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PANTHEISTICON : Secrets of the Ages — NEW “Esoteric Edition” of John Toland’s 300 year old “Wizard’s Handbook” for the Learned

Gateways and doorways are for entrance and exit, and we are justifiably annoyed when people stand in them and talk. Perhaps that is the trouble with so many of our Gateways to Truth. There is too much talking in them, and too little getting through.
– Gertrude Moakley (1959)

JOHN TOLAND coined the term “pantheism” in 1705, describing the philosophical paradigm of Spinoza – a doctrine that identifies “God” or divinity with the whole of the Universe – All-as-One. As revealed in the pages of the PANTHEISTICON, this Secret Doctrine, observing a “Universal Law” animating and acting upon all things, is actually one-to-one with an “Esoteric” Truth known among learned brotherhoods since ancient times – and it is not the same as the “Exoteric” truths vulgarly thrown about and debated on the surface world for the Realm of the masses.

[This Mardukite Blog is excerpted from the newly released ‘Tercentenary Esoteric Edition’ of John Toland’s mystical classic Hermetic Philosophy Society Handbook on External and Internal Doctrines of the Ancients — PANTHEISTICON — revised and enhanced by JOSHUA FREE for the Mardukite Library Archives & NexGen Systemological Society as ‘Liber S88’ — #pantheisticon.]

PANTHEISM is named for a “divine energy” imbuing and encompassing All Things and the “Cosmic Law” that dictates the natures of All Things and their energetic interactions with each other. This Truth exists at all levels – those we can observe causally and even those we only see effects from. It exists independent of human belief and whims of fantasy, yet is responsible for sparking both. It was observed among elite classes of the ancient world just as it has been carried forth into modern “New Age” systems via mystic traditions of Freemasonry, Rosicrucians, Illuminati, and in the case of this wizard’s handbook of John Toland – the founding father of Antiquarian NeoDruidism.

Noted public “subscribers” to this form of PANTHEISM include:


Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
Georg Wilhelm Friedrick Hegel,
Ludwig van Beethoven,
Ralph Waldo Emerson,
Alfred Lord Tennyson,
Henry David Thoreau,
Walt Whitman,
Leo Tolstoy,
Robert G. Ingersoll,
Nikola Tesla,
Carl Jung,
Albert Einstein,
D.H. Lawrence,
Ansel Adams,
Alan Watts,
Timothy Leary…

All of these folk made vast intellectual contributions and demonstrated an understanding of the Universe that required going beyond or outside of what the external or societal (mass) capacity allows: hence since the days of the Ancient Mystery School, “Esoteric Truth” has remained for the most part “occult” — “hidden” in the folds of those meeting in Societies outside the boundaries of the Realm.

Most famous depiction of John Toland (and he is holding the Pantheisticon)

JOHN TOLAND published his PANTHEISTICON in 1720 (along with a related work CLIDOPHORUS excerpted in the appendix of this Tercentenary 300th Anniversary Edition) with only a few copies circulating privately.

In spite of the “Universal Truth” professed, in its time, the title, use of pagan ideology and a liturgy imitating that of the Church of England was as offensive as the appearance of a “Satanic Bible.”

The PANTHEISTICON is so relevant to NexGen Mardukite and Systemological paradigm studies that Joshua Free prepared this specially enhanced and annotated edition to the public from within our private Esoteric Library Archives of our internal organization, presenting the “Secret of ALL Ages for the Learned”!


The Wizard’s Handbook of John Toland

edited by Joshua Free — (S88)
A Modern Edition of the Mystical Classic Hermetic Philosophy Secret Society Handbook on External and Internal Doctrines of the Ancients returns for its 300th Anniversary “Tercentenary Esoteric Edition” revised and enhanced by prodigious mystic and scholar, Joshua Free.

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PHERYLLT 3 – Completion of Pheryllt “Books of Fferyllt” Trilogy Series by Joshua Free

In ancient Keltia, the Druid Order consisted of learned ones, those educated in Bardic Arts: cosmology and spirituality, natural-native history and geology, legendary history of heroes and mythology, healing and botanical medicine, astrononmy and astronology, and of course ‘magic’ – all of which are hidden in lines of Bardic verse and the researches of those who study them. As primary preservers of Celtic and Druid Mysteries, it is no wonder that Bardic Druids were considered the transmitter or catalyst of -awen- the essence, Divine Spark or spirit of inspiration that the Greeks termed ‘gnosis’. It is to the ‘ebb and flow’ of the -awen field- that the magical and poetic genius of the Bard is attributed.

