Looking Both Ways


This page — like several pages that follow it —
was originally created for use on a different website.
I have edited these pages for use here.

Rudolf Steiner claimed to be clairvoyant. The “discoveries” he made using his supposed psychic powers are astonishing. Here's a fine example: 

[Steiner] “[T]he moon today is like a fortress in the universe, in which there lives a population that fulfilled its human destiny over 15,000 years ago, after which it withdrew to the moon together with the spiritual guides of humanity ... This is only one of the 'cities' in the universe, one colony, one settlement among many ... As far as what concerns ourselves, as humanity on earth, the other pole, the opposite extreme to the moon is the population of Saturn.” [1]


Steiner cast his psychic gaze back into the dimmest reaches of mankind's ancient past and forward into the brightest glories of our distant future. A distillation of Steiner's views has been offered by devout Anthroposophist Richard Seddon, in a slim volume titled THE FUTURE OF HUMANITY AND THE EARTH AS FORESEEN BY RUDOLF STEINER. [2] I propose now — here and on the following pages — to use Seddon's book as a sort of guide through Steiner’s fantasies, with special emphasis on the vistas beckoning us from the far future. What lies ahead may surprise you. [3]


Seddon buzzes lightly over the 21st and 22nd centuries; his guide to the future essentially begins with the century #23. So let's cast our minds forward to that coming era. [4] 

Seddon writes that Steiner foresaw the following:

[Seddon] “By the start of the twenty-third century, when Michael's Sun-rulership as Time Archangel ends (though he continues as Spirit of the Age for more than a millennium) great changes will obviously have taken place ... [H]uman etheric bodies gradually loosen from the physical, and souls begin to extricate themselves....” [5] 

I know, I know. 

Not as exciting as you expected? Sorry. 

But here’s some of what Seddon/Steiner were getting at. Michael is a really good guy: an Archangel, which means he is a benevolent god standing two spiritual stages higher than human beings. (See Steiner’s book THE ARCHANGEL MICHAEL: His Mission and Ours.) Michael has special authority over events occurring on the Sun (he, like Christ the Sun God, is essentially a Sun spirit), but he also has temporary authority over our lives on Earth. He is a warrior Archangel who has fought to protect us from the demonic spirit called Ahriman. [See "Ahriman".] Thus, for instance, in 1879, Michael managed to defeat Ahriman and his hordes on the Moon, casting them downward. [See "Michael".] Michael will gradually relinquish his various protective duties over us, but in a real sense we will be able to survive and evolve only thanks to the strenuous steps he has taken on our behalf.

Seddon alludes to some of the evolutionary effects overseen by Michael when tells us that "human etheric bodies gradually loosen from the physical, and souls begin to extricate themselves....” In Anthroposophical belief, real human beings have four bodies, three of which are invisible. 

The lowest of our invisible bodies is the "etheric body," which is an envelope of formative forces. Today, in the 21st century, our etheric bodies are still tightly bound to our physical bodies, but in the future, as we evolve, our etheric bodies will free themselves from our physical bodies. Before long, we won't need physical bodies at all. Part of this process will be the freeing of our souls from the toils of material existence ("souls begin to extricate themselves..."). All of this lies ahead, but not so very far ahead, just a matter of a few ticks on the cosmic clock, really.

Things, of course, will shake out differently for people who are not really human. Some people are demonic or subhuman, according to Seddon/Steiner. [6] Wicked subhumans, of course, will not evolve upward alongside good, full-fledged humans. Indeed, the process of evolution frequently requires lowly, backward, or evil beings to be separated out and left behind. 

