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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 to request an application today!

Leslie SannClaiming Joy

Saturday, June 1, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

JOY isn’t about the absence of disturbance. Painful experiences, as with pleasurable experiences, come and go. JOY is about the presence of something deeper than the ebb and flow of the human experience and is as available as your next breath. 
Learn vital tools to achieve more peace and joy in your life in the form of explorative inquiry followed by 30 minutes of focused breathwork.

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Upcoming Online Programs

Friday Gurdjieff Study Group
Fri May 24 @10:00AM - 11:00AM

Walking the Theosophical Path
Tue May 28 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM

Dream Circle
Wed May 29 @12:30PM - 01:30PM

Choosing Joyful Living
Thu May 30 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM

Friday Gurdjieff Study Group
Fri May 31 @10:00AM - 11:00AM

The Journey of Self-transformation
Sat Jun 01 @10:00AM - 11:00AM

Theosophical Teachings of Sri Madhava Ashish
Mon Jun 03 @ 9:00AM - 10:00AM

Mahatma Letters Reading and Discussion Group
Mon Jun 03 @10:45AM - 11:45AM

Non-duality Dialogue
Mon Jun 03 @ 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.