Preservation of ancient knowledge is key among all elite orders of the ages. This Ancient Mystery School is timeless and spans all places on Earth. Past mystical cultures often relied on elite orders of scribe-priests and poet-magicians to bridge ancestral roots and traditions with the future – orders rooted in ‘languages’, ‘communication’, and above all the written word. The poetic genius of “awen” – the Divine Spark of Creation – manifests throughout all creative arts and as the spirt of “prophecy,” an ability to observe experiences with a heightened awareness and communicate it in the World of Form. Druidism is, therefore, an echo of this “poetic genius,” an amalgamation of collected knowledge preserved by the ancient elite, including a mystical and scientific understanding of the world that eluded the perceptual range of ‘common’ folk.

PHERYLLT: Volume 1
PHERYLLT: Volume 2
PHERYLLT: Volume 3

A unique metaphysical apprenticeship combining diverse facets of knowledge – from practical magic, to Welsh Bardic tradition, to Celtic history, or even foreign philosophies assimilated by the Druids – all appear in Douglas Monroe’s Merlyn Trilogy under a premise of being derived from the Book of Pheryllt (or Books of Fferyllt); a collective ‘body’ of Druidic wisdom also called the Body of the Dragon. As such, a wide array of sources and subjects were required to develop an allegorical facsimile (but legitimately authentic) manifestation of the Book of Pheryllt consistent with the mysterious manner in which Bards and Druids conceal and reveal the secret tradition. Considering the sheer variety of citations and scattered references in Monroe’s work, meeting justifiably high requirements and expectations for the ‘Body of the Dragon’ would require more than one volume to be complete and follow protocols – actually three volumes: a TRIAD interwoven as ONE.

Many antiquated scholarly references to the “Books of Fferyllt” or the “Pheryllt” themselves may be found (included or paraphrased in the current Book of Pheryllt trilogy series facsmile). Whatever bits trickle down from classical literature and antiquarian druidism to satisfy a modern thirst for the ‘pheryllt paradigm’ have been collected together in one place – a sacred book once thirded and now made whole – forming a complete sourcebook of undefiled lore. Whatever name, guise, or title we might attribute to the ‘Body of the Dragon’ – and we have chosen PHERYLLT – this same lore (originally accessible to few) serves as basis for the majority of Celtic and neo-Druidic revival of the past few centuries; whether or not it has been given due credit as such.

PHERYLLT: Volume 1
PHERYLLT: Volume 2
PHERYLLT: Volume 3

Several different cycles of important Celtic and Welsh literature and lore – Hanes Taliesin, Cad Goddeu, the Gwarchans, Cymric Triads, the books of Aneurin, Taliesin, Myrddin… – are all found in the Iolo Manuscripts including the Myvyrian Archaeology anthology and Barddas. In fact, we can essentially trace the abundant wealth of surviving Welsh MS. – including the Mabinogion – back to “Iolo Morganwg” (Edward Williams) and manuscripts ascribed to “Llywelyn Sion.” Where a thick scholarly aura accumulated from years of controversy may surround the ‘authenticity’ of some of these manuscripts, valid substitution shortages have bound the modern revival specifically to these available texts and the tradition gleaned from them.

The Book of Pheryllt trilogy of volumes edited by Joshua Free (also collected together in one volume in the forthcoming “Pheryllt -or- Body of the Dragon” anthology to be released later this year) is the realization of a legendary tome collecting wisdom passed down from an equally legendary ‘priesthood’ known in the histories of the Druids as the PHERYLLT (pronounced FAIR-ee-llt or VAIR-ult) – those who resided in the ancient Snowdonian mountains of northern Wales. There, they inhabited an ‘ambrosial city’ named for its mysterious founder, PHARAON (FAR-ah-on), meaning ‘higher powers’ and possibly alluding to the ‘celestial’ authority of a “Pharaoh.” Perhaps it is the practice of “Druid Craft” to call down ‘higher powers’ to conjure inspiration and magic in the world – perhaps that is what Ceridwen is doing where Taliesin the Bard writes: – “She took to the crafts of the Books of Fferyllt to boil a cauldron of awen.” According to our modern ‘Neo-Pheryllt’ tradition, a manuscript known as the Book of Pheryllt exists from the 16th Century collection attributed to Llywelyn Sion of Glamorgan Wales. Along with its companion volume, Barddas, also purportedly by Llywelyn Sion, the manuscripts moved from the library of Owen Morgan (“Morian”) to the private collection of the Albion Lodge of the United Ancient Order of Druids in Oxford (an ancient stronghold of the Pheryllt Order noted by Ralph Waldo Emerson).

PHERYLLT: Volume 1
PHERYLLT: Volume 2
PHERYLLT: Volume 3

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