Dorit Winter's article "The Chariot of Michael" in And Who Shall Teach the Teachers? is full of references to Steiner's writings which specifically mention different main lesson topics. (This is not a be-all and end-all, since he was so prolific, but in her essay she shares excerpts from her personal collection of notes, gathered while she read his work.) Many of the lectures she mentions I had never heard of before! So I give this brief "cheat sheet" in case it piques your interest. If so, I strongly recommend that you read her article. The book is available as a free PDF from the Online Waldorf Library.
I've also included the links to buy his books, as well as online resources, where I could find them.
a lecture cycle given to priests: a review of planetary evolution
plus five major lecture cycles which deal directly with the John Gospel or The Apocalypse by John
GA 346 (Dornach: September 1924), The Book of Revelation
and the Work of the Priest, Lecture 3 and Lecture 6
GA 346 (Dornach: September 1924), The Book of Revelation and the Work of the Priest, Lecture 6
- Saint Francis
Rudolf Steiner devoted a lecture cycle to him: Francis of Assisi and the Mission of Love
GA 155 (Norrköping, Sweden: 28–30 May 1912), The Spiritual Foundation of Morality: St. Francis and the Misson of Love
- Old Testament
she writes, "Rudolf Steiner elucidates the concept of Jahve in many different lecture cycles. It is well nigh impossible to explain the concept out of context -- not for nothing did Rudolf Steiner devote so many lectures to this theme; it is tightly woven into the entire evolution of humanity."
GA 103, The Gospel of St. John, Lecture 3
a related lecture cycle about the Book of Revelation by John
- Man and Animal
his lecture cycle entitled The Gospel of St. John in Its Relation to the Other Three Gospels
in the seventh lecture of Practical Advice to Teachers, Rudolf Steiner provides concrete and specific explanations
for this curriculum block
Practical Advice to Teachers (PDF) available free from the Rudolf Steiner Archive
GA 112 (Kassel: June–July 1909), The Gospel of St. John and Its Relation to the Other Gospels, especially Lecture 8
GA 8, Christianity as Mystical Fact (New York: Anthroposophic
Press, 1947/1972), Chapter 9
GA 104 (Nuremberg: June 1908), The Apocalypse of St. John: Lectures on the Book of Revelation
(New York: Anthroposophic Press, 1992), Lecture 4
GA 102, “Christianity Began as a Religion but Is Greater than All Religions,” in The Christian Mystery (New York: Anthroposophic Press, 1998)
Rudolf Steiner, Karmic Relations, Volume VIII, Chapter 6
his lecture of March 6, 1911
the Rose Cross Meditation (see Steiner’s book An Outline of Esoteric Science)
An Outline of Esoteric Science (PDF) available free from Anthroposophic Press
his lecture of February 16, 1907, entitled “Who Are the Rosicrucians?
GA 264, From the History and Contents of the First Section of the Esoteric School, 1904–1914 (New York: Anthroposophic Press, 1998)
Ancient Mythology: India
for Buddha she writes, "we can turn to various lecture cycles including The Gospel of St. Luke, From Buddha to Christ, and The Spiritual Guidance of Man and Mankind"
she writes, "for Rudolf Steiner’s explication of many of the Greek myths, see “The Greek Sages Before Plato in the Light of Mystery Wisdom” or “The Wisdom of the Mysteries and the Myth,” in Christianity as Mystical Fact. Or read any lecture on the fourth post- Atlantean epoch."
