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The Four Seasons and the Archangels - Rudolf Steiner Anthroposophy bookThe Four Seasons and The Archangels
Experience of the Course of the Year in Four Cosmic Imaginations
5 lectures by Rudolf Steiner

These profound studies of the cosmic forces behind the four great festivals of the year provide a wealth of material for fruitful meditation.  Rudolf Steiner presents dynamic imaginative pictures which 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 he offers spiritual wisdom on subjects which include the alchemical processes of sulphur, mercury and salt in the cosmos, man and the plant, spiritual combustion processes, crystals, clouds, meteors, the movements of elemental beings in nature, and the conflicting efforts of the two great adversaries, Lucifer and Ahriman, to divert the earth evolution from its true goal.

Trans. rvd. P. Wehrle
5 lectures, Dornach 5-13 Oct 1923, GA223/229
Rudolf Steiner Press
88pp; paperback
ISBN: 1 85584 050 2


Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) called his spiritual philosophy 'anthroposophy', which he defined as 'the consciousness of one's humanity', and the disciplined methods of studying this he termed ‘spiritual science’.  As a highly developed clairvoyant and spiritual initiate, he spoke from his direct cognition of the spiritual world. However, he did not see his work as religious or sectarian, but rather sought to found a universal 'science of the spirit'.

His many published works (written books and lectures) - which include his research into the spiritual nature of the human being, the evolution of the world and humanity, and methods of personal development - invite readers to develop their own spiritual faculties.  He also provided indications for the renewal of many human activities, including education - both general and special - agriculture, medicine, economics, architecture, science, philosophy, religion and the arts. He wrote some 30 books and delivered over 6000 lectures across Europe, and in 1924 founded the General Anthroposophical Society which today has branches throughout the world.

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