Historic: Theosophy founded

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Historic: Theosophy founded Gender: N/A
born on 7 September 1875 at 22:00 (= 10:00 PM )
Place New York NY, USA, 40n42, 74w00
Timezone LMT m74w00 (is local mean time)
Data source
Timed historic source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 15°02' s_mo.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 17°27 Asc.s_gemcol.18.gif 08°34'


An international philosophical, religious and metaphysical society that began inadvertently in New York with the lecture of a Mr. J.G. Felt about "The Lost Canon of Proportion of the Egyptians" on 9/07/1875. The audience of a dozen or more people included H.P. Blavatsky and Henry Steele Olcott. After a lengthy discussion led by Colonel Olcott, the group decided to form a society to study spiritualism. Olcott was named as President and William Judge as secretary.

The name Theosophy was selected on September 13 and their first official meeting was held on September 17 when members were charged with collecting and diffusing "knowledge of the laws which govern the universe."

By 1885, 121 lodges had been chartered and membership was running into the thousands. Between 1907 and 1911, 3,000 new members joined and by 1920, the fame of the alleged World Teacher, Krishnamurti, pushed membership up to 36,000, rising to a peak in membership of 45,000 in 1928.


Source Notes

Peter Washington quotes Olcott's writings in "Madame Blavatsky’s Baboon: A History of the Mystics, mediums, and Misfits Who Brought Spiritualism to America," Schocken Books, New York, 1995.


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