Berlin, 27th October 1905
When we consider the successive Planetary evolutions we find that each
one is a stage of a particular condition of evolution, which has 7
Rounds, 7 x 7 Globes and 7 x 7 x 7 Races. The purpose of every such
Planetary evolution is to lead one condition of consciousness through
all its stages. In the different esoteric religions these stages are
named in various ways. In Christian esotericism
a condition of Consciousness is called Power
a Round is called Kingdom, Wisdom
a Globe is called Splendour, Glory
When in Christian esotericism we speak of Power we mean going through
a condition of consciousness. Going through a Round is going through
a Kingdom. In the successive rounds man experiences seven Kingdoms:
First Elemental Kingdom
Second Elemental Kingdom
Third Elemental Kingdom
Going through the seven conditions of Form or Globes is called Glory.
Glory signifies what has external appearance, what takes on shape and
form. The Lord's Prayer gives us in its final words: For Thine is the
Kingdom, the Power and the Glory, a gazing upwards to Cosmic events.
When once again this will be present in consciousness, a knowledge of
God will be possible.
Today all religions, exoteric religions in particular, have fallen
away from the true knowledge of God. They are the bearers of egoism
for they are not conceived in connection with the whole world, with
the Power, the Kingdom and the Glory. When these words regain their
meaning through living consciousness, then once more religions will be
what they ought to be.
The Saturn condition was there in order to develop in man a deep
trance consciousness; this he hardly knows today. He only knows
dreamless sleep like the plant and the dream filled sleep such as
existed on the Moon a picture consciousness. Man no longer
knows deep trance consciousness for the following reason: When someone
sleeps, only the astral body frees itself and the physical body and
the etheric body remain lying in the bed. If in sleep he were able to
take the etheric body with him as the Chela can, then the physical
body alone would remain behind; a dull consciousness. In the case of
mediums this comes about in an abnormal manner and quite remarkable
things are brought to light in this way. Such people then can draw
remarkable cosmic pictures. For example, a girl was put into a trance
by a glassful of port wine and in this condition drew remarkable
pictures, in which one could see caricatures of our cosmic system; she
also found approximations of our names for them.
Mediums have their visions because they are able to take the etheric
body also out of the sleeping physical body and in the sleeping
physical body to perceive consciously. They are then still able to
make use of the physical body; the physical body becomes clairvoyant
in a remarkable way. The Chela achieves this consciously, whereas the
medium does so unconsciously. It is through such a clairvoyant
consciousness that the planetary systems have been discovered. All the
conditions into which the Chelas and Adepts are able to transpose
themselves are nothing other than consciousness through the physical
body; they experience all this in full consciousness.
On the future Venus a complete consciousness in the etheric body will
develop. Then, while man sleeps, he will gain a consciousness
concerning the other side of the world. On Vulcan the spirit is
completely detached; he has then taken the etheric body also with him.
This condition endows man with an exact knowledge of the entire world.
On Saturn Trance consciousness, universal consciousness
On Sun Dreamless sleep, consciousness limited to what is living
On Moon Picture consciousness
On Earth Waking consciousness
On Jupiter Astral consciousness, further extended
On Venus Etheric consciousness, still further extended
On Vulcan Universal consciousness
Each one of such conditions of consciousness must go through all the
Kingdoms, through seven Rounds or Kingdoms, in each Round gaining in
complexity as it passes through the seven Globes. The lesser forces
become further developed in the so-called Races. Thus gradually
creation exteriorises from within outwards what was present as inner
Today it is the mineral kingdom that man knows best because he lives
in it. Everything that takes place in the higher kingdoms is not
understood by the intellect. This has been a necessary phase of
evolution. Now however one can no longer be satisfied with mere
science. Everything is understood to be in a continuous evolution.
If we consider in the mineral kingdom any kind of stone what we
see there is a space with definite boundaries, a definite form. Of the
mineral kingdom as such we see absolutely nothing, but we see only the
reflected light. The rays of the sun are reflected in a certain form.
If we strike a bell we hear a sound: an effect of a bell goes into our
ear. All that we perceive in the world as mineral kingdom is a whole
compressed together to a spatial form. If one takes away the colour of
an object, the sound, the taste, nothing remains. It is due to the
mineral kingdom that light and sound appear through such forms. Let us
think of a world in which only the qualities of perception stream
through space and are not perceived in connection with definite forms.
Let us think of coloured clouds floating through the world, sounds
resounding through the world, all our sense impressions filling space
without being bound to a form; then we have the Third Elemental
Kingdom. These are the elements light and fire, permeating space. Man
himself in the Astral Kingdom is a coloured cloud.
