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Fall of the Spirits of Darkness

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

The Fall of the Spirits of Darkness

Above all else, the spirits of darkness wanted to prevent spiritual experiences, living experience of the spirit, from coming down into human souls, which was bound to come about gradually after their fall in 1879. ... Spirituality will come to human beings because Michael won his victory in 1879. ... On the other hand, the spirits of darkness are now here among us.”

(from Lecture 13)

Since 1879 and into the following centuries, human minds will be influenced by backward angels — the spirits of darkness — who were forced out of "the heavens" and made their abode on earth following their defeat after a 40-year battle with the hosts of the Archangel Michael. Human beings must realize the truth of these things, not only to counter such influences within themselves, but to realize that spiritual causes lie behind major earthly happenings. From this realization, true human development can proceed, leading to the creation of social orders, schools, etc, based on real insight.

At the end of 1917, after four years of war in Europe, Rudolf Steiner spoke out in these 14 lectures on the spiritual impulses behind the Great War, behind humanity's attempts to build theoretically perfect social orders, and behind the many divisions and disruptions that would continue to occur on earth. Humanity in general was asleep to the fact that fallen spirits, cast out of the spiritual worlds, were now intensely active on earth, particularly in people's thinking and in the way they perceived the world around them. But the defeat had also ensured that a science of the spirit would always be available to humanity.

ISBN 1-85584-010-3

Cover art by Olivia Olsen

Rudolf Steiner Press

ISBN 1 85584 010 3
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