Theosophy (periodical)

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Theosophy was the name of two different periodicals. This article describes the more famous periodical of the same name, published from November, 1912 until September-October, 2007. It was produced out of San Francisco and Los Angeles, California, by The Theosophy Company associated with the United Lodge of Theosophists. It was initially edited by Robert Crosbie.

An earlier journal of the same name was issued from 1896-1897. It succeeded William Quan Judge's The Path, and continued the same volume numbering scheme. It was edited by Ernest Temple Hargrove.

Statement of policy and purpose

The magazine described itself this way in advertisements:

A monthly magazine, devoted to the promulgation of Theosophy as it was given by those who brought it. The policy of the Magazine is independent devotion to the cause of Theosophy, without professing attachment to any Theosophical Organization. It is loyal to the great Founders of the Theosophical Movement, but does not concern itself with dissensions or differences of individual opinion.

The purpose of the Magazine is to reprint the many valuable articles by H. P. Blavatsky and William Q. Judge that are long since out of print and inaccessible to most students; to publish original studies and collations of the teachings of the Messengers; to encourage and aid all students to a "return to the source" and a "following of the lines laid down" by H. P. B.; for the true basis of Unity among all Theosophists, wherever and however situated, must be "Similarity of Aim, Purpose and Teaching."[1]

Index to the periodical

The Union Index of Theosophical Periodicals provides a searchable index to this periodical online, listing article titles and authors in chronological sequence.

Digital versions

More than 1400 articles are available at the Wisdom World website.


  1. Back cover of The American Theosophist 14.6 (March, 1912), 520.