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The Rudolf Steiner Archive

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Occult Signs and Symbols
GA 101

Steiner discusses the occult significance of Noah's ark, Gothic churches, animal forms, symbolism in numbers, and the Seven Seals. With seven illustrations.

Transcribed from a series of lectures in Stuttgart, September 13–16, 1907. Translated from German shorthand reports unrevised by the lecturer (Vol. 101 in the Bibliographic Survey, 1961) by Sarah Kurland with emendations by Gilbert Church, Ph.D. Electronic transcription by John Roland Penner, 1998.

Lecture Four, given on September 16, 1907, is also included in Bn/GA 284.

Lecture I 13th September, 1907
The Creative Cosmic Tone. Flooding Colour and the Formative Forces of the Akasha.
Lecture II 14th September, 1907
The Symbolic Meaning of Noah's Ark and the Gothic Churches. The Symbolism of Certain Animal Forms and Their Relation to the Elements: Snake, Fish, Butterfly, Bee.
Lecture III 15th September, 1907
The Symbolism of Numbers. The Mystics and the Time of Copernicus. Involution, Evolution and Creation out of Nothingness. The Number Four, the Sign of Creation.
Lecture IV 16th September, 1907
Man, the Most Significant Symbol. The Seven Seals.