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<B>Birthday Book </B><I> Celebrations for Everyone</I>, DRUITT, ANN,  CLINTON, CHRISTINE FYNES,  ROWLING, MARIJE
1 Birthday Book Celebrations for Everyone
1903458013 / 9781903458013 2005 Paperback 
Birthdays are milestones on our journey through life. The authors say, 'We wrote this book for the many people who wish to find ways of bringing beauty, meaning and a touch of magic into the celebration of birthdays.' Packed with recipes, stories, songs and games, and ideas for cards, decorations and presents, The Birthday Book is spiced with quotations from famous birthday celebrants and amusing historical anecdotes.
[When referring to this item please quote our ID 2082] 
Price: 49.95 AUD
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<B>Easter </B><I> Rudolf Steiner's Watercolor Painting Three Crosses</I>, LORD, ANGELA
2 Easter Rudolf Steiner's Watercolor Painting Three Crosses
0880107235 / 9780880107235 2011 Paperback 
This marvelous book explores the deep meaning of the watercolor Easter (or “Three Crosses”) painted by Rudolf Steiner in April 1924. Living through this book into Steiner’s watercolor painting, the reader is led to contemplate the profound mysteries of not only colors and the sense world, but also the divine, cosmic, human invisible reality lying behind them and manifested in the unique event we celebrate as Easter.

At first, the coloring and composition of the painting seem relatively simple. But the longer one looks at and meditates upon it, questions begin to press upon the viewer:

* Why did Rudolf Steiner use the rainbow sequence of colors?
* Why are the crosses so small, seen only from a distance?
* Who or what are the white figures “below the earth”?
* What is the painting actually about?

Answering these questions, artist Angela Lord draws on a wide range of anthroposophic and other sources to illuminate the enormous mystery of Easter itself. It becomes clear that in the painting, Steiner does not focus on Good Friday but on Holy Saturday and Jesus Christ’s “descent into hell,” or into Limbo, to raise the dead. Thus, the motif is not suffering so much as it is the germinating theme of Resurrection.

The author then turns to meditate on the painting in the light of the Twenty-third Psalm, and the reader recognizes the Psalmist’s image of “comfort” in a new form. The book also considers the Easter verses in Steiner’s Calendar of the Soul, as well as the pre-Christian Mystery of Adonis, which expands the the reader's understanding of the colors and the profound meaning of the painting.

Lord then delves into the mysteries of colors as Steiner uses them—from the polarity of red and black, the contrast of orange and green, the radiance of yellow and blue, and the enigmatic presence of white and violet to an experience of the painting as a beautiful rainbow.

The Easter experience, as the colors teach, offers the “rainbow meditation” and what it means to be human. Moreover, because humanity is (in Steiner’s words) “the religion of the gods,” Angela Lord ends her book with an exploration of the cosmic meaning that shines through the colors.
[When referring to this item please quote our ID 12131] 
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<B>Easter </B><I> The Legends and the Facts</I>, MERRY, ELEANOR C.
3 Easter The Legends and the Facts
0863156436 / 9780863156434 2008 2 Paperback 
In this classic book, Eleanor C. Merry applies her remarkably wide-ranging knowledge of world religion and mythology to the Easter story. A perfect companion to her book "The Ascent of Man", "Easter" focuses on three particular legends: The Holy Grail and Perceval; an old Irish legend; and, the legend of faust. With the Sun, the Moon and Nature forming a continuous background to her ideas, Merry draws out the common themes which lead ultimately to the Christian Easter story.
[When referring to this item please quote our ID 683] 
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<B>Enchanted Birthday </B><I> </I>, COLLETTE LEENMAN
4 Enchanted Birthday
0473125935 / 9780473125936 
'Enchanted birthday' aims to inspire parents who are looking for more creative ways to celebrate their children's birthdays. This book is for the many people who would love to provide their children with a more soulful alternative than celebrating their birthdays in a fast food restaurant, but aren't quite sure how to go about it. It presents a variety of ideas for providing simple yet magical birthdays for children aged up to around ten.
[When referring to this item please quote our ID 7825] 
Price: 42.00 AUD
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<B>Festivals Family and Food </B><I> </I>, CAREY, DIANA,  LARGE, JUDY
5 Festivals Family and Food
095070623X / 9780950706238 1983 Hardback 
This family favourite is a unique, well-loved source of stories, recipes, things to make, activities, poems, songs and festivals. Each festival such as Christmas, Candlemas and Martinmas has its own, well illustrated chapter. There are also sections on Birthdays, Rainy Days, Convalescence and a birthday Calendar. The perfect present for a family, it explores the numerous festivals that children love celebrating.
[When referring to this item please quote our ID 12413] 
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<B>Festivals in the Southern Hemisphere </B><I> Insights into Cosmic and Seasonal Aspects of the Whole Earth</I>, SAMSON, MARTIN
6 Festivals in the Southern Hemisphere Insights into Cosmic and Seasonal Aspects of the Whole Earth
1782502475 / 9781782502470 
Not Yet Published, available March 2016
of the Christian festivals traditionally draw imagery and symbolism from the northern hemisphere seasons. Christmas is often described as a light in the darkness of winter, and Easter reflects the new life emerging in spring. Rudolf Steiner also offered various descriptions of the relation of the festivals to seasons.

