Manifestations





Here is a collection of sketches that may shine light on Anthroposophy
and Waldorf schooling. Some of these images are renderings of sketches
Steiner himself made to accompany his lectures.
The captions summarize, very briefly, salient points
about Anthroposophy and Steiner's doctrines.






For a non-pictorial overview of human evolution, past and future,
as described by Rudolf Steiner, scroll to the "Historical Narrative" lower on this page.



 









The philosophy underlying Waldorf education, Anthroposophy
(the word means human wisdom), glorifies humanity.
We are wondrous, upward-evolving spiritual beings,
central to all of creation, beloved of the gods. 
This is a grand and attractive vision.
We can all feel its tug on our hearts and souls.
But can humanity actually fulfill its potential by following Steiner's lead?
He concocted a blend of occultism, myth, gnostic religion, and fantasy.
The path to wisdom cannot run through such a welter of fallacies.
If we are to realize our better nature, fulfilling
our best potential, surely we must face reality squarely
and build on truth, not illusion.








The world headquarters for Anthroposophy is the Goetheanum
in Dornach, Switzerland. It is, in essence,
a cathedral: Among other telling features, it has stained glass windows,
a large pipe organ, and an imposing statue of Christ,
Lucifer, and Ahriman (the Zoroastrian devil).








This is the statue. The standing figure is Christ.

The other figures are Lucifer, Ahriman,
and an elemental being or nature spirit.
Anthroposophy is a form of occultism that derives 
in part from various major religions
(Christianity, Hinduism, Zoroastrianism...),
and also from mysticism, magic,
astrology, mythology, and the like.









Anthroposophy is a polytheistic creed.
The universe teems with gods who occupy higher worlds. 
Steiner claimed to know these worlds thanks to clairvoyance.
(Indeed, all of Anthroposophy hinges on clairvoyance — which science tells us does not exist.
At Waldorf schools, students are nudged toward clairvoyance through emphasis on imagination.)
This image represents, in vague fashion, ranks of gods as described by Steiner.









Human beings have four bodies, three of which are invisible.
Or so the Waldorf belief system says.
At night, our astral bodies (red) and our spiritual egos (purple)
leave Earth and journey to the spirit worlds.
In the morning, they rejoin our etheric bodies (yellow)
and our physical bodies.
Or so the Waldorf belief system says.
Not all Waldorf teachers are true-believing Anthroposophists,
but many are. Steiner said that Waldorf teachers need to follow
Anthroposophy, and he said "Anthroposophy will be in the school."








Our current Earthly lives are just the most recent
of our many, many incarnations. We are evolving
from a lowly condition to divinity. We will ultimately
become God the Father. Our evolution
occurs through the processes of reincarnation and karma.
Or so the Waldorf belief system says.








So far during the course of our evolution, we have lived
on or during Old Saturn, Old Sun, and Old Moon.
We now live on Earth.
We will next proceed to Jupiter, then Venus, and finally Vulcan.
(I promise you, I'm not making up any of this.
See the "Historical Narrative" lower on this page.)








The power of the stars (astrology) has great importance
in the Waldorf belief system.
At Waldorf schools, many activities seek
to attune students to cosmic forces. Here you see
four basic eurythmy positions and their associated
astrological signs. Eurythmy (a sort of dance)
is often a required activity for all students at a Waldorf school.








Here you see the influence of the zodiac
on various parts of the human body,
according to the Waldorf belief system.
Astrology is just below the surface
at a typical Waldorf school.








Steiner's clairvoyance allowed him to perceive many wonderful truths,
such as this: The Earth was once a giant animal that, sadly, died.
Or so the Waldorf belief system says.
Waldorf students may or may not be told about such things —
Waldorf teachers face the problem of deciding how much
Anthroposophical "truth" to reveal to students and their parents.
If Anthroposophical doctrines are not laid out for students in so many words,
efforts will probably be made nonetheless to foster occult attitudes,
concepts, and receptivity among the students.









The animals evolved from us, not vice versa.
We contain within ourselves all of the best potential qualities —
we sloughed off various inferior qualities in the form of the animals.
We are, in fact, microcosms of the entire universe:
Within ourselves, we contain all that is best.
So, to seek knowledge and wisdom, we need not use our brains, much —
we should gaze within, finding the truths implanted in us
before our current incarnation on Earth.
Or so the Waldorf belief system says.









The Sun and Moon were once inside the Earth,
back in the days before so many humans migrated to other planets,
according to the Waldorf belief system.
The Moon gave the Earth its motherly qualities.
Today animals carry these Moon forces within themselves.
(If you don't see how some of these illustrations
clarify Steiner's doctrines, that's just part of the experience
of studying Steiner: His words and his drawings
were often far from crystal-clear.)









