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The Theosophical Society in America

Our mission is to encourage open-minded inquiry into world religions, philosophy, science, and the arts in order to understand the wisdom of the ages, respect the unity of all life, and help people explore spiritual self-transformation.

theosofest 2019
Calling all TheosoFest vendors!

We are now accepting applications for TheosoFest! This year’s festival is on Saturday, September 7 at our campus in Wheaton, IL and will feature a holistic marketplace, tasty vegetarian fare, kids’ activities, spiritual talks and demonstrations, and more. Email theosofest@theosophical.org to request an application today!

Love In Action

Saturday, March 30, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Scott Stabile


Join author Scott Stabile for an afternoon designed to reconnect you with the transcendent power of love. Stabile believes love serves as the base note for all that is good in our world, including kindness, compassion, forgiveness, vulnerability, and authenticity. Through discussion and writing exercises, we’ll spend time with those themes and reconnect with tools that return us to love when we act out of conditioning or fear.

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Upcoming Online Programs

Walking the Theosophical Path
Wed Mar 20 @10:30AM - 12:00PM

Dream Circle
Wed Mar 20 @12:30PM - 01:30PM

In the Footprints of Rumi
Thu Mar 21 @ 7:30PM - 08:30PM

Friday Gurdjieff Study Group
Fri Mar 22 @10:00AM - 11:00AM

Theosophical Teachings of Sri Madhava Ashish
Mon Mar 25 @ 9:00AM - 10:00AM

Mahatma Letters Reading and Discussion Group
Mon Mar 25 @10:45AM - 11:45AM

Non-duality Dialogue
Mon Mar 25 @ 1:00PM - 02:15PM

Walking the Theosophical Path
Wed Mar 27 @10:30AM - 12:00PM

Dream Circle
Wed Mar 27 @12:30PM - 01:30PM

The Wizard of Oz: Archetypes and Metaphysics

The Wizard of Oz: Archetypes and Metaphysics


Articles on Oz from a Theosophical perspective.

The Spirituality of Oz: The Meaning of the Movie

Andrew Johnson

The Wizard of Oz movie is "morally, ethically, spiritually, physically, positively, absolutely... true." That is, it expresses archetypal truths of inner reality.

The Wizard of Oz: The Perilous Journey

John Algeo

The Wizard of Oz can be read as a coherent allegory of our quest for enlightenment, love, service, and return to our true home--an archetypal American myth.

Oz and Kansas: A Theosophical Quest

John Algeo

The Wizard of Oz is a quest myth following J. R. R. Tolkien's pattern of "There and Back Again," expressing the ideals that motivated several members of his family, including his mother-in-law, the great feminist, Matilda Joslyn Gage.

A Notable Theosophist: L. Frank Baum

John Algeo

The author of The Wizard of Oz was a member of the Theosophical Society and referred explicitly to Theosophy in the newspaper he edited in Aberdeen, South Dakota, before he wrote the Oz books.

Dorothy Gage and Dorothy Gale

Sally Roesch Wagner

Frank and Maud Baum had four sons, but no daughter. Maud’s mother, Matilda Gage, taught her grandchildren about reincarnation. Two years after Maud’s infant niece, Dorothy Gage, died, Frank and Maud found their daughter in Dorothy Gale of Oz.