The Healing Art of Fairy Tale: A Video Lecture by Bruce Donehower, Ph.D.


This 20-minute lecture video is from a Section meeting held in Fair Oaks on November 20, 2020. At the bottom of this post is the fairy discussed: Hyacinth and Rosebud by Novalis.


Novalis thought very highly of fairy tales. Much of what Novalis says about the spiritual importance of fairy tales is echoed by Rudolf Steiner one hundred years or more after Novalis died. This is entirely in keeping with the extreme importance that Rudolf Steiner gave to Novalis — for example in the Last Address.
One of the most arresting statements made by Rudolf Steiner about the fairy tale is that “fairy tales can help counter illnesses.” We find this statement in the book The World of Fairy Tales, which is featured in the Books section of our local group’s website.

And, following the insights of Novalis and the early romantics, Rudolf Steiner emphasized that fairy tales are not simply for children. Adults need them too! In a lecture from 1913 that we find published as Fairy Tales in the Light of Spiritual Investigation, Rudolf Steiner gave several indications.

“Genuine fairy tales originate from sources lying at greater depths of the human soul than is generally supposed, speaking to us magically out of every epoch of humanity’s development.” — Rudolf Steiner


“. . . fairy tale sources lie far deeper down in the human soul than do the sources of creativity and artistic appreciation otherwise. This applies even with regard to the most compelling works of art — the most moving tragedies for instance.”                      — Rudolf Steiner


“. . . what comes to expression in the fairy tale is so deeply rooted in the soul that we identify with it no matter whether as a child in the first years of life, whether in our middle years, or whether in having grown old.” — Rudolf Steiner


The Fairy Tale Hyacinth and Rosebud from The Apprentices of Sais by Novalis

The fairy is narrated by Margit Ilgen and Marion Donehower, with original music by Bruce Donehower. (July 2020)


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June 10, 2021