A year after the burning of the first Goetheanum that had been the centre of the anthroposophical work, in 1923/24 Rudolf Steiner refounded the general anthroposophical society at the Christmas Conference. In order to strengthen this impulse, from February 1924 he published weekly Leading Thoughts with the aim of providing guidance for anthroposophical work on the ground. The Michael Letters were added from August 1924. These are short concentrated texts where, in the final months of his activity, Steiner described the development of consciousness at the present time. According to Steiner's research, Michael is the spiritual being who has accompanied our epoch since 1879.
This year we are working on the first Michael letter "At the Dawn of the Michael Age". This talks about the development of consciousness, which had been completely united with the divine spiritual world up until the 9th century. A period followed in which Michael, as the spirit of the age, inspired human souls from outside: realism and nominalism emerged. In our times, however, Michael lives in human hearts and inspires thoughts and deeds.
During the conference we will work on the Michael Letter in the mornings and relate this to the conference topic of biodynamic quality in the way that it is perceived, experienced and created. Musical improvisation will provide an artistic accompaniment to deepen our experience of the content.
References: Rudolf Steiner: Anthroposophical Leading Thoughts Chapter „At the dawn of the michael age“, Complete edition 26 (GA 26):