Transformative Energies of OZ

“Do you think Oz could give me courage?” said the Cowardly Lion. He thought this virtue could only be found outside of him. In 1900 L. Frank Baum’s book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was an instant bestseller. It soared in popularity with all ages, as it lovingly told the meaning of life. Similarly, all of Baum’s stories had themes of self-development and alternate realities.

wonder-oz-bookThis fairy tale, dramatized on the silver screen as The Wizard of OZ, was an inspiration for generations to come.

Heartfelt memories in the making

The production of MGM’s 1939 film took the liberty of omitting and adding scenes with musical scores that lured you to sing along.

Naturally, it’s adaptation called for a wizardly team of writers and directors! It was released in the greatest year of film history where hundreds of movies captivated audiences, including Gone with the Wind.

In addition, a Tarzan movie was playing near the theater where OZ was first premiered.

This occurred in New York City 83 years ago today.

tarzan-johnny-wIn fact, chest–beating actor Johnny Weissmuller with his Tarzan jungle call used breathwork to awaken the vital energy around his Heart Chakra.

Tarzan showed the potential of being heartfelt!

Simultaneously an inspiring star, Judy Garland (Dorothy) with her feisty dog (Toto) looked out a bedroom window that would magically transport the duo into another dimension.

Meanwhile this relatable story had only just begun…

Dorothy’s wishful song in the barnyard,

to see where happy little blue birds fly, came true…

Higher aspirations unfold


Most importantly, this story was created in the mind of a genius. Baum’s themes tug at our heartstrings over and over again. “I’m so glad to be home again, or there’s no place like home….” True. And with each viewing, we learn something new about ourselves or the people around us.

Needless to say, we are all on this journey together. Each of us has an unfolding story that is part of a bigger picture within us.

Baum said the idea was an inspired gift.

In other words, he followed his instincts with a pencil in hand. Surely victory sparkled in his eyes upon its completion. His intent on writing an American fairy tale far surpassed his imagination. At 43, he had written his whole life experience into it.

New Age movement influence

Cleverly, Baum weaved in concepts of his understanding of spiritual metaphysics and ancient wisdom during a period in history where esoteric Buddhism drew interest on the American shores.

For example, prominent figures such as Einstein, Edison, and Nikola Tesla (pictured above) had plunged into the higher realms of the use of light and energy, as well as the mysteries of evolution and its symbolism.

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Sensational transition

dorothy-totoFilmed in black and white, scenes of conflict and struggle shadowed the homestead. It set a bleak and sad tone. In other words, it was a gray morning on the dry prairies with a little girl feeling blue.

But no wonder! Storm clouds darkened as a cyclone funnelled wildly and whisked her house into the next scene far far away,

“Beyond the moon, beyond the rain….”

At any age, it made our hearts race just watching the landing….

The magical awakening moment

Sunshine poured in as Dorothy awoke to Toto’s cold nose. Without a second thought, she swung open the door into beautiful Munchkin Land. She was in awe because everyone was jolly and dressed in blue.

The musical score, Somewhere over the Rainbow, was created as a bridge or segue from turmoil into the colorful land of OZ.

The book-film adaptation

Obviously, a sepia-tone tint was applied onto the black and white film for effect. It softened the illusion of transitioning into a vivid scene of this fantasy world, using Technicolor film. This was an innovative process of mixing three colors of film: Red, Green, Blue.

Similarly it’s an interesting fact that the color cones in the human eye are the same three (RGB) needed for color vision. And, thankfully, technicolor cinematography was perfected just in time for this adaptation.

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Now moving along in the story, after Dorothy’s celebratory victory for knocking out a menacing witch like Mrs. (gulp)! Gultch back home…a good witch named Glinda appeared in a violet orb. Glinda lovingly instructed her to put on the deceased’s silver shoes. They were sticking out from under her fallen house.

