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  • The Occult Constitution of Man

    Marina Sagramora: Cross of Life (1987) Anthroposophy describes the human being as constituted by a set of bodies or limbs ranging from the physical, in the physical world, to the highest spirituality in the spiritual worlds, passing through the intermediation of the soul. Each body has its own precise function and constitution, which originates from a cosmic process of original creation and subsequent evolution. The bodies above the dense body are also called, generically, subtle bodies. The subdivisions of bodies or members of human beings can follow different numerological patterns depending on the context in which they are mentioned. There are divisions according to numbers 3, 4, 7 and 9. Each of these subdivisions has its own esoteric meaning which leads, however, to the same mystery, namely David's question "What is man?". (salms 8, 5). In order to understand how these different subdivisions actually describe the same reality according to different points of view, we can start from the division according to number 4, from which then by subtraction or addition, we will obtain the other subdivisions. The four bodies of the human being: from the bottom to the top, physical body, etheric, astral body and ego. So let's see the first subdivision according to number 4: Physical body: it is the seat that presides over the accumulation of mineral elements. Man shares the physical body with all the kingdoms of nature (mineral, vegetable and animal). The law of growth of the physical body follows number, weight and measure. Currently it is the body with the most advanced development, the most perfect, since it began its evolution on Ancient Saturn, thus crossing four manvataras, up to the present Earth. It was created through the sacrifice of the fiery will of the Thrones (or Spirits of Will) who were then in charge of presiding over the evolution of the human being. Etheric body: it is the seat of life. The absence of the etheric, astral and Self body is the cause of death of the physical body. Man shares the etheric body in the physical world with the plant and animal kingdoms. It represents the lower body of angels. It gives the bodies that enclose it on the physical plane: rhythm, with alternating expansion and contraction, reproduction and transformation. It was created on the Ancient Sun through the sacrifice of the air feeling of the Dominations (Kyriotetes or Spirits of Wisdom), then in charge of man's evolution. Ahriman is the obstructor capable of corrupting the etheric body by introducing sclerosis and death. Astral body: it is the seat of consciousness, passions and desires. The absence of the astral body and the Self makes the human being fall into sleep. Man shares the astral body in the physical world with the animal kingdom. It represents the lower body of the archangels. It confers the movement typical of animals and the distinction between an inner and an outer life. The Virtues (Dynameis or Spirits of Movement), charged with presiding over human evolution in the Ancient Moon, sacrificed their liquid feeling to create the astral body. Lucifer is the obstructor capable of corrupting the astral body by burning it with lust and inoculating it with disease. I am: it is the eternal individuality that evolves both in the single life, forming the biography, and through numerous incarnations whose karmic needs are determined by its own evolutionary demands. In the passage between death and subsequent incarnation it accumulates and metamorphoses the experiences made by other bodies. For this reason the Self is the seat of human morality, of the arbitrariness between good and evil. It is the least evolved member that the human being possesses, but at the same time it is the one with the greatest potential and on which future evolution depends, being the pivot between the lower bodies and the higher spirits. The absence of the Self causes the human being to fall into oblivion. Among beings incarnated on the physical plane, only man possesses the Self. It represents the lower body of the Principalities (Archai). It was created through the sacrifice of the Elohim (Exusiai or Spirits of Form). The Asura are the spirits of the obstacle capable of eroding the Self, causing it to decay into the Eighth Sphere. The four bodies in the four worlds: man possesses the four incarnated bodies in the physical world; animals possess astral, etheric and physical in the physical world, while the group Self (Soul) is in the astral world; plants possess etheric and physical incarnated, while the astral is in the astral world and the Self in the Lower Devachan (World of Thought);the minerals possess the four bodies located in the four worlds (physical body in the physical world, etheric in the astral world, astral in the Lower Devachan and the Group Self in the Upper Devachan or World of Reason). I.N.R.I. is the cross of the elements, whose esoteric meaning in Hebrew is: I = Jebeschasch: earth; N = Nuor: fire; R =Ruach: air; I = Iam: water. Each of the elements is also associated with the three disciples (Peter, James and John) whowitness the Transfiguration of Jesus Christ, when the solar spirit penetrates the etheric body of Jesus, illuminating it fromwithin and transforming it into the Vital Spirit. 4 is the number of alchemical elements, symbolized by the cross, also called the square or cross of the elements (see also later on about the occult meaning of the Lord's Prayer). The square and the cross are two symbolic moments in man's evolution. In order to realize St. Paul's exhortation "Not I, but Christ in me!", each one of us will have to crucify his lower nature (the square) within his interiority, and he will be able to evolve towards his higher nature (the triangle) as JesusChrist originally did on the cross. The figure of the closed square will "explode" into the figure of the open cross, thus freeing the Self within matter. The square is in fact the "tomb of the elements" where the lower self is enclosed, but at the same time it is the foundation on which to construct the basis of the triangle of the spirit. When the square is broken and"opened" it becomes the cross of sacrifice, the door of access to the spirit in matter. The tripartite division distinguishes the esoteric way from the exoteric way of religions. In all forms of authenticspirituality, since the dawn of time, man is considered to be composed of three principles: body, soul and spirit. The bodybelongs to the world of matter composed of the four elements; the soul to the world of planets and stars; the spirit is thedivine spark that participates in God himself: Body: is the physical body united with the vital principle (etheric body). The body operates in the physical world and serves man to perform actions. Soul: it is the astral body united to the ego, the lower reflection of the Self. In one concept the sentient soul, the rational soul and the conscious soul are summed up. The soul, on the other hand, operates in the world of feelings and serves to unite with the joys and sufferings of the world. Spirit: it is the Self, in which the three higher spirits (Manas, Budhi and Atma) are present in nuce. The spirit is the only part, individual, that is reincarnated in various personalities. The spirit works in thought and reason and serves as an instrument for the universal thinking of the divine. It was in the West with the Ecumenical Council of Constantinople in 869 A.D. that, to combat what the nascent CatholicChurch saw as "the Gnostic heresy", it was decided that man was made up only of body and soul. The soul, in this conception, had "spiritual qualities", but the umbilical cord with the spiritual world was now cut. From the tripod of ancient wisdom that had come from India to the West, through Egypt and finally to Greece, it had passed to a man who had lost his direct relationship with the divine world. Man could thus gain access to the divine only through the soul's faith in dogmas and not the free understanding of the spirit. After death, the soul could be damned forever in Hell or saved by blind faith in the church by ascending to Paradise. The church painted God as a universal judge. Reincarnation and karma, as the law of cause and effect of the ego's actions, became "pagan superstitions. Thus, by abolishing the spirit, dualism was introduced into all subsequent Western history, so that man felt increasingly alienated from his spiritual origin. He was able to develop the rational intellect at the expense of the faculties of imagination. Thinking, feeling and willing as powers of the soul included between the physical senses and the action of the ego. But this denial was then a necessity, which was then overcome with the fulfillment of the age of the rational soul. From the moment the epoch of the conscious soul began, in which we still find ourselves today, we can therefore find that divine element within us, the Self. The Self evolves through repeated incarnations, alternating its existence