The Occult Roots of The Wizard of Oz


With its memorable story and its cast of colorful characters, the Wizard of Oz quickly became an American classic. More than a hundred years after the release of this book, kids everywhere are still enchanted by Oz’s world of wonder. Few, however, recognize that, under its deceptive simplicity, the story of the Wizard of Oz conceals deep esoteric truths inspired by Theosophy. Here we’ll look at the Wizard of Oz’s occult meaning and its author’s background.


Although the Wizard of Oz is widely perceived as an innocent children’s fairy tale, it is almost impossible not to attribute a symbolic meaning to Dorothy’s quest. As in all great stories, the characters and the symbols of the Wizard of Oz can be given a second layer of interpretation, which may vary depending on the reader’s perception. Many analyses appeared throughout the years describing the story as  an “atheist manifesto” while others saw  it as a promotion of populism. It is through an understanding of the author’s philosophical bckground and beliefs, however,  that the story’s true meaning can be grasped.

L. Frank Baum, the author of the Wizard of Oz was a member of the Theosophical Society, which is an organization based on occult research and the comparative study of religions. Baum had a deep understanding of Theosophy and, consciously or not,  created an allegory of Theosophic teachings when he wrote the Wizard of Oz.

What is Theosophy?


The Theosophical Society is an occult organization, mainly based on the teachings of  Helena P. Blavatsky, which seeks to extract the common roots of all religions in order to form a universal doctrine.

“But it is perhaps desirable to state unequivocally that the teachings, however fragmentary and incomplete, contained in these volumes, belong neither to the Hindu, the Zoroastrian, the Chaldean, nor the Egyptian religion,.neither to Buddhism, Islam, Judaism nor Christianity exclusively. The Secret Doctrine is the essence of all these. Sprung from it in their origins, the various religious schemes are now made to merge back into their original element, out of which every mystery and dogma has grown, developed, and become materialized.”
-H.P. Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine

The three declared objects of the original Theosophical Society as established by Blavatsky, Judge and Olcott (its founders) were as follows:

“First — To form a nucleus of the Universal Brotherhood of Humanity, without distinction of race, creed, sex, caste, or color.
Second — To encourage the study of Comparative Religion, Philosophy, and Science.
Third — To investigate the unexplained laws of Nature and the powers latent in man.”

-The Theosophist, vol 75, No 6

H.P. Blavatsky

The main tenets of Theosophy are thoroughly described in Blavatsky works Isis Unveiled and The Secret Doctrine. At the core of Theosophical teachings are the same tenets found in many other occult schools: the belief of the presence of a “divine spark” within every person which, with the proper discipline and training, can lead to spiritual illumination and a state of virtual godliness.

Another important principle found in Theosophy is reincarnation. It is believed that the human soul, like all other things in the universe, go through seven stages of development.

“Theosophical writings propose that human civilizations, like all other parts of the universe, develop cyclically through seven stages. Blavatsky posited that the whole humanity, and indeed every reincarnating human monad, evolves through a series of seven “Root Races”. Thus in the first age, humans were pure spirit; in the second age, they were sexless beings inhabiting the now lost continent of Hyperborea; in the third age the giant Lemurians were informed by spiritual impulses endowing them with human consciousness and sexual reproduction. Modern humans finally developed on the continent of Atlantis. Since Atlantis was the nadir of the cycle, the present fifth age is a time of reawakening humanity’s psychic gifts. The term psychic here really means the realization of the permeability of consciousness as it had not been known earlier in evolution, although sensed by some more sensitive individuals of our species.”

The ultimate goal is of course to return to the state of divinity from which we’ve emerged. The same tenets (with subtle variations) can be found in other schools such as Rosicrucianism, Freemasonry and other orders teachings the Mysteries.


