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SECRET TEACHINGS OF ALL AGES

The following text was presented by Manly P. Hall in his monumental Secret
Teachings of All Ages, and was fully explained in the Arcanum 15 lecture of the
course The Twenty-two Arcana of Tarot and Kabbalah. We excerpt it here in order
to emphasize the unique and useful nature of the text.
Adam, banished from the Garden of Eden, represents (the soul of) man
philosophically exiled from (the inner circle of Samech) the sphere of Truth.
Through ignorance (of Samech, the Vulva or Volva, the feminine sexual power,
the soul of) man falls; through wisdom (Chokmah, the fruit of the Divine Mother
Kundalini) he redeems himself.
The Garden of Eden represents the House of the Mysteries (Daath in Yesod) in
the midst of which grew both the Tree of Life (the Being) and the Tree of the
Knowledge of Good and Evil (the whirling solar force of the Ain Soph Aur).
(The soul of the) Man, the banished Adam, seeks to pass from the outer court (or
outer circle of Samech) of the Sanctuary (the exterior universe) into the sanctum
sanctorum (Eden, the inner circle), but before him rises a vast creature (the
whirling Cherubim or Christus-Lucifer) armed with a flashing sword (the fiery
passion in his blood) that, moving slowly but continually (circulates the solar-life-
force of the Ouroboros in his physical body), sweeps clear a wide circle, and
through this "Ring Pass Not" the Adamic man (the sinning Adam) cannot break.
The cherubim (Christus Lucifer) address the seeker thus: "Man, you (and your
subjective reasoning) are dust (from Klipoth) and to dust you shall return (through
the second death). You were fashioned by the Builder of Forms (in the mechanical
circle of evolution and devolution of Malkuth); you belong to (Assiah) the sphere of
form, and the breath that was breathed into your soul was the breath of (Maya,
Illusion of Matter) form and like a (fatuous) flame (of desire) it shall flicker out.
(Through the mechanical circle of evolution and devolution) More than what you
are you cannot be. You are a denizen of the outer world (the outer circle of
Samech) and it is forbidden onto you to enter this inner place (inner circle of
Samech)."
And the (sinning soul of) Adam replies: "Many times (through the law of return
and recurrence) have I (with different physical bodies) stood within this courtyard
(Malkuth) and begged admission to my Father's house (the Kingdom of Heaven)
and you have refused it me and sent me back to wander in darkness (of Klipoth).
True it is that I was fashioned out of the dirt (of fornication) and that (because of
the filthy sexual orgasm) my Maker could not confer upon me the boon of
immortality. But no more shall you send me away; for, wandering in the darkness
(of sin), I have discovered that the Almighty (El Shaddai who hides Samech in
Yesod of Atziluth) has decreed my salvation because He has sent (through the
Ouroboros) out of the most hidden Mystery (the Sephirah Daath) His Only Begotten
(Christus-Lucifer, the Light of the Ain Soph) who (by descending into the Ninth
Sphere of Malkuth - Assiah) did take upon Himself the world fashioned by the
Demiurgeous (of Malkuth - Assiah). Upon the elements of that world (of Assiah) was
He crucified and from Him (the Ouroboros, Samech) has poured forth (in Yesod, the
sexual organs) the blood (Solar Light of the Ain Soph Aur) of my salvation. And God
(the Ain Soph Aur, Christus-Lucifer), entering into His creation, has quickened it
and established therein a road (of Initiations of fire and initiations of light) that lead
to Himself (in the Absolute). While my Maker (in the outer circle of Samech) could
not give me immortality,