In Anthroposophy, there are good gods and evil gods.
Lucifer, whom you see here, is a problematic spirit.
He has given humanity gifts, but he has also fought
against our proper evolution. For instance, he
and the demon Ahriman caused mankind to divide
into multiple races, some of which are lower than others.
(The white race, according to Steiner, is tops.)









If you are attracted to a Waldorf school,
make sure you understand what lies behind the pleasing veneer.
Perhaps you will find great wisdom and spiritual solace
in Anthroposophy. If so, a Waldorf school may be just
what you're looking for. But otherwise...





























Historical Narrative



Anthroposophists accept the account of mankind's past and future as "revealed" by Rudolf Steiner using his claimed power of exact clairvoyance. The resulting historical narrative differs markedly from the record charted by mainstream scholars. Here are some significant historical milestones (past and future), according to at least some Anthroposophical authorities. (If you have only recently begun to study and/or question Anthroposophy and Waldorf education, much of the terminology below may be strange to you. For definitions and explications, see "The Semi-Steiner Dictionary" and "The Brief Waldorf / Steiner Encyclopedia".)




Prehistorical Period


The prehistoric events described by Steiner are difficult or impossible to date
in terms of time as we now know it. Note, also, that some of the final prehistoric events
overlap early stages of the subsequent historical period


• In what is to us an unknowable mystery, the Beginning occurs as a free act of divine will

• Before space or time as we can conceive them exist, in other "places" and "times" the various gods begin their evolutions

• The solar system comes into existence for the first time; it does so in a form occultly denominated Old Saturn (this is our first "condition of consciousness," otherwise called a "planetary condition"); no physical planets as we now know them exist; phenomena are largely undifferentiated and incorporeal; we exist at a level akin to minerals as we now know them; our proto-human consciousness is akin to coma; the beings we now know as Archai (Principalities, Zeitgeists, Original Forces...) evolve to reach their human stage; higher beings — other gods — evolve still higher

• After dissolution, the solar system reincarnates as Old Sun; we exist at a level akin to plants as we now know them; our consciousness is akin to deep sleep; Spirits of Wisdom (gods six levels beyond ourselves) yield their life-substance, which will become our etheric bodies; the beings we now know as Archangels (Spirits of Fire, Agnishvattas, Solar Pitris...) evolve to their human stage; higher beings — other gods — evolve still higher

• After dissolution, the solar system reincarnates as Old Moon; we exist at a level akin to animals as we now know them; our consciousness is akin to dreaming; Spirits of Motion (gods five levels beyond us) yield their astral substance, which will become our astral bodies; the beings we now know as Angels (Sons of Twilight, Sons of Life, Lunar Pitris...) evolve to their human stage; higher beings — other  gods— evolve still higher

• After dissolution, the solar system reincarnates as Present Earth (our fourth condition of consciousness); we evolve to reach our human stage, and our consciousness develops to the level of ordinary waking awareness; "physical reality" develops; we move toward extreme separation from the spirit realm; the planets and other members of the solar system as we know them now gradually develop; the beings who had been human during Old Moon evolve to become gods of the lowest rank; higher gods evolve still higher

• The first great epoch of Present Earth, occultly denominated the Polarian Epoch, occurs; the Sun and Moon are still united with the planet Earth; we have incorporeal, gossamer bodies

• The Sun separates from the planet Earth, and the second great epoch of Present Earth — the Hyperborean Epoch — occurs; we have airy bodies

• The Lemurian Epoch occurs — we dwell on the continent of Lemuria; the Moon separates from the planet Earth; we have iridescent, soft, animal-like bodies; Lemuria is eventually destroyed by human wickedness

• The Atlantean Epoch occurs — we dwell on the continent of Atlantis; we develop the physical body, which will evolve to become the human form as we now know it



Historical Period

Some of the following events, described by Steiner, overlap some of the later phases of the prehistoric period,
and some may overlap one another. Steiner gave clear dates in some instances, but not in others.


