Steiner Online Library Spiritual Science for Human Evolution

Mystery Centers
GA 232

Table of Contents

  • Title Page
  • Colophon
  • Preface
  • Lecture I
    • Concerning the Soul-Life of Man, and the Perception of the Spiritual Foundations of the World — The Experience of Thinking — The Experience of Feeling — The Experience of Gesture. Nov. 23, 1923.
  • Lecture II
    • The Activity of the Soul-Nature in Physical Man — The Influence of the Luciferic and the Ahrimanic Beings on Man and in Nature — Heredity and Adaptation to Environment. Nov. 24, 1923.
  • Lecture III
    • Identification with the Inner Life of Nature, through Imagination and Will — The Life of Memory — The Being of Gesture and of Physiognomy — Experience of Day and Year — Summer-Will and Winter-Will. Nov. 25, 1923.

    The Ephesian Mysteries of Artemis

  • Lecture IV
    • The Connection of Man with the Earth-Planet — The Crystal Covering of the Earth — The Speech of the Metals — The backward-raying Forces of the Metals, and the Connection between Earth-lives. Nov. 30, 1923.
  • Lecture V
    • Mineral and Plant-Animal Creation — The previous Earth-atmosphere — Plants as Gifts of Heaven — Animals as Earth-forms — The Cosmic Memory of the Metals. Dec. 1, 1923.
  • Lecture VI
    • The Ephesian Mysteries of Artemis. Dec. 2, 1923.

    The Mysteries of Hibernia

  • Lecture VII
    • The Mystery Centres of Hibernia. Dec. 7, 1923.
  • Lecture VIII
    • The Being of the Hibernian Mysteries. Dec. 8,1923.
  • Lecture IX
    • The Great Mysteries of Hibernia. Dec. 9,1923.

    The Chthonic and the Eleusinian Mysteries

  • Lecture X
    • The Transition from Plato to Aristotle. Dec. 14, 1923.
  • Lecture XI
    • The Secret of Plants, of Metals, and of Men. Dec. 15, 1923.
  • Lecture XII
    • Mysteries of the Samothracian Kabiri. Dec. 21, 1923.
  • Lecture XIII
    • Transition from the Spirit of the Ancient Mysteries to the Spirit of the Mysteries of the Middle Ages. Dec. 22, 1923.
  • Lecture XIV
    • Human Soul Strivings during the Middle Ages — The Rosicrucian Mysteries. Dec. 23, 1923.

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"You can see from this, my dear friends, what mischief will be set on foot if the truths of Spiritual Science are withheld. For man will be exposed to the forces of evil, and he will only be protected from it by giving himself up to the spiritual life of the good. To withhold the spiritual life of goodness from men is to be no friend to humanity. Whoever does this, be he Freemason or Jesuit, is no friend to humanity. For it means handing men over to the forces of evil. And there may be a purpose in doing so. This purpose may be to confine goodness to a small circle, in order by the help of this goodness to dominate the helpless humanity who are thus led by evil into the follies of life."

—Rudolf Steiner,
Spiritual Science Notes On Goethe's Faust, Vol. II, No. 273-8.

Spiritual Exercises

Calendar of the Soul

In 1912 Rudolf Steiner offered a “calendar of the soul” with weekly verses that express how the changing seasons in both the outer natural world and our inner lives help humanity evolve. Download and read the verses in four translations with commentary by Eloise Krivosheia of the Los Angeles Branch of the Anthroposophical Society.


2022-2023 Calendar Dates