"If these ideas are not true,
they should be true.
What we believe
shapes the reality.
If we become conscious
of these ideas
and hold them,
they will become true."
— Dr. Ronald E. Koetzsch
Error in the Air
Late in June, 2009, I began a thread at the Waldorf Critics discussion list [http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/]. I called it Steiner Static. It consisted of astonishing remarks made by Rudolf Steiner, which I posted with some commentary of my own that I hope is illuminating.
My purpose was to alert parents: Here are the kinds of things Rudolf Steiner asked his followers to believe. Any Waldorf teachers who have studied Steiner and who believe his teachings believe some or all of the following. Is this what you want? Do you feel comfortable receiving guidance from people who believe such things? Do you want those people to "educate" your child?
Here are updated versions of my postings, amplified and corrected. You can follow the thread of my original messages, and the responses, at waldorf-critics. Go to to message 11175 [http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/11175] and then trace the subsequent messages marked "Re: Steiner Static".
STEINER STATIC is quite long.
This is Part II.
To reach Part I, use this link:
Here are the sections you will find in Parts I and II.
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Part II:OLD MOON, ETC.
You will find a Topic Index at the end of Part II.
— Roger Rawlings
As you may recall, our first stage of evolution occurred on/during Old Saturn, and our second stage unfolded during/on Old Sun. In a rhythmic fashion, our solar system emerged from nonphysicality into physical existence (manvantara) as "Saturn," and then it subsided (pralaya); then it reemerged as "Sun," and then it sank from view again.* During the manvantara phases — which we might call periods of manifestation — our ancient predecessors (us, in our earliest incarnations) began their crawl upward toward becoming the fine specimens of humanity we are today.
During Old Saturn, we were little more than eggs of warmth, but we began developing our physical bodies, although our consciousness was no higher than utter dullness. We existed at an essentially mineral level (on an evolutionary scale that goes from mineral to plant to animal to human). After Old Saturn sank back out of existence, Old Sun eventually manifested. During Old Sun, we became airy creatures and we began developing our etheric bodies (the first of three invisible bodies we would develop). Our consciousness rose to the equivalent of deep slumber, and we were, in effect, plants or plant-men. Another pralaya followed Old Sun, and then eventually the next manifestation occurred in the form of Old Moon, which I will now describe.
During our Old Moon phase, we gained the first primordial version of our astral bodies (the second of our invisible bodies), our consciousness rose to the level of dreaming sleep, and we became animal-men. Our chief assistants on/during Old Moon were the Sons of Life, aka Spirits of Twilight, aka Angels (gods one level above us). But, as during previous manvantaras, other gods also pitched in.
* Manvantara and pralaya are sanskrit terms used in Theosophy. Steiner used them early in his occult career, but later he tended to drop them. Manvantara means coming into existence or activity, and pralaya means subsiding or melting away. More or less. Bear in mind that the "physical" conditions that prevailed during all phases prior to the present were quite different from what we know now. "Saturn," in the sense meant here, is not the planet Saturn we see in the sky today. It is Old Saturn, the first incarnation of the solar system, the first mega-stage of our evolution. "Sun" is Old Sun, the second incarnation of the solar system, the second mega stage of our evolution.
67) [Bodying Up]
* For a list of types of gods, see "Polytheism". For a discussion of our invisible bodies, see "Incarnation". For an overview of other portions of the human constitution, such as spirit self, see "Our Parts".
68) [The Sun Splits]
In brief, the Sun split off and took with it various higher beings. Left on the Moon were lower beings and substances, including you and me as we existed then, as animal-men. We were all together in a nebulous cloud which was the Old Moon, containing what would become our present Earth and Moon. On Old Moon, after the Sun left, everything got denser and harder — that is, more physical: This was preparation for becoming even more physical and descending to our very, very physical earthly existence now. Following the departure of the Sun, we could receive the Sun's influence only externally, no longer internally. We moved over the face of the Moon like lice.
69) [The Sun Returns] The departure of the Sun was reversed, as it were, when everything collapsed in the post-Old Moon pralaya, but the split would recur. There's a neat chart on p. 357 of THE TEMPLE LEGEND (Rudolf Steiner Press, 1997) that gives at least a general sense of it all (albeit some of the terminology is Theosophical; Steiner changed to different terms for some things later).
[THE TEMPLE LEGEND (Rudolf Steiner Press, 1997), p. 357.]
We are evolving left to right along each of these scales. At the risk of repeating myself, briefly: We have lived "on" Old Saturn, Old Sun, and Old Moon, and now we are "on" Present Earth. (This can get a bit confusing. "Earth" is the planet we live on, but "Present Earth" is the period of evolution we are now going through. The planet Earth existed, in various forms, as part of Old Saturn, Old Sun, and Old Moon, just as the "planets" Saturn, Sun, and Moon exist now, during Present Earth. OK?) At present, during Present Earth, we live in the Mineral Kingdom. (That is, we have not yet become fully human — we are still very densely physical or mineral. We will evolve upward to the Human Kingdom.) Within the Mineral Kingdom, we are presently incarnated in the Physical-Etheric State. (That is, at present we are largely defined by our physical and etheric bodies. This is often called simply the Physical State or the Physical State of Form. We will evolve higher.) Within the Physical-Etheric State, we currently live in the Present Great Epoch. (We left the continent of Atlantis and now we live in the world as we know it now. This is often called the Post-Atlantean Epoch.) Within the Present Great Epoch, we are currently in the Present Cultural Epoch. (Cultural Epochs are far shorter than Great Epochs; there are seven Cultural Epochs in one Great Epoch. Our present Cultural Epoch is sometimes called the Anglo-Germanic Age; the coming Sixth Cultural Epoch is sometimes called the Russian Age; the Seventh Cultural Epoch — the last one in our Great Epoch, which will culminate in the cataclysmic War of All Against All — is sometimes called the American Age. Survivors of the War of All Against All will evolve to the Sixth Great Epoch.) OK?
69a) [Lucifer Rises] Returning to the past: During Old Moon, certain rebellious spirits separated themselves from the good spirits of the Sun. (When the Sun separated from the rest of the unified mass of Old Moon, the rebellious spirits stayed on Old Moon rather than accompanying the better spirits to the Sun.) The rebels were Lucifer and his cohorts. Their rebellion benefited humanity, because it created a distinct differentiation between good and evil. This would enable humans to become free (we would have the power to choose between good and evil). But Lucifer and his minions also represented a great danger to us (they might lure us into evil), and their efforts to tempt and mislead us would continue long after Old Moon ended. (The Sun separated from the rest of the solar system during Old Moon. Later, the Moon would separate from the "Earth" — that is, it would separate from the solar system having Earth at its spiritual center.)
* For more on Lucifer, see "Lucifer". Concerning the Anthroposophical conception of freedom, see "Freedom". For more on the white and black paths, see "White-Black". Concerning Concerning the Anthroposophical conception of evil, see the entry for "evil" in the Brief Waldorf / Steiner Encyclopedia.
70) [Good Ol' Lucifer] Because Lucifer gave us the gift of potential freedom, Anthroposophists often speak of him as a good god. But note that Steiner says Lucifer also brought us "the possibility of error, of evil.” Heeding Lucifer is dangerous. We may be led into evil, in which case we may descend into states of being that are almost too awful to contemplate.
Evil is a very real force in Steiner's cosmology, even though his followers sometimes deny it. Lucifer if an "adversary." He may lead us to "error" or "evil." Specifically, he may lead us into the "abyss." According to Steiner, the abyss is akin to hell — it is the region separating us from the spirit realm. If we fall into it, we may be forever cut off from spirituality. Bear in mind, however, the Lucifer is not our only adversary.
* See the entry for "abyss" in the Brief Waldorf / Steiner Encyclopedia; also see "Hell". Concerning our evil adversaries, see "Evil Ones" and "Bad, Badder, Baddest". According to Steiner, evolution always entails the process of separating the good or high from the evil or low. See, e.g., Steiner Static quotation #57.
71) [A Future Moon] In discussing the Moon, and Old Moon, and the fate of evil humans, we should leap far ahead for just one moment. Following our lives during Present Earth, we will evolve to Future Jupiter, then Future Venus, and then Future Vulcan. [See "Future Stages".] Aberrant humans will be dropped off or pushed out at various stages, although often the good humans will reach back in an effort to redeem the wicked. Eventually, a more or less complete separation between the good and evil will occur during Future Venus. The good will continue evolving — they will go on to Future Vulcan. But the evil will be split off to reside in a moon created to serve as their penal colony.
You may be asking yourself how Steiner knew all this, and — more to the point — why so many Waldorf teachers believe all this. But maybe we shouldn't ask. It can be disillusioning. (The answer is clairvoyance, dreams, astrology, and so forth. Delusion. Fantasy. Imagination.)
After Old Moon, we evolved to Present Earth. We'll pick up the story in a future installment.
72) As we all know, Steiner described the spirit realm precisely as it really is, thanks to his use of “exact clairvoyance.” [See "Exactly".] Nonetheless, he missed a few tricks. I would encourage all occultists to expand their reading beyond Steiner’s own books and lectures. Here is a brief recommended reading list, culled from various publishers' catalogues:
But perhaps this is getting silly?
As I hope is plain, this installment of Steiner Static is a joke. But it has a serious side. Anthroposophy shares a dark, occult corner with other, equally bizarre belief systems. Naturally, Anthroposophists claim that their occultism is different from other forms of occultism. Theirs is true, the others are (to various degrees) false. But, then, believers in non-Anthropop occultism would defend their beliefs in precisely the same way. And, in fact, the books I've listed are typical of reading matter that Anthroposophists occasionally dip into when they are not studying Steiner. I've seen many such books on Anthroposophists' bookshelves, including in the homes of Waldorf teachers. [For a survey of Anthroposophists' mystical interests, see THE STEINERBOOKS DICTIONARY OF THE PSYCHIC, MYSTIC, OCCULT, quoted in the Semi-Steiner Dictionary.] Occultists are often indiscriminate, extending at least partial credence to wide swaths of otherworldly nonsense, finding "confirmation" of their own beliefs in the widespread acceptance of vaguely similar beliefs. Indeed, Steiner himself read many books of the kind I've listed, if perhaps at a higher level of occult plausibility. His doctrines are an amalgam of concepts he derived from his extensive reading — he even took some of his ideas from occultist fiction. “Central to the spiritual work on inner development is what Rudolf Steiner calls (following Bulwer Lytton, who introduced the term in his Rosicrucian novel ZANONI)....” — Christopher Bamford, introduction to START NOW! (Rudolf Steiner Press, 2007), a collection of Steiner's teachings, p. 243 — the reference is to the concept of the Guardian of the Threshold.
