Ancient Wisdom and Occult Truth

seasons greetings

At this special season it is customary for us to thank our readers for their many kind expressions of appreciation. Rather than publish a light-hearted story as an extra 'thank you' as we usually do, we offer something completely different this year: an investigation of the esoteric truths concealed in Handel's Messiah.

The aim of this website is to provide those sincerely seeking ancient Wisdom and Occult Knowledge and Truth with FACTS.

A warm welcome and message to all Visitors

Are you seeking answers to the great questions and mysteries of Life? Do you wonder who you truly are? What the purpose of Life on earth is? What the Occult, Magic, Religion and Philosophy really are and mean? Then we hope you will find those answers and much more in the pages of this website.

A tremendous amount of misinformation and fantasy is now to be found on the Internet and in books on a wide variety of occult, religious, magical and mystical subjects. Some of the authors of this tide of fallacies mean well; many more do not, and it all spells dire trouble for those genuinely in search of facts, not fantasy and half-truths.

One of the reasons we launched this website over six years ago was to combat the deluge of half-truths, speculations, conspiracy theories and misconceptions surrounding the Occult now being promoted by all and sundry via every conceivable media. The fact of the matter is that even the most elevated Occult teachings can be misinterpreted and distorted to suit almost any agenda. Much the same may be said for Magic, or 'magick' as many self-appointed 'adepts' insist on spelling it, which is even less understood today than occultism. If we honestly examine the beliefs and practises of those who call themselves 'chaos magicians' and 'occultists' today we find that they are mostly concerned with themselves, not others. They have no wish to improve the lives of their fellow human beings or worldly conditions. Their aspirations are glued to the material plane and their personal needs and desires. They do not really mind if others suffer, so long as they are comfortable. Many will tell you they only have one life to live and are going to make the most of it by employing so-called 'magic' to acquire as much worldly wealth and personal power as circumstances allow. In short, 'modern' magic is often nothing more than self-indulgent mental masturbation at best and pure sorcery at worst, as you can read in our Occult FAQ and study course article on Magic.

It is these distortions and misinterpretations of the great Occult Truths which do the most harm, and lead to so much confusion, disillusion and suffering among seekers after Occult Knowledge. Many readers will pass us by once they see that we provide no glamour, thrills, fantasies, or 'magical' 'spells', 'rituals' and grimoires. Others will shudder at the very word 'Occult' and return to the safety of religious orthodoxy. That is their prerogative and we wish them well. But for the FEW do who stay and read our many articles and books, this website provides inspiration, comfort and nourishment a-plenty for body, mind and spirit.

To read what our readers themselves say about our website, see our Readers' Comments page.

Reading tips for new visitors

If you are a new visitor and/or know little or nothing about the Occult, we suggest you start off by reading our brief note: Misconceptions about the Occult shown below and the information given in the sidebar about the Ancient Wisdom and where it is to be found. Then read and study the following three articles:

Occult FAQ

Frequently asked questions about the Occult answered.

Why study Occult Science?

The benefits of studying occult science and how to go about it.

There is only One LIGHT

True and false occult teachings and how to tell one from the other.

When you have done so, read Astral Conversations. This series of articles in 12 parts has been written specifically for those who know little or nothing about the occult. The next steps are up to you. If you are far advanced in occult studies we suggest you read the books we have published by J Michaud PhD, each of which contains the most profound occult scientific teachings. You can also read the articles that most appeal to you listed below, take our occult studies course, and/or search for specific topics that you want more information about by using our Search Engine.

The malice of Ignorance surroundeth all the Earth, and corrupteth the Soul, shut up in the Body, not suffering it to arrive at the Havens of Salvation. Hermes Trismegistus — 'The Divine Pymander'

Misconceptions about the Occult

THE Occult is not what most people think it is. Not one person in ten million or one 'occultist' in a thousand has the slightest idea of what the Occult really is. You may think this is an exaggeration; we assure you it is not. Moreover, if you read even a fraction of the articles we have published you will agree with our statement. The first misconception we aim to correct is that the Occult is 'evil'. It is not, neither is it 'anti-religion'. Nor has it anything to do with black magic or witchcraft. Nor do we promote such subjects in any of our articles. What we do promote are the teachings of the Wise philosophers and spiritual Masters of the past and present, none of which can conflict in any way with the highest ideals of any religion. More than one religious visitor to this website has been shocked to find articles about God and the hidden wisdom in the Bible here. This is not surprising considering that the word 'occult' is nowadays mostly associated with all that is evil. But all the word really means is 'hidden'. It is in this correct sense that the word is used by doctors to describe blood that is not visibly apparent. The same definition applies to the occult mysteries; that is knowledge and truth which is not visibly apparent. This is the ONLY sense in which we use the word.

