Ancient Wisdom Reading List

When studying ancient civilizations, countless enigmas and mysteries abound. Where should one begin? I’d suggest giving yourself a broad introductory course to ALL the enigmatic cultures of the past and their, often secret, traditions and preservations of higher knowledge. There are a few teachers who I believe are qualified beyond all others to provide commentary on these lofty subjects.

There are four, listed first, who I believe truly pierced the veil and began to describe to the world the things it could not see. Of these four, I would first list Manly P. Hall, mostly because he is the most digestable to a newcomer. Second, Helena (Madame) Blavatsky, who was truly unparalleled and revered by Hall, though Blavatsky’s works may be a bit intense for beginners or those with only a casual interest. Third, I would list Edgar Cayce, whose work was also ‘untouchable’ and there is nothing else in world remotely similar to this incredible source, though you must be open to psychic phenomena to appreciate Cayce. Last but not least, G. I. Gurdjieff was also a great ‘modern sage’ though his work is admittedly practically impenetrable without some training, which is most often advisably found in the works of his student P. D. Ouspensky.

The first book that I (and many others) would recommend is The Secret Teachings of All Ages, Manly P. Hall. Below is the larger, fully illustrated format followed by the reader’s edition. Lectures on Ancient Philosophy is considered the companion or sequel of Secret Teachings, and of course, there are many more…

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Hall’s expansive explorations of occult philosophies is unequalled in scope or quality. His countless books and lectures from throughout his life, each more fascinating than the last, provide seemingly endless material for study. Hall had a fascination with the Hermetic religion and its many offshoots throughout history, from Alchemists and Rosicrucians to Templars and Masons. He studied the secret fraternities and explained a great deal of Masonic lore intentionally before becoming a Mason himself, at the 33rd degree nonetheless, so that he would not be breaking any oaths of silence.

He was the occult king of Hollywood, as he had set up his Philosophic Research Society in Los Angeles. Politicians and celebrities coveted his company and that of his friend, Nicholas Roerich, who had a hand in putting the pyramid on the dollar bill. The PRS still operates in LA today and contains what I refer to as the ‘Alexandrian Library of America’. His collection contains rare manuscripts and art which he personally collected. He was most proud of his Francis Bacon collection, without a doubt the world’s finest.

Helena Blavatsky‘s several works have transformed the world for a century and a half now, and they are no less relavent today than in the 1800’s. According to her, Isis Unveiled and its sequel, The Secret Doctrine, were written not only by her, but by many who wrote through her body; some were channeled individuals from India and elsewhere while others were disembodied entities. These books are transmissions of the highest knowledge on earth that was entrusted to Blavatsky by enlightened beings who encouraged her to form the society and share these advanced secrets.

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Edgar Cayce, known as the Sleeping Prophet, has been regarded as the most gifted psychic in all history and certainly in the modern era. His 14,000+ readings constitute the largest ever collection from a single source and there are found within them not a single inconsistency or continuity error. Cayce wrote on many subjects, focusing largely on health, but later turning his attention to ancient civilizations and he did not hesitate to use the incredibly taboo term ‘Atlantis’. Before his death, he established the Association for Research and Enlightenment in Virginia Beach.

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G. I. Gurdjieff also offered the world very unique insights and developed a system known as the ‘Fourth Way’. It serves as an alternative to the traditional three approaches to enlightenment; by the mind, body or spirit. The Fourth Way is a reconstitution of many of the world’s enlightenment teachings into a practical ‘work’ that is still carried out by Gurdjieff groups around the world today. He also developed (or perhaps resurrected) the Enneagram, a powerful symbol which many books have been dedicated solely to. Like Blavatsky, he did not write many books, but those he did write were dense and potent. Beelzebub’s Tales to his Grandson begins a trilogy including also Meetings with Remarkable Men and Life is Real Only Then, When ‘I Am’. Also included below is P. D. Ouspensky’s, In Search of the Miraculous, as many suggest starting with this introduction to Gurdjieff.

