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Shrine Room

Shrine Room, December, 1913.

On the back of this postcard is written:

pixel.gif A view of the present arrangement of our Shrine Room. The walls and curtains are blue, and a soft light falls from above the Masters’ portraits. The Warden sits on the raised seat next t the altar, on the right, and the members on a bench al around the room.

The smaller photographs on the altar are probably, left to right, Annie Besant, Madame Blavatsky, and William Q. Judge. The Shrine Room was replaced by the Temple building in the 1920s.

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A group of Theosophists from Syracuse, New York, moved to Oceana, California, in 1903 to form the Halcyon community. They rejected the teachings of Katherine Tingley, the head of the movement at the time, in favor of a return to the original work of Madame Blavatsky. They built a sanatorium for the treatment of liquor, morphine, and opium addiction. Socialism and communal property marked the group and drew the attention of reformers like novelist Upton Sinclair.