The Twelve Holy Nights and the Spiritual Hierarchies

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The Twelve Holy Nights and the Spiritual Hierarchies

Prokofieff draws on the whole extent of Rudolf Steiner’s work and combines it with his own original spiritual research to form an intricate picture of the cosmic forces at play between Christmas and Epiphany. We are led on a tour through the circle of the zodiac and spiritual hierarchies, and shown how they form a path from Jesus to Christ.

The author further explains that the Starry Script is a key to anthroposophical Christology, and shows how it relates to the conception of the original Goetheanum. Prokofieff guides us imaginatively through the interior of Steiner’s architectural masterpiece (which was destroyed by fire at the end of 1922). Its structure and decor are seen to constitute a coherent esoteric map. Our task now, he suggests, is to rebuild the first Goetheanum within ourselves and, through a new form of self-development, work toward a truly modern path of initiation.

Supplementary essays focus on the cosmic aspects of Sophia as well as the being of Michael. Prokofieff’s seminal study offers a rich source of inspiration for those wishing to penetrate the mysteries of the Twelve Holy Nights and their relation to spiritual beings.

C O N T E N T S:


1. The Circle of the Zodiac and the Spiritual Hierarchies
(A Path from Jesus to Christ through the Twelve Holy Nights)
2. The Starry Script as a Key to Anthroposophical Christology
3. The Starry Script and the Conception of the First Goetheanum

1. The Cosmic Aspect of the Sophia
2. The Cosmic Aspect of the Being of Michael
3. The Building of the Inner Goetheanum as a Path toward the Experience of Christ in the Etheric Realm

A Note on the Sequence of the Signs of the Zodiac

About the Author

Sergei O. Prokofieff (1954-2014) was born in Moscow, where he studied fine arts and painting at the Moscow School of Art. At an early age he encountered the work of Rudolf Steiner and quickly realized that his life would be dedicated to the Christian path of esoteric knowledge. He wrote his first book, Rudolf Steiner and the Founding of the New Mysteries, while living in Soviet Russia, and it was published in English in 1994. After the fall of Communism, he helped establish the Anthroposophical Society in Russia. In 2001, he became a member of the Executive Council of the General Anthroposophical Society at the Goetheanum in Switzerland. More than 30 of his books have been translated into English. Sergei Prokofieff passed away in Dornach, Switzerland.

Additional information

Weight 18 oz
Dimensions 6 × 0.8 × 9 in


Simon Blaxland-de Lange




November 2004






Temple Lodge Press


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