19.9: The Many Christs of Anna Kingsford (Part One)

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Anna Bonus Kingsford was at the center of one of the biggest controversies in the Theosophical Society during Helena Blavatsky’s lifetime. Arguing that Christian occultism was more accessible to a Western audience than the Hindu and Buddhist version Blavatsky had come to prefer, she threatened to split the London Lodge in half. To hold things together literally and figuratively, Blavatsky and Olcott had to make an emergency visit back from Adyar, India to London to quell the conflict brewing among London’s theosophists—some of the most influential theosophists of the nineteenth century. Advocate for vegetarianism, enemy of scientists who performed experiments on live animals, and one of the most visionary Christian occultists of the occult revival; Anna Kingsford is a woman you may not have known about but she very much deserves the opportunity to share her occult confession with you.