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BIOGRAPHICAL INTRODUCTION

Willi Sucher (1902 1985)

Compiled by - Jonathan Hilton

For those readers new to the work of Willi Sucher, we begin this book with a short biography as an introduction to the life and work of this pioneer in the spiritual science of astrosophy. The content of the books assumes a familiarity with the work of Rudolf Steiner, for it is entirely on the foundation of Anthroposophy that Willi Sucher's research is based. Therefore, a study of the basic works of Steiner is recommended in order to fully enter into the content presented here.

At the beginning of this century, Rudolf Steiner began to speak of a new way of knowing spiritual realities, which he called Anthroposophy, wisdom reborn through the human being. Until his death in 1925, he brought to humanity the means for renewal through the cultivation of a modern spiritual science applied to a wide range of practical spheres of life, including education, medicine, agriculture, the arts, and social forms. Behind these areas of applied Anthroposophy stands an all-embracing wisdom of the relation of the human being to the cosmic world in the past, present, and future. Many individuals experienced Rudolf Steiner and were inspired to take up one area to develop as a life task. One of these individuals was Willi Sucher, who as a young man heard Steiner speak. Sucher was especially inspired by Steiner's Vision of the new growing relationship of the human being to the cosmic world, that of co-creator with the divine beings. Steiner called for this relationship to become more and more of a reality, and Sucher picked up the challenge and devoted his life to the task of developing a new wisdom of the stars, astrosophy that would recognize this new role of the human being in earth evolution.

Willi Sucher was born on August 21, 1902, in the southern German town of Karlsruhe to a young bookkeeper and his wife. His earliest memories were of the death of his mother when he was four. This great loss marked the beginning of a childhood in which he experienced himself as the unwanted stepchild. His father soon remarried, and Willi's new stepmother was, as he would later describe her, just fiercely against my very existence. He was rejected and mistreated during these years, until at age 13 he was sent to live with his uncles family when his father was called up to serve in the military during World War I. Though his uncle, Karl Sucher, was kind, Willi was an extra mouth to feed in a large family that was suffering under the economic hardships of the war, and so after a year he was sent to live with relatives of his mother on a small farm in a nearby town. Life there was very strenuous. The family worked late into the night in the fields, so Willi was responsible for tending the house and cooking for the others after a full day at school. He would later characterize his childhood as always being just one too many, but he saw in this a positive force in his life that served to build inner strength and perseverance in the face of hardship.

In 1918, at the age of 16, Willi decided to make himself independent. He saw that his original hope of becoming an architect was impossible due to his financial circumstances, so he applied to become an apprentice in a bank. He was accepted and began the two-and-a-half-year training. He did not like it, but he would continue in this profession for 21 years. He often pointed out how through this work he learned rigorous attention to details and accuracy in calculation. This mathematical training would serve him well later in his real life's work.

In 1919, Willi came into contact with the ideas of Rudolf Steiner. His uncle Karl, with whom he had kept in touch, had heard Rudolf Steiner lecture and spoke to Willi about him. Willi recognized immediately that these ideas would become his path in life and soon applied for membership in the Anthroposophical Society, However, he was told he must wait another year until he was 18. His uncle Karl also spoke with him about astrology, expressing his concern about its unsuitability for modern humanity. Willi recalled one such conversation in which his uncle spoke of how important it would be that someday an anthroposophist would bring new light to the entire field of astrology through the insights of spiritual science. His response was, Why should we wait? Can't we do it ourselves? He was 18 years old, the time of his first moon node return. He then began to read the literature on astrology in an effort to understand it, only to turn away from it time and again, repelled by its determinism, which he felt degraded the true dignity of the human being.

