About Occult Mysteries
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Factual information and study resources for genuine seekers after Wisdom, Truth and occult knowledge
This website has been created to re-state the Ancient Wisdom and age-old Truths for the benefit of all sincere seekers after occult knowledge. The authors and editors claim no academic or occult 'diplomas' or 'degrees', nor do we pretend to have all the answers. We have chosen to remain anonymous for three reasons. Firstly, because the content of this website does NOT consist of our personal beliefs, opinions or speculations. We have simply attempted to gather together some fragments of the Ancient Wisdom taught by the great Teachers, Philosophers and Messengers of the past, and present it in a modern way. Secondly, because all too many seekers place undue emphasis upon who wrote something, rather than what is actually written. Thirdly, because earthly personalities are not important. Having said that, we also publish guest articles from contributors and readers under their own names, unless they have chosen to use a pseudonym and we are not aware of their real names.
But he that shall learn and study the things that are, and how they are ordered and governed, and by whom, and for what cause, or to what end will acknowledge thanks to the Workman, as to a good Father, an excellent Nurse, and a faithful Steward, and he that gives thanks shall be Pious or Religious, and he that is Religious shall know both where the truth is, and what it is, and learning that he will be yet more and more Religious. Hermes Trismegistus — 'The Divine Pymander'
Many visitors have told us that our website is hard to find. This does not surprise us. REAL occult Wisdom and Truth are about as popular as a dose of 'flu and just as welcome! Conspiracy theories, so-called 'magical' powers and 'spells' are what most people believe the 'occult' is about and are looking for. The websites that peddle this nonsense outnumber our site a thousand to one and always will. The same is true of so-called 'scholarly' articles about the many scientific and philosophical subjects we discuss. These get top billing on Google whereas ours do not figure anywhere in its search results. Is this censorship? We wouldn't like to say. What we can say is that coins of the least value have the widest circulation. This was so in the past, is so today and will remain so in the future as long as people prefer fiction and fantasy to Truth.
For these reasons some of our statements, and the manner in which we make them at times, will arouse much opposition in some readers. That will be very good if it leads to an opening of those eyes which are often wholly blind to all Truth; being blinded by the misleading information pounded into every mind daily via every conceivable media, until the seeker is lost in an impenetrable jungle of fantasy, confusion and wrong thinking.
However, we wish to make it clear that whatever we say has not been set down in malice, or bitterness of heart or mind. On the contrary. It is our sincere hope that our website may contain some message that will assist you on your path to the Light; whether you are now in darkness, or in the twilight.
To read what our readers themselves say about our website, see our Readers' Comments page.
Reviving Ancient Wisdom
None of our content should be regarded as providing complete information upon any of the occult, scientific, mystical and philosophical subjects we discuss. Our main purpose is to introduce you to the Ancient Wisdom and Occult Truth taught by all the great Masters and Messengers. Some of our content is based on the works of H. P. Blavatsky and J Michaud PhD, to whom the world of occultism owes a debt so great that it can never be repaid—except with deepest respect and gratitude for the wonderful service they have each rendered to Mankind in reviving the ancient Wisdom. H. P. Blavatsky is grossly underrated and misunderstood by occultists and mystics alike, while the books of Dr Michaud are almost unknown and unappreciated. If you know little or nothing about either writer, the links given above provide further information.
Many seekers labour under the misapprehension that Blavatsky was a 'fraud', 'devil-worshipper' and racist. Nothing could be further from the truth. If you doubt us, which would be an eminent attitude to adopt, for we do not expect our readers to take anything on our say-so, you can read a fuller reply to this question in our article about this much-maligned occultist, as well as in our introduction to her writings on our links page.
We have essayed the almost impossible task of giving the name of every Philosopher, Sage, Divine Messenger and author whose words we have quoted; but to supply a complete list would turn this website into a catalogue. We therefore ask our readers' indulgence in this and all the rest.
Website and content
We believe our website is unique. Firstly, because much of our content cannot be found anywhere else on the Internet or in books. Secondly because we present our readers with the facts of Occult Science—not our own personal interpretations or speculations; facts which you can verify for and by yourself by going to the same sources we have drawn our content from. Thirdly, there is the arrangement of our content. This is separated into a primary theme accompanied by either an introduction, commentary or afterword placed in a sidebar that elucidates and compliments the primary theme, much like a musical accompaniment augments the structure of a symphony.
Thrifty readers may appreciate this system for another reason: they get two articles for the price of one! Not that the price paid is a monetary one as all our content is provided free-of-charge (see below). In addition, every article contains copious internal and external links, allowing the reader to easily follow up the subjects that interest them. Finally, many of our articles are updated on a regular basis as new information comes to light, or in response to readers' questions. Indeed, several of our articles have been written in direct response to questions posed by our readers. All this adds up to real 'interactivity' and 'rich' content few websites provide! To see when an article was published or updated, refer to the note at the foot of any page. In this, and many other ways, we aim to make occult studies instructive, interactive, rewarding, and above all, enjoyable for all our readers, regardless of their level of education or prior knowledge.
