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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Weiser Books; 1rst edition (February 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578631696
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578631698
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,983,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David Ovason has published numerous books in the arcane field. His first, a study of the secret texts of the French prophet, Nostradamus, The Nostradamus Code, has been hailed as a masterpiece of its kind. His second work, The Zelator, presents the fascinating autobiography of the magus, Mark Hedsel - a personal story which tells of the tribulations and triumphs experienced by a man who sought initiation in the modern world. More recently he has written Nostradamus: Prophecies for America, The Secret Symbolism of the Dollar Bill and The History of the Horoscope. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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One needs a moral compass, courage and many good friends on this way.
Yelena Shekhtman
For any devoted esoteric seekers of the truth and knowledge, I would highly recommend this book.
ZSky
This book provides a great introduction into occult (secret) teachings.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By "johnno30" on September 30, 2002
Format: Paperback
An amazing book giving a few, no make that many secrets away of the ancient mystery schools which have survived to this day. Mainly with a Gurdjieff flavour with a few astrological, Rosicrucian and ancient history references.
This is a slow burning type of book where the student has to search for the meaning behind Hedsel's veiled secrets. True Esotericism at its best to guide the seeker onward. Much like Fulcanelli, Hedsel and Ovason's secrets are only really available to those with eyes to see.
The Bibliographic notes meticulously compiled by David Ovason run into 103 (Yes that's 103) pages and are worth the price of the book alone. They act as a signpost for the initiate who is seeking further answers pointing to a mixture of some rather obscure and common texts.
There is a website dedicated to the book which I have published on the web. Just type "Hedsel" and "Zelator" on Google to find it.
Highly recommended.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By ZSky on January 20, 2008
Format: Paperback
Mark Hedsel has written an intriguing account of his journey in his "Zelator." This remarkable book holds full of gems and insights as one will discover new knowledge that lies within.

This book will surely takes the reader to the experience the mysterious knowledge as well the esoteric path. In this work, one can see the keys to unlock the ancient mysteries and knowledge.

With little over eight chapters and roughly 460 pages as well the included fascinating pictures, this book is tough to read but well worth the read.

For any devoted esoteric seekers of the truth and knowledge, I would highly recommend this book.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Tommy on November 13, 2001
Format: Paperback
Without this book, I would still be asleep.
"The Zelator" will prove to be an insightful and inspiring read for all newcomers to Hermetic philosophy, and the occult in general.
I agree that some of the information contained is not wholly accurate, but the serious student will find that further exploration of the various concepts contained will clarify any errors or misunderstandings.
Ovason's footnotes, although extensive and fairly well informed, do tend to dwell on unimportant aspects of the subjects covered by Hedsel. The variety of arcane subjects dealt with and explained by Hedsel will provide a basic grounding in hermetic studies for any new student.
There are also moments when Hedsel explains events in his life in relation to various alchemical operations. At times these insights into his personal life are touching and often moving.
This book sets out to tell the story of one man's personal journey through initiation, it does not claim to be an instruction manual for magical works. It explores areas of occult study which would not be discussed so openly elsewhere and, for this alone, it deserves the respect of the reader.
An excellent book.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By C. MacCallum on December 1, 2007
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Mark Hedsel had given a gift to seekers in this lovely book. Depending on where you are in your own journey, the Zelator will seem a rambling account of a man's journey through life, or as a cornucopia of esoteric clues and signposts. As another reviewer has pointed out, Hedsel gently points the seeker in different directions but leaves it to them to follow up. Thus has ever been the esoteric path. I've read this book three times now. I'm sure I will read it many more, discovering something new each time. Highly recommended.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on March 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
The Zelator: A Modern Initiate Explores The Ancient Mysteries is the engaging, candid, fascinating story of Mark Hedsel's life-long quest for true understandings of ancient metaphysics, magic, and spirituality. He shares his path of initiation into the antiquarian mysteries held within the silence of secret societies of Europe, the mid-East, and America. These are schools of thought and ritual tracing their heritage back to the hermetic lore of fabled Egypt. The Zelator will prove informative and revealing to students of metaphysics and others who seek the path to lost knowledge and ancient insights into the mysteries of life and the universe.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 9, 2000
Format: Paperback
Mark Hedsel provides us with a rare glimpse of the secret knowledge that has been hidden from the common man (the "sleepers"), and only available to the initiates and masters.
Mark Hedsel reveals to the seeker of hidden knowledge/truth the opportunity to learn the many aspects of mysticism, encompassing many fields (ranging from the Arts to Zorastrianism). This book is not written for the average person (sleeper), but for those who are already learned, wise, spiritual, and who burns for higher knowledge and insight (Zelator).
This book is a catalyst providing additional impetus for higher learning (such as becoming a Rosicrucian/AMORC member) for those who are evolved and ready to advance further.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mr P. J. Ruane on May 17, 2000
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When I began reading this book I found it a little strange and sometimes weird. It introduces many themes of an arcane nature that are unusual and unfamiliar. The book is basically a journal of Mark Hedsel's journey through the arcane word of spirituality and arcane knowledge. He was taught by many masters on different subjects, and the book itself was fascinating reading.
In order to gain the most from the book it is necessary to read it on an esoteric level rather than literally, otherwise you would dismiss it as gobbledegook. I liked the author's method of pointing you gently in the right direction, by dropping references to certain books and works, which if you were so inclined, you would follow up on. I would recommend that anyone reading this book should do so twice with a break of a few months in between. This is because the meaning of certain passages is not immediately apparent and a second reading with a fresh and developed esoteric mind is required.
I have given it four stars because I found a chapter on the moon to be bizarre and was left pretty clueless after reading it. Apart from that the book itself is fascinating.
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