Consuelo de Aldag

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1931 publicity flyer, TSA Archives
1931 publicity flyer, TSA Archives

Consuelo R. Vda. de Aldag was born September 8, 1888 in Oaxaca, Mexico, of German-Mexican ancestry, and educated in German and American schools. She became a member of The Theosophical Society, Adyar in 1910, and served as President of the Aura Lodge during 1914-1918.[1]

Theosophical work

Mrs. Aldag was a prominent lecturer in the United States and Mexico, and is considered to be one of the "pioneers of the theosophical movement in Mexico."[2] During the years 1924-1929, she and her son Henry lived at The Manor in Sydney, Australia. In 1929, she represented Mexico at the 1929 Theosophical World Congress in Chicago.[3] She arrived early for the event to spend time "studying American customs before returning to Mexico."[4] During 1930-32, she toured the United States as a national lecturer. In addition to public lectures, she was particularly skilled at lodge work, helping local groups to resolve issues of lodge methods, procedures, propaganda, and suitable lines of study.[5]

Her work was reported in The Theosophical Messenger:

From every place where she stays come enthusiastic reports of her work, and inquiries about return engagements. She has courses of lectures, from four to seven, on Elementary Theosophy, and Theosophy, the Mother of Religions, also Applied Theosophy, in which there are sixteen subjects from which to select just the lectures that will fit the circumstances. She has a choice of seven subjects for talks to members, and these are conducted in forum fashion. Some of the highest praise from the field is in regard to the enlivening and quickening effect of her members' talks. She is also prepared to address clubs, schools, etc., especially on Mexico and the Mexican people.

Senora Aldag is a brilliant and interesting lecturer, with a fine speaking voice, clear enunciation, and an unusual command of English. She is accustomed to speaking before large audiences and knows how to reach every one in the hall. She has a charming personality, joyous and sparkling, and leaves an impression of one who lives happily and abundantly doing the Master's work.[6]

While visiting Detroit Lodge, she gave a public talk on "Mexico, Land of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow," illustrated by stereopticon slides and delivered in Mexican costume. Her numerous lectures for lodges of the Michigan Federation were highly praised.[7]

Mrs. Aldag's writings in English are not numerous, but she did write some letters to publications and individuals, in which her vivacity shines through. In Milwaukee, she was staying with nonmembers, and arrived at 7:55 p.m. for her scheduled 7:30 lecture. She wrote to National Secretary Etha Snodgrass, "The public which filled the hall and which had been entertained with music, announcements, etc., burst into a hearty, warming applause when I entered, clad in my Nile green dress and my Mexican jade! It is such fun when you feel you have your public with you!” She wrote on to express concern that TSA members were not “elastic” and inclusive.

I see more and more the point of the younger Theosophists, Krishnaji at the lead, and have a horror that our wonderful Theosophical Society may degenerate into another sect. In this Lodge several people have been turned away because they have been scolded for wearing furs or eating meat, etc. It seems to me that living Love does more than preaching non-wearing of furs ‘outrance’ and whether the advice is given at an opportune moment or comes like a blight to nip the buds of interest just showing themselves in enquirers! I am going to write something for the Messenger, if I have time.[8]

She also felt that the Lodge focused on recruiting members, and not enough on educating them in basic Theosophy after they joined. “We expect them to do all of the work without any coaxing, we do not provide sufficient mental stimulus in the way of ‘only for members’ classes in Theosophy, Comparative Religion, etc.”[9]

In November 1931, The Theosophical Messenger published an account of her activities for the American Theosophical Society:

Senora De Aldag has returned from another tour after a very happy and busy summer in her native Mexico. Her work began in Iowa and the lodges there have found her talks and lectures stimulating and helpful. There is magic in smiling friendliness and this is the art which Senora De Aldag has mastered, and which wins responsiveness everywhere. She has been successful also in giving a number of talks on Mexico to student groups, and while in Ames the Dean of the Home Economics Department gave a luncheon in her honor which resulted in excellent publicity and later in an invitation to address the students. [10]

World Federation of Education Associations

In June, 1931, The Theosophical Messenger reported:

The Chicago Daily News for May 18 carried an Associated Press News item announcing that Mrs. Aldag was one of the speakers for the round-the-world telephone conversation, sponsored by the World Federation of Education Associations in cooperation with the National Council for Prevention of War. The account includes an attractive photograph of Mrs. Aldag, and we are sure that the friendliness of her smile carried goodwill over the wires.[11]

Writings

In 1964, The Theosophist published her article, The Chakras in Pre-Hispanic Monuments in America.[12]

Notes

  1. The International Theosophical Year Book 1938 (Adyar, Madras, India: Theosophical Publishing House, 1938): 164.
  2. L.A. Jimenez, "Theosophy in Mexico," Theosopedia [1], accessed on March 5, 2012.
  3. Theosophical Messenger 18:10 (October, 1931), 219.
  4. "Make No Mistake" The Theosophical Messenger 17.7 (July 1929), 158.
  5. Eugene Deaderick, "Senora Aldag's Work in San Francisco" The Theosophical Messenger 18.12 (December 1930), 281.
  6. "Mrs. Aldag's Work" The Theosophical Messenger 19.4 (April, 1931), 368.
  7. "What Lodges Are Doing," The Theosophical Messenger 20.4 (April, 1932), 90.
  8. Consuelo de Aldag, letter to Etha Snodgrass, Records Series 08.05 Sidney A. Cook Papers, Theosophical Society in America Archives.
  9. Ibid.
  10. "Our Lecturers", The Theosophical Messenger 19:11 (November 1931): 543.
  11. "Mrs. Consuelo Aldag", The Theosophical Messenger 19:6 (June 1931): 427.
  12. Consuelo R. V. de Aldag, The Chakras in Pre-Hispanic Monuments in America, The Theosophist 86:10 (October, 1964): 20.