|Founded at the Christmas Conference of 1923/1924 in Switzerland by Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) the first Principle of the Anthroposophical Society states:
The Anthroposophical Society is to be an association of people whose will it is to nurture the life of the soul, both in the individual and in human society, on the basis of a true knowledge of the spiritual world.
The Novalis Branch follows this principle by conducting a weekly study group, celebrating festivals, and sponsoring conferences and special events.
- The weekly study is based on the writings and published lectures of Rudolf Steiner. A typical study evening starts with a verse and proceeds to reading a Steiner lecture. Discussion and refreshments follow. Though we have met for years we never worry about running out of new topics to study. Rudolf Steiner’s complete works number over 360 volumes in German. Many English translations are available free on line.
- The Novalis Branch members usually celebrate St. John’s, Michaelmas, Christmas, Easter, and Whitsun. These celebrations typically involve artistic presentation of Rudolf Steiner’s art of movement, Eurythmy; short talks; verses; refreshments and unstructured togetherness.
The Branch is named after the 18th century German romantic poet Novalis (1772-1801). Rudolf Steiner’s spiritual scientific research revealed that past incarnations of Novalis include the Renaissance painter Raphael and John the Baptist. See Eternal Individuality: Towards a Karmic Biography of Novalis by Sergei Prokofieff.
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