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Rudolf Steiner's Seven Signs of Planetary Evolution

Friedrich Kempter

32 pp.  
5 1/2" x 8 1/2"




On the principle of metamorphosis. For spiritually striving people, uniting to serve humankind beyond the limits of their own work on Earth, Rudolf Steiner will increasingly become an example, because he took as a foundation for his work Goethe's artistic creations and scientific achievements. He carried these further and developed many new things from them, for which Goethe had planted the seeds.

Among such developments, are the architectural principles exemplified by the Goetheanum building in Dornach. As its creator, Steiner showed how Goethe carried the spiritual activity through which he'd worked in art directly into the realm of science, thus discovering the scientific method by which the organic world, in its living versatility, can be grasped by the human spirit.

Educated in the methods of modern science, Steiner took the Goethean principle of metamorphosis—for which he called Goethe "the Copernicus and Kepler of organic science"—and made it fruitful for the realm of artistic creation. The sequence of metamorphoses, the focus of this study, represents early examples of this new artistic style.

Rudolf Steiner's Seven Signs of Planetary Evolution can be viewed as seeds that contain inexhaustible possibilities of development if they are developed further in the right way.

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