Easter and Ascenscion

Christianity as Mystical Fact

Rudolf Steiner

Translated by Andrew Welburn

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Rudolf Steiner clearly presents a vision of the relationship of Christ to the world that is both creation centered and universal. We hope that the understanding possible through these thoughts will transform discord between "Christians" and "non-Christians" into renewed understanding, moving us beyond our apparent differences toward a celebration of every possible way of seeing Love alive in the Earth today.

The Spiritual Background to Christian Festivals

Charles Kovacs

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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.

Celebrating Festivals with Children

Freya Jaffke

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Freya Jaffke is one of the master kindergarten teachers that I most respect and admire and learn from.  As with her other books, Celebrating Festivals with Children is a fount of wisdom carried on the warm winds of love for children.  As such, it is a gift and a must-read for anyone working with our very young.

Here she describes festival celebrations in relation to child development in the first seven years. She considers in detail the main festivals throughout the year—Easter, Pentecost, St. John’s, back-to-school, harvest, Michaelmas, lantern time, birthdays, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, and carnival.

Drawing on many examples, she shows how we can celebrate festivals in a meaningful way with children, both at home and in kindergarten. Every festival is prefaced with a deeper contemplation for adults before considering preparations with children. This is followed by the actual organization of the festival—with games, craft activities and decorations, stories, songs, poems and the seasonal nature table.

Very highly recommended.

Eggs for the Hunting

starring Pine Cone and Pepper Pot and the illimitable Tiptoes Lightly

Reg Down

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Spring is full of life and life is full of eggs, all sorts of eggs: great cosmic eggs and tiny butterfly eggs, salmon eggs and bird eggs, rabbit eggs and special eggs being gilded and painted by two gnomes called Pine Cone and Pepper Pot. They have been told (gossiped, to be correct) that Farmer John’s children, Tom and June, are going to give them special eggs for Easter, and they decide to reciprocate. However, if you are a gnome, a small gnome—even if you are two small gnomes—then the simplest of tasks (such as finding a bird who does not mind giving you a couple of their eggs) can be a problem ... !!!

Woven into the fabric of the book are many tales, myths and legends: Pepper Pot reads the history of King Karnac and the Turning of Time, Madam Two-Pecks tells her chicks how the universe was created from the World Egg, and the Wise Salmon in Running River tells the fingerlings about the great cycle, the Egg of Life. ‘Eggs for the Hunting’ is a spring tale, a wonder tale, affirming the joy, humor and mystery of life.

Another joyous, delicious story by Reg Down for children of all ages!  Very highly recommended.

The Starry Bird

an Easter tale

Reg Down

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Reg Down has gifted us with a happy Easter tale featuring Tiptoes Lightly and her friends. Told with humor and joy, this is just right for today's children.  It's pretty wonderful for today's adults, too. 

One morning an egg appears in the meadow below the Great Oak Tree. Neither Jeremy Mouse nor the fairy Tiptoes Lightly have ever seen such a huge egg – over a foot tall! They go to Farmer John’s in search of an answer, but without any luck, and when they return the egg has grown!

Thus begins an adventure which involves most everybody on the farm – human, animal and sprite. The egg, later hidden deep in the forest, keeps growing and finally hatches in a beautiful way on Easter Sunday.

The Starry Bird is an Easter tale with healthy doses of humor, adventure, and just plain fun. But underneath, in a form suitable for children, run the mystery-questions of life, death and resurrection that lie at the heart of Easter.

Stories for the Festivals of the Year

Told for Children

Irene Johanson

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I had never heard of this little treasure of a book until a few weeks ago. In fact, I had never seen a copy until those I had requested sight unseen arrived at my door.

It's been a long time since I was in a community where simple yet deep and beautiful stories were told at festival times -- Irene Johanson has brought that all back to me and offers it to anyone who opens her book. Although these tales for the Christian festivals are indeed told for children, it is hard for me to imagine anyone who could listen to or read these stories without loving them.

Most of the stories are quite short, which is good not only because they can be told at bedtime, but because there is so much imaginative gold contained in each that these small portions allow the heart to wrap itself completely around the stories and lets the mind imagine each one to the fullest.

