THE SECRET TEACHINGS OF ALL AGES: “An Encyclopedic Outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic and Rosicrucian Symbolical Philosophy By Manly P. Hall First published in 1928, this volume includes fifty-four stunning full-page color plates by noted artist J. Augustus Knapp, and two hundred black and white illustrations from rare occult works and manuscripts. To this day it remains unrivaled in its scope, synthesis and graphic beauty; a must for any serious student of mystical philosophy.”


The Secret Teachings of All Ages

A Breakdown in Esoteric Symbology

Today we are going to dissect a seemingly benign lithograph from one of my all time favorite books and gems of pure if not hidden knowledge, “The Secret Teachings of All Ages” by Manly Palmer Hall. Contained in a dense amount of space, hides many secrets ready to be found by the trained eye. You can obtain you own copy for free from my 4shared page by clicking here. Enjoy!


Hidden in this picture are layers of symbols, stories, and archetypal knowledge concerning cosmology and the cycles of life and consciousness that is influenced by The Great Year, to use Plato’s term,  a natural cycle of approximately 26,000 years of counter clockwise rotation of viewpoint from the Earth (called the Chandler Wobble) which is caused by the physics of the Hollow Earth and the gravitational pull of the Sun(s). As it is true we live in a Binary Galaxy.

In the famous lithograph, we can see the story of our local Universe, the Milky Way Galaxy, and its precessional cosmology (our cosmic origins and in this particular case, it’s cyclical function) displayed through celestial anthropomorphization; which means giving human or animal characteristics to the movement, consciousness, and the behavior of the sun as it travels through each of the 12 constellations.


The truth of the famous da Vinci painting is laid out properly in terms of astrotheology which is displayed in esoteric teachings which at its root is the language and science of symbology.

The ancient Zoroastrians had 12 Heavenly Gods. In Judaism there are the 12 tribes of Israel. The Greeks depicted 12 gods on Mount Olympus. The son of god known before Christ as Mithras also died on the cross and was depicted with 12 disciples (signs of the zodiac), leading to today’s solar messiah Jesus whom was also said to have had 12 disciples. Joseph, the early prototype of Jesus found in the Old Testament, was 1 of 12 brothers. Muslims list 12 ruling Imams following Muhammad. Odin had 12 sons in Norse mythology. There are 12 stations in the Wheel of Life in Tibetan Buddhism. There are 12 houses of the astrology chart, which directly correspond with the 12 constellations. The significance of the number 12 can be seen and felt throughout history.


The 12 tribes of Jacob and their astrological signs, corresponding to each of the 12 sons Jacob was said to have.


Mithras, the Bull Slayer (From the Age of Taurus) depicted with his 12 disciples or 12 signs of the zodiac.

This is why the number 12 is rife throughout most theologies, Christianity especially, as the newly anthropomorphized solar deity (the sun or “gods son”) Jesus the Christos (meaning the anointed or ascended one) travels about after the initiated age of 32 (some versions say 30 or even 33 but the meaning remains the same, all adepts go through similar tests at that age throughout time and mystery school successions.

From the 32nd Degree of the Scottish Rites Freemasons to the sacred mushroom taking Jewish priests, the final rites and secrets were typically reserved for those that have both exceeded their ranks and reached this physical age. This is because it is believed that after the age of 32 a purported connection with a galactic consciousness is now possible, which perhaps originates from the Kabbalic teachings of the 32 possible paths of the Tree of Life.



1. understood by or meant for only the select few who have special knowledge or interest; recondite:poetry full of esoteric allusions.
2. belonging to the select few.
3. private; secret; confidential.
4. (of a philosophical doctrine or the like) intended to be revealed only to the initiates of a group:


1. the study of symbols.
2. the use of symbols; symbolism.

Now that you have some basic knowledge of the language of symbology, let us return to the lithograph we are going to interpret today. This particular lithograph comes from one of my all time favorite books, “The Secret Teachings of All Ages” by Manly Palmer Hall, an initiated adept of the 33rd degree Scottish Rites Masons. 

Back in the early part of the last century M.P Hall imparted an almost incomprehensible amount of beautifully articulated wisdom and knowledge in this monster of a book.

In this picture you can see the procession of the equinox or the Celestial stars and planets that move around us at approximately a 1600 to 2100 year pattern (as not all of the constellations are an even 30 degrees, some fall short and some exceed) leading up to the 26,000 year cycle of the processional equinox, or more approximately around 25,860 years or so (as our movement through the “viscosity” of space differs depending on where our galaxy is in proximity to its own movement through what we call space). For a better detailed explanation of this cycle, check out my all encompassing article here on the Maya 2012 calendar system which in reality, is a way to measure creation and the Procession of the Equinox.

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At the bottom left of the picture we can see Mohamed holding pages from the Koran with his left foot cast over a broken statue of a different deity, representing iconoclasm by overthrowing the representation of a rival or differing religion; showing the mentality of that particular theology which is that no deity is to be represented or depicted, an ironic bit of symbology considering Mohamed himself is being shown (which is forbidden according in the Koran).

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Behind Mohamed is the Celestial Bull, signifying the constellation Taurus and the Galactic Super Wave which appears to come from between his horns; not coincidentally from the exact direction of the supermassive black hole (but more on that later when my book, “The Truth About Everything” releases at the end of the year).

