Alice Ann Bailey


Alice A. Bailey (16 June 1880 ‑ 15 December 1949), writer and lecturer on Neo-Theosophy, was born in England in 1880 as Alice LaTrobe Bateman. She moved to America in 1907 where she spent the rest of her life. She was a prolific author on occultism and founded an international esoteric movement. Her writings gave rise to many aspects of contemporary New Age belief.

Alice Ann Bailey was born in Manchester, England in 1880. She had a strong Christian education, and went on to do evangelical work in the British Army, which took her to India in 1907, where she met her future husband, Walter Evans. Together they moved to America, where W. Evans became an Episcopalian priest: but their life became harder and harder, and their marriage, after the birth of three daughters, ended in divorce.
Some years later, she left the Society, but continued to recognise the importance of Madame Blavatsky's works in her life.

Through her studies of Blavatsky's descriptions of esoteric Masters in Theosophy, Alice Bailey recognised the spiritual guide she believed had helped her from the age of fifteen as the Theosophical Master "Koot Humi" (also spelled Kuthumi). Later in 1919 she claimed to be in touch with another Master, Djwhal Khul, also known as The Tibetan.

This began Alice Bailey's writings, 24 books in which she and her claimed Tibetan Master illustrate a body of esoteric teachings relating to ancient wisdom, theosophical studies, religion, philosophy and contemporary events. She wrote the books between 1919 and 1949.

In 1920 Alice Bailey married another theosophist, Foster Bailey, and in 1923 they founded the Arcane School to continue her teachings and form a school for the disciples of what they saw as the coming new Aquarian New Age. The school's mission was to teach students on how to further the Great Universal Plan, guided by the inner hierarchy of spiritual masters under Christ.

At the end of her life, she began to write her autobiography. Although reluctant to celebrate herself, she agreed to write the book only to give others inspiration to follow their own spiritual paths.

She died in 1949.