Berlin, 28th October 1905
Today we shall speak about the Fourth Earth Round. In the course of
our whole evolution we have seven Planetary conditions: Saturn, Sun,
Moon, Earth, Jupiter, Venus, Vulcan; and in connection with each
Planet we must consider seven Rounds. The passing through a Round may
also be called a Kingdom, and the Fourth Round on the Earth we call
the Mineral Kingdom. We are now on the Fourth Planet, in the Fourth
Round and within this Round in the Fourth Condition of Form or Globe.
The Fourth Round is always physical.
Thus we stand exactly in the middle of our Earthly evolution. This is
frequently felt to be something extraordinarily important for man. We
have behind us three Planets, three Rounds, three Globes and the same
number still lie before us. But if we were standing on the Old Moon,
we should see yet another Planetary condition before Saturn; if we
were standing on future Jupiter we should no longer see Saturn, but in
its place a Planet beyond Vulcan. The exact middle of our present
evolution was with the Fourth Sub-Race of the Fourth Root-Race, with
the original Turanians, the Fourth Atlantean Sub-Race.
A kind of spiritual darkness came about at a certain moment of
evolution. Humanity entered into a dark age. This dark age is called
Kali Yuga. What man knows today he still knows from the standpoint
that was his in earlier epochs of his development. At the end of the
Fifth Round mankind will once again be able to see spiritually, having
the capacity of looking both backwards and forwards.
The Fourth Earth Round began with the emergence of the first Arupa
Earth Globe from the darkness of Pralaya, in which everything had been
dissolved. Then all that exists on the Earth today was present in a
formless state as thoughts. We can gain a right concept of this when
we limit ourselves as far as possible to what is physical and imagine
this as thought seeds. The forms were not yet present, but only the
thoughts preceding their manifestation. If we ask: Who then had these
thoughts, we receive as answer: These were the thoughts of spiritual
beings who are in connection with the Earth. Such spiritual beings as,
for example, Jehovah and his hosts, who accomplished everything around
us on the earth. At that time all thoughts were present as thoughts of
the spiritual beings in the Arupa-Globe.
What was it then that caused the Gods to have as their aim just this
thought of man? What was it that gave them the model? It was the
Monads which were already present, but not yet connected with human
beings. Slowly men developed as thoughts of the Gods.
Now the Arupa-Sphere densified; everything emerged as thought-forms.
The whole Earth was filled with these; it was as though one were
looking into a great model filled [with] small crystals. Present within
it as models were all the forms of human beings, animals and plants.
Spiritual beings worked on these as a master builder works on his
models. They were put together from outside. The whole then passes
over into astral substance. The astral Earth-Globe came into being. In
between there were short Pralayas. Now again we have to do with the
outwardly-working divine powers who poured forth the astral substance,
filling the forms with light and colour. Here are to be found all the
astral forms of human beings and animals, as well as the whole plant
kingdom, in a great astral sea. This then densified ever more and more
and the physical Earth arose as the Fourth Globe.
Until then, until the beginning of the Fourth Round, Sun and Moon were
still united with the Earth; they formed one body with the Earth.
During the great Pralaya preceding the First Earth Round, they had
again merged with the Earth; and during the first three Earth Rounds
the three remained together. There then arose a kind of biscuit form.
In the Third Earth Round, out of the Earth-Sun-Ball, on one side the
Earth protruded like a swelling, on the other side the Moon. At that
time the main body actually trailed around with it two such sacks.
Only in the Fourth Earth Round did the body regain its spherical form;
then however there again arose the sack-like formations in the ether,
protruding from both sides.
Thus here we have to do with an Earth that is still united with the
Sun and also with the Moon. At that time most life was in the region
between the Moon and the Earth. This has been correctly preserved in
the Mohammedan Paradise saga.
Now the following occurred. When the Second Root-Race of the Fourth
Earth Round approached, the Sun separated itself off, and in the Third
Root-Race the Moon did so also. Everything evolved physically which
previously had only been present on the astral Globe. Now too man
appeared physically, but organised in such a way that he could take
the Monad into his progressively purified astral body. Had man taken
the Monad into himself earlier, he would have received with it Manas,
Buddhi and Atma. He would have become very wise, but the wisdom would
have been a kind of dream wisdom.
At first man had no power over the physical body and the etheric body.
He could also do nothing about the lower passions coming over to him
from the Moon; these appeared of necessity until the time when he
entered upon the Earth epoch. If man had simply taken up the Monads
into the ennobled animality he could not have fallen into error. He
would have become what Jehovah had intended, endowed that is to say
with all wisdom, but at the same time formed into a living statue.