between the physical and spiritual worlds, in order to experience as many life conditions as possible for its own evolution. As it evolves it aligns its karma, it extinguishes its selfishness and makes itself available to collaborate with the spiritual hierarchies of the cosmos. When we perceive the hidden meaning of things apparent to the senses, we see the element of the Self that has pervaded the cosmos since its creation. Rudolf Steiner was also the first to recognize that the tripartition is found not only in the spiritual world as Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit), and in the soul as faculty (wanting, feeling, thinking) but also in the body with the system of the head, the replacement and the limbs which in turn lead man back to the past (head), the present (in the replacement) and the future (in the limbs). When the element of time enters the scene, we can then speak of spiritual evolution and the ternary division of man unfolds and becomes septenary. The body is divided into physical, etheric and astral body, the spirit into Spiritual Self, Vital Spirit and Spiritual Man. The mediator between bodies and spirits, in this subdivision, takes the name of Self, a name in which the soul is implicit. Explaining the members who participate in the evolution from body to spirit we arrive at the number seven, and seven is in fact the number of the spirit that unfolds in time. Just as there are seven days of creation, there are seven days of the week which, despite our hyper-rational and materialistic epoch, we maintain: the sequence of the week derives from the wisdom of the Ancient Mysteries in which knowledge of the past conditions of existence of man and the cosmos was transmitted: Holy Week: following the arrow on the heptalpha gives the sequence of days of the week, which is based on the succession of stages of cosmic evolution. Ancient Saturn = Saturday Ancient Sun = Sunday Ancient Moon = Monday Mars-Earth = Tuesday Mercury-Earth = Wednesday Future Jupiter = Thursday Future Venus = Friday The occult planet Vulcan, the seventh metamorphosis of Earth, is not rendered explicitly, for it is the recapitulation of allthe stages prior to a higher octave. Only in this sequence is the sense of the order of the days of the week with respect tothe planets, that is, in the macrocosm. The same subdivision according to the number 7 is found in the constitutive limbsof man, that is in the microcosmic: Physical body: it was created in the planetary metamorphosis of the ancient Saturn. Man was then in a condition of trance. Etheric body: it was created in the Ancient Sun. Man was then in a condition of dreamless sleep. Astral body: he was created in the Ancient Moon. Man was then in a condition of dreaming. I am: was created during the metamorphosis of the Earth-Mars. Man then acquired in the Earth-Mercury the present waking consciousness. Spiritual Self (Manas): it is the transformation of the astral body by the Self. It corresponds to the state of consciousness of the Imagination or conscious dream. It will be reached in the planetary metamorphosis of the Future Jupiter. Vital Spirit (Buddhi): is the transformation of the etheric body by the Self. It corresponds to the Inspiration or conscious sleep. It will be reached in the Future Venus. Man-spirit (Atma): is the transformation of the physical body by the Ego. Corresponds to Intuition or conscious trance. He will be reached in the Future Vulcan. It is Jesus Christ himself who gives a prayer that can unite the septenary of the microcosm with the septenary of themacrocosm: the Lord's Prayer. In doing so Jesus Christ is directly linked to the ancient alchemical motto of "As above, sobelow" or which in esotericism takes the name of "law of correspondence". Diagramma riprodotto da Tiziano Bellucci di Unicornos. "Our Father in Heaven": the equilateral triangle represents both the ternary spirit of the human being and the Trinity. "Hallowed be your Name": "name" indicates the real name of man, the Spiritual Self and therefore the Holy Spirit. "Thy Kingdom Come": "Kingdom" means the Life Spirit and therefore the Son. "Your Will be done": "will" indicates the Spirit Man and therefore the Father. "As in heaven, so on Earth": through the correspondence of the macrocosm with the microcosm, we now pass from the triangle of the spirit to the square of the elements, that is, the constitutive limbs of the human being divided according to number 4. "Give us our daily bread today": "bread" is the physical body, that is, the earth element. "And forgive us our debts just as we forgive our debtors": "debts" is the etheric body, that is, the element of water. "Do not abandon us in the moment of Temptation": "temptation" refers to the astral body and therefore to the air element. "And deliver us from Evil": "evil" that attacks the Self or the element of fire that can burn as it heats up. It is the task of the human self to develop the moral sense and redeem evil, bringing Lucifer and Ahriman to mutual equilibrium in Christ. Here we can see man in his current state, with his four lower bodies in the form of a square, the square of the elements, which starting from the Self that "frees itself from evil" can progressively transform the three astral, etheric and physical bodies in the spiritual counterparts: Spiritual Self, Life Spirit and Spirit Man. This is the cosmic evolution that is broadly observed. But if we want to see the present man more closely we need to introduce a tripartition not only in the body (physical, etheric, astral) and spirit (manas, buddhi, atma), but also in the soul as a sentient, rational and conscious soul. We arrive therefore at a division of the constituent limbs of the human being on a nine-based basis. In the three souls of man, which correspond to his faculties of feeling (sentient soul), thinking (rational soul) and wanting (conscious soul), we can observe the transformation of what lives in the space-time element and therefore dissolves in the post-mortem (the three bodies), becoming what becomes eternal and lasts in the spiritual worlds (the three spirits). The I am always represents the central pivot of the evolution of the soul which, from the bodies, gradually extracts the spirits through the experiences of the soul. It is a grandiose operation of spiritual alchemy that embraces both the history of humanity and individual life. At the level of the evolution of civilization we see how initially man must complete the development of the triple body: In the ancient Atlantean Age, the development of the physical body is completed. The human being of Atlantis initially possessed a liquid body, then became gelatinous and finally developed the cartilaginous skeleton. When the whole skeleton ossified and the skull took its present form (with Noah), the development of the physical body came to an end. In the Paleo-Indian era (called in the Apocalypse, Ephesus Church) the development of the etheric body took place so that it would be rooted in the body and in the physical world, the Seven Holy Rishi practiced an initiation that took place at the level of the etheric body: they taught the technique of yoga to develop a living relationship between the chakras of the etheric body and the physical body. In the second epoch, the Paleo-Persian one (Church of Smyrna), the Magi of Zarathustra practiced instead an initiation at the level of the astral body that that epoch had to develop. In these Mysteries they spoke of the cosmic clash between Ahura Mazdao or Ormazd the solar spirit, and Angra Mainyu or Ahriman the spirit of darkness. The development of the body is followed by that of the triple soul: In the third epoch of culture, the Egyptian one (Church of Pergamum), initiation into the Mysteries of Hermes Trismegistus took place at the level of the sentient soul. It was taught of the death of Osiris at the hands of his brother Seth, the widow Isis who recomposes the body of her husband and gives birth to her son Horus who will take vengeance on his father. In the fourth era of Greek-Roman culture (Church of Thyatira), the initiation into the Mysteries of Eleusis or Orphic, took place at the level of the rational soul: it was thus told of the minor mysteries of the cycle of the seasons and the major mysteries of man's rebirth on earth, according to the common myth of the abduction of Persephone (the Self), daughter of Demeter (the Earth) by Hades (King of the Underworld). Within the fourth epoch the great watershed of the history of the Earth and of man takes place: the Self of the Earth descends from the eternity of the Trinity to enter the cosmos of creation. The Earth thus becomes "adult" welcoming the Spirit of the Sun sacrificed in human form, i.e. Christ accomplishes the Mystery of Golgotha. After the Mystery of Golgotha, we have a rapid recapitulation of the whole development of the soul: first of all, the spiritual-knightly current of the Knights of the Round Table rises, which recapitulates the initiation of the sentient soul within Christianity and completes it. Then the Knights