A dream of transcendence.
Steiner frequently described flights to and from various planets or celestial spheres/orbs/planes. We've seen some statements of this sort, above (e.g., "[I]n the ancient Atlantean times these human beings descended to earth from Saturn, Jupiter, Mars..."). Here are some more.
Sometimes Steiner spoke of human beings (or proto-humans) making trips to and from the planets; sometimes he spoke of super-humans traveling around the solar system; sometimes he referred to planets as we understand them now; sometimes he meant planets or their spheres as they once were or will be... The details need not detain us at the moment. I suggest we simply sit back and enjoy the flights. If they seem indistinguishable from fantasy flights, well, that might just tell us something.
(Serving as your tour guide, I have highlighted some revealing phrases in the following quotations, and I have a added some commentary and notes.)
"You know from the book Occult Science [written, it so happens, by R. Steiner] that during the Lemurian epoch of earth-evolution only very few human beings...remained on the earth ... [T]he majority of souls withdrew from the earth to other planets, continuing their life an Mars, Saturn, Venus, Jupiter, and so forth. Then, from the end of the Lemurian epoch and during the Atlantean epoch, these souls gradually came down to the earth [again]...." — Rudolf Steiner, OCCULT HISTORY (Rudolf Steiner Press, 1982), p. 36.*
* Steiner taught that proto-humans left the Earth and then returned during the Earth's prehistory. Here's how Steiner discussed this business on another occasion:
"Let us recall what is described in Occult Science — how from the Lemurian Age onwards souls gradually came down from the other planets (with the exception of one principal human pair who had stayed on earth [i.e., Adam and Eve]) and were incarnated in human bodies throughout Atlantean times. We must accordingly think of Earth-evolution as being such that the souls withdrew from the Earth's cosmic surroundings and at various points of time took up again their evolution on Earth. We know that before the Lemurian Age they had gone away to other planets." — Rudolf Steiner, CHRIST AND THE SPIRITUAL WORLD - THE SEARCH FOR THE HOLY GRAIL (Rudolf Steiner Press, 1963), lecture 3, GA 149.
Hard as it may be for most people to believe, Rudolf Steiner's followers accept the literal meaning of such teachings. Thus, for instance, the following has been posted at the Rudolf Steiner Archive:
"Steiner says that migration of souls from other planets ended late in the Atlantean period. This I have read recently, so I take that none have stayed on Venus, Mars or Jupiter until now, which may be called extra-terrestrial." — http://www.rsarchive.org/Forums/view.php?bn=eliboard&key=962982916&first=&last=943081467&here=.
Another such posting:
"In 'Occult Science', Rudolf Steiner mentions of [sic] beings taking residence on other planet[s] of the solar system because of varying levels of evolution ... [In another book he says that] other beings, too advanced to live on Earth, migrated to Venus. Beings that were innapropriately [sic] evolved for the Earth left for Mars. In the same 'Occult Science', Steiner says that Mercury, Venus and Jupiter are home to more evolved beings than humans on Earth."— http://www.rsarchive.org/Forums/view.php?bn=eliboard&key=943722147&first=&last=&here=928694543.
You might consider whether you want your children to be "educated" by people who think this way.
“[T]he great majority of human souls had to relinquish their union with the earth. Here we come to something of great importance in the relationship between man and earth, something which happened during the time between the separation of the sun [from the earth] and that of the moon. During this interval human soul-spirits, except for a very small number, abandoned earthly conditions, and pressing upward into higher regions, continued their evolution upon the several planets belonging to our solar system, each according to the stage of his development. Some souls were fitted to pursue their evolution on Saturn, others on Mars, others again on Mercury, and so on. Only a very small number of the strongest soul-spirits remained in union with the earth. During this time the rest dwelt upon the earth's planetary neighbours. This came about at a time preceding (to use our own terminology) the Lemurian age.” — Rudolf Steiner, GENESIS: Secrets of the Bible Story of Creation (Anthroposophical Publishing Co., 1959), lecture 9, GA 122.
"The descendants of advanced human beings intermingled with the less advanced ones...allowing the Luciferic force to reach them ... But the life bodies of souls returning from the planetscould not be protected to the same extent as those belonging to the descendants of souls that had remained on Earth, who were protected by an exalted being whose leadership in the cosmos was in effect when the Sun separated from the Earth. In the domain under consideration here, this being appeared as the ruler of the Sun kingdom." — Rudolf Steiner, AN OUTLINE OF ESOTERIC SCIENCE (Anthroposophic Press, 1997), p. 237.
Steiner taught that various impulses needed for human evolution had to be brought to Earth from other planets.