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Beyond these four major pillars, each supporting the case for advanced knowledge in prehistory, we enter into the vast expanses covered by the modern day independent research authors – the archetype of which was established by my dear friend and mentor, John Anthony West and his 1979 release, Serpent in the Sky. John’s work is the bridge between the four persons discussed above and all the researchers who would follow him. His ground-breaking case for advanced wisdom in prehistoric times utterly destroys the traditionally held timeline for the development of human civilization as we know it. His work on the Sphinx emboldened a whole new breed of independent explorer-journalists.

John Anthony West – Biography

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West’s work, especially in the beginning, was based largely on that of R. A. Schwaller de Lubicz and his genius work, The Temple of Man. A mathematician and alchemist, de Lubicz decoded the unthinkable intricate Sacred Science of [pre] Egypt.

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Temple of Man, R. A. Schwaller de Lubicz

Forgotten Civilization, Robert M. Schoch Ph.D.

Grounded in solid geological evidence, Schoch demonstrates that in fact, the accepted timeline of Egypt’s development (and that of many other cultures worldwide…) is indeed, entirely false. After bringing a specialist’s validation to West’s Sphinx Erosion Theory, Schoch examines the sun’s role in cataclysmic events of history and perhaps the future.

Fingerprints of the Gods, Graham Hancock

From Egypt to Central America, to Cambodia, to the UK, to Peru, and so on… We begin to see that cultures from around the entire world were interconnected at one time in the distant past and were united in an effort to build incredible monuments at very specific positions across the globe.

Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings, Charles Hapgood

Ancient maps prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the world was explored long before the ‘Age of Exploration’ and advanced technology was used in order to very accurately map longitude – in an age before Antarctica was covered in ice!

Earth in Upheaval, Immanuel Velikovsky

In his final days, Albert Einstein supported and corresponded with Velikovsky regarding his Cataclysmic Evolution theory stating that, as opposed to Darwin’s theory, new species are only created in great ‘evolutionary upgrades’ that come to Earth suddenly in times when there is globally pervasive heat and radiation. 

The Orion Mystery, Robert Bauval

Bauval’s ‘Orion Correlation Theory’ states that the three great pyramids at Giza respectively correspond to the three stars of Orion’s Belt – and few will dispute this clear connection in plain sight, but it’s implications are very far-reaching.

The Origin Map, Thomas Brophy Ph.D.

Nabta Playa, located exactly on the Tropic of Cancer in Southern Egypt, is an astronomical observatory similar to Stonehenge, though much older. Nabta Playa displays evidence that it’s builder’s knew the extreme measures of the roughly 26,000 year precessional cycle, as well as the relative distances to six important stars and much more. You will be stunned by the level of intelligence, awareness and cleverness displayed in this ancient monument and by the man who decoded it all.

Moses and Akhenaten, Ahmed Osman

Osman is not the first to propose that Moses and the ‘Heretic King’, Akhenaten, may in fact have been the same person, but he is amongst the first to pose a solid argument. Akhenaten is arguably the most famous yet mysterious of all the pharaohs, as his legacy was nearly wiped from memory. His attempt to renew the ancient religion of Egypt was ultimately rejected by those of his day.

Science of the Dogon, Laird Scranton

Laird Scranton decodes the deepest meanings within the Dogon’s intricate symbolism. The Dogon are a remote tribe of Africa that demonstrates wisdom in league with the Egyptians, but a wisdom that is still alive today. Scranton shows the parallels of their cosmology and modern science.

The Sirius Mystery, Robert Temple

The Dogon were aware that Sirius is a binary star and though Sirius B is invisible to the naked eye, they were able to track its movement as it danced around Sirius A. 

The Hidden Records, Wayne Herschel

If you thought Bauval’s Orion Correlation Theory was eye-opening, get ready for Wayne Herschel. The act of bringing the heavens down to the earth with pyramids, megaliths, temples and geoglyphs (reflecting constellations in their groundplan), was actually executed around the world. Herschel’s side by side Earthmap/Starmap diagrams really drive the point home. For example, using the Nile to represent the milky way (in following with West and Bauval’s theories) he shows around 50 pyramids that line up to 50 of the brightest stars just north of the Milky Way.

The Secret History of the World, Mark Booth

Booth has attempted to ‘pull back the camera’ and cover an ambitious scope of occulted history in a single book. He draws out conclusions that are difficult to see when studying the specialized fields separately.