So I'm joking. But I'm also, sadly, serious. Here are a few titles from Anthroposophical publishing houses, books by authors other than Steiner, sometimes mildly at odds with his views, yet far removed from reality, and generally endorsing Steinerish occultism. I'll repeat: These books come from Anthroposophical publishing houses. Anthroposophists, including many Waldorf teachers, buy and read these books (and many more like them):
◊ CHRISTIAN HERMETIC ASTROLOGY, by Robert Powell.
From Temple Lodge Publishing:
That last is my personal favorite. The publisher's description includes this: "The fairyland and its denizens have long been the concern of poets, painters, and storytellers. Not only are these beings [sic: the fairies, not the poets, painters, and storytellers] charged with the maintenance of Nature’s household but with her evolutionary plans as well. Our recognition of them and their work helps their efforts prosper and helps the earth be carried forward in its evolution. Marjorie Spock draws aside the veil obscuring the life of the 'Little People' and makes their magic world come alive for us. Included are color paintings of the four races of Little People: Undines or water spirits, Gnomes, the earth spirits, Sylphs, or air spirits, and the Fire-Spirits." As you may know, Steiner taught that gnomes, sylphs, and other such beings really exist. Really.
Is there no limit to human gullibility?
The reasons for our gullibility are plain enough. We want to deny our limitations. Most urgently we want to deny or defeat death. And we want to live in a world that is more magical, more wondrous, and more easily comprehensible than our rational brains tell us the real world is.
73) [Woody and the Demons]
Background: Woodrow Wilson, a scholar and former president of Princeton University, was 28th President of the United States. In 1917, he led the US into World War I, against Germany. He set forth a 14-point plan for peace, was influential at the Versailles peace conference, helped found the League of Nations, and in 1919 won the Noble Peace Prize.
According to Steiner, Wilson was possessed by demons; he could not think; he was a plagiarist; he was a pedant, an idol, a secret king, the reincarnation of a Muslim warlord, a typical Westerner, a spiritual giraffe, and other not-nice stuff.
74) [Woody, Vlad, and Ahriman]
Note: Ahriman is one of the arch-demons in Anthroposophical belief; Ahrimanic forces are Ahriman's foul influences and powers. [See, e.g, Ahriman and Evil Ones.] Here, Steiner explains that Woodrow Wilson and Vladimir Lenin (leader of the Communist revolution in Russia) were conduits for Ahriman to send his dire influences down to Earth.
75) [Woody the Nincompoop]
76) [Woody the Schoolmaster Idol]
77) [Woody the Abstract Thinker]
For Steiner, abstract thinking — intellectual thinking —was the worst. Steiner said that real knowledge comes from clairvoyance, and true thoughts are "living thoughts" — ideas implanted in us in our spiritual lives before birth on Earth. [See "Clairvoyance" and "Thinking".] Woodrow Wilson, Steiner alleged, epitomized all that is wrong with modern thought and life.
78) [The Real Woody]
79) [King Woody the Plagiarist]
80) [Woody's Long Neck]
81) [Empty Woody and Modern Decline]
What in the world did Rudolf Steiner have against poor Woodrow Wilson? And what, if anything, can this tell us about Steiner?
Wilson was, we must acknowledge, easy to dislike. A self-righteous moralist, he presented himself to the world as both a political and a spiritual authority. Steiner probably disliked Wilson from the moment he caught wind of him. But Steiner's aversion to Wilson certainly increased manyfold after the First World War erupted in 1917. From Steiner's perspective, Wilson committed unforgivable sins. Wilson refused to acknowledge the justice of German's war aims; he failed to accept or comprehend the glorious German national mission and spirit. Almost from the moment the war began in Europe, Wilson betrayed an unspoken bias in favor of Great Britain. And, eventually, as US President, Wilson led America into war as an ally of Great Britain — he pitted the material wealth and might of the USA against Steiner’s beloved Germany. Worse yet — far worse — at the end of the war, Wilson presided over the drafting of a peace treaty that severely punished Germany. Steiner could not forgive Wilson's many sins. (Wilson had promulgated high-minded principles for a just peace. He was hailed by multitudes, all around the world, as a prophet of peace and justice. Germany surrendered in the expectation that Wilson's principles — the famous Fourteen Points — would guide the armistice negotiations. They did not.)
Steiner was very much a man of his time and place. An ardent German nationalist, he took his nation's affairs to heart. [See "Steiner and the Warlord".] He was, at least occasionally, chauvinistic, small-minded, and vindictive — like most of us, in our own ways, in our own lands. And that’s the point. Steiner was like everyone else. He was just a joe, a guy, an hombre. He pretended to be far more, and some people believed him. Anthroposophists treated Steiner the way Steiner said foolish masses treated Wilson: as an idol, a hero, a spiritual savant, a savior.
Steiner despised Wilson; he was furious with Wilson; and evidently he was jealous of Wilson. He doubtless saw Wilson as, in sense, a rival. Steiner and Wilson were much alike, in their dissimilar ways. Self-appointed demigods (as it were), paragons in their own eyes, they were actually deeply flawed individuals — well-meaning, perhaps; idealistic, perhaps; but flawed. Wilson was not the great spiritual champion he mistook himself for. And Steiner was not the great spiritual exemplar he pretended to be. Steiner he was just a guy, just one of the self-important lads, one of the era's would-be movers and shakers. He was a fellow who happened to tell a lot of lies and make many, many amazingly loony statements. He was, in other words, something of a fool — like everyone else, more or less, only perhaps a bit more so. (Most guys don't create phony religions, prescribe quack forms of medicine, promulgate loopy agricultural practices, and the like. Steiner did. Even Wilson didn't go that far off the rails. Steiner did.)
This is an important insight we need to bear in mind. Steiner was just like everyone else, despite his claims. He was worse than most folks, in some ways: He was an Elmer Gantry, a Marjoe, a Jim Bakker. A fake. A fraud. A pretender. But, fundamentally, he was just a guy. And he saw Woody as an appalling competitor for the slot of top banana, the glorious would-be savior of modern mankind.
And here’s another important insight we can gain. Begging your indulgence, I will now return to quote #73, above, and spin it out at greater length. I think you’ll find it illuminating. Comparing the work of Herman Grimm, a German, and Woodrow Wilson, the demonic American, Steiner said:
In this odd little passage about an odd little subject — the writing styles of Hermann Grimm and Woodrow Wilson — we find Steiner’s entire epistemological method. And we find its unintentional self-refutation. Steiner did not look at things, he tried to look through them to their spiritual essence. But this amounted to projecting his own preferences, wishes, and biases, and then mistaking those projections for objective reality. Grimm and Wilson used virtually the same words, yet Steiner found the results completely different. Grimm good, Wilson bad.
“When two people say the same thing, they are in fact saying something different.” Actually, no. When two people say the same thing, they say the same thing. I don’t want to be frivolous. Of course, slight differences in wording can make large differences. And context can change our understanding. When two people say almost the same thing, in almost the same words, they may actually be saying quite different things. Thus, I would stipulate that Hitler’s celebrations of the German soul were different from the similar celebrations expressed by Steiner. But such differences do not stem from spiritual “realities” ascertainable only by clairvoyance. They are real, verifiable, rationally comprehensible differences that can be discerned in the statements themselves, especially when these are read in the context of the authors' other statements. So, when two people say things that are similar but not precisely the same, their meanings may be significantly different. But when two people say precisely the same thing in precisely the same words, their meanings are the same — identical statements have identical denotations.
Steiner loved Grimm’s work and he found Wilson’s “alien and distasteful.” Quite clearly, considering the context provided by the other quotations I have given, we can see that Steiner felt a deep-seated hostility toward Wilson, at least in part for geopolitical reasons. This had nothing to do with the quality of Wilson’s “soul” (which Steiner, just a guy like the rest of us, could not directly observe); nor did it have to do with any demons inhabiting Wilson’s soul (beings that Steiner, just a guy like the rest of us, could not directly observe — in part because such beings probably do not exist anywhere, inside or outside anyone’s soul). Rather, it is quite clear that Steiner merely projected his beliefs and biases onto the words of Grimm and Wilson. When Grimm said "X," Steiner liked it and embraced it. When Wilson said precisely the same "X," Steiner felt like barfing.
Try an experiment. This is one of the mental exercises I devised for myself when working to undo the occultist conditioning I’d received in a Waldorf school. Look at a photograph and “feel” the qualities in it. For example, look at a photo of an attractive young woman with long, blonde, wavy hair. Now, tell yourself that the woman is German. You may quickly convince yourself that, indeed, only a German would look just like that — an Aryan sort of look, a set of qualities that are distinctly Germanic. Then, without even taking your eyes from the photo, tell yourself a different story: This woman is American, a "California girl," a surfing beach bunny. Yes, yes. You will quickly see that she is a West Coast dream date, unmistakably American. Next, still keeping your eyes glued to the photo, tell yourself that the woman is Russian, a Slav. Of course, distinctly so! Where else but in Moscow or Leningrad could one meet such an ice princess — those cold eyes, those almost Asiatic lips, that wrinkled wintry hair?
I still do this exercise from time to time, and I still find that I can “feel” the differences, the deep “spiritual” truths, within a photo, and I can change them at will, instantly. This is what we humans do all the time. We imagine, we invent, and we tell ourselves that our imagined inventions are real. This is what Steiner did. And it is what we all have to stop doing if we are ever to be rational, and stop hating each other for no reason, and stop following Elmer Gantrys like Steiner.
By the way: I should clarify that I am no fan of Woodrow Wilson. There are many reasons to criticize Wilson. But they are not the imagined spiritual reasons Steiner gave (Ahriman, demons, reincarnation...), nor can they be found in Steiner’s nationalistic rancor.
