The Cycle of the Year as a Path of Initiation: Leading to an Experience of the Christ Being (Paperback)
In ancient times, humanity possessed innate knowledge of the spiritual foundations of existence. Such knowledge could be acquired by inwardly following the cycle of the year and its great seasonal festivals. However, that instinctive knowledge had to be lost before human beings could discover real individual freedom. Today, as Sergei O. Prokofieff demonstrates in this comprehensive work, "this knowledge must be found anew through the free, light-filled consciousness of the fully developed human personality."
Tracing the spiritual path of the yearly cycle, Prokofieff penetrates to the deeper esoteric realities of the seven Christian festivals of Michaelmas, Christmas, Epiphany, Easter, Ascension, Pentecost, and St John's Tide. Basing his research on the work of the twentieth-century initiate Rudolf Steiner, he reveals how those festivals are spiritual facts that exist independently of religious traditions and cultural customs.
Working with the festivals in an esoteric way can provide a true path of initiation, ultimately enabling an experience of the being of the Earth, Christ. The journey of study through this book can thus lead the reader to an experience of the modern Christian-Rosicrucian path, along which "it is possible to take the first steps toward life in partnership with the course of cosmic existence."
C O N T E N T S
Introduction: The Living Being of the Year and Its Principal Festivals
1. The Festival of Michael as a Gate of Modern Initiation
2. The Mystery of Advent as the Mystery of the Nathan Soul
3. The Mystery of Christmas
4. From Epiphany to Easter
5. The Path from Advent to Easter through the Seven Mystery Virtues
6. The Mystery of Easter
7. The Mystery of Ascension
8. The Mystery of Pentecost
9. Easter, Ascension, and Whitsun
10. St. John's-tide
11. The Path of Christ and the Path of Michael in the Cycle of the Year
12. The Modern Mysteries of the Etheric Christ