Camphill Association of North America:
Anthroposophy derives from two Greek words — anthropos, “human being,” and sophia, “wisdom.” As Theosophy (“Theo” and “Sophia”) means wisdom of God, or divine wisdom, Anthroposophy means “wisdom of the human being” or the wisdom that knows what it means to be human. In other words, it is a path of self-knowledge. Steiner considered Anthroposophy to be a science of the spirit.
In his Anthroposophical Leading Thoughts, written in 1924, Steiner wrote: “Anthroposophy is a way of knowledge — a cognitive path — that leads the spiritual in the human being to the spiritual in the universe.” Rudolf Steiner practiced this path, and his perceptions into the spiritual world, communicated in his books and lectures, laid the foundation and established the parameters of Anthroposophy.
The Art of today will be the Nature of tomorrow and will blossom again in her. Thus does Involution become Evolution.Or this:
Whoever seeks higher knowledge must create it for himself. He must instill it into his soul. It cannot be done by study; it can only be done through life.You can get a bigger sample of his writing here.
As I said, it just doesn't make any sense to me. Come to think of it, Kabbalah has the same effect on me, all those long descriptions of crowns and castles that just feel like empty words, words referring to nothing. I suppose words, at least words of expository prose, invoke the rational, critical part of my brain. I don't feel any mysticism, just bewilderment and eventually irritation.
The four round images above are from a series Rosenkrantz made for Steiner in 1923, illustrating the Seven Apocalyptic Seals: The Mystery of the Creative Word, The Four Horsemen, The Holy Grail, St. Michael and the Dragon. These are the Rosenkrantz works you are most likely to see online. The colors have meanings in Steiner's system; he had a theory of just about everything, including one about which colors best represented which spiritual concepts. Steiner wrote of these works,
All speculations and intellectual explanations are out of place in dealing with such signs, since they are not arrived at by thought, but are purely a description of what the so-called seer perceives in unseen worlds. One who is able to understand that book as interpreted by spiritual science, sees in it nothing else than a description in words of what the seer perceives as human evolution on the astral plane in archetypes.
I don't mean to say that this is inevitably so; some rationalists manage to be good and to accomplish good things. Only that this seems to be the normal human way.