Twelve Aspects of Michael: Contrasted by Their Counter-Images
Most people are familiar with an image of St. Michael and the Dragon. Through Christoph-Andreas Lindenberg’s words and David Newbatt’s images, this book explores other attributes of St. Michael, in such a way that they reveal a twelvefold balance of key noble qualities that the human being can strive for.
In addition to these virtues, the book also describes, in contrast, the all-too-recognizable failings of human nature, which have to be recognized and understood before they can be overcome.
Twelve Aspects of Michael originated with Christoph-Andreas Lindenberg giving a lecture in a Camphill Community in 1962 on images of Michael, and with further encouragement from the founder of the Camphill Movement, Dr. Karl König, he explored the counter-images. Lindenberg’s research led to the talk reproduced in this book. In 1991, David Newbatt was commissioned by the Camphill Community in Botton Village to illustrate this theme as part of their work on the subject.
Both the lecture by Lindenberg and the illustrations by Newbatt can be an invaluable source of inspiration for those who wish to research further the questions of human nature while looking for ways to live, work and, inwardly develop in relationship to one another.
About the Author
Christof-Andreas Lindenberg was born in 1932 in Berlin and grew up in Munich during the Nazi era with anthroposophic parents who opposed the regime. His father, a priest in The Christian Community, held a doctorate in Music, and Christof-Andreas enjoyed a musical upbringing, learning all the basics in a somewhat playful way. He began composing during early childhood and intended to study music, but he was encouraged to study special education with Karl König, which became his life vocation within the Camphill community and eventually became a music therapist and instructor and co-founder of the Independent Music School in Europe. In 2001, he and his wife Norma, with two colleagues, founded the Dorian School of Music Therapy in North America, while also lecturing in Europe. Christof-Andreas has composed mainly choral settings for festivals and music for lyre and ensemble work. His published music includes two song books and articles on music therapy.
David Newbatt is an artist and teacher who lives and works at a Camphill Community for young adults with special needs in Aberdeen, Scotland. He also teaches art at the Aberdeen Waldorf School. David works in a wide variety of mediums, mainly watercolors, pastels, and acrylics. He has illustrated various books, including a story by Novalis, the poem of Olaf Åsteson, and Goethe’s fairy tale. He is also a prolific mural painter. His works have been exhibited throughout Europe.
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