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One of the most influential occult texts of the twentieth century, The Kybalion is a compendium of Hermetic and Alchemical philosophy relevant to the initiation of all true seekers of the hidden mysteries.
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Overview

One of the most influential occult texts of the twentieth century, The Kybalion is a compendium of Hermetic and Alchemical philosophy relevant to the initiation of all true seekers of the hidden mysteries.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585426430
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/15/2008
  • Series: Tarcher Cornerstone Editions Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 147,916
  • Product dimensions: 5.16 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.42 (d)

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The Kybalion was anonymously printed in 1908 by "The Three Initiates". It is believed by many that The Kybalion was authored by William Walker Atkinson, either alone or with others. Atkinson was known to use many pseudonyms, and to self-publish his works. He was also the owner of the "Yogi Publication Society of Chicago", the original publisher of The Kybalion. Also suggestive is the fact that, among his earliest published pseudonymous and anonymous works may have been a series entitled The Arcane Teachings, which bears many superficial similarities to The Kybalion - The Kybalion explores seven "Hermetic Principles" while The Arcane Teachings examines seven "Arcane Laws", The Kybalion claims to be an elucidation of an ancient, unpublished Hermetic text of the same name, while The Arcane Teachings claims to reveal the wisdom of an ancient, unpublished scroll of occult aphorisms, and both books describe three "Great Planes" of reality which are further subdivided into seven lesser planes. Both books also describe three of the lesser planes as "astral black keys" analogous to the black keys on a piano, and inhabited by elemental spirits. And, both books describe the process of "Mental Alchemy" in great detail, and in nearly complete agreement with each other. There are other similarities, and The Arcane Teachings might have been Atkinson's "first draft" of material which later became The Kybalion. A common theory is that Atkinson co-wrote the book with Paul Foster Case and Michael Whitty. This theory is often held by members of Builders of the Adytum, the Mystery School later founded by Case, though the group doesn't publicly make this claim itself. In fact, this story appears to have originated with the Fraternity of Hidden Light. Other names speculatively mentioned as co-authors of The Kybalion include Harriet Case (Paul Foster Case's wife at the time), Ann Davies (who succeeded Paul Foster Case as head of the B.O.T.A.), Mabel Collins (a prominent Theosophical writer), Claude Bragdon (an architect, Theosophist, and writer on "mystic geometry"), and Claude Alexander (a well-known stage magician, mentalist, proponent of crystal gazing, and New Thought author). However, given Atkinson's prolific output under almost a dozen pseudonyms, it is debatable whether he would have needed or sought a co-author for the book.
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  • Posted May 8, 2010

    This book will not leave you satisfied, but looking for more.

    When I first read reviews about this book before I ordered it I was very excited. As I began reading I was cautious not to jump to conclusions and make assumptions too quick because I really wanted this book to sink in. It is divided by the principles and clearly explains each one in depth. I read it in less than a couple days and trust me, you will need to reread it again and pace yourself for the effectiveness because it does require pondering. This is not just a book you read and are done with, because I have looked back in many parts of it multiple times. This truly is a mind opener and extremely enlightening. I'm going to get my hands on more books about Hermeticism because it has intrigued me and is a grand book to discuss with those who are ready to learn.

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    Posted June 5, 2011

    Highly Recommend

    Highly recommend this book, it has been one of the most interesting books I've read in years.

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  • Posted October 20, 2009

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    Informative on the Universal Laws

    The original manuscript or information is centuries old. The original was quoted to the reader to assert their own interpretations. The book is a hard read due to the nature of the subject and the adherence to the old thought styles. However, it is a must read for readers exploring spirituality and metaphysics. Several other authors have addressed the same information in easier to grasp language; however, like other manuscripts, the bible can be interpreted quite differently when translating from several different languages and periods of understanding. This book will remain in my library as a reference to refer back to as other books refer to the Universal Laws. This book was also referenced to in Dan Brown's novel, The Lost Symbol.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Amazing

    These 64 pages will illuminate your path to self mastery and ultimately infinity!

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  • Posted April 13, 2011

    must read

    beyond expectations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2008

    Metaphysical Understanding

    If you are a seeker of truth, you must return to a source from which great teachings flowed into all esoteric as well as religious groups...Hermes Trimegistus and Ancient Egypt...The Thrice Great... Scribe of God. A great, concise, clear book of key metaphysical principles.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2008

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    A difficult to find mystical book by The Three Inititiates. If you have studied The Secret Doctrines you will like this little work based upon the world-old Hermetic Teachings. Helps student to reconcile many bits of occult knowledge.

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