Ancient Wisdom and Occult Truth
At this Special Season of the year it is customary for us to thank our readers and contributors their many kind comments and encouragement by publishing a light-hearted story or Christmas article. This year we are indebted to Gabrielle Annunziato for her hilarious and moving Festive fable—Do they know it's Christmas?.
A warm welcome to all our Visitors
The aim of this website is to provide those sincerely seeking for Ancient Wisdom and genuine Occult Knowledge and Truth with FACTS, not fantasies, wishful thinking, personal opinions or conspiracy theories.
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 you have come to the right place.
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 7 years ago was to combat this deluge of half-truths, speculations, conspiracy theories and misconceptions. The fact of the matter is that even the most elevated Occult teachings can be misinterpreted and distorted to suit almost any agenda. The same may be said for Magic, or 'magick' as many people insist on spelling it, which is even less understood nowadays than occultism. If we honestly examine the beliefs and practises of those who call themselves '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 who do 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 Beginners
If you know little or nothing about the Occult, we suggest you begin by reading our brief note: Misconceptions about the Occult shown below and the information given in the sidebar about the Ancient Wisdom. Then read and study the following three articles:
Frequently asked questions about the Occult answered.
The benefits of studying occult science and how to go about it.
True and false occult teachings and how to tell one from the other.
When you have done so, read Astral Conversations which has been written specifically for those who know little or nothing about the occult. The next steps are up to you. We have published four complete books by J Michaud PhD, each of which contains the most advanced occult 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.
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.
Whither are you carried, O Men, drunken with drinking up the strong Wine of Ignorance? Hermes Trismegistus — 'The Divine Pymander'
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 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 truths of occult science—such as reincarnation and evolution—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 these truths were 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 purpose of this website: to bring the one Light of Truth to all those who 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.
We add new content to our website on a regular basis. To see what's new check the sidebar on our About page or visit us on Facebook and Instagram. All our articles are listed below, grouped into subject areas in order of publication—newest first, unless stated otherwise.
A series of investigations into the occult in 12 parts
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.
The Search for Truth
In this unique series of 12 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. While each of these 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 the order given below.
The true story of one seeker's troubled and eventful journey of spiritual discovery.
The author dispels the many misconceptions surrounding the mysterious 'illuminati'.
An occult investigation of the Bible story of the birth of Jesus.
The problem of Good and Evil from the perspective of occult science.
Why and how it was concealed and the meaning of the parable of the prodigal son.
The true significance and meaning of Easter and the Resurrection of Christ.
The close similarity of Proverbs to the ancient Egyptian Teaching of Ptah-Hetep.
An analysis of some parables from the gospels and the real origins of Christianity.
Hidden meaning in the parable of the talents in the New Testament.
The nature, purpose and power of prayer and the many misconceptions surrounding it.
The origins of the Church, some of its dogmas and the heresies which threatened it.
An analysis of the evidence for the existence of the historical figure of Jesus.
Online 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...
Then I said, I would learn the things that are, and understand the nature of them, and know God. Hermes Trismegistus — 'The Divine Pymander'
The spirit of Hermes Trismegistus towers like a colossus over mysticism, magic and esoteric philosophy. In this unique series of twelve articles we trace the origins of Hermeticism back to its earliest roots. Along the way we consider many different aspects of the Hermetic legacy and its influence. Our main aim, however, is to discover who Hermes was, when he lived and what his TRUE teachings were, for many of the writings called Hermetic are little more than speculations upon occult laws and principles of which the authors had little understanding. This investigation forms an ascending scale of revelation in the order listed below.
Introduction, the origins of Hermeticism, and the life and times of the mysterious 'Dr' Doreal—the author of the spurious Emerald Tablets of Thoth the Atlantean.
Origins and extent of the Corpus Hermeticum and a continuation of our investigation of the career of the colourful Dr Doreal.
We begin our detailed examination of the teachings of Hermes and conclude our investigation of the life and times of Dr Doreal and the occult order he founded.
We discuss the knowledge of God according to the teachings of Hermes and continue our investigation of Dr Doreal's Emerald Tablets of Thoth the Atlantean.
We conclude our discussion of Regeneration, tell you more about the God Thoth, and examine the first of Dr Doreal's Emerald Tablets of Thoth the Atlantean.
We examine the teachings of the Asclepios, look into the 'Void', and analyse the second and third Emerald Tablets of Thoth the Atlantean.
We discuss the doctrine of the Decani found in the Asclepios, the simplicity of Truth, and analyse the fourth and fifth Emerald Tablets of Thoth the Atlantean.
We consider the first of the Seven Universal Hermetic Laws, and analyse the sixth and seventh Emerald Tablets of Thoth the Atlantean.
Articles and occult study resources
Science, philosophy and metaphysics
An investigation of the falsehoods to be found in popular sacred texts.
