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Toward Imagination
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Commemerative Address

During the war Rudolf Steiner spoke the following commemorative address at the beginning of every lecture he gave to the Anthroposophical Societies of countries affected by the war:

My dear friends, let us be mindful of the guardian spirits of all those out there on the vast battlefields of the events of our time:

Spirits of your souls, ever working guardians,
May your wings carry
Our souls' imploring love
To those on earth entrusted to your care.
United with your power,
May our prayer be a shining help
To the souls it lovingly seeks.

And turning to the guardian spirits of those who have already passed through the portal of death because of these tragedies:

Spirits of your souls, ever working guardians,
May your wings carry
Our souls' imploring love
To those in the spheres entrusted to your care.
United with your power,
May our prayer be a shining help
To the souls it lovingly seeks.

And may the Spirit whom we have long sought to approach with our spiritual science, the Spirit who passed through the Mystery of Golgotha for the salvation of the earth and for the freedom and progress of humanity, may that Spirit be with you in your arduous

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Quotes

"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.

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2022-2023 Calendar Dates