Baum wrote, the witch of the north kissed the girl on the forehead and left a mark. Oh, a seal of protection for her journey… But, I have a hunch it awoke her (all–seeing) third eye too!

We emphasized with her as she couldn’t go back the way she came…

oz-mapAnd with Toto’s cheering bark, Dorothy courageously stepped onto the yellow brick road that led to the capital called The Emerald City. Obviously to seek outside help from a wizard. The long road went through dangerous territory in the Land of OZ.

Writer Baum was making an important point here, that is to first look inward for answers…

Its landscape is mapped out with four cardinal points like a compass: north, south, east, west; where each was ruled by either a good witch or a bad one. In this film adaptation only three witches were scripted in. The north and south good witches became one called Glinda.

Friends are life teachers

Above all, Dorothy merrily won over three friends along the way: the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion. Together, they united in a quest for resolution from (internal) conflict.

But all Dorothy wanted was to go home or so she thought…

Sounds like a healing journey to me.

Now, for a little of the story’s mystical undertones…

Baum’s themes captivate us

lion-wizard-oz2This story used (universal) archetypes as elements in the storytelling. Baum’s characters appeared to have similarities with the Tarot’s 22 Major Arcana cards, along with the situations encountered.

Tarot reflects the steps on a seeker’s journey

Whether this was a coincidence, intentional or intuitively guided by the higher mind, we will never know.

But, what I’ve come to realize is that life can play out (more or less) on the path described below.

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Ancient Tarot: Life Mirrors

Around the 14th century, the path cards appeared at once. Numbered 0 to 21; they are called the Major Arcana cards in Tarot. They represent life lessons as the word Arcana means: secrets or mysteries.

The original names and pictures reflected society of the times. Centuries-old deck variations up to the present, diligently follow the same themes of experiences and emotions.

A deck can have more cards, but these are the keys to The Emerald City.

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spectrahue-universal-card-deck-storeSpectrahue Universal Tarot

This modern deck was created in 2010. It’s illustrated with geometry and vivid colors (see image). Tarot is an intuitive aid in a Lumalight practice.

Now, let’s compare the Major Arcana names:

Original names vs. Spectrahue’s name:
  • 0 – The Fool – Rainbow Orb (image below)
    *Innocent seeker on a quest
  • 1 – The Magician – Dodecahedron
  • 2 – The High Priestess – Infinity
  • 3 – The Empress – Conception
  • 4 – The Emperor – Infinity Reversed
  • 5 – The Hierophant – Flower of Life
  • 6 – The Lovers – Star Tetrahedron
  • 7 – The Chariot – 9-PT Star
  • 8 – Strength – 4-PT Star
  • 9 – The Hermit – Focus Point
  • 10 – Wheel of Fortune – Icosahedron
  • 11 – Justice – Pyramid
  • 12 – The Hanged Man – 7-PT Star
  • 13 – Death (transformation)– Octahedron
  • 14 – Temperance – Fibonacci Spiral
  • 15 – The Devil – 5-PT Star
  • 16 – The Tower – Ascension Ladder
  • 17 – The Star – Star or Diamond
  • 18 – The Moon – Moon Phases
  • 19 – The Sun – Sphere
  • 20 – Judgement – Cube
  • 21 – The World – Micro Cosmos
OZ Energy: Heart Chakra

Baum wrote this story by heart! For instance, let’s look at the word OZ that found its place in the dictionary.

This two–letter name was inspired by Baum’s personal filing cabinet lettered O-Z.

Or, so he says but I think there’s more to it…

  1. “O” is the 14th card: Temperance
  2. “Z” refers to the 21st card: The World

Meaning: Spectrahue Tarot depicts the above, with two geometry symbols (pictured).

Above all, the tell a whole story: 

  1. Spiral: addresses energy imbalances
    – resolution by clearing, letting go
  2. Micro Cosmos: journey complete
    – a new adventure awaits
Transformative energies of OZ

Conflict: Physical or mental traumas, unresolved issues or desolate feelings.

