“Merlin, like all these mysterious mythological sages, is the secret doctrine itself, born of heaven and earth and locked within a house of glass—the sphere of illusion.”- Orders of the Quest, The Holy Grail (Adept Series) by Manly P.Hall pg. 59
“When the proper time came, Merlin (the secret doctrine) , by his magic, caused to appear in the Cathedral Church of London, before the high altar, a large stone with an anvil of steel upon it and a sword thrust into the anvil. Beneath in letters of gold was the inscription: “Who so pulleth out this sword of this stone and anvile, is rightwise king borne of England.” Only Arthur could draw forth the sword, in this way proving his right to the succession. We are reminded of Notung, the sword of the Volsungs, which Odin thrust into the oak, and which only Sigmund could draw from the tree. The sword trial represents the release of the will from bondage to the material elements, signified by the anvil and the stone. Parallels in other esoteric traditions indicate that the test of the sword symbolizes initiation.” – Orders of the Quest, The Holy Grail (Adept Series) by Manly P.Hall pg. 62
“The cube stone is the body; it her been as symbolized for centuries, and today among the Masons the Ashlar is the symbol of Man. Experience is the anvil, and it is upon this anvil that the sword is tempered. The sword is spirit, and he who would be King in the true spiritual sense of the word must first show his divine power by freeing the Sword of Spirit from the casings of the lower man and the world. It is the same symbol as that later used by Sir Galahad, the guileless knight, the personification of the purified man, who comes without a sword but who later arms himself with the sword of spirit that he draws from the cube block which was floating down the river (of life) past Camelot Sir Galahad had the strength of ten because his heart was pure, and the Knight of today must follow in the same path. If you have read the story of King Arthur, you will remember how he was given Excallbur, the enchanted sword, how it came up out of the water held by a hand draped in white. Excallbur represents light and truth, which is the weapon of the true Initiate.
In England there still hangs on a courthouse wall the Round Table of King Arthur. In the very center of the table is a beautiful rose painted in natural colors. This symbol is that of the Rosicrucians, the ancient alchemists, and there is a direct connection between the legend of the British King and the ancient philosopher’s of fire. “-The Initiates of the Flame Manly P. Hall pg. 67,69
“… Arthur himself never attempted the Quest of the Grail, but through his Knight-hood of the Round Table, which Merlin had devised and over which the king presided as Grand Master, the accomplishment of the Grail Quest by four holy knights was possible. Thus the Round Table becomes the material universe itself, ruled by the demiurgus, the Greek Zeus, presiding over the circle of divinities, the twelve great gods of Olympus. Merlin is Kronos, and Galahad is Dionysus. In the esoteric hierarchy, Merlin is the secret doctrine, The Round Table of King Arthur, generally referred to as the Winchester table top. Arthur, the formal structure of the Mystery Schools, and Galahad, the adept, in whose person the mystery of the redemption is revealed.” – Orders of the Quest, The Holy Grail (Adept Series) by Manly P.Hall
“…in the old records, the original table (Round Table of Knights) had space for thirty-two, including the throne of the king and the Siege Perilous. Thirty-two chairs plus the Grail throne in the middle would give the highly significant number thirty-three. Here is a possible Masonic intimation of thirty-two degrees earned and one bestowed by the “grace of God.” – Orders of the Quest, The Holy Grail (Adept Series) by Manly P.Hall
“Materialism (King Arthur) is finally destroyed by its own progeny, and of all the circle of the Round Table knights, Galahad (the adept) alone not only attained the Grail but was translated to heaven without the mystery of death. From the birth of Sir Modred the same note of inevitable tragedy dominated the theme that hung over the Odinic Rites. As the body of the dying Arthur (Materialism) was borne away after the battle of CamIan, it was left for Sir Bedivere to perform the last rituals of the Round Table. He carried the sword Excalibur to the shores of the lake and threw it far out over the water. A hand rose from the deep and, grasping the blade, carried it beneath the waves. The sword is the power of the will, human and divine, which returns to space from whence it came in the day that is called “the twilight of the gods.”- Orders of the Quest, The Holy Grail (Adept Series) by Manly P.Hall
“In England the Grail Quest became the central object of the Knights of the Round Table. The Arthurian Cycle in turn inspired the rituals of the Garter.” – Orders of the Quest, The Holy Grail (Adept Series) by Manly P. Hall Pg. 81
“From the Arthurian assembly, the Mysteries of the Grail kingdom passed to the Knights of the Garter, whose Order represented the secret kingdom of the heroes.” – Orders of the Quest, The Holy Grail (Adept Series) by Manly P. Hall Pg. 83
In 1963, Walt Disney released
The Sword in the Stone which is about the Arthurian Legend.