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The Temple Legend

Freemasonry and Related Occult Movements: From the Contents of the Esoteric School (CW 93)


Rudolf Steiner Translated by John M. Wood

408 pp.  
5 1/2" x 8 1/2"

Rudolf Steiner Press

Paperback

$35.00
Published:  March 2000

978-1-85584-410-0


20 lectures and talks, Berlin, May 23, 1904 - Jan. 3, 1906 (CW 93)

In these unique lectures, given to members of his Esoteric School (1904-1914), Rudolf Steiner throws light on the hidden content of the pictorial language of myths, sagas, and legends. Pictures, he explains, are the true origin of all things—the primeval spiritual causes. In the ancient past, people assimilated these pictures through myths and legends. In order to work in a healthy way with pictures or symbols today, however, it is necessary to first become acquainted with their esoteric essence—to understand them.

At the time of these lectures, Steiner was planning to inaugurate the second section of the Esoteric School, which would deal directly with a renewal—based on his spiritual research—of ritual and symbolism. He gave these lectures as a necessary preparation to clarify the history and nature of the ritual traditions. He thus discusses principally Freemasonry and its background, but also the Rosicrucians, Manicheism, the Druids, the Prometheus Saga, the Lost Temple, Cain and Able, and much more.

This series of lectures provides real insight into the esoteric language that Steiner used, particularly during the earlier years of his teaching.

THE LECTURES:

  1. Whitsuntide — Festival of the Liberation of the Human Spirit, May 23, 1904
  2. The Contrast between Cain and Abel, June 10, 1904
  3. The Mysteries of the Druids and the “Drottes,” Sept. 30, 1904
  4. The Prometheus Saga, Oct. 07, 1904
  5. The Mystery Known to Rosicrucians, Nov. 04, 1904
  6. Manicheism, Nov. 11, 1904
  7. The Essence and Task of Freemasonry from the Point of View of Spiritual Science (part one), Dec. 2, 1904
  8. The Essence and Task of Freemasonry from the Point of View of Spiritual Science (part two), Dec. 9, 1904
  9. The Essence and Task of Freemasonry from the Point of View of Spiritual Science (part three), Dec. 16, 1904
  10. Evolution and Involution as they are Interpreted by Occult Societies, Dec. 23, 1904
  11. Concerning the Lost Temple and How It Is to be Restored (part one), May 15, 1905
  12. Concerning the Lost Temple and How It Is to be Restored (part two), May 22, 1905
  13. Concerning the Lost Temple and How It Is to be Restored (part three), May 29, 1905
  14. Concerning the Lost Temple and How It Is to be Restored (part four), June 5, 1905
  15. Atoms and the Logos in the Light of Occultism, Oct. 21, 1905
  16. The Relationship of Occultism to the Theosophical Movement, Oct 22, 1905
  17. Freemasonry and Human Evolution (men only), Oct. 23, 1905
  18. Freemasonry and Human Evolution (women only), Oct. 23, 1905
  19. The Relationship between Occult Knowledge and Everyday Life, Oct. 23, 1905
  20. The Royal Art in a New Form, Jan. 20, 1906

This book is a translation of the German volume, Die Tempellegende und die Goldene Legende (GA 93).

Related Titles

  • Esoteric Lessons 1904–1909 : From the Esoteric School, vol. 1 (CW 266/1)
  • Esoteric Lessons 1910–1912 : From the Esoteric School, vol. 2 (CW 266/2)
  • Esoteric Lessons 1913–1923 : From the Esoteric School, vol. 3 (CW 266/3)
  • From the History and Contents of the First Section of the Esoteric School : Letters, Documents, and Lectures: 1904–1914 (CW 264)
  • Cosmic Memory : The Story of Atlantis, Lemuria, and the Division of the Sexes (CW 11)

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    Anthroposophy: Esoteric Studies ; Anthroposophy: Evolution & History and Esoteric: Myth & Legend