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The Festival of Easter

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Sketch of Rudolf Steiner lecturing at the East-West Conference in Vienna.

The Festival of Easter

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  1. The development of the Festival out of the Mysteries. The Mystery of Adonis. The continuance of the Mystery-thoughts into rightly understood Easter-thoughts

  2. Moon-birth and Sun-birth. Constraint through the natural necessity of the paternal Moon-forces, liberation through the dissolving Sun-forces. Stage of ancient Easter initiation. Resurrection of the man of soul and spirit out of the physical body into the Cosmos

  3. Observation of relationships on the heavens. The secret of the moon. The planets and their influence on the etheric body of man. The moon's influence on man. Man as bearer of the Sun-light. Moon-initiation: the decline of spirituality in spring. Sun-initiation: the rise of spirituality after the death experience in autumn

  4. Decline of the life of the Ancient Mysteries and the development of freedom. The carry over of what is once experienced into knowledge. The Ephesian Mysteries. The descent of the spirit into the light-ether body. J O A equals man. Tone is light. Reading in the Cosmic script. The Easter atmosphere in Anthroposophy which leads back to the Mysteries, but also to the conviction of immortality and repeated resurrection in the spirit

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