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Outline of Occult Science

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The Characters of the Occult Science; The Nature of Man; Sleep and Death; The Evolution of the World and Man; Perception of Higher Worlds; Concerning Initiation; The Present and Future Evolution of the World and of Humanity; Details from the Domain of Occult Science; Man's Etheric Body; The Astral World; The Course of Human Life; The Principles of Man; The Dream State; Sup ...more
Paperback, 444 pages
Published February 1st 1998 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1910)
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Joni Stevens
May 19, 2015 Joni Stevens rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"The way to knowledge of the supersensible worlds, which is described here, is one that every human being can follow, no matter what the situation in which he may find himself within the present-day conditions of life. When describing such a path we must consider that the goal of knowledge and truth is the same in all ages of Earth evolution, but that starting points of man have been different in different ages."
C.r. Comacchio
Steiner is fascinating [he was the founder of Waldorf Schools] but his prose is very dense.
Ilmar Salaoja
As the title suggests, this is an opus of initiation to the worldview of late great Rudolf Steiner, founder of the Waldorf school and an all-around academic DIY man of sorts. The more he tries to explain and rationalise his vision of 20th century "scientific occultism", the more other-worldly and fantastic his concepts of the universe and its origins end up being. The flow of the text is fluent yet predictable, and while there are some pleasant nods to Goethe and eastern philosophies, the descri ...more
Jason Gregory
Sep 27, 2016 Jason Gregory rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This probably the best book by Steiner which delves into his esoteric philosophy. Though with any book Steiner wrote, it is a very tough read and takes quite a while to get into it. His writing style is an old style that most may not follow the flow of, but it is good if you can persevere. If you are looking for a book which gets into Theosophy and other occult topics outside of Blavatsky, then this may be for you. I enjoyed this book but I would find it a bit too much to read it a second time. ...more
Coquille Fleur
Feb 26, 2010 Coquille Fleur rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anthroposophy
The second book we read in teacher training. Cosmic, evolution of the world. Our world has been created, destroyed, held in suspension, then recreated several times. Steiner starts with the Saturnian man, following evolution throught Atlantean, Lemurian, etc. epochs. The pralayas are the in between times. Fascinating. When I saw the Matrix, it reminded me of this book. Powerful, but dense. You have to be serious to read this one, but it's one of my faves. I <3 Steiner.
Jamie
May 14, 2008 Jamie rated it it was amazing
Though I'll have to re-read this multiple times, it served as an intro to my interest in the occult. This book covers everything from Theosophy to Atlantis to the Pleiadians. Rudolf Steiner coined the term 'Supersensible Science', and gave license to define scientific methods purely by intuition. His musings have become a foundation for my entry into and understanding of the metaphysical.
Lord
Jul 15, 2008 Lord rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anthroposophy
An absolute essential book for everyone interested in anthroposophy, spirituality and self-growth. Things depicted in this book should be taught in schools and I'm sure they will one day. But these times are still far away.
Maegan
Feb 12, 2009 Maegan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't actually finished this book. Things started to fly over my head so I decided to put it down for a time, but it was refreshing to be so challenged in the subject of reading comprhension. I will finish it, someday.
Valenfore Alestreneon
Written by the first true Initiate after the age of Science. Don't agree with his description of the planet's evolution etc., but there's a lot of real Wisdom in this one. Advanced Students will be pleasantly surprised.
XRay RMA
Apr 22, 2016 XRay RMA rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book was amazing. I would definitely recommend it to all of my friends. In fact I would recommend it to everyone!
Dave
Apr 06, 2009 Dave rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: whoever needs more info. to figure it all out
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ok, this was one of the coolest of Steiner! Don't let the title fool ya! Mainstream think of "occult" as being satanic. Give up the outdated, ignorant notions!
Erik Angle
Read thru 16%, realized this book isn't what I was expecting, nor was it something I was willing to give anymore time to.
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"Steiner led this movement through several phases. In the first, more philosophically oriented phase, Steiner attempted to find a synthesis between science and mysticism; his philosophical work of these years, which he termed spiritual science, sought to provide a connection between the cognitive path of Western philosophy and t
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