Imagining Rudolf Steiner’s Ideas about Ancient Planetary Evolution as an Original Image of the Human Soul

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A Musical Recapitulation
A Talk by Saeko Shibayama Cohn

What does anthroposophy tell us about human psychology? How does its understanding of the human soul differ from mainstream psychology, and why is such an approach relevant today?

Based on a close reading of Rudolf Steiner’s The Inner Experiences of Evolution (1911), the present lecture spotlights the surprisingly universal “efficacy” of Steiner’s more esoteric work on angeological cosmology. The gestures, feelings and moods of spiritual beings that characterize the ancient planetary conditions (Saturn, Sun, Moon) and the present Earth will be discussed. An attempt will be made to capture and enliven the textual analysis through a live performance of classical and contemporary music on the modern lyre.

Saeko Shibayama Cohn holds a PhD in premodern Japanese literature from Columbia University. A Green Meadow parent, she teaches Japanese in Green Meadow’s high school, assists handwork at Green Meadow and the Otto Specht School, and volunteers at the Fiber Craft Studio.

Suggested donation: $12 / $7 students and seniors.

Information: Contact Melissa Lyons at or 845-517-5386.

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