And, not so much by the way: Notice how Steiner’s “spiritual insight,” fueled by his nationalism, quickly lapses over into racism and horror: Asians are this, Westerners are that; and therefore, in view of such profound racial differences, we face an imminent "great spiritual battle between East and West.” Look again at quotation #81, please, in which Steiner forecasts a war between East and West. He predicted this war on other occasions, as well, and sometimes he couched the forecast in clearly racial terms.:
No. We must not have any such war. The concept is horrible; it is evil. And to the degree that Steiner preached such bile, his doctrines are evil.
P.S. Back to Herman Grimm and Woodrow Wilson and their identical but completely different words:
84) [Herm & Woody] “I have drawn attention to the same point — how surprising it is to compare the essays on Historic Method by Hermann Grimm, who stood so fully within the German mid-European culture of the nineteenth century, with essays on the same subject by Woodrow Wilson ... [I]t is possible to take over certain sentences from Woodrow Wilson and insert them bodily in Hermann Grimm's essays, for they are almost word-for-word identical with sentences in Hermann Grimm ... The difference is this: in Hermann Grimm, everything — even passages with which one cannot agree — has been struggled for, it has been conquered step by step, sentence by sentence. In Woodrow Wilson, on the other hand, it is as though his own inner demon, by which he is possessed in his subconsciousness, had instilled it all into his consciousness ... In our period of civilisation it is even possible for a Professor [i.e., Wilson], dabbling in politics, to write on an important matter something that agrees word-for-word with that which springs from a knowledge of realities; but the word-for-word agreement is not the point. What matters is the region of the human soul [sic; emphasis by Steiner] from which things spring. We must look through the words of speech to the region whence things derive.” — Rudolf Steiner, “Evil and the Future of Man” (THE GOLDEN BLADE, 1985), GA 185.
Perhaps we should look into one another’s souls. But we cannot. And no amount of pretending will change this. We need to try hard to understand one another, but we must do this rationally, on the basis of knowledge and good will, not occult imaginings.
85) [Too Many Jesuses: Two] Did you know that there were actually two Jesuses?
This is not your father’s Christianity. But it is Steiner's. [See "Was He Christian?".]
Steiner’s heresies and plain confusions can be explained, however. You see,
This is a rather odd statement, coming from someone whose profession was the dissemination of spiritual truths. Indeed, Steiner said the following about foolish people who childishly failed to receive the truths he dispensed:
So, Steiner dispensed "truths" about spiritual matters. But there are no "truths" about the "truths of the spiritual world." Thus, the truths Steiner dispensed must not be judged either true or false. Do you spot any flaws in this line of reasoning?
There was a tactical advantage for Steiner in occasionally denying that the concepts "true" and "false" can be applied to his teachings. If the things he said cannot be judged in such terms, then he can never be judged to have said anything false, can he? (Or can he?)
(We might note, in passing, the great oddness of saying that when we consider "the truths of the spiritual world" ("truths," note), we must stop thinking in terms of truth. One truth of the spirit world seems to be that there are no truths of the spirit world. In the real world, this is called a contradiction. And contradicting yourself in the span of 19 words (“The concepts of ‘true’ and ‘false’ are dreadfully barren, prosaic, and formal. The moment we rise to the truths...") does not inspire much confidence.)
Moving on: From time to time we must grit our teeth and hear more of Steiner’s racial views. So grit:
87) [The Value of White Skin]
Such statements almost boggle the mind. But Steiner was, after all, just a guy (see the section "Woodrow", above), and as a guy of his times he shared the biases and blindnesses of his time. So he was a racist, as most Europeans and Americans were in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Still, shouldn't we expect more from a spiritual leader, especially one who claimed to have clairvoyant powers that allowed him to perceive divine spiritual truths (as it were)? After all, not everyone in his time was a racist; numerous wise people, including more than a few who considered themselves spiritual, abjured racism. But Steiner was insistent about the importance of skin color":
Steiner was equally insistent about the advantages enjoyed by people having very little pigmentation (i.e., whites):
Steiner did not consider himself a racist, and his followers today do not consider him to have been one. But, by any reasonable standards, he was. And anyone tempted to enter his sphere of influence — such as by becoming involved in a Waldorf schools — should face this issue squarely.
Leaving the horrible subject or racism, let’s do a quick bit of review, preparing ourselves to learn about human life on Earth, which I’ll delve into in our next installment. Before we came to Earth, stuff like this was going on:
88) [Cosmic Sex]
To remind you: 1) During the Old Saturn stage of evolution, we had been eggs of warmth, beings who were essentially at the mineral level of development. 2) During Old Sun, we became airy plant-like beings. 3) During Old Moon, we were soft-boned, gliding, leaping, animalish creatures.
Old Moon then winked out of physical existence, taking us with it. We rested up (pralaya), getting ready for our next manifestation, one that will seem a bit more familiar: We came to Earth (i.e., the incorporeal solar system reemerged into a new form of physical manifestation, and as before we were part of this): We entered the period of evolution called Present Earth.
Here is an approximate overview of past and future, in diagrammatic form. The largest stages of our evolution are the Conditions of Consciousness, starting with Old Saturn. Each of these stages (also capped "Planetary Conditions") is an incarnation of the entire solar system:
SEVEN CONDITIONS OF CONSCIOUSNESS
or PLANETARY CONDITIONS:
INCARNATIONS OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM
◊ 1. Old Saturn ◊ ◊ 7. Future Vulcan ◊
◊ 2. Old Sun ◊ ◊ 6. Future Venus ◊
◊ 3. Old Moon ◊ ◊ 5. Future Jupiter ◊
◊ 4. Present Earth ◊....
Having evolved through Old Saturn, Old Sun, and Old Moon, we are now alive in the evolutionary period called Present Earth. Like other stages of evolution, Present Earth consists of seven sub-stages, which may be referred to as Conditions of Life:
SEVEN CONDITIONS OF LIFE
◊ 1st Elementary Kingdom ◊ ◊ 7. Human Kingdom ◊......
◊ 2nd Elementary Kingdom ◊ ◊ 6. Animal Kingdom ◊
◊ 3rd Elementary Kingdom ◊ ◊ 5. Plant Kingdom ◊
◊ 4. Mineral Kingdom ◊
We have evolved through the first three Conditions of Life; we are now in the Mineral Kingdom Condition of Life within Present Earth. Like all the other sub-stages in the pattern of evolution, The Mineral Kingdom Condition of Life consists of seven sub-sub-stages, which may be referred to as Stages of Form:
SEVEN STAGES OF FORM
◊ 1. Higher Spiritland ◊ ◊ 7. Archetypal Stage ◊
◊ 2. Lower Spiritland ◊ ◊ 6. Intellectual Stage ◊
◊ 3. Astral Stage ◊ ◊ 5. Perfected Astral ◊
◊ 4. Physical Stage ◊....
Having evolved through three of the Stages of Form in the Mineral Kingdom Condition of Life, we are now living in the Physical Stage of Form. Within this Stage of Form, we will evolve through seven Great Epochs:
SEVEN GREAT EPOCHS...
◊ 1. Polarian ◊ ◊ 7. Epoch of Trumpets ◊
◊ 2. Hyperborean ◊ ◊ 6. Epoch of Seals ◊
◊ 3. Lemurian ◊ ◊ 5. Post-Atlantean ◊
◊ 4. Atlantean ◊.......
The Polarian Epoch was the first of the Great Epochs of our existence "on" the Earth during the Physical Stage of Form in the Mineral Kingdom of Life during Present Earth; the Hyperborean Epoch was the second such Great Epoch; etc. We now exist in the fifth Great Epoch, the Post-Atlantean.
Let's review the Great Epochs that, in a sense, constitute our lives here on the planet Earth during the Present Earth Condition of Consciousness.
At the beginning of our lives here "on" the Earth during the Polarian Epoch, we were still far less than solid — we were not at all physical as we understand the term today. (Neither, for that matter, was the Earth.) Conditions then were still soft and fluid, and most phenomena of the solar system were still intermingled, so that the Sun and Moon, for instance, were still united with the Earth:
89) [Polarian Epoch]
As members of the Polarian Race, we incarnated only to a very thin and insubstantial degree; we were primarily etheric bodies:
90) [Polarians: Us]
Steiner had a disconcerting way of distancing himself from his own words, as when he referred to the “so-called Polarian race.” What he meant, usually, was that words can hardly describe the amazing things he told us about (in words). Anyway, we got more solidly physical during succeeding epochs, and eventually we manifested the “I”, our true human spiritual essence or ego:
91) [Self Am I] During Present Earth, we finally became human.* Prior to Present Earth, we had been working our way up toward human status — which is to say, we were evolving toward the time when we would acquire our I's. The I is a human being's fourth invisible body, higher than the astral body. It is sometimes called the ego body. It is the spark of divinity that gives each of us an individual, unique spiritual identity. You and you alone have your particular I; no one being has that unique, precious individual identity. It is you (in a sense); you are it (in a sense). Only you can say "I" about yourself.
No beings lower than ourselves possess I's. Animals don't have them, nor do plants nor minerals. But all beings above us have acquired I's in their own time, ahead of us. Those beings — gods — have evolved through their own human stages on their way toward still higher stages. The Spirits of Personality (gods three levels above us) gained their I's during Old Saturn; the Spirits of Fire (gods two levels above us) gained their I's during Old Sun; the Sons of Twilight (gods one level above us) gained their I's during Old Moon. While all of that was happening, we trailed behind, starting to develop our physical bodies during Old Saturn, our etheric bodies during Old Sun, and our astral bodies during Old Moon. Only during Present Earth would we, at long last, become sufficiently evolved to develop our I's. Only then would we be able to say,
“I am the self
the self am I,
the spirit in my heart
is the self.”
— from a Steiner-written meditation,
BREATHING THE SPIRIT
(Rudolf Steiner Press, 2002), p. 55.
