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Ascension and Pentecost

May 9 & 19, 2024

Pentecost Symbol

With the blossoming of spring, we celebrate Ascension Day and Pentecost. Ascension Day is traditionally celebrated on the 40th day of Easter.1The risen Christ appeared to many people for 40 days after the resurrection and prior to His ascension. See Acts 1:3 This Holy Day commemorates the ascension of the Christ as witnessed by His Disciples.

Pentecost, also known as Whitsunday or Whitsun (“White Sunday”), has its roots in the Greek word pentecoste which means "50th day." It is celebrated on the seventh Sunday (50 days) after Easter, ten days after the Ascension. Pentecost commemorates the arrival of the Holy Spirit to the Disciples.

On May 7, 1923 in a lecture entitled The Mystery of Pentecost and the Ascension, Rudolf Steiner discussed these two pivotal events in a pictoral way.

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New Search Engine

April 12, 2024

Magnifying glass

We are pleased to announce our custom Solr search engine v1.0 developed specifically for the Rudolf Steiner Archive. Using powerful, Solr open-source software, we cleaned, restructured and reformatted the content of this site to produce accurate searches and provide a strong foundation to build upon as we grow. Now searching is simple, accurate, and allows for complex queries for in depth research of the works of Rudolf Steiner.

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Holy Week

A Transformative Meditation to Begin Anew

March 22, 2024

COTS Lemniscate

In preparation for Easter this Holy Week, we invite you to join us in contemplation of the last verse of Rudolf Steiner's Calendar of the Soul (GA 40). The complete work offers a verse for each week of the year, with week 52 intended for Holy Week. Each verse is a meditative riddle, guiding us through the seasons on a path of soul development. Easter, the Sunday following the first full moon after the equinox, begins Week 1 in the springtime of the Northern Hemisphere. Since it is autumn in the Southern Hemisphere, Week 27 is the starting point.

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Grand Opening

February 3, 2024

We are pleased to announce the launch of our online resale bookshop. By donating and/or purchasing books from us, you are not only helping to preserve these valuable resources, but you help to fund our work on the Rudolf Steiner Archive.

Esoteric Library Recirculation ♻

Do you have more books than you can handle or concerns about what will happen to your library when you are gone? Through our store, donated books can be recirculated in the community and given new life.

I. Donate Books

Our inventory comes solely from donated books. When you give books to our nonprofit, Steiner Online Library, you will receive a donation receipt for tax purposes and at the same time help us to fund the Rudolf Steiner Archive. Learn more →

II. Buy Used Books

Purchase books from us to prevent these treasures from ending up in a large bookstore warehouse or, heaven forbid, a landfill somewhere. Give them a new home by adding them to your personal collection.

III. Charitable Benefit

Proceeds from sales support the Rudolf Steiner Archive. With your support, we will continue to make the work of Rudolf Steiner and other anthroposophical materials accessible and searchable online in English.

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