The Key to Dante's Divine Comedy
Artwork by J. Augustus Knapp commissioned by Manly P. Hall for The Secret Teachings of All Ages
"In the midst of the hemisphere of water stands a conical mountain, Purgatory, rising in seven steps. On its summit is the terrestrial Paradise of Garden of Eden where Dante met Beatrice. According to The Divine Comedy, as the soul climbs the seven steps of Purgatory it is cleansed of the seven mortal sins, and it then ascends through the seven spheres of the Ptolemaic universe. To each of the planets is assigned one of the seven virtues. In the eighth sphere the soul receives a knowledge of spiritual truths and in the ninth, or highest, it is absorbed into the celestial mysteries." Manly P. Hall, The Secret Teachings of All Ages
image size ~10" x 14 1/2"
image size ~11" x 15 3/4"