Seddon/Steiner tell us that the animals and plants we see around us today are, by and large, examples of this process. Long ago, the souls of animals and plants stood at the same evolutionary level as ourselves, but they were unable to evolve further, so we left them behind. Plants are beings who could not even evolve to the level of animals; we left them behind long ago. Animals are beings who could evolve further than plants, but they could not keep up with us beyond the animal level, so we left them behind also. The general lineup of "beings" on the physical plane of existence includes minerals (which have physical bodies but nothing higher), plants (which have both physical and etheric bodies), animals (which have physical, etheric, and astral bodies), and humans (who have physical, etheric, astral, and ego bodies). Thus, for instance: 

[Steiner] “From spiritual science [i.e., Anthroposophy] you know that the plant [i.e., any living vegetable] owes its existence to the fact that, besides its physical body, it has an etheric body.” [7]


But we're getting sidetracked. (I'm stalling, a little, because we are approaching some very nasty stuff.) 

Past, present, and future are bound up with the processes of karma and reincarnation. [See "Karma" and "Reincarnation".] Basically, you get what you deserve. If you were wicked in one life, you will have to make amends in a future life. Or, if you fail to make amends, you may slip backward, becoming less evolved. Or, as we have seen, you may be kicked out of evolution and get left behind like a plant or an animal. This helps explain the existence of subhumans on the Earth today, along with the continued existence of "lower" races. [8] 


Steiner taught that there are multiple races on the Earth today because demons interfered with human evolution. The good gods such as Michael wanted all humans to evolve together at the same pace. Thus, long ago, all humans stood at a single, rather low level of development. The gods' plan was for us to ascend to higher stages as a unified human family. Advancing uniformly, we would all develop from lowly racial forms to higher racial forms. There would be only one race on the Earth at any one time. During one phase of evolution, we would all be members of Race X. Then during the next stage of evolution, we would all be members of Race Y. And so on. (In Theosophy, from which Steiner borrowed heavily, the large, progressive racial forms of humanity are called Root Races. [To investigate Theosophy as it influenced Steiner, see "Basics".])

So. All humans should have evolved together, rising from lowly racial forms to higher racial forms. But two demons interfered in this divinely ordained process. One of these demons was Ahriman, whom we have already met. The other was Lucifer. [See "Lucifer".] These demons caused older, lower racial forms to continue existing alongside higher, more evolved types:

[Steiner] “While there should have been basically only one form of human being...Lucifer and Ahriman preserved [earlier human types] ... [F]orms that should have disappeared remained ... That is how it came about that physically different races inhabited the earth and are still there in our time although evolution should really have proceeded [uniformly].” [9]


In the future, Steiner said, the interference of Lucifer and Ahriman will be overcome and all humans will again be a single, unified group. [See "Love and the Universal Human".] But the story of human evolution thus far is inextricably entwined in our racial histories, Steiner taught. We have been evolving from lower races to higher races as we approach the human ideal:

[Steiner] “A race or nation stands so much the higher, the more perfectly its members express the pure, ideal human type ... The evolution of man through the incarnations in ever higher national and racial forms is thus a process of liberation [leading to] an ideal future.” [10]

That's the future we will glimpse on coming pages: the ideal future in which we finally attain true spiritual freedom. Getting there will not be easy, however. Even when we have evolved far, far ahead, there will still be some aberrant souls among us who will need to be cast off and left behind so that the rest and best of us can keep ascending. 

Here's a preview. After our lives on Earth during the current stage of the solar system's development, we will evolve to a higher condition called Future Jupiter. That, in turn, will be followed by a still higher stage called Future Venus, which will eventually lead us to the gloriously elevated stage called Future Vulcan. 

The climb toward Future Vulcan will be long and demanding, and as we approach our goal, the last remaining low, backward, aberrant souls among us will be cast off. They will be relegated to a cosmic penal colony, an irreclaimable or unredeemable moon. Only good humans, who evolve properly, will make it to Vulcan: 

[Steiner] "[A] distinct cosmic body [i.e., a planet or moon] will break away, containing all beings who have resisted evolution and constituting an 'unredeemable moon' ... The part of humanity that has continued to evolve, however, will move on to the Vulcan phase...." [11]

So. Welcome to the future. 


Here are a few more glimpses ahead. (I have mainly quoted Steiner up to this point. I'll turn to Seddon now.)

