“Ignorance fears all things, falling, terror-stricken before the passing wind. Superstition stands as the monument to ignorance, and before it kneel all who realize their own weakness who see in all things the strength they do not possess”
Ala Prima| Oil on canvas | 9”x12”
Manly Palmer Hall then, peering from furrowed brow, as if he was trying to cut glass with his eyes and looking for all the world like a matinee idol from the Golden age. A sort of mystic Valentino for the ages, or at least their Secret Teachings.
He’s another one of those forgotten esoteric figures on the fringe, who along with Mathers and Blavatsky, are curios lost to the dusty back rooms of new age bookshops, that no doubt used to line Melrose avenue. And until a few years back, his magnum opus-The Secret Teachings of All Ages: An Encyclopedic Outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic and Rosicrucian Symbolical Philosophy, would knock you back a few thousand bucks.
Someone who described himself as a “last resort for troubled people” his considerable acuity and palliative voice, lives on at least in lectures on YouTube, which have been accompanying my painting marathons for a while now. His Icosahedron based on the Golden ratio, even found it’s way into my last series for my painting “The Origins of Death”.
In an era that feels like a “monument to ignorance”, the voluminous spiritual wisdom of MPH are like an antidote.
Painted Ala Prima in one sitting, it’s available for purchase from my store from the following link