- Religion and Philosophy
The Hidden Meanings of "The Wizard of Oz"
I don't know about you but I've always felt as if the movie “The Wizard of OZ” had a deeper meaning. It was just a sense I had. Later I had heard that there were hidden meanings to the story. So I decided to do a little research and I found out that there is a common understanding that the “Wizard of Oz” is chocked full of allegory. The most common explanation comes from a school teacher in upstate New York. He taught a lesson that compared the major themes of “The Wizard of Oz” with the controversy over the gold standard during the turn of the century. The major symbolism is as follows:
OZ = ounces
The Yellow Brick Road = Gold
Ruby Slippers (was silver slippers ) = Silver
Poppies = Opium or Drugs
Snow = Cocaine
Emerald City = The Federal Reserve
The Munchkins = The Little People or the Small People as BP CEO would have it!
Straw-man = Some say Farmers some say “straw man”
Tin Man = Some say industrial workers others say it represents T.I.N. Tax Identification Number
Cowardly Lion = William Jennings Bryant who wanted to use silver instead of gold as standard currency.
The Wizard = The President
Toto = The Press
Dorothy = The common American man or woman
Now, while most may accept this explanation; there was just something that made me delve a bit further. I don't know but this explanation was just a little to sanguine for my inquisitive mind. And so I dug a bit deeper. I began to look into the author of “The Wizard of Oz”, L. Frank Baum.
It would appear that L. Frank J. Baum was a member of the Theosophical Society. According to Wikipedia the definition of Theosophy is:
Theosophy is a doctrine of religious philosophy and mysticism. Theosophy holds that all religions are attempts by the "Spiritual Hierarchy" to help humanity in evolving to greater perfection, and that each religion therefore has a portion of the truth. The founding members, Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831–1891), Henry Steel Olcott (1832–1907), and William Quan Judge (1851–1896), established the Theosophical Society in New York City in 1875.
The Theosophical Society is another Satanic organization closely related to Freemasonry, the Occult, Rosicrucianism, Spiritism and other mystery religions.
Here is what “The Wizard of Oz” story is really about, read and be amazed:
Dorothy is unsatisfied with Kansas and seeks a place without trouble “Over the Rainbow”. This is her “spiritual” quest, the beginning of her desire for more than the material world or Kansas. She is whisked away by a tornado to the land of Oz where she starts on her journey to the Emerald City wearing the ruby slippers. The ruby slippers were silver and the silver slippers are a symbol for the silver chord that links the material world to the spiritual world. The silver chord is referenced in the Bible but is used by occultist to describe the link between this world and is especially used in reference to astral projection. The Scarecrow represents intellect, the Tin man represents emotion and the Cowardly Lion represents courage...all of which are needed to gain enlightenment according to Theosophy. In order for Dorothy to obtain enlightenment she must vanquish the Wicked Witches of the East and West, a symbol of the world, a horizontal axis of evil and most probably the dark side. She listens to Glenda, the Good Witch, who is her guide to the light and her vertical, spiritual guide (much like people involved in witchcraft today who say there are evil witches and good witches). The Wizard is organized religion. Toto which represents her intuition uncovers the charade. Near the end, Dorothy follows her intuition when she follows Toto instead of staying in the balloon and returns to Kansas through the power of the shoes and her own ability (the god within). Finally, Dorothy returns home successfully combining her material and spiritual side achieving enlightenment.
So the next time you watch “The Wizard of Oz” you might just see more than you anticipated.
Did you know about the allegorical references to this story?
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