L.Frank Baum, a Notable Theosophist


Before writing the Wizard of Oz (or even contemplating becoming a children’s story author), Baum held many jobs – one of which was editor of the Aberdeen Saturday Pioneer. In 1890, Baum wrote a series of articles introducing his readers to Theosophy, including his views on Buddha, Mohammed, Confucius and Christ. At that time, he wasn’t a member of the Theosophical Society but he already showed a deep understanding of its philosophy. Here’s an excerpt of his “Editor’s Musings”:

“Amongst various sects so numerous in America today who find their fundamental basis in occultism, the Theosophist stands pre-eminent both in intelligence and point of numbers. Theosophy is not a religion. Its followers are simply “searchers after Truth”. The Theosophists, in fact, are the dissatisfied with the world, dissenters from all creeds. They owe their origin to the wise men of India, and are numerous, not only in the far famed mystic East, but in England, France, Germany and Russia. They admit the existence of a God – not necessarily of a personal God. To them God is Nature and Nature is God…But despite this, if Christianity is Truth, as our education has taught us to believe, there can be no menace to it in Theosophy.”
-L. Frank Baum, Aberdeen Saturday Pioneer, January 25th 1890

In another of his “Editor’s Musings”, Baum discusses the use of mystic symbolism in fiction, something he accomplished ten years later with the Wizard of Oz:

“There is a strong tendency in modern novelists towards introducing some vein of mysticism or occultism into their writings. Books of this character are eagerly bought and read by the people, both in Europe and America. It shows the innate longing in our natures to unravel the mysterious: to seek some explanation, however fictitious, of the unexplainable in nature and in our daily existence. For, as we advance in education, our desire for knowledge increases, and we are less satisfied to remain in ignorance of that mysterious fountain-head from which emanates all that is sublime and grand and incomprehensible in nature.”

At the end of this article, Baum goes into an all-out plead for more occultism in literature:

“The appetite of our age for occultism demands to be satisfied, and while with the mediocrity of people will result in mere sensationalism, it will lead in many to higher and nobler and bolder thought; and who can tell what mysteries these braver and abler intellects may unravel in future ages?”
-L. Frank Baum, Aberdeen Saturday Pioneer, February 22nd 1890

Two years after writing those articles, L. Frank Baum and his wife Maud Gage joined the Theosophical Society in Chicago. The archives of the Theosophical Society in  Pasadena, California  recorded the start of their membership as September 4th, 1892. In 1890, the Wizard of Oz was published. When asked about how Baum got his inspiration for the story,  he replied:

“It was pure inspiration…It came to me right out of the blue. I think that sometimes the Great Author has a message to get across and He has to use the instrument at hand. I happened to be that medium, and I believe the magic key was given me to open the doors to sympathy and understanding, joy, peace and happiness.”
-L. Frank Baum, cited by Hearn 73

The Wizard of Oz is much appreciated within the Theosophical Society. In 1986, The American Theosophist magazine recognized Baum as a “notable Theosophist” who thoroughly represented the organization’s philosophy.

“Although readers have not looked at his fairy tales for their Theosophical content, it is significant  that Baum became a famous writer of children’s books after he came into contact with Theosophy. Theosophical ideas permeate his work and provided inspiration for it. Indeed, The Wizard can be regarded as Theosophical allegory, pervaded by Theosophical ideas from beginning to end. The story came to Baum as an inspiration, and he accepted it with a certain awe as a gift from outside, or perhaps from deep within, himself.”
-American Theosophist no 74, 1986

So what is the esoteric meaning of this children’s story, which came to Baum as a “divine inspiration”?

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You're still caught up in the left/right paradigm that Alex Jones has so expertly plagiarized from his betters. The Holy Spirit (holy simply means set-apart from the world) is rooted in the truth of the scriptures and not the mystery religions that you seem to have fallen for. I wonder how much you have truly studied these things for if you had you would know that all of the mystery religions are joined by the same themes, all of which have their root in Sumer and the fall of the tower of Babylon. Nimrod (Osiris) was the first city builder and the first man/king to make war on others. The New World Order stems directly from Nimrod and the true Father (YHWY) stopped the first attempt of a NWO by simply speaking His will into reality. Since confusing the languages (babel) it has taken fallen man over four thousand years… Read more »

Well stated, your insight is dead on. Too often we get side-tracked with what we see and neglect the absolute truth that God is a spirit and cannot be seen with natural eyes. We must commune with him in spirit and in truth. In order to do so we must have a willing and honest heart, he will not force himself into your life but ratherhe will knock patiently awaiting your response.