themselves enter the current of the Search for the Holy Grail, which completes the development of the sentient soul within Christianity. Finally, the culmination of the soul's development in the fifth age of culture, our present age (Church of Sardis), when Parsifal, the first and only one among the Knights of the Round Table, succeeds in reaching the Holy Grail: he is pure of heart and therefore can contemplate the fullness of his Self within his soul itself, made into a vase or Grail. Parsifal develops the conscious soul first. With this foreshadowing, comes our present fifth epoch of culture which has as its goal the complete development of the conscious soul. Today man must make his soul pure from selfishness in order to welcome his Higher Self, his divine spirit so that in all that is matter he can grasp the meaning it has for the human being, the spirit. At the end of their evolution the triple soul is completely transformed so that the sentient soul becomes intuitive soul, therational soul becomes inspirational soul and finally the conscious soul becomes imaginative soul. This evolution isrepresented in the Gospels of the Three Marys, witnesses at the foot of the cross of the Mystery of Golgotha. It is Johnwho makes all the names: Mary Magdalene = Intuitive Soul Mary wife of Cleofa = Inspirational Soul Mother of God = Imaginative Soul Here the evolution of the soul leads to the total liberation of the Self which thus conquers free will and can proceed to thetransformation of the astral body into the Spiritual Self. With the Spiritual Self we have the beginning of the development of the triple spirit: In the sixth epoch of culture, the future Russian-Slavic era (Philadelphia Church), we will have the task of developing the Spiritual Self which will reach its climax only in the Future Jupiter. In the seventh epoch of culture, the future American (Church of Laodicea), the foundations will have to be laid for the Vital Spirit, an evolution that will be completed only in the Future Venus. The last epoch of civilization of this Post-Atlantic Fifth Age will end with the "War of All against All". Finally we will move on to the Sixth Post-Atlantic Era or the Era of the 7 Seals (as described in Revelation) with the task of developing the last constitutive limb of man, the Spirit Man. The evolution of man will be completed, however, only in the Future Vulcan, when the Spirit Man is completed, every man will have become a Creator God. Here, then, is the meaning of the subdivision according to the number 9, individual and human, which refers to the 9Septenniums of Human Biography: Physical Body (Moon): is developed in the first seven-year period (0-7), which summarizes the Atlantis Era. Etheric body (Mercury): is developed in the second seven-year period (7-14), which summarizes the Paleo-Indian Era. Astral body (Venus): developed in the third septennium (14-21), which summarizes the Paleo-Persian Epic. Sentient Soul - Intuitive Soul (Sun I): developed in the fourth seven-year period (21-28), which recapitulates the Egyptian Epoch. Rational Soul - Intuitive Soul (Sun II): is developed in the fifth septennium (28-35), which summarizes the Greek-Roman Epoch. Conscious Soul - Imaginative Soul (Sun III): is developed in the sixth septennium (35-42), which is equivalent to the current Fifth Post-Atlantic Era. Spiritual Self (Mars): it is developed in the seventh septennium (42-49), which prefigures the Sixth Post-Atlantic Epoch. Life Spirit (Jupiter): it is developed in the eighth septennium (49-56), which prefigures the Seventh Post-Atlantic Era. Spirit-Man (Saturn): is developed in the ninth septennium (56-63), which prefigures the Sixth Age or the Seven Seals. In summary, we can say that, through the action of the Self, in individual life and in the history of humanity, the astral body becomes a sentient soul and finally a Spiritual Self. The etheric body succeeds him becoming rational soul and finally Vital Spirit. Finally, the physical body, the most dense and perfect, is transformed last, first into a conscious soul and then into Spirit Man. The nine bodies of the human being: where the Self is the fulcrum of the metamorphosis of the three lower bodies first inthe three souls and then in the three higher spirits. We can now contemplate in its fullness that, as in the history of civilization we pass these stages, so in man's life the previous stages of civilization are summarized and later, in old age, the future ones are anticipated. For this reason, in theSteiner-Waldorf pedagogy or art of education, we proceed in teaching cycles called "epochs": each teaching age summarizes the entire process of cosmic and human history at different levels of understanding. The child is accompanied to adult life in the same way that the spiritual worlds have accompanied the evolution of humanity from the dawn of human consciousness to the current individual consciousness. Man thus becomes aware of his individual freedom and the responsibility he has towards his spirit, in evolution, as well as towards the entire cosmos that evolves with him and through him.

  • October 6 - The Reflection Point of the Spirit of the Year

    Once we have celebrated St. Michael's Day, we find ourselves at that point in the year when, having completed the expansion of man's soul in the hot summer days, we return to the depths of man's being, following the fall of the rain from the clouds to the ground, the fall of the leaves from the trees to the ground. Now our inner eyes are fully opened and we can realize what it means to die outwardly in order to rise inwardly. Once the blade of Michael's sword is formed from the sidereal iron, we descend along the edge of his blade until we reach its tip, where the will is concentrated: from the will of the cosmos we pass to the individual will that is able to place the Dragon in its own sphere, only there its power can be placed at the service of the spiritual world without corrupting the life of man. And as we join Michael in this endeavor that unites the celestial heights with the human depths, we observe how nature around us decays and how everything that until six months before had given us outward delight is now the image of composition. We find ourselves in the Spirit of the Year Reflection Point, where the hopes that lived in the Resurrection forces of the previous spring, with outward expansion, now find their inner fulfillment. Where six months earlier, in the spring, we saw the seeds of the previous sowing grow, we now see the leaves fall from those same trees that gave themselves so prodigiously then. It is a time when it is more difficult to be in the presence of others because everyone begins to be taken by the forces of the outer end of things: one feels melancholy for what has been and one must make an effort to see what will not be, still all one in the darkness. It is at this moment that the effort is required to overcome the attachment to external forms that, however beautiful they may have been, are destined to become forms that constrain the life that wants to flow beyond. All forms are vehicles of life: forms are made for man's evolution, not man's evolution for the forms themselves. Where spring was expansion into space, autumn is combustion, the return to essence. All that outwardly has performed its function dissolves and leaves the inner image of itself, that part which, not being bound to the sensible form, can continue its life as supersensible substance. It is capable of enduring when outward death seizes nature and when it is nourished by means of thoughts, feelings and actions filled with the supersensible, it enables one to arrive at the period of Advent and the 13 Holy Nights with a consciousness that is alive and awake, in turn capable of expanding into new outward forms in the following spring and summer, and so on. In other words, by joining Michael's living thinking, we are able to see the forms as means and not as the end, so that the flow of thought flows through them, to the point that the decomposition of the old dead forms becomes a joy of liberation for the pure living force of thought can then flow. Here, then, we can also say that in the Point of Reflection of the Spirit of the Year, it reveals itself to man showing how to live an autumn of forms, generated by the past, which are burned in the purifying fire of Michael and, joining the living thought of Michael himself, we can come to experience an inner spring, the rebirth of the ego within the soul of man, a process that will be fully accomplished in the solemn moment of Epiphany. It is thus that the Spirit of the Year, a Spirit of the Cyclic Periods descending from the First Hierarchy, enters into the sphere of action of the Archai, who insert it into the texture of time, which on the one hand repeats itself incessantly, reflecting its very being between autumn and spring and, on the other, internalizing that which in the previous seasons was exterior, giving birth inwardly, on a higher arc, to that which of subtlety has freed itself from death in form.

