The Theosophical Society was founded in New York City in 1875. Originally, it was not very different from other Hermetic groups. Its members organized along Masonic lines, studying western occult topics. Like most occult societies of the time, it maintained a small membership.
All of that changed when some of the Theosophist leaders and followers returned from a five-year stay in India in 1884. Theosophy was suddenly fused with Eastern philosophy and mysticism, which clearly differentiated it from other contemporary occult traditions. Helena Blavatsky, one of the founders and its most prolific writer, also faced scandal. Her housekeeper in India had tipped off local journalists with news that Blavatsky and others had faked miracles. Word reached Great Britain and Psychical Research investigators raided her home and collected evidence. The scandal made headlines around the world but would do no harm. The Society continued to grow until it fractured after Blavatsky's death in 1891.
The rivalry between the Theosophical Society and other occult groups can be played to great effect. In magickal campaigns, Theosophical magicians may compete against their Golden Dawn counterparts. The debate between Western and Eastern occultism could be played up. Alternatively, magick could bring these groups together, presuming that all are capable of using magick.
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