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“Freemasonry” and Ritual Work The Misraim Service
by Rudolf Steiner
Binding: Paperback, 632 pages
Publisher: Steinerbooks
Weight: 1.85 pound
Dimension: H: 1.5 x L: 9 x W: 6 inches
ISBN 10: 0880106123
ISBN 13: 9780880106122
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Book Description:
Alongside the Esoteric Section, Rudolf Steiner created the 'Cognitive Cultic Section,' a ritual order connected to Masonic tradition, but independent and anthroposophical in inspiration. This astonishing volume contains the rituals, lectures, meditations, and other instructions Steiner gave.

As he began to establish his esoteric mission, Rudolf Steiner chose to connect his spiritual goals and efforts with the wisdom streams that had prepared the ground for his task. For the sake of conscience, gratitude, and continuity, he determined to acknowledge those who preceded him and to relate himself to them in his characteristically free, creative, conscious, and independent way.

Steiner also understood that ritual was central, even necessary, as the essence of embodied spiritual work. For this reason, he saw Freemasonry as the preeminent spiritual, non sectarian, communitarian paradigm. He knew, too, that Freemasonry, though it appeared hollow, was perhaps the main repository of esoteric, ritual tradition and initiation remaining in the West. Most of the guiding spirits in the recent Western development had been Masons, including Goethe, Herder, Lessing, the founders of the United States, as well as Madame Blavatsky and the other great esotericists of the nineteenth century.

Although he never 'became' a Mason, in 1905 the 'Great Orient of the Scottish A & A Thirty Three Degree Rite of the Order of the Ancient Freemasons of the Memphis Misraim Rite' granted Rudolf Steiner based on his self evident, extraordinary initiatory status a patent to direct his own 'order' under the name 'Mystica Aeterna.' He received his charter from Theodore Reuss of the Ordo Templum Orientalis or O.T.O. Nevertheless, Steiner was never a member of, nor did he have any involvement with, the O.T.O. Reuss had received permission to operate the Memphis Misraim rite from John Yarker, who, some twenty years previously, had initiated Madame Blavatsky into the same Order.

In time, Mystica Aeterna became the 'Cognitive Cultic Section' (also called the 'Misraim Service') of the Esoteric School of the German Section of the Theosophical Society; this is the subject of this book. The 'Masonic' phase in Rudolf Steiner s life and work passed, but it remains transformed and alive in many ways in Anthroposophy as he handed it down to us today.


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