  • I 3 Logoi della Santissima Trinità

    Since the Trinity is the first and last essence of all cosmic evolution, physical as well as spiritual, it is not at all easy to explain in words and concepts. However, Rudolf Steiner's anthroposophy gives us a very profound conception of the Trinity. In the light of the science of the spirit Father, Son and Holy Spirit become comprehensible under a multiplicity of aspects and relationships that nevertheless refer to each other, following a series of metamorphoses. However, I must give a warning, so that no misunderstandings can be created: this study has no claim to "explain" the Mystery of the Trinity and its relations with other spiritual beings. Quite the contrary. The intention of this scientific-spiritual study is to "unfold" the relations between the Trinity and other spiritual beings, so as to provide a map of relations through which to orient oneself. The Trinity is the most grandiose and sacred mystery of which man is a witness:for this reason it is necessary to become aware of it. The aim is for each individual to establish an individual relationship with the being and the mystery of the Trinity. This study will in fact demonstrate that the anthroposophical conception of the Trinity opens boundless horizons to the spiritualseeker who investigates its essence and manifestation. Like any other study on this blog, there may be inaccuracies and errors that I will be happy to discuss, modify and correct. Logosophy, the Holy Trinity The Trinity is first of all composed of the Three Logoi: First Logos Second Logos Third Logos Questi Tre Logoi sono conosciuti con diversi nomi nelle varie tradizioni spirituali: nell’induismo sono noti come Trimurti (Brahma, Visnu e Shiva); nello gnosticismo come Protennoia Trimorfica (Padre, Madre, Figlio); nella religione egiziana come Osiride, Iside e Horus. Ma nonostante queste differenze superficiali la concezione della triplice divinità è comune a tutta l’umanità, mentre la assume la manifestazione più consona a quel dato popolo grazie all’intervento delle guide spirituali dell’umanità di ogni periodo storico. In the Jewish Kabbalah the Three Logoi take the name of: First Logos: Ain, the Nothing Second Logos: Ain Soph, the Unlimited Third Logos: Ain Soph Aur, the Unlimited Light In orphism, the cosmos is born from an egg on which the serpent of Eternity, the Uroboros, is wrapped several times (4 or7). In the cosmic egg the coils of the snake Uroboros, from the original circle, are divided into four circles, or the four worlds, and then into seven circles, or the orbits of the planets. These three principles, like the Christian Trinity, then give rise to all creation through the emanation of the ten Sephiroths that make up the Tree of Life. They are three shells that make up the triple shell of the cosmic egg (or orphic egg) inside which there is the space within which creation takes place and the Tree of Life germinates. When in the Middle Ages the Kabbalah entered Christian mystical circles, it was understood that in Jewish esoteric wisdom the Trinity was prefigured and that therefore the Trinitarian conception must already have been part of the original Christianity. For this reason it, although only implicit in the Gospels, is adopted as the truth of tradition by the Catholic Church. Even within anthroposophy, the Christian terminology of the three Persons of the Trinity is used: Primo Logos: Father Second Logos: Son Third Logos: Holy Spirit Despite the male declination, it is necessary to conceive the Trinity as non-sexual even though in its manifestations it can alternatively assume active or passive polarity to carry out the plan of Creation. We will see later on the relationships that exist between the three Persons. The Trinity and the Tripartite Man But if anthroposophy adopts Catholic terminology, it distances itself from its conception in relation to man. In Catholicism, in fact, the Trinity is a totally transcendent god who leaves man rather abandoned in a "valley of tears" such as the Earth. For anthroposophy (but also in other esoteric ways), instead, man contains in himself the Trinitarian principle, even if at a less elevated spiritual evolutionary level. For this reason, the Trinity is also reflected in the occult constitution of the human being, that is, in the tripartition in body,soul and spirit which in turn are the reflection of the powers of the soul (wanting, feeling, thinking). Thus, as is indicated in the Meditation of the Foundation Stone: Father: will in the limbs (body) Son: feel in the spare (soul) Holy Spirit: thinking in the head (spirit) And in turn the Trinity is reflected in the threefold spirit of man: Father in the Spirit-Man or the physical body transformed by the I Son in the Vital Spirit, the etheric body transformed by the I Holy Spirit in the Spiritual Self, the astral body transformed by the I These are the emanations of the very essence of the Three Logos of the Trinity within the microcosm of man. In fact, it can be said that just as authentic esotericism recognizes the tripartition in body, soul and spirit, so authentic esotericism must admit the tripartition of God in the Trinity. Having a spirit, man is potentially a participant of the Trinity, he can grasp its existence and conversely man can be understood by his Creator. In this sense the Trinity is immanent in man. The Catholic Church instead decreed the total division between man and the Trinity, when in the Council of Constantinople in 869 A.D. it introduced the dualistic conception of man in body and soul, denying the spirit. The Trinity in Eternity If we then ascend from the microcosm to the macrocosm, and then further on, outside of space-time, into Eternity, we alsohave that the Trinity is transcendent to Creation itself: The Father is Consciousness in Eternity, He creates consciousness from nothing but draws experience from the previous evolutionary chain; The Son is Life in Eternity, he gives life to consciousness by creating a being; The Holy Spirit is the Form in Eternity, he produces beings endowed with form. These are the continuous actions that from Eternity pour into the flow of cosmic evolution, making it not only possible in principle, but also existing both in space-time and in the eternal present. This fundamental activity of the Trinity never fails, while its manifestation changes within evolution itself, as we shall see later. The hidden constitution of the Trinity In fact, although the Trinity is in Eternity, that is, beyond the time span described by the Seven Metamorphoses of the Earth, its lower constituent limbs extend within the space and time of Creation. These spiritual arts correspond to how the Three Logoi enter into relation with the angelic choirs of the First, Second and Third Hierarchy: The Father enters into relation with the First Hierarchy of Seraphim, Cherubim and Thrones and thus with the will of man in the Man-Spirit and in the physical body; The Son enters into relation with the Second Hierarchy of Dominations, Virtues and Elohim and therefore with man's feeling in the Vital Spirit and in the etheric body; The Holy Spirit enters into relation with the Third Hierarchy of Archai, Archangels and Angels and therefore with man's thinking in the Spiritual Self and in the astral body. In this way are indicated the relationships present in the Foundation Stone given by Steiner at the Christmas Convention of 1923/1924. The Trinity and the Spiritual Hierarchies Each of the Persons of the Trinity has a closer relationship with one of the Spiritual Hierarchies as a whole, and with one of the angelic choirs in particular. When one of the three Persons manifests itself it does so through a particular angelic hierarchy and choir which it leads: The color blue refers to the relationship with the Father, red to that with the Son and yellow to that with the Holy Spirit. Although the Trinity is active in all Spiritual Hierarchies, individual Persons are more in relation to a specific Hierarchy and choir: The Father (blue) is in close connection with the First Hierarchy as a whole and with the choirs of Thrones (1st), Dominations (2nd), Principalities (3rd); the Son with the Second Hierarchy as a whole, with the choirs of Seraphim (1a), Power (2a), Archangels (3rd) and Man (10th); the Holy Spirit with the Third Hierarchy as a whole and with the choirs of Cherubim (1st), Virtue (2nd), Angels (3rd). In the manifestation of creation, when the cosmic will of the Father comes into action, it descends from Eternity into the flow of evolution through the Thrones or Spirits of Will, then through the Dominations or Spirits of Wisdom and finally through the Principalities or Spirits of Time. As a whole, then, the action of the First Hierarchy is a reflection of the cosmic consciousness of the Father, whereby in their exterior life they create worlds, in their interior life they create beings who are their descendants in nature. These are the Spirits of the Cyclical Periods who operate in all the cyclical alternations of time: the alternation of day and night, the alternation of seasons. They form the Ego of the Earth and coordinate the animal, vegetable and animal group souls, as well as the elementals. The feeling of the Son instead manifests itself through the Seraphim, followed by the Powers and the Archangels. An important manifestation at the level of the Archangels was that of the three super-sensitive sacrifices of Christ which took place before the Mystery of Golgotha. This entity, born of the union of Christ and an Archangel, was the Adamic soul of the Jesus of Luke's Gospel, untouched by the expulsion from the Earthly Paradise. Christ then became incarnated in the