The Emerald Tablets of Thoth, pp 58-59
Speak I of Ancient Atlantis, speak of the days of the Kingdom of
Shadows, speak of the coming of the children of shadows. Out of
the great deep were they called by the wisdom of earth-men, called
for the purpose of gaining great power.
Far in the past before Atlantis existed, men there were who delved
into darkness, using dark magic, calling up beings from the great
deep below us. Forth came they into this cycle. Formless were they
of another vibration, existing unseen by the children of earth-men.
Only through blood could they have formed being. Only through
man could they live in the world.
In ages past were they conquered by the Masters, driven below to
the place whence they came. But some there were who remained,
hidden in spaces and planes unknown to man. Lived they in Atlantis
as shadows, but at times they appeared among men. Aye, when the
blood was offered, forth came they to dwell among men.
In the form of man moved they amongst us, but only to sight where
they as are men. Serpent-headed when the glamour was lifted but
appearing to man as men among men. Crept they into the Councils,
taking forms that were like unto men. Slaying by their arts the
chiefs of the kingdoms, taking their form and ruling o'er man. Only
by magic could they be discovered. Only by sound could their faces
be seen. Sought they from the kingdom of shadows to destroy man
and rule in his place.
But, know ye, the Masters were mighty in magic, able to lift the Veil
from the face of the serpent, able to send him back to his place.
Came they to man and taught him the secret, the Word that only a
man can pronounce. Swift then they lifted the Veil from the serpent
and cast him forth from place among men.
Yet, beware, the serpent still liveth in a place that is open at times
to the world. Unseen they walk among thee in places where the
rites have been said. Again as time passes onward shall they take
the semblance of men.
Called may they be by the master who knows the white or the black,
but only the white master may control and bind them while in the
Seek not the kingdom of shadows, for evil will surely appear. For
only the master of brightness shall conquer the shadow of fear.