Manly Palmer Hall

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Manly Palmer Hall

Manly Palmer Hall was born March 18, 1901 in Peterborough, Ontario. He was a mystic and author of numerous books. He was influenced by the Theosophical teachings. Joscelyn Godwin wrote:

Apart from a short spell at a military school, he was without formal education. In California he came under the influence of the Theosophical Society. He began his public career in 1920 in Santa Monica, giving a series of lectures on reincarnation. He became a lifelong admirer of H. P. Blavatsky and her Secret Doctrine.[1]

Personal life

Lectures and teaching

Theosophical Society connections

Philosophical Research Society (PRS)

The Secret Teachings of All Ages


In addition to his master work The Secret Teachings of All Ages, known at first as Encyclopedia of Symbolical Philosophy, Hall left a large body of writings.


Hall published The All-Seeing Eye, a monthly periodical, from May 1923 to September 1931 with a gap 1928-1930. There is an index to the articles on the website. Issues of The All-Seeing Eye are available in digital format:

He also wrote for other journals. The Union Index of Theosophical Periodicals lists 59 articles by or about Manly P. Hall.

Books and pamphlets

  • The Initiates of the Flame. 1922. The first published book by Hall.
  • The Lost Keys Of Freemasonry. 1923.
  • Lectures in Ancient Philosophy: An Introduction to Practical Ideals.
  • The Adepts Series.
  • Shadow Forms. 1928. "Tales of ceremonial magic, of uncanny intuition... full of thrills and of thought-provoking situations."[2]
  • Essay on the Fundamental Principles of Occultism. 1929.
  • Lectures on Ancient Philosophy—An Introduction to the Study and Application of Rational Procedure. 1929.
  • The Mystery of Electricity. Pamphlet.
  • Right Thinking: the Royal Road to Health. Pamphlet.
  • The Judgment of the Soul and The Mystery of Coming Forth by Day. Pamphlet. A study in Egyptian metaphysics.
  • Lady of Dreams: A fable in the manner of the Chinese. Los Angeles, 1943.
  • The Secret Destiny of America. 1944.
  • America's Assignment with Destiny. 1951.
  • Reincarnation: the Cycle of Necessity.
  • Man: the Grand Symbol of the Mysteries.
  • The Blessed Angels: A Monograph. 1980.
  • Meditation Symbols In Eastern & Western Mysticism-Mysteries of the Mandala. 1988.

Introductions and contributions

  • Prologue to John H. Manas' Life's Riddle Solved. Pythagorean Society. Prologue is "prose poetry."[3]
  • Introduction to Max Heindel's Blavatsky and The Secret Doctrine., 1933.
  • Chapter in Virginia Hanson's anthology on mysticism The Silent Encounter. Wheaton, Illinois: Theosophical Publishing House, 1974.
  • Contributor to The Rainbow Book by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Berkeley, California: Shambhala Publications, 1975.

Online resources


  1. Wouter J. Hanegraaff, Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism Volume 1, (Leiden, The Netherlands: Koninklijke Brill, 2005), 455.
  2. Advertisement in The Theosophical Messenger 15.9 (February 1928), 216.
  3. G. A. O. "Book Reviews" The American Theosophist 32.12 (Dec 1944), 289.