• ~ 48,000 BCE - Krita Yuga, the "golden age," begins: human beings live essentially in harmonic union with the spirit realm


• ~ 28,000 BCE - Treta Yuga, the "silver age," begins: still a glorious time, but human ties to the spirit realm weaken


• ~ 13,000 BCE - Dvapara Yuga, the "bronze age," begins: human spiritual vision is dimmed, ties to the physical world increase


• ~ 7500 BCE - Atlantis is destroyed by human wickedness; the Post-Atlantean Epoch is prepared


• ~ 7227-5067 BCE - The Ancient Indian cultural epoch occurs; mankind develops the etheric body


• 5067-2907 BCE - The Ancient Persian cultural epoch occurs; mankind develops the astral body


• ~ 3000 BCE - Kali Yuga, the "dark age," begins: men directly experience only the physical realm


• ~ 2500 BCE (i.e., during the third millennium BC) - Lucifer incarnates in the East


• 2907-747 BCE - The Egypto-Chaldean cultural epoch occurs; mankind develops the sentient soul


• 747 BCE - 1413 CE - The Greco-Roman cultural epoch occurs; mankind develops the intellectual soul; rational thought becomes possible


• ~ 30 CE - the Sun God, Christ, incarnates on Earth for three years; this is the turning point of time, the event that makes correct future human evolution possible; at the end of three years, Christ's human body is crucified and his blood flows into the Earth


• 1413 CE - The fifth post-Atlantean cultural epoch (sometimes called the Anglo-Germanic Age) begins, ushering in the modern world; mankind develops the consciousness soul


• ~ 1471 - The Archangel Gabriel becomes Time Archangel for the next ~ 350 years


• 1605 - Buddha incarnates on Mars.


• 1841 - The Archangel Michael becomes the Spirit of the Age for the next ~ 2,160-2,450 years


• 1861 - Rudolf Steiner is born


• 1879 - Michael defeats Ahrimanic powers in the spirit realm, and he ejects them; he becomes Time Archangel for the next ~ 350 years; Rudolf Steiner meets the man who will give him occult initiation


• 1899 - Kali Yuga, the "dark age," ends as Rudolf Steiner begins delivering his occult teachings


• 1913 - Rudolf Steiner breaks with Theosophy and establishes Anthroposophy; Germany's Christ-like position balancing the Luciferic East and Ahrimanic West is brought to crisis as world war threatens


• 1914 - The Great War, or World War I, begins; it will end calamitously for Germany


• 1919-1924 - Rudolf Steiner oversees Anthroposophical initiatives in education, medicine, agriculture, religion, etc.


• 1925 - Rudolf Steiner dies


• 1930 - Christ begins manifesting in the etheric realm — this is the Second Coming


• ~ 1998 - Sorat, the Antichrist, emerges


• ~ 2000 - Christ becomes Lord of Karma


• ~ 2250 (i.e., during the third millennium CE) - Ahriman incarnates in the West

• ~ 2300-2400 - Mechanization and materialism create demons that war against the human spirit

• ~ 2900 - Thinking with the materialistic brain becomes impossible; astrological forces become universally recognized


• 3573 - The sixth post-Atlantean cultural epoch — the Russian Age — begins; Aquarius is dominant; spiritual knowledge is affirmed


• ~ 4500 - The truths of Anthroposophy become instinctively obvious; yet Christ's true band remains small


• 5733 - The final cultural epoch, the American Age, begins; hideous monsters of automation spread across the Earth; all previous trends move toward a climax


• ~ 7000 - The Moon reunites with the planet Earth


• ~ 7900 - The War of All Against All ends the Post-Atantean Epoch; survivors transition to the sixth great epoch of Present Earth, when the seals of the Apocalypse will be opened


• ~~~ The seventh and final great epoch of Present Earth occurs; over a period of ~ 40,000 years, physical reality is abolished, absorbed into human substance; natural law becomes coterminous with moral law; the trumpets of doom sound



Post-Historical Period

History in any normal sense — occurring on the planet Earth
within the evolutionary stage called Present Earth — is over.
Subsequent events occur in other conditions of consciousness.


• After dissolution, the solar system reincarnates as Future Jupiter (our fifth condition of consciousness); we become divine, attaining a rank equivalent to today's Angels (Sons of Twilight, Sons of Life, Lunar Pitris... i.e., gods of the lowest rank); our consciousness rises to the level of perfected imagination ("Jupiter consciousness")


• The solar system reincarnates as Future Venus; we reach a rank equivalent to today's Archangels (Spirits of Fire, Agnishvattas, Solar Pitris...); our consciousness rises to the level of perfected inspiration ("Venus consciousness"); a moon of perdition separates and becomes the dwelling place of remaining evildoers

• The solar system reincarnates as Future Vulcan; we reach a rank equivalent to today's Archai (Time Spirits, Primeval Forces, Spirits of Selfhood...); our consciousness rises to the level of perfected intuition ("Vulcan consciousness")

• Five more cosmic reincarnations lie beyond, but no description is possible; comprising the Tenth Hierarchy, we gradually evolve to become God the Father



[For these matters, I have used various Anthroposophical sources, including S. C. Easton's MAN AND THE WORLD IN THE LIGHT OF ANTHROPOSOPHY, R. Seddon's THE FUTURE OF HUMANITY AND THE EARTH AS FORESEEN BY RUDOLF STEINER, and R. Steiner's OCCULT SCIENCE - AN OUTLINE, THE TRUE NATURE OF THE SECOND COMING, etc. Bear in mind that Steiner and his followers have not been wholly clear or consistent on many of the subjects outlined here, so many details are, at best, tentative, and lists incorporating other events and dates may be drawn up.]










