The Occult Symbolism of the Wizard of Oz Posted By: (LRB)
Before writing the Wizard of Oz, the author L. Frank Baum was editor of the Aberdeen Saturday Pioneer. In 1890, Baum wrote a series of articles regarding Theosophy, including his views on the use of mystic symbolism in fiction, something he put into practice ten years later with the Wizard of Oz. At that time, he wasn’t a member of the Theosophical Society but he exhibited a profound understanding of its teachings. The story of the Wizard of Oz is greatly admired by prominent members of the Theosophical Society, so much so that in 1986, they recognized Baum as a “notable Theosophist” who thoroughly represented the organization’s philosophy.
Although the Wizard of Oz is considered by many as a children’s fairy tale, it is rife with occult symbolism & spiritual allegory.
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