Many people ask why such knowledge and truth has been hidden from the world. The simple answer is to prevent it being misused. There has never been a single Teacher of the Eternal Verities who did not withhold the hidden, or occult mysteries, from the multitude. Jesus, for instance, tells his chosen disciples that: "Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables" (Luke 8:10). We find St Paul saying the same in his letter to the Corinthians: "We speak wisdom among them that are perfect." 'Perfect' in the sense that Paul uses it refers to the perfecti—which was the title of those who had been initiated into the Greek Mysteries of which Paul himself was an Initiate. Pythagoras uses the same word to describe those whom he initiated into his Academy.

You may ask that if occult knowledge and truth has been hidden from the multitude why are we now making it public? This is a good question. The answer is because the time is right to reveal some of it. We emphasise some because the higher Occult Mysteries can only be imparted to those who can be trusted not to misuse or reveal them. You can read about the reasons for this secrecy in our Occult FAQ.

Yet the more simple laws of occult science we discuss in many of our articles should never have been hidden; for this has done incalculable harm to humanity. They grope in the dark and make the most appalling errors with the best of intentions. There has never been a time when the knowledge of these laws was more vitally needed than today. A time when fear and menace stalk the world; hunger and disease afflict millions; wars strew the smiling earth with death, and the hearts of God's lost children cry out for answers. Answers neither Church nor State, least of all material science, can provide. This is the sole purpose of this website: to bring the one Light of Truth to all those that are willing and capable of recognising and receiving it.

It will be heard by the dull and the brilliant, the pure and the impure, the stupid and the wise, and those in between such conditions of mind, who all need what they are qualified to take of the shining pearls of Holy Wisdom which we have gathered together for the benefit of all genuine seekers after Truth.

We have published over 130 articles on a wide variety of scientific, historical, philosophical and spiritual subjects. These are listed below under several categories in order of publication—newest first, unless stated otherwise.

What's new?

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A series of investigations into the occult in 12 parts

astral conversations

In this unusual series of twelve articles two occult students who are well-known to us but whose names we have changed to protect their identities, meet in the astral world to discuss many different subjects.

These include magic, masters, false teachers, conspiracy theories, the illuminati, aliens, planet 'x', 'Ascension', 'Breatharianism' and 'DNA activation', consciousness, dreams, life after death, Tibetan magic, Shamans, drugs, channeling, Wicca, witchcraft, paganism, the tarot, fate versus free will, necromancy, heaven and hell, and much more.

Articles and occult study resources

The articles shown below are listed in order of publication—newest first—unless stated otherwise.


The Messiah unveiled

An investigation of the esoteric truths concealed in the libretto of Handel's Messiah.

The Occult Aether

An investigation of the ancient and modern theories about Aether compared and contrasted with the facts of Occult Science.

Esoteric Philosophy

An occult investigation of Philosophy in three parts from the founders of Greek philosophy to the present day.

The lure of the law of attraction

We investigate the 'law of attraction' and the misconceptions associated with it.

The Mystery Language

An investigation of the universal language of Occult Science and the keys to it.

Occult evolutionary cycles

We investigate the great Cycles of Sleep and Waking to which our Earth and the Kosmos are subject.

The Road goes ever on

A three-part investigation of the esotericism in J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, the author's mythos, legendarium and involvement with Occultism.

Tibetan Buddhism unveiled

An investigation of the origins, history, teachings and practises of Tibetan Buddhism together with an account of the life and teachings of the Buddha in three parts.

Was Blavatsky a plagiarist and devil-worshipping racist?

An answer to those who doubt the motives, sincerity and probity of H. P. Blavatsky and her teachings.

Franz Bardon—true guide or deceiver?

A critical review of the teachings and books of the Czech occultist.


An introduction to the sacred science of numbers and some of their hidden qualities.

The Magic of Water

An investigation of the esoteric meaning and hidden properties of water.

The Occult Sun

An investigation of the hidden properties of the Sun and its forces.

The Magic of Salt

An investigation of the esoteric meaning and hidden properties of salt.

Scientific materialism: the path to hell

A critical examination of the premises, promises and plans of material science.

Gravitational waves make a big noise

We examine the claims of science to have discovered so-called 'gravitational waves' and compare the speculations of scientists with the facts of occult science.

Initiates and initiation

This article aims to dispel the misinformation that surrounds the vexed topic of initiates and initiation, and includes an afterword on the life and teachings of Pythagoras.

Why study Occult Science?

The systematic study of the hidden laws and principles of man and the universe.

Why matter matters

We investigate some of the theories of material science and compare them with the facts of Occult Science, to discover what matter really is.