@ “missed it “- well said. I’ll be seeing you someday on the other side of the narrow gate.

zeitgeist isn't false. i believe in jesus, but zeitgeist simply points out the church misappropriates lots of pagan rituals to trick people into joining them. that is a fact. like you said, this doesnt make the true message of christ false, it makes organized religion false

Wonderful breakdown!

Wow! You articulated what I too have been shown! It’s uncanny when I consider the vast number of factors that had to be presented to me in a precise time, place, and sequence to come to the same understanding. I have no doubt the same Spirit that revealed the same truth to me is also guiding you in a similar manner.

Keep up the good work spirit-kin, and leave your blog or contact details. I’m eager to read what else is spoken through you.

I always hated this movie. I never even got halfway before calling it quits. I found it to be boring and annoying lol

Vigilant, you are an amazing individual. I love how you keep posting these illuminating articles in the face of unfortunate criticism from the foolish profane (esp concerning the lady gaga stuff). Anyways, I just wanted thank you for posting your great material and let you know that I look forward to reading your insights every time you come out with them. I'm a fan. Namaste!

Steven Michael Roussos
FYI: No rainbow in the book. I doubt it describes a spiral in the road, is the road even yellow brick in the book? You are surely onto something, but are sloppily conflating the film with the book. Oscar-winning lyricist E.Y. “Yip” Harburg became a lyricist at the suggestion of George Gershwin, wrote the famous depression era song “Brother Can You Spare a Dime,” which also mentions rainbows, and wrote the “book” for the musical “Finian’s Rainbow” so rainbows were surely in HIS air. But, alas, no mention of rainbows in Baum’s book, so at least that part of the above article is certainly invalid. Perhaps you should be arguing that Baum’s beliefs AND a general cultural Zeitgeist (aha! a perfect chance to slip in that pretentious word!) combine to support a Theosophy-esque message, rather than a direct line of “Occult influences” that you tries to argue like a mathematical… Read more »
I know this is extremely old but I'm going to post anyways. I have an issue with astral projection and the silver cord reference, because I myself astral project spontaneously, without wanting or willing myself to do so. I've astral projected many times while in the REM state right before sleep. I am a christian and I always go with my gut feeling and nothing has ever felt wrong when that happens. But yet I'll read things that astral projection is occult work and devil's work. But that's not how I feel about it at all. It's not as if I try to do it either. It's something that is already inside of you. I just get confused with that aspect. It doesn't resonate with me. I love all of your posts, but for some reason I find myself not really connecting with what is said about astral travel.

pour la couleur vert emeraude , on dit qu'une emeraude est tombée sur le front de lucifer lors de sa chute et au passage la substance chimique bio luminessante produite par les Lucioles est de couleur verte emeraude et se nomme luciferinne…

Wow pretty interesting and creepy but can someone explain if its good or bad meaning in the movie. I thought it was a good thing to follow ur intuition and stuff. THe wizard thing i do get is bad about how christianity is a lie but the rest about seperating material from spiritual seems like a good message

Love the website by the way

The wizard of oz was symbolic to the troubles children go through every day

it was symbolic to all the feelings and emotions a child feels and sometimes its

healthy to escape but in the process of escapeing she grew there is nothing satanic about it

make it what you want but do not distort purity

EXACLY what I wanted to say!

And the Lucifer owned and animated by Baum also called for the extermination of the REDSKINS which is directly connected to the “Lucifer is god’ theism of Blat and which “theology” is anally connected to sodomites and in particular the Nazi’s and the “eastern” religions including Islam!

