Wolfram von Eschenbach’s medieval poem Parzival holds cosmic secrets for our time. Wolfram began reciting his Parzival in the 13th century, yet its story line, artistic language, and esoteric structure fully entertain, nourish, and fascinate us today.
What spiritual mysteries are working through its magical appeal? What secrets about our time might the Red Knight’s 9th century adventures reveal to us? How is Parzival related to the Eightfold Path of Buddha? What symbols of Christ weave through the narrative?
We will explore each of the story’s 16 “books” or chapters over 16 sessions, studying its zodiacal structure and drawing upon Rudolf Steiner’s profound insights concerning the Arthurian, Grail, and Parzival streams to light our path.
Each session will include a combination of lecture and eurythmy. Alice and Brian are designing each class period as a weaving of story and eurythmy to encourage and bring to life in our beings the mystery wisdom that infuses the classic and transformative tale of Parzival. It promises to be exciting, stimulating, and lots of fun to engage this dramatic adventure together!
We will refer to the 1961 Vintage Books Edition of Parzival, translated by Mustard and Passage. This edition is available through various booksellers, including Amazon and AbeBooks:
These 16 class sessions will be available for online viewing at WiseCosmos.org, where a bibliography will also be posted.
Please join our study of Wolfram’s Parzival as we strive to reawaken within ourselves the quest for the Grail!