We will now take a further step forward. When we see a thought form,
it is such a coloured cloud, a movement vibrating in itself. If one
wishes to conjure up a thought, one must draw the figure in question
into astral space. On this depends the conjurings of magicians. They
draw the forms into space and then surround them with astral
substance. They direct astral substance along these figures. The Third
Elemental Kingdom is not arbitrary, but a flying hither and thither in
interpenetrating lines: everything expressing beautiful forms having
the power of light within themselves. They are like bodies of light
flying hither and thither in space, shining from within.
The tones that resound through space are ordered according to numbers.
What one must specially bear in mind is that from the outset things
stand in a definite relationship to one another. One figure could work
upon another in such a way that it did no harm, or so that it was
utterly destroyed. This was called the measure of things. Everything
was ordered according to measure, number, form. It is possible to
think away the qualities induced by the senses and the world filled
with such thought-figures. This would then be the Second Elementary
Kingdom which underlies the Third. Here we only have forms woven by
thoughts, the World-Ether-Thoughts.
The first Elementary Kingdom is difficult to describe. Let us assume
for example that we conceive the thought of such a figure as a spiral,
then the thought of a lemniscate. We now transfer ourselves into the
intention before the form has actually arisen, thus first into the
intention of a spiral and then into the intention of a lemniscate. One
imagines a world filled with such thought-seeds. This formless world
is the First Elementary Kingdom.
The Fourth Elementary Kingdom is the mineral kingdom which reflects
what it receives from outside. The plant kingdom not only reflects
sense-qualities, but these reflections are inwardly endowed with life.
The Second Elementary Kingdom is the formative element of the Third
Elementary Kingdom. The mineral kingdom is condensed out of qualities
belonging to the Third Elementary Kingdom. The plant reflects the form
of the Second Elementary Kingdom and thus develops the form out of
itself. The animal kingdom also reflects the intentions which lie in
the First Elementary Kingdom.
In the First Round man was in the First Elementary Kingdom. When at
that time he became physical, he was in the first Round and in the
First Elementary Kingdom at the stage of physical form. In the
physical condition of the First Elementary Kingdom of the First Round,
the thought-seeds became physical. At that time the Earth consisted
only of physical globules, so small that one would not have been able
to see them; they were simply points of force. These points of force
gradually condensed; they were not yet differentiated. At that time
the condensed Elementary Kingdom was already physical. When one
imagines the human being as merely a being of thought, then one can
easily go through such a being even though one does not see it, but
even though one cannot see it, one cannot go through it when it has
become physical. Later the physical points of force once more became
astral and passed over to the following Round.
In the Second Round the Earth consisted only of forms. The Earth was a
very beautifully formed sphere in which all the things that developed
out of it were present as types. It was the prophetic shaping of
everything that emerges in the other Kingdoms. On the Earth the
colours and forms were prototypes of present-day man. On the next
Planet the colours and forms will be prototypes of what man will then
In the Fifth Round, the plastic-astral man will no longer need to
retain his hand. The hand will only be formed when it is needed. It
will be something like a tendril, because then everything will have
taken on the nature of a plant. Then too all that develops separate
existence will be a plant-product. Likewise everything that proceeds
from man will be plantlike. We shall then be living in the plant
In the Sixth Round we shall live in the animal kingdom. Then
everything that proceeds from man, which streams out from him, will be
a living product that has within it life and sensation. A word will
then be a living being a bird that one sends out into the
In the Seventh Round man will create himself. He will then be able to
duplicate, to reproduce himself. In the Seventh Round everyone will
have reached the stage at which our Masters stand today. Then our ego
will be the bearer of all earthly experiences. To begin with this will
be concentrated in the Lodge of the Masters.
The higher ego then
will draw itself together, become atomic and form the atoms of
The White Lodge will be looked upon as a unity, an ego comprising
everything. All human egos and all separateness will be given up and
will flow together into the all-comprehensive universal consciousness;
great circles, expanded from within, each having a special colour, all
assembled together in one single circle. When one thinks of them as
laid one upon the other the result is an all-inclusive colour. All the
egos are within it, making a whole. This immense globe, contracted,
constitutes the atom. This multiplies itself, creating itself out of
itself. These then are the atoms which will form Jupiter.
The Moon Adepts formed the atoms of the present-day Earth. One can study
the atom when one studies the plan of the Adepts Lodge on the Moon.
Each kingdom must go through seven Forms:
- Arupa = Approach to Form
- Rupa = Form
- Astral = Shimmering and shining from within outwards.
- Physical = impenetrable in space
- Plastic-astral = forming itself out of itself