The Seasons and their Festivals

Human, Earthly and Cosmic Rhythms

Karl König

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  • A thought-provoking exploration of Christian festivals, their relationship to the seasons and their importance for human beings and communities
  • This fascinating book compiles König's thoughts on festivals including New Year, Holy Week, Easter, Michaelmas, Advent and the Twelve Holy Days of Christmas
  • Argues that humans can derive inner strength from festival celebrations through an active social life and community participation
  • Volume 21 in the Karl König Archive

A fascinating collection of essays, lectures and notes by Karl König looking at the many aspects of Christian festivals.

216 x 138 mm
Floris Books
Karl König Archive
192 pages
Publication date:
26 May 2022
Karl König Archive


Through his work as a physician, Karl König explored the relationship between the rhythm of the seasons, the Christian festivals, thinking in particular about their effect on human beings and communities.

This fascinating collection of König's essays, lectures and notes looks at the cycle of the year and the different aspects of all the Christian festivals, from Easter to the Twelve Holy Days of Christmas. König discusses the idea that human beings can derive inner strength from festival celebrations through an active social life and participation in community, and also that a strong, healthy community life relies on the celebration of festivals.


'This collection is full of deep insights and draws together many strands of philosophy, natural science and history with knowledge of anthroposophy. It is a collection to which those who are following a path of self-development through the yearly cycles of seasons and festivals can return to again and again.'
-- New View

'Here is a book to treasure[...]. Dr Konig helps us to try to understand the true nature of the festivals through delving into his own inner experiences and bringing them to light in clear images that can inspire us to live within the real meaning of these important events that illuminate our physical and spiritual year.'
-- Camphill Correspondence

'This is necessary because we would completely and utterly forget the existence of a spiritual world if we cease to celebrate and understand the reality of festivals. And to that understanding this book offers a most valuable contribution.'
-- Perspectives


Karl König (1902-66) was well-known as a physician, author and lecturer. He began his work at the Institute of Embryology at the University of Vienna. In 1940 he founded the Camphill Movement in Scotland. Based on Rudolf Steiner's insights into human development, the special education schools for children and villages for adults with special needs are now established in many parts of the world.

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