92) [Hyperborea] The second phase of life on Earth was the Hyperborean Epoch. Like other epochs, it saw phenomena and capacities separating from one another. The Sun separated from the Earth during the Hyperborean Epoch. Equally important, human beings (who were not yet human, remember) gradually became more distinct and particularized — this was part of the process of individuation, the development of human selfhood. Previously, all parts of our bodies performed virtually all functions interchangeably; we did not have separate organs for separate functions. But, slowly, separate organs did form and our various senses started to become distinct from one another:
The Polarian and Hyperborean Epochs are hard to visualize. Here is how they are described in the Brief Waldorf / Steiner Encyclopedia:
According to Steiner — drawing from Theosophy — this was our first evolutionary stage on Earth, our first great epoch on the physical Earth as it exists within the current conditions of the solar system.  Steiner gave only brief and vague descriptions of that period. “[I]n the beginning of its development, our Earth was united with Sun and Moon. . At that point man had arisen once more out of the earliest germ  which comprised physical, etheric, and astral bodies ; he appeared, so to speak, in his first earthly form — the only one possible to him while the Earth still contained both Sun and Moon . This period of Earth evolution, which man experienced in common with his planet, is usually called in the literature of spiritual science , the ‘Polarian’ period. It would lead too far to explain today why this period is called ‘Polarian’; meanwhile let us simply accept the term.” — R. Steiner, THE GOSPEL OF ST. JOHN (Anthroposophic Press, 1948), p. 66. [See "Early Earth".]
Polarian Epoch - also see astral plane; epochs; ether; Hyperborean Epoch; Old Saturn; Present Earth
Sometimes Steiner was slightly more forthcoming about at least some aspects of Polarian life. "The Polarian human beings were very similar to four-footed animals, but they were formed out of a soft, pliant substance similar to a jellyfish, but much warmer. — R. Steiner, FOUNDATIONS OF ESOTERICISM (Rudolf Steiner Press, 1982), lecture 23, GA 93a.
Here is an elaboration by a Waldorf teacher: "In the Polaris state  the solar system is [i.e., was] still a homogenous unity  ... There is transformed warmth from [Old Saturn], providing the basis for the [future] physical body of man  ... There is life force  and something akin to light ... [T]here is astral substance , which, taken into the human being, gives him the ability to have external and internal experiences ... One might imagine the substance of Polaris as refined ether  surrounded by an astral atmosphere.  In this atmosphere are the souls of human beings [in a form not yet differentiated one from another] ... Our present Saturn comes into existence. " — R. Wilkinson, RUDOLF STEINER (Temple Lodge Publishing, 2005), pp. 96-97.
 Our current condition of consciousness, the current incarnation of the solar system, is called Present Earth. [See the entries for these terms in this encyclopedia. Also see the Waldorf Watch page "Present Earth".] I.e., Earth, Sun, and Moon were a single body. (In its earliest incarnation, Steiner said, the entire solar system was a single body. Evolution has entailed the gradual splitting off of various parts from that original unity.)
 I.e., germinal or embryonic condition. (We arose "once more" because we incarnate and reincarnate many times as evolution progresses. When the Polarian Epoch began, we had evolved to a point where our germinal condition included early versions of the physical, etheric, and astral bodies.)
 I.e., man incarnated as a physical, etheric, and astray being — but he did not yet have an "I." [See the entries for these terms in this encyclopedia.]
 The Earth was very different then (it still contained the Sun and Moon), and consequently our form was very different then. As Steiner used the term, "spiritual science" is essentially Anthroposophy, which Steiner said enables practitioners to scientifically study the spirit realm.
 I.e., during the Polarian Epoch.
 I.e., no planets or other bodies had yet separated from the others.
 Old Saturn was our first condition of consciousness, the first incarnation of the solar system. [See "Old Saturn".] Steiner taught that it was largely composed of a form of spiritual warmth, analogous to the warmth of blood. See the entry for "life force" in this encyclopedia.
 I.e., essence from the astral plane or soul world. [See "Higher Worlds".]
 See the entry for "ether" in this encyclopedia.
 I.e., an "atmosphere" such as is found in the soul world.
 I.e., the planet Saturn separated from the "homogenous unity."
 According to Steiner, the largest phases of cosmic evolution are generally called conditions of consciousness. Each condition of consciousness (which is a new incarnation of the solar system) consists of seven periods generally called conditions of life. Each condition of life consists of seven periods generally called stages of form. Each stage of form consists of seven periods generally called great epochs. The Polarian Epoch was the first great epoch of the fourth stage of form (the Physical Stage) within the fourth condition of life (the Mineral Kingdom) within the fourth condition of consciousness (Present Earth). The planet Earth is the physical orb on which we now live; Present Earth is our current evolutionary mega-stage.
Hyperborean Epoch - also see Earth; epochs; great epochs; Lemuria; Polarian Epoch; solar Pitris
According to Steiner — drawing from Theosophy — this was our second large evolutionary period of Present Earth, our second great epoch. It followed the Polarian Epoch and preceded the Lemurian Epoch.
Man was not yet physical, as we understand this term. Indeed, all conditions during the Hyperborean period are extremely difficult to describe in language that makes sense to us now. The Earth — growing denser, but not yet fully material or physical as we understand this concept — was the scene of action for spirit beings, only some of whom would become the creatures we find on Earth now. The line between divine and human was less clear then, and the beings who were "men" were not ourselves as we understand ourselves now. “During the Age which preceded the Lemurian Age, we have the Hyperborean Age on the Earth, that of the Sun Men, of the Apollo-Men  ... [T]he Hyperboreans lived in their soft forms, [and] these Sons of the Sun  were in position to incarnate and they formed a particularly beautiful Race. They were the Solar Pitris.  Already in the Hyperborean Epoch they created for themselves an upright form ... In the Hyperborean Epoch the Solar Pitris became the beautiful Apollo-men....” — R. Steiner, FOUNDATIONS OF ESOTERICISM (Rudolf Steiner Press, 1982), lecture 23, GA 93a.
The Polarian and Hyperborean Epochs may all be looked upon as the preparatory stages of Earthly evolution, leading to the Lemurian and Atlantean Epochs, which laid the basis for our current Post-Atlantean reality.
"[T]he human being of this age [i.e., the Hyperborean] had no rigid form but was pliable and adaptable ... Also existing in this sphere are [i.e., were] certain beings who [had] not yet wholly completed the past stages of their evolution ... There are also higher beings who find they can no longer exert the desired influence in this denser matter and they leave.  Their departure ultimately results in the formation of the present Sun ... [A] rhythm is established for the soul to be in the body for a certain time and then outside [it]. This is the beginning of day and night experience  ... The outside planets of Saturn, Jupiter and Mars have become independent  ... Venus and Mercury [separate] as habitations for beings at intermediate stages [of spiritual evolution]. Remaining is an Earth-Moon planet  in which the forms of life become more and more differentiated ... Man's body has a substantiality almost like air." — R. Wilkinson, RUDOLF STEINER (Temple Lodge Publishing, 2005), pp. 97-98.
 i.e., semi-humans having spiritual ties with Old Sun, the second incarnation of the solar system or the second condition of consciousness. [See "Old Sun".]
 Later to be known as gods of the Sun: Solar Pitris.
 See "Polytheism".
 I.e., certain spirits who found conditions on the densifying Earth uncongenial left the Earth. They were responsible for creating the Sun as we know it now. Steiner taught the soul leaves the body and travels to the spirit realm at various times, such as after death and (generally) at night.
 I.e., they have separated from the general, unified core of the solar system.
 The Moon had not yet separated from the Earth.
Our Earthly lives became a bit more recognizable in the two following epochs, the Lemurian and Atlantean. We will get to these in future installments of Steiner Static.
* Becoming fully human, attaining full possession of our I's, is a complex, lengthy process. According to Steiner, the ancient Norse god Thor has had a lot to do with fostering our I's. [See "The Gods".] But far more important has been Christ, the Sun God, who incarnated on Earth and gave us the impetus to develop our true human potential. We could not have true I's until He showed us the way. [See "Sun God".] The I is, in a sense, a gift from the Sun. In a perhaps less precise sense, the I comes to us from the "cosmic I," the I of the universe, the divinity that infuses and directs all. [See the entry for "I", in the Brief Waldorf / Steiner Encyclopedia.]
During our current period within Present Earth, we have I's — but we are not yet fully human: We have not yet reached the Human Kingdom of Present Earth. We are still terribly, densely physical — we are at the "mineral" level within Earth evolution. We must evolve considerably more before we reach the "human" level, the Human Kingdom. But bear in mind, we will not perfect ourselves in a higher sense until Future Vulcan. By then, we will be superhuman; only then will we fully comprehend (and thus fully possess) our I's. Our "higher I's" exist in the spirit realm; our "lower I's" are with us in our lives of incarnation. We will not truly be I's until we fully unite with our higher I's. We might call this the real formation of the spiritual ego or I.
During Earthly life for us now, in the Post-Atlantean Epoch, we posses I's or egos, to some degree. They incarnate at a particular stage of individual evolution or development in this life: at about age 21. The physical body incarnates at birth, Steiner said, the etheric body incarnates around age seven, the astral body incarnates at around age 14, and the I incarnates at around age 21. [See "Incarnation".]
93) [Reading the Hidden Script]
93a) Steiner taught that we will perfect imagination during the Future Jupiter stage of evolution. Imagination, you see, is "Jupiter consciousness":
Waldorf schools emphasize intuition, inspiration, and especially imagination. In Steiner’s teachings, all three of these “faculties” are stages in the development of clairvoyance, stages on the path to initiation in the occult mysteries of Anthroposophy. Intuition is the highest of the three — higher than a child would likely attain. But Waldorf schools try to set kids' feet on the path leading toward eventual occult initiation. [See "Thinking Cap" and "Inside Scoop".]
Initiates can read the “Hidden Script” — that is, the Akashic Record, a celestial encyclopedia that you can read if, and only if, you become clairvoyant. [See "Akasha".]
93b) We will perfect inspiration during Future Venus. It is "Venus consciousness":
93c) Perfected intuition will become ours during Future Vulcan. Then we will, at least provisionally, reach our developmental goal.
(Steiner sometimes said that after Future Vulcan, we will evolve through five additional stages, but these are so glorious and elevated, we cannot possibly wrap our minds around them. He offered no description of them.)
