Ancient Mysteries

The following lectures by Rudolf Steiner are a sample of many he gave where the ancient mysteries and their mystery centers are described. These lectures are presented here with kind permission of the librarian of www.rsarchive.org. Further acknowledgement is given to the Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung in Dornach, Switzerland. 

Mystery Centers (14 Lectures)

Contents

Cover Sheet  
Table of Contents
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.  November 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.  November 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.  November 25, 1923
Lecture IV THE EPHESIAN MYSTERIES OF ARTEMIS
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.
 November 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.  December 1, 1923
Lecture VI The Ephesian Mysteries of Artemis.  December 2, 1923
Lecture VII THE MYSTERIES OF HIBERNIA
The Mystery Centres of Hibernia.
 December 7, 1923
Lecture VIII The Being of the Hibernian Mysteries.  December 8, 1923
Lecture IX The Great Mysteries of Hibernia.  December 9, 1923
Lecture X THE CHTHONIC AND THE ELEUSINIAN MYSTERIES
The Transition from Plato to Aristotle.
 December 14, 1923
Lecture XI The Secret of Plants, of Metals, and of Men.  December 15, 1923
Lecture XII The Mysteries of the Samothracian Kabiri.  December 21, 1923
Lecture XIII Transition from the Spirit of the Ancient Mysteries to the Spirit of the Mysteries of the Middle Ages.  December 22, 1923
Lecture XIV Human Soul-Strivings During the Middle Ages the Rosicrucian Mysteries.  December 23, 1923

Hibernian (Irish) Mysteries

Eleusinian Mysteries

European Mysteries 

Mysteries of Ephesus and Easter  

Mystery Centers  

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