Manly Palmer Hall

Manly P. Hall was born in 1901 in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, to William S. Hall, a dentist, and Louise Palmer Hall, a chiropractor and member of the Rosicrucian Fellowship. In 1919 Hall, who never knew his father, moved from Canada to Los Angeles, California, with his maternal grandmother to reunite with his birth mother, who was living in Santa Monica, and was almost immediately drawn to the arcane world of mysticism, esoteric philosophies, and their underlying principles. Hall delved deeply into “teachings of lost and hidden traditions, the golden verses of Hindu gods, Greek philosophers and Christian mystics, and the spiritual treasures waiting to be found within one’s own soul.” Less than a year later, Hall booked his first lecture, and the topic was reincarnation.

A tall (6′, 4″), imposing, confident and charismatic speaker who soon took over as preacher of the Church of the People in 1919, at Trinity Auditorium in downtown Los Angeles, he read voraciously on “comparative religion, philosophy, sociology and psychology,” and “seemingly overnight . . . became a one-stop source of an astonishing range of eclectic spiritual material that resonates with the intellect, and the subconscious.” Hall was ordained a minister in the Church of the People on May 17, 1923, and “a few days later, he was elected permanent pastor of the church.”

His first publications consisted of two small pamphlets, “The Breastplate of the High Priest” (1920), and “Wands and Serpents.” Between 1921 and 1923 he wrote three books, The Initiates of the Flame published in October 1922, The Ways of the Lonely Ones published in 1922, and The Lost Keys of Freemasonry published in March 1923.

During the early 1920s, Carolyn Lloyd and her daughter Estelle—members of a family that controlled a valuable oil field in Ventura County, California—began “sending a sizeable portion of their oil income to Hall,” who used the money to travel and acquire a substantial personal library of ancient literature. Hall’s “first trip around the world to study the lives, customs and religions of countries in Asia and Europe,” which commenced December 5, 1923, was paid for by donations from Carolyn Lloyd and his congregation

Later in 1928, at the age of 27 years, he published An Encyclopedic Outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic and Rosicrucian Symbolical Philosophy: Being an Interpretation of the Secret Teachings concealed within the Rituals, Allegories and Mysteries of all Ages, which is more commonly referred to as The Secret Teachings of All Ages. The major books which followed include The Dionysian Artificers (1936), Freemasonry of the Ancient Egyptians (1937), and Masonic Orders of Fraternity (1950).

WORKS

  • Selected Major Works
    • (1928) The Secret Teachings of All Ages. An Encyclopedic Outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic, and Rosicrucian Symbolical Philosophy
    • (1988) Meditation Symbols In Eastern & Western Mysticism-Mysteries of the Mandala
    • (1923) The Lost Keys Of Freemasonry
      • (1922) The Initiates of the Flame. The first published book by Hall
      • Lectures in Ancient Philosophy: An Introduction to Practical Ideals
      • The Adepts Series
      • Lady of Dreams: A fable in the manner of the Chinese (Los Angeles, 1943)
      • (1980) The Blessed Angels: A Monograph
      • (1929) Lectures on Ancient Philosophy—An Introduction to the Study and Application of Rational Procedure
      • (1933) Introduction to Max Heindel’s Blavatsky and The Secret Doctrine, 1933
      • (1944) The Secret Destiny of America
      • (1951) America’s Assignment with Destiny
      • Unofficial Listing of All Books by Manly P. Hall, with topics
  • Journals
    • Catalogs of articles in The All-Seeing Eye, Horizon, and PRS Journal
    • A Monthly Letter Devoted to Spiritual and Philosophical Problems
  • Essays
    • Atlantis, An Interpretation
    • Symbolic Essays
    • Noah and His Wonderful Ark

Died at August 29, 1990 (aged 89)
Los Angeles, California

 

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