William Quan JudgeWilliam Q. (Quan) Judge

And early theosophical writer

William Quan Judge is a well respected early theosophical author who, unlike others, did not make a name for himself outside the movement. He worked himself up from poverty to become a lawyer, in his 'outside' life. Inside the TS he was the young partner and long ignored. But towards the end of Blavatsky's life, Judge was one of the most trusted in her circle. He brought life to the American section of the Theosophical Society and wrote many inspiring articles, stories and books.

Unfortunately a quarrel arose between him and Besant and Olcott- leading him to allow the Theosophical Society to be split up.

Books by W.Q. Judge

The Ocean of Theosophy

Perhaps the most important work by W.Q. Judge: his introduction into theosophy. It's been in print ever since it was written and has inspired many to dive further into theosophical literature.

Echoes from the Orient: A Broad Outline of Theosophical Doctrines

Another introduction into Theosophy by Judge.

The Bhagavad Gita: The Book of Devotion

One of the first translations/interpretations of the Bhagavad Gita in a Western language.

Echoes of the Orient: The Writings of William Quan Judge - Volume I

Volume one of a collection of his writings. A new edition appeared in 2009. The revision corrected scads of typos, even some dropped lines and missing passages. There is a new general bibliography in addition to the Judge bibliography and an expanded index. Also many quotes were sourced, thanks to the internet, and are now cited.

These articles are certainly well worth reading for any serious student of theosophy.

Containing Judge's Occult Tales and articles from his magazine 'The Path' on subjects like reincarnation, occult powers and how to get them, cycles, healing, risks of astral vision, hypnotism and its dangers, spiritualism, how to recognize a good spiritual teacher and the path of spiritual self-realization.

Conversations On Occultism

A theosophical classic once again: these conversations were perhaps with H.P. Blavatsky. Whatever their source they're fascinating and really add to an understanding of the esoteric side of theosophy. You can also find them in Blavatsky's Collected Writings.

The Dweller Of The Threshold

This was a theme to 19th century occultism and Judge explains it well from the perspective of theosophical occult theory.

Karma: The Moral Law Of Compensation

The Theosophical Society will be remembered in the history of thought as the main source of the popularization of the doctrines of karma and reincarnation in the West. Judge played his part in that by writing about it a lot. This is only one of his pieces on the subject.

Letters That Have Helped Me

These too are theosophical classics. These letters go into the depth of theosophy as a spiritual path.

The Tell-Tale Picture Gallery: Occult Stories (Occult Tales)

This is perhaps where W.Q. Judge was most original: in his occult stories. These stories, told in Blavatsky's tradition, share occult insight while being at the same time just great literature.

Theosophy: The Synthesis of Science, Religion and Philosphy. Intelligent Design (Fall 2004, Volume 93, Number 1) (93)

Historical information

Biography of William Q. Judge

The Judge Case - A Conspiracy Which Ruined the Theosophical Cause, Review by Katinka Hesselink

On the Work of W.Q. Judge, A Founder of the Theosophical Society, Dallas Tenbroeck

Quotes and articles

Am I my Brother's Keeper?

An Allegory

Aphorisms on Karma

Cautions in Paragraphs

Delusions of Clairvoyance

Dogmatism in Theosophy

Is Karma Only Punishment?

Is Poverty Bad Karma?


Meat eating and spirituality

"Men Karmic Agents"

Mind and Consciousness, quotes from H.P. Blavatsky, W.Q. Judge and Crosby.

Modernized Upanishad, translated and edited by W.Q. Judge

Musings on the True Theosophist's Path


Papyrus - the Gem

Pledge Fever-Explanation

Quotes by Blavatsky, the Mahatmas and W.Q. Judge on Mahatmas

Suicide is not death

The Dweller of the Threshold

The Persian Student's Doctrine

The Wandering Eye

The Tell-Tale Picture Gallery

Theosophical Don'ts

Theosophy and Capital Punishment

Thoughts on Karma

Vernal Blooms

Where the ancient rishis were

Words of Wisdom (quotes)