This is a sufficient preview, I imagine.

Please bear in mind that I do not believe

the Steiner doctrines I have outlined —

I'm just a messenger.

We will look into all these matters

(and, as the saying goes, much, much more)

on other pages here at Waldorf Watch.













To visit other pages in this section of Waldorf Watch, use the underlined links, below.


◊◊◊ 1. WALDORF EDUCATION: AN OVERVIEW ◊◊◊



A short, direct answer to the question, "What are Waldorf schools all about?"


Best foot forward


The bright side


MANIFESTATIONS


Waldorf's goals

Waldorf's reality

Teachers as priests

How they teach it

Words of warning


The key to Waldorf


The use of "clairvoyance" by Waldorf teachers

Developing our invisible bodies

Steiner, trying to make Waldorf education seem sensible

The memoir of a former Waldorf student and teacher
























A garden in Atlantis? In Lemuria? On Vulcan?
No, none of these — although Steiner said
all these realms existed or will exist.
Stay tuned.

[R.R., 2010.]















[Most of these sketches, 2009 & 2010, are by myself (R.R.), based on photographs,

descriptions, or artwork by Steiner and his followers .

I apologize for my limitations as draftsman and artist;

I would have used the originals here if I'd been given permission.

The sources for the sketches (reading from top to bottom) are the following:

GOETHEANUM (Philosophical-Anthroposophical Press, 1961), p. 26,
Rudolf Steiner, ARCHITECTURE (Rudolf Steiner Press, 2003), p. 184,
John Fletcher, ART INSPIRED BY RUDOLF STEINER (Mercury Arts Publications, 1987), p. 54, 

Rudolf Steiner, KARMIC RELATIONSHIPS (Rudolf Steiner Press, 1974), p. 235,

Rudolf Steiner, BLACKBOARD DRAWINGS 1919-1924 (Rudolf Steiner Press, 2003), p. 102,

Rudolf Steiner, REINCARNATION AND KARMA (Steiner Books, 1992) - sketch based on descriptions,

Rudolf Steiner, FROM SUNSPOTS TO STRAWBERRIES (Rudolf Steiner Press, 2002), p. 20,

Rudolf Steiner, EURYTHMY AS VISIBLE SPEECH (Rudolf Steiner Press, 1984), p. 159,

Roy Wilkinson, THE SPIRITUAL BASIS OF STEINER EDUCATION (Rudolf Steiner Press, 1996), p. 47,

Rudolf Steiner, BLACKBOARD DRAWINGS 1919-1924 (Rudolf Steiner Press, 2003), p. 69,

Rudolf Steiner, FROM COMETS TO COCAINE (Rudolf Steiner Press, 2000), p. 51,

Rudolf Steiner, FROM CRYSTALS TO CROCODILES (Rudolf Steiner Press, 2002), p. 130,

John Fletcher, ART INSPIRED BY RUDOLF STEINER (Mercury Arts Publications, 1987), p. 54.
Ibid., p. 112 — from a Waldorf mural painted by Walther Roggenkamp.
Dream flower: wholly my own. You will find Steiner's teachings about Atlantis, Lemuria, and Vulcan on this website.]










I have struggled a little trying to decide how much effort to put into the illustrations I create for Waldorf Watch. I do not claim to be a talented artist, and I have no intention of parading my artistic abilities, such as they are. I have merely tried to represent Steiner's teachings and Waldorf art as well as I can without committing unwarranted time and effort to the process. I call each of my drawings and paintings a sketch for reasons that should be plain. The illustrations in Steiner's books are often flat and dull. On the other hand, art displayed in Waldorf schools is often far better than anything I could produce.


This leaves the question, are my illustrations accurate — that is, do they give a fair representation of Anthroposophical beliefs and art? You should check me on this as on all other matters. My aim, throughout, has been to be fair and truthful while also clarifying teachings that can often seem opaque if not impenetrable. Whether I have succeeded is, of course, for you to decide.


As one indication, here is an Anthroposophical illustration that I used as the basis for one of the sketches I presented earlier on this page. You can reach your own conclusions about the accuracy, fairness, and informativeness of my copy.





Rudolf Steiner, FROM COMETS TO COCAINE (Rudolf Steiner Press, 2000), p. 51.




— Roger Rawlings