Mystery Truths and the Christmas Impulse
(Given 1918; GA 180)
The ancient myths were an expression of great truths about the nature
of the universe and human development. Through mysterious, lively
images, they describe a people's knowledge of their origins, their
place in the cosmos, and their particular state of consciousness.
Because our modern consciousness has become so abstract, these stories
challenge us to exercise another kind of consciousness if we want to
experience their truths and reunite with the realities behind them.
In these lectures, Steiner looks at the Egyptian, Greek, and Hebrew
myths and illustrates how the myths expressed the consciousness of
the people of that time. He sees in the Osiris-Isis story an expression
of the loss of a direct experience of the supersensible world. He shows
the connection between this loss and the challenge we face today to
bring new life to our abstract ways of knowing.
These lectures are a tremendous inspiration to transform our head
knowledge into heart knowledge and to lift the veil to spirit and know
our place in the past, present, and future.
- Mysterienwahrheiten und Weihnachtsimpulse.
Alle Mythen und ihre Bedeutung. Geistige Wesen und ihre
Wirkungen. Band IV.
German language editions: 1980.
- Mysteries of Ancient and Modern Times,
consists of 3 lectures: Schmidt numbers, S-3455, S-3456, and S-3457.
They are in typescript form with London refs. NSL-58, 59, 60. The
translator(s) are unknown.
- Ancient Myths, Their Meaning and Connection with Evolution,
consists of 7 lectures: Schmidt numbers, S-3461, S-3462, S-3463,
S-3464, S-3465, S-3466, and S-3467. The publisher was the
Steiner book Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 1971, and in
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in 1978, and 198?. The
translator was M. Cotterell.
ISBN 978-088010-377-0, Paper
- Ancient Myths and the New Isis Mystery,
consists of 8 lectures: Schmidt numbers, S-3461, S-3462, S-3463,
S-3464, S-3465, S-3466, S-3467, plus one additional lecture,
The Quest for Isis-Sophia, Schmidt number S-4364. The
publisher was the Anthroposophic Press, New York in 1994. The
translator was M. Cotterell, with revisions by James H. Hines
and Mado Spiegler. It is essentiall the same book as,
Ancient Myths, Their Meaning and Connection with Evolution.
ISBN 9780880103770 Paper
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GA 180 ... Selections ...
Starting with the myths of Osiris and Isis and the Greek gods, Steiner
shows how humanity has been deserted by the Gods and made independent.
But it is only in our thinking that the Gods have deserted us. They are
still present and active in other realms; and we can have access to them
through Imagination, Inspiration, and Intuition. Here are seven lectures
given in Dornach, 4th to 13th January, 1918. Translated from shorthand
reports unrevised by the lecturer, by M. Cotterell.
The 3rd, 4th and 5th of 16 lectures given by Rudolf Steiner at
Dornach in the Winter of 1917 and 1918. These three lectures are part
of the lecture series entitled,
Mystery Truths and the Christmas Impulse. Published in German as,
Mysterienwahrheiten und Weihnachtsimpulse. Alle Mythen und ihre
Bedeutung. Geistige Wesen und ihre Wirkungen. Band IV. Lecture 2
is also known as, The 33 Year Rhythmical Cycle. Lecture 3 is
also known as, Realities Beyond Birth and Death.
They are presented here with kind permission from the
The very first lecture in a group of sixteen lectures given by
Rudolf Steiner at Basel, in the Christmas Season of 1917. The
lecture series is entitled,
Mystery Truths and the Christmas Impulse,
published in German as,
Mysterienwahrheiten und Weihnachtsimpulse.
Alle Mythen und ihre Bedeutung.
Geistige Wesen und ihre Wirkungen. Band IV.
- Theosophy, an introduction to the Supersensible knowledge of the world and the destination of man
- Occult Science, an Outline
- Christianity as Mystical Fact and the Mysteries of Antiquity
- The Spiritual Guidance of Man
- Reincarnation and Karma, their significance in modern culture
- Egyptian Myths and Mysteries
- The Influences of Lucifer and Ahriman