“Behind the veil of all the hieratic and mystical allegories of ancient doctrines, behind the darkness and strange ordeals of all secret-societiesinitiations,

under the deal of all sacred writings, in the ruins of Nineveh or Thebes,

on the crumbling stones of old temples and on the blackened visage of the Assyrian or Egyptian Sphinx,

in the monstrous or marvellous paintings which interpret to the faithful of India the inspired pages of the Vedas,

in the cryptic emblems of our old books on alchemy,

in the ceremonies practised at receptions of all secret societies, there are found indications of a doctrine which is everywhere the same and everywhere carefully concealed…

the key of all divine obscurities and the absolute queen of society in those ages when it was reserved exclusively for the education of priests and kings.” – Eliphas Levi. (Transcendental Magic)

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