[Seddon] "The actual incarnation of Ahriman, prince of lies, will [occur] unless Michael...has himself intervened to defer it. For Michael still fights the Spirits of Darkness unto 2300 AD. If Ahriman has succeeded in his aims, he will have established an occult school in which pupils are made clairvoyant without the intense effort properly necessary for self-development ... This must inevitably result in confusion and strife, through which all culture is overthrown." [12]

The proper way to develop clairvoyance, of course, is to follow Rudolf Steiner's instructions. [See "Knowing the Worlds".] Only then can mankind truly support Michael in his battles against the Spirits of Darkness — perverse, rebellious, malicious demons.

Fortunately, Michael will prevail and Ahriman will be thwarted.

[Seddon] "More and more people [will have] learnt from Michael to intensify their capacity for reasoning and aesthetic judgement (developing the two-petal lotus flower in the brow) until their thoughts become inwardly alive as the phenomena of nature which Ahriman, who promulgates dead intellectual thinking, abhors. By 2200/2300 [AD] scientific thoughts no longer have any significance for them." [13]

The "reasoning" advocated by Steiner is not truly reasoning at all — it is not the "intellectual" or "scientific" thinking promoted by Ahriman. Steiner generally opposed the rational use of the brain. [See "Thinking" and "Steiner's Specific".] Anthroposophic "reasoning" is emotional, subjective, and "clairvoyant." It occurs not in the brain but in "organs of clairvoyance" such as the "the two-petal lotus flower" (a chakra) located in the forehead. [See "Inside Scoop".] As "living thoughts," Anthroposophical thinking will actually reform nature and its phenomena. [See "If Only".]

But despite Michael's best efforts, strife will continue. The Antichrist (or a version of the Antichrist) will step forth, and Ahriman will threaten a terrible spiritual overthrow of all that is good.

[Seddon] "Conflict and suffering are therefore inevitable ... The Antichrist will even be called 'Christ' by his followers. But all true Christians [i.e., Anthroposophists]...will opposed him with all the strength at their command, a strength that will be enhanced by practice. This is a very real battle to replace Christ by Ahriman for the remaining 6000 years of the Post-Atlantean Epoch." [14]

Many of the terms Seddon uses here are likely to be unfamiliar to you, I fear. But we will work at correcting this as we proceed. In the meantime, you may want into dip into The Brief Waldorf / Steiner Encyclopedia, from time to time. There, you may learn, for instance, that the Post-Atlantean Epoch is the period on Earth following the sinking of Atlantis. It is the period we live in now. It began in the eighth millennium BC, and it will extend to approximately the year 7900 AD, when it will culminate in the horrific War of All Against All. [See "All vs. All".] 

Stay tuned.  

— Roger Rawlings

We’ll pick up the story in “Oriphiel”.

On subsequent pages,

we’ll move progressively farther 

into the future,

and then branch out to other topics.



As for Anthroposophists' view of themselves as the only "true Christians", see, e.g., "Sun God","The Christian Community", and "Was He Christian?"

Detail, Rudolf Steiner portrait


I will walk you through the book, 

but I encourage you to get your own copy.

It is a condensed and startling presentation 

of Steiner's doctrines.

Steiner's racial teachings comprise one of the worst sectors of his ideology. His followers today should openly and decisively reject these teachings. The problem for Steiner's followers, however, is that the concept of humanity's rise through racial forms lies near the heart of Anthroposophy. This concept cannot be surgically removed, as it were, without leaving a gaping hole. A related problem is that Anthroposophy rests primarily on the belief that Rudolf Steiner truly was clairvoyant — he saw how things truly are. So, if his followers were now to say that Steiner was wrong about one important subject — race — they would open the possibility that he could have been wrong about other important subjects, too. But for them, this is virtually unthinkable. It would undermine their entire belief system.

Christ is the leading figure in Anthroposophy

(Christ as reinterpreted by Steiner, that is).

Yet many of Steiner's doctrines come 

from quite unchristian sources. 

