Paths of the Christian Mysteries: From Compostela to the New World
In recent decades, there has been an upsurge of interest in "the Camino," the pilgrim's route to Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain. But where does this fascination in the spiritual exploration of the Middle Ages come from, and what is its significance?
Virginia Sease and Manfred Schmidt-Brabant assert that we live in a time of spiritual quest, discovery, and change. Humanity is becoming increasingly sensitive, and primal memories are beginning to emerge in people's consciousness. Within this dynamic context of inner transformation, the Camino's historic importance is being reechoed in human souls.
Rudolf Steiner explained that people need to live not only with outer history, but also with the esoteric, hidden narrative behind it--the history of the mysteries. Today, at the beginning of the twenty-first century, the authors suggest that it is increasingly necessary for us to live consciously with this veiled history of humanity's continual search for communion with the divine world.
Based on long research and contemplation, the authors present a survey of extraordinary breadth and depth. Focusing on the spiritual history of humankind, they begin with the cosmic origin of the Grail Mysteries and culminate with the suprasensory Michael cultus and the being of Anthroposophia. Topics also include:
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Beings that are Left Behind 9 The Nature of the Queen of Sheba
The Black Magic Mars Mysteries 23 The Black Magic
Sophia and Achamod 39 The Demiurge 39 The Call
The Books ofjeu 45 Clement of Alexandria and Origen
Klingsor and Iblis 58 The Historical Parzival 61 The Grail Initiation
Old and Young Souls 75 The Cathars in Southern France
Star Routes 89 The Path of Nature Initiation
The Knowledge ot Etheric Geography 145 The Inauguration of the Gothic
The Transformation of the Astral Body 158 The Initiation through
Benjamin Franklin in France 188 Helena Petrovna Blavatsky
The Munich Congress of 1907 193 The Revelation of Rosicrucian
The French Revolution 27 The Fall of the Spirits of Darkness
Bibliography of Cited Materials from the Collected Works
The Continuing Effect of the Pilgrimage to Compostela