The Pythagorean Plato, Ernest McClain

A very little known work that may be the key to understanding Plato’s Atlantis account and it’s hidden message regarding the immutable laws of harmony.

Maya Cosmogenesis 2012, John Major Jenkins

From one of the few who found the true roots of the Mayan teachings about 2012 comes the description that demonstrates that the transition into a new world is not instantaneous and it IS underway.

The Cygnus Key, Andrew Collins

Gobekli Tepe in Southern Turkey is the ‘smoking gun’ archaeological site that is proving the existence of extremely advanced arts and civilization in ‘Zep Tepe’ – the so-called ‘First Time’ of the Egyptians.

Beyond the Black Sea, Brien Foerster

Brien Foerster is without a doubt the world expert on one of the most intriguing mysteries of the ancient world – the elongated skulls found throughout the world. He has been genetically testing these skulls and is discovering that they are quite different from our own. In fact, they do not appear to be human at all.

Anti-Gravity and the World Grid – David Hatcher Childress

Once we begin to understand that great lengths were taken to find specific points on the earth’s surface to build sacred monuments, we come to see the grand grid of  living energy that represents the acupuncture points and currents, so to speak, of the Earth’s body… and pyramids and obelisks are the needles stuck in to activate/utilize it.

Chariots of the Gods – Erich von Daniken

Though von Daniken may, at times, jump to conclusions, he is the father of ancient astronaut theory and has earned his place in history for starting the incredibly relevant conversation that many would join… Were the Gods from outer space?

Giants on Record, Hugh Newman

Enoch was not lying in his apocryphal book, and the biblical account of the Nephilem was no fairy tale. Giants once walked the earth but someone does not want humanity to know this. Someone sweeps it all under the rug.  [coughcough…Smithsonian…cough]

Forbidden Archaeology, Michael Cremo, Richard L. Thompson

There are no ‘out of place artifacts’, there are only ‘out of date theories’. We must follow the evidence wherever it leads and if the common theory is disproved, it must be rewritten.

Everything You Need to Know but Have Never Been Told, David Icke

The man who said the things that no one else dared to say. The elite powers of this world operate in sickening ways and it is difficult to process or accept, yet it is important for us to see things as they are so that we can claim personal freedom from the oppressors. Take what you will from David Icke.

Atlantis: the Antediluvian World, Ignatius Donnelly

ATLANTIS 101. The foundation case. The first, thorough, scientific study. 

The New View Over Atlantis, John Michell

ATLANTIS 102. The classic overview of the case for Atlantis, with a side focus on leylines.

Serpent of Light, Drunvalo Melchizedek

The Earth is a living being with its own Kundalini energy originating at the core and snaking out to a single point on the surface. For the last half-precessional cycle (roughly 13,000 years) it has resided in Tibet which has thus been the center of the world’s spiritual wisdom. In the mid 20th century it traversed slowly across the whole world until settling in its new home for another half precessional cycle – Peru and Chile.

Initiation, Elizabeth Haich

This is the autobiography of a Yoga teacher who came to recall her life as an Egyptian initiate. Haich’s detailed description of the ancient world hints at sciences that seem to corroborate the case for high technology in early Egypt.

Search for Omm Sety, Jonathon Cott

Similar to initiation, this book shows a remembrance of Egypt, but several of the details given have been validated by discoveries that took place since the time of it’s writing. That is, it had accurate information regarding things the writer could not have known at the time.

The Hiram Key, Christopher Knight, Robert Lomas

If you have always wondered what goes on within the Masonic Lodge and have considered joining, read the Hiram Key first. Two brethren discuss how they entered and really learned nothing, until they sought the answers independently.

Holy Blood, Holy Grail, Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, Henry Lincoln

Don’t read books about the Da Vinci Code, read the book that the Da Vinci Code was about.

Power of Myth, Joseph Campbell

The essential views of the world authority on mythology and the archetypal language of consciousness.

Hamlet’s Mill, Giorgio de Santillana, Hertha von Dechend

Ancient myths contain within them incredibly complex data coded into symbolic elements that effectively tell a secret story to those who are initiated to see. The timeless imagery of the great Millstone reflects the turning of the earth’s northern axis as it migrates through the zodiacal cycle, creating an oscillation between ages of wisdom and darkness.