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The spirit-forms of the planets, the movements of the
planets, the Cosmic Rhythm and Melody, the Cosmic Speech, have their
several microcosmic counterparts in the form of man's skin and sense
organs, in his nervous and glandular systems, in his internal organs
and blood circulation, and in his muscular and bony systems.
The activity of the Hierarchies in each of these members of man's
being is described.
|November 13, 1923|
Man's journey through the spiritual worlds after death.
His whole form becomes a physiognomy, expressing his moral and
spiritual character. He meets those who are connected with him by des-
tiny; he grows together with them, and on reaching the Sun
sphere their common destinies shine forth into the Cosmos. After the
Midnight Hour of Existence, the return journey begins.
The four kinds of world, physical and perceptible by the
senses, neither physical nor perceptible, perceptible but not
physical, physical but not perceptible.
|November 14, 1923|
Lecture III (afternoon)
The journey is further described. In the Moon sphere are
the primeval Teachers of mankind, but also cosmic forces related to
the sub-human in man, and Ahrimanic Beings. In the Mercury sphere man
finds the Beings of the Third Hierarchy. In the Venus sphere he meets
with the powers of Cosmic Love. In the Sun sphere he feels the
influence of the Second Hierarchy and begins to see Earth life as a
Sun-substance, thrown out as comets and meteorites, contains the
cosmic iron by means of which Michael mediates between the
super-sensible and the material worlds.
|November 17, 1923|
Lecture IV (evening)
In the Mars sphere man experiences Cosmic Speech, in the
Jupiter sphere Cosmic Thought, and in the Saturn sphere Cosmic Memory.
In the region of the Fixed Stars, influences from boundless
spirit-worlds begin to form the head for the next incarnation. As man
then returns through the Spheres, the foundations are laid in each for
the corresponding earthly faculty; and in the Sun sphere, while the
spiritual archetype of the heart is being formed, man has a growing
sense of his own self-contained existence distinct from the
great Universe. As he now gradually approaches Earth, his spiritual
consciousness, which has been clear and vivid, begins to fade and is
transformed into forces of growth.
|November 17, 1923|
Imaginative perception brings man into a new relationship
with the minerals; contemplating the quartz crystals on the mountain
side, he feels himself one with the Earth and with the whole Cosmos.
To Inspired perception the metals within the Earth reveal the Soul of
the Earth, the metal ores become for man cosmic memories. In the
smelting of metals by fire, yet deeper spiritual knowledge is
revealed. Man learns how the Creative Powers of the World metamorphose
in their interworking between Earth and Cosmos; he sees them at work
in the little child who is learning to walk, to speak and to think; he
sees them too in the hidden working of human destiny. Becoming thus
inwardly united both with the secrets of Nature and with the secrets
of the Spirit, man knows himself to be a Microcosm, a little
|November 18, 1923|