ALMOST THE END
Wrapping It Up
This page, somewhat satirical, originally appeared on a different website.
Our evolution runs in circles, sort of. As we move ahead, we recapitulate where we've been, repeating (in altered condition) the past that is our future — until eventually we reach the final recapitulation in the final condition of consciousness.
But to get there, first we — starting here and now, and in due course — must negotiate the remaining conditions of life in our current condition of consciousness, and then we must proceed through the remaining conditions of consciousness.
R. Seddon relays the following summary of the seven conditions of life within The Present Earth condition of consciousness:
Note that the seven conditions of life are "kingdoms." Now, "kings" are not necessarily despots, although here in the USA we tend to think poorly of them. A "king" (bad) has subjects, whereas a republic or democracy (good) has citizens. Citizens have rights, whereas subjects are just, well, subjects. So you can see that future history will be headed in a somewhat sinister direction. But more on that later.
Let's look a little more closely at the kingdoms, as explained by Seddon (in my paraphrasings):
[THE FUTURE OF HUMANITY AND THE EARTH AS FORESEEN BY RUDOLF STEINER,
detail, p. 132.]
(Jupiter, in the sense Seddon uses here, is the next condition of consciousness, which we will consider on "The End".)
(As a stage of evolution, a condition of consciousness, Venus will come after Jupiter. Note that the future not only recapitulates the past but it also provides precursorial variants of more distant futures.)
(Vulcan will follow Venus.)
In re kings: When a "king" issues a command, that's that.
— Roger Rawlings
We will conclude the story at "The End"
(which will be a relief)
You know who
Waldorf student drawing, detail.
The Last Judgment as depicted by William Blake.
Although Anthroposophy is sometimes
considered a form of Christianity,
it in fact diverges far from Christianity.
The end Steiner foretold, for instance,
is quite different from the Last Judgment.
God will not judge us — we will attain
divinity as a result of our own free actions
(except for those of us who may not).
We are central now and will be even more central then.
We will become God the Father.
In re Vulcan
“Whereas in ancient Atlantean times these human beings descended to earth from Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, and the other planets — and it was therefore a matter of human soul beings entering the earth existence then — now a time is beginning when beings who are not human are coming down to earth from cosmic regions beyond. These beings are not human but depend for the further development of their existence on coming to earth and on entering here into relationships with men.
“Thus, since the eighties of the nineteenth century, heavenly beings are seeking to enter this earth existence. Just as the Vulcan men were the last to come down to earth, so Vulcan beings are now actually entering this earth existence. Heavenly beings are already here in our earth existence. And it is thanks to the fact that beings from beyond the earth are bringing messages down into this earthly existence that it is possible at all to have a comprehensive spiritual science today.
“Taken as a whole, however, how does the human race behave? If I may say so, the human race behaves in a cosmically rude way toward the beings who are appearing from the cosmos on earth, albeit, to begin with, only slowly. Humanity takes no notice of them, ignores them. It is this that will lead the earth into increasingly tragic conditions. For in the course of the next few centuries, more and more spirit beings will move among us whose language we ought to understand. We shall understand it only if we seek to comprehend what comes from them, namely, the contents of spiritual science. This is what they wish to bestow on us. They want us to act according to spiritual science; they want this spiritual science to be translated into social action and the conduct of earthly life.
“Since the last third of the nineteenth century, we are actually dealing with the influx of spirit beings from the universe. Initially, these were beings dwelling in the sphere between moon and Mercury, but they are closing in upon earth, so to say, seeking to gain a foothold in earthly life through human beings imbuing themselves with thoughts of spiritual beings in the cosmos. This is another way of describing what I outlined earlier when I said that we must call our shadowy intellect to life with the pictures of spiritual science. That is the abstract way of describing it. The description is concrete when we say: Spirit beings are seeking to come down into earth existence and must be received. Upheaval upon upheaval will ensue, and earth existence will at length arrive at social chaos if these beings descended and human existence were to consist only of opposition against them. For these beings wish to be nothing less than the advance guard of what will happen to earth existence when the moon reunites once again with earth.
“Nowadays it may appear comparatively harmless to people when they think only those automatic, lifeless thoughts that arise through comprehension of the mineral world itself and the mineral element's effects in plant, animal, and man. Yes, indeed, people revel in these thoughts; as materialists, they feel good about them, for only such thoughts are conceived today. But imagine that people were to continue thinking in this way, unfolding nothing but such thoughts until the eighth millennium when moon existence will once more unite with the life of the earth. What would come about then? The beings I have spoken about will descend gradually to the earth. Vulcan beings, Vulcan supermen, Venus supermen, Mercury supermen, sun supermen, and so on will unite themselves with earth existence. Yet, if human beings persist in their opposition to them, this earth existence will pass over into chaos in the course of the next few thousand years.” — Rudolf Steiner, MATERIALISM AND THE TASK OF ANTHROPOSOPHY (Rudolf Steiner Press, 1987), lecture 14, GA 204.
In re Decadence
"Races would not stay behind and become decadent if there were not men who wish to stay behind and are obliged to stay behind, since they have not developed their eternal life-kernel. Older races only persist because there are men who cannot or will not move forward to a higher racial form. I cannot today speak about the whole series of possibilities, in the course of earthly evolution, for man to become one with the race, to grow together with what is the character of one race or another. Think of the Atlantean race; souls have gone through it, but not all have passed out of it. There are sixteen possibilities of becoming merged with the race. They are called the 'sixteen paths of perdition.' On these paths man would merge with the material. By striving forward, however, he is drawn up from race to race to ever higher stages.
"We see then that it is actually possible for a man to combine with the one incarnation in such a way that he remains behind in evolution. His other soul-brothers are therefore at a higher stage when he reappears in a new incarnation. He must then content himself with an inferior incarnation which has been left to him in a decadent race. This is something that positively takes place. It need not frighten people, however, for the present phase of evolution. No one is obliged to take all the sixteen paths and thereby fall out of evolution. We must only be aware of the possibility.
"Now let us take an extreme case and imagine that a man unites too fully with what is to constitute the character of an incarnation. Let us suppose he reaches what is to be reached in sixteen incarnations; he takes the sixteen false paths. The earth does not wait for him, the earth goes forward and he finally arrives at a point where he can no longer incorporate in a human body, for none are in existence. There will be no more bodies in which souls that have grown too much involved in their bodily nature can incarnate. Such souls lose the possibility of incarnation and find no other opportunity ... They appear in a later epoch as subordinate nature-spirits. In fact the human race will furnish a whole number of such new nature-spirits in the second half of the Jupiter evolution, for man will have fully completed the fifth principle at the Jupiter stage ... Just the same occurred in the case of our present nature-spirits in the earlier periods of evolution." — Rudolf Steiner, THE INFLUENCE OF SPIRITUAL BEINGS UPON MAN (Anthroposophic Press, 1961), lecture 8, GA 102. (Note that Steiner does not detail 16 separate paths; rather, he essentially speaks of going down the same false path in 16 separate incarnations.)
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Some illustrations on each page here at Waldorf Watch
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others are not — they provide general context.
 THE FUTURE OF HUMANITY AND THE EARTH AS FORESEEN BY RUDOLF STEINER, p. 132.
 Ibid., pp. 132-133.
 Ibid., p. 103.
 Ibid., p. 103.
 Ibid., p. 103.
 Ibid., p. 104.
 Ibid., p. 104.
 Ibid., pp. 104-105.
 Ibid., p. 107.
 Ibid., pp. 109-110.