Relationship to the Cosmos
Astronomy and Astrology - Rudolf Steiner: In
the Middle Ages, Astronomia - one of the Seven Liberal Arts -
was as much about astrology as astronomy. In fact the two
disciplines only parted company in the seventeenth century, as
the materialistic world-view gained greater prominence. Where
once human destiny was connected to stars and planets, and
spiritual or soul qualities were associated with the natural
world, now the cosmos is seen as
consisting of gases, fire, and dead
rock, all driven by soul-less mechanical
forces with no meaning or purpose.
his descriptions of both astronomy and astrology,
Rudolf Steiner brings new spiritual perspectives to our
of the heavens and what they signify as the real nature of
their being behind their external sensory aspect. Humanity, he says, is intimately connected to
cosmic beings, who in turn are related to planets and stars.
He shows that there is meaning in the arrangement of the
cosmos. Although Steiner rejects the simplistic notion of the
planets determining our lives in any fatalistic way, he makes a clear connection between the heavenly
bodies and human beings, their natures and their activities. Whilst criticizing the superficial
nature of much astrology, Steiner shows that as individuals,
and under the guidance of higher spiritual beings, we choose an
appropriate time of birth to match the destiny we would strive
to fulfil in our lifetime.
enlightening anthology, expertly collated by Margaret Jonas,
features excerpts of Steiner's work on the spiritual
individualities of the planets, the determination of human
characteristics by the constellation at birth, the cultural
epochs and the passage of the equinox, cosmic influences on
the individual and humanity, life in the planetary spheres
between death and rebirth, solar and lunar eclipses, comets,
and much more.
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