An occult investigation of the ancient Egyptian mystery of the Judgement of the Dead.
This mysterious substance explored and explained.
An investigation of hypnotism: its occult nature, history, uses and abuses.
The difference between the psychic and the spiritual and the dangers of the former.
Hints and tips for the sincere seeker after Truth on the path to the Light.
An occult investigation of the nature and meaning of Love, with an afterword by John Temple in which he examines some of the many references to love in the Bible.
An investigation of the pre-existence of the doctrine of Reincarnation.
An investigation of the contemporary misunderstanding and misuse of the magical arts.
An investigation of the problem of predestination versus free-will.
An occult investigation of the human body and some of its mysteries.
An investigation of the esoteric truths concealed in the libretto of Handel's Messiah.
An investigation of the ancient and modern theories about Aether compared and contrasted with the facts of Occult Science.
An occult investigation of Philosophy in three parts from the founders of Greek philosophy to the present day.
We investigate the 'law of attraction' and the misconceptions associated with it.
An investigation of the universal language of Occult Science and the keys to it.
We investigate the great Cycles of Sleep and Waking to which our Earth and the Kosmos are subject.
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.
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.
An answer to those who doubt the motives, sincerity and probity of H. P. Blavatsky and her teachings.
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.
An investigation of the esoteric meaning and hidden properties of water.
An investigation of the hidden properties of the Sun and its forces.
An investigation of the esoteric meaning and hidden properties of salt.
A critical examination of the premises, promises and plans of material science.
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.
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.
The systematic study of the hidden laws and principles of man and the universe.
We investigate some of the theories of material science and compare them with the facts of Occult Science, to discover what matter really is.
An appreciation and review of The Kybalion
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.
Understanding the paradox of how the desire for peace leads to conflict and war.
We examine the claims of the many mystery schools and contradictory occult teachings the better to recognise the One Light of Truth.
How to look for real Truth and Wisdom.
The true facts about the afterlife explained from the standpoint of Occult Science.
A warning to those who imagine they can master the Occult Sciences overnight.
Reviewed and recommended for sincere seekers after Truth and Wisdom.
External websites providing real Occult Knowledge and Truth on the Internet.
An investigation in three parts of the migrations of the Atlanteans and the colonies they founded around the world.
An investigation of the mythological, historical, and archaeological evidence for the presence of giant human beings on earth.
An investigation of the sciences and arts of ancient Egypt.
An investigation of Plato's account of Atlantis: it's history, arts and sciences.
In the first of an occasional series of light-hearted investigations, two colourful occult students attempt to answer this question.
An occult investigation of the age-old philosophical dilemma
We investigate the origins, rites, beliefs and teachings of the Druids.
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.
An investigation of the 'Doomsday' and 'Rapture' prophecies connected with the entrance of the Sun into the zodiacal sign of Libra in September 2017.
An investigation of the evidence for an ancient Egyptian colony in the British Isles more than 3,500 years ago.
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.
We examine the prediction that the world would 'end' on 21 December 2012.
We investigate the claims that this date heralded a "pole shift in consciousness".
An investigation of the occult nature of music and its power for good and evil.
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.
Part two of an investigation of the concealed wisdom in sublime poetry.
Esoteric meaning in Shelley's metaphysical drama Prometheus Unbound.
An appreciation of the paintings of Tuco Amalfi and a commentary on Visionary Art.
An investigation of the magical power of art for good and evil.
Health and wellbeing
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the fear of death.
An investigation of the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
We discuss health and medicine from the perspective of occult science, and consider some of the better-known alternative therapies.
An investigation of vegetarianism, spirituality and health in the light of Occult Science.
How to survive the Festive Season by attuning with the positive power of the Light.
How to balance the often conflicting desires of the Higher and lower selves.
The following articles and stories have all been contributed by our readers: newest first; grouped by author where applicable. 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.
What readers are saying about this website—regularly updated.
A tall tale about Santa, pandemics, scientists and politicians by Gabrielle Annunziato.
A wry look at the follies and foibles of mankind by Gabrielle Annunziato.
A humorous retelling of the Bible story of the Last Supper by Gabrielle Annunziato.
A wry look at the modern celebration of Christmas by Gabrielle Annunziato.
A humorous and perceptive pastiche of the well-known Christmas story by Gabrielle Annunziato subtitled 'a tonic for the tired and emotional at Christmas.'
Facing the fears and uncertainties of life by Greg Wade.
The personal proofs of the power of Forgiveness by Greg Wade.
Greg Wade shares his thoughts on the subject of death.
Greg Wade describes his eventful journey in search of Truth.
Viruses, Panspermia and the Mystery of the Grail by J. K. L.
J. K. L. reviews this rare classic of occult literature by J Michaud PhD.
An inspirational poem by Prodigal Brother.
The virtue and uses of Humility on the path to the Light by Seán Mac Gréine.