Didn’t miss it at all

Illuminati has been here since before they even counted time , yo

A dog(god) revealed the deceitful wizard- from the imaginary emerald city, of green.
Yellow is the journey.
Red is Dorothy's shoes which save her. The four of them in one, Heart soul mind body.

The dog God reveals the bad wizard.
(Lazy christian leaders)
The wizard admits he is bad and has no real power so he offers religious jargon and jibirish and trinkets false hope based on self worth and not gods power to save.

So dorothy had god all along(god dog).
Man has a conscience of truth, right and wrong.
Now the balloon is leaders hot air, it fails.

So dorothy running from lifes troubles had acquired already her salvation when her journey began for truth. ( the red shoes)

So mans ways failed, and salvation is right there for the four of them in the blood red shoes.

In the book, the slippers were silver. The scarecrow was said to represent the farmers, the Tin Man, the factory workers, and the lion, the unemployed? (not sure about the lion) The yellow brick road is the gold standard. The Wizard represents the occult ruling class. This is some people’s explanation…it was talking about the economy of the time.

The root of Freemasonry is theosophy , a word that contradicts itself , is but the term Divination posing as Divinity.

Ah darn that was my favorite movie when I was little, but thanks anyway VC. Ignorance is not bliss…

"The Wizard is in fact a stand-in for the personal God of the Christians and the Jews, the oppressive figure used by conventional religions to keep the masses in spiritual darkness: Jehova or Yahwe." Ummmm usually i rock with this site but are you saying that The Most High is an oppressive figure????

No it’s saying the story protrays Him that way.

Jehova or Yahwe are the names with which I associate the God of the Old Testament. In my mind, he is a Jewish God, with typical Jewish characteristics. He is certainly not the loving father who Jesus speaks about! So, is he oppressive? Well, let’s see… he forbade Adam to eat from the Tree of Knowledge and he caused a mighty flood to consume the whole world, among other things. He’s not coming across as Mister Nice-guy!

The Ear in the Flower

And when has he been a guy?

He forbade Adam to eat from the tree, as he knew what would happen if he did.

But even so, remember that if he were not a “mister nice-guy” (which is clearly your opinion), then why did he not stop Adam? He surely had the power to do so. And if he is an all-seeing, all-knowing being, then it would make no sense for him not to know what would have become of Adam.

Hello Everyone, there is still more to know God said; " My people perish because the lack of knowledge " Only the ones with the hunger to know the truth, will be lighted by the truth. And the ones who don"t believes, they are walking in the shadows of darkness. And God is always available to show you what is not uncovered, the conspiracy and what"s behind the scene. Not only the WIZARD OF OZ has it's occult meanings, but WALT DISNEY's background as well. There is more to know also about other topics like: 1) The New World Order which in it self will be called god. 2) The AMERO coin & FLAG for The Union of Canada, USA & Mexico. 3) The Euro coin By The Union of Europe and countries near by them. 4) The Occult symbols of Free-Mason & Illuminates in the $1.00 bill. 5) The… Read more »
The mystery maps found on the end papers of Tik Tok of Oz reveal the origin to be the transposing from the twelve tribes of Israel revealing the blueprint to the process of human imagination as depicted in the tale of Job. Job was from the land of Uz (Oz). Job had three friends, Dorothy had three friends. The friends are transposed from grasping the imagery of Ezekiel. We can speculate all we like, but the bible is the most published book on earth, and The Wizard of Oz is the most watched film on earth, revealing a hidden communication with the truth of our existence being veiled by those that attempt to interpret it. It matters not if I am wrong or right, my works are published and the overwhelming evidence when read can't be denied. Why does this matter? We must move to a society where people are… Read more »

The Wizard of Oz was published in 1900, not 1890. All the same, this is fascinating information for me, since I became fascinated with the Oz books as a child. After reading The Emerald City of Oz, in which Baum notes there is no money in Oz, I decided that I hated money, and I've never looked back. I was 11 years old at the time.

Has anyone noticed the Blavastky picture in the background wall of the mental asylum in the new series Once Upon a Time in Wonderland?

