“It is well nigh incomprehensible how the modern world can recognize the inherent genius of Plato, Aristotle, Socrates, and Euclid and yet reject in toto the religious and philosophical systems of which they were the product. We are admonished to judge a tree by its fruits, but what has the modern world produced in the way of thinkers worthy of comparison with these graduates of the Athenian school. These men believed in metaphysics , they believed in the gods, or at least in the reality of invisible beings, they believed in magic and they discoursed upon the constitution and condition of the human soul. Their philosophical and ethical codes were derived from those of the Egyptians, and they have done honor to their teachers through the long ages of earth’s experience. Strange as it may seem, with every so-called new discovery of modern science, our horizon is narrowing. The universe of spirit and the sphere of mind-these have disappeared, and with them also have vanished the orders of the heavenly Hierarchies. To us nothing remains assured that the physical world which, scarab-like, the modern scientist is trying to roll backwards through space with his hind legs, after having deposited the eggs of his faith therein.”

-Manly P. Hall

Connecting the two worlds (heaven above and below dark sphere) have the spine. In English, literally spinal column. This is a chain of 33 segments that protects the spinal cord inside the old, is called “The path of spiritual stars”, sometimes called “The Snake”, others “The Staff” or “scepter”.

-Manly P. Hall

“The well informed student of occultism is one of the most universally learned of human beings. He must be acquainted with all of the important systems of world philosophy and religion, both Eastern and Western, and he must have a thorough understanding of ancient sciences and arts. There is no place for the superficial thinker in this field; and should he wander in by accident, it would be wise for him to depart in haste.” -Manly P. Hall

When man’s thoughts rise upon the wings of aspiration, when he pushes back the darkness with the strength of reason and logic, then indeed the builder is liberated from his dungeon and the light pours in, bathing him with life and power. This light enables us to seek more clearly the mystery of creation and to find with greater certainty our place in the Great Plan, for as man unfolds his bodies he gains talents with which he can explore the mysteries of Nature and search for the hidden workings of the Divine. Through these powers the Builder is liberated and his consciousness goes forth conquering and to conquer. These higher ideals, these spiritual concepts, these altruistic, philanthropic, educative applications of thought power glorify the Builder; for they give the power of expression and those who can express themselves are free. When man can mold his thoughts, his emotions, and his actions into faithful expressions of his highest ideals then liberty is his, for ignorance is the darkness of Chaos and knowledge is the light of Cosmos.

-Manly P. Hall

The Tarot cards must be considered (1) as separate and complete hieroglyphs, each representing a distinct principle, law, power, or element in Nature; (2) in relation to each other as the effect of one agent operating upon another; and (3) as vowels and consonants of a philosophic alphabet.
The laws governing all phenomena are represented by the symbols upon the Tarot cards, whose numerical values are equal to the numerical equivalents of the phenomena.
As every structure consists of certain elemental parts, so the Tarot cards represent the components of the structure of philosophy.
Irrespective of the science or philosophy with which the student is working, the Tarot cards can be identified with the essential constituents of his subject, each card thus being related to a specific part according to mathematical and philosophical laws. “An imprisoned person,” writes Eliphas Levi, “with no other book than the Tarot, if he knew how to use it, could in a few years acquire universal knowledge, and would be able to speak on all subjects with unequalled learning and inexhaustible eloquence. ”


Illustrated excerpts from Manly P. Hall’s lectures in Astrotheology. For more information, check out Google Books for a free collection of his books and check out videos of his lectures on YouTube and Google. He is a wealth of information

Remember Your Essence - Manly P. Hall (by Lelabear)

Occultism is the ancient science which deals with the hidden forces of nature, the laws governing them, and the means by which such forces can be brought under the control of the enlightened human mind.
An occultist is one who believes in the reality of esoteric sciences, has studied them in a scholarly manner, has resolved to perfect his own consciousness according to their rules, and may, or may not, be able to practice the rituals and formulas of Transcendental Magic.
—  Manly Palmer Hall: The Occult Anatomy of Man

“Years of research among the records of olden peoples available in libraries, museums, and shrines of ancient cultures, has convinced me that there exists in the world today, and has existed for thousands of years, a body of enlightened humans united in what might be termed, an Order of the Quest. 

It is composed of those whose intellectual and spiritual perceptions have revealed to them that civilization has a Secret Destiny–secret, I say, because this high purpose is not realized by the many; the great masses of peoples still live along without any knowledge whatsoever that they are part of a Universal Motion in time and space.”

