Melbourne Theosophical Society turns a page with new-look bookshop
The CBD’s Melbourne Theosophical Society (MTS) has announced its iconic metaphysical bookshop and library has reopened with a new-look community space.
Madame Blavatsky, the Woman Who Brought the Occult to America
In October 1874, a Russian woman named Madame Blavatsky arrived on a farm in Chittenden, Vermont. It was no ordinary country outing: She had traveled to the Eddy Brothers’ farm
Why Archaeologists Are Not Looking For Atlantis
This book [Ignatius Donnelly, Atlantis: The Antediluvian World] and Madame Blavatsky’s had a huge impact on what would become known as “Atlantaology” but are also the beginnings of the idea that real historical (and notably, non-white) ancient civilizations weren’t capable of sophisticated existence without the help of a mythical people, an ideology that would take a very dark turn.
The Real Time The USSR Tried To Visit A Magical City
The Theosophists came to believe that Shambhala was the wondrous city of the Ancient Masters, located deep within the Earth, which could only be reached through a hidden valley in Tibet. It was this version of Shambhala that Barchenko became obsessed with reaching. But 1920s Tibet was a wild and dangerous place
How an Irish poet [James Henry Cousins] and playwright became a part of India’s cultural mosaic
It was also in Dublin that James met his wife Margaret (Gretta as she preferred to be called), a key figure in the women’s suffrage movement in Ireland. The two embraced and propagated vegetarianism and became involved in Helena Blavatsky’s Theosophical Foundation. Around the time of the beginning of the First World War, they decided to make the life-changing move to India.
From an early age, he became interested in theosophy and aware of the religious and cultural heritage of India through Buddhist and Hindu scriptures. However, the Second Boer War and the Russo-Japanese War brought about a new chapter, as his views became more nationalist-oriented.
Hilma af Klint goes multimedia: NFTs launched on Pharrell Williams's Goda platform are latest digital offering of Abstract artist's work
Af Klint—who dabbled in spiritualism and automatic drawing in a group of Stockholm women artists called the Five—followed Rudolf Steiner, the philosopher of spiritual science, and the mystic Madame Blavatsky into the fashionable, well-funded Theosophical movement.
Walk with Hilma af Klint: AR brings works by the mystic mother of abstraction to London's Regent's Park
Af Klint, who dabbled in spiritualism and automatic drawing in a group of Stockholm women artists called the Five, followed Rudolf Steiner, the philosopher of spiritual science, and the mystic Madame Blavatsky into the fashionable, well-funded Theosophical movement.
Hilma af Klint Artwork Makes Its Metaverse Debut
Furthermore, Hilma af Klint was originally a Christian but began exploring spiritualism. As a result, she became interested in Rudolf Steiner’s Rosicrucian theosophy and anthroposophy.
Hilma af Klint: the mystical pioneer of abstract art
Hilma Af Klimt, born in 1862 in Sweden, was a mystic and spiritist who dedicated her life to giving form in her paintings to the invisible reality of the spirit world. She was a follower of the then-contemporary “theosophy” movement (inspired by the Russian Helena Blavatsky)
Hilma af Klint: Swedish mystic hailed as the true pioneer of abstract art
Almost 80 years after her death, a biography will be published this month, Tate Modern plans a 2023 exhibition, and she is the subject of a film, as she is finally recognised as a visionary artist
Immerse Yourself in the Visionary World of Hilma af Klint
The publication of the final volume of the artist’s Catalogue Raisonné, and a VR experience in London in Frieze Week, offer a unique encounter with the trailblazing artist
Hilma af Klint + Piet Mondrian : Forms of Life
Across Europe, artists and thinkers like af Klint and Mondrian turned to esoteric movements like theosophy and anthroposophy as a way of reconciling religion with the modern world // Hilma af Klint and Piet Mondrian: Forms of Life, Tate Modern, 20th April – 3rd September 2023 // This will be the largest presentation of Hilma af Klint’s work in the UK to date.
Hilma af Klint: A Biography by Julia Voss review – portrait of the painter as a mystic
The Swedish abstract artist who conversed with the dead is described as a woman years ahead of her time in this scholarly, sympathetic study Hilma af Klint: A Biography by Julia Voss (translated by Anne Posten) is published by University of Chicago Press (£28). To support the Guardian and Observer order your copy at guardianbookshop.com.
The Timeless Shimmer Of Beatrice Wood
A follower of Theosophy and of its main proponent Krishnamurti, she settled near Ojai, California to be near his center.
Edwin Lutyens: Know about the British architect who designed New Delhi and Rashtrapati Bhavan
In April 1897, Lutyens married Lady Emily Bulwer-Lytton, daughter of the late Viceroy of India, Edward Bulwer-Lytton. They had five children, but the marriage experienced a period of near-estrangement on account of Emily’s heavy involvement with Theosophy and devotion to the spiritual leader Jiddu Krishnamurti.
Book: The Crash of a Civilization
As noted earlier, Jesus was most likely born in the sect called Essene. The founder of the Theosophical Society, Helena Blavatsky, suggested that Jesus had secretly been trained by the Essenes and later left the community and became a traveling healer.
Ernest de Gengenbach: Satanist, (Pseudo-)Surrealist, Roman Catholic
He wrote a fake surrealist poem titled “L’Abbé de l’Abbaye,” became famous for his public apostasy that happened in the Adyar Temple of the Theosophical Society and for the publication of “Satan à Paris,”
Torquay house once the most haunted in England
Claiming to be psychic from a young age, she [Violet Tweedale (1862-1936)] became involved in Spiritualism and Theosophy, and was a close associate of the occultist Helena Blavatsky. Violet was also a member of the magical Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, one of the largest single influences on twentieth century occultism.
To Die Alone: On Coco Picard’s “The Healing Circle”
Has the modern world discovered the ancient truths of Buddhism or simply invented a new version? American civil war veteran Henry Steel Olcott and Russian aristocrat émigré Madame Helene Petrovna Blavatsky, travelled together to Ceylon (modern-day Sri Lanka) and joined the struggle there against Christian missionaries.
Theosophy: An Old Error In New Packaging
The quest for forbidden knowledge began even in the first century with the Gnostics and continues in our day with permutations of the so-called New Age movement. An important link in that chain of errors is Theosophy, a set of esoteric beliefs formulated by the Russian Madame Helena Pavlovna Blavatsky
The Old Roots of New Age: New exhibit explores how once-obscure beliefs spread through publishing and pop culture
As early as 1885, these ideas were being circulated by Helena Blavatsky, “an aristocratic world traveler” and founder of the Theosophic Society. Blavatsky claimed she was passing along wisdom she obtained from Tibetan gurus. “I don’t know if anyone believed her, even at the time,” Gartrell said, “but she told a good story.” And good stories get passed around.
“A NEW CHURCH for RACISTS”: INSIDE the CHURCH of ARYANITY
Many of the “prophecies” espoused by CoA’s leader stem from Helena Blavatsky’s “root race” theory. These theories, which the 19th century con woman posturing as an occultist outlined in her book, “The Secret Doctrine”, have long been cited in attempts to affirm the beliefs of those who ascribe to Nazi ideologies.
The Man Who Hitched A Ride To Venus (Allegedly)
While I don’t fault the underlying principles, some of the phrasing and concepts gave me pause. You may recall my previous mention that Adamski was a practitioner (and teacher) of the neo-theosophical movement.