"The first new impulse (Kama [i.e., desire]) was only to be found as a force on Mars. It was added shortly before man incarnated [on Earth]. The second impulse (Manas [thought]) came from Mercury ... The stimulus of these new principles had to be brought to the Earth from other planets through still higher beings [i.e., gods] ... From Mars they added Kama, from MercuryManas." — Rudolf Steiner, THE FOUNDATIONS OF ESOTERICISM (Rudolf Steiner Press, 1982), lecture 6, GA 93a.*
* When Steiner speaks of Saturn or Jupiter, a certain amount of confusion is possible: Sometimes he was referring to planets, but sometimes he was referring to stages of evolution (Old Saturn, Future Jupiter). When Steiner speaks of Mars, Mercury, and Venus, however, there is less room for confusion — he does not use these names for stages of evolution. In his lessons, references to these planets are generally, explictly, references to physical worlds and their spheres (the portions of the solar system bounded by their orbits).
Here is another statement Steiner made about influences brought from Mercury:
"The human astral bodies had still to receive a third impact. This was brought down from Mercury ... In the middle of the Atlantean [period] quicksilver was brought down from Mercury in etheric form." — THE FOUNDATIONS OF ESOTERICISM, lecture 26.
Some high beings or gods came down from Mercury; others came down from Venus.
"[T]he Spirits of Personality [i.e., gods three levels above humanity] came down to earth, as Spirits of Venus, in ancient Lemurian times. And we can say, that the distinctive features of these messengers from Venus...signified something quite new with regard to the whole Universe ... They could lead the people from one place to another, for they knew the connections that can only be known by those, who are acquainted with the surroundings of the earth [i.e., the planets beyond the Earth], and not only with the Earth itself." — Rudolf Steiner, THE SPIRITUAL HIERARCHIES (Anthroposophical Publishing Co., 1928), lecture 7, GA 110.*
* Steiner often told of gods traveling around the solar system. Here is another example. To understand it, you must realize that Steiner essentially accepted the teachings of ancient mystics, and what he says here about Osiris is, he claims, true. (Note that he explains what Osiris has done, not merely what myths say he might have done. The Egyptians knew about Osiris, and so did the Greeks):
"In his study of earth-evolution, the Egyptian initiate saw that the god Osiris had separated himself from the sun and had gone to the moon, whence he reflected the light of the sun. What this god did was also sacred to the Greeks. They too knew that it was this god, Osiris, who formed the twenty-eight moon-aspects, and thereby laid the groundwork for the twenty-eight nerves in man. Through Osiris, the nervous system is built onto the spinal column, thereby forming the whole upper body of man." — Rudolf Steiner, EGYPTIAN MYTHS AND MYSTERIES (Anthroposophic Press, 1971), lecture 7, GA 106.
It may not seem surprising that gods come down to Earth from other planets (if you believe that the solar system is populated by multiple gods),* but Steiner also taught that the traffic goes both ways. High spiritual beings from the Earth have gone to other planets:
◊ “A Conference of the greatest and most advanced Individualities was called together by Christian Rosenkreutz. His most intimate pupil and friend, the great teacher Buddha, participated in these counsels and in the decisions reached.” They decided that Buddha should go to Mars and fix things there. “At that spiritual Conference it was resolved that henceforward Buddha would dwell on Mars and there unfold his influence and activity. Buddha transferred his work to Mars in the year 1604.” — Rudolf Steiner, THE MISSION OF CHRISTIAN ROSENKREUTZ (Rudolf Steiner Press, 1950), lecture 7, “The Mission of Gautama Buddha on Mars”, GA 130.
◊ “Buddha, the Prince of Peace, went to Mars — the planet of war and conflict — to execute his mission there. The souls on Mars were warlike, torn with strife. Thus Buddha performed a deed of sacrifice similar to the deed performed in the Mystery of Golgotha [i.e., Calvary — Christ's Crucifixion] ... Buddha performed this deed on Mars in the service of Christian Rosenkreutz. Thus do the great Beings who guide the world work together, not only on the Earth but from one planet to another. [paragraph break] Since the Mystery of Mars was consummated by Gautama Buddha, human beings have been able to receive different forces from Mars during the corresponding period between death and a new birth.” — Ibid.**
* Steiner explained that beings from other planets are the gods recollected in ancient myths, especially Norse myths.
"These were beings belonging to Venus and Mercury who interposed into human existence and were with man day and night. The remembrance of these beings remained in the souls who incarnated again and again among the peoples of Europe, and they recalled them when they uttered the names Wotan, Thor, etc." — Rudolf Steiner, UNIVERSE, EARTH AND MAN (Henry Collison, 1931), lecture 7, GA 105.