Resolution: The word OZ is about will power, and self healing with higher guidance.

*Note: See Tarot guidebook and Vibration and Thought for more information

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Character archetypes

Baum was guided in naming his magical world and characters:

  • Fool Card Spectrahue TarotDorothy: Greek word for God’s gift
    The Fool card: symbolic of a quest (pictured)

    • traditional Tarot: innocent seeker with a dog
    • Spectrahue’s image: rainbow orb (light language)
  • Gale (Dorothy’s last name): Strong wind
    – weather conditions are emotions: drought, storms, hurricane
  • Toto: means totality, all-knowing
    The Magician card: reflects skill, power, ingenuity

    • Toto guides Dorothy throughout journey
    • Spectrahue’s image: Dodecahedron (powerful ability)
Symbolic spiritual support:
  1. strenght-card-tarotCowardly Lion sought courage, strength
    – Strength card: a person and a lion (pictured)
    – Spectrahue’s 4-Pt Star image: universal strength
  2. Tin Woodman lost his heart from love
    – The Chariot card: seen as warrior
    Spectrahue’s 9-PT Star image: determined mind
  3. Scarecrow desired to learn everything
    – The Hierophant card: spiritual guidance
    Spectrahue’s Flower of Life image: creative process (higher self)
Color psychology tips:
  1. Blue Munchkin Land vs. Dorothy’s feelings
    – etheric body (aura) out-of-body experience
  2. Yellow brick road; color of solar plexus, the intellect
  3. Green Emerald City; heartfelt harmony
    Ripples a Novel cover– players wore green eyeglasses (book)
    – green sun rays (book); 3rd soul ray (active intelligence)
  4. Ruby slippers vs. silver shoes (book)
    – silver mirrors astral light (higher perception)

The Goddess of the rainbow speaks…  Ripples: A Novel

Path of enlightenment

The message Baum meant was beyond his words: Dorothy became self–conscious of her own Will Power, after her three friends found their own resolution. And thanks to Toto too, they all became aware of their eternal gifts.

By moving the curtain, Toto revealed their virtues within themselves. In the story it was metaphorically cloaked by the wizard’s hiding place. It was a reminder that all the answers are within our hearts.

Spiritual intuition


With a light wand crowned in a “N”*

In this heartfelt ending, Glinda the good sorceress told Dorothy that she has always had the power to go home. Filled with emotion that her friends’ desires were met, Dorothy became self empowered from doing right by OZ Land for the good of everyone.

Above all, Dorothy learned that it only took three heel clicks of her magical shoes, for her eyes to open wide at a fretting auntie Em and uncle Henry.

As a finale, Toto sprang excitedly out of her arms!

*See letter “N” atop wand (adjacent image)
– 13th Tarot card: Rebirth, transformative energy
– Spectrahue’s image: Octahedron (air, breath, Tarzan’s jungle call…)

Never give up on a dream; it only has your voice

For instance like Toto, I had befriended a little dog in 1996. I named him Maxi. Similarly, Maxi taught me how to find my own Mojo, my purpose in life. Today he continues to light the path from, a place somewhere over the rainbow

Maxi’s story: The Adventures of Maximojo: A Warp in Time

Adventures of Maximojo (2)We all have a story to tell

Similarly, we are all seekers on a quest because somehow we are living out a myth. This desire is deeply ingrained in us. It’s part of human instinct. We all know of that little voice inside us. It’s our feelings and desires that edge us onward…just a little more.

And, these ideas are all made up us transformative energies; it’s the stuff dreams are made of too.

It’s time for conscious change in evolving times.

“You have plenty of courage, I am sure,” answered Oz. “All you need is confidence in yourself.”

― L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

“You can say that again; a quest can be challenging!”

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© August 2022 Julianne Bien. Spectrahue.com. All rights reserved. This information is solely the opinion and views of the writer. No claims are made or implied.

Photo credits include Public domain images, via Wikimedia Common

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