THE WHITE LODGE
The Good Conspirators
Waldorf schools operate within a conspiratorial Weltanschauung. Not only do they generally have occult intentions that they conceal from the students' parents, but they try to steer a safe course through a universe that, according to Rudolf Steiner, is powerfully affected by conflicting conspiracies, both the heavenly and the hellish. Steiner’s view of the universe was esoteric. The important things are hidden, known to only a few; and the important actors operate behind the scenes, out of sight. The good things are summarized in Steiner's own doctrines, which can be fully revealed only to initiates (shh!). The bad things predominantly consist of the covert machinations of evil gods and their human henchmen.
In the essay “Double Trouble”, I examine the “dark” brotherhoods, the “black” magicians who lurk behind the scenes of human life.  Let’s look now on the bright side, the “white” side. (To help you wend your way through the admittedly dense tangle of the following quotations, I have highlighted the recurring, central term: The White Lodge.)
The good guys — humans and gods — huddle and come up with the plan that we are all to follow when we move along to our next planetary/evolutionary home. Evildoers try to derail the plan while good-doers seek to implement it. A quick review of two quotes we’ve seen on other pages here at Waldorf Watch:
According to Steiner's teachings, "evil" means straying from the correct path of spiritual evolution. We commit evil when we violate the plan formulated by the White Lodge. In sharp contrast, the role of the good Waldorf faculties is to help fulfill the divine plan:
In passing, we might note that although Steiner stressed the importance of freedom, we clearly have no freedom if the only good option open to us is to scrupulously follow a plan ginned up in a sort of celestial back room. If the plan of the White Lodge "is worked out in full detail," and if this plan offers us our sole hope of "the blessing and salvation of progress," then we really have no freedom. We must follow the plan. [See "Freedom".]
Reluctantly, we should also face up to the racial significance of Steiner’s doctrines. Black is evil, white is good. There are multiple races on Earth today only because demons fouled things up. We should have moved from dimness to brightness, from black to white, as it were. We should all be the same; we should all be white. But we have been foiled by our foes. 
Pause for a moment to consider Steiner's expression, "the so-called White Lodge." Don’t let Steiner confuse you when he tosses put equivocations such as “so-called.” He did this often, suggesting that he was speaking of such profound, holy secrets that words are hardly sufficient to convey his meaning. He was way deep.
Despite such verbal feints, Steiner claimed that the White Lodge is very real — it certainly exists. For confirmation, let’s look at an explanatory statement made by Richard Seddon, one of Steiner’s followers who evidently thought he could explain Steiner's teachings better than Steiner himself did. (It’s interesting that so many people, including yours truly, have spent so much time trying to explain Steiner, substituting clearer words for Steiner's murky ones.)
Seddon's formulation isn't really much clearer than Steiner's. The point both Seddon and Steiner have tried to make is that there is a supernal White Lodge operating out of sight, steering our evolution. The members of the Lodge include gods, humans who have become godly, humans who have housed gods (avatars), and occultists. They create a plan for us, which they compress into atoms or kernels (actually, seeds is a better image). The entire plan is miniaturized and put in these seeds, which later germinate to produce the next stage of evolution (aka "our next Condition of Life").
When Steiner was still a Theosophist, he made the following pertinent remark about the Archangel Michael:
Michael is the Archangel having special responsibilities for human evolution just now. Another way to put this is that Michael will pump the White Lodge's plan into our etheric bodies. (The etheric body is the lowest of the three nonphysical bodies that Steiner and the Theosophists said humans have. [See "Incarnation".]) We need to be careful when considering statements that Steiner made while he was a Theosophist — he might have changed his tune later. Actually, though, he rarely did. When he broke away from Theosophy to establish his own cult, Anthroposophy, Steiner made some adjustments in his teachings, but by and large he stayed true to his Theosophical preachments. Near the end of his life, in the 1925 forward to his master work, OCCULT SCIENCE, Steiner said he hadn’t had to change his mind about much over the years:
So, you see, he had been right all along.
When we evolve further in the near future, Steiner said, the White Lodge will expand to become more inclusive. (In the following deep remark, “Rounds” indicate evolutionary phases; the "higher ego" is the highest form of the individual human spiritual ego or the "I"; and "Masters" and/or "Adepts" are mystical insiders or initiates, the kinds of guys who get elected to the Lodge(s). [For clarification on such points, see The Brief Waldorf / Steiner Encyclopedia.])
I'm sorry. If some of that seems like gibberish to you, that's because — assessed rationally — it is. Here's the takeaway: In the not-too-distant future, we will transcend our separateness and begin merging together into a form of superhumanity. We all will then, as it were, join the club; the White Lodge will fling open its doors.
The White Lodge has our best interests at heart — it will help us a lot in the future just as it has helped us a lot in the past. For example, the Lodge intervened once to strike a balance between Jehovah, who wanted to create a perfect human form, and Lucifer, who wanted to lure us into premature, false spirituality. (Jehovah, according to Anthroposophical doctrine, is not God. He is just one of a vast panoply of gods — Steiner was a polytheist. Jehovah, according to Steiner, is a nice enough god, but he is not very high up. [See "Old Testament".] Jehovah did not create the world, but he did create our physical form.) Neither Jehovah nor Lucifer would have led us in the right direction, so the White Lodge rode to our rescue.
