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Astronomy (from Greekἀστρονομία astronomía "observation of the regularity of the stars", composed of ἀστήρ astér "star" and νόμος nómos "law") is the science of the properties, movements and formation of the stars. Today it is sharply distinguished from astrology (Greekἀστρολογία astrología), which is based on the systematic interpretation of the relationship of certain cosmic constellations, especially the position of the planets in the zodiac, to the earthly life of man.

Rudolf Steiner showed how the astronomical approach can be deepened spiritually without therefore abandoning its strictly scientific character. He describes the basic principles of planetary motion in a completely new way. In addition to screw movements, which we also know from the Copernican worldview, he describes "artistic" movements and above all lemniscate orbits of the planets.

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References to the work of Rudolf Steiner follow Rudolf Steiner's Collected Works (CW or GA), Rudolf Steiner Verlag, Dornach/Switzerland, unless otherwise stated.
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Index to the Complete Works of Rudolf Steiner - Aelzina Books
A complete list by Volume Number and a full list of known English translations you may also find at Rudolf Steiner's Collected Works
Rudolf Steiner Archive - The largest online collection of Rudolf Steiner's books, lectures and articles in English.
Rudolf Steiner Audio - Recorded and Read by Dale Brunsvold - Anthroposophic Press Inc. (USA)
Rudolf Steiner Handbook - Christian Karl's proven standard work for orientation in Rudolf Steiner's Collected Works for free download as PDF.