body of Jesus of Nazareth, thus sanctioning his union with the destiny of humanity and the Earth of which he became the Spirit. The life of the Son is then expressed through the Second Hierarchy as a whole: outwardly they express themselves through the creation of the group souls of plants and animals to which they remain linked, while inwardly they stimulate the life of these same beings. On the whole, the descendants of the Second Hierarchy are the astral body (soul) of the Earth. The thinking of the Holy Spirit is manifested through the Cherubim, which are the spirits who preside over the signs of the zodiac, then over the Virtues or Spirits of the Movement, and finally over the Angels, especially the Guardian Angels of human beings. As a whole, the Third Hierarchy works for the Holy Spirit: outwardly they express themselves through the production of the elementals, while interiorly they experience the fullness of their spirit. On the whole they are the etheric body of the Earth. The Trinity in cosmic evolution The Three Logoi are also the reason behind the triple seven (777) or completion number: in fact, after 7 x 7 x 7 = 343 stages of development, in spiritual evolution is achieved the completion of that evolutionary chain. Everything that happens after these 343 stages occurs as the beginning of another evolutionary chain (following the law of the superior octave). Each Logos is represented in this mystical number by a single 7 so that the highest number of completion occurs in the relationship between God, Macrocosm and Microcosm: 7 First Logos: God. 7 Second Logos: Macrocosm 7 Third Logos: Microcosm The Three Logoi: the first Logos, God or the Father; the second Logos, Macrocosm or the Son; the third Logos, Microcosm or the Holy Spirit. The Three Logos manifest themselves in evolution according to the relationships given by the number of completion 777: First Logos: 7 Metamorphoses of the Earth existing as archetypes in Eternity; Second Logos: 7 Elohim creators of the Macrocosm; Third Logos: 7 Chakras as etheric organs of the Microcosm. The completion of these three evolutionary series will occur at the end of the Future Vulcan, when man will have become a creator, completing the conquest of the seventh chakra, the basal one, and with it the foundation of the physical body. Atthat point we reach the end of the present planetary chain: the Earth will become a fixed star, the new Sun, and finally from a fixed star it will become the future zodiacal belt. In this process the cosmos of love of Vulcan will sacrifice itself, cavitating, thus becoming the new Zodiac of the next creation of the Man-God. Within the 7 Metamorphoses of the Earth, each Person of the Trinity is more active within a particular pair of planetary metamorphoses: Father: Ancient Saturn + Future Volcano i.e. 1 = 7 in the Upper Devachan. In the Ancient Saturn the Father acted through the Thrones or Spirits of Will in charge of man's evolution; Son: Ancient Sun + Future Venus i.e. 2 = 6 in the Lower Devachan. In the Ancient Sun the Son acted through the Dominations or Spirits of Wisdom; Holy Spirit: Ancient Moon + Future Jupiter i.e. 3 = 5 in the Astral World. In the Ancient Moon the Holy Spirit acted through the Virtues or Spirits of the Movement. Within the metamorphosis of the Earth, instead, the last constitutive limb of the Trinity, the Spirits of Form or Elohim, acted as those charged of the evolution of the human being. Moreover, at the passage between the half Mars and the half Mercury, Christ, the Son, is incarnated in the body of Jesus of Nazareth in order to fulfill the Mystery of Golgotha. Finally, as intermediaries between humanity and Christ, there are 7 Masters of Wisdom and Harmony of Feelings, part of the Circle of 12 Bodhisattvas. The Elohim then reflect through their spiritual activity throughout creation because, as representatives of the physical body of the Trinity, they are responsible for the actual work of Creation. The macrocosm as a whole is therefore the ultimate manifestation of God's physical body, a crystallization of the forming activity of the Elohim. The macrocosmic creation of the Elohim is followed hierarchically by the action of the seven archangels of the ages. Steiner specifies that three of these are particularly related to the activity of one of the Three Logoi: Anael of Venus directs the power of the Father's consciousness that creates the centers of consciousness of existence; Michael of the Sun directs the power of the Son's life by infusing it into the Father's ideas, ideas thus become beings; Samael of Mars directs the power of the form of the Holy Spirit giving it to the life created by the Son, thus creating living forms. The Trinity and the Trinity of Evil We can then consider the numerology that the Trinity adumbrates: the Trinity is expressible as 3, that is, the sum of the three Persons in One = 111. Since each of the three Persons relates to itself and to the other two Persons, we arrive at 3 times the three Persons = 333. 333 is therefore the number of the internal relations of the Trinity in Eternity. The sum of three times three is 9, the number of the occult constitution of man (triple body, triple soul, triple spirit) and of the angelic choirs, the agents of the Trinity (Father: First Hierarchy, Son: Second Hierarchy, Holy Spirit: Third Hierarchy). If we multiply the 3 of each of the Persons of the Trinity by the 3 angelic choirs through them, we obtain 999, which is the opposite of 666 the number of the Beast. Therefore, if through 999 the Trinity manifests itself in evolution, in the same way the man proceeds in evolution; in 666 its opposite occurs and therefore man proceeds in involution under the number of the Antichrist. The Trinity of Evil is opposed to the Trinity, but while Father, Son, Holy Spirit also exist in Eternity; Asura, Arimane and Lucifer exist only in the sphere of evolution and therefore they will come to some extent rendered by human spiritual action. Only Sorath, the solar demon, exists outside of time and space. 666 can be considered the number of the Trinity of Evil (Asura-Arimane-Lucifer), that is, the overthrow of the perfect square of the Trinity 333. In the sphere of evolution Asura is the overthrown Father (body), Arimane is the overthrown Son (soul), Lucifer is the overthrown Holy Spirit (spirit). But in the sphere of Eternity there is only one being, the Anti-God, called Sorath the solar demon and antichrist par excellence. But not only: 666 is also a precise indication of a series of evolutionary stages of the Earth: at the sixth metamorphosis, sixth condition of life and sixth condition of form of the Earth (666) the great barrier will be completed: the definitive separation of the planetary chain of the Earth from the alternative one governed by the powers of the obstacle (luciferic, arimanic, asuric and the antichrist Sorath), the Eighth Sphere, will be complete. Evolved humanity will have redeemed evil and will be free to proceed in evolution until it reaches the divine stage. The rest of humanity is no longer human, it is trapped in the Eighth Sphere and will be led towards an evolution among the choruses of the asuric, arimanic or luciferic powers of the obstacle. The Trinity and the Zodiac Let now see the Trinity with respect to number 12, that is, the circle of the Zodiac. If we place the spiritual constitution of the Trinity alongside the sequence of the zodiac signs we have, that: First Logos Second Logos Third Logos They are in Eternity. It follows the occult constitution according to the Zodiac: The Father corresponds to the Zodiac in its entirety. Aries: Son (the Lamb) Bull: Holy Spirit Gemini: Seraphim Cancer: Cherubim Lion: Thrones Virgin: Dominations Libra: Virtue Scorpio: Elohim Sagittarius: Archai Aquarius: Archangels Capricorn: Angels Pisces: Man The constitution of the Trinity can be understood if we take into account that its bodies are actually entire angelic choirs endowed with their own identity, spiritual role and consciousness. Obviously these bodies are not subject to decay like thesubtle bodies of ordinary man: God's constituent limbs behave, at an immeasurably higher level, like the subtle bodies of the most sublime initiates who continue their evolution by acting from the spiritual world. The constitution of the Trinity can be understood if we take into account that its bodies are actually entire angelic choirs endowed with their own identity, spiritual role and consciousness. Obviously these bodies are not subject to decay like thesubtle bodies of ordinary man: God's constituent limbs behave, at an immeasurably higher level, like the subtle bodies of the most sublime initiates who continue their evolution by acting from the spiritual world. Or again, to render the same idea from another point of view, we can say that every body of God behaves in itself like the Self of man, which is the only part that continues its evolution without ever being born or dying (unnatal and immortal). Thus, the body (the First Hierarchy), the soul (the Second Hierarchy) and the spirit of the Trinity (the Third Hierarchy) of the Trinity continue to evolve over time, the Self of the Trinity is threefold and includes the Holy Spirit, Son and Father; while the three Logoi are in the sphere beyond evolution, that is, in Eternity. With the entire unfolding of his spiritual constitution, God is immanent in Creation and transcendent in Eternity. The point of connection between the Trinity as appeared in the evolution of the Ancient Saturn and the rest of evolution, resides in the sign of the Scorpio (Power or Elohim or Spirits of Form): it will be remembered that during the metamorphosis of the Ancient