Hermetic Philosophy of ancient Egypt

An appreciation and review of The Kybalion

The Science of Occult Symbolism

An investigation of symbolism and analysis of Mozart's opera The Magic Flute.


The Ancient Wisdom and Occult Truths to be found in REAL Astrology.

How peace leads to war

Understanding the paradox of how the desire for peace leads to conflict and war.

There is only one Light

We examine the claims of the many mystery schools and contradictory occult teachings the better to recognise the One Light of Truth.

Losing your way

How to look for real Truth and Wisdom.

Life after Death

The true facts about the afterlife explained from the standpoint of Occult Science.

Letter from a Master to his pupil

A warning to those who imagine they can master the Occult Sciences overnight.

Occult books

Reviewed and recommended for sincere seekers after Truth and Wisdom.

Links: wisdom on the web

External websites providing real Occult Knowledge and Truth on the Internet.

Online Occult Studies Course

occult studies course

In addition to the articles and books we have published, we offer on online occult studies course which is intended for SINCERE seekers who are ready and willing to take up the SERIOUS study of the Sublime Occult Mysteries. This course is free to study online in your own time at your own pace and does not require registration or payment.
At the end of the course you will have the opportunity to put any questions regarding the subjects covered to us. READ MORE...


The Magic of Egypt

An investigation of the sciences and arts of ancient Egypt.

The story of Atlantis

An investigation of Plato's account of Atlantis: it's history, arts and sciences.

Is the Earth flat?

In the first of an occasional series of light-hearted investigations, two colourful occult students attempt to answer this question.

The Chicken and the Egg

An occult investigation of the age-old philosophical dilemma

The Mystery of the Druids

We investigate the origins, rites, beliefs and teachings of the Druids.

The Mystery of Stonehenge

Who built Britain's enigmatic prehistoric monument and why? We investigate the theories and the facts. In our customary afterword we examine the connection between Amber and the Solar cult in Britain.

Apocalypse 2017!

An investigation of the 'Doomsday' and 'Rapture' prophecies connected with the entrance of the Sun into the zodiacal sign of Libra in September 2017.

Egypt in England

An investigation of the evidence for an ancient Egyptian colony in the British Isles more than 3,500 years ago.

What are Nature spirits and Fairies?

The occult facts about nature spirits together with five recommended books on the hidden side of nature.


Separating fact from the fancies that surround the subject of Atlantis.

End of the world predictions

We examine the prediction that the world would 'end' on 21 December 2012.

21 December 2012

We investigate the claims that this date heralded a "pole shift in consciousness".


The Magic of Music

An investigation of the occult nature of music and its power for good and evil.

The Magic of Poetry

Part one of an investigation of the concealed wisdom in sublime poetry.
We discuss the difference between poetastery and poetry and analyse some poems by Omar Khayyæm, Shakespeare, Keats, Milton, Spenser and Dante.

Prometheus unveiled

Part two of an investigation of the concealed wisdom in sublime poetry.
Esoteric meaning in Shelley's metaphysical drama Prometheus Unbound.

Visions of Light

An appreciation of the paintings of Tuco Amalfi and a commentary on Visionary Art.

Magic of Art

An investigation of the magical power of art for good and evil.


Health and the occult student

We discuss health and medicine from the perspective of occult science, and consider some of the better-known alternative therapies.

Vegetarianism, Spirituality and Health

An investigation of vegetarianism, spirituality and health in the light of Occult Science.

Christmas Message from Occult Mysteries

How to survive the Festive Season by attuning with the positive power of the Light.

Inner Peace through applied Wisdom

How to balance the often conflicting desires of the Higher and lower selves.


In this unique series of articles, occult writer and theologian, John Temple, explores and investigates the many links between Religion and the Occult, focusing especially on the hidden meaning concealed within the Bible and its many correspondences with the Wisdom Teachings of ancient Egypt. Along the way he also explores the nature of true spirituality, the illuminati who are supposed to 'rule our lives' and the problem of good and evil. While each of his articles can be read on their own, they form an ascending scale of revelation, the full import of which will only become clear when they are studied in their proper sequence, in the order of publication they are listed below.

Searching for Truth

The true story of one seeker's personal journey of spiritual discovery.


Who are the real illuminati? An evil conspiracy or something quite different?

Esotericism in the Nativity

John Temple reveals the hidden meanings concealed in the Bible story of the Nativity.

If God is good why does he allow evil?

A metaphysical investigation of the problem of Good and Evil.

Hidden Wisdom in the Bible

An investigation of the hidden wisdom in the Bible, why and how it was concealed, and the tools the sincere seeker needs to dig it out.

Esoteric meaning of Easter

An investigation of the true significance and esoteric meaning of Easter.

Hidden meaning in the Book of Proverbs

An investigation of the origins of the Book of Proverbs and the hidden meaning in it.

