Working with the Angels

The Young Child and the Spiritual World

Part of the Gateways Series



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Working with the Angels is clearly the result of intense, deep, sustained love: the love of each article's author for children and the world; the love of those responsible for publishing each article in its turn over the years; the love of the current editors in gathering all these remarkable insights and experiences together in one place; and, of course, the love of the angels for us.

This is a collection that is almost palpably alive with love and with love's possibilities. And with that, I'm going to let the contents speak for themselves:

Working with the Angels

  • Working with the Angels, Archangels and Archai - Helmut von Kügelgen
  • Conversation about Angels and Human Beings - Helmut von Kügelgen
  • Finding a Connection to the World of the Angels - Helmut von Kügelgen
  • The Meaning of Angels in Education and Self-Education - Michaela Glöckler, M.D.

The Destiny of the Child in Our Times

  • Working with the Karma of the Young Child - Margaret Meyerkort
  • Walking and the Incarnation of Destiny - Joan Almon
  • Continuing the Work of the Hierarchies - Werner Glas
  • Early Childhood and the Consciousness Soul - Joan Almon
  • Threshold Experiences of Children and Adults - Helmut von Kügelgen
  • Religion of the Young Child - Elizabeth Moore-Haas

The Gateway of Birth - the Sistine Madonna

  • Raphael's Sistine Madonna - Is It Approriate in the Kindergarten? - René Querido
  • The Sistine Madonna in the Waldorf Kindergarten - Joan Almon
  • The Sistine Madonna - Symbol of the Eternal in Humanity - Rudolf Steiner

The Gateway of Death - Working with Death in the Kindergarten

  • After-Death Care in the Home - Beth Knox
  • Helping Children in a Time of Trouble - Nancy Foster
  • Helping Our Children and Loved Ones at the Threshold of Death - Nancy Jewel Poer
  • A Festival for a Threshold Crossing - Patricia Owens
  • Birth into the spiritual World - Nancy Blanning
  • A Story for Mia - Louise de Forest
  • Grandma's Dream - Sheila Rubin
  • For Anastasia and Her Dear Grandmother - Cynthia Aldinger

The Inner Path

  • Self-Development as a Basis for the Relationship Between the Child and the Adult - Michaela Glöckler, M.D.
  • Through the Eye of the Needle - Felicitas Vogt
  • The Path of Inner Schooling - Jorgen Smit
  • The Spiritual Foundations of Waldorf Education - Michaela Glöckler, M.D.

Compiled from articles published in the Newsletter of the Waldorf Early Childhood Association

The Little Series: Michaelmas

From the Work of Rudolf Steiner

Compiled by
Helmut von Kügelgen


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To our eye, Helmut von Kügelgen has succeeded in putting between two modest covers the deepest, most useful and most beautiful thoughts, essays, imaginations, verses and observations of Rudolf Steiner on the subject of Michaelmas and the Archangel Michael. This is a heart-opening, invigorating anthology.

Sample Contents:

  • How to Use This Booklet
  • Anthroposophy and the Human Gemüt
  • Michael's Battle with the Dragon
  • Twelve Verses from the Calendar of the Soul
  • Michaelmas Verse
  • The Michael Festival in the Course of the Year
  • Enthusiasm and the Consciousness o fthe Waldorf Teacher
  • Healthy and Ill instead of True and False
  • The Fine Weaving of the Spiritual in the Material
  • The Battle of Michael Described for the Waldorf Teacher
  • Truth-Wrought Pictures of Michael and the Growth of Human Freedom
  • Michael-Imagination
  • On the Genesis of Evil
  • Threefolding and the Michael Festival of the Future
  • Easter and Michaelmas
  • Trust in Spirit Bring Michael-Strength
  • Michael's Ascent to Time Spirit and His Battle with the Dragon
  • The Art of Education: Bulding the Vehicle in which Michael Will Ride into Our Civilization
  • On the Being of Michael - His Gaze - Rejection of Nationalism
  • The Message of Michael
  • The Equilibrium Between Lucifer and Ahriman through Christ
  • A Picture of Equilibrium
  • On the Mystery of Michael
  • From the New Testament

The Mission of the Folk-Souls in Relation to Teutonic Mythology

Eleven lectures by Rudolf Steine



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According to Steiner's spiritual teachings, each “folk”—each race or ethnic group—has a kind of over-soul that interacts with those people, lending them unique characteristics that affect the karma and destiny of tribes, races, and nations. These lectures explore the nature and activities of the various folk souls, their influences, and their meaning in the modern world.

Nature Spirits

Selected Lectures by Rudolf Steiner



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Long ago human beings had an natural spiritual vision that allowed them to easily commune with the spiritual beings of the natural world. Over time, people became less able to see and know these beings, and fairies, gnomes, dwarfs and other "little folk" became the stuff of legends, myths, and children's stories. Rudolf Steiner was among the first of our modern age to insist that these folk tales and fairy stories were in fact based on reality - spiritual reality. He further asserted that we must now transform the old, instinctive knowledge of these beings into a clear scientific knowledge - and that by doing so we can restore and rebuild the shaky bridge that lies between humankind and the spiritual world.

These lectures are filled with fascinating descriptions about the the many spiritual helpers of the natural world. They also serve beautifully to characterize the relationship of human beings to this world and offer ways in which we as individuals can once again befriend the "wee folk" who carry with them the health of the Earth.

Perceiving Plants - Experiencing Elemental Beings

The Influence of Gnomes, Nymphs, Sylphs and Fire Spirits upon the Life of Plants

Dick van Romunde

Translated by James Lee and Jannebeth Röell



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Perceiving Plants was originally written as an introduction to Rudolf Steiner's Man as Symphony of the Creative Word (newly titled in English as Harmony of the Creative Word). From there, van Romunde expanded it and the result is this amazing little book in which the author teaches us how to become sensitive to the nature beings that sustain and effect plant life.

Whether you begin next to a favorite potted plant or out in a beautiful meadow, you'll find van Romunde teaching you things that will forever change the way you look at the natural world -- and will probably forever change your life. For, once we become truly awake to the helpful nature spirits, it is very difficult to go on as though they didn't exist, as if what we did really didn't matter.

Perceiving Plants offers us a uniquely joyous awakening to both the nature spirits and our own responsibility. A lovesong to both plants and the beings who create within them.

The Secrets and Mysteries of the Cherokee Little People

Yuñwt Tsunsdt'

Lynn King Lossiah

Softbound, large format

Beautifully illustrated throughout with soft pencil drawings


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Secrets and Mysteries of the Cherokee Little People is a treasure of traditional Native American stories of elemental beings and angels and their workings with human beings.  The Cherokee have spoken of the Little People as long as time remembered. These nature beings are known as the Yuñwt Tsunsdt'.  This book reveals some of the secrets told among countless stories by the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians.  These are a few of their stories.

The stories range from delightful tales filled with humor to poignant stories of help and healing.  I believe that anyone familiar with the European experience of Little People will find a joyous universality here, as well as confirmation of the goodness of the human heart.  Some of the beauty of these stories rings so true that it brings tears to my eyes.

In addition to the many beautiful stories recorded here, there is the bonus that this edition features a bilingual interweaving of essential Cherokee words, spelled phonetically for English speaking readers.  As you and your children or students read these stories, you will be introduced to and learn a bit of Cherokee and develop a feeling for the language.

Gracefully told, wonderfully illustrated, ideal for ages 9 and up.  Note that not all the stories are for children, but most are very appropriate.