Contents:

  • Easter, Ascension and Whitson - 9 different stories
  • Legends about St. John (the Baptist) - 10 stories
  • The Marriage of the King's Son (for Michaelmas) - 3 stories
  • The Animals' Joy at Christmas - 6 stories
  • Star Legends for Epiphany - 6 stories
  • Holy Week - 6 stories

The Easter Story Book

Collected by Ineke Verschuren

Illustrated by Ronald Heuninck

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This collection of over thirty stories, legends and folk tales reflects the season around Easter and early summer. In this season there are also a number of other important religious festivals: Ascension, Whitsun and St. John's.

Some of the stories, like "St. Veronica," are placed in the context of the great Easter and Whitsun events. Others, like "The Bargemaster's Easter," show the effect of these events on the human heart. For younger children, folk tales from all round the world illustrate at a deeper imaginative level the theme of sacrifice and the triumph of love and loyalty over adversity. The motif of resurrection, in which the character throws off an outer skin and emerges in a new, truer and shining guise, recurs again and again.

This collection is another one of those treasures that can grace your family life for many, many years. Excellent.

The Story of the Butterfly Children

Sibylle von Olfers

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The Story of the Butterfly Children

Far far away, the butterfly folk livein a kingdom of beautiful gardens.  The butterfly children play, dance and sing all day long with their little brothers and sisters, the caterpillars.

The children can't wait until the first day of spring, when they will finally get their wings.  But first, they must learn about the many brightly-colored flowers in the kingdom, so they can take part in the flying procession of peacock, swallowtail, red admiral and many other butterflies.

A lovely spring tale for ages 3-6

 

The Story of the Rabbit Children

Sibylle von Olfers

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The Story of the Rabbit Children

When the hunter’s children fall out of their cradle in the woods, a kind mother rabbit takes them home and cares for them. She makes them rabbit suits to keep them warm and they play happily with her rabbit children.

Meanwhile the hunter searches desperately for his children. He comes across some rabbits, which run away in fear. But there’s something strangely familiar about these little rabbits, thinks his clever dog Spot.

(Ages 3–6)

 

The Story of the Butterfly Children

Sibylle von Olfers

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The Story of the Butterfly Children

Far far away, the butterfly folk livein a kingdom of beautiful gardens.  The butterfly children play, dance and sing all day long with their little brothers and sisters, the caterpillars.

The children can't wait until the first day of spring, when they will finally get their wings.  But first, they must learn about the many brightly-colored flowers in the kingdom, so they can take part in the flying procession of peacock, swallowtail, red admiral and many other butterflies.

A lovely spring tale for ages 3-6

 

The Story of the Wind Children

Sibylle von Olfers

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George is playing with his boats, but there is no wind to make them sail. Then, one of the wind children comes and blows just for him, and together they embark on a great adventure.

The wind child blows dandelions in the meadows, shakes apples from the tree, blows the leaves around, and eventually blows George back home on a cloud.

(Ages 3-7)

The Story of the Root Children

Large Format

Sibylle von Olfers

Hardbound - Storybook Format Edition

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The perfect book to follow the seasons! Join Mother Earth as she awakens her Root-Children in the spring and gently guides them through the seasons of the year. Beautifully told and illustrated. For children of all ages, especially 3-7!

Invisible Guardians

True Stories of Fateful Encounters

Jakob Streit

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This is a lovely little book - a gift of the heart for children and adults.

The stories in this book are based on actual events.  Some of them were told to me during conversations, and a few are taken from my own experiences.  Still others came to me by way of letters that were written in answer to a survey.  Only a portion of those were suited for the purpose of re-telling as a story. However, all the people who reported such experiences were consistent in their belief that a guiding force had intervened in their destiny.

Jakob Streit, from his Preface

Christ Legends

Selma Lagerlöf

Softly drawn black & white illustrations by Ron Heuninck

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This is one of my favorite collections of stories surrounding the life and reality of Christ. Selma Lagerlöf’s telling of these tales – ranging from the story of the surly shepherd of Bethlehem, to the war-hardened soldier at Herod’s feast, to St. Veronica’s act of grace toward the Emperor Tiberius – is profoundly beautiful and deep. These stories are timeless and will appeal to a wide range of children and adults – some stories are best told only to older children while some can become family treasures at a very early age. All of them will remain a cherished treasure in the hearts of those who hear them.