94) [Adding It Up] Lurking behind Waldorf education are such occult beliefs as astrology and numerology. Here is Steiner embracing both of these two fallacies, discussing the length of time required for the completion of a full cycle of twelve astrological ages (i.e., periods during which the twelve constellations of the zodiac become predominant, one after the other). He links this enormous length of this cycle to the number of breaths a human being takes in a year. Which proves what? Well, in reality, it proves nothing. But for mystics like Steiner, such coincidences have great “meaning.” Waldorf students may be led into a similarly credulous ("oh, wow") state of mind. I know. I was one of them.
All very true, more or less, as far as it goes. Except that the Sun’s “course” as determined in astrological terms is an illusion. And the zodiac is a illusion. And different people breathe at different rates, so the magic number 25,920 doesn’t apply to all of them. In fact, none of this applies to anyone or anything, since it is all a pile of — shall we just say silliness? [The math Steiner uses is, actually, quite imprecise. See "Mystic Math".]
By the way, consider what it means for a “rhythm” to differ from another “rhythm” “only in time.” Two rhythms differing in time are fundamentally different, not the same.
Anyway. Back to the zodiac. Steiner sometimes taught that we reincarnate once per astrological age — that is, once every 2,160 years (25,920/12), give or take.* This is extremely important. Except that it isn’t, since reincarnation is a fantasy. Students at Waldorf schools, however, will be taught by people who believe in it, and in astrology, and in meaningless numerical wonders. (One more quick example: Steiner once calculated that the demon Ahriman reached his greatest power in the year 333 BC. Likewise, Steiner said that the need for humans to reenter the celestial hierarchies began in the year 333 AD. Now, adding 333 to 333, we get — ta da! — 666, the Mark of the Beast. All of which proves — what? Nothing. But Steiner and his followers think it has great significance. — See Rudolf Steiner, GUARDIAN ANGELS (Rudolf Steiner Press, 2000), pp. 96-97.]
95) [The Dead and The Undead] What else do Waldorf teachers believe in? We might better ask what mystical fantasies don’t they believe in. If they accept Steiner’s word for things (as they do), they believe, for instance, that we can communicate with the dead. (For instance, see the book STAYING CONNECTED: How to Continue Your Relations with Those Who Have Died (Anthroposophic Press, 1999), consisting of wisdom provided by Rudolf Steiner. Perhaps even more interesting is WORKING WITH THE DEAD, also consisting of wisdom provided by Rudolf Steiner. This book is explicitly aimed at Waldorf teachers; it was published by The Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America.)
According to Steiner, the dead are living presences in our lives. They may also become unliving/undead presences, if mad scientists have their way:
96) [Machine-Animals] Here’s another example of the sorts of nightmares Steiner spread. I’ll take it from the same book I just quoted from — in fact, I’ll take it from the same page.
Now you know why Waldorf schools are so down on computers and other labour-saving “machine animals” that have “a degree of intelligence.” Thank goodness a “science of the spirit” is standing guard! (If you want to look more into the Waldorf take on technology, you might study THE COMPUTER AND THE INCARNATION OF AHRIMAN, by David B. Black, published by the Rudolf Steiner College Press. It explains how computers embody the arch-demon Ahriman. Also see, e.g., "Spiders, Dragons and Foxes".)
Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America, 2003.
To give you a feel for the sort of mood and thinking that prevail inside Waldorf schools — what I have sometimes called the schools’ spiritualistic vibe — I’d like to quote a few of Rudolf Steiner’s meditations. They are bits of spiritual enlightenment he gave to his followers. Meditate upon these wonderful words. Waldorf faculty members often have such words ringing in their minds.
97) [The Living I]
“In the distance beckons spirit image
and the spirit image is with God
and a God is the spirit image;
in him is the living I
and the living I is the light of human beings.”
— Rudolf Steiner, BREATHING THE SPIRIT:
Meditations for Times of Day and Seasons of the Year
(Rudolf Steiner Press, 2002), p. 53.
Note how the meditation moves from “God” to “a God,” implying the existence of other gods. Anthroposophy embraces the ideal of a single, ultimate God, but it affirms the reality of many gods. [See "Polytheism".] The image of spiritual fulfillment — with God — beckons. The image is a God, implicitly Christ, the Sun God* — who, as the living Word, is with God. The “I” is the human spiritual ego. In the image of our future selves we perceive our higher “I”: Christ, the living light that guides us, empowering the "I." As we emulate Him, we ourselves may become the living I, the light, with God.
* 98) “Had Christ not appeared on the earth, had He remained the Sun-God only, humanity on the earth would have fallen into decay.” — Rudolf Steiner, THE FESTIVALS AND THEIR MEANING (Rudolf Steiner Press, 1996), p. 277. [See "Sun God".]
99) [Spirit Pastures]
“In the airy light of spirit land
blossom the roses of the soul,
and their red streams out
into earth’s heaviness — in us
is condensed into heart form,
raying back in the vigorous blood
to spirit pastures once again
as earth’s pink and rosy red.”
— Rudolf Steiner, BREATHING THE SPIRIT, p. 41.
Steiner taught that colors have occult power. Red is especially potent, being associated with roses, hearts, and blood.* Roses represent love and, especially, Christ’s love.** Christ, symbolized as the roses of the soul, blossoms in the light of spirit land and streams down to us. Earth and we on Earth are heavy with the the density of physical embodiment and the receipt of Christ’s blood. Divine red flows to Earth, and then — out of us — back into spirit land and its bucolic pastures. The fresh pink and rosy red bespeak our fulfillment of the Christ impulse, the spiritual/evolutionary empowerment Christ bestowed.
* 100) [Blood] Blood has both physical and occult significance. [See Rudolf Steiner, THE OCCULT SIGNIFICANCE OF BLOOD (Health Research Books, 1972).] Blood determines racial and other characteristics. It is vigorous, moving of it own vital force.
Christ’s blood, pouring into the Earth at the Crucifixion, sanctified our future evolution on Earth and beyond Earth, Steiner said.
** 101) [Rosy Cross] As Steiner knew, the symbols of Rosicrucianism are the rose and cross; one or more roses, positioned on the cross, represent Christ. Indeed, Steiner taught that Rosicrucianism (as redefined by himself) is the correct spiritual path for humanity now. [See "Rosy Cross".] Steiner used Rosicrucian images in his own teachings, e.g.:
The number of roses in this image is significant. For Steiner, seven is a divine cosmic number, the number of perfection, repeated throughout his teachings. [See "Magic Numbers".]
102) [Weaving Destiny]
“The earth body,
longing for spirit,
lives in withering.
The seed spirits,
Take up strength.
And warmth fruits from
the far-spread breadths of space
fortify earth life.
And earthly senses,
see future things
within creating form.
The spirits of space,
look peacefully upon
— Rudolf Steiner, BREATHING THE SPIRIT, p. 97.
Our physical body is fulfilled by dying away, releasing our spirit into spiritual life. Seeds of spirit are perfected here on Earth, becoming dense and strong.* Fruitful spiritual warmth comes from beyond, fortifying us in our lives here below. Earthly senses are dim, except for clairvoyance, which can penetrate deeply and see the forms of future things, being prepared within. The gods look upon the destiny (karma) that we weave for ourselves here.**
* 103) [Seeding a New Earth]
** 104) [Karma]
“Here on earth we have the unfolding life and action of men with their instinct of karma, their ceaseless weaving of destiny....” — Rudolf Steiner, KARMIC RELATIONSHIPS, Vol. 3 (Rudolf Steiner Press, 1977), pp. 35-36. For more on the weaving of destiny, see "Karma".
The gods are not always peaceful, nor are the pastures of heaven always bucolic. The meditation on p. 98 of BREATHING THE SPIRIT begins with these words: “Battling spirit forces/strive in substance....” There are good gods but also bad gods. “[W]e are watching the battle waged by the good gods against the evil gods....” — Rudolf Steiner, KARMIC RELATIONSHIPS, Vol. II (Rudolf Steiner Press, 1974), p. 251.
105) [Spirit Battles]
Michael is a warrior god; according to Steiner, he is the Archangel of the Sun, the battling champion of Christ, the Sun God. Michaelmas celebrations in Waldorf schools often center on the warfare conducted by Michael. (In particular, Michael fights on our behalf against the dreadful dragon or demon, Ahriman. For more on all this, see "Michael" and "Ahriman".)
Although Waldorf schools often seem to be bright, happy refuges, they often betray disquieting impulses toward conflict. Much of the warfare woven through Waldorf thinking derives, ultimately, from Norse myths. These ancient pagan tales, stressed so much in Waldorf classes (especially in fourth grade), are intensely violent. (See, e.g., "The Gods".)
106) [Good and Evil Gods]
Steiner often said that the gods are good. Indeed, he said so in the very passage when are considering here ("[V]erily the gods are good" — p. 251). And he often said that the gods turn evil into good. Indeed, he said so in this very passage ("To what end does calamity exist in the world? To the end that the gods may transmute it into well-being" — p. 252). Yet he also, on numerous occasions, spoke of evil gods, demons, minions of Ahriman, Luciferic spirits, nether gods...
Anthroposophy tells us that the gods fight their own battles, good vs. evil, high vs. low. Anthroposophy is polytheistic, telling of a vast number of gods, who have their own karmas, their own impulses, they own struggles. Perhaps you agree that Steiner presented a true picture of the cosmos; perhaps you don't. But in either case, you should see the picture he painted, as clearly as you can, when contemplating Waldorf education.
Rudolf Steiner's cosmology — replete with Rosicrucianism, numerology, karma, polytheism, celestial wars, and a pagan conception of Christ (the Sun God) — looms over Waldorf education. Although many of Steiner's doctrines may remain unspoken in class, such doctrines color and shape the life within Waldorf schools. [See, e.g., "Here's the Answer", "Sneaking It In", and "Spiritual Agenda".] Like it or not, this is the sort of vibe students may pick up in Waldorf schools. It is mystical, occult, semi-Christian, and — at root — pagan. It is essentially religious, which may or may not appeal to you. But in either case, you should understand that the religion involved is not Christianity as found in any mainstream Christian denomination — it is Anthroposophy, which is a very different kettle of fish. [See, e.g., "Waldorf Worship".]
Let's return to the story of human evolution, as described by Rudolf Steiner. Having evolved through Old Saturn, Old Sun, and Old Moon, we finally arrived at Present Earth. [To review these phases, see "Old Saturn", "Old Sun", and "Old Moon, Etc.".]