The importance of Patience in our pursuit of Wisdom by Seán Mac Gréine.
One reader's moving story of their search for Truth by Kurt Flaxman.
A reader's tale of the search for Truth by Jack Samuel.
A reader's continuing story of her struggle to hold on to Inner Peace by Rose Wood.
A reader's story of her struggle to find Inner Peace by Rose Wood.
A reader's journey to the Light by Aava Meriläinen.
Three inspirational poems by Mason Warden.
A reader's story of his search for Truth by B. A. George.
A reader's thoughts on the subject of stones by P. G.
An appreciative reader shares his discovery of our website and what it means to him.
Sol Bloomfield describes her quest for knowledge with gentle humour and humility.
An allegory of the illusions and follies of men by Mel Cairn.
Further thoughts on the usages of Memory and attunement with Nature by A. S.
Thoughts on the usages and direction of Memory—guest article by A. S.
The books of J Michaud PhD
When a man aspires to the spiritual, even the smallest grain of merit will develop and become a tree, laden with the richest fruit J Michaud PhD — 'The Quest of Ruru'
The following four rare Occult Books can be read on this website. A fifth book, The Golden Star, is briefly reviewed below, more fully on our Occult Books Section, and can be read in its entirety on its own website on the Internet.
J Michaud PhD (1884-1961) was a gifted musician, composer and accomplished occultist who wrote six occult books during his lifetime which are almost unknown to modern seekers and occultists alike. Music was Dr Michaud's first and greatest love, and this comes through in all his books, but especially in Symphonie Fantastique, though this is not a book about music! He is said to have written an opera when he was barely eleven, in the first act of which all the singers were murdered one by one and then, in the second act, they all came back as ghosts! This, as well as such unusual compositions as Voices in the Forest, La Chinese Garden, The Silent Tomb, and Mystic Thoughts, were highly regarded by his contemporaries, among them the composers Cyril Scott, Sir Granville Bantock, Frederick Delius, and the English conductor and impresario, Sir Thomas Beecham. Many of the themes in his music later found their way into his books, which in our view are his most important and lasting gift to the world.
We are in no doubt that these six books contain more accurate information about the true laws and principles of occult science than any other books published during the last hundred years. You may think this is an exaggerated claim, but if you have any experience of occultism and occult teachings and read just one of these remarkable books, you will know we write the truth. If you have no such experience, we encourage you to read The Golden Star which, despite the advanced occult teachings it contains, has been carefully written in such a fascinating manner to appeal to, and hold the interest of the beginner, from the first inspired page to the last.
Dr Michaud's books were all published by the UMA Press in London between 1939 and 1950, and it is now difficult to find printed copies of them. It is for this reason that we have re-published them in electronic format, and made them freely available to all at no cost. We are quite sure that Dr Michaud would have done the same had the technology existed to do this in the last century. You can find a complete list of all the author's books below, together with links to those titles which you can read online. In addition, you can read full reviews of all six occult books in the occult book reviews section of our website.
Aptly described as "A book for Initiates," The Golden Star expounds the most advanced occult teachings, never before revealed to the public, yet in such a fascinating manner as to hold and extend the interest of the novice.
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.
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.
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.
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 books of Dr E. V. Kenealy
We doubt whether more than a handful of contemporary seekers after Truth have even heard of Dr Edward Vaughan Hyde Kenealy (E. V. Kenealy), never mind read his books. This is not surprising given that they were all published at his own expense over 140 years ago in limited numbers and have, to the best of our knowledge, never been reprinted.
We review and recommend all three of his books, namely: The Book of God, the Book of Enoch and the Book of Fo. Each one of these remarkable books has an important message for mankind in general, and the sincere seeker after Occult Knowledge and Truth in particular. All three books can be downloaded in PDF format free of charge to enjoy at your leisure...READ MORE...
An allegorical tale for the Few by Erika Hahn.
An occult appreciation of Charles Dickens' ghost story by John Temple.
Another fairy-tale for Wise Adults by Erika Hahn.
A fairy-tale for Wise Adults by Erika Hahn.
A modern fairy-tale for enquiring minds by Erika Hahn.
An allegorical tale for those who wish to learn the science of symbolism.
A tale of the East for those who would be Wise and a brief review of the life and teachings of the Prophet Mohammed.
An interpretation of the esoteric meaning of one of the earliest fragments of the Ancient Mystery Teachings by Erika Hahn.
An appreciative reader reviews this unknown classic of Chinese wisdom literature.
A personal appreciation and full list of all the author's books.
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.
A past-life in ancient Egypt recalled through psychometry by J Michaud PhD.
A tall tale in which are hidden in the daftest possible manner a host of real occult truths.
A fairy-tale for Wise Adults in which are concealed a number of occult truths.
This amusing story contains a number of Occult teachings in a concealed manner.
from occultists, philosophers, and the Sacred Texts of all times and places.
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