Secrets of the Stations of the Cross and the Grail Blood

The Mystery of Transformation

Judith von Halle

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After she received the stigmata in 2004, Judith von Halle began vividly to experience the events that occurred at the time of Christ. These continuing experiences are not visionary or clairvoyant in nature, but constitute an actual participation, involving all human senses, in the events themselves. To complement this method of witnessing Christ’s life, von Halle applies a spiritual-scientific mode of observation—a form of research based on one’s true being—the human “I”—crossing the spiritual threshold while fully conscious. Combining the results, here she describes, in her most powerful book to date, secrets connected to various events of Christ’s Passion.

Von Halle discusses the Mystery of Golgotha in its relationship to the formation of the Resurrection Body; the Mystery of the Spear Wound in Christ’s side and the Grail Blood; and how Christ’s Seven Words on the Cross relate to the Stations of the Cross.

And If He Had Not Been Raised . . .

The Stations of Christ's Path to Spirit Man

Judith von Halle

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NOTE: Our last copies of this title are on our clearance page.

At Passiontide 2004, Judith von Halle received the stigmata, the duplication on her body of the wounds of Christ. Following a period of careful consideration, she eventually decided to share this intimate occurrence with a small group in Berlin in Michaelmas of that year. Usually, the phenomenon of the stigmata is either seen as a sheer miracle or simply denied. By contrast, in her first lectures contained in this volume, she tries—based on Rudolf Steiner’s spiritual scientific knowledge—to understand it and its significance for personal destiny.

As a result of receiving the stigmata, von Halle began to experience the events of the life of Christ in full sensory detail. Moreover, she has explored these events through spiritual scientific research, sometimes called “continuity of consciousness.” In the following five lectures, she offers commentary to the Mystery of Golgotha, the “turning point in world history.” Her intention is to stimulate the reader to reflect patiently and repeatedly upon this great mystery and to enter an continually closer relationship with Christ.

Contents:

  • About the Knowledge and Reality of the Resurrection of Christ
  • The Significance of the Phantom, the Resurrection Body, for an Understanding of the Human Being
  • The Mystery of Golgotha as the End of the Old and Beginning of the New Initiation
  • An Account of the Events between Death and Resurrection (Descent into Hell)
  • The Transfiguration on Mount Tabor and the Last Night on the Mount of Olives
  • The Event of Easter at the Time of Christ
  • The Event of Whitsun at the Time of Christ and Its Connection with Anthroposophy

Includes three pages of color plates.

Easter

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.

Beyond the Forest

The Story of Parsifal and the Grail

Kelvin Hall

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This wonderful retelling is so multi-layered and engaging that it is appropriate for everyone ages 10 and up.  It reads and tells like a breath of fresh air - very highly recommended!!!

The Grail Quest is an archetypal story of the journey of humanity and of each person. Parsifal's search for wholeness - passed down by generations of storytellers - is re-told vividly by Kelvin Hall.

There is a Parsifal in every one of us as we move from the innocence and naivete of forgetting, through courage and surrender, to love and redemption. Impaired by fear, bewilderment, loss and misunderstanding, we learn to trust the intuition of the heart as well as accepting the wisdom and support of others on the way.

This ancient story, told by Wolfram von Eschenbach in the Middle Ages, asks us why we hold back from asking the compassionate question. It shows how this can result in suffering, and that by engaging with the suffering of others, we acknowledge our own. This brings forth the possibility for renewal.

"The story of Parsifal is close to my heart, and Kelvin Hall's gift is to bring it closer to all our hearts in a language that can truly speak to us now."

- Jay Ramsay

Kelvin Hall was first told the Parsifal story by his future wife, Barbara. Storyteller at Ruskin Mill, Gloucestershire, he is well-known on the festival circuit. He won the Hodja Cup for Lying and Tall Stories at the Crick Crack Club.

Parzival

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

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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.

Love and Its Meaning in the World

Lectures by Rudolf Steiner

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After over 25 years of reading this book and thinking about its content, I am of the opinion that these are Steiner's most important lectures. A better knowledge and understanding of their content would go a long way toward removing a lot of the dogmatism and hierarchical thinking that has permeated the Anthroposophical movement and the world at large over the years. The title lecture alone is worth the price of the book - in it Steiner clarifies with poignant and exquisite beauty that the Being called Christ is Love, that anyone for whom Love is the primary reality of life is "Christian," regardless of whether he or she has ever heard of Jesus or Christ.