Then those beings intervened, who on the Moon had developed more
quickly than in the ordinary course of Moon evolution. Lucifer is a
power who has enthusiasm for wisdom which is as intense as the sense
life of animals. He is equipped with all those things that come over
from the Moon. If Lucifer alone had taken responsibility for evolution
a battle would have arisen between him and the old Gods.
Jehovah's aim was the perfection of form. Lucifer would have been able
to develop in astral substance his passion for premature spirituality.
The result would have been a violent battle between the
Jehovah-spirits and the hosts of Lucifer. There was the danger that
through Jehovah some human beings would become living statues and that
others would be too quickly spiritualised through Lucifer. Means of
bringing about equilibrium would have to be obtained elsewhere. In
order to annul the battle between Jehovah and Lucifer, the White
Lodge, which was just in its beginning, had to obtain material from
one of the other planets. This differed essentially from the astral
substance that had come over from the Moon, from the astral-kamic
animal substance. The possibility arose of leading over substance from
other planets: new passions, less vehement but conceived on the basis
of independence. The new material was brought over from Mars.
Thus in the first half of our Earth evolution astral substance from
Mars was introduced. A great advance was brought about through the
introduction of this astral substance from Mars.
External civilisation on the Earth arose through the fact that
hardening on the one side and spiritualisation on the other side were
prevented. Lucifer made use of what had been given by the Mars forces.
The new state of the Earth was given the name of Mars. Things
continued in this way until the middle of the Atlantean Race. Then a
new question arose. Man had absorbed wisdom, but in the future it
would not be possible for wisdom alone to manifest in a form-creating
way. One would have been able to build up the mineral kingdom through
Lucifer, but Lucifer could not have given it life. Man could never
have imparted life under the influence of the other powers. This was
why a Sun God had to come, a higher being than Lucifer. There still
existed what are known as the Solar Pitris. The most exalted among
these is Christ. As Lucifer represents the Manas element, so the
Buddhi element is represented by Christ.
The human astral bodies had still to receive a third impact. This was
brought down from Mercury. Christ united his sovereignty with that of
Lucifer. If one has the will to ascend the heights in order to find
the way to the Gods one needs Mercury, the Divine Messenger. He is the
one who prepared the path of Christ from the middle of the Atlantean
Root-Race onwards in order later to enter into the astral bodies,
which had received the mercurial element.
All our present metals have only gradually become what they are now.
Gold, silver, platinum and so on all pass through certain conditions.
When they are heated they become first hot, then liquid, then gaseous.
This latter was once the condition of all metals in the gaseous Earth.
Gold too first densified with the Earth: at one time it was entirely
etheric gold. When we go back to the time when the Earth was still
united with the Sun, there was as yet within it no solid gold. The
particles of the white Sun-Ether became first fluid and then solid.
These are the veins of gold which are now in the Earth. Gold is
solidified sunlight. Silver is solidified moonlight. All mineral
substances have gradually solidified. When human beings become ever
more spiritualised, quicksilver will also become solid. At one time
gold and silver formed drops just as water does now. The fact that
mercury is still fluid is connected with the whole process of Earth
evolution. It will become solid when the God Mercury has fulfilled his
mission. In the middle of the Atlantean Root-Race quicksilver was
brought down from Mercury in etheric form. Had we not had quicksilver
we should not have had the Christ-Principle. In the drops of
quicksilver we have to see what was incorporated in the Earth in the
middle of the Atlantean epoch.
When the Mars Principle (Kama-Manas) was incorporated into the Earth,
iron was brought down to the Earth from Mars. Iron originates in Mars.
It was at first in astral form and later densified. When we trace the
Earth to that period of time we find ever fewer warm-blooded animals.
It was only in the middle of the Lemurian Age that warm blood made its
appearance together with the Mars impulse. Iron came into the blood at
that time. It is iron that in all occult writings is brought into
connection with Mars, quicksilver with Buddhi-Mercury. Certain people
learned this from the Adepts. The Earth was therefore understood as
Mars and Mercury. Everything that did not originate from Mars and
Mercury has come over from the Moon.
