Astronomy and Astrology: Finding a Relationship to the Cosmos

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In the Middle Ages, Astronomia - one of the Seven Liberal Arts - was as much about astrology as astronomy. In fact the two disciplines only parted company in the seventeenth century, as the materialistic world-view gained greater prominence. Where once human destiny was connected to stars and planets, and spiritual or soul qualities were associated with the natural world, now the cosmos was seen as consisting of gases, fire and dead rock.

Rudolf Steiner brings a new spiritual ...

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Overview

In the Middle Ages, Astronomia - one of the Seven Liberal Arts - was as much about astrology as astronomy. In fact the two disciplines only parted company in the seventeenth century, as the materialistic world-view gained greater prominence. Where once human destiny was connected to stars and planets, and spiritual or soul qualities were associated with the natural world, now the cosmos was seen as consisting of gases, fire and dead rock.

Rudolf Steiner brings a new spiritual perspective to our study of the heavens. Humanity, he says, is intimately connected to cosmic beings, who in turn are related to planets and stars. There is meaning in the cosmos. Although Steiner rejects the simplistic notion of the planets determining our lives and behaviour, he makes a clear connection between the heavenly bodies and human beings. Whilst criticizing the superficial nature of much astrology, Steiner shows that as individuals, and with the guidance of spiritual beings, we choose an appropriate time of birth to match the destiny we are to live.

This enlightening anthology, expertly collated by Margaret Jonas, features excerpts of Steiner's work on the spiritual individualities of the planets, the determination of human characteristics by the constellation at birth, the cultural epochs and the passage of the equinox, cosmic influences on the individual and humanity, life in the planetary spheres between death and rebirth, solar and lunar eclipses, comets, and much more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781855842236
  • Publisher: SteinerBooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/2009
  • Pages: 250
  • Sales rank: 481,262
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Margaret Jonas 1

1 How does theosophy regard astrology? 10

2 Prophecy: its nature and meaning 15

3 Cosmic influences on the individual and humanity 43

4 The subtle impact of the stars 60

5 The human being as expression of the constellations and the planets 63

6 Understanding the human form out of the universe 78

7 The changing vision of the universe 95

8 The forces of the planets 98

9 The spiritual individualities of the planets 114

10 The human being's inner cosmic system 129

11 The planetary spheres and life between death and rebirth 135

12 The spiritual preparation of the human body between death and a new birth 162

13 The human being and his pattern in the stars 170

14 The forces of the earth and the constellation at birth in determining human characteristics 175

15 The revelation of the stars at death 185

16 Human and cosmic rhythms 187

17 Solar and lunar eclipses 197

18 Comets and other cosmic phenomena 203

19 The cultural epochs and the passage of the equinox 221

20 Michael and the manifestation of the divine spiritual 234

Notes 237

Sources 244

Suggested further reading 247

Note on Rudolf Steiner's Lectures 249

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