Saturn, in the region of the Scorpio took place the death of the "heat eggs" that constituted the cosmic mass existing in that remote condition of existence. There, in the region of Scorpio, is where the Spirits of Form exert their influence on the flow of Consciousness which is emanated by the Father (First Hierarchy) and of Life by the Son (Second Hierarchy) along the series of bodies of the Trinity. This flow is finally manifested as a Form created according to time (presided over by the Principalities or Archai or Spirits of Time), the people (Archangels or Spirits of the People) and individuals endowed with karma (Guardian Angels), thus returning to the Third Hierarchy, under the aegis of the Holy Spirit, the Person closest to man. These four choirs (Archai, Archangels, Angels, and Man) are the beings who passed their human stage in this planetary chain: The Archai were the men of the Ancient Saturn; The Archangels were the men of the Ancient Sun; The Angels were the men of the Ancient Moon; Man is the humanity of the Earth today. All these angelic choruses are linked to the event of the creation of the Phantom of man, the archetypal physical body, on the Ancient Saturn by means of the Sacrifice of the Thrones, from which the Archai took "body" in the form of time, in which all the successive metamorphoses of the planetary chain then existed. At the end of this series of metamorphoses we can unite what has been said above about the Trinity and the Spiritual Hierarchies, making the Science of the Spirit agree; with the emanations of God forming the branches of the Tree of Life in the Kabbalah; with the series of the Heavenly Spheres of Pythagoras and esoteric Christianity; with the astrological wisdom of the Chaldeans, up to the wisdom of ancient India given by the Seven Holy Rishi. Cosmosophy, the Seven Spirits of God Where Logosophy ends, Cosmosophy begins, which includes both the relationship between the Trinity and the 7 Planetary Spheres in which the Seven Spirits of God live. From the Trinity to the Seven Spirits of God But where does the relationship between the 3 in Eternity and the 7 in the Manifestation come from? They are the Seven Spirits of God or Seven Elohim. John, in his Revelation, describes the Seven Elohim four times. He calls them "the SevenSpirits standing before the Throne of God". These Seven Spirits were sent to Earth to fulfill Creation. Together they form a complex being, Elohim, formed by the Seven Elohim themselves: John to the seven Churches which are in Asia: grace to you and peace from Him who is, who was and who is to come, from the seven spirits who stand before His throne. - Revelation 1:4 To the angel of the Church of Sardis write: Thus speaks He who possesses the seven spirits of God and the seven stars: I know your works; you are believed to be alive, but instead you are dead. - Revelation 3:1 Out of the throne came lightning, voices and thunder; seven lamps lit burning before the throne, the symbol of the seven spirits of God. - Revelation 4:5 Then I saw standing upright in the midst of the throne surrounded by the four living creatures and by the waking ones a Lamb, as if immolated. He had seven horns and seven eyes, a symbol of the seven spirits of God sent upon the whole earth. - Revelation 5:6 The activity of the Trinity is expressed by following the number seven, for seven are the possible relationships between the three Persons of the Trinity. Bearing in mind that the Trinity in itself is always present in Eternity, the relationship changes if we enter into the passing of time. Initially the relation is between the First and the Second Logos (the following sketches are by Rudolf Steiner himself): In the First Logos Consciousness, Life and Form are still undifferentiated. The Father is therefore not manifest, he is the darkness of the Ain of the Kabbalah. Reflecting himself, he acquires self-consciousness and, by sacrificing his life, he originates the Second Logos or Ain Soph, the Unlimited Light. This Second Logos contains on the one hand the spiritual image of the First Logos, on the other hand its own nature, that is, the absolute desire for Life. Father and Son give life to beings endowed with Consciousness and Life, but without form. These beings are the Spiritual Hierarchies. In the course of cosmic evolution one can see a manifest reflection of this relationship in the passage from the metamorphosis of the Ancient Saturn to that of the Ancient Sun, in the respective manvatara (cosmic days). The Christian confessions that deny the Trinity stop at the reality of the First Logos, that is, they deny that it generated Life from Self-Consciousness. The confessions that instead come to conceive the Second Logos have found difficulty in understanding that it is twofold, containing both the spiritual image of the Father and the Life of the Son. From this misunderstanding arises the diatribe between monophysism and duophysism (or Nestorianism), as well as a whole series of Christological conceptions that vary on this theme. Then the Third Logos is added, which reflects within itself the other two Logoi: Logosophy: the relationship between the Three Logoi: a = First Logos (light of the spiritual world), bc = Second Logos; abc = Third Logos (a = spiritual darkness, b = absolute desire, c = the spiritual image of the First Logos). The Third Logos originates as a reflection of the other two Logoi and the relationships that exist between them. In it lives a triple reflection with the spiritual image of the First Logos, the mirror image of what the First Logos did in the Second (life or absolute desire), and finally what the Second Logos gave back to the First Logos (spiritual darkness). With the addition of the Third Logos the multiple manifestation of Creation within the Form can begin. In fact, with the third metamorphosis of the Ancient Moon, the forces of the Holy Spirit in which the Three Logoi operate descend. Once the Ancient Moon has ended, we pass to the Earth, where the Trinity is manifested as the Seven Elohim: they create the worldin seven days. In this triple reflection of the Holy Spirit there is the resolution of the "question of the Filioque" sanctioned in the Council of Toledo in 589: the Holy Spirit could not exist if there had not existed a reciprocal relationship between the Father and the Son. Now we can also understand in another light the words of Christ in Matthew 18,20: For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am among them. Since the Trinity is present within man as a triple spirit flowing from the Self, one man alone reflects the Father, a second reflects the Son, and in the relationship between them the Holy Spirit arises. When a third person is also present, there is the materialization of the work of the Holy Spirit, or Creation, as in the case of the union between man and woman to generate a third person, the Son. When the three human persons are united, they become the three Persons because Christ is in their midst. In the Indian tradition these three reflections of the Third Logos, the Holy Spirit, are called Guna and have a correspondence with the First Tria of Paracelsus in Alchemy: Tamas: the spiritual darkness (of the Third Logos) i.e. the Form, corresponds to the Philosophical Salt; Rajas: the absolute desire (of the Second Logos), that is, Life, corresponds to Philosophical Mercury; Sattwa: the spiritual image of the First Logos, that is, Consciousness, corresponds to the Philosophical Sulphur. The ways in which the potentialities of the Trinity are expressed within creation itself are the Seven Spirits Source of Dawn by Jacob Boehme also called Seven Spirits of God in John's Revelation (and also Seven Rays within Theosophy). These sublime spirits emerge from all the possible relations existing within the Third Logos which, as we have seen, contains in itself the image of the First and Second Logos: Father = Saturn Son = Jupiter Holy Spirit = Mars Father + Son = Sun + Moon Father + Holy Spirit = Venus Son + Holy Spirit = Mercury Father + Son + Holy Spirit = Earth In the relationship, from 1 (God), we pass to 2 (Father + Son) and from these to 3 (Trinity). Then from the relationship between the Persons of the Trinity we pass to 7 (of the planets in evolution and in the macrocosm). Cosmosophy: the seven possible relationships of the Trinity, where: a = First Logos, the Father; b = Second Logos, the Son; c = Third Logos, the Holy Spirit. From the Seven Spirits of God to the 21 Prajapati Indians If we then multiply these Seven Spirits of God with the three activities of the Trinity in Eternity, that is, Consciousness, Life, and Form (the three guna), we have: 3 x 7 = 21. This number refers to the spirits which in ancient Indian doctrine areindicated as Prajapati: 10 Prajapati of Consciousness (which are related to the Sephiroth of the Tree of Life and the Pythagorean Tetraktys). 