- Roman History
specifically, the Christ Event
“The Last Address” (Dornach: 28 September 1924), in The
Archangel Michaël: His Mission and Ours, selected lectures and writings by Rudolf Steiner (Hudson, NY: Anthroposophic Press, 1994)
specifically, Rudolf Steiner’s revelation about Raphael, that he was the reincarnated Lazarus/John
also Eternal Individuality: Towards a Karmic Biography of Novalis by Sergei Prokofieff
Physics: Simple Machines
GA 127 (5 June 1911)
specifically, the Limestone Cycle
GA 229, “The Easter Imagination” (7 October 1923), in The
Four Seasons and the Archangels: Experience of the Course of the Year in Four Cosmic Imaginations (London: Rudolf Steiner Press,
GA 182 (Zürich: 1918), The Work of the Angels in Man’s Astral Body
Rudolf Steiner, Cosmic Memory: Prehistory of Earth and Man
(W . Nyack: Rudolf Steiner Publications, 1959)
Wish, Wonder, and Surprise
she writes, "For further references to wonder (as well as wish and surprise), see The Art and Science of Teaching Composition by Dorit Winter (Fair Oaks, CA: AWSNA Publications, 1998)." I will add that this book is also available for free at the Online Waldorf Library.
- she makes reference to both biographies and current events, framing them as follows: "It
takes perseverance to find the Rosicrucian heroes of our day. But they do exist, and it is a significant path of research to discover them. Through them the Christ Impulse lives, providing an antidote to the carnage of modern warfare, which is also part of the eighth grade curriculum."
- The History of Art
- The History of Literature
GA 103, The Gospel of St. John
Rudolf Steiner, The Universal Human: The Evolution of Individuality
GA 307 (August 1923, “Ilkley Course”), Education and Modern
Spiritual Life, Lecture 5
a lecture cycle concerning the story of Parsifal
GA 149 (Leipzig: 28 December 1913–2 January 1914),
Christ and the Spiritual World: And the Search for the Holy Grail
The Romantic Poets
she writes, "For further discussion of Coleridge and his relationship to truth and spiritual science, see “Glimmers of Truth” by Dorit Winter in The Golden Blade, 2000.... For a comprehensive guide to our theme, the teacher of literature will be greatly aided by Christy MacKaye Barnes’ For the Love of Literature: A Celebration of Language and Imagination [Hudson, New York: Anthroposophic Press, 1996]
Rudolf Steiner, Education as a Social Problem, Chapter 3
- Emerson and the Transcendentalists
Tolstoy and Dostoevsky
she writes, "...the study of Emerson and the Transcendentalists, or of Goethe’s Faust, or of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky all provide ample scope for different facets of the impulse we have been tracing. The transformation of evil, the nature of suffering and of forgiveness, compassion and the story teller’s allegories for these themes—these now become the stuff of twelfth grade curriculum. Twelfth graders are capable of applying their own individualizing thinking to the thoughts of Emerson, the questions of Dostoevsky, the images of Faust. They can write their own parables."
Rudolf Steiner (16 February 1907), Das Christliche Mysterium
Robert D . Richardson, Emerson: The Mind on Fire (Berkeley:
University of California Press, 1995)
GA 55 (Berlin: 14 February 1907), “Wisdom and Health,”
in Supersensible Knowledge (Great Barrington, MA: Anthroposophic Press, 1987), p. 64. (The whole lecture can be found in Isis Mary Sophia: Her Mission and Ours, selected lectures by Rudolf Steiner, edited by Christopher Bamford, SteinerBooks, 2003.)
Dorit Winter has a few concluding remarks, mostly turning her attention back to Steiner. Obviously, nobody says what he said better than he did! And that's why reading the original Steiner is so important. I believe this is really what she is trying to get us to do. Even the lengthy quotes she provides aren't as helpful as reading Steiner's thoughts in the original context.
However, I do believe that this quote from Education and Modern Spiritual Life sums up Steiner's entire educational premise:
"For no education will develop from abstract principles or programs — it will develop only from reality. And because man himself is soul and spirit, because he
has a physical nature, a soul nature and a spiritual nature, reality must again come into our life — for with the whole reality will the spirit also come into our life, and only such a spirit as this can sustain the educational art of the future."
And Winter ends her lecture with quoting him one last time:
- "This is a mighty and magnificent task, the task of providing the chariot for Michaël:
Michaël needs, as it were, a chariot by means of which to enter our civilization . ...
By educating in the right way, we are preparing Michaël’s chariot for his entrance into our civilization. [her emphasis added]"
This final quote is from Rudolf Steiner's The Younger Generation.
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