Rudolf Steiner, Spiritual Scientist

The most successful figure of the early twentieth century occult revival was also its most enigmatic, the ‘spiritual scientist’ Rudolf Steiner. Before emerging in the early 1900s as a remarkable esoteric philosopher and leader of a new spiritual movement, Anthroposophy, Steiner kicked around Vienna, Berlin, and points in between as an all-purpose Germanic professor, lecturing on Hegel or Nietzsche at working men’s colleges, loitering in cafes, and for the most part keeping under wraps his strange ability to see spirits and speak with the dead. Starting out as a Goethe scholar, after a lecture to the Berlin Theosophical Society, Steiner re-invented himself as the charismatic, inspiring herald of a modern mystery school, that would have remarkable practical results in agriculture, architecture, education, medicine, the arts and even politics. Who was Rudolf Steiner? My lecture will go some way to answering that question.

Book: Rudolf Steiner: An Introduction to His Life and Work


Gary Lachman is the author of many books about consciousness, culture, and the Western esoteric tradition, including The Return of Holy Russia, Dark Star Rising: Magick and Power in the Age of Trump, Lost Knowledge of the Imagination, and Beyond the Robot: The Life and Work of Colin Wilson. He writes for several journals in the US, UK, and Europe, lectures around the world and his work has been translated into more than a dozen languages. In a former life he was a founding member of the pop group Blondie and in 2006 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Before moving to London in 1996 and becoming a full time writer, Lachman studied philosophy, managed a metaphysical book shop, taught English literature, and was Science Writer for UCLA. He is an adjunct professor of Transformative Studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies. He can be reached at, and

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