Ever since ancient times, people have had knowledge of the zodiac’s intimate involvement in the creation of physical life. People have always understood that the twelve realms of fixed-star constellations in the sky emanate specific forces that are brought to life in movements by the planets. These spiritual energies create and form all living beings on Earth, including, of course, human beings. This traditional awareness has been reenlivened and given new meaning today through Rudolf Steiner’s Anthroposophy. He gave specific indications that involve twelve unique gestures and colors to depict the forces of the twelve zodiacal regions.
In this richly illustrated collation of original artistic research—featuring exciting new work on the zodiac through sculpture, graphics, and painting—these new insights are explored and illumined in twenty-seven essays and numerous full-color images. Led by editor Gertraud Goodwin, the contributing artists offer a rich tableau of authentic and individual approaches to understanding the zodiac, shedding light on the vast realm of creative forces around us while acknowledging their primary source.
“From the many relationships to other qualities, like the consonants, virtues, areas of the human body, colors, eurythmy gestures, elements (earth, water, air, fire), musical keys and many more, in which the zodiacal forces express themselves as if through different instruments, a harmony begins to emerge, which informs me of an ever-rounder picture of one particular force of the Zodiac” (Gertraud Goodwin).
C O N T E N T S:
Foreword, by Wolfgang Held
Introduction, by Gertraud Goodwin
The Twelve Moods/Introduction to Rudolf Steiner’s Verses, Gertraud Goodwin
Relations – Connections – Correlations, Gertraud Goodwin
Rudolf Steiner’s Verses for the Twelve Moods of the Zodiac, Gertraud Goodwin
Working with the Zodiac during the 12 Holy Nights, Gertraud GoodwinWorking with color during the Holy Nights of 2017–18, Gertraud Goodwin
Working with color during the Holy Nights of 2018–19, Marije Rowling
The Formative Forces of the Zodiac, Edwin Boeck
Exploration of the Sculptural and Graphic Language of the Zodiac, Dorothea Keith
Zodiac, Manning Goodwin
The Twelve Constellations (Zyklus), Philip Nelson
Twelve Colored Exercises on the Virtues, Stephan Krauch
Paintings on the Zodiac, Rolf Jensen
Zodiac, Doris Harpers
Zodiac, Marije Rowling
Sound Images, Gerard Wagner
First Zodiac, Gertraud Goodwin
Twelve Reliefs on the Moods of the Zodiac, Gertraud Goodwin
A Graphic Exploration, Gertraud Goodwin
Meditations on the Zodiac, Gertraud Goodwin
Zodiac – Sculptures, Gertraud Goodwin
Pisces Zodiac, Gertraud Goodwin
Pisces Zodiac and the Present Age, John Salter
The Blue Window in the First Goetheanum, Thorsten Steen & Gertraud Goodwin
Carved Reliefs of the Zodiac, Reimar von Bonin
Exploring the Relationship between Reimar von Bonin’s Carved Relief and the Capitals of the Small Domed Space of the First Goetheanum, Gertraud Goodwin
The Formation of the Capitals of the Small Domed Space as Vignettes, Gertraud Goodwin
The Small Dome of the First Goetheanum, Gertraud Goodwin
Gertraud Goodwin was born in Germany in 1951. In her first career, she worked as an surgery nurse at the Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh. Her sculpture training at the Alanus-Kunsthochschule near Bonn (1976–1979) was followed by training in sculpture therapy. In 1982, she moved to England, where she taught at the Tobias School of Art in East Grinstead and at Emerson College, Forest Row, as well as working with graphics. In 1987 she started to teach sculpture and graphics in her own studio. Gertraud Goodwin has exhibited in galleries in London, Brighton, Italy, Germany, and Switzerland.