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The Spiritual Background to Christian Festivals
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The rhythms of the Earth can be seen, for example, in the daily cycle of day and night and in the yearly seasonal changes. Rudolf Steiner spoke of how Christian festivals such as Easter, Pentecost (or Whitsun), and Christmas fit not into only these patterns, but also into the macrocosmic rhythms of the cosmos and into the microcosmic human rhythms.
In this concise, readable volume, Charles Kovacs explores the structure of our calendar year and considers in detail the background to the various Christian festivals, including less popular St. John's Tide and Michaelmas.
The Spiritual Background to Christian Festivals offers inspiring insights into why we worship and celebrate at particular times, as well as discussions of the deep spiritual significance of the Christian year.
The Legends and the Facts
Eleanor C Merry
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In this volume, Eleanor Merry applies her remarkably wide-ranging knowledge of world religion and mythology to the Easter story. She focuses on three legends: that of The Holy Grail and Perceval; an old Irish legend, and the legend of Faust.
With the Sun, the Moon, and Nature forming a continuous background to her ideas, Merry draws out the common themes that lead, ultimately, to the Christian Easter story.
The Quest for the Holy Grail
Illustrated by David Newbatt
Based on Wolfram von Eschenbach's epic poem as translated by Mustard and Passage - retold by David Newbatt
Hardbound, Dust-jacketed, Large Format, Gloriously Illustrated!
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Parzival is one of the great classic stories of the last millennium, a colourful tale from the time of knighthood, full of romance, love and adventure.
David Newbatt's illustrations in this book bring a refreshingly vivid and direct interpretation of the Quest for the Holy Grail. The accompanying text gives a brief introduction to some of the many characters and events portrayed in this epic tale, in a clear and concise way.
It is the artist's intent that his (sumptuous!!) book be a lively introduction to Eschenbach's great work, not a replacement. However, the joy of discovery that awaits the reader, whether or not you are familier with the original story, is so exciting that this book itself can be the source of hours of pleasure and deepened understanding about our own human story.
Parzival is a great story for reading by the fireside. It is also a deep and intense piece of literature in which is portrayed an individual's archetypal biography, which can speak to us today in our own search for the modern Grail Temple.
Isis Mary Sophia
Her Mission and Ours
Selected lectures and writings by Rudolf Steiner
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The rebirth of the feminine surrounds us in many forms·from the global movement for women·s rights to a renewed interest in feminine spirituality, the Goddess, and the Divine Mother. What is the spiritual meaning of this rebirth? What is the feminine divine? Who is she?
The feminine divine has had many names in many cultures: Ishtar in Babylon, Inanna in Sumeria, Athena, Hera, Demeter, and Persephone in Greece, Isis in Egypt, Durga, Kali, and Lakshmi in India. She is the Shekinah of the Cabalists, and the Sophia of the Gnostics. To Steiner, she is Anthroposophia, who descended from the spiritual world and passed through humanity to become now the goal and archetype of human wisdom in the cosmos.
This book contains most of Steiner·s statements on Sophia. We see him ·midwifing· the birth of an awareness of the Sophia, the new Isis, and divine feminine wisdom, in human hearts on earth. With this birth, he also offered a new and renewed understanding. Each chapter explores the mystery of the various relationships of Sophia: Sophia and Isis, Sophia and the Holy Spirit, Sophia and Mary, the mother of Jesus (and Mary Magdalene), Sophia and the Gnostic Achamod, and Sophia and the New Isis.
Above all, in a remarkable way, Steiner makes clear the relationship of Christ and Sophia.
- Introduction by Christopher Bamford
- Prologue: Living Thinking Thinking Is an Organ of Percpetion
- Thinking Unites Us with the Cosmos
- The Holy Spirit and the Christ in Us
- Sophia, the Holy Spirit, Mary, and Mary Magdalene The Virgin Sophia and the Holy Spirit
- Mary and Mary Magdalene
- Sophia Is the Gospel Itself
- Wisdom and Health
- The Nature of the Virgin Sophia and of the Holy Spirit
- Isis and Madonna
- Wisdom and Love in Cosmic and Human Evolution
- The Being Anthroposophia
- The Gifts of Isis
- From the Fifth Gospel
- Sophia and Achamoth
- The Legend of the New Isis
- The Search for the New Isis
- Sophia and Pistis
- Michael, Sophia, and Marduk
- A Christmas Study: The Mystery of the Logos
Seeing Christ in Sickness and Healing
Anthroposophical medicine as a medicine founded in Christianity
Dr. Peter Selg
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For those who are in daily contact with people who are ill or in need, there may be a tendency to forget the larger purpose of healing because of a need to focus on the day-to-day mechanics of healthcare. Anthroposophic medicine, however, encompasses more than the physical body—it is also concerned with the soul and individual biography of patients, which brings a broader dimension to conventional medical care.
Peter Selg shows how anthroposophic therapies draw heavily on the Christian concept of healing as seen in the Christian Bible. In practical terms, he suggests that, through meditation, healers and caregivers can allow the healing power of Christ to work through them. They must come to recognize that sickness is part of a person’s destiny and that the healing process can help realize the purpose of the sickness for the person’s individual life story.
Nurses, caregivers, social workers, therapists, counselors, and doctors can all benefit from this insightful book.