"Almost all documentation relating to the MK Ultra project and Mind Control mention the importance of the Wizard of Oz." Almost all documentation? Everything I find relating MKUltra to Wizard of Oz is traced back to the Springmeier book which needless to say does not cite any credible documentation on MKUltra, so at the very least it is a gross exagerration to say "almost all" documentation related to the MKUltra project mentions the film. I am open to the possibility though. It is interesting that in Robert Altman's Nashville, from 1975, there is a character named Barbara Jean who is a country music star whose husband is also her manager, and it is strongly suggested that he has abused her. Inbetween singing songs at one point in the movie she starts rambling incoherently like a mind control victim and mentions that her favorite movie is the Wizard of Oz… During… Read more »

speaking of movies: "Elysium" with M.Damon .Just see the trailer.

Perhaps check out the animated movie "Ghost in the Shell". Sometimes it seems animes are really prophecies, especially from certain studios.
But one scene that caught my eye in context of symbols within Gits was a tree image on a wall, with a top marked "hominis" and various branches that were also marked but one would have to see it in slo mo to read em.

So many esoteric opinions! One has mentioned how evil the Talmud is and I agree, maybe more so than the Cabala. The Zionist state of Israel is evil! The small percentage of true Torah students and all other religions are in much danger there! As for the Wizard of OZ, I read the Islamic Mother of all Books and in it was mentioned the Emerald City and the one behind the curtain! There is much more to the story written by Baum than meets the eye. Many levels maybe to hide the truth. Theosophy and the other religions mentioned are very Gnostic in their doctrines. To me as a small child this story in movie form was just a fantasy and never really had affect in a deep way. It seemed almost meaningless to me. However it has affected American society and the world over the years.You cannot touch my… Read more »
Is illumination a bad thing? I've considered it bad if it's what the Illuminati want and what the initiates desire. But isn't illumination enlightenment? Enlightenment is good. There's also transformation, which is becoming a psychic vampire, by taking the oath, but that's something different. Then there's the Great Work, which s merging your lower self with your higher self, is this the illumination? Is illumination brought by understanding Lucifer and evil though? Or is it by understanding and knowing good and evil? What about neutral? So illumination, and allllllllll of this talk about it, when we die we know all anyway. Why do the occult orders even bother? So is knowing, being enlightened or illuminated death with retaining a body? Is that the point? Because everything else becomes too vague after that. I'm a bit confused only by understanding the Illuminati fully. We all know they worship Lucifer, the higher… Read more »

Thank you for the article, it is such and excellent reference, as is your site. And now to see the video of the Newton kids singing Over the Rainbow"!

Read dna in the sands of time its life changing and that book will tell you who created you where you came from and where your going

This is crazy, my mom has been OBSESSED with this movie ever since she was little. She has two curio cabinets full of Wizard of Oz items…

Her obsession has validity in believing that this is crazy?

buttaflyy did you mean emerald city resembles the city of metropolis in superman cartoon

Did anyone ever notice how thae Emerald City resembles the city of Metropolis?!

Hi vigilant citizen,

I have been following your blog for a few months now and feel it has truly opened my eyes to the 'real' world we live in today. I saw this documentary about the wonderful wizard of oz and it seems it has another meaning alongside the esoteric meaning. This video explains how L Frank Baum was against the federal reserve printing money and disguised these views in his childrens book. I just thought you might find this interesting;

ok i see someone else has already pointed this out…

I pray to God that Vigilant is Muslim lol : ) God bless you all people Christian or Muslim I respect anyone who believes in God whatever their faith may be .. at the end of the day we are not openly challening God as the illuminati do, faith its the only thing that will get us through these times with our sanity intact. We grew up watching stuff like the wizard of oz and disney cartoons they probably affected us more than we know. Thanks for making us more aware of what we are watching

the reason it became so popular back then was it's relation to populism, not religion.