Hinduism is crucially important,

supplying such concepts as 

polytheism and reincarnation.

[Public domain image.]


Why do I call this page "Prehistory 101"

when Seddon's book is about the future?

Seddon takes as a given, a premise,

Steiner's account of the past.

Everything Seddon says about the future 

depends upon Steiner's account of the past.

Up to this point, we have looked ahead.

Let's pause, now, to look back.

Much of the rest of this page

will sketch humanity's past,

according to Steiner.


Here is an item from the Waldorf Watch "news" page:

“If you recall the teachings of Spiritual Science on the subject of the education of the child you will know that in the first seven-year period of life, between birth and the change of teeth, man develops principally the physical body ... [T]his is really a recapitulation of what man underwent on Old Saturn ... The second of the seven-year periods from the ages of seven to a recapitulation of what man underwent on Old Sun ... The third seven-year period covers the years between fifteen and twenty-one. During this period man recapitulates the development of the astral body that normally belongs to the Old Moon epoch.” 

— Rudolf Steiner, THE MISSION OF THE FOLK SOULS (Rudolf Steiner Press, 2005), p. 68.

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Waldorf Watch Response:

Waldorf schooling has only a tangential connection with the real world and real knowledge about the real world. Much if not all of what happens in Waldorf schools is keyed to bizarre occult doctrines.

Allow me to try, in as few words as possible, to explain the Waldorf conception of humanity’s past. Thus far in our long, mystic history, we have evolved through three “Conditions of Consciousness” or “Planetary Stages” — i.e., major evolutionary phases — which are named for "planets" (Old Saturn, Old Sun, Old Moon). We became progressively more physical at each stage, and now on Earth we are about as densely physical as possible. In the future, we will become less and less physical and more and more spiritual as we evolve through additional Conditions of Consciousness (Future Jupiter, Future Venus, Future Vulcan, and beyond).

Each Condition of Consciousness contains seven Conditions of Life, each of which contains seven Stages of Form, each of which contains seven Epochs, each of which contains seven Ages. (The terms vary from Condition to Condition, but the pattern does not.*) As we move along through these stages and sub-stages, we repeatedly recapitulate — in altered form — the stages and sub-stages we passed through previously. Cumulatively, we progress, although certainly not in a straight line. We sharpen our capacities, and develop new capacities, as we go, so that in the future we may rise to higher and higher states of perfection.

In our current Earth Condition of Consciousness we are now in the fourth Condition of Life, the Mineral Condition (very densely physical indeed). Like all the other Conditions of Life, the Mineral Condition contains Stages of Form ranging from (stage #1) Higher Spiritland to (stage #7) the Archetypal Stage of Higher Spiritland (a recapitulation of stage #1 with improvements). 

We are presently in the Physical Stage of Form (very very densely physical indeed indeed) — stage #4. There are or will be seven Epochs or Great Epochs in this Stage of Form. So far we have passed through the Polarian, Hyperborean, Lemurian, and Atlantean Epochs. We are currently in the Post-Atlantean Epoch (i.e., the period following the sinking of Atlantis — yes, Atlantis).

Each Epoch consists of (you guessed it) seven sub-epochs. In our Post-Atlantean Epoch, these sub-epochs are called Cultural Ages or Cultural Epochs. Our current Cultural Epoch — known as the Anglo-Germanic Age, or simply as the Present  — falls between the Greco-Roman and the Russian Cultural Epochs. (Don't worry — the Russian Age will be followed by the American Age.)

Cultural Epochs are divided into fairly brief (350-year) periods, which in turn are divided into very brief (33-year) cycles. (The math doesn't quite work out, but let it go.) Each condition and epoch and period along the way is presided over by various gods, and during each condition, epoch, and period we spin through repetitions (with improvements) of all the prior conditions and epochs and periods.

