A strange synchronicity: I was recalling just the other night how my interest in esoterica was ignited as a child when I discovered Manly P. Hall’s THE SECRET TEACHINGS OF ALL AGES in my local library. I remember opening this big old book, full of magickal and alchemical diagrams – literally like a scene from a movie, sweeping the dust off the cover. Only later in life did I learn that this heavy tome was one of the absolute classics of esoterica.
Funnily enough, the day after recalling this I coincidentally came across the website of Mitch Horowitz. In his job as executive editor for Tarcher/Penguin, Mitch has been involved with the production of a new, more compact and reasonably priced edition of Hall’s classic book (see Amazon US and UK for details on this “Reader’s Edition”). As such, on his website you’ll find a number of interesting articles, a couple of which deal with this seminal book and its enigmatic author. Well worth a look – I’m hoping to talk more to Mitch about this new edition soon, so stay tuned for more details.