Ancient Wisdom and Secret Sects by Time-Life Books

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The editors of Time-Life Books have produced one other fascinating sequence: Mysteries of the Unknown. historical knowledge and mystery Sects are delivered to you in awesome element via vibrant images and interesting, informative textual content.

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Uull's philosophy derived from the Kabbalah, and his messages to the heathen included the use of symbolic Hebrew letters and geometric diagrams. Ramon This fifteenth-century illustration from Llull's Opera Chemica depicts the Ramon Perched among Hermetic tree of life. The seven main branches and ten heads symbolize the seven planets, the ten spheres of Kabbalistic tradition, and the various aspects man sheds as he ascends the tree. The serpent wound about the trunk is variously interpreted as the wisdom necessary for enlightenment, and the primal energy of the soul.

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