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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.

Meditation Retreat: Navigating Life’s Changes and Challenges

SantikaroFriday, January 25 – Sunday, January 27

We often view our lives in terms of oppositions: good and bad, old and new, friend and foe. These perceptions and beliefs provide a sense of security for navigating the continual changes of circumstance in our personal lives. But change is remorseless, and new events can challenge our comfort zone. With skillful guidance from Santikaro, we will explore some of these challenging questions and develop Buddhist practices that help us work through them. The retreat will include noble silence for meditation and contemplation, guided practices, and Dharma talks.

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Upcoming Online Programs

Esoteric Christianity: Awakening to Inner Mysteries
Mon Jan 21 @ 7:00PM - 08:00PM

Walking the Theosophical Path
Wed Jan 23 @10:30AM - 12:00PM

Dream Circle
Wed Jan 23 @12:30PM - 01:30PM

Karma and Reincarnation: Disciplines of Initiation
Wed Jan 23 @ 7:00PM - 08:00PM

Friday Gurdjieff Study Group
Fri Jan 25 @10:00AM - 11:00AM

Gurdjieff Unveiled: An Introduction to Gurdjieff’s Teaching
Fri Jan 25 @12:30PM - 01:30PM

Theosophical Teachings of Sri Madhava Ashish
Mon Jan 28 @ 9:00AM - 10:00AM

Mahatma Letters Reading and Discussion Group
Mon Jan 28 @10:45AM - 11:45AM

Non-duality Dialogue
Mon Jan 28 @ 1:00PM - 02:15PM

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.