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Spiritualism, Madame Blavatsky, and Theosophy

An Eyewitness View of Occult History

Rudolf Steiner Introduction by Christopher Bamford

288 pp.  
6" x 9"



Published:  November 2002


Without the spiritualist movement and the amazing personality of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, the creator of the Theosophical Society, the spiritual revolution of the twentieth century—the so-called New Age, with all its movers and shakers—would be unimaginable. And the work of Rudolf Steiner, G.I. Gurdjieff, René Guénon, Hazrat Inayat Khan, Sri Aurobindo, R.A. Schwaller de Lubicz, and C.G. Jung could not have become what it was.

In this fascinating volume on the Theosophical movement, Rudolf Steiner, one of its primary participants, tells his story in his own words. We are told of the origins of the theosophical movement in spiritualism and somnambulism. We are given Steiner's own version of the relationship between Anthroposophy and Theosophy through his White Lotus Day Lectures, given over several years on the anniversary of Madame Blavatsky's death.

Steiner then moves into the realm of occult history, where he relates Theosophy to its historical ground in Western esotericism, especially Rosicrucianism. He reveals events from the seventeenth century that led to the emergence of Freemasonry and other secret societies, as well as the hidden history of the creation of Theosophy in the nineteenth century and the conflicts that still reverberate today between the Anglo-Saxon and Germanic occult streams.


Introduction by Christopher Bamford
Prologue: A Personal Statement (from "The Barr Document" for Édouard Schuré)

PART ONE: Spiritualism, Somnambulism, and Theosophy
1. Theosophy and Spiritualism, Berlin, February 1, 1904
2. Theosophy and Somnambulism, Berlin, March 7, 1904
3. The History of Spiritualism, Berlin, May 30, 1904
4. The History of Hypnotism, Berlin, June 6, 1904

PART Two: White Lotus Day Lectures: In Honor of the Anniversary of Madame Blavatsky’s Death
5. The Return of the Mysteries, Berlin, May 7, 1906
6. Remembering Madame Blavatsky, Munich, May 8, 1907
7. Christ and the Further Development of Conscience, Berlin, May 8, 1910
8. Ancient Wisdom and the Heralding of the Christ Impulse, Cologne, May 8, 1912

PART THREE: Hidden Aspects of Occult History
9. Materialism and Occultism, Dornach, October 10, 1915
10. The Founding of the Theosophical Society, Dornach, October 11, 1915
11. The Significance of the Eighth Sphere, Dornach, October 17, 1915
12. More on the Eighth Sphere, Dornach, October 18, 1915
13. Some Background to the Role of Madame Blavatsky, Berlin, March 28, 1916
14. Occult Brotherhoods, Berlin, April 4, 1916
15. Madame Blavatsky's Occult Imprisonment, Dornach, December 26, 1916

PART FOUR: From Theosophy to Anthroposophy
16. Homeless Souls, Dornach, June10, 1923
17. The Unveiling of Spiritual Truths, Dornach, June 11, 1923
18. The Opposition to Spiritual Revelations, Dornach, June 12, 1923
19. Spiritual Truths and the Physical World, Dornach, June 13, 1923
20. The Decline of the Theosophical Society, Dornach, June 14, 1923
21. The Emergence of the Anthroposophical Movement, Dornach, June 15, 1923

Sources and Background Reading

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  • Freemasonry and Ritual Work : The Misraim Service (CW 265)
  • From the History and Contents of the First Section of the Esoteric School : Letters, Documents, and Lectures: 1904–1914 (CW 264)

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    Anthroposophy: Esoteric Studies and Esoteric: Esoteric Studies