6 Prajapati of Life (which are linked to the Seven Mysteries of Life) 5 Prajapati of Form (i.e. Platonic solids or four elements + ether) In the Book of Dzyan, the founding book of Theosophy found and interpreted by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, the Prajapatiwith their subdivisions are mentioned. The third verse of Room IV reads: 3) From the radiance of light, ray of eternal darkness, the awakened energies jumped into space: the One from the Egg, the Six and the Five. The interpretation of the verse according to what we have so far set forth is as follows: "From the radiance of eternal light, ray" = the Son, with his absolute desire... "of the Eternal Darkness" = the Father, with his unmanifest being... "Awakened energies jumped into space" = the Holy Spirit, with his manifest creation. "The One from the Egg = 1 from 0 = 10 Prajapati of Consciousness "The Six = 6 Prajapati of Life "The Five" = 5 Prajapati of Form Sacred Heart of Jacob Boehme: the heart is overturned to show inside the Tetraktys composed of the letters of the Tetragrammaton YHWH, which culminate in the Pentagrammaton, the name YHSWH or Jesus. The heart is then surrounded by the flaming Jesus Immanu-El, the angelic name given in the prophecy of Isaiah. The heart finally shines with the light of Christus, the Solar Spirit. As engraved, it should be noted that, as a whole, the number 1065 is the numerical value of Jehovah according to gematry. As we know Jehovah was the Eloah who shaped Adam's body from the elements, and who later sacrificed his solar existence to retreat to the Moon and from there guide the Jewish people. Jehovah therefore inspired the Old Testament, the Age of the Father (the age of the sentient soul), before the Age of the Son (the age of the rational soul) began. In this second Age is under the regency of Christ who is the inspirer of the New Testament. Then follows the Age of the Holy Spirit, in which we still find ourselves today (the age of the conscious soul). These are in essence the Three Ages of Joachim da Fiore's Earthly History. It is therefore not surprising to find this symbolic association between Tetraktys, Tetragrammaton, Pentagrammaton and Christ in Jacob Boehme. The concept of the Trinity in human evolution In the history of mankind there is a recapitulation of the concept of the Trinity in the passage from one cultural epoch to another: The first of the Prajapati is the Great Architect of the Universe or the creator of a planetary chain. In our planetary chain he is known as Vishvakarman: this was the name used by the Seven Rishi Saints to indicate the Solar Spirit, the Christ in the Ancient Paleo-Indian Era. The root "vak" contained in his name becomes then "vox" in Latin. Moreover, the title of Great Architect of the Universe is found as the highest expression of the divinity in Masonry (the G.A.O.T.U.) and other secret societies. It is from this understanding of God that all of the following arise, which follow one another in other eras of culture up to us. In the Ancient Paleo-Persian Era we come to conceive the dualism inherent in the Second Logos. In Zend-Avesta it is told that the primegenial god Zeruana Akarana or Zurvan the "Defeated Time" sacrificed his uroboric nature, dividing himself in two and thus generating the pair of twins Ahura Mazdao or Ormazd, the spirit of light, and Angra Mainyu or Ahriman, the spirit of darkness. Ahura Mazdao, the spirit of light created the world with her voice as described in Ahuna Vairya. In the third epoch, the Chaldeo-Egyptian one, the Egyptian initiates understood the Trinitarian nature of God, indicating it as Osiris, Isis and Horus. On the other hand, Moses wrote the Genesis in which the Seven Elohim create man and Earth through the Word. Thus begins to develop the Kabbalah in which the triad of the Ain Soph gives rise to the Tree of Life with its Sephiroth. This is the Time of the Old Testament, which lasts until the last prophet, John the Baptist. In the fourth Greek-Roman era the Second Logos, the Christ, is incarnated within the body of Jesus of Nazareth at baptism in the Jordan. The Logos became incarnated in a human being. One hundred years after the Mystery of Golgotha, the Apostle John wrote his Gospel, in which at last we arrive at the modern conception of Logos, in which the creative Word is identified with Christ. In Giovanni 1, 14: And the Word became flesh and came to live among us; and we saw his glory, glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. When we speak of Logos we thus refer to Christ who acts in Creation, but this conception presupposes, as we have seen, the existence of a Trinity. To confirm this very ancient conception of the Three Logos, we can see how the incipit of Rig Veda, the founding text of Hinduism, and the Gospel of John, the Gospel of esoteric Christianity, are absolutely in agreement in defining the relationship between God, the Word and the Holy Spirit: Originally he was Prajapati (God) and the Word was with him and the Word himself was truly the Supreme God. – Rig Veda In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God and the Word was God. – Gospel of John 1, 1

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  • Giorgio Tarditi Spagnoli | Anthroposophy and Science of the Spirit | Counseling

    Counseling Here you can request a biographical counseling session. Through the biographical work it is possible to find a common thread that leads from the past to the future through the present. “Where do I come from? Who am I? Where am I going?” These are the fundamental questions that man asks himself with respect to the Cosmos. They are all questions of separation. In fact, in the ordinary waking consciousness in which man lives, he poses himself in relation to Nature and the Cosmos, and yet we know that man is the only being who lives halfway, having both a body that belongs to Nature and a spirit that belongs to the Cosmos. Man with his ego feels alone in the inner space of his soul. In truth man is never alone! He must be able to find the key to see reality as it is and not as he believes it is at the mercy of doubt, separation and fear. It is love that moves us in the metamorphosis: love for ourselves and for our neighbor, for events and things, for man and Nature. "Man, know yourself and become what you are!" We are spirits who make a human experience, unique and unrepeatable, which we call Biography. Biography is a being, who lives in meaning. Only the spirit finds the meaning of things, of people, the meaning of his own life on Earth. If you want to know yourself, seek in the world; if you want to know the world, seek in yourself. Only when body, soul and spirit are in perfect harmony with Nature and the Cosmos, does man find his Ego. All this is possible through the division of biography into seven years and the recognition of the archetypes and the forces that act there. However, when we are not aware of the immense archetypal forces that act in life, we lose the meaning of events. The paradox of the human being is that without having the courage to descend into the darkest matter it is not possible to find the most sublime spirit. If man does not wield his courage, he clashes with the being of biography instead of collaborating with it. Biographical work strengthens individuality and his capacity for choice. By understanding a relationship between body, soul and spirit, they support each other, allowing the purpose of the incarnation to be achieved. “When a spirit dies, it becomes a human being; when a man dies, he becomes a spirit. A free death of the spirit, a free death of the human being.” ​ Novalis The Science of the Spirit helps us to understand our potential, to make conscious choices, to guide us on the path of spiritual evolution. Counseling is born from the individual's need to make choices, supported by an understanding person who can give him/her support as well as show him/her other possible points of view. From the encounter between the understanding of the biography of Anthroposophy and the Counseling comes the Anthroposophical Counseling, which is part of Psychosophy. A wide-ranging approach capable of understanding the entire panorama of the individual's life in all its dimensions: physical, animic (psychic) and spiritual. Psychosophy, therefore, stands as a personal as well as transpersonal, material and spiritual understanding of man's life journey, recognizing both its individual and universal value. Through Anthroposophical Counseling you can discover your individual answer to the fundamental questions of man. Biographical Counseling helps us to recognize our potential, to make conscious choices for our spiritual evolution. Through biographical work you can find a common thread that leads from the past to the future through the present. During the meetings, we start with a current question and then create links with biographical events from the past in order to formulate new questions suitable for the future. The connection between past and future through the present is love, which overcomes time and connects all dimensions of being. Love has many forms most of them related to individual destiny (karma). But when love is conjugated to freedom, that is, to the consciousness of the archetype within action, it succeeds in overcoming the bond of destiny, fulfilling it fully. Thus we pass from love of the body to love of the soul and finally to love of the spirit. The more evolved the soul is, the more it will be able to experience a selfless love that comes close to the Spirit. Spiritual evolution is therefore a relationship of love with the archetypes that live through our biographical events. The Biographical Counseling interview takes place like this... Let's talk about your biography, from birth to interview, and how we would like to evolve spiritually. Let's divide your biography into seven years and discover the rhythms and forces at work. ​ We draw a picture of the archetypes at stake, recognizing and interpreting them. ​ We outline how to write in full consciousness the continuation of the biography. Let's go back together and walk towards freedom! CONTACT FORM If you want to walk on the path that leads to the encounter with the Being of your Biography, write to me, following these steps: Name Email Surname How old are you? Did you alredy meet Anthroposophy? What's your Question? And always remember, whoever you are, whatever your question is, you’re always welcome. send request Thank you for your request!

