The Archangel Michael: His Mission and Ours (Paperback)

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By Rudolf Steiner, Christopher Bamford (Introduction by)
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"The Michael age has dawned. Hearts begin to have thoughts. Enthusiasm no longer flows from mystical obscurity, but from the inner clarity that thought conveys. To grasp this is to receive Michael into one's soul. Thoughts that today seek to grasp the spirit must spring from hearts that beat for Michael as the fiery cosmic prince of thought." --Rudolf Steiner

For centuries, the tradition of the "mystical chronology" of the world's seven archangelic regents has been part of Western esoteric teaching. According to this tradition, 1879 marked the return of the solar spirit Michael--the archangel of the Sun--to oversee earthly evolution. Steiner always placed his life and work in the service of Michael's evolutionary task. And he recognized that, at the beginning of the twentieth century, humanity emerged from the Kali Yuga--the Dark Age--and entered the Age of Light.

Against this background, Steiner described the ascent of Michael as cosmic ruler, his battle with the "dragon" of the spirits of darkness, and his roles as the countenance of Christ and the guardian of cosmic intelligence. He also gave many profound indications of how Michael's evolutionary task depends on the free and independent collaboration of human coworkers. Speaking on behalf of Michael, Steiner laid out the essentials for a new Michaelic path to full humanity.

Among the elements of this path are the development of selfless individuality; cosmopolitanism; the practice of the presence of Christ; fearlessness; the transformation of thinking and perception in a new synthesis of science, art, and religion; the spiritualization of space; and the separation of thought from language.

The Archangel Michael gathers most of Steiner's statements on this subject, making it an important source for coming to terms with today's political, social, psychological, and spiritual crises.


Introduction by Christopher Bamford
Prologue: Intimations of the Archangel Michael in Different Traditions

1. Rudolf Steiner's Early Accounts of the Michael Event of 1879
2. The Integration of Humanity into the Ranks of the Hierarchies
3. Michael, the Messenger of Christ
4. The Archangel Michael: The Time Spirit
5. Michael and the Buddha
6. Behind the Scenes of External Happenings: The Fall of the Spirits of Darkness
7. Signs of the Times: Michael's War in Heaven and Its Reflection on the Earth

Six Lectures in Dornach, November 21-30, 1919

1. Michael's Mission: The Spiritualization of the Knowledge of Space
2. Michael, the Dragon, and the Human Soul, or Gam t
3. The Michael Imagination
4. The Tasks of the Michael Age
5. From the Gabriel to the Michael Age
6. The Michael Impulse: To Read in the Book of Nature
7. Michael, Sophia, and Marduk
8. Michael, Arthur, and the Grail
9. From Rudolf Steiner's Last Address
10. From the Michael Letters

Appendix Johannes Trithemius, A Treatise on the Seven Secondary Causes

Product Details
ISBN: 9780880103787
ISBN-10: 0880103787
Publisher: Steiner Books
Publication Date: July 1st, 1994
Pages: 320
Language: English