He continued also his study of Anthroposophy, attending lectures when possible and reading. In 1922, he became inspired by Steiner's ideas on the Threefold Social Order and moved to Stuttgart to join a small bank, Bankhaus Der Kommende Tag, which was connected with several businesses trying to put these ideas into practice. On one occasion Rudolf Steiner visited the bank and was introduced to all who were working there. Willi was deeply impressed by this personal encounter and with the way Steiner so fully entered into their situation. It was typical of Willi that when asked whether he had ever requested a private interview with Rudolf Steiner, he replied that he had never felt his personal questions should take up the precious time of such a busy man. However, due to the increasing economic difficulties of those times, the bank was forced to dose. Willi then took a position in a bank in Bruchsal. Through a friend he met his future wife, Helen, who lived with her parents in Stuttgart and was also attending the lectures of Rudolf Steiner. They both joined the newly formed Christian Community and were married in 1927 by Dr. Friedrich Rittelmeyer, the founder of the Christian Community and a leading Lutheran theologian in Germany at the time. Willi was working and living in Bruchsal with some anthroposophists, and Helen was living with her parents in Stuttgart, so Willi would visit on weekends by train. They were soon able to get their own place and in 1927 moved into a small two-room apartment with a kitchen but no bathroom. Willi would return home from his work at the bank and put in two hours of study in the evenings. On weekends for recreation they would go for hikes in the Black Forest.

The year 1927 was a significant year in Willis life, not only due to his marriage, but for another reason as well. He came across the report of a lecture given by Dr. Elisabeth Vreede, the head of the Mathematical-Astronomical Section of the School for Spiritual Science at the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland, where the Anthroposophical Society was centered. (Dr. Vreede had first met Rudolf Steiner in 1903, when she was a member of the Theosophical Society. She became one among the groups of individuals who worked with Steiner in developing the Anthroposophical Society, moving with him from Berlin to Dornach in 1917 to help build the first Goetheanum. She was an original member of the Vorstand of the Society and was appointed head of the Mathematical-Astronomical Section by Steiner.) In this lecture Dr. Vreede referred to remarks by Rudolf Steiner about the configurations of the heavens at the time of the passing over of a human being into the spiritual world at death. Looking back at this moment 40-two years later, Willi wrote:

This picture struck home like lightning. Here arose a perspective which no longer depicted the human being as a helpless object of the rhythms and movements of the stars. It was the soul of man which meant something for the stars; they were even waiting for that which he had to bring them as the fruits of his earth-experiences. A ray of hope which seemed to shed light on man's quest for spiritual freedom fell on the complex of astrology.

Subsequent researches just on the basis of the mathematics of planetary rhythms fully confirmed that hope. Indeed, the biographical rhythms of a great number of historic personalities proved to coincide perfectly with the configurations of the heavens at the moment of their passing over. The experience that man was not only a creature but was on the road to becoming a cooperator even with the cosmos shaped itself increasingly. This gave hope that similar constructive views might eventually be found with regard to mans association with the stars at the moment of his incarnation. Later discoveries proved that this was no vain hope.

Now his studies took on an ever-deepening intensity. At that time he was studying the biography of Tolstoy. He worked out the configurations of the heavens at the time of Tolstoy's death and after careful deliberations sent this star picture, along with some very tentative suggestions, to Dr. Vreede in Dornach.

She responded, as Willi would later say, very positively and invited him to Dornach the week after Easter 1928. Willi was then 25 years old. Dr. Vreede, as part of her task as leader of the Mathematical-Astronomical Section at that time, was giving lectures and courses, and between 1927 and 1930, she published 42 letters on the theme Astronomy and Anthroposophy (revised and published in book form in 1980 by the Philosophisch-Anthroposophischer Verlag at the Goetheanum). Her research found an eager pupil in Willi, and this became the starting point for a working relationship that would develop over the next ten years, during which Dr. Vreede gave Willi encouragement and challenges to further develop the work she had begun. Willi often described how Dr. Vreede would send him a statement by Steiner on something about the relation of the human being to the cosmos with the command, I cannot do it. You must do it! Willi would then work out astronomically-mathematically his understanding of these indications and send them back to Dornach. As he later wrote, It was Dr. Elisabeth Vreede who suggested that I investigate the connections of the human being with the prenatal star-events, i.e., during the embryonic development. She advised me to employ for this purpose the ancient Hermetic Rule originating in Ancient Egypt.