Our content includes a comprehensive and regularly updated Occult FAQ which answers questions put to us by readers, an online occult studies course to introduce seekers to the Genuine Mystery Teachings, several rare, complete occult books to read online, plus over 80 book reviews covering occult, philosophical and religious subjects. In addition we have published over 200 in-depth articles on a wide variety of scientific, historical, philosophical and spiritual subjects. Many of these articles contain the most advanced occult teachings which have never been revealed to the public before. New articles are added on a regular basis, so do check the sidebar of this page for the latest additions. You can read more about the development of this website in the afterword to our article about The descent of Ishtar into the underworld—the quest for Wisdom—in which we review the achievements of our first four years online and our plans for the future.
We also have a Facebook page where details of new articles are posted as soon as they are published, as well as additional content which is not available on our website. We also have a page on Instagram created and maintained by one of our kind readers. Now a word about the pictures we have used to illustrate our articles. Many are the work of Gustave Doré (1832-1883), the great 19th Century French Artist, whose sublime illustrations reveal the hand of Divine inspiration in every line of his work. We would like to think that this deeply religious man would not entirely disapprove of the use to which we have put them, nor the colouration which we have added.
In response to those readers who have asked us to say something about the practical side of our work—producing our content—we have written the following short answer. Most of our articles take from 30 to 40 hours to research, write, edit and code in HTML. Their length varies from 3,000 to 10,000 words, with most averaging 7,500 words. Each article is edited at least three times, sometimes four or more. At each stage, excisions, additions and corrections are made by the author or authors, sometimes resulting in a new draft. These are subjected to further edits, and only after all the editors are completely happy with an article, is it passed for proof-reading and coding into HTML. It is at this stage that images are added. Generally, several of these will have been previously chosen by the author earlier in the production process. One or more such images are selected to fit the HTML page layout and positioned appropriately within the text block. Our pictures serve several purposes; to elucidate the subject under discussion; to break up text blocks; and to maintain a consistent visual length between the main narrative and the afterword or commentary placed in the sidebar.
Some articles are spread over two or more parts, such as our investigations into the civilization of Atlantis and its arts, sciences, and legacy. These require considerably more work, both in terms of on and offline research, and in composition, organisation and editing. This will answer those readers who ask us why we only publish new material once or twice a month. Were we to publish weekly, we would do nothing else but write and code, and as all of us have full or part-time jobs, this is simply not possible. So—there you have it—a brief summary of how we produce our content.
How you can help
From time to time grateful readers have asked how they can help us. Well, there are several ways. One is to alert us to any broken links in any of our articles or to outside sources. There are thousands of such links on our website and we simply do not have the time to check and re-check them all. Another way is to alert us to any typos in our articles. We are only human and despite careful proofreading we still make mistakes. We also welcome contributions from authors on any subject related to Occult Science and the Ancient Wisdom. Several contributors have sent us their work over the years, as you can read on our Readers' comments and articles page. If you have benefited from our work, please pass on the word to others, either by word of mouth or via social media. As we said earlier, we have pages on Facebook and Instagram through which you can share our work. But be warned! Social media can be a hostile environment. Some of our readers have been attacked for recommending our website on Reddit. If this should happen to you, do not be tempted to retaliate but maintain a dignified silence. We are immensely grateful to everyone who courageously promotes our work, for even the smallest seed may be the catalyst needed for someone to begin their own Search for Truth, and they will have YOU to thank for stretching out a guiding hand to them.
Not-for-profit and no advertising
This website is a not-for-profit venture with no financial or commercial interest in any of the books or external websites we review and recommend. We maintain this website and provide our content completely free-of-charge out of our own pockets. We do not carry any paid advertising or ask for donations, and never shall as you can read in the afterword to our article on the Descent of Ishtar mentioned earlier. This is our service and work on behalf of all sincere seekers after Truth. In return, we ask you to respect our copyright to the fullest extent by not copying, reproducing or distributing our content, nor profiting from our work for self-promotion and/or commercial purposes.
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If there is a particular subject that interests you which we have not covered, let us know and we will give careful consideration to including it in a future discourse, provided it comes within our purview.
We regret that we cannot enter into any discussion of the merits or demerits of this or that occult order, group or teacher you may have encountered, so please do not write to us about this. Nor do we have any desire to enter into arguments about the various occult or magical teachings that exist in the world today, so please do not write to us about this either. What we have to say about these subjects is published on our website, which you are at liberty to accept or reject. Having said this, GENUINE feedback or questions from SINCERE seekers about the subjects we discuss in our articles are always welcome, and we invite them to write to us by clicking the CONTACT link to be found at the bottom of every page.
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