The Anthroposophical Society
The Understanding and Continued Activity of the Christmas Conference
“...we are faced today with the need to turn the Society into a being that is active and effective in the world.” —Rudolf Steiner (Nov. 1922)
In 2014, the Anthroposophical Society in Switzerland launched a series of conferences to deepen the impulse of the 1923 Christmas Conference, the event that Rudolf Steiner referred to as a “festival of consecration” for the “beginning of a turning point of time.” The goal of the conferences was to develop a deeper understanding of the Anthroposophical Society’s essential task and contribute to shaping its future.
This volume presents six talks from the conference in February 2016, the purpose of which was to let the Anthroposophical Society as an archetypal phenomenon speak to us. This society planted a seed of humanity and the model of a legal entity whose future potential and perspectives are yet to be discovered. It is a social organism that exhorts us to put our karma in order, carry what is close to our hearts into the world, and by doing so experience the presence and support of the divine spirit.
These edited transcriptions of six lectures—by Peter Selg, Stefano Gasperi, Mario Betti, Johannes Greiner, Gioia Falk, and Marc Desaules—encourage us to move closer to a deeper existential relationship to the Anthroposophical Society and movement, experienced through others and discovered within ourselves.
Originally published in German as Die Anthroposophische Gesellschaft. Beiträge zum Verständnis und zum Weiterwirken der Weih-nachtstagung, Band 3 (Verlag des Ita Wegman Instituts, 2016).
C O N T E N T S:
Preface by Marc Desaules and Peter Selg
1. Peter Selg — The Existential Relationship with the Anthroposophical Society:
Marie Steiner ∙ Ita Wegman ∙ Guenther Wachsmuth ∙ Elisabeth Vreede ∙ Albert Steffen
2. Stefano Gasperi — The Anthroposophical Society in Relation to the Spiritual World
3. Mario Betti — My Existential Relationship with the Anthroposophical Society
4. J. Greiner — The Universal Temple
5. Gioia Falk — Cosmic Midnight Hour:
The Significance of the Mystery Dramas for the Anthroposophical Society
6. Marc Desaules — The Evolving Body of the Anthroposophical Society