Willi often traveled to Dornach during these years and in 1931, at 29 years of age, he was invited to lecture at the Goetheanum and later at the Anthroposophical Clinic in Arlesheim. In 1934-35, Dr. Vreede, on behalf of the Mathematical-Astronomical Section, published a series of Astrologische Betrachtungen (Astrological Studies) written by Willi, except for the first one in which she wrote:

The following studies are meant to inform the reader about the investigations of our co-worker Willi Sucher, as he has developed them in conjunction with the Mathematical-Astronomical Section for some years now. Willi Suchers point of departure has not been traditional astrology which was known to him but Rudolf Steiner's spiritual science, especially Rudolf Steiners suggestions concerning the realm of astrology.

As Willi's work continued, conditions in Germany were becoming increasingly difficult with Hitler's rise to power. Willi and his wife realized they would not be able to continue their work in this environment. His correspondence with Dr. Vreede had been intercepted, and astrologers in Germany were being arrested. Anthroposophists had to meet secretly in small groups. Willi later spoke of the need for secrecy during these times and described how he and Helen would go into the kitchen, fill the sink, and place a pot over the drain, in order to speak about things that should not be overheard by neighbors who might report them. In 1936, Willi was again in Dornach visiting Dr. Vreede, after her expulsion from the Vorstand along with her colleague Ita Wegman and other original members. It was through her efforts after this visit that he was invited in 1937 to lecture in Holland and then in England at the Rudolf Steiner House in London, where George Adams translated his lectures. During this visit to England, Willi and Helen actively looked for opportunities to leave Germany. He spoke with his friend Eugen Kolisko, who introduced him to Fried Geuter, the co-founder of Sunfield Home, an anthroposophical home for handicapped children at Clent. Geuter said, Mr. Sucher, come to us and I shall build you an observatory! So on their return to Germany, the application process for a visa was begun. Their intention to emigrate had to remain a secret, except for a few close friends within the Anthroposophical Society. After several months, just after Easter 1938, the necessary papers were obtained, and the Suchers left their homeland for England on what was officially considered a visit, with only 20 marks and a few personal belongings. They would not return to live in Germany again. Willi was 30 -five years old.

So after 20 years of working in banks, Willi was plunged into working in a nursery with severely handicapped children, while Helen worked in the kitchen. The language was also new. Fried Geuter exhorted his teacher there in the nursery, Teach him in English, but scold him in German! Here Willi gathered the clinical experience which he would later unite with Steiners indications to develop the idea that a dedicated staff, working with a deep knowledge of a child's star configuration, could effect healing. In describing such work, he said, Often we would work deep into the night, and the next day the child was a different being. Of this time he also said, So you see, it really was an observatory ... of the cosmic influences on human destiny!

In 1938, Willi was able to meet once again with Dr. Vreede at a conference held in Bangor, Wales, near Penmaenmawr. Willi described how he and Dr. Vreede climbed a hill behind Penmaenmawr to two Druid stone circles: So we took leave of one another at least for the time being, in the proximity of witnesses to an age-old star wisdom and with a deep feeling of responsibility for its future. This was the last time Willi saw Dr. Vreede. Her last years were lonely ones. On account of the war she was cut off from her friends in Holland, England, and Germany. The death of Ita Wegman, her close friend and colleague, in 1943 came as a great shock. Just two months later she fell ill and moved to southern Switzerland in the hope that the warmer climate there would help improve her condition. But this was to no avail, and at 4:45 p.m. on the afternoon of August 31, 1943, she breathed her last breath, having lived a rich life dedicated to Rudolf Steiner and Anthroposophy.

Due to the war there was much concern in Great Britain that there were enemy informers among the many refugees. Thus, all German and Austrian men and some women were rounded up as enemy aliens to be interned in detention camps around the British Isles until their motives could be investigated. Anticipating this, Willi packed a small case with his most precious tables for working out star positions and other aids he needed to carry on his research. In those days modern ephemerides, computers, and calculators were not available; all had to be worked out using special tables that were not easily obtainable. Thus when the police came for him and some others working at the home, he was fully prepared. Before they were taken away, all of the co-workers stood in a big circle and sang a song that had become a leading motif for the aim of their work with the children, In the Quest of the Holy Grail, to bid them farewell.