The Lodge has super powers, remember, and its membership includes beings from many distant worlds. As we've already learned, the original Rosicrucian, Christian Rosenkreutz, is in the Lodge. Rosicrucianism is a form of occultism particularly dear to Steiner. His book THEOSOPHY OF THE ROSICRUCIAN is an eye-opener, indicating how gnostic Christianity is the real deal (although incomplete prior to the additions Steiner himself made to the secret canon).  Here is another eye-opener. Christian Rosenkreutz actually presides over the Lodge, sometimes. At least, he has been empowered to call meetings of the members. And, bear in mind, another member of the Lodge is Buddha, who it turns out is Christian Rosenkreutz's best pupil. Here's what happened.
They decided Buddha should go to Mars and fix things there.
Buddha allowed himself to be crucified on Mars, which was useful to the Martians as well as to us, since we go to Mars, as it were, after we die. 
Let's close by surveying additional revelations Steiner offered concening the White Lodge. See how they strike you. (They help explain what Seddon and I attempted to explain, in helping Steiner to say what he was trying to say, above.)
If you didn't know these things before, you know them now.
— Roger Rawlings
“Besides the exalted beings working
from the sun and moon
there are others at an intermediate stage
between man and the high Sun and Moon-Spirits;
these have their home on Mercury and Venus,
the celestial bodies lying between the sun and earth.”
— Rudolf Steiner, UNIVERSE, EARTH AND MAN
(H. Collison, 1931), lecture 6, GA 105.
Eastern Indian bronze Buddha,
Nālandā Museum, Bihār, India
[P. Chandra, ENCYCLOPÆDIA BRITANNICA].
Demonic powers (detail)
"A round in the esoteric cosmology of Theosophy, Anthroposophy, and Rosicrucianism is a cosmic cycle or sequence by which an evolving reincarnating being passes through the various stages of existence as the Earth, the Solar System or the Cosmos comes into and passes out of manifestation.
"The Theosophical concept of rounds
"In Theosophy, the whole process is very simple. A round is a process in a planetary chain, according to which a life cycle or life-wave of souls or monads begins its evolutionary journey on the first and most subtle or spiritual of the series of seven globes; then finishing its evolution there, proceeds to the next, and so on, to the densest or most manifest globe (usually called globe D), which in our case is the gross, physical Earth. From there it proceeds on the ascending arc, through increasingly more etherial globes....
"The Anthroposophical concept of rounds
"Rudolph [sic] Steiner retained the basic concept of root races and sevenfold cycles within cycles, but his description is considerably simpler, concentrating only on the seven cycles of the present Solar System. Each of these cycles constitutes a coming into being and passing out of being of the solar system, and each is divided into seven rounds, upon which man passes through seven root races....
"The Rosicrucian concept of rounds
"According to Max Heindel's Rosicrucian writings about the scheme of evolution, in the beginning of a "Day of Manifestation" a certain collective Great Being, God, limits Himself to a certain portion of space, in which He elects to create a Solar System for the evolution of added self-consciousness. In God there are contained hosts of glorious Hierarchies and lesser beings of every grade of intelligence and stage of consciousness, from omniscience to an unconsciousness deeper than that of the deepest trance condition...."
Got it? The Theosophical take is "very simple" and the Anthroposophical take is "considerably simpler" still. Perhaps somewhat confusingly, the word "round" does not appear in the discussion of the Rosicrucian concept of rounds. I guess this is because the Rosicrucian take is so extremely simple that the concept being discussed does not need to be discussed. Or...
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.
[R. R., 2010.]
Michael fights for us always — or, to be specific, annually. The Earth breathes out spiritual forces during the spring, holds its breath during the summer, and breathes in during the autumn. The spirituality of the Earth wanes and waxes over the course of this respiration, and the human soul departs (as it were) and returns (as it were) accordingly.
Sometimes, plowing through Steiner's books and lectures, I pause to wonder why so many individuals find reality insufficient. Life can certainly be hard. We certainly suffer as we work our way toward the grave. Escapist dreams offer us relief or at least diversion. And yet...
Waldorf schools stress imagination. Fine. But shouldn't we use the power of our minds to attempt to grasp the reality of the universe in which we live, rather than fantasizing — as Steiner did — about a universe that never existed? Steiner's way, in and of itself, creates suffering. He offered a vision in which the real is rejected as unreal, and the unreal is embraced instead as genuine (real, true, actual). No good — no wisdom, and indeed no true comfort — can come from such a fundamentally false enterprise.
Bove is a NASA photo of the Andromeda galaxy. Our own Milky Way probably looks much like Andromeda. Our galaxy and neighboring Andromeda contain billions of stars. And there are billions more galaxies. Daunting, for sure. Overwhelming. But my point, at the moment, is simple: The real universe presents us with enough challenges, as well as enough occasions for awe and astonishment. Reality is infinitely more intriguing than delusions such as Steiner's. And it has an overriding virtue. It is real.