  • Giorgio Tarditi Spagnoli | Antroposofia e Scienza dello Spirito | Chi Sono

    Giorgio Tarditi Spagnoli Giorgio Tarditi Spagnoli PhD is a free researcher of Spiritual Science, Anthroposophy founded by Rudolf Steiner. He strives to combine the rigor of the scientific investigation of nature with the understanding of the world of the Soul and Spirit, in Man and the Cosmos. He is a Biographical and Naturopathic Counselor. He holds a degree in Natural Sciences and a doctorate in Educational Sciences, with a thesis in Archetypal Psychology and Evolution. My Biography Mine is a long story that begins with an even longer story, the history of evolution. As a child, in fact, I could not fall asleep without listening to the deeds of the beings who have preceded us on this Earth, figures that I felt closer even than my grandparents. I° Seven-year Cycle: Physical Body - ☽ Moon So, my mother, hoping that only five minutes would be enough, would tirelessly tell about the 500 million years of evolution that preceded my fall asleep: the "conquest of the emerged lands" or how the lungfish, from fin to fin shoring, put their paw on the mainland. No toads that became princes for me, but fish that became, so to speak, toads. So the hours went by, maybe my mother fell asleep before me, I don't remember. I do remember, however, that I developed a sense for the history of things: "Where did it come from? Where does it go?" were my questions, everything that existed in the present day must have had a past existence, someone had called it by name. Always a bit on the sidelines, I liked to think. I pretended to be an animal for fun, I built my worlds of ideas from nature. To every thing a name, to every name a past. Then I discovered that what I thought could be put on a sheet of paper. A drawing of what is not there, an idea that becomes a sign. And I began to draw, every day, all day. I talked to the paper and made the verse to my drawings, I pretended to be an idea for real. II° Seven-year Cycle: Etheric Body - ☿ Mercury Then came the time of elementary school, when I told my mother "I don't have time for school, I have to do a lot of things". Obviously I had to give up. On the other hand, not long before I had expressly asked that one should never have to grow up to study nature, and when my mother said "natural sciences" I decided that this is what I would do. So, to pass the time, I continued to draw until the end of elementary school. The stunted plays passed, Mother's Day passed, and even more so Father's Day. He passed the fifth grade exam and came the middle school. The much hated middle school, of the middle age, full of herself and at least as much as she was. Not that I was a rebel, on the contrary, too shy to know what to say, too interested in another world; I risked being flunked. The music teacher had even asked, not without a bit of malice, if I was "normal". So, the fear of staying even longer in those "medium" made me resume, I became "normal" and began my personal evolution. Already in middle school I loved to talk about theology with my Latin repetition teacher, Roberta, who was also a theologian. And it was she who with airy open-mindedness, but not without some warning, advised me the first esoteric readings. I began with alchemy. III° Seven-year Cycle: Astral Body - ♀︎Venus The high school became a land of discoveries, a competition in which only I was there myself to overcome. I liked beautiful things and the sight of beauty inspired me even more to think about beauty: I sought in the aesthetics of nature that romantic ideal of reaching the infinite through knowledge. I continued in the knowledge of esotericism, to which I added angelology and demonology, with some splashes of theosophy. Then, the moment of choice: at the end of high school the biology teacher, Fausta, told me "Follow your path, do biology" and the Italian teacher, Natalina, followed "Do letters, cultivate writing". I kept the promise I made as a child: Natural Sciences, in Genoa. IV° Seven-year Cycle: Sentient Soul - ☉ Physical Sun I already felt something was missing. At that time what I knew about natural science was struggling with what I felt as a spiritual necessity. They were fighting while I wanted them to make peace. And so, lost in those high spheres of thought, my world became more and more made up of ideas and less and less of reality, more and more thinking and not doing, so much so that I could no longer draw. I could no longer pass from mind to paper, as if it were nothing. The mild teenager I had just been, had left me interrupted. I didn't know how to do it, I didn't know how to say. Like the caterpillar that becomes immobile chrysalis. But what is missing returns in a new form if we know how to recognize it. So I met an old professor, his name is Michele Sarà. He studied sponges, those primitive marine animals able to filter the water to obtain imperceptible nourishment, but he did not exhaust himself in this. He studied philosophy and religions for a lifetime, and was full of an immense spirituality. The old professor wanted to get to know me better and invited me to talk, every seven days, about the inner and outer nature of man. The weeks went by and I made myself simple to question myself, I became a sponge for him. I spent three years among the waves of his ideas, metabolizing that nourishment. It was the individuality that lived in Michele that introduced me to the science of the spirit, thus compensating my natural knowledge with the spiritual one. Michele introduced me to Rudolf Steiner. And he came into my life as a revolution: now I could see natural science burying the hatchet and giving a hand to spiritual science, which, for its part, had stopped fluttering through the heavens and had settled with its feet on the ground! I graduated and he left the physical plane, the ashes scattered in the sea. Like a primordial broth of words, the ideas that came from nature and the spirit, came together and chained together, became verses, poetry. The cascades of poems were followed by short stories and writing experiments: turning random words into history, turning dreams into history. V° Seven-year Cycle: Rational Soul - ☉ Soul Sun I moved to Milan and there I decided to try a new kind of writing: I threw myself into the communication of science, with short essays and writing a novel. I completed it just before leaving to continue my "career" in London. At the height of my dream, I realized that I had transformed myself: the metamorphosis was complete. My old childhood was dead, among its remains, a new child had been born, older, more aware of art and nature, and whose dream is to communicate. Be it poetry, novel or natural science combined with the science of the spirit. In this spirit, Art and Nature celebrated the Chemical Wedding. I lived again three years in Milan, proceeding in this way the doctorate in Education Sciences, also in the academic field I wanted to unite what lived in my soul, the universal archetypes of man, with what was in the world of Nature, which is the earthly mother of the archetypes themselves. However, I had to find a means that was understood by the academy, to avoid that my message was misunderstood and rejected. Here came Jung's psychology together with evolutionary biology, so that the animic element of human evolution could be combined with the physical element of the evolution of life on Earth. And so it was possible to unite again the soul and the physical aspect. At the end of the thesis I went even further, hinting at what still remained to be united: the spiritual element. So the bud was formed, the corolla with its petals well folded to form the new core of life to come. Still missing was that lance of light that from above could call the petals to unfold in flower... VI° Seven-year Cycle: Consciousness Soul - ☉ Spiritual Sun When I realized that the academic world could only begin to accept the idea of psychosomatic union of both the world and man, I realized that the path to take to gather the light of the spirit in the flower that I had cultivated up to that moment, was to go out into the world to act. That's when the light began to penetrate the flower, for an act of sacrifice. So it was that several other souls came to meet me, each one offering me his hitherto unexpected gifts: natural cures, Naturopathy, Bach Flowers, Counseling, Pranotherapy came to me through personalities of destiny, who transmitted them to me in a living way. They were modern practices, which had unexpected antecedents in those Philosophers of Nature, wise men and therapists, who tried their hand at the ancient Royal Art of Alchemy, both physical and spiritual. Here is the metamorphosis that I was waiting for, all the methods that people of today were searching for in order to find their harmony, both exterior and interior, just waiting to be infused with the knowledge that until that moment I had consciously woven into my soul: when the Science of the Spirit meets the Wisdom of Nature, modern practices find their reason in the world of spiritual causes, all in the sharing of consciousness. Thus the natural path of holistic disciplines became a viable path thanks to the compass of Spiritual Science. The holistic disciplines that until then seemed to me useful although incomplete, were now ennobled by the understanding of Anthroposophy. It was then that I recognized the flower that I had so delicately cultivated up to that moment, against all contrary forces, be they the storm or the earthquake.

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