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immortality was inherent (in the inner circle of Samech) in the very dust (or
physical atoms of Malkuth - Assiah) of which I was composed, for before the world
was fabricated and before the Demiurgeous became the Regent of Nature (in
Malkuth) the Eternal Life (of the Ain Soph Aur, Christus-Lucifer) had impressed
itself upon the face (and root) of any Cosmos. This is its sign--the Cross (of Sexual
Alchemy). Do you now deny me entrance, I who have at last learned the mystery of
myself (that is my Being within the essence of your Being)?"
And the voice (the Word) replies: "He who is aware (of his Being and the
essence of his Being), IS! Behold!"
Gazing about him, Adam finds himself in a radiant (solar) place (the inner circle
of Samech), in the midst of which stands a tree with flashing jewels for fruit and
entwined about its trunk (is Nachash, the Serpent that healed the Israelites in the
Wilderness) a flaming, winged serpent crowned with a diadem of stars. It was the
voice of the serpent that had spoken.
"Who are you?" demands the Adam.
"I," the serpent (Nachash) answers, "am (in the inner circle of Samech, the
Serpent that healed the Israelites in the Wilderness and in the outer circle of
Samech, am) Satan who was stoned (because of your filthy orgasm); I am
(Christus-Lucifer, the only begotten, the Light of the Ain Soph,) the Adversary--the
Lord who is against you, the one who pleads for your destruction (in the abysses of
Klipoth) before the Eternal Tribunal. I was your enemy upon the day that you were
formed (from my very essence but ignorant of my nature); (this is why) I have led
you into temptation; I have delivered you into the hands of evil; I have maligned
you; I have striven ever to achieve your undoing (through a psychological
transformation in Alchemy). I am the guardian of the Tree of Knowledge (of my
own essence) and I have sworn that none whom I can lead astray (through,
fornication, adultery and any filthy sins of the flesh) shall partake of its fruits
(which hide the light of my Father the Ain Soph)."
“The Adam replies: "For uncounted ages have I been you servant (through
desire, the sins of the flesh). In my ignorance (of the very essence of your Father,
the Ain Soph) I listened to your words and they led me into paths of sorrow.
(Through desire) You have placed in my mind dreams of power, and when I
struggled to realize those dreams they brought me naught but pain (because
nothing is permanent in the world of matter).
You have sowed in me the seeds of desire, and when I lusted after the things of
the flesh agony was my only recompense. You have sent me false prophets (from
Klipoth) and false (subjective) reasoning, and when I strove to grasp the magnitude
of Truth I found your laws were false (impermanent) and only dismay rewarded my
strivings. I am done with you forever, Oh artful Spirit (of the Uncreated Light)! I
have tired of your world of illusions (the outer circle of Samech). No longer will I
labor in your (Physical and Klipothic) vineyards of iniquity. Get thee behind me,
tempter, and the host of your temptations. There is no happiness,
no peace, no good, no future in the doctrines of selfishness, hate, and passion
preached by you (in the outer circle of Samech). All these (Klipothic) things do I
cast aside (from my Psyche). Renounced is your rule (in the outer circle of Malkuth)
forever!"
“And the serpent (Nachash, the Serpent that healed the Israelites in the
Wilderness) answered: "Behold, Oh Adam, the nature of your Adversary!" The
serpent disappears in a blinding sunburst of radiance and in its place stands an
angel resplendent in shining, golden garments with great scarlet wings that spread

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from one corner of the heavens to the other. Dismayed and awestruck, the Adam
falls before the divine creature.
"I am the Lord who is against you and thus accomplishes your salvation,”
continues the voice (the Word).
"You have hated me, but through the ages yet to be you shall bless me, for I
have led you out of the sphere of the Demiurgeous (the outer circle of Samech,
Assiah, Malkuth); I have turned you against the illusion of worldliness; I have
weaned you of desire; I have awakened in your soul the immortality of which I
myself partake. Follow me, Oh Adam, for I am the Way, the Life, and the Truth!" (I
am Christus-Lucifer)
Revelation 3: 14-16: These things say the Amen, the faithful and true witness
(Christus-Lucifer) the beginning of the creation of God; I know your works, that you
are neither cold nor hot: I would you were cold or hot. So then because you are
lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth. (I hate the
lukewarm; but I love your Law. Psalm 119: 113) Revelation 19: 11-16: And I saw
heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called
Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war (because he is
the God of War). His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many
crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was
clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called (Alpha and Omega)
the Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white
horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goes a sharp
sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of
iron: and he (Christus-Lucifer) treads (Yesod) the winepress of the fierceness and
wrath of (El Shaddai) Almighty God (You have trampled all who go astray from your
statutes; for their deceit is falsehood – Psalm 119:118). And he hath on his vesture
and on his thigh (sex) a name written, King of Kings, and Lord of Lords (My flesh
has shivered because of your ardor, and I have feared your judgments – Psalm
119:120).
Revelation 22: 12-16: And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to
give every man according as his (sexual) work shall be. I am (within Samech, the)
Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end (of the outer circle), the first and the
last (in the inner circle). Blessed are they that do his commandments that they
may have right to the tree of life (their Spinal Medulla), and may enter in (the inner
circle, the Kingdom of Heaven) through the gates (of Yesod, Sex) into the city (of
Heliopolis, the New Jerusalem). For without (in the outer circle of Malkuth, Assiah)
are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and
whosoever loves (fornication and adultery) and makes a lie (with his subjective
reasoning). I Jesus (the Savior, the Ain Soph Aur) have sent mine angel (the Atom
Nous) to testify unto you these things in the churches (or chakras of your Spinal
Medulla). I (in Yesod) am the root and the offspring (the Malachim) of David (the six
pointed star), and the bright and dawning star (Lucifer).
”Behold what I (Christus-Lucifer), a God, from Gods endure!
"Look down upon my shame,
"The cruel wrong that racks my frame,
"The grinding anguish that shall waste my strength...”