Rosicrucianism and Modern Initiation
Mystery Centres of the Middle Ages
By Rudolf Steiner
Copyright © 1965
This book contains six lectures given by Rudolf Steiner at
Dornach, Switzerland, in January of 1924.
They are from the volume:
Mystery Sites of the Middle Ages,
published in German as:
Mysterienstaetten des Mittelalters.
Rosenkreutzertum und modernes Einweihungsprinzip.
Das Osterfest als ein Stueck Mysteriengeschichte der Menschheit.
The translator is Mary Adams, and the GA # is 233a.
This is an authorised English translation, taken from
shorthand notes, unrevised by the lecturer.
It is presented here with the kind permission of the Rudolf
Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
This e.Text edition is provided with the cooperation of:
The Rudolf Steiner Press
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|Lecture I: ||
Research into the Life of the Spirit During the Middle Ages
Inward experience of Ideas during the ninth, tenth and eleventh
centuries. Change from the experience of spiritual beings to an
experience of the natural elements only without the spiritual
|January 04, 1924|
|Lecture II: ||
Hidden Centres of the Mysteries in the Middle Ages
An example of Rosicrucian initiation in early middle ages (Raimundus
Lullus). The experience of the mountain — astral body expansion
— leads to an encounter with the spirit of the youth (religious
revelation), the experience of the cave — compression of the
astral body — leads to the experience of the spirit of old age
(understanding of nature). Lullus ‘ars magna.’
|January 05, 1924|
|Lecture III: ||
The Time of Transition
The transition from clear spiritual knowledge to an instinctive
feeling in the 15th–18th century. Revelations in Symbol —
The Founding of Rosicrucianism, the brotherhood of 7 — The
Sacrifice of the Star-Knowledge and the Impulse to Freedom.
|January 06, 1924|
|Lecture IV: ||
The Relationship of Earthly Man to the Sun
Heart-Knowledge and the Attitude of the Rosicrucian Schools —
Intelligence and the Earth-Demon — Lost Manhood — The
Dawn of the Michael Age.
|January 11, 1924|
|Lecture V: ||
Occult Schools in the 18th and First Half of the 19th Century
Rosicrucian Figures and Symbols — Inner Experience of the
Bones and of the Marrow in the Bones — The Relationship of the
Spinal Marrow to the Moon — Substance and Form.
|January 12, 1924|
|Lecture VI: ||
The Tasks of the Michael Age
Writings in the Astral Light and Evolution-Memory — The
Principle of the Rosicrucian Initiation — The Secret of
Modern Initiation — The Principle of Initiation as a
Principle of Civilisation.
|January 13, 1924|