Meetings with Remarkable Books: Madame Blavatsky

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Well, such a series would be sorely lacking if we didn’t have an appearance from Madame Helena Blavatsky. The world-traveling polymath of the occult, Madame Blavatsky has had a huge influence on spiritualism. She was central to the burgeoning interest in spiritualism and the occult beginning in the nineteenth century.  After traveling the world, with classic stops in places like Tibet, Egypt and Greece she began setting up various organizations. Most notably, in 1875 Blavatsky founded the Theosophical Society in New York City with Henry Steel Olcott and William Judge. Soon after she completed some of her most famous work, including The Secret Doctrine and Isis Unveiled both pictured below.

 

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She also ended up with American citizenship, so feel free to celebrate her this weekend. Also look at those beautiful volumes above. They’re also red white and blue! Who knew that a Russian spiritualist could make one feel so patriotic?

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