Steiner taught that Jehovah is not evil;
he said that Jehovah is obsolete.
Associated with the Moon and Judaism,
Jehovah served a purpose in the past.
This image shows the Moon (gray)
and three stages of the Earth's evolution:
Earth in the Lemurian Epoch,
in the Aryan Epoch (the present),
and in the Sixth Epoch
(the next stage in our future).
Two lines of influence extend
from Moon to each Earth stage,
a spiritual stream and a physical-astral stream.
Jehovah provided an impulse for humanity
during the Lemurian Epoch;
Christ provides the crucial impulse now;
the "Father" will provide an impulse in the Sixth Epoch.
See Rudolf Steiner, CORRESPONDENCE AND DOCUMENTS
(Rudolf Steiner Press, 1988), p. 85.
[R.R. sketch, 2009, based on the b&w sketch in the book.]
The image below is a rough sketch of a rough sketch that Steiner tossed off. (I’ve chosen my own colors.) Ranged along the top are the "planets": Saturn, Sun, Moon, Mars, Earth (green, vague), Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, and Vulcan. (Yes, Vulcan). At the bottom is the human being: physical body (blue) around the etheric body (orange) around the astral body (red) around a nearly invisible stack: reading, top to bottom, the stack represents sentient soul, intellectual soul, consciousness soul, and upper trinity (i.e., manas, budhi, and atma). Each human part is connected to its equivalent planet. For example,
(As to whether humans have been to Mars, Steiner said different things at different times. Certainly he said that the human called Buddha has been to Mars, as we have seen.)
The world would presumably be a better place
without evil secret societies lurking in the shadows.
But good secret societies are something else:
For more on occult lodges,
both good and evil,
see "Occult Lodges".
For Seiner's views on freedom,
For his views on democracy,
To visit other pages in this section of Waldorf Watch,
use the underlined links, below.
◊◊◊ 11. THE WALDORF WORLDVIEW ◊◊◊
 "Double Trouble", http://sites.google.com/site/waldorfwatch/double-trouble.
 Rudolf Steiner, THE TEMPLE LEGEND AND THE GOLDEN LEGEND (Rudolf Steiner Press, 1997), p. 190.
Concerning Steiner's use of planetary names for stages of evolution, see, e.g., "The Planets".
 Rudolf Steiner, THE UNIVERSAL HUMAN: The Evolution of Individuality (Anthroposophic Press, 1990), p. 75.
 Rudolf Steiner, FACULTY MEETINGS WITH RUDOLF STEINER (Anthroposophic Press, 1998), p. 55.
 Richard Seddon, THE FUTURE OF HUMANITY AND OF THE EARTH AS FORESEEN BY RUDOLF STEINER (Temple Lodge Publishing, 2002), p. 92.
Note the name of the publishing house.
Christian Rosenkreutz, whose name fortuitously combines "Christian" and "Rose" (a symbol of Christ) and "Cross" (kreutz), is almost certainly a fictional character.
We shouldn't be surprised that Steiner believed this fiction. He was really quite unsophisticated, believing all manner of myths, fairy tales, and fantasies. His own work, after all, is fiction.
 Rudolf Steiner, FROM THE CONTENTS OF THE ESOTERIC CLASSES, EL, Berlin, 5-5-'09, GA 266.
The provenance of this quotation is slightly iffy, but if it is good enough for the Steiner Archive, I guess it is good enough for us.
 Rudolf Steiner, OCCULT SCIENCE - AN OUTLINE (Rudolf Steiner Press, 1975), p. 12.
He wrote the first version of the book in 1909, before he split from Theosophy.
 Rudolf Steiner, FOUNDATIONS OF ESOTERICISM (Rudolf Steiner Press, 1982), lecture 25, GA 93a.
 FOUNDATIONS OF ESOTERICISM, lecture 26.
 Rudolf Steiner, THEOSOPHY OF THE ROSICRUCIAN (Rudolf Steiner Press, 1966).
 Rudolf Steiner, THE MISSION OF CHRISTIAN ROSENKREUTZ (Rudolf Steiner Press, 1950), lecture 7, “The Mission of Gautama Buddha on Mars”, GA 130.
 We don't go to the planet Mars, so much, as to the sphere of Mars. And, not to conceal this from you, we go to other planetary spheres, too. But in re Mars:
 THE MISSION OF CHRISTIAN ROSENKREUTZ, lecture 7.
 FOUNDATIONS OF ESOTERICISM, lecture 15.
 FROM THE CONTENTS OF THE ESOTERIC CLASSES (transcript, Rudolf Steiner Archive), GA 266.
 GREEK AND GERMANIC MYTHOLOGY IN THE LIGHT OF ESOTERICISM (transcript, Rudolf Steiner Archive), lecture 1, GA 90f.
 Endnote in SPIRITUALISM, MADAME BLAVATSKY, AND THEOSOPHY, by Rudolf Steiner (Anthroposophic Press, 2001), p. 288.
 THE TEMPLE LEGEND AND THE GOLDEN LEGEND, p. 186.