European thought and culture has had an enduring impact worldwide, but Europe has also been a focus of conflict and world wars. With its international influence, Europe bears a responsibility, in both example and practice, for humanity’s continued development.
First published in English in 1975, this timely reprint of Maria Schindler’s classic work provides valuable spiritual insight into Europe’s contribution to human civilization—its past as well as its future tasks—at a critical time in the continent’s destiny. Based on decades of first-hand experience and multilingual study, the author weaves a pictorial tapestry of Europe’s biographical history in all its human, earthly, and cosmic content.
In past centuries, says Schindler, world-changing events were centered on the destinies of individual countries and nations. Today, the individual needs of nations must be brought into harmony with the needs of humankind as a whole. The enormity of humanity’s problems demand fresh insights based on new solutions with firm foundations. The author presents her intimate knowledge of European folklore and languages in connection with Willi Sucher’s “star wisdom,” the research of Walter Johannes Stein and Eugen Kolisko, and the inspiration of Rudolf Steiner and his cosmological and Spiritual Science of the cosmos and humanity.
Features 52 illustrations and numerous diagrams.
C O N T E N T S:
Foreword by Gladys Mayer
The Present Age and the Myth of Europe
The Seal of Europe
PART 1: THE STARS
The Holy Grail
Cosmic Worlds and the Spiritual Guidance of Mankind
Europe’s Star Mythos
PART 2: NATIONAL GIFTS
Spain and Portugal
Austria and Switzerland
PART 3: HISTORIC RESPONSIBILITY
The White Horseman
Freedom and the Parsifal Path
Sophia and the Stars
About the Author
MARIA SCHINDLER was an artist and the author of Pure Colour (1947) and Goethe’s Theory of Colour (1964). Together with Eleanor Merry, she opened a painting school in London in the 1940s to develop painting techniques based on Goethe’s Theory of Colour.
GLADYS MAYER (1888–1980) attended Rudolf Steiner’s series of lectures on education at Stratford-on-Avon in 1922. The following year she visited Steiner in Switzerland and decided to become a painter and art teacher at the Goetheanum, Dornach. She is the author of a number of titles including The Mystery Wisdom of Colour and Colours: A New Approach to Painting (1983).