The days of the week are an image of planetary evolution. The sequence
of the planets is inscribed in a wonderful way in the days of the
(the octave to Saturn)
In the saying that Christ trod on and crushed the head of the serpent
we find a profound expression of esotericism. The serpent's head
is mere wisdom; this must be overcome. True wisdom lies in the heart;
this is why the serpent's head must be trodden underfoot. In the
the same truth has already been expressed. He kills
the Lernaean Hydra, whose head always grows anew. Mere Manas will
always come again. Hercules must keep the blood at a distance (Kama),
then the Hydra will be conquered. Blood came into the Earth with the
Deep meaning lies in many other things. The separation of the Moon
preceded the Mars-Age. The Moon contains silver. Still earlier took
place the separation of the Sun. Gold is condensed sunlight, hence the
Golden Age; Moonlight and silver: the Silver Age; Mars and iron: the
We are now in the middle, in the Fourth Globe. On the Fifth Globe
there will arise the faculty of organising oneself from within
outwards. Then the Earth will be transformed into a sphere on which
man will create his form from within outwards. The Earth will then be
a Plastic Globe. The Sixth Globe is the one on which the
human being not only works plastically on his form, but will be able
to place his own thoughts into the form. On the Fifth Globe man will
be able, for instance, to form a hand; on the Sixth Globe he will be
able to send his thoughts out into the surrounding world. On the
Seventh Globe everything will again become formless. Everything will
pass over once more into the seed condition.
We will now consider our present Ego. There are within it a multitude
of mental images and concepts. When we observe the civilised world
today we say: It is out of the Ego that the civilised world has
arisen. All this was once within a human head; it was contained within
the ego. From out of all this it was put together. All the things
constructed by human skill have been born out of the Ego. In the
middle of the Lemurian Age the Ego was still empty; man could as yet
do nothing. Only gradually did he learn in the most primitive way to
know the world from outside. His Ego was at that time like a hollow
soap-bubble. When he saw a stone, it was reflected into him; perhaps
he saw a sharp edge on it and with it he began to chip other stones.
In this way he started to work formatively on the mineral world. What
was in his surroundings reflected itself more and more into what was
at first his empty Ego. At the end of the physical Globe everything
will be present as reflected image in our Ego. When at last we have
all this within us we will form it from within outwards. This will be
the plastic condition on the next Globe. The
master-builder of Cologne cathedral gathered his impressions into his
ego. This content of his Ego will be vivified by Buddhi and later, on
the Fifth Globe he will give all this form. On the Sixth Globe all
this will be present as thought and on the Seventh Globe everything
will be drawn together into the atom. In the next Round man will
create the new plant kingdom out of the Ego.
In the middle of the Lemurian Age the Ego was like a hole bored into
matter. All our Egos were at that time such holes in matter which
since then we have filled up. In the next Round their content will
issue in plant form, for in this Fifth Round there will take place
with the plant kingdom what is now taking place with the mineral
kingdom. The whole Earth will then be an immense, single living Being.
Man will have achieved a conscious life of feeling and perception, and
will then give it form outside himself. In the Sixth Round there will
no longer be a plant kingdom; man will then allow living thoughts
filled with feeling and perception to go out from himself as pure
intellectual formations. In this Sixth Round on the Sixth Globe, in
its Sixth Stage of development, corresponding to the Sixth Race, an
important decision will be taken. Everything will have reached the
Devachanic condition that has been able to develop out of all the
kingdoms. If anyone has not progressed to the point that he can be
raised to the stage of Devachan, he will remain in the animal state.
This will take place according to the number 666, the number of the
In the Seventh Round humanity will be completely purified. The human
kingdom will then attain its zenith. This Round is the quickest. The
human being, when he emerges from it, will have become a God and will
carry his development over to Jupiter.
In every Round the first Globe, or condition of form, is of such a
nature that in fact we have not yet to do with a form, but the form is
only present as incipient plan. This is why esotericism does not
reckon the Arupa-Globe among the conditions of form, but with the
conditions of life; this is the case also with the Seventh Globe, the
Archetypal. Thus we have only five conditions of form. The first and
the last Globes of each Round are conditions of life. All the
conditions of the Rounds are also called conditions of life, because
passing through a Kingdom represents a condition of life.
In the First Round life was in the First Elementary Kingdom, in the
Second Round in the Second Elementary Kingdom, in the Third Round in
the Third Elementary Kingdom, in the Fourth Round in the Mineral
Kingdom. In the Fifth Round life will be in the Plant Kingdom, in the
Sixth Round life will be in the Animal Kingdom and in the Seventh
Round life will be in the Human Kingdom.
When one considers life in the Human Kingdom in the Seventh Round,
this sheds its light into the next Round when man will have passed
over into another condition of consciousness. The purpose of a Round
consists in achieving a new stage of life. The purpose of the Seventh
Round is to lead over into a new stage of consciousness. Thus the
esotericist only reckons six conditions of life, counting the Seventh
Round as a new condition of consciousness.
If we wish to write down in numbers the conditions of life, form and
consciousness we get five Globes or conditions of form, six Rounds or
conditions of life, ten Planets or conditions of consciousness. If we
count the whole evolution from Saturn to Vulcan, we have expressed
what we find with Helena Petrovna Blavatsky as the number of the
Prajapatis 1065, that is to say, 10 – 6 – 5.