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233 233a Mystery Sites of the Middle Ages...

Gesamtausgabe, fourth edition (lectures 1 to 6). Translations of lectures 7 to 10 were published under the title The Easter Festival in the Evolution of the Mysteries by Anthroposophic Press / Rudolf Steiner Press (1988).

233-10 1(1/4/1924, Dornach) (19ff.) 5564 View of the Rosicrucians of the Middle Ages regarding the creation of the world by the hierarchies: the first hierarchy created differentiated warmth (Saturn), the second hierarchy light and darkness (air) (Sun). Light and darkness were permeated by the beings of the third hierarchy "conjuring up" the colours and as their "shadow" the liquid element (Moon). With the fourth hierarchy, humankind before the Fall of Man, life and with it the crystalline solid developed (earth). Imaginative portrayal of the rainbow: Here (at red and yellow) you see certain elemental beings permanently coming out of the rainbow (with great fear). Then they move over there. At the moment when they arrive at the bottom of the green, they are drawn in. You see them disappearing here (they enter with a completely invincible courage). On the other side they come out again. The rainbow as a " spiritual cylinder.
2(1/5/1924, Dornach) (27ff.) 5567 233-11 On the writing Ars magna by Raimundus Lullus (Raymond Llull, 1234-1315) as the attempt of solving the riddle of the Logos, which is concealed in human language, actually, in the human being and also in the cosmos [see 353/11(5/10/1924, Dornach) 236/9 (5/11/1924, Dornach)]. Representation of an original Rosicrucian initiation which became then as a visionary reflection the model in Rosicrucian schools and consisted in influencing the astral body by means of appropriate exercises and meditations (of simple figures and symbols). 3(1/6/1924, Dornach) (41ff.) 5570 233-12 On the typical of the Rosicrucian schools as brotherhoods of knowledge. Nevertheless, the source of their inspiration was no longer directly accessible to them and thus a timidity of knowledge originated gradually. Example Raimund of Sabunda and particularly Pico de Mirandola (1463-1494) who concedes the effectiveness of the stars, but demands that man orientates himself only to the next earthly causes. A spiritual process corresponds to that: a Rosicrucian cult took place in the second half of the 15th century, through which the higher knowledge should be sacrificed for a certain time, so that the human being overcomes the Fall of Man and finds in free will what the gods had once done for him. This offering was accepted by spiritual beings that attained thus certain purposes in the spiritual world. 5(1/12/1924, Dornach) (68ff.) 5577 233-13 figure The instructions of a little Rosicrucian school at the beginning of the 19th century are described. The experience of symbols (e.g., Star of David) led to the feeling of the interior of the bones (thinking). By means of pinpoint anatomical observations [see following abstract] it was pointed to an astral organ that had to be developed by meditation, the two-petalled lotus flower. The student got the true knowledge of matter (interior of the bones) and form (lotus-flower) that way. This goes back directly to ancient mysteriosophies as they are still taught abstractly by Aristotle: mineral its form is learnt by the experience of the lower leg, plant its form is learnt by the experience of the thigh, animal its form in the forearm,