Lecture Series: Fall of the Spirits of Darkness

Lecture series by Rudolf Steiner

Lecture 1: The Driving Force Behind Europe’s War

Lecture 1: The Driving Force Behind Europe’s War

In these 14 lectures, Steiner speaks on the complex spiritual forces behind the Great War, humanity's attempts to build theoretically perfect social orders, and the many divisions and disruptions that would continue to occur on earth in our time. Humanity in general was asleep to the fact that fallen...

Lecture 2: Humanity’s Struggle for Morality

Lecture 2: Humanity’s Struggle for Morality

We are living at a time of which we can say that much will have to change in the way people think, feel and use their will. Our inner aims will have to change. It is especially with regard to our innermost being that old, inherited and acquired habits...

Lecture 3: The Search for a Perfect World

Lecture 3: The Search for a Perfect World

When truths which differed from generally accepted views had to be said in the past, in order to open up a road to the future, the difference between those truths and common opinion was probably never as marked as it inevitably is today. This may not be absolutely the...

Lecture 4: The Elemental Spirits of Birth and Death

Lecture 4: The Elemental Spirits of Birth and Death

The time has come for humanity to know certain truths concerning the spiritual background to the physical world. If people are not going to be prepared to accept these truths out of their own good will, they will be forced to learn them from the terrible events that will...

Lecture 5: Changes in Humanity’s Spiritual Make-up

Lecture 5: Changes in Humanity’s Spiritual Make-up

With the human soul withdrawing more and more from the body, the body is increasingly in danger of being filled with something else. And if human beings are not prepared to take up impulses which can only come from spiritual knowledge, the body will be filled with demonic powers....

Lecture 6: The New Spirituality

Lecture 6: The New Spirituality

If we are to continue in the right way today, we must consider something of the nature of the human being and how human beings are part of historical evolution. First of all we consider the fact that human beings have the power, or the gift, of the intellect....

Lecture 7: Working from Spiritual Reality

Lecture 7: Working from Spiritual Reality

To get even closer to the problems we have opened up in these lectures, I want to make some incidental comments today. You probably know the amusing experiment so often done by conjurers: they Show the audience some heavy weights and the effort required to lift them. To make...

Lecture 8: Abstraction and Reality

Lecture 8: Abstraction and Reality

You will have gathered, from what I said yesterday, that at the present time we must come to realize the distinction between abstract and purely intellectual thinking, and thinking which is based on reality, in order to relate our thinking to the reality. The natural tendency is to make...

Lecture 9: The Battle between Michael and ‘The Dragon’

Lecture 9: The Battle between Michael and ‘The Dragon’

I have frequently spoken of the significant break which occurred in the spiritual development of the peoples of Europe and America in the middle of the nineteenth century, and especially in the 1840s. I have pointed out that this was the time when the materialistic point of view came...

Lecture 10: The Influence of the Backward Angels

Lecture 10: The Influence of the Backward Angels

Now consider this carefully — the powers from the school of Ahriman which fought a decisive battle in the spiritual world between 1841 and 1879 were cast down into the human realm in 1879. Since then their fortress, their field of activity, is in the thinking, the inner responses...