They were first taken to a kind of clearing house at a military barracks at Worcester, then on to a place near Liverpool. While his personal belongings were being searched for possible subversive material, the first man in their group told the inspectors that they had come from a home for children that had had an outbreak of scarlet fever, which was true. Because of this, their group was taken to an isolation unit, and their belongings were sent with them without being inspected. Thus Willi's re-search materials were spared. The group was later transferred to a camp on the Isle of Man, in the Irish Sea, formerly a holiday resort with various hotels that had been taken over and surrounded with barbed wire. Here several anthroposophists found themselves interned together Dr. Ernst Lehrs and Dr. Karl Konig, the founder of Camphill, among others. Willi would later describe this time as a most fruitful period of research. For 18 months, these individuals were given time to hold a kind of super college, as Willi called it. They had long conversations about their studies and research and practiced giving talks to each other. All of their material needs were provided, and they were left free to organize their daily lives within the compound. They could go out and work on farms, which Willi tried but found too strenuous. Since he was a medical doctor, Dr. Konig was released first in January 1942, and he secured Willis release by inviting him to come to work at his home for children in Aberdeen, Scotland. Willi was joined by Helen, who had remained at Sunfield, and he carried on his researches while helping to care for the children. He also started to write a Monthly Letter for a number of subscribers and also to give lectures. It was at one of these lectures, given on a return visit to Sunfield Home in Clent, that Hazel Straker first met him. She describes this meeting in the following way:

I have very vivid memories of him coming to lecture at Sunfield where I had come to work just after his internment. I remember this modest man, immaculately dressed, walking up and down in front of us, telling in a sure but quiet and pictorial way about his researches into the gestures of the stars during the three years that Christ worked on earth. It was about the gestures of Mercury, its meetings with the Sun, and their relationship to the seven signs or miracles described in the Gospel of St John. The pictures he painted in the air have remained with me, growing as a reality that means much to me still, having become intimately related to daily life. On another occasion he spoke of the cycle of the year, and from that I carry the certainty of the living being of the Sun. The depth of his disciplined research work shone through, radiating confidence, which left one totally free.

   

Later, in 1944, when Willi and Helen returned to Sunfield, Hazel Straker came to work more and more closely with him and his research. In 1946, at the request of Eleanor Merry and Maria Schindler, Willi and Helen moved to London for a short time and taught evening classes. In 1947, Dr. Alfred Heidenreich, the founder of the Christian Community in Britain, instigated an invitation to Garvald, a curative home in Scotland, where Willi became the director for a short time. Here Hazel Straker joined them as a co-worker. At Garvald, Willi came into conflict with one of the co-workers on account of his astrological work with the children, so they left when Dr. Heidenreich invited them to work at Albrighton Hall, a center for Christian Community conferences, near Shrewsbury. This time, Willi wrote, was one of the most positive and creative periods of my life. Dr. Heidenreich gave me absolute freedom to develop my work. Here the English manuscript of Isis Sophia, published in 1951, was prepared (it had already been published in Germany), as well as Man and the Stars, the second Isis Sophia series, published in 1952. Also during these years the family of co-workers was formed. Willi and Helen had no children, but co-workers came who would give lifelong support to the work. They joined together in research and practical life. In addition to Hazel Straker, Helen Veronica Moyer and her sister, the artist Maria Schindler, came together in this work. They cared for the conference house and assisted in the star work, allowing Willi time for research besides lecturing at conferences there and traveling to meet increasing requests to speak to other groups in England, Scotland, and Holland. During this time the work on the starry background of the Greek, Norse, and Celtic mythologies was done, much research into historic periods and personalities was conducted, and the very new areas of heliocentric and lemniscatory views of the universe were explored.

In 1953, the conference house closed for financial reasons, and the group moved to Larkfield Hall, a curative home in Kent, England, where they were able to build a small house through the help of a devoted friend. Because of his lecturing commitments, Willi did not have time to work with the children, but his coworkers did, and they would sit together with Willi and work over the children's incarnation charts. This work was described by Hazel Straker:

This was not just a horoscope, the stars at the moment of birth, but a picture of the gestures of the stars during the nine months preparation for birth, the embryonic development. Dr. Vreede had introduced this, and following her request, Willi had done much further research. This meticulous, painstaking work that he had carried out over the last years showed rich fruits as he led us through the starry events to the great imaginations behind, which were able to inspire us in a very helpful way for our further work with the individual children. Here too the recurrences of gestures connected with the deeds of Christ during the three years that He worked on earth were an integral part of our considerations. Although I had already committed myself to this work, it became ever clearer that here was a great potential for true healing.

