The Four Seasons and the Archangels

Experience of the Course of the Year in Four Cosmic Imaginations : Five Lectures Given in Dornach, Switzerland, Between 5 and 13 October 1923

Author: Rudolf Steiner

Publisher: Rudolf Steiner Press

ISBN: 9781855840508

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 72

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These five profound lectures look at the cosmic forces behind the four great festivals of the year, providing a wealth of material for fruitful thought and meditation. Steiner presents great imaginative pictures that unite the heavens and the Earth through a portrayal of the activities of the archangels Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, and Uriel. In the course of the lectures, Rudolf Steiner offers spiritual insight into subjects that include the alchemical processes of sulfur, mercury, and salt in the cosmos; the realms of humankind and plants; spiritual "combustion" processes; crystals; clouds and meteors; the movements of elemental beings in nature; and the conflicting efforts of Lucifer and Ahriman--the two great adversaries--to divert Earth from its true purpose. The Four Seasons and the Archangels includes five color plates of Rudolf Steiner's blackboard drawings made during the lectures.

The Archangel Michael

His Mission and Ours : Selected Lectures and Writings

Author: Rudolf Steiner

Publisher: SteinerBooks

ISBN: 9780880103787

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 319

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Steiner described the ascent of Michael as cosmic ruler, his battle with the "dragon" of the spirits of darkness, and his roles as the countenance of Christ and the guardian of cosmic intelligence. Speaking on behalf of Michael, Steiner laid out the essentials for a new Michaelic path to full humanity. An important source for today's political, social, psychological, and spiritual crises.

Michaelmas and the Soul Forces of Man

Author: Rudolf Steiner

Publisher: SteinerBooks

ISBN: 9780880100076

Category: Religion

Page: 69

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4 lectures, Vienna, September 27-October 1, 1923 (from CW 223) Steiner shows the need to "expand the horizon of life into the breadth of the world" in order to overcome today's hermit-like existence. He shows that the path to becoming true citizens of the cosmos is through the forces of the Archangel Michael, who is always present and prepared to help us. Synopses of the Lectures: September 27 -- How shall man, the earth citizen, once more become a citizen of the cosmos? The expansion of life's horizon into cosmic reaches. Philosophic aspects and impulses determining the human being in the picture of Michael's Conflict with the Dragon. September 28 -- Present-day man as a world hermit. The way back to spirit through the Michael force. Enchantment and liberation of the elemental beings. Man's responsibility to the cosmos. What is demanded of us is a profound faith in the spirit that will make us into instruments of the divine-spiritual forces. Experiencing spirit through pure thought leads to inspiration. September 30 -- Prerequisites of the inauguration of an autumn festival: penetrating extra-terrestrial, cosmic contexts; experiencing the course of the seasons. The Druidic and the Mithras Mysteries; the sun circles and cromlechs. Observation of the sun yielded knowledge of the connection between heaven and earth. The language of the heavens was deciphered and the cult gave directions regulating practical and social life, thereby becoming a sort of divine service -- the image of the Bull in the Mithras cult, and the schooling of the neophyte's capacity for sensitive perception: the heart as a sense organ was raised to a certain degree of consciousness. Through the heart organization the course of nature was perceived within man, and through the heart science the spirit of the sun's annual passage through the zodiac was studied. In this way men read in the heavens what was to be done on earth -- Concerning the cosmic-historical evolution of the planetary system. October 1 -- We need realistic thinking in place of mere methods of calculation. The far-reaching social significance of a Michael Festival. Earth spirit and human spirit. The cosmic breathing process. Nature-consciousness, self-consciousness, and spirit-consciousness. This volume is a translation of the final four of the nine lectures in Der Jahreskreislauf als Atmungsvorgang der Erde und die vief grossen Festeszeiten.

Becoming the Archangel Michael's Companions

Author: Rudolf Steiner

Publisher: SteinerBooks

ISBN: 0880108681

Category: Education

Page: 151

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Rudolf Steiner presented these lectures to about 100 German young people who hoped to bring Waldorf education into the culture of their time and for the future.

Angels A to Z

Author: Evelyn Dorothy Oliver,James R Lewis

Publisher: Visible Ink Press

ISBN: 1578592577

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 432

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Written by two recognized authorities on nontraditional religious movements, this resource is one of the most comprehensive books on angels and related topics currently available. More than 300 entries are included and drawn from multiple religions, such as Christianity, Islam, and Hindu traditions, as well as from pop culture. A variety of angel topics are discussed, including celebrity angels, classifications of angels, obscure angels still waiting for their big break, guardian angels, fallen angels, Anaheim angels, biblical figures associated with angels, angels in art and architecture, and angels in the media and literature. Angels are also discussed in terms of the occult and metaphysics, with entries on UFOs, fairies, and witches. A comprehensive resource section lists movies, books, magazines, and organizations related to angels.

Inner Reading and Inner Hearing

Author: Rudolf Steiner

Publisher: SteinerBooks

ISBN: 1621511359

Category: BODY, MIND & SPIRIT

Page: 160

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These two lecture courses, given just after the beginning of World War I, stand as a kind of unexpected gift. A few months later, once the war became a reality, the possibilities for esoteric work would change and it would become more difficult to do spiritual research. But in the short interval before the true horror of the conflict unfolded, Rudolf Steiner was able to give these lectures, which lay out in the clearest fashion the path of anthroposophic meditation, and its assumptions, language, and consequences.

Rethinking Economics

Lectures and Seminars on World Economics

Author: Rudolf Steiner

Publisher: SteinerBooks

ISBN: 162148050X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 310

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Rudolf Steiner gave this complex sequence of dense, subtle, multileveled lectures and seminars to students of economics in Dornach, Switzerland, during the summer of 1922. The course reflects a lifetime of thinking on the subject and marks the conclusion of his intense five-year period of activism in the service of social, political, and economic issues. During this time, which began as World War I was ending in 1917, he worked tirelessly to promote the cause of what he called “threefolding” (Dreigliederung), by which he meant rethinking the social order on the basis of clear separation and independence of the three fundamental spheres of activity that make up a society. He proposed three independent systems: (1) an autonomous rights sphere (limited to judicial and political matters), (2) an autonomous economic sphere (cooperative or associative by nature), and (3) an autonomous spiritual-cultural sphere. The autonomy of these three spheres, he believed, would make possible a free, healthy, productive society and open the possibility of a lasting peace. Rethinking Economics is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the true nature of an economy and how it works. Steiner presents the basic elements of what it would take to create a just, socially responsible, and ecologically aware economy today.

Wisconsin Hills Farm Stories

Adventures of a Biodynamic Farmer

Author: Marie-Laure Valandro

Publisher: SteinerBooks

ISBN: 1938685032

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 208

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In this captivating collection of stories, Marie-Laure Valandro shares her adventures and insights from her life and work on a sixty-acre biodynamic farm and garden in a small rural town in eastern Wisconsin. Readers get a rare and intimate glimpse into the realities of modern farm life, replete with its beauty and magic, challenges and demands.