The Grail Legend
Emma Jung and Marie-Louise von Franz
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Emma Jung who, in addition to being married to Carl Jung was also a student of Rudolf Steiner's, made the legend of the Holy Grail her life's work. When she died before completing her work, Marie-Louise von Franz (Carl Jung's best student) took up the task and bought the work to completion. The result is The Grail Legend.
Writing in a clear and readable style, the authors present the Grail legend as a living myth that is profoundly relevant to modern life. We encounter such universal figures as the Fool (the naive young Perceval), the Wise Old Man (the Hermit Gornemanz), the Virgin Maiden (Blancheflor), the Loathly Damsel, and such important theses as the Waste Land, the Trinity, and the vessel of the Grail. Weaving together narrative and interpretation, the authors show us how the legend reflects not only fundamental human problems but also the dramatic psychic events that form the background of our Christian culture.
This is a book that I have found rewarding in both the depth of its insight and the pleasure of its story. A rare combination! Very highly recommended.
Parzival & Gawain
Two Plays from The Grail
A. M. Miller
Translated and edited by Daniel J. Polikof
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A beautiful way to encounter the archetypal characters of the Grail legends, whether you already know the stories or not. These plays read beautifully and are suitable for high school and community drama performance.
A worthy contribution to the Grail literature, Daniel Polikoff's inspired translation captures the high drama and lyric beauty of Miller's art. These dramatic recastings of the German original build a bridge to modern times, and admirably reflect the ideals and enthusiasm for the spirit that the Grail legends evoke in so many seekers.
Bruce T. Donehower, PhD University of California, Davis
Paths of the Christian Mysteries
From Compostela to the New World
Virginia Sease and Manfred Schmidt-Brabant
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In recent decades, there has been an upsurge of interest in ·the Camino,· the pilgrim·s route to Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain. But where does this fascination in the spiritual exploration of the Middle Ages come from, and what is its significance?
Virginia Sease and Manfred Schmidt-Brabant assert that we live in a time of spiritual quest, discovery, and change. Humanity is becoming increasingly sensitive, and primal memories are beginning to emerge in people·s consciousness. Within this dynamic context of inner transformation, the Camino·s historic importance is being reechoed in human souls.
Rudolf Steiner explained that people need to live not only with outer history, but also with the esoteric, hidden narrative behind it·the history of the Mysteries. Today, at the beginning of the twenty-first century, the authors suggest that it is increasingly necessary for us to live consciously with this veiled history of humanity·s continual search for communion with the divine world.
Based on long research and contemplation, the authors present a survey of extraordinary breadth and depth. Focusing on the spiritual history of humankind, they begin with the cosmic origin of the Grail Mysteries and culminate with the suprasensory Michael cultus and the being of Anthroposophia.
Topics also include:
- the school of Athens;
- early Christian art and its Gnostic impulses;
- the Grail initiation in northern Spain;
- the role of the Cathars and Troubadours in the Manichean spiritual stream;
- the Camino to Santiago de Compostela and the esoteric aspect of music for the pilgrims;
- the Music of the Spheres and the Elders of the Apocalypse;
- the Templars as emissaries of the Holy Grail;
- the initiations of Christian Rosenkreutz and his relation to anthroposophical art;
- the early Rosicrucian impulses in America and Europe;
- and much more.
Esoteric Background of Waldorf Education
The Cosmic Christ Impulse
Five lectures given at the Annual Waldorf Teacher's Conference in Spring Valley, NY in 1993
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My recollection of René Querido from the years when I worked at Rudolf Steiner College is that the topic of this book was actually the passion of his life. For whenever he was able to speak publicly or privately about the Cosmic Christ, especially as the living foundation of Waldorf Education, he lit up with an enthusiasm that both captivated and inspired whoever listened.
I believe you will find in these printed lectures the same energy and spirit many of us were fortunate to experience first hand - and learn a great deal about both Waldorf Education and esoteric Christianity as well.
Willi Sucher - the Father of Astrosophy
Cosmic Influences in and around the Year 2000
Karl M. Levin
DVD - 50 minutes
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The title only addresses a portion of this fascinating talk by Willi Sucher, the father of Astrosophy. In this rare (possibly the only) footage filmed in 1984, Sucher gives a brief summary of his life and work; explains the difference between astrology and astrosophy - the former focusing on present influences on human beings of planetary relationships, the latter a discovery of the rhythms Cosmic Christianity within the lives of individuals and humanity as a whole; and discusses the nature of these influences at the end of the millennium. This is a talk that is so interesting you will want to know much more about both the man and his work.
Cosmic Christianity & the Changing Countenance of Cosmology
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Cosmic Christianity attempts to understand the connection between the earthly and the extraterrestrial worlds by understanding how the cosmic world - expressed in the movements of the stars - and the deeds of Christ during the three years of his ministry are related. The gestures of each of the classical planets during these years are worked out, and correlated with the specific deeds of Christ as recorded in the Gospels. For example, the apparent looping movements of the planet Mercury are connected to the so-called "seven signs" or miracles described in the Gospel of St. John. Sucher then explores the many ways in which these healing deeds, inscribed in the heavens during the "three years," continue to work on in evolution through historical events and human biographies. Through studying this we realize how human beings are responsible for developing the new Christian mysteries, thereby renewing the cosmos of the stars.