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Theosophy (Greek: θεοσοφία theosophia "knowledge of things divine", literally "god-wisdom"), designates several bodies of ideas since Late Antiquity. The Greek term is attested on magical papyri (PMag. Leid. W.6.17: ἡ ἄγαν θεοσοφία).


The word Theosophy has been used for many centuries, it is of Greek origin meaning Wisdom of the Gods (theo - of Gods, sophia - wisdom). Wisdom cannot be enclosed within words, it is a Truth which must be discovered and experienced by each one for themselves. Theosophy sometimes known as Ageless Wisdom, is the Light which shines through the many coloured lamps of religion. It is the thread of truth in scriptures, creeds, symbols, myths and rituals. Divine Wisdom is One, the paths towards it are many.

The Theosophical Society in England is part of a world wide Theosophical movement with its centre in Adyar, India. The Society is dedicated to the comparative study of religion, science and philosophy and the practise of the Art of Self-Realisation. The Society is composed of members of different religious backgrounds who are united in a belief that mankind is a spiritual family and that humanity can have a glorious future through a compassionate and intelligent way of living.

The Emblem of the Theosophical Society
The emblem of the Theosophical Society is composed of a number of symbols, all of which have been used from ancient times to express profound spiritual and philosophical concepts about man and the universe. Each symbol studied separately will yield a wealth of understanding. Taken together, as in this emblem, they suggest a vast evolutionary scheme embracing the whole of nature, physical and spiritual and their study may lead the serious enquirer to contemplate some of the deepest mysteries of existence.

The Ankh or Crux Ansata in the centre of the emblem is the Egyptian symbol of resurrection. It is made up of the Tau or t-shaped cross surmounted by a small circle. The Tau symbolises matter in the world of form and the small circle symbolises spirit or life. The Ankh expresses the triumph of spirit over matter, of life over death, of good over evil.

The Serpent, has various meanings. It is associated with arcane knowledge, which is the highest spiritual wisdom. When, as here, the serpent is represented as swallowing its own tail, it becomes the symbol of eternity, without beginning or end.

The Interlaced Triangles, a lighter one pointing upwards and a darker one pointing downwards symbolizes the descent of spirit into matter and its emergence from the confining limits of form. At the same time they suggest the constant interplay between spirit and matter in nature and man. When, as here, the double triangle is depicted within the circle of the Serpent, the whole of manifested nature is represented, the universe bounded by the limitations of time and space. This symbol is known in Judaism as the Seal of Solomon, or Star of David, and in Hinduism as the Seal of Vishnu.

The Fiery Cross with its arms of whilrling flame revolving represents the tremendous energies of nature, incessantly creating and dissolving the forms through which the evolutionary process takes place. In religions which recognise three aspects of deity, the fiery cross is associated with the third person of the trinity, who is at once the creator and the destroyer - Shiva in Hinduism and the Holy Ghost in Christianity.

The Aum or Om above the emblem is a word of profound significance which may be said to stand for the creative word or logos, the ineffable Reality which is the source of all existence. It is a sacred word in Hinduism and Buddhism of great power, to be uttered only with the greatest reverance.

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