Christianity is on a definite decline: Biggest, richest population of self-identifying members in the world but loaded with hypocrites and phonies (there are prophesies of that too, whether or not it's coincidental), what would Jesus say? Seems everyone believes their religion's the right one and most of them have good aspects IMO. Strange about Sabian interpreting Alice in Wonderland literature. I wonder if Vigilant next article can explaina bout Alice in Wonderland???

At last !, the discussions turn to the economic meaning of the original story and not this claptrap peddled out by a bunck of american banknote folding kooks who seem to be so obsessed with all this Illuminati twaddle. Yes, doubtless, there are people in power who seek only to serve themselves and theirs at the expense of the downtrodden. It is clear, however, that, knowing you 'nuts' are out there ready to jump on anything going and 'expose' it, some in the media are doing this just to get your backs up. Also, for those hankering after the return of Jesus (yehoshua, saviour, etc). The saviours of the past have brought something not wanted by those who they were speaking for. In other words christians get ready,coz when it does happen you ain't gonna like it and will probably want to crucify her. I just hope you can be… Read more »

Seems to be some other layers

Great writing, except… the correct title is "Over the Rainbow". 🙂

Here is a link to Bill Still's film'The Secret Of Oz'

hi im 12 years old and i am wondering if i should be looking at this stuff thank you anyway you have opened up my mind and i try to be careful with things. thx!

Im 11 and read alot on this website. its good to learn and becareful. stuff like this opens your eyes 🙂

Jon, "The Secret of Oz", a documentary on the history of money, also loosely ties the allegory of L. Frank Baum's book to the financial history of the U.S.A., but seems to strain at some points. After reading this article, I'm convinced that Vigilant is right, noting that Baum was a Theosophist, and the imagery fits so closely with those beliefs. I suppose it's possible that the symbolism could have dual meaning. Does anyone else have an opinion on this?

I read what I thought was a better analysis of the book at this site:

The man behind the curtain correlates to the idea of "Man creating God in his own image".

There's a book on The Wizard of Oz being an allegory for the money system involving gold and silver in the late 19th century. Very interesting.

As a side note, you need to talk about circumcision in America since 1955. It has resulted in the underdevelopment of boys and correlates with the decline of America, including statistical positive correlations between murder rates, r**e rates, divorce rates, suicide rates, as found in Circumcision: The Hidden Trauma, by Ronald Goldman.

In addition, a mention of foreskin restoration would be great to try to get men to salvage what was rightfully theirs.

Thank you.

PROPAGANDA….90% truth…10% lies.

Our race is the Master Race. We are divine gods on this planet. We are as different from the inferior races as they are from insects. In fact, compared to our race, other races are beasts and animals, cattle at best. Other races are considered as human excrement. Our destiny is to rule over the inferior races. Our earthly kingdom will be ruled by our leader with a rod of iron. The masses will lick our feet and serve us as our slaves."

— Menachem Begin – Israeli Prime Minister 1977–1983

google it's the jews stupid

Joe Biden "I'm a Zionist"

google any world leader's name, put "rabbi" after it…hit

images…these are the real Men in Black.

I'm sorry to put this on here but I have no idea how to contact you.

Listen to the lyrics of "UltraViolet" by the Stiff Dylans.

It talks about so many Illuminati references with all seeing eyes and blinding power.

WHAT? Jehova is not god of darkness…

I really don’t understand what you mean by that.

At times like this, we really need to pray. That's all I can say for now.

one of the munchkis has horn in the begining when hes singing the lollipop song

We're watching this in homeroom after testing because we were bored, but I'm just looking for symnbolism:D.

Pagans worship the sun as their main god or one of their main is interesting to notice that every picture of Jesus has a sun or illumination around his head. Ancient Egyptians believed that Ra (the one eyed god) was killed and resurected after three days which was way before Christianity began.

The One eyed pagan god is constantly promoted by the popular pop artists of hollywood like Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Beyonce, Christina Aguilera and so on.

It is a pagan beliefe that every human has a "divine spark" in them to reach god-status or whatever you want to call it. In Chrisitanity it is believed that Jesus was divine or had divinity in him. That sounds like deeply embeded pagan belief in Christianity to me.