The Morning of the Magicians: Secret Societies, Conspiracies, and Vanished Civilizations

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By Louis Pauwels

Publisher : Inner Traditions/Bear & Company

ABOUT Louis Pauwels

Louis Pauwels
Louis Pauwels (1920-1997) was a French journalist who founded the magazine Planète, an outgrowth of this book.



The groundbreaking and classic study that first popularized occultism, alchemy, and paranormal phenomena in the 1960s

• Provides profound insights into our perceptions of reality, telepathy, mutants, and parallel universes

• Reveals the occult influences on the Nazis and introduces the alchemist Fulcanelli and the work of Charles Fort and Gurdjieff

• Over Half a Million Copies Sold

This groundbreaking, international bestseller, first published in 1960, couples profound insights into the hidden history of humanity and our perceptions of reality with the scientific evidence that supports the existence of paranormal activity, telepathy, and extraterrestrial communications. The first book to explore in depth the Nazi fascination with the occult, Pauwels and Bergier also broke new ground with their study of pyramidology, alchemy and its close kinship with atomic energy, and the possibility of a widespread mutation of humanity that would herald the dawn of a new age for the earth. Their study of secret societies, starting with the Rosicrucians, suggests that such changes are actively being pursued in the present day by a “conspiracy” of the most spiritually and intellectually advanced members of the human race.

The Morning of the Magicians also explores the anomalous events collected by Charles Fort, the work of Gurdjieff, and the history of the mysterious Fulcanelli, who was widely believed to have manufactured the philosopher’s stone--which provided the Nazis the motive for mounting an intensive search for him during their occupation of Paris. Much more than a collection of strange facts defying conventional wisdom, this book remains a sophisticated philosophical exploration of repressed phenomena and hidden histories that asks its readers to look at reality with ever “awakened eyes.”
"A must read . . . contains a lot of gems and wonderful food for thought."
Institute for Hermetic Studies, Jan 2009

" . . . this is a book which I recommend for two very important reasons. First, because it brings to the attention of the average reader information which has probably not been seen before. And, second, because it is sure to inspire, at least some readers, to go further and learn more about the anomalies in our world and how they affect the world in which we live."
Michael Gleason,, Jan 2009

“This modern alchemical manifesto has been inspiring thinkers for half a century. It illuminates the intersection between science and mysticism, proclaiming matter as a gateway of the spirit. The Morning of the Magicians declares that an objective appreciation of the material world is a means by which we may attain an awakened state of consciousness, the next step in human evolutionary destiny. This study of ‘fantastic realism’ is a look behind one of the many masks of God.”
James Wasserman, author of The Secrets of Masonic Washington and An Illustrated History of the Knights Templar

"The Morning of the Magicians is one of those books that you hate to see end. It is pure magic itself. I have not read anything quite like it . . . The New Cosmology that we are now living in is all about creating consciousness or self and this book will certainly assist you in that. There are several books that are jewels in the crown of literature and [this] is one of these. Do Not miss this read."
Bonnie Lange, publisher/editor Truth Seeker Company, Oldest Freethought Publication since 1873, Feb 2009

"From masterminds behind early civilizations' growth to connections between alchemy and modern physics and Hitler's psychic potentials, The Morning of the Magicians offers a wide-ranging history. Both are fine new age library additions."
The Midwest Book Review, March 2009