This ancient depiction of the bull breaking open the egg of time also carries with it a much more literal meaning as Taurus begins the cycle of precession as it moves counterclockwise from the perspective of the Earth.

During the time of Taurus we saw a lot of sacrifice and hunter/gatherer mentality of civilization due to the rising and falling cycles of consciousness.

At the end of the Age of Taurus, Moses commanded the people whom still worshipped the “false idol” or golden depiction of the bull (Taurus) to kill themselves. This is because at the end of each 2100-ish year period of the Precession of the Equinox you are supposed to shed the ways and consciousness inherent with the previous Age.

To conclude, each Age is anthropomorphized into animals and human characters (so as to remain within the consciousness of man) the stories will at one point merge together to tell of the natural cycle of progression of mans consciousness throughout the Ages; a physical, demonstrable phenomena.

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A beautiful bit of esoteric information just in one small inch of the picture alone.

This is further illustrated as the symbols in the picture continues; on the bas relief to the lower right we can see the Pre-Christian solar deity Mithras (all of these esoteric symbols displayed predate Christianity btw) in his sacrificial killing of the Bull (which also has deeper significance of the ending of the Sun’s solar embodiment during mans time in the Age of Taurus.
Mithras slays the celestial bull during the fiducial marker point of the Vernal Equinox – when the North Star points eventually to a new constellation at the end of each Age, just as we saw last December 21, 2012.

The slaying of the celestial bull also is meant to show mankind’s resilience in surviving each of the natural cycles of the super wave as well as the influential cycles of precession.

Mithras also is shown with other members of the zodiac or anthropomorphized constellation figures that are each helping him to kill the sacred bull.

The Divine Serpent of knowledge (often seen as the aurorboros) which also signifies the timeless nature of things is beneath the relief, next to the serpent we can see the two twin dogs or the Dog Star Sirius and its binary twin (which is intentionally also drawn into the partial image of a lion to represent Leo).

Below to the left of Mithras is Cancer the crab, Scorpio, as well as the two Gemini twins to the left of Mithras and the torch of illumination to the right.

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 In the center stands the High Priest of Israel, holding The base of the seven branched candlestick _ the mosaic of symbol of the planetary governors of the world, or the 7 Chaldean planetary bodies that govern the internal and external influences and nature of man. 
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 To the left of the high priest is the Golden bull mentioned earlier standing atop of the symbol of our galaxy’s own brown dwarf star hidden partially by the large candle figure in the front for very obscure yet intentionally veiled meanings.

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Next to the Golden bull sits Jupiter Ammon, often seen as Zeus, holding this flaming lightning bolt with his horns set to represent his solar embodiment’s reign during the Age of Ram or Aires.

Jupiter as Ammon is also represented as Amon or Amman or Ommon ( as the vowels in Hebrew are interchangeable) and is most commonly uttered in praise or prayer still to this day veiled as a utterance of “let it be so” when people of almost all religions and language say this deities name when they say “Amen” at the end of prayer or when they sit to eat. Amen is also the solar deity of Egyptian times known as Ra, or Amen Ra.

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Above Jupiter/Aires/Ammon we see the four creatures of Ezekiel’s vision of the Apocalypse which surround the altar of the Book of Seven Seals and the sacrificial “lamb of god”.

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Above this we can see Krishna seated with his foot on the serpent of time, representing his dominion over time and the 7 stars above his head also represent his mastery of the 7 chakras and the Chaldean planetary bodies thought at the time to be the main influences of the inner and external nature of mankind.

Next to this is the most recent anthropomorphized solar deity, Jesus the Christos, whom is pointing past the clouds in the direction of a female version of Gabriel (I’ve heard in some retellings that Gabriel was a woman). Past the Gabriel figure is the pyramids of Egyptian initiation to this sort of information.

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Finally the picture ends ( there’s more but I covered the best parts) with the bull Apis crowned with a lunar globe and the Father Nile pouring out the source of the rivers (which also doubles as a zodiac reference to Aquarius, the Water Bearer, representing the Age of Enlightenment which comes after the three Ages depicted in this lithograph. 

These three Ages of the precession of the Equinox and their influence on consciousness are directly responsible for the religions that were created during each Age in response to the ascending cycle of consciousness. You can see this in the band of the zodiac in the upper left.

The band of the Zodiac, showing three of the previous Ages that are depicted in this lithograph and foreshadowing today's Age of Aquarius.

The band of the Zodiac, showing three of the previous Ages that are depicted in this lithograph and foreshadowing today’s Age of Aquarius.

First is the Taurus the bull when the cult of Mithras was in succession, next is Aires the Ram when the Hebrew faith sprang forth, and finally we have the two fish, the “Jesus fish” of the Age of Pisces which just ended after an almost 2100 year cycle on December 21, 2012. The Maya had their dates on point, their philosophies were just bastardized in recent times by mass media and ignorance.

Hopefully this was enlightening to some as much as it was fun for me to dissect and interpret. Look around you and check out the symbols and signs that surround us, chances are they were created to speak to influential levels of consciousness that you weren’t aware existed. Change your perspective, change your reality; open up your eyes and Life opens up with them.

Much love,

Eric Anthony Crew


Gnostic Manly P Hall MEME