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The Cycle of the Year as Breathing-Process of the Earth

Der Jahreskreislauf als Atmungsvorgang der Erde und die vier großen Festeszeiten

Nine lectures, Dornach 31 March to 8 April, Vienna 27 Sept. to 1 Oct. 1923


The Cycle of the Year as Breathing-Process of the Earth and the Four Great Annual Festivals

The essence of the Easter-thought. The Michaelmas-thought as the antipole of the Easter-thought / The threefold Michael-impulse. The primordial freedom in the course of the year / Summer and winter festivals of ancient times in connection with the mystery being / Experiencing the course of nature in the ancient mysteries. The Feast of St. Michael as a Feast of Soul Courage

Anthroposophy and the Human Mind

The image of Michael's struggle with the dragon / Man's responsibility towards the cosmos / Preconditions for the establishment of an autumn festival. Druid and Mithras Mysteries / The Social Implications of a Michael Festival


  • Rudolf Steiner, B. Betteridge (translator), F. Dawson (translator): The Cycle of the Year as Breathing-Process of the Earth. CW 223. Anthroposophic Press Inc. 2003. ISBN 978-0545039413


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