There are gods on all the planets, and all are connected to our Moon, since that orb enables them to have clairvoyant vision.
"[T]he Divine Beings who belong to the earth and who people Mars, Venus, Jupiter or another of the planets — also the Sun — would be blind if they inhabited only one of these spheres. They would live, they would be active — just as we can walk about and take hold of things even if we have no eyes; but they would not see — I mean, of course, in the way in which Divine Beings ‘see’ — they would lack a certain faculty for perceiving what is happening in the cosmos. But this, my dear friends, will lead you to ask: Where, then, is the eye of the gods, where is their organ of perception? This organ of perception is provided by the Moon, our neighbour in the cosmos — in addition to all its other functions. All the Divine Beings belonging to the Sun, to Venus, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, have their eye in the Moon and are at the same time in the Moon." — Rudolf Steiner, KARMIC RELATIONSHIPS, Vol. 2 (Rudolf Steiner Press, 1974), lecture 13, GA 236.
** Concerning the "souls on Mars": Steiner had a good deal to say about this population. For example,
"The men of Mars tend to settle permanently on a certain spot. Men on the Earth are cosmopolitanly inclined; Mars men are wedded to the soil, there are very few cosmopolitans among them. And there is, or rather was, on Mars constant war and strife, due to the astral bodies that are very strong and not tempered and made gentle by an I [i.e., a spiritual ego]. If you will think it over you will understand that among men who develop in this way there must inevitably be a terrible amount of strife and conflict. Mars is nothing else than a kind of re-incarnated Moon; what the astral body holds is not tempered with the softening influence of the I, with the result that the men of Mars have quite an exceptional lust for war. The Greeks acted on a true knowledge when they made Mars the God of War." — Rudolf Steiner, MAN IN THE LIGHT OF OCCULTISM, THEOSOPHY AND PHILOSOPHY (Rudolf Steiner Press, 1964), lecture 10, GA 137.
There have been a number of Buddhas or "enlightened ones." Steiner tells of a Buddha going to Mars, as we have seen. He also tells of a Buddha going to Venus.
"Let us consider for a moment the exit of Venus from the Sun. Together with Venus are Beings who had also at first gone with the Sun but were not able to remain there. These break away and inhabit Venus. Among them is the Being who stands behind the later Buddha. He went as a messenger from the Christ to the dwellers on Venus. The Christ sent him to Venus, and here on Venus Buddha passed through all manner of stages of evolution. Later on, souls came back from Venus to Earth." — Rudolf Steiner, MAN IN THE LIGHT OF OCCULTISM, THEOSOPHY AND PHILOSOPHY (Rudolf Steiner Press, 1964), lecture 10, GA 137.
Various beings have left the Earth for other orbs.
"[Certain] guiding Powers, with the rest of the Lunar population, were once upon a time on Earth, whence they withdrew to the Moon more than 15,000 years ago." — Rudolf Steiner, MAN AS A PICTURE OF THE LIVING SPIRIT (Rudolf Steiner Press, 1972), GA 228.*
* Concerning "the Lunar population":
"The Moon Beings keep the records of the past of humanity and of every individual man. Such records determine karma." — Synopsis of Rudolf Steiner's fourth lecture in KARMIC RELATIONSHIPS, Vol. 6 (Rudolf Steiner Press, 1971), GA 240.
"[We should] bear in mind the actual purpose of the journey of the wise human Guides of old to the moon-colony ... [They] withdrew to the moon in order, so far as lay in their power, to bring the Luciferic and Ahrimanic elements into the right relation to human life ... After these primeval Teachers of humanity had withdrawn to the moon they had to seek, during their moon-existence, for an arrangement with the Ahrimanic and Luciferic powers." — Rudolf Steiner, MYSTERY CENTRES (Garber Communications, 1985), lecture 2, GA 232.*
* Concerning the "moon-colony," remember what we have already learned:
"This is only one of the ‘cities’ in the universe, one colony, one settlement among many ... [T]he other pole, the opposite extreme to the moon is the population of Saturn.” — Rudolf Steiner, RUDOLF STEINER SPEAKS TO THE BRITISH (Rudolf Steiner Press, 1998), p. 93.
Let's return to the phenomenon of beings coming from other worlds to the Earth. In the past, as we have seen, high beings came down to the Earth from various planets and spheres. What people often overlook is that the process is continuing today and will extend well into the future. We must welcome these cosmic visitors properly, or we will suffer a terrible fate.