In 1955, Willi was invited to America to lecture at the Three-fold Farm anthroposophical community in Spring Valley, New York. During this first trip to the U.S., he gave 70 lectures or workshops in his 19 week stay, which included a visit to Los Angeles to teach a course in the teacher training program at the Highland Hall Waldorf School. This California connection would play a significant role in his later destiny

On returning to England, Willi began to work on the book Drama of the Universe. The two previous books, Isis Sophia and Man and the Stars, had been written from the geocentric (Earth-centered) perspective. Now his researches into the heliocentric perspective had progressed to the stage of putting them into this book. It was a big task, with much of the work of preparing it for publication being done by Hazel Straker and Veronica Moyer. It was published in 1958, and to celebrate they all decided to take a holiday. Helen had always wanted to see palm trees, so they decided to make a journey to Egypt. But as plans were being finalized, Willi suggested, Why go east, why not go west to America? So the family of co-workers journeyed across America, from Montreal to Denver, through Salt Lake City, on to Los Angeles. Here

Helen saw her palm trees, and it was here that she decided they would stay. The persistent requests to come and join the work at the Highland Hall School and to begin a much-needed school for curative education were another reason to move to California, so they decided to immigrate. They returned to England, sold their home, and in 1961 through the generosity of a friend this group of four founded the Landvidi Center for Exceptional Children in Los Angeles, which operated under their guidance for seven years. During these years Willi gave many lectures and courses in other parts of the States, as well as returning to Europe to lecture in England, Holland, Switzerland, and Germany.

With the closing of the school in 1968, the Suchers searched for an area in which to retire. Many places were considered, including some in England and Canada, but eventually their choice was Meadow Vista, a small town on the lower slopes of the Sierra Mountains not far from Sacramento. Now there was more time to devote to writing and research. Willi also continued his traveling lecture activities, besides holding courses and study groups in his home. During this time an increasing stream of individuals came seeking help in their lives, and Willi's work with the profound pictures given in the birth and prenatal asterograms brought light onto the destiny path of those who sought him out. It was during this time that Cosmic Christianity (1970) and The Changing Countenance of Cosmology (1971) were published. Both of these books, of which this volume is composed, are the content of a series of parallel morning and evening workshops taught by Willi in August 1969 at Hawkwood College in England, which he later wrote down for publication. He later wrote about the research published in Cosmic Christianity:

Finally, I must mention the research work which I did about the Christ Events. I came more and more to the impression that these cosmic perspectives of the Christ Events are a foundation for the experience of the workings of the Christ Impulse in times after the so-called Mystery of Golgotha. It turned out that whenever one of the cosmic events during Christ's ministry repeats itself, then there is offered the opportunity to understand and even to realize in an inner spiritual sense the significance of the corresponding Deed of Christ. As I said, these possibilities are offered to the human being. He can freely accept them and identify eventually with them.

He also continued to write the Monthly Star Journals (1965-75) to subscribers. In the November 1970 letter he wrote of his life work since first reading the article by Dr. Vreede:

It is now 42 years since this lightning-storm happened, and ever since I have been enabled to carry on this research. Sometimes external circumstances were difficult, but there seemed always to be a helping hand in the background, which often arranged things forcefully in order to facilitate the work.

As I said before, the road was never easy; suspicion and distrust acted as forceful breaks. One can fully understand this if one views the grave dangers which beset the road right and left toward a new, constructive astrology. Human egotism is all too easily inclined to misuse this knowledge in ignorance and dilettantism. All throughout the years the shining beacon of Rudolf Steiner's wisdom was an unceasing encouragement and also consolation when distrust led to direct attack. There is, particularly, one passage in Rudolf Steiner's lecture cycle Christ and the Spiritual World (28 Dec. 1913 to 2 Jan. 1914) which I should like to quote: It became clearer and clearer to me, as the outcome of many years of research, that in our epoch there is really something like a resurrection of the astrology of the third epoch (the Egypto-Chaldean civilizations), but permeated with the Christ Impulse. Today we must search among the stars in a way different from the old ways, but the stellar script must once more become something that speaks to us. (Lecture V, Jan. 1, 1914).

