes, whose philosophy has survived into modern times as the driving force behind Christian Mysticism. It continues with the Troubadours, the Knights Templar of Jerusalem, Taliesin the Adept of Britain, the wisdom of the Druids and secret assemblies of  Wales, Merlin, King Arthur and the Round Table, the Holy Grail, the Grail Kings, and Parsifal and Lohengrin—and their parallels in the search for the mysterious temple of Shamballa, said to stand on the Imperishable Island in the midst of the Gobi Desert in Mongolia.

ISBN: 0-89314-533-5 |  Hardback. Illustrated.  101pp

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Precious Stones in Lore and Legend

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Shadow Forms: A Collection of Occult Stories

Manly P. Hall

This collection of fantasy fiction was written in Mr. Hall’s youth. He has used Asian folklore as an entertaining vehicle for portraying some of the occult mysteries of life. J. August Knapp, artist for The Secret Teachings of All Ages, prepared special illustrations for each story.

ISBN: 0-89314-398-7 |  Paperback.  165pp

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Soul in Egyptian Metaphysics & The Book of the Dead (e-Book)

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A concise, illustrated description of The Egyptian Book of the Dead and Egyptian metaphysics during the Osirian period.

Fully bookmarked for easy navigation, with a hyper-linked table of contents.

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Star Lore of Babylon (Pamphlet)

Manly Hall discusses the origins of astrology among the peoples of Chaldea and Babylon, as referenced by the findings of Sir A.E. Wallis Budge. Transcribed from a lecture delivered at the Town-Hall Metaphysical Library, San Francisco, May, 1950.

ISBN: 0-89314-868-7 |  Illustrated  Pamphlet 8.4″ x 6.9″). 32pp.

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Studies in Comparative Mythology

1 | Babylonian Creation Myths

2 | Greek Philosophical Mythology

3 | Teutonic Hero Myths

4 | Buddhist Regeneration Myths

5 | Egyptian Myths of the Afterlife

ISBN: 0-89314-266-2 | 5-cassette audio albums

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Symbolism of the Great Operas

1 | “The Ring of the Neibelungs”: The Karmic Cycle That Cannot Be Broken

2 | “Parsival” and “Lohengrin”: Esoteric Schools in the Christian World

3 | “Faust”: Fall and Resurrection of the Human Soul

4 | “The Magic Flute”: The Return of Masonic Initiation to the Modern World

5 | “The Meistersingers of Nuremburg”

ISBN: 0-89314-274-3 | 5-cassette audio album

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The Gods Fought Above Troy and Are Still Fighting

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The Golden Chain of Homer That Binds Heaven & Earth

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The Red Book of Appin

By Gen. Ethan Allen Hitchcock. Preface by Manly P. Hall

A facsimile reprint of an 1866 edition, the original title reads, “The Red Book of Appin; A story of the Middle Ages, with Other Hermetic Stories and Allegorical Tales. A New Edition, Enlarged by a Chapter of the Palmerin of England, with Interpretations and Remarks upon the Arabian Nights’ Entertainments.”

The author, Ethan A. Hitchcock was one of many Western thinkers to explore the abstract realm of archetypal symbolism, and his work was considered an advance for his time. Fairy tales and folklore, like Oriental mandalas, often had secret meanings and that they simulated the thoughtful mind to explore the mysterious world of the subconscious.

ISBN: 0-89314-413-4 |  Hardback. 298pp

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The Way of Heaven, and Other Fantasies Told in the Manner of the Chinese

Including the classic  Lady of Dreams, long out-of-print, here is a glimpse into the magical land of China, where the mind can escape when weary of the commonplace. Ten stories based upon Taoist and Buddhist philosophies take place against a background of Confucian ethics and cultural proprieties. Illustrated with delightful sketches, these fascinating tales include an account of a Bodhisattva taking on the form of a tiger to become a teacher of animals; and the story of an ambitious prince trying to gain possession of the stone of immortality.

ISBN: 0-89314-833-4 |  Paperback.  211pp


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