In relation to his development of Anthroposophy, love is the very heart and ground of all Steiner's teaching, the foundation of all he did, and all he hoped that others would do. These are the lectures that make that usually implicit assumption explicit - these are the lectures that reveal the foundation of his work. Steiner taught that, without love, nothing is possible; but that with love, we can do everything. Love is always love of the not-yet. To love is to create; it is to enter selflessly into the current of time that flows toward us from the future.

This collection brings together all of Steiner's main lectures and writings relating to love - from earthly love to the nature and function of spiritual love. Among the topics included are: The Mystery of Love; The Division into Sexes; The Mission of Reverence; the Buddha's Teaching of Compassion; and Love, Faith, Love, Hope; and the title lecture.

Wonderful reading!

The Light of the "I"

Guidelines for Meditation

Georg Kühlewind

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This remarkable short guide to meditation is the fruit of many years of meditative experience as well as thirty years of teaching meditation. Through exercises and meditation sentences it delineates an accessible, systematic process of inner work by which a person can come to experience both the “I,” or Self, and the miraculous nature of that Light that, as inner Light, we call attention.
Beginning with simple meditation sentences that illuminate the role of attention in perception, the person wishing to take this path is led gradually to the reality and experience of form-free attention.

Kühlewind offers-step-by step guidance in concentration exercises, sentence meditations, visualizations (image or symbol meditations), and perceptual meditations for guidance on the path. He also offers advice and help with the difficulties and problems that can arise.

Each stage of the path—in itself and in relation to the whole sequence—is presented in a way to be understood through meditative thinking. Deepened in this way, it becomes, as well, a work of philosophy—but philosophy understood as a transformative way of life, an inner path.

Raising the Soul

Practical Exercises for Personal Development

Warren Lee Cohen

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Raising the Soul is a warm and engaging guide to 7 basic exercises (6 of which resemble closely the 6 Basic Exercises as described by Rudolf Steiner) developed over centuries and in many different cultures for the purpose of training ourselves toward moral equanimity, purposeful action and love.  William Cohen's explanations very clearly come from personal experience and a warm interest in helping others.  As such, reading Raising the Soul is like inviting a good friend into your home and having that friend prove to be very wise and very generous in sharing that wisdom.  It is truly a beautiful book without being in the least bit sentimental, and I think that anyone who is interested in self-development will find it becomes a lifelong companion.  I can't recommend it highly enough and am very grateful that William Lee Cohen wrote it.

The book is organized so that each chapter introduces a different soul capacity that can be developed in turn.  The headings include:

  • Review of the Day
  • Clear Thinking
  • Intention in Action
  • Balance in Feeling
  • Positive World View
  • Open Mind
  • Gratitude

In addition to Cohen's clear descriptions of the exercises, there are also chapters that answer many general questions"

  • Along the Way: Obstacles and Progress
  • Harmonizing Intentions
  • What Is the Soul?

The appendices offers a plan of action for integrating meditative activity into your life.

Plays for Ascensiontide

Karl König

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In general, the plays are to be performed by teenaged and adult actors.

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Plays for Ascensiontide contains:

  • Evening in Emmaus
  • The Cup of Zarathustra
  • Quo Vadis, Domine?

The Life of Christ

From the Visions of the Venerable Anne Catherine Emmerich 1774-1824

As recorded in the journals of Clemens Brentano

Four volume set

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These four volumes record the visions of the famous 19th-century Catholic mystic, Ven. Anne Catherine Emmerich, as recorded at her bedside by Clemens Brentano. Emmerich was nun who beheld innumerable events of biblical times, going back all the way to the creation of the world. Her sense of the mysteries contained in details is amazing, inspiring even. Her visions include the fall of the Angels, the sin of Adam, Noah and the Flood, the lives of St. John the Baptist, St. Anne, St. Joseph, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and St. Mary Magdalen. The focus of her visions however, was the birth, life, public ministry, Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, as well as the founding of His Church. It is this that forms the content of this 4-volume set. Her visions and Brentano's work in recording them were known to Rudolf Steiner, who valued them as being highly accurate as mystical pictures describing the actual events.

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.

