The spiritual and psychic
experiences of the characters, sketched in this series of scenic pictures
called ‘The Guardian of the Threshold,’ are a continuation
of those which appeared before in my life pictures called ‘The
Portal of Initiation’ and ‘The Soul's Probation,’
and are supposed to take place about fifteen years later than the
occurrences in ‘The Portal of Initiation.’
The three plays together
form an organic whole.
In ‘The Guardian
of the Threshold’ the following persons and beings appear:
- REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ELEMENT OF SPIRIT:
- Benedictus, Leader of the Temple of the Sun and the
teacher of a number of people who appear in ‘The Guardian
of the Threshold.’
- Hilary True-to-God, Grand Master of the Mystic League,
represented in a former incarnation in ‘The Soul's Probation’
as the Grand Master of a Mystic Brotherhood.
- Johannes Thomasius, a pupil of Benedictus, some-times
called Johannes and sometimes Thomasius.
- REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ELEMENT OF DEVOTION:
- Magnus Bellicosus, Preceptor of the Mystic League,
known as Germanus in ‘The Portal of Initiation.’
- Albertus Torquatus, Master of the Ceremonies in the
Mystic League, known as Theodosius in ‘The Portal of Initiation.’
- Professor Capesius.
- REPRESENTATIVES OP THE ELEMENT OF WILL:
- Frederick Trustworthy, Master of the Ceremonies in
the Mystic League. The Reincarnation of the Second Master of the
Ceremonies of the Spirit-Brotherhood in ‘The Soul's
Probation’, and known as ‘Romanus’ in ‘The
Portal of Initiation.’
- Theodora, a Seeress, in whom the Element of Will is
changed into a simple gift of prophecy.
- Doctor Strader.
- THE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ELEMENT OF SOUL:
- Maria, a pupil of Benedictus.
- Felix Balde.
- Dame Felicia, his wife.
- BEINGS FROM THE SPIRIT WORLD:
- BEINGS OF THE ELEMENT OF HUMAN SPIRIT:
The Double of Thomasius.
The Soul of Theodora.
The Guardian of the Threshold.
Philia, Astrid, & Luna, the spiritual beings through
whose agency the human soul forces are connected with the Cosmos.
The Other Philia, the spiritual being who hinders the union
of the soul-powers with the Cosmos.
The Voice of Conscience.
These spiritual beings are not intended to be allegorical or symbolic,
but realities, who to spiritual perception are exactly like physical
The following persons
are the reincarnations of the twelve peasants in ‘The Soul's
- Ferdinand Fox.
- Michael Nobleman.
- Bernard Straight.
- Francesca Humble.
- Mary Steadfast.
- Louisa Fear-God.
- Frederick Clear-Mind.
- Casper Hotspur.
- George Candid.
- Mary Dauntless.
- Erminia Stay-at-Home.
- Katharine Counsel.
‘The Guardian of the Threshold’ the nature of the
reincarnation is not to be regarded as a law holding good generally,
but as something which can only happen at a turning-point of time.
Hence, for example, the incidents of Scene 8 between Strader and the
twelve others are only possible at such a period. The spiritual entities
taking part in this play are by no means to be considered as merely
allegory or symbol. For any one who recognizes the spiritual world as
reality, the beings there exist, just as much as physical men in the
sense-world, and as such they may be portrayed. Spiritual beings do not
have human form, as they are bound to have upon the stage. If the writer
of these psychic incidents in pictures considered these beings to be
allegories, he would not have represented them in the way he has done.
systematic arrangement of the characters into groups (3 x 4) is not
intentional or in the original plan of the play; it is a result —
by way of afterthought — of the incidents, which are sketched
out quite independently, and fall naturally into such a division.
It would never have occurred to the author to include it in the original
plan; but it may be permitted to cite it here as a result.
scheme of stage decoration is in accordance with the planetary signs
shown in Dr. Steiner's Occult Seals and Symbols. In
Scene 2, the walls and furniture, etc., are decorated with Dr. Steiner's
architectural design for Jupiter. Scene 4 is devoted to Venus. And
Dr. Steiner's symbols for the Sun govern the little wooden hut and
all its appurtenances in Scene 5. To the other scenes no architectural
design is applicable.
The costumes are as
Except when officiating
as Hierophant Benedictus is in black frockcoat and trousers;
Hilary, Bellicosus, Torquatus, and Trustworthy are in
dark frockcoats, etc., except when acting as officers in the Temple or
as leaders in the Mystic League. Johannes is in a dark blue
velveteen suit, short coat, breeches, and stockings. Capesius,
when he is in the soul, e.g., in scenes 3 and 6, appears
quite young, beardless, and in flimsy blue and white robes; at other
times in ordinary modern attire.
with a coloured stole. Strader, modern, short brown jacket;
except in Scene 4, where he is in grey lavender.
a blue tunic trimmed with fur.
modern with stole.
crimson and gold robes, long golden hair, and crowned when on his
The Guardian of
the Threshold, conventional angel with a flaming sword.
Luna, and the Other Philia, flowing muslin robes of many colours,
but Astrid is in white.
The reincarnated male
peasants are in frockcoats of very brilliant colour, crimson, chocolate,
blue, etc. The trousers, coat and waistcoat are always to match. The
women are in modern costumes with stoles; F. Humble in lilac; M.
Steadfast in blue; M. Dauntless in green; E. Stay-at-Home in light
and dark cherry; K. Counsel in cerise; L. Fear-God in brown; Fox
has red hair, and a red-brown suit.
See also the notes on
the costumes in the two preceding plays. The brethren of the Mystic
League are clad as follows: blue robe long and full, blue belt, a
short blue mantle thrown over the back and attached to the front by
broad bands of a lighter blue. These bands meet on the breast in a
large circular blue band of the same shade, within which are three
circular red seals, the one surmounting the other two, and upon each
of these there is a black pentagram. The cap is blue, about three
inches high, flat at the top, and has six sides.