Esoteric Easter. Lecture 1 of 4.
Rudolf Steiner, Dornach, Switzerland, April 19, 1924:
Easter is felt by many people to be associated on the one hand with the deepest feelings and sensibilities of the human soul, but on the other, with cosmic mysteries and enigmas as well. Our attention is drawn to this connection with world riddles by the fact that Easter is a so-called moveable feast, fixed each year by computing the position of a constellation of which we will have more to say in the following lectures. Yet if we trace the festival customs and cult rites that have become associated with the Easter Festival through the centuries — rituals having a deep meaning for a large part of humankind — we cannot fail to observe the profound significance with which humanity has endowed this Easter Festival in the course of its historical development.