Life on Earth, in a manner of speaking, began with the Polarian Epoch, which was followed by the Hyperborean Epoch. [See "Present Earth".] We then entered a pair of even more interesting epochs, when we lived successively on two continents, both of which later sank. First we dwelled on Lemuria, then on Atlantis.
SEVEN GREAT EPOCHS
◊ 1. Polarian Epoch◊ ◊ 7. Epoch of Trumpets ◊
◊ 2. Hyperborean ◊ ◊ 6. Epoch of Seals ◊
◊ 3. Lemurian ◊ ◊ 5. Post-Atlantean ◊
◊ 4. Atlantean ◊....
These are the major periods of our life "on" Earth, as it were.
They are called Great Epochs.
Having evolved through the Polarian and Hyperborean Great Epochs,
we incarnated into our lives on the continent of Lemuria.
On Lemuria, we became more distinctly physical than ever before (although not as physical as we would become later on). Descending into physicality is the Anthroposophical vision of the Fall of Man — the "expulsion from paradise." This occurred during the Lemurian period, which was a bad time, obviously. But some of us fled to other planets, so that was okay.
Humans returning from other planets mated with humans who stayed on Earth, creating significant divergences within human nature: There were now “Mars men,” “Saturn men,” and so on. The development of separate races and sexes can be traced to the Lemurian period, as can variations in karma. Women, playing the mythic role of Eve, contributed to our premature knowledge of good and evil. And then we blew up Lemuria, destroying it utterly.
As you can see, it was an action-packed period.
105) [Where It Was; Stunted Results] The people of Lemuria were the ancestors of the people of Atlantis, who were our own ancestors (or, in other words, they were ourselves in previous incarnations). The Lemurians passed through several stages of evolution, but eventually most of them were unable to evolve further, so they declined. Some of the "lower" racial strains found on Earth today can be traced back to Lemuria, Steiner indicated.
106) [Psychic Power; Will Power, "Magic"] Lemurians were telepaths, and they had other remarkable abilities.
107) [Our Form; Noble Race; Pliant Nature] The continent of Lemuria was studded with volcanos. The early Lemurians were nomadic, roaming around the continent, but eventually they settled down in colonies. The bodies of the Lemurians were pliant and changeable, but in one colony a higher human race developed. The bodies of the members of this race began to reflect the people's soul lives. These bodies started to resemble the form that we recognize today as human, but they were not yet densely physical. Nothing on Lemuria or even Atlantis was as firmly, densely physical as the objects found in our world today.
108) [Women; Good and Evil; Imagination] Women were intimately connected with humanity's new knowledge of good and evil. Females looked inward, more than males did, and they fostered the development of imagination.
Steiner identified the divine female principle — the feminine side of God, as it were — as Sophia, or Wisdom. [See "Goddess".] Wisdom, according to Steiner, is the Holy Ghost. Thus, the feminine aspect of God is the Spirit that delivers the Word to humanity. Steiner traced Sophia through ancient goddesses, such as Artemis, and he sought future embodiments. As the implicit power of spiritual wisdom within the human soul, Sophia/Eve/Artemis/Mary may be considered the mother of god, the progenitress of the human soul itself, which is creating the still-unfinished deity typically referred to as "God." [See, e.g., Rudolf Steiner, THE GODDESS: From Natura to the Divine Sophia (Rudolf Steiner Press, 2001).] Steiner taught that one form of knowledge developed by woman is the knowledge of evil, depicted in the Bible in the story of Eve and the Serpent. Beguiled by the Serpent (Lucifer), Eve desired the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Thus, in Steiner's teachings, woman is associated with the lures of Lucifer, which can enable human freedom (the power to choose between good and evil) but which may also lead us to destruction (if we choose evil). [See, e.g., "Lucifer" and "Freedom".] All of this started to play out in Lemuria.
109) [Laws of Racial Development; Coming Advanced Races; Feminine Soul] During life in Lemuria, the next human root race was prepared, the root race of Atlantis. Root races are central, primary racial forms from which sub-races develop — subcategories of humans standing at different levels of development:
110) [Lucifer; the Fall; the "Serpent"; Freedom] The Fall of Man (that is, the descent of all humanity into a fallen condition) occurred on Lemuria.
Arguably, falling utterly and completely during our lives on Atlantis would have been a good thing, since we would have been redeemed immediately (i.e., we would have received the divine impulse that would have led us faster, more surely upward toward divinity). Our redemption would have come to us in a mighty flash of the Sun God's power, immediately lifting us out of our fallen condition and into a new, higher, more spiritually august condition.
But because we “fell” prematurely in Lemuria, we had to wait until the Crucifixion of the Sun God to receive the Christ impulse:
111) [Delayed Evolution; Evil]
Our redemption, in other words, would not occur — as intended — on Atlantis, but would be postponed until the Post-Atlantean Epoch.
112) [Scratch One Continent; Volcanos; Fire] In the end, Lemuria sank into the sea.
112a) [Scratch One Continent; Fire; Lower Humans] The destruction of Lemuria was our own fault. Or, stated more accurately, it was caused by the lower kinds of humans, who fell under the influence of Lucifer and made evil use of the forces of fire.
So there you have it. That was Lemuria.
In a future episode, we’ll look into our life on Atlantis.
P.S. I seem to have overlooked the minor matter of people fleeing to other planets. Sorry. You can delve into this issue by checking out, for example, the entries in the Brief Waldorf / Steiner Encyclopedia for "planetary humans" and "planetary migrations".
Let's revert, again, to the basic Steiner Static format: miscellany.
113) [Auras] Steiner believed in ghosts, goblins, astrology, magic... He bought into almost every kind of mystical piffle. One more example: auras. A “whole” person includes an aura, which cannot be seen by ordinary senses although it is easily perceived through the use of psychic powers. So Steiner said, adding that the “whole” person is surprisingly large.
By the way, newer editions of Steiner’s works are often modified to make Steiner seem less benighted. Thus, “his or her” (taken from from an edition of THEOSOPHY published in the 1990s) is an incorrect translation. Steiner spoke of “man” and “his” aura. Here is the same passage, taken from an earlier edition:
Steiner's followers take pains to represent — and misrepresent — Steiner in the most flattering terms. In this case, the distortion is fairly minor. But you should bear the phenomenon in mind when reading Steiner and/or when reading works by Anthroposophists about Steiner. The truth may not always be plainly displayed; you may have to do a bit (or a whole lot) of digging.
114) [High and Low] Here’s another example of editorial fiddling. Steiner said this about races and nations:
In a more recent edition, this blatant racism is softened slightly by shuffling the word order and adding a strategic set of quotation marks:
Both versions are deplorable, but the newer version is less faithful to Steiner's original statement. The editors have tried to take the edge off Steiner's racism, suggesting that somehow when he spoke of higher races he didn't really mean higher (he only meant "higher," or somewhat more elevated as it were, so to speak, more or less, sort of...). Moral: Read Steiner with skepticism, and when you have a choice, read an older edition. [For more on Steiner's racial views, see, e.g., "Steiner's Racism", "Races", and "Differences".] Actually, when Steiner said that some races are higher than others, he meant just that. Period. No excuses. It's what he meant. No if's, and's, or but's — or equivocating quote marks — about it.
115) [Amen] Steiner's editors sometimes change his words, altering the connotation and even the denotation of his statements. Steiner did something similar with the sources he drew from. He often changed things so that they are virtually unrecognizable. Here, for instance, is one altered version of the Lord’s Prayer as used by Steiner (he used others as well):
Bearing witness to I-being
and to selfhood's guilt —
Incurred through others,
Experienced in the daily bread
Wherein the will of heaven
Does not reign,
Has separated itself
From Your Kingdom
And forgot your names
Ye Fathers in the Heavens.
— Rudolf Steiner, START NOW!
(SteinerBooks, 2004), p. 221.
Steiner said this is the “cosmic” version of the Lord’s Prayer, the one Jesus learned from. It runs more or less backward, beginning with "Aum" (which does not appear in any genuine Christian prayer) and then "Amen" (the ending of any normal Christian prayer). And it ends with the salutation that should be at the beginning (in the Bible, this is "Our Father which art in Heaven" — Matthew 6:9-13). Steiner changed things in order to make them fit into his own spiritual system, Anthroposophy. Notice that in this case, he changed the salutation of the Lord's Prayer so that, instead of addressing one God, it addresses many gods: "Ye Fathers." Anthroposophy is a polytheistic religion. Anyone who embraces monotheism should understand this clearly. Indeed, everyone — the pious, the agnostic, and the atheistic — should understand this. [See "Polytheism".]
We should also notice that Steiner's version of the prayer asserts that "Evils reign." Steiner's followers often claim that Anthroposophy is entirely positive, sweet, and upbeat. But in fact Steiner's vision was laced through with apprehensions of violence and evil. [See, e.g., "Evil", "Evil Ones", and "All vs. All".]
116) [Getting Down] Steiner's strange religion, like his devotion to mystical superstitions, is rooted in antipathy toward (and apparent ignorance of) science. Consider the following, for instance:
Physicists will be amazed. In their benighted view (based on solid science), gravity exists everywhere, including on gaseous/fluid planets such as Jupiter — where gravity is far greater than on any solid planet in our solar system, such as little Earth. (Space probes often use the gravity of gaseous planets to gain additional speed, so the probes can fly farther into the outer reaches of the solar system. The technique is called getting a "gravity assist," because it depends on the existence of gravity on gaseous planets.)
117) [Ugliness and Ill-Doing] Here in Steiner Static, we’ve been looking a lot at mankind’s past. Let’s momentarily look into the future. Good humans will continue to evolve and reach extremely high levels of spirituality, Steiner taught. Evil humans will have a different fate. The good people will push them aside, segregating them in a special "kingdom" (for their own good, of course):
On other occasions, Steiner indicated that evil people who persist in their wicked ways will drop out of evolution and lose their souls. Here we see him offering a more benign vision: Evil people (some of them, anyway) will be saved, albeit in a form of spiritual apartheid.