The Ninth Century and the Holy Grail

W. J. Stein

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Walter Johannes Stein was a personal pupil of Rudolf Steiner and one of the founding teachers at the original Waldorf School in Stuttgart. His research of the 9th Century and the various Grail legends coupled with his understanding of reincarnation and karma produced what is really the seminal work on the subject from the perspective of esoteric Christianity: The Ninth Century and the Holy Grail.

In studying the central Grail narrative - Parzival by Wolfram von Eschenbach - Stein takes a twofold approach. On the one hand he searches historical records in order to identify atual people and events hidden behind the Grail epic's veil of romance. As a counterpoint to that, he deciphers Eschenbach's hidden spiritual messages, revealing Parzival to be an esoteric document containing mighty pictures of the huma beings inner path of development.

Most importantly, Stein reveals the period of the ninth century to be of more than historical and academic interest. It is the karmic ground out of which the destiny of modern times grows - the mighty battle that must take place between the powers of the Grail and those of the anti-Grail.

Note: This is one of those books that has been out-of-print more often than it has been available. We are extremely happy to see it on the shelves once again and encourage you to take advantage of its availablility - it is a truly remarkable work.

Alive in God's World

Human Life on Earth and in Heaven as Described in the Visions of Joa Bolendas

Joa Bolendas

Foreword by Therese Schroeder-Sheker

Compiled, Translated, and Introduced by John Hill

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I have found enormous wisdom, insight and warmth in the visions of Joa Bolendas. Whenever I have endeavored to carry into my own life a prayer, an attitude, an awareness gleaned from her work, I have always found it to be true and valuable. Working with the world in this way is so fundamentally healing - for oneself and for the world - that my hope is that many more may become aware of her message. This is the message of life lived in awareness of the unity with the divine - and in an awareness that this is to live as a full human being.

The Easter Festival in the Evolution of the Mysteries

Rudolf Steiner

Translated by Brian Kelly

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These four lectures will go a long way toward explaining the truly human - as distinct from specifically religious - significance of what the Christian religion celebrates as Easter. Steiner traces the pre-Christian origins of this festival and shows it to be grounded in cosmic-earthly reality has been experienced by humanity throughout time. I think you'll find this perspective to go deeper than most accounts of the history of various festivals. More importantly, I think you'll find it freeing.

Festivals and Their Meaning

Rudolf Steiner

Revised translation by Matthew Barton

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This is an anthology of 30 of Rudolf Steiner's most detailed descriptions of the primary Christian festivals. Together they form a picture of deeply held, truly joyful, celebration of events that are cosmic and universal, not secular and specific. The cycle of the year is seen as a living organic development that embraces not only the human being but all creation as well. Steiner sees the traditional form of these Christian holidays as having once bespoken the newest revelation of human evolution. Now, the full cosmic significance of these moments requires new understanding and new forms. If you would like to comprehend the meaning of the festivals from an anthroposophic point of view, this is the cornerstone book.

Four Seasons and the Archangels

Rudolf Steiner

Translated by Pauline Wehrle

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These five lectures are among our favorites. The beauty of Steiner's portrayal of the activities of the archangels Michael, Gabriel, Raphael and Uriel at the four pillars of the year is breathtaking. These lectures picture the alchemy of the cosmos, human beings, plants, animals and minerals moving together through the all the forces of elemental nature to find the balance point of the Earth's true goal. Highly recommended as another key doorway to understanding the cosmic significance of the turning of the year.

The Cycle of the Year as a Breathing Process of the Earth

Lectures by Rudolf Steiner

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Human beings must attain an esoteric maturity in order to think not merely abstractly, but to be able to think so concretely that they can again become festival-creating. Then it will be possible again to unite something spiritual with the cycle of sense phenomena.

- Rudolf Steiner (in The Cycle of the Year as a Breathing Process of the Earth)

In these five lectures given at Easter in 1923, Rudolf Steiner lays a foundation for celebrating the Christian festivals - Christmas, Easter, St. John's, and Michaelmas - in a fully conscious way. He begins by describing how the festival year evolved over long ages from the cycle of inbreathing and outbreathing that the forces which are the Earth's soul element carry out in relation to the cosmos. He reveals the deep relationship of humankind to the Earth's seasons, to the time of the solstices and the equinoxes, and through the festivals of the seasons to the Christ Being. The esoteric realities behind the festivals are also discussed in relation to subearthly and superearthly forces, the ancient Mysteries, St. Michael's activity, morality, and the arts.