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The Festivals and their Meaning - Rudolf Steiner Anthroposophy BookThe Festivals and their Meaning
Christmas, Easter, Ascension
and Pentecost, Michaelmas
30 selected lectures by Rudolf Steiner

What do the traditional Christian festivals mean to us today? In this selection of thirty of Rudolf Steiner's most important lectures on the Festivals he identifies and illumines the true meaning behind Christmas, Easter, Ascension and Pentecost, and Michaelmas, emphasising both their inner spiritual and outer cosmic aspects. He shows that the Festivals are not merely the commemoration of mighty historical events or truths within the Christian tradition, but are in themselves - each year - spiritual events, manifesting in seasonal and natural rhythms, which carry a significance that grows and deepens with the developing of human evolution.

Trans. rvd M. Barton
30 selected lectures
Rudolf Steiner Press
400pp; paperback
ISBN: 978 1 85584 045 4

See also: The Cycle of the Year as Breathing Process of the Earth

Other authors: The Rhythm of the Christian Year - by Emil Bock


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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