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This book has been written to help those who, studying these two great currents of the Western Mysteries, have asked themselves the question: what is the relationship between Kabbalah and Anthroposophy? The book is a preliminary answer to this question and clearly does not claim to be an exhaustive one. The book’s purpose is to help one pose the right questions. Let us make it clear straight away that this book is not an attempt to create a new “crossover” current: nothing could be further from the truth. Rather, we can consider this first attempt as a Kabbalah/Anthroposophy dictionary so that those who are about to study both streams can translate the terminology of the former into that of the latter, and vice versa, in order to arrive at greater mutual understanding among esotericists.
On the other hand, this book also counters the opinion that Kabbalah and Anthroposophy are profoundly different and, indeed, irreconcilable systems. Nothing could be further from the truth and it demonstrates that Rudolf Steiner himself, especially while he was in the early stages of elaborating his anthroposophically-oriented Spiritual Science, used to make reference precisely to Kabbalah.
We will also discover that it could be not be otherwise because throughout the entire history of Mankind esoteric knowledge has revealed itself gradually, changing its form yet remaining identical in essence. While it is true that only with Steiner esotericism became Spiritual Science or, rather, a Science of Initiation centred on the “I am”, it is equally true that this Spiritual Science can be directed according to different orientations: an anthroposophically-oriented Spiritual Science exists, as does a Kabbalistically-oriented one.
Rudolf Steiner himself found a name for this Kabbalistic approach: he called it Logosophy. Steiner, in fact, intended to complete Theosophy, published in 1904, with a further chapter on cosmic evolution based on the 10 Aristotelian categories which were the Greek equivalent of the Sefirot: an approach he called Logosophy, the Wisdom of the Logos. Steiner described these 10 categories as the Occult Script, the cosmic alphabet with which the Book of Nature is written, the same Liber M of the Rosicrucian Manifestos. This Occult Script was one of the major impulses of the Michael Age which began in 1879. Thus, what was initially supposed to be the last chapter of Theosophy would actually have been expanded into a volume, in all probability to be entitled Logosophy which, however, was never published.
The book Kabbalah and Anthroposophy, published by Psiche 2, is available in all bookshops.
Title “Cabalà e Antroposofia”
by Giorgio Tarditi Spagnoli
Published by Editrice Psiche 2 (Turin, Italy)
Series La Saggezza della Cabalà (The Wisdom of Kabbalah)
Publication date 20 October 2018
Chapter 1: The Kabbalah according to Steiner
Chapter 2: Logosophy, the Holy Trinity
Chapter 3: Cosmosophy, the Seven Spirits of God
Chapter 4: Hermetic Kabbalah
Chapter 5: The Tree of Life
Chapter 6: The Tree of Death
Chapter 7: Kabbalah Worlds and Metamorphosis of the Earth
Chapter 8: The Union of the Egyptian and Christian Mysteries
Chapter 9: Christian Esotericism and Kabbalah
Chapter 10: The Kabbalistic Lord’s Prayer
Chapter 11: The Menorah and Cosmic Evolution
Chapter 12: Kabbalistic Cross and Anthroposophy
Chapter 13: The Space Cube
Chapter 14: The Goetheanum’s Red Stained Window
Chapter 15: Kabbalistic and Rosicrucian Initiation
Appendix: Esoteric Correspondence Tables
About the author
Giorgio Tarditi Spagnoli PhD is a free researcher of Anthroposophy, the Spiritual Science founded by Rudolf Steiner. He holds a degree in Natural Sciences and a PhD in Educational Sciences, with a thesis on Archetypal Psychology and Evolution.