All six books published by Astro-Philosophical Publishing of Denver are now available online. Previous blog posts have reported on three books by T.H. Burgoyne, and one each by Sarah S. Grimke and Henry Wagner. Belle Wagner’s sole contribution in book form was a novel based on ancient Egypt, Within the Temple of Isis. Henry Wagner’s introduction explains that fiction can sometimes be the best means of conveying truth:
We are safe in saying that ”Within The Temple of Isis” is unique and stands alone. There is no other book in print like it, and if Solomon of old had not said, “There is nothing new under the sun,” we would be inclined to contradict him.
“Within the Temple of Isis” God’s word was law as interpreted by his Hierophants; their oneness with the fountain of Being made them conscious of Nature’s secret operations, and enabled them, as it does the wise ones of to-day, to enter the Temple of Isis and observe the hidden mysteries concealed behind the veil.
Purity of motive and sincerity of purpose brought its own reward to them of old as it does to those of to-day who purify themselves before seeking for the knowledge and wisdom hidden within the “Holy of Holies”—”The Temple of Isis.”
Isis means Mother of all, while Osiris means Father of all.
The Temple of Two Truths as matter and spirit must be realized within.
The Polar Opposites are those of sex dually expressed as two poles of one law or principle as taught by Hermetic Philosophy before the law of polarization of spirit into matter, and matter back into spirit, can be understood.
The Alchemist and the Astrologer, alike, possess this wisdom, and it was this knowledge that made the Priests Kings of Egypt, so justly famous as Magicians or Wise Men.
They still exist in spirit realms and can transmit to this plane of earth their wisdom, that would make earth a veritable paradise if only the race could be made to realize its magical powers.
Scientific inventions of great moment to the race are thus projected to the earth, and spiritual Adepts in occult laws will again revive the “Wisdom Religion” upon earth in all its beauty and grandeur as the western race becomes fitted intellectually and spiritually to receive it.
Nature ever repeats herself in cycles of time on the spiritual and mental, as well as the physical planes of life.
End, there is none, time and eternity are the ever-present Now, so far as the spirit is concerned. Therefore, the readers of this strange occult book will some day realize its truths as realities of natural law on the spiritual planes of life. It is a clear, practical statement of Soul Marriage and of Soul Transfer from one earthly temple to that of another.
Nature’s laws are ever the same; therefore, the same experiences herein narrated are applicable to Neophytes seeking soul initiation to-day as they were in the days of The Temple of Isis, and if the veil of Isis could be raised for one single moment the world would be startled by the mysterious revelations disclosed.
To the Seers and the Occult Initiates alike, this book will appeal with magical force. Its truths are those of the soul and spirit, and can await the reader’s soul development for verification.
Truth needs no apology; therefore, none will be offered as an excuse for this publication. It is our desire that our readers may some day know for themselves that Truth is indeed stranger than Fiction.