OK? Got it? Few Waldorf teachers will lay out much of this for the students, at least not openly. But this is what devout Waldorf teachers believe and, directly or indirectly, it informs almost all of their work. [If you’d like more information on all of this imaginary history — which Anthroposophists take for reality — see, e.g., “Matters of Form” and “Everything”. “Steiner Static” and “The Brief Waldorf / Steiner Encyclopedia” are also, I hope, informative.]

* Different labels may apply to some of these subdivisions in some macro-devisions. We can be a little loose in our terminology, since all of this is fantasy.

Here is a synopsis excerpted from 

The Brief Waldorf / Steiner Encyclopedia,

taking us from the earliest days of our existence

virtually up to the present moment


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; many human souls leave the Earth for other planets; 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; human souls that left for other planets return to Earth


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

◊ ~ 7,500 BCE - Atlantis is destroyed by human wickedness; the Post-Atlantean Epoch is prepared

◊ ~ 7,227-5,067 BCE - The Ancient Indian cultural epoch occurs; mankind develops the etheric body

◊ 5,067-2,907 BCE - The Ancient Persian cultural epoch occurs; mankind develops the astral body

◊ ~ 3,000 BCE - Kali Yuga, the "dark age," begins: men directly experience only the physical realm

◊ ~ 2,500 BCE (i.e., during the third millennium BCE) - Lucifer incarnates in the East

◊ 2,907-747 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 CE - The Archangel Gabriel becomes Time Archangel for the next ~ 350 years

◊ 1605 CE - Buddha incarnates on Mars; he achieves crucifixion there

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

◊ 1861 CE - Rudolf Steiner is born

◊ 1879 CE - 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 his first of two occult initiations; later he meets "M" who gives him his second

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

"Evolution is found to proceed in various 'layers' of time ... Each layer is sevenfold ... [T]he first and last stages are really transitional, so only five show significant progress ... Real knowledge can only reach back to...the Saturn condition, when a loving, courageous sacrifice of their substance by exalted, already existing beings known as Thrones of Spirits of Will engendered a warmth of soul, which later manifested in...primitive bodies of mere warmth, precursors of our physical bodies ... During the Sun condition the Spirits of Wisdom bestowed their substance, the origin of our etheric bodies ... During the Moon condition, through the gift of the Spirits of Motion of their astral substance...our astral bodies originated...." — Richard Seddon, THE FUTURE OF HUMANITY AND THE EARTH AS FORESEEN BY RUDOLF STEINER, pp. 8-9.

"Only with the fourth, central epoch known as Atlantis can one speak of human races, but these were at first still soft and animal-like, without a solid skeleton (hence the 'missing link') ... Meanwhile the reptiles of the Jurassic...trod the still living, malleable earth." — Richard Seddon, THE FUTURE OF HUMANITY AND THE EARTH AS FORESEEN BY RUDOLF STEINER, p. 11. 

A map of Atlantis

(utterly imaginary, of course).


“If we were to journey back through time to the age that links Lemuria with Atlantis, we would meet with a remarkable sight: gigantic flying lizards with a lantern on their heads...” 

— Rudolf Steiner, 


(Rudolf Steiner Press, 2003), pp. 130-131.

[My sketch of Steiner's sketch in the book; 

Steiner arranged the figures horizontally; 

I have put them vertically. 

Plausibility is unaffected.]

Here you see, in schematic form, the beginning of the Archangel Michael's reign. The horizontal line separates the astral plane (above) and the physical world (below). The arc from the left represents the reign of Gabriel, which ended in 1879. The arc to the right is Michael's reign, beginning in that year. Trouble, though: Mammon poked his snout in at about the same time.

"[I]n November of the year 1879 there occurred on the astral plane something very similar to a birth ... The rulership of Gabriel was replaced by another archangel, under whose leadership we now stand, the archangel Michael. He is the radiant sun that esoteric wisdom lets shine forth on a small band of people ... The radiant leadership of Michael will again be replaced by a dark, horrible age that will begin around the year 2400. Already today simultaneously with Michael a dark god has entered into his rulership: the god Mammon.

