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Rosicrucianism and Modern Initiation

Mystery Centres of the Middle Ages

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Rosicrucianism and Modern Initiation

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These lectures, given just after the Christmas Foundation Meeting, describe the changes in the inner life and consciousness of western people since the 9th century. Formerly there was an awareness of the spiritual within all realms of nature, but this disappeared and was replaced by the modern consciousness of the sense world alone.

By Rudolf Steiner

Translated by Mary Adams
Bn 233a.1, GA 233a

These lectures, given just after the Christmas Foundation Meeting, describe the changes in the inner life and consciousness of western people since the 9th century. Formerly there was an awareness of the spiritual within all realms of nature, but this disappeared and was replaced by the modern consciousness of the sense world alone.

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. The Bn is 233a.1, 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.

Copyright © 1965
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CONTENTS

 

Cover Sheet

 

Caveat

Contents

 
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 in them.

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
 

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