(To refresh your memory re. the fate of evildoers who persist in their wickedness far into the future: They will be segregated in a far more definitive way:
118) [Neighborliness] In a previous installment of Steiner Static, I mentioned Steiner’s nationalistic love of Germany. This great man, with his universal perspective, despised Germany’s neighbor and historic enemy, France. He was beside himself when he saw some Germans falling under the influence of French culture. Imagine the effects this could have on the German “race"!
What is wrong with France and the French? Well, for one thing,
How is French corruption revealing itself?
What, in total, is the condition of France?
119) [Reincarnation] Steiner’s real area of expertise was not international relations but the spirit realm, or so his followers believe (but, of course, international relations — and everything else — falls within the ambit of the spirit realm). So instead of berating Steiner for his hostility to the French, let’s respectfully listen as Steiner explains something he knows more about, namely reincarnation.
I kid you not.
Let's conclude the story of humanity's past, as described by Steiner. To remind you, we evolved through Old Saturn, Old Sun, and Old Moon before arriving at Present Earth. Here on Earth, we lived through the Polarian Epoch, the Hyperborean Epoch, and then the Lemurian Epoch. [See the prior sections of Steiner Static titled "Old Saturn", "Old Sun", "Old Moon", "Present Earth", and "Lemuria". We evolved through many sub-stages during all of the stages of our evolution, including during Present Earth, but we needn't go into all of them now.]
When Lemuria was destroyed by volcanic explosions (our fault), we moved to Atlantis.
SEVEN GREAT EPOCHS
◊ 1. Polarian Epoch ◊ ◊ 7. Epoch of Trumpets ◊
◊ 2. Hyperborean ◊ ◊ 6. Epoch of Seals ◊
◊ 3. Lemurian ◊ ◊ 5. Post-Atlantean ◊
◊ 4. Atlantean ◊....
These are the major periods of our life "on" Earth, in a manner of speaking.
They are called Great Epochs.
Having evolved through the Polarian, Hyperborean, and Lemurian Great Epochs,
we incarnated into our lives on the continent of Atlantis.
I'll describe Atlantis, as per Steiner, momentarily. But first, let's ask how much evidence we can find to support Steiner's narrative of human history. For that matter, what evidence did Steiner himself offer to support his assertions? The answers is: None. We can find none, and he provided none. Zero. Zilch. Steiner made up his account of the past, every bit of it. He fantasized. (Or, to be more precise, he borrowed most of his account from Theosophy and other occult systems, which themselves are based on no firm evidence whatever. Zero. Zilch.) Of course, Steiner claimed that he used exact clairvoyance to discover all the things he described. If clairvoyance existed, we might find this persuasive. But it doesn't. (That is, the evidence for its existence hovers in the vicinity of zero. Zilch. [See "Clairvoyance".])
Science has reams of evidence supporting the standard, scientific descriptions of cosmic and human history. Virtually nothing that we actually know about the real world and the real universe supports Steiner. This is particularly striking in the cases of Lemuria and Atlantis, the two “lost continents” that we supposedly lived on. The ruins of these physical realms should still exist somewhere under the ocean. Steiner said where each continent was: Lemuria, south of Asia; Atlantis, east of Gibraltar. So finding the ruins should be easy enough. Indeed, expeditions have been mounted to find them. They found nothing. Zero. Zilch.
Oh, well. Moving on:
Steiner taught that a small part of the Lemurian population — the superior part, the most capable of evolving properly — left Lemuria and settled on Atlantis. If the gods’ original plan had worked out, humans would have received the Christ Impulse there, and we would have ascended the evolutionary ladder all that must faster. But Lucifer fouled things up for us on Lemuria, and Ahriman (the arch-demon of Zoroastrianism) played a similar, subversive role on Atlantis. Both of these demons [see "Lucifer" and "Ahriman"] held us back.
Still, life on Atlantis was pleasant, at least for a while. We had flying automobiles and attractive wooden houses. Spiritual wisdom flourished, and everything looked pretty bright. But with Ahriman working his mischief, things eventually went awry. Human initiates (people possessing occult spiritual knowledge) became corrupt, and Atlantis was destroyed. Our fault.
120) [How the Atlanteans Lived] The people of Atlantis had a highly developed technology, but unlike ours it was based on “the life force.” [See the entry for "life force" term in the Brief Waldorf / Steiner Encyclopedia.] Steiner points out that, of course, none of this information can be known by modern humans or modern science, because we depend on our senses and brains. (Hence zero, zilch.) But he assures us that everything he says is “quite certain for occult experience” — that is, clairvoyance nails down all of this information:
121) [The Gods] The Atlanteans knew various pagan gods as well as we today know our neighbors. Gods descended to Earth during the Atlantis period, when the Earth’s atmosphere was more watery than it is today — they walked among us in semi-aquatic human form. But later, when we developed more solid bodies, the gods backed off.
122) [Unmasking Wotan] Incidentally, you may be interested to learn:
123) [Initiates] The population of Atlantis included occult initiates, who gained their secret knowledge in special occult schools. Steiner’s description of the Atlantean initiates can be applied to Steiner himself and to his followers:
124) [Trouble Comes] Sadly, however, the initiates on Atlantis made terrible errors.
125) [Ahriman Sticks His Nose In] The errors of the powerful rulers of Atlantis led to the destruction of their beautiful continent. But before we hear about that, we should examine the role Ahriman played.
Lucifer tempts us toward false spirituality; Ahriman tempts us toward excessive materialism. Lucifer and Ahriman remain active today, and this description applies to us today. But In our history, Lucifer played the chief deceptive role on Lemuria, and Ahriman took this role on Atlantis.
Rudolf Steiner, ATLANTIS -
The Fate of a Lost Land and It's Secret Knowledge
(Rudolf Steiner Press, 2001).
126) [Ahriman II, The Sequel] Any movie about Atlantis would include spectacular special effects depicting the destruction of that continent. Here’s Steiner’s account (imagine him providing this voice-over as the terrible scenes appear on the movie screen):
* Steiner equated this with the Biblical Flood.
** As we gave in to "lower instincts, passions and desires" we became human monsters.
127) [Racial Divisions] According to Steiner, one crucial result of the catastrophe that destroyed Atlantis is that humans migrated to other parts of the Earth. Some of those people were less evolved than others. Thus, higher and lower human races came into being. We’ll pick up the story by returning to the quotation I just now gave you, filling in some of the words I omitted. (Steiner always rambled; making his statements seem clear and coherent is a challenge.)
128) [Steiner’s Racism] Examining Steiner’s unfounded statements about Atlantis brings us, inevitably, to his deplorable statements about race. We currently live in the Post-Atlantean Epoch, according to Steiner, and among us are survivors of higher and lower racial types whose roots extend back to Atlantis. I apologize for quoting the following, but anyone who studies Steiner deeply must come to terms with remarks such as this:
Hence we come to see the enormous significance Steiner attributed to human skin color.
Can you guess what color the best, “normal,” upwardly evolving humans were and are? And can you guess where they migrated to, according to short, white, Austro-German R. Steiner?
Steiner's racism was cerebral and mild-mannered, not visceral and apoplectic. But it was racism, and it was — and remains — indefensible. "For Steiner, indigenous peoples in the modern world are...the degenerate descendants of Lemurians and Atlanteans, those who failed to progress racially." — Historian Peter Staudenmaier. [For more on this subject, see "Steiner's Racism" and "Races".]
On this dreadful note, I will now conclude our summary of Steiner's account of human history. Steiner’s views were baseless and, on some topics, deplorable. Fortunately, nothing is or ever was the way Steiner described it. All of his views amount to static: crackling interference in the air — crackling that clears up when we twist the dial, tune in another station, and turn our attention to reality.
IF ONLY IT WERE SO
"If these ideas are not true, they should be true.
What we believe shapes the reality.
If we become conscious of these ideas
and hold them, they will become true."
— from "Anthroposophy 101"
These plaintive words were written by Dr. Ronald E. Koetzsch, an Anthroposophist connected with the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America. The essay "Anthroposophy 101" is Koetzsch's summary of Steiner's basic teachings. Koetzsch focuses on Steiner's more pleasing, upbeat doctrines, and he asserts that if Steiner's wonderful ideas are not true, we can make them true by believing in them fervently enough.
I think everyone can all feel the deep yearning in Koetzsch's words, and everyone can sympathize — we all wish for the wonderful, the transcendent, the glorious. I feel such desires, intensely. I understand where Anthroposophists are coming from.
But wishing doesn't make anything true. Our wishes can be our guides, our motivators — but, in and of themselves, wishes create nothing. Thinking or hoping that something is true doesn't cause that thing to become true. Some thoughts are false, and no amount of fervent belief can redeem their falsity. You may tell yourself that the Moon is made of green cheese. You may dwell on this thought day after day, month after month. You may meditate upon it, visualize it, preach it from the rooftops. But it is false, and your efforts cannot make it true. The moon is not made of green cheese and it never will be. Your idea is false.*
Truth is truth, in other words, and reality is reality. We have no reason to think that the universe is as Steiner described it, and we have no reason to think that we can make the universe become as Steiner described it. A fairy tale is a fairy tale. A false idea is false.
Anthroposophical thinking is mere wishfulness, which is tantamount to self-deception. During the play "Peter Pan", when the fairy Tinkerbell is dying, Peter tells the children in the audience to wish for Tinkerbell's recovery. And it works! The kids wish and wish, and Tinkerbell revives. It is a nice fairy tale. But that's all it is, a fairy tale.
Truth and reality have a great advantage — they are true and real. And they aren't so bad. We're alive, in a universe of beauty, grandeur, pain, suffering, and achievement and joy and victory. This is the universe that really exists, the universe of physics and astronomy and the soaring human intellect. Steiner would return us to a dark, medieval past. We need not go there. Indeed, we must not go there. For the sake of our planet, and our children, and ourselves, we must face reality squarely and then work to realize its best potentialities.
Truth and reality have a great advantage — they are true and real. Anthroposophy is divorced from truth and reality. And to the degree that it embodies Anthroposophy, Waldorf education is divorced from truth and reality. Waldorf schooling stands on the foundation of Anthroposophy [see, e.g., "Here's the Answer" and "Spiritual Agenda"] — which means that it stands on a foundation of shifting, vaporous falsehood.