"For esotericism, Mammon is not only the god of money. He is much more the leader of all vile black powers. And his hordes attack not only human souls, but also the physical bodies of humans in order to gnaw away at them and ruin them. People speak of bacteria a lot more today not because they know more about them, but because bacteria have taken on a very special form today. And in the future they will get the upper hand in a terrifying way. When that black age approaches, then fraternal war will rage in a gruesome way, and poor human bodies will waste away, terribly afflicted by diseases and plagues. The stigma of sin will be impressed on human bodies visible to everyone."  — Rudolf Steiner, ESOTERIC LESSONS 1904-1909 (Steiner Books, 2007), pp. 232-233. 

[R.R. sketch, 2009, based on b&w image on p. 232.] 

In case the forgoing quotation left any doubt, here's a clarification on one point: 

"Mammon, the spirit of hindrances and darkness, has countless helpers who incarnate as bacteria." — Ibid., p. 208.

The small band to whom Michael radiates esoteric wisdom is, of course, the small group to whom Steiner delivered "esoteric lessons": initiated Anthroposophists.

Re. a stage in Earth's history 

long predating Atlantis:

"Try to picture the sun and moon both contained in the earth and oysters that had no shells, but were slime. When lumps of this substance separated off, new oysters developed, and so forth. They were so huge and lay right next to each other so that you could not have told them apart. What did the earth look like at that time? It looked like our brain, whose cells also lie next to each other. The only difference is that these cells die off, whereas in that very ancient time the huge oysters cells were one next to the other, and the sun constantly developed forces, because it was inside the earth. Yes, gentlemen, the earth was here [see drawing], and there was a giant oyster, another next to it, and many other huge lumps of slime, which continuously propagated ... If you had looked at the earth at that ancient time, it would have resembled a gigantic creature that contained within it the forces of the sun and of the moon." — Rudolf Steiner, FROM CRYSTALS TO CROCODILES (Rudolf Steiner Press, 2002), pp. 143-144. 

[R. R. sketch based on sketch on p. 143.]

[R.R., 2010.]

“[T]he great majority of human souls had to relinquish their union with the earth. Here we come to something of great importance in the relationship between man and earth, something which happened during the time between the separation of the sun and that of the moon. During this interval human soul-spirits, except for a very small number, abandoned earthly conditions, and pressing upward into higher regions, continued their evolution upon the several planets belonging to our solar system, each according to the stage of his development. Some souls were fitted to pursue their evolution on Saturn, others on Mars, others again on Mercury, and so on. Only a very small number of the strongest soul-spirits remained in union with the earth. During this time the rest dwelt upon the earth's planetary neighbours. This came about at a time preceding (to use our own terminology) the Lemurian age.” — Rudolf Steiner, GENESIS: Secrets of the Bible Story of Creation (Anthroposophical Publishing Co., 1959), lecture 9,  GA 122.

To gaze deeper into humanity's past

(as described by Steiner), see


"Old Saturn"

"Old Sun"

"Old Moon"

"Present Earth"

"Early Earth"



To sneak a peek into the future, see

"Future Stages"

The tone of several pages here and elsewhere on this site is distinctly one of mockery. This must offend some readers, for which I'm genuinely sorry. I don't expect to convert any Anthroposophists to my point of view, but I hope I may offer some insight that will prove helpful to many other readers. Having lived with Steiner's teachings, in one way or another, for most of my life, I can honestly say that they strike me as absurd. We can laugh or weep. I choose to laugh. I urge you to join me.


We will proceed, now, to study the future.

If you want to jump the gun,

you can find an outline of our entire evolution

— past and future —in the final section of

Matters of Form.


For Steiner's view on abnormality, 

please use this link: "Abnormal".

Quotations there also bear on quack medicine,

human freedom, the central position of 

humans in the cosmos,

and the temperaments of nations.


For a statement about the identity of individuals 
quoted and paraphrased at Waldorf Watch, 
see "Trolls?"


The real world is okay. Really.

We don't need phantasmagoric alternatives

such as Steiner's.

