I. How shall man, the earth citizen, once more become a citizen of the
cosmos? The expansion of life's horizon into cosmic reaches.
Philosophic aspects and impulses determining the human being in the
picture of Michael's Conflict with the Dragon.
II. Present-day man as a world hermit. The way back to spirit through
the Michael force. Enchantment and liberation of the elemental beings.
Man's responsibility to the cosmos. What is demanded of us is a
profound faith in the spirit that will make us into instruments of the
divine-spiritual forces. Experiencing spirit through pure thought
leads to inspiration.
III. Prerequisites of the inauguration of an autumn festival:
penetrating extra-terrestrial, cosmic contexts; experiencing the
course of the seasons. The Druidic and the Mithras Mysteries; the sun
circles and cromlechs. Observation of the sun yielded knowledge of the
connection between heaven and earth. The language of the heavens was
deciphered and the cult gave directions regulating practical and
social life, thereby becoming a sort of divine service the
image of the Bull in the Mithras cult, and the schooling of the
neophyte's capacity for sensitive perception: the heart as a sense
organ was raised to a certain degree of consciousness. Through the
heart organization the course of nature was perceived within man, and
through the heart science the spirit of the sun's annual passage
through the zodiac was studied. In this way men read in the heavens
what was to be done on earth Concerning the cosmic-historical
evolution of the planetary system.
IV. We need realistic thinking in place of mere methods of
calculation. The far-reaching social significance of a Michael
Festival. Earth spirit and human spirit. The cosmic breathing process.
Nature-consciousness, self-consciousness, and spirit-consciousness.