THE OCCULTIC WIZARD OF OZ
Dennis L. Cuddy, Ph.D.
June 29, 2009
In one of my recent columns, I referred to President Obama speaking at the University of Notre Dame. People were surprised that a Catholic university would give an honorary degree to a president who supports the right of women violently to kill their preborn babies by abortion. However, one must remember that the University’s former head, Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, was head of the population-controlling Rockefeller Foundation for a number of years in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Fidelity editor E. Michael Jones said he met Prof. Sam Shapiro of the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, on July 4, 1984, and that Shapiro’s wife who taught at Indiana University South Bend, was a strong supporter of abortion-rights. Jones also related that Shapiro told him of his concern that Prof. Gloria Kaufman, Shapiro’s wife, had “demonic energy” and was a witch.
On ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (June 4, 2009), actress Heather Graham (reared as a traditional conservative Catholic when she was a girl) told Kimmel she and some friends recently had been engaged in witchcraft, casting spells to elect Obama as President among other things. Her long blonde hair and manner reminded me of Billie Burke who played Glinda, the supposedly “good witch” in the movie The Wizard of Oz in 1939.
This movie is watched even today by many Christian parents with their children, who are oblivious to its occultic nature. The movie was based upon L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900), a Theosophical work. Baum and his wife, Maud, were Theosophists who followed the teachings of Madame Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, co-editor of the Theosophical Lucifer magazine with Annie Besant, a close friend of William Stead, one of the top members of Cecil Rhodes’ secret Society of the Elect. Besant, Rhodes Trust member Rudyard Kipling, and John Ruskin (Rhodes’ mentor) all used swastikas.
According to University of Georgia Prof. John Algeo (former president of the Theosophical Society) in the Theosophical publication The Quest (Summer 1993), The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a Theosophical allegory and “Oz is a mandala. Mandalas represent the human psyche and the world of samsura—the… world of differentiation and becoming…. Kansas is that world where there is no differentiation—but only Oneness… from which we have all come and to which we are destined to return.”
Algeo related that “Dorothy is the soul sent… out of the nirvana of Kansas into the samsura of Oz, here to find her way back again to the undifferentiated unity from which she comes…. Dorothy is brought from Kansas to Oz by a cyclone [which] is the cycle of necessity, the round of birth and death, which catches us up and brings us into life, that is, to Oz…. Toto expresses the archetype [that] represents the animal nature in all of us.”
Algeo then explained that the Cowardly Lion, Tin Woodman, and Scarecrow who respectively want courage, a heart, and a brain, come from a Blavatsky statement published by Besant, which reads: “There is no danger that dauntless courage cannot conquer; there is no trial that spotless purity cannot pass through; there is no difficulty that strong intellect cannot surmount.” Relevant to the Scarecrow’s and Tin Woodman’s debate over whether having brains or a heart is more important, that comes from Blavatsky’s Voice of the Silence section “The Two Paths” where the “Intellectual Doctrine of the Eye” is compared to the “compassionate Doctrine of the Heart.”
Algeo explained that “Dorothy’s quest in Oz is to find her way home, back to Kansas, back to nirvana,” and it has three phases. First, she follows the Yellow Brick Road which “strongly suggests the Path, the mystic way, that leads to enlightenment.” This comes from the Blavatsky-Besant statement: “There is a Road, steep and thorny, beset with perils of every kind, but yet a Road, and it leads to the very heart of the universe.” The Yellow Brick Road leads to the Emerald City, which is, according to Algeo, “the heart of the universe of Oz. At the end of the Road are the Emerald City and the Wizard. Emerald or green is the color of harmony, of balance; it is the midway in the color spectrum; it is the color of the fourth or harmonizing ray.”
Concerning the second phase, Algeo mentioned that “the wicked Witches of the East and West represent, respectively, the desire for birth and the fear of death which accompany our coming into and passing out of this life.” After crushing the Wicked Witch of the East, “thus overcoming the desire for further birth,… Dorothy must go to the uttermost West, encounter the Wicked Witch of death, and overcome her—with water, the symbol of life.”
After this, Dorothy returns to the Emerald City and discovers that the Wizard, according to Algeo, “is after all a humbug. This is perhaps the most Theosophical of all details in the fairy story. The Wizard is a humbug because all teachers we find outside ourselves are humbugs. One of the cardinal messages of Theosophy is that we can rely on no one to save us but ourselves.”
Dorothy then begins the third phase of her journey to the land of the South, as Algeo explained, “to seek the counsel of Glinda, the good Witch. To travel south is to travel deep within ourselves…. Glinda represents the intuition within each of us—the glint of the light of Truth, the only true source of guidance. What Glinda tells Dorothy is that she has always had the power to go back to Kansas; Dorothy needs no guru, for she is her own guide. She need only rely upon herself….” Algeo concluded his essay by stating: “If there is a ‘moral’ to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, this is it: we must rely on ourselves, for we alone have the power to save ourselves.”
The occultic, anti-Biblical Theosophical philosophy of Baum’s work is being absorbed unknowingly by millions of parents and their children even today. This Theosophical “save ourselves” principle can also be found in the Humanist Manifestos and in the New Age “god within” concepts, which are undermining the Biblical Truths of helpful prayers to the One True God and Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
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Contrary to the witchery of Baum’s Glinda, Heather Graham and her stooge Kimmel, Deuteronomy 18:10 states: “There shall not be found among you… a witch.” And in 2 Chronicles 33:2-6, Manasseh “did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord,... used witchcraft and dealt… with wizards….” Rather, we should constantly obey the Biblical admonition of Romans 12:9, which states: “…Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.”
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