[R. R. photo, 2004.]

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



An examination of Steiner’s central text


Steiner promoted love, sort of

Surprising violence in Steiner's kindly vision

And badder, and baddest

America, Germany, and Waldorf

How to, he said


Steiner’s occult conspiracy theories


Back-room maneuvers

The formatting at Waldorf Watch aims for visual variety, 
seeking to ease the process of reading lengthy texts on a computer screen. 

Some illustrations on the various pages here at Waldorf Watch 
are closely connected to the contents of those pages; 
others are not — they provide general context. 





[1] Rudolf Steiner, RUDOLF STEINER SPEAKS TO THE BRITISH (Rudolf Steiner Press, 1998), p. 93. The beings who moved were not humans such as we are now. In Steinerspeak, “human” applies to any spiritual being passing through a particular stage (the “human” stage) of evolution. Various beings — now gods — passed through the human stage before we entered that stage, according to Steiner.

At this website, I mock and deplore Rudolf Steiner's teachings. But all of my references to Steiner's works are accurate. I am serious about the malignancy of Steiner's doctrines, and I take my obligations as a critic seriously. If you have any doubts, I invite you to look up each citation. You'll find each is accurate. Why would I change Steiner's words? They constitute the most powerful argument against him.

My references to Richard Seddon's work are also accurate. You could look it up. 

For a concise summary of Steiner's take on our prehistory, see Gary Lachman's RUDOLF STEINER (Jeremy P. Tauchman / Penguin, 2007), pp. 143-147. To go straight to the horse's mouth, re. both past and future, see Rudolf Steiner, OCCULT SCIENCE - AN OUTLINE (Anthroposophic Press, 1969). A neat summation of both past and future, Steinerwise, can be found in Geoffrey Ahern's SUN AT MIDNIGHT (James Clarke & Co., 2009), pp. 122-139.

[2] The past is surprising, too. According to Steiner, one of the most important events in mankind's history was the sinking of Atlantis. Yes, Steiner taught that Atlantis actually existed. Steiner also talked a lot about past human evolution. He didn't mean the sort of evolution science describes; he meant a weird kind of racial and “spiritual” progress made by good humans. (Bad humans are something else, as we'll soon see.) He said that humanity made great evolutionary strides both before and after Atlantis went under. He also taught that long before Atlantis was destroyed, another lost continent, Lemuria, endured a similar catastrophe. (See Steiner’s books ATLANTIS: The Fate of a Lost Land and Its Secret Knowledge, and ATLANTIS AND LEMURIA.)



[4] For a glimpse of what has happened, or is happening, or will happen before the 23rd Century (especially before the end of the 20th), see "Millennium".

[5] Ibid., p. 26.

[6] “Imagine what people would say if they heard that we say there are people who are not human beings. Nevertheless, these are facts.” — Rudolf Steiner, FACULTY MEETINGS WITH RUDOLF STEINER (Anthroposophic Press, 1998), p. 650. Non-human humans may be automatons or demons in disguise, Steiner said; they may have etheric and astral bodies, but they lack the third nonphysical human body, the “I”; they may lose their souls, fall through the floor or evolution, and become "subordinate nature spirits."

[7] Rudolf Steiner, COLOUR (Rudolf Steiner Press, 1996), p. 19.

[8] Bear in mind, please, that I am expressing Steiner's views, not my own. See "Steiner's Racism".

[9] Rudolf Steiner, THE UNIVERSAL HUMAN: The Evolution of Individuality (Anthroposophic Press, 1990), p. 75.

[10] Rudolf Steiner, KNOWLEDGE OF THE HIGHER WORLDS AND ITS ATTAINMENT (Anthroposophic Press, 1944), p. 149.

[11] Rudolf Steiner, AN OUTLINE OF ESOTERIC SCIENCE (Anthroposophic Press, 1997). p. 394.


[13] Ibid., pp. 27-28.

[14] Ibid., p. 29.

[R.R., 2017.]