*The moon is a physical object, and Koetzsh is mainly talking about spiritual reality. Fervently believing false ideas about physical reality will not change physical reality. But can our fervent beliefs about spiritual reality change that reality? Possibly. It is extremely doubtful, however. Truth is truth, reality is reality. (Note the illogic of Koetzsh’s proposition. He seems to entertain the possibility that Steiner is wrong, but in fact his argument hinges on the assumption that Steiner's description of the universe is true. Our thoughts would be able to change the spirit realm only if the spirit realm already is as Steiner described it, flexible and mutable, made and remade by our thoughts. So while seeming to concede that Steiner might be wrong, Koetzsh actually relies on the premise that Steiner is right. Koezsch is caught in a tautological vortex.)
For additional bizarre, foolish, and downright wrong
statements made by Steiner,
see "Steiner's Blunders".
For still more troubling
statements made by Steiner,
see "Steiner's Bile".
For a glimpse of our future evolution,
according to Steiner,
see, e.g., "Future Stages".
(129) "People merely gape at the rainbow nowadays. If you only look at it with some imagination [i.e., clairvoyance], you will see elemental beings very active in it, and these elemental beings show us some remarkable phenomena. Here [red and yellow] you see elemental beings coming out of the rainbow all the time ... The moment they arrive at the lower end of the green, they are drawn in. You see then disappearing here [green and blue]. On the other side they come out again." — Rudolf Steiner, ART (Rudolf Steiner Press, 2003), pp. 233-234. [This is my colored version of the black-and-white, labeled image in the book, p. 234; 2009.]
Concerning the colors of skins and souls:
(130) "If we take the flesh color of a Caucasian person, which resembles spring's fresh peach-blossom colour, we have the living image of the soul. If we contemplate white in an artistic way, we have the soul image of the spirit ... And if, as artists, we take hold of black, we have the spiritual image of death. And the circle is closed." — Rudolf Steiner, ART (Rudolf Steiner Press, 2003), pp. 188-189. [This is my colored version of the black-and-white, labeled image in the book; 2009.]
Steiner's account of creation and prehistory is incompatible with science. It is also incompatible with the Bible. Here are some details about life in/on/during Old Moon. (131) “[W]armth, air, and water were there but as yet no really solid mineral structures ... During this Old Moon stage, therefore, we are talking of a thickish fluid that contained in solution all the substances which today are solid ... [I]mmense quantities of metals and even of sulphur were present in the air ... The mode of life of the creatures that existed at that time was utterly different ... You can imagine how different the earth looked at that time, like a kind of giant egg yolk ... The creatures...had a bodily structure somewhere between what one needs for swimming — fins — and what one needs for walking — feet ... These creatures therefore had limbs in which there was something of a thornlike nature, but also something like joints. They were really quite ingenious joints, and in between, the flesh mass was stretched out like an umbrella ... Other creatures lived in the dense air ... [They] had no lungs ... They absorbed the air as a kind of food ... [T]he birdlike creatures in the air of that time excreted continuously ... Reproduction was at that time of a very different nature; it went on in the whole earth-body. The upper world fertilized the lower, the lower world fertilized the upper. The whole earth-body was alive. One could say that the creatures below and the creatures above were like maggots in a body ... It was one life, and the various beings lived in a completely living world." — Rudolf Steiner, FROM SUNSPOTS TO STRAWBERRIES (Rudolf Steiner Press, 2002), pp. 18-24. [My sketch, 2009, based on the sketch on p. 20.]
Genesis may be described
in varying ways in various Waldorf schools.
The religion found in Waldorf schools
may seem to be Judeo-Christian
or a vague New Age spiritual synthesis,
but in fact it is Anthroposophy.
[All Waldorf student artwork at Waldorf Watch
courtesy of PLANS.]
Entering Earthly life, we descend from
spirit realms (blue) to the physical realm (green).
Here, evil souls may fall farther, into the abyss (red).
Good souls return to the spirit realm
after their earthly deaths.
See Rudolf Steiner, THE APOCALYPSE OF ST. JOHN
(Anthroposophic Press, 1993), p. 121.
[This is my colored version, drawn 2009,
of the image in the book.]
Steiner noticed that most people notice that the universe we see around us is nothing like the universe he described. His explanation was that we just happen to live in a time when we and our surroundings are made of dense material (physical stuff, consisting of atoms or what-have-you), and we just happen to live in a local region where the laws of science hold true. But at other times, or at other distances, things are the way Steiner described. He could not know this, but why quibble? It's what he claimed. (132) "What people discover on the earth by way of natural laws loses its validity more and more as they distance themselves from earth." — Rudolf Steiner, BLACKBOARD DRAWINGS 1919-1924 (Rudolf Steiner Press, 2003), p. 98. [My interpretation of a portion of Steiner's sketch, 2009.]
This mini-index (not to be confused with the major index for all of Waldorf Watch)
lists topics and the messages in which various topics are mentioned in Steiner Static.
Evil: 10, 11, 12
This means that the topic of evil is mentioned in messages 10, 11, and 12.
(Actually, evil is mentioned on many other pages as well. See below.)
Advanced Races [cf. Savages]: 109
Ahriman: 74, 125, 126
Akashic Record: 93
Americans: 29, 30
Animal Man [also see Old Moon]: 4, 67
Animated Monad: 56
Angels [also see Sons of Twilight]: 19
Animals: 15, 17, 63
Archangels [also see Spirits of Fire]: 67
Astral Body: 12, 67, 69
Astrology: 5, 94, 95
Atlantis: 44, 105, 110, 120, 121, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128
Attila the Hun: 46
Baby Teeth: 32
Bible: 20, 24
Blood: 99, 100
Body (material, physical): 41, 54, 56, 107
Brazil, Emperor: 79
Cause (Unknown) - see Origins
Christ [also see Sun God]: 97, 98, 99
Christ Impulse: 111
Clairvoyance: 34, 102
Competition: 55, 57, 69
Consciousness: 41, 53
Creation, The: 20, 21, 24
Criticism (not): 51
Crystal Heaven: 19, 23
Demons: 12, 35, 48, 73, 74
Demonic Beings: 46
Earth: 37, 38, 89, 90, 90, 91
Earth Body: 102
Education: Irrational: 3, 31
Elemental Beings - see Nature Spirits
Eggs of Warmth: 40
Ego - see “I”
Etheric Body: 11, 32, 56, 90
Europe: 29, 46, 81
Evil: 10, 11, 12, 28, 44, 69, 74, 108, 110, 111, 115, 117
Evil Gods: 106
Evolution: 4, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 36, 37, 39, 43, 44, 64, 88, 89, 90, 91, 105, 110, 111, 126, 128
The Fall: 110, 111
Female - see Sexes; Sophia
Feminine Soul: 109
The Flood: 126
France, French: 118
Freedom: 21, 49, 50, 110
Germany: 73ff., 118
Ghosts: 7, 11
Gnomes: 25, 26, 65
Goblins - see Gnomes
God/Spirit of God: 14, 15, 97
Gods: 19, 22, 36, 97, 102, 105, 106, 121
Good - see, cf., Evil
Good Gods: 106
Great Migrations: 46
Grimm, Hermann: 73 redux, 84
Heart: 99, 100
Holy Spirit: 108
Humans, evolving [also see Evolution]: 40, 39, 41
Hyperborean Epoch: 92
“I”: 12, 91, 97
Ideal Human Type: 114
Initiates: 16, 123, 124, 128
Jahve, Jehovah: 22
Karma: 104, 111
Knowledge: 66. 93
Lemuria: 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111
Life Before Birth [also see Reincarnation]: 3
Life Force: 120, 124
Lord's Prayer: 114
Love: 14, 17, 50
Lucifer: 49, 58, 69, 110, 125
Luciferic Rebellion: 69
Magicians: 28, 106
Male - see Sexes
Meditations: 91, 97, 99, 102
Moon: 1, 4, 22, 27, 34, 36, 37, 65, 88
Moon Beings: 7
Moon Forces: 117
Nature Spirits: 12, 16, 64, 120, 129
Noble Race: 107
Old Moon [also see Moon]: 67, 68, 69, 88, 89, 131
Old Saturn [also see Saturn]: 40, 41, 42
Old Sun: 52, 53, 54, 88, 89
Old Testament: 39
Opposition (not): 51
Origins: 20, 21
Parents vs. Teachers: 33
Physical Body - see Body
Plant Man [also see Old Sun]: 4
Polarian Epoch: 89, 90
Prayers: 13, 14, 15, 115
Priestly Office: 31
Races: 44, 45, 46, 57, 80, 87, 105, 107, 109, 114, 128
Reincarnation: 6, 119
Root Races: 90, 109
Rose(s): 99, 100
Saturn [also see Old Saturn]: 1
Science: 39, 132
Seeds: 102, 103
Separation: 22, 37, 38, 43, 67, 69, 80, 83, 89, 92, 115, 117
Sex, Sexes: 18, 87, 108
Slave Driver: 50
Solar System (ours): 19, 36
Solar System (others): 19, 20, 36
Sons of Twilight [also see Angels]: 56, 67
Soul: 14, 15, 50, 130
Specters - see Ghosts
Spirit: 14, 15, 50, 130
Spirit Land: 99
Spirits of Fire: 56, 67
Spirits of Form: 56
Spirits of Motion: 56
Spirits of Personality: 40, 42, 56
Spirits of Twilight - see Sons of Twilight
Spirits of Wisdom: 56
Struggle - see Competition
Subhumans: 47, 48, 61
Sun: 4, 14, 15, 37, 36, 42, 43, 68, 88, 89
Sun God [also see Christ]: 98
Tagor, Rabindranath: 80
Teachers vs. Parents: 33
Thrones: 19, 42
Verses Before School: See Prayers
Vulcan: 36, 60, 71
Waldorf Schools & Teachers: 31, 33
War : 82, 83
Warmth Fruits: 102
White Skin: 87, 130
Will Power: 106
Woodrow Wilson: 73ff.
World War I: 73ff.
Wotan: 121, 122
Zeitgeists - see Archai
Zodiac: 23, 93, 94
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◊◊◊ 7. IN THEIR OWN WORDS ◊◊◊
TOP TEN JOKES
Some illustrations on each page here at Waldorf Watch
are closely connected to the essay on that page;
others are not — they provide general context.