"[B]eings...will descend gradually to the earth. Vulcan beings, Vulcan supermen, Venus supermen, Mercury supermen, sun supermen, and so on will unite themselves with earth existence. Yet, if human beings persist in their opposition to them, this earth existence will pass over into chaos in the course of the next few thousand years.” — Rudolf Steiner, MATERIALISM AND THE TASK OF ANTHROPOSOPHY (Rudolf Steiner Press, 1987), lecture 14, GA 204.
The following is a paraphrase of Steiner, offered by one of his adherents; we heard Steiner on this subject previously, and in a moment we will hear some more. Here's what a fervent Anthroposophist has written:
"Since the 1880s, Beings from Vulcan have been entering Earth existence, bringing the connected body of spiritual science [i.e., Anthroposophy] from the spiritual world, and they will gain a foothold if we are imbued with the thought of their existence. People behave very shabbily towards these Beings; we should understand their language. Their objective is that spiritual science be translated into social behavior and action." — Richard Seddon, THE END OF THE MILLENNIUM AND BEYOND - From the Work of Rudolf Steiner (Temple Lodge, 1996), p. 39.*
* Here is how the matter is put in the official synopsis of Steiner's fourteenth lecture in MATERIALISM AND THE TASK OF ANTHROPOSOPHY:
"Cultivation of spiritual science facilitates arrival from other planets of spiritual beings who are striving to come to earth since the end of the nineteenth century." [See p. 272 of that book, or glance at http://wn.rsarchive.org/Lectures/GA204/English/AP1987/MaTask_index.html.]
Note that the beings from Vulcan will succeed only if we believe in them ("if we are imbued with the thought of their existence"). This proposition is reminiscent of the play PETER PAN, in which the fairy Tinkerbell will die unless the children in the audience believe in her. [See "Thinking Cap".] The distinction between Steiner's teachings and fairy tales is often vanishingly slim. Steiner believed in fairy tales, after all. [See "Fairy Tales".]
The traffic between the planets is pretty heavy. To meet our visitors, and to understand them properly, we need (what else?) Anthroposophy — i.e., Rudolf Steiner's teachings, enabling us to become clairvoyant like him.
"What would be the conditions necessary in order to meet the beings from other planets as they pass through the earth sphere? One would have had to develop points of contact with them in their own planetary realms, but this is only possible if on earth one has already reached the stage of being able to contact beings other than those of the earth as a result of the development of supersensible powers. [paragraph break] Thus the possibility is there for those who have undergone a higher development to encounter the beings who wander through from other planets. It may sound peculiar and yet it is so, that for those who have intercourse with the wanderers from Mars and learn to know of the nature of that planet, the strange theories that physics and astronomy weave about Mars inhabitants appear most comical, for the facts are quite different." — Rudolf Steiner, LIFE BETWEEN DEATH AND REBIRTH, lecture 11, GA 140.*
* As he often did, Steiner here distinguishes his teachings from those of ordinary (i.e., real) science. Physicists and astronomers are wrong about "Mars inhabitants," Steiner asserts. To get the truth about "wanderers from Mars," we need to turn to Anthroposophy (i.e., spiritual science, i.e., Rudolf Steiner).
Perhaps surprisingly, human beings still come down to Earth from other planets, such as Mars. The traffic from Mars is of a lower quality than previously, however.
"[T]here was born on Mars that particular tendency which, in man, comes to expression in Copernicanism [i.e., the illusion that the planets orbit the Sun]. When these conditions came into force on Mars, the natural consequence would have been for Mars to continue sending down to earth human beings who only brought Copernican ideas with them, which are really only maya. What we are seeing, then, is the decline of the Mars culture. Previously, Mars had sent forth good forces. But now Mars sent forth more and more forces that would have led men deeper and deeper into maya." — Rudolf Steiner, ESOTERIC CHRISTIANITY AND THE MISSION OF CHRISTIAN ROSENKREUTZ (Rudolf Steiner Press, 2000), p. 289.
One reason to be kind to our less-fortunate fellow Earthlings is that they may well have recently arrived from other planets. They probably went to the other planets with the rest of us, and now they are returning long after the majority of us made the return flight.
"It is a great error to believe that one need not behave compassionately towards...'I'-less, individuality-less human beings [i.e., people who lack spiritual egos] ... [They] might be retarded soulswho have come back from another planet to which the whole of humanity went at some specific time." — Rudolf Steiner, THE BOOK OF REVELATION (Rudolf Steiner Press, 2008), pp. 181-182.
Maybe that's enough for the moment.
Bear in mind that by "Mars" and "Moon"
and "Vulcan" and so forth,
Steiner sometimes did not exactly mean
Mars or Moon or Vulcan or so forth.
But sometimes he did.
To explore these fantasy flights a bit, see, e.g.,