~ Manly Palmer Hall: The Secret Destiny of America

Since the superior (or spiritual) center is in the midst of the other two, its analogue in the physical body is the heart–the most spiritual and mysterious organ in the human body. The second center (or the link between the superior and inferior worlds) is elevated to the position of greatest physical dignity–the brain. The third (or lower) center is relegated to the position of least physical dignity but greatest physical importance–the generative system. Thus the heart is symbolically the source of life; the brain the link by which, through rational intelligence, life and form are united; and the generative system–or infernal creator–the source of that power by which physical organisms are produced. The ideals and aspirations of the individual depend largely upon which of these three centers of power predominates in scope and activity of expression. In the materialist the lower center is the strongest, in the intellectualist the higher center; but in the initiate the middle center–by bathing the two extremes in a flood of spiritual effulgence–controls wholesomely both the mind and the body.

— Manly P. Hall; 

“Ceremonial magic is the ancient art of invoking and controlling spirits by a scientific application of certain formula. A magician, enveloped in sanctified vestments and carrying a wand inscribed with hieroglyphic figures, could by the power vested in certain words and symbols control the invisible inhabitants of the elements and of the astral world. While the elaborate ceremonial magic of antiquity was not necessarily evil, there arose from its perversion several false schools of sorcery, or black magic.”

- Manly Palmer Hall: The Secret Teachings of all Ages


I can’t be positive because Dean’s book is obviously old and worn, but I think he’s got “The Secret Teachings of All Ages” by Manly Palmer Hall there on the bunker’s library table at the end when Sam is sending Charlie off to find “The Book of the Damned” (which crossroadscastiel talked about here). 

It is subtitled “An Encyclopedic Outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic, Rosicrucian, Symbolic Philosophy” and is described on Amazon as “A dense encyclopedia and a solid starting point from which to dive into subjects such as the Qabbala, Alchemy, Tarot, Ceremonial Magic, Neo-Platonic Philosophy, Mystery Religions, and the theory of Rosicrucianism and Freemasonry.”

Sooner or later, someone is going to follow in Albertus Magnus/Cuthbert Sinclair’s methods of alchemy.  (I’m guessing Sam.)

Also, for goodness sake, it turns out I’ve referenced this book when I was talking about Hermes/Thoth/Metatron and I didn’t remember that until now.  Small world.

“The initiated brother realizes that his so called symbols and rituals are merely blinds fabricated by the wise to perpetuate ideas incomprehensible to the average individual.  He also realizes that few Masons of today know appreciate the mystic meaning concealed within these rituals. With religious faith we perpetuate the form, worshiping it instead of the life, but those who have not recognized the truth in the crystallized ritual, those who have not liberated the spiritual germ from the shell of empty words, are not Masons, regardless of their physical degrees and outward honors.There comes a time in the growth of every living individual thing when it realizes with dawning consciousness that it is a prisoner. While apparently free to move and have its being, the struggling life cognizes through ever greater vehicles its own limitations. It is at this point that man cries out with greater insistence to be liberated from the binding ties which, though invisible to mortal eyes, still chain him with bonds far more terrible than those of any physical prison.”

- Manly P. Hall

The Pythagoreans declared arithmetic to be the mother of the mathematical sciences. This is proved by the fact that geometry, music, and astronomy are dependent upon it but it is not dependent upon them. Thus, geometry may be removed but arithmetic will remain; but if arithmetic be removed, geometry is eliminated. In the same manner music depends upon arithmetic, but the elimination of music affects arithmetic only by limiting one of its expressions. The Pythagoreans also demonstrated arithmetic to be prior to astronomy, for the latter is dependent upon both geometry and music. The size, form, and motion of the celestial bodies is determined by the use of geometry; their harmony and rhythm by the use of music. If astronomy be removed, neither geometry nor music is injured; but if geometry and music be eliminated, astronomy is destroyed. The priority of both geometry and music to astronomy is therefore established. Arithmetic, however, is prior to all; it is primary and fundamental.

— Manly P. Hall;

● Symbolism is the language of the Mysteries; in fact it is the language not only of mysticism and philosophy but of all Nature, for every law and power active in universal procedure is manifested to the limited sense perceptions of man through the medium of symbol. Every form existing in the diversified sphere of being is symbolic of the divine activity by which it is produced. By symbols men have ever sought to communicate to each other those thoughts which transcend the limitations of language. Rejecting man-conceived dialects as inadequate and unworthy to perpetuate divine ideas, the Mysteries thus chose symbolism as a more ingenious and ideal method of preserving their transcendental knowledge. In a single figure a symbol may both reveal and conceal, for to the wise the subject of the symbol is obvious, while to the ignorant the figure remains inscrutable. Hence, he who seeks to unveil the secret doctrine of antiquity must search for that doctrine not upon the open pages of books which might fall into the hands of the unworthy but in the place where it was originally concealed. ●

~ Manly Palmer Hall