This has led some to suggest that Christian festivals in the southern hemisphere should be celebrated at opposite times of the year: for example, celebrating Christmas in June, or Easter in September. Is that really what Steiner was suggesting?

This insightful book thoroughly reviews all of Steiner's words on the subject, as well as the writings of other anthroposophical thinkers. Steiner shared cosmic, spiritual imaginations for the northern hemisphere, and in this book Martin Samson develops a useful equivalent guide for the southern hemisphere, as well as closely studying the liturgy of The Christian Community and its seasonal prayers.

From his research, he concludes that the essence of Christian festivals works at the same time for the whole earth, but take on subtly different nuances through the opposite seasons.

Martin Samson has been a priest of The Christian Community for over twenty years, and has worked in Australia since 1992. He has a Masters in Theological Studies and has spent many years studying cross-cultural religion, philosophy, mythology and cosmology. He has lectured extensively on the question of festivals in the southern hemisphere, and runs excursions into the outback of Australia to explore the connection to Aboriginal Australia and the southern stars.
[When referring to this item please quote our ID 14138] 
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<B>Grail and the Development of Conscience, The </B><I> St. Paul and Parsifal</I>, KONIG, KARL TRANS. GUY CORNISH
7 Grail and the Development of Conscience, The St. Paul and Parsifal
178250267X / 9781782502678 
König often gave lectures based on the Christian festivals, and the selections in this book were first presented at Eastertime. The central theme is the development of conscience and memory, which raises questions about individual freedom and spirituality, particularly in the context of community-building.

Running parallel with the main theme, König discusses a number of subjects close to his heart, including the search for the Grail, Parsifal and St. Paul, connecting his subjects in surprising and challenging ways.

Karl König (1902–1966) was well-known as a physician, author, and lecturer. He began his work at the Institute of Embryology at the University of Vienna. In 1939 he founded the Camphill Movement in Scotland. Based on the educational ideas of Rudolf Steiner, the special education schools for children and villages for adults with special needs are now established all over Britain and Europe, North and South America and Southern Africa. He was the author of numerous books.
[When referring to this item please quote our ID 14218] 
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<B>Holy Week </B><I> A Spiritual Guide from Palm Sunday to Easter</I>, BOCK, EMIL,  RAVETZ, TOM
8 Holy Week A Spiritual Guide from Palm Sunday to Easter
0863157904 / 9780863157905 2011 Hardback 
Easter Holy Week is a unique time in the Christian calendar, containing both dramatic lows and highs, as well as time for reflection and meditation. This lovely little book offers readers an inspiring guide from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday. It vividly brings the events of Holy Week alive, enabling us to follow the mystery drama of the Passion. It also provides opportunities for prayer and contemplation, with each day accompanied by the gospel reading which the author describes.
[When referring to this item please quote our ID 7913] 
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<B>Light in the Lantern, The </B><I> Stories for Advent</I>, DREISSIG, GEORG
9 Light in the Lantern, The Stories for Advent
0946206236 / 9780946206230 Paperback 
In the days leading up to Christmas, Mary and Joseph's path to Bethlehem is fraught with difficulties, but as the stories in this book reveal, a small miracle happens on each day. The story of each miracle brings us a little closer to Christmas, until we finally reach the stable in Bethlehem where the light in the lantern is waiting in anticipation of the Christ Child's birth.

With 28 individual stories, this book may be used as an 'Advent Calendar', with the first week's stories relating to the mineral world, the second week's stories to the plant world, followed by the animal kingdom and finally to the human beings. The accompanying Advent Calendar may be purchased also.
[When referring to this item please quote our ID 11227] 
Price: 19.90 AUD
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10 Living a Spiritual Year Seasonal Festivals in Northern and Southern Hemispheres: an Esoteric Study
0646102850 / 9780646102856 
A substantial guide to the new ideas of Rudolf Steiner about seasonal festivals, and the spiritual beings and energies active in the seasonal cycle.
[When referring to this item please quote our ID 7759] 
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<B>Spiritual Background to Christian Festivals </B><I> </I>, KOVACS, CHARLES
11 Spiritual Background to Christian Festivals
0863156010 / 9780863156014 2007 Paperback 
The rhythms of the earth can be seen in, for example, the daily cycle of day and night, or in the changing seasons. Rudolf Steiner spoke about how Christian festivals such as Easter, Whitsun and Christmas fitted not just into these patterns, but also into larger cosmic rhythms and, on a smaller scale, human rhythms. In this concise, readable book Charles Kovacs explores the structure of our calendar year and looks in detail at the background to each Christian festival, including lesser-known ones such as St. John's Tide and Michaelmas. This book is an inspiring insight into why we worship and celebrate at particular times and the deep spiritual significance found in the Christian year.
[When referring to this item please quote our ID 645] 
Price: 17.95 AUD
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