The sayings of the Saviour analysed

An investigation and analysis of some parables from the NT gospels plus an afterword on the historical Jesus and the mythical Christ.

The metaphysics of Talent

An investigation of Talent; whence it comes, its right and wrong use, and where it leads.

The power of Prayer

An investigation of the nature, purpose and power of prayer.

Facts and fictions of the Church

An investigation of its origins, doctrines and dogmas.


The Wise Fish

A fairy-tale for Wise Adults by Erika Hahn.

The perils of Paganism

A wry look at the modern celebration of Christmas by Gabrielle Annunziato.

The Scientist and the flower Fairy

A modern fairy-tale for enquiring minds by Erika Hahn.

The broken Violin

An allegorical tale for those who wish to learn the science of symbolism.

The Jihadi and the Jinn

A tale of the East for those who would be Wise and a brief review of the life and teachings of the Prophet Mohammed.

The descent of Ishtar into the underworld

An interpretation of the esoteric meaning of one of the earliest fragments of the Ancient Mystery Teachings by Erika Hahn.

A modern Nativity

A humorous and perceptive pastiche of the well-known Christmas story by Gabrielle Annunziato subtitled 'a tonic for the tired and emotional at Christmas.'

The Teachings of Li Wang Ho reviewed

An appreciative reader reviews this unknown classic of Chinese wisdom literature.

The books of J Michaud PhD

A personal appreciation and full list of all the author's books.

The Rhododendrons

In this true short story by J Michaud PhD the author reveals why Nature is the greatest Book of Wisdom ever written and how to read its mysteries.

The Bronze Mirror

A past-life in ancient Egypt recalled through psychometry by J Michaud PhD.

Meditation; or the Way of Escape

A tall tale in which are hidden in the daftest possible manner a host of real occult truths.

Book Review of The Quest of Ruru

An appreciative reader reviews this rare classic of occult literature by J Michaud PhD.

The Magic Pearls

A Fairy-tale for Wise Adults in which are concealed a number of occult truths.

The Adept and the Imp

This amusing story contains a number of Occult teachings in a concealed manner.

Religious quotes and occult maxims

from occultists, philosophers, and the Sacred Texts of all times and places.


The following four rare Occult Books can be read, studied and searched in their entirety on this website. A fifth book, The Golden Star, briefly reviewed in the sidebar at right, can be read elsewhere on the Internet.

Symphonie Fantastique

This most unusual book, subtitled a 'Diablerie in Four Movements or a Symphony in Words', is unique in occult literature. First published in 1949, by the Uma Press, in London, it contains the most elevated and advanced occult and metaphysical teachings.

The Teachings of Li Wang Ho

This enchanting book contains the teachings of a forgotten ancient Chinese Philosopher of over 2,000 years ago. This is one of those very rare books that can change your life for the better.

The Book of Sa-Heti

Published here in full as The True Gospel of Chrishna-Jeseus, this book is a unique biography of Krishna—the Holy Hindu Saviour and prototype of Christ. First published as a hardcover book in 1950, it reveals some of the highest Occult Truths and hidden laws of the Universe which have never before been made public.

The Quest of Ruru

This scarce and almost unknown occult novel should appeal to every sincere seeker after Truth and Wisdom. Written with glittering power and filled with sublime descriptions of the glorious scenery of India 2,000 years ago, this book reveals the stages on the path to Initiation with beauty and pathos.


The following articles have all been contributed by our readers: newest first. If you feel that you have something to say that may encourage and inspire others in their personal search for Truth we will be glad to consider it for publication.

The Art of Dying

A reader shares his thoughts on the subject of death by Greg Wade.

Keeping my Peace

A reader's continuing story of her struggle to hold on to Inner Peace by Rose Wood.

Web of Wisdom

A reader's journey to the Light by Aava Meriläinen.

The power of Patience

The importance of Patience in our pursuit of Wisdom and Illumination. Guest article by Seán Mac Gréine.

Letting go

A reader's story of her struggle to find Inner Peace by Rose Wood.

Homeward Bound

Three inspirational poems by Mason Warden.

Message of the Kosmos

A reader's story of his search for Truth by B. A. George.

Contemplating Stones

A reader's thoughts on the subject of stones by P. G.

Down the rabbit hole. . .and up into Wonderland

A reader describes his eventful journey in search of Truth.

A word to those who lurk

An appreciative reader shares his discovery of our website and what it means to him.

What it means to be a fool

Sol Bloomfield describes her quest for knowledge with gentle humour and humility.


An allegory of the illusions and follies of men.

The madeleine moment

Further thoughts on the usages of Memory and attunement with Nature by A. S.

Divine duty to Remember

Thoughts on the usages and direction of Memory—guest article by A. S.

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