On such foundations the work was carried forward. Eventually other friends joined in as best they could. The guiding beacon was an unceasing sense of responsibility to lay the groundwork for an astrology which clearly and scientifically recognized man's connection with the stars and yet fully respected the domain of his spiritual freedom and dignity. Thus things gradually shaped themselves.

In 1972, at 70 years of age, Willi was invited by a group of young people to lecture at the International Youth Conference at the Goetheanum in Dornach, where he had given his very first lecture 41 years earlier at the encouragement of Dr. Vreede.

Though the lecture invitations increased and the breadth and depth of Willis work grew, it was a great sorrow to him that so few people actively took up the development of astrosophy, He saw the great need to draw- from the potentials it contained for humanity to face the oncoming trials at the turn of the century in a positive and constructive way. It was this concern for the future of his fellow human beings that enabled him to overcome his natural reserve and speak out of his convictions. He always said that, for himself, living only in the world of research would have been sufficiently satisfying.

In the following years, publication would be limited to the ongoing Monthly Letters to subscribers. A portion of these letters (1972-74) would be published as Willi's final book, Practical Approach Toward a New Astrosophy. It is in this work that he brought forth his many years of research, first indicated in Drama of the Universe, on a spiritual approach to a heliocentric astrology. This was a revolutionary incision into the world of astrology, which opened the way for a spiritual-scientific understanding of the heliocentric Copernican perspective of the universe. The development of this work was a monumental addition to our understanding of the relation of the human being, and indeed of all of earth evolution, to the heliocentric universe. As he later wrote concerning this:

Another perspective which I was able to work out in great detail over the years was the connection of the human being with the world of the stars from the heliocentric astronomical viewpoint. Some people are still strongly opposed to the heliocentric approach. However, Rudolf Steiner pointed out in the lecture cycle The Relationship of Earthly Man to the Sun, Lecture IV, Jan. 11, 1924, that this perspective is correct, although it has come to be a reality through a great mistake or failure in evolution.

In the research which I undertook in this direction, it turned out that the heliocentric approach does not cut out the geocentric completely. Rather it proved to be a kind of complementary relationship.

The study of the very slow movements of the so-called elements of the planetary orbits i.e., nodes and apsides (perihelion and aphelion) turned out to be extremely helpful in historic research and also in the relationship of the individual to the world of the stars.

In 1973 Hazel Straker was called back to England to tend to her mother, bringing to a close the 25 years of working together with the family of colleagues. For a time publishing activities were no longer possible, but distribution of the books by mail was maintained by Veronica Helen Moyer, the fourth member of the little group who emigrated to America with the Suchers. Two years later, Willi's wife died quite suddenly. In spite of this, Willi carried through a lecturing commitment in the East shortly thereafter. He then gradually curtailed his travels and focused on teaching closer to home. Veronica cared for the house and continued helping with the star work. Now, toward the end of his life, he came to accept that his work had not been in vain but that he had managed to lay firm foundations, which would be built on in the future. For the next ten years, Willis home became a center of activity. He was encouraged as people separately and in study groups came to learn of the work. Countless individuals seeking guidance streamed to his home. Quietly listening to each one, he never addressed the tangled web of personal crisis, but rather lifted one's gaze to the cosmos, gently offering pictures of the great, objective Christ Events to shine like rays of light on the path of destiny. During his workshops at this time, Willi repeatedly referred to Steiner's lecture of October 10, 1919, Cosmogony, Freedom, and Altruism, in which Steiner outlined the tasks for different parts of the world and pointed to the imperative need for a new cosmogony to arise in America. Willi recognized the importance of this work for Americans to awaken, in a realistic way, to their citizenship in the cosmos. Fittingly, he gave his last lecture, at 82, just two months before his death, to the American Studies class at Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks, California, where he often taught. It was on the Christ Events in relation to the founding of America in 1776.

Willi died peacefully in his sleep on May 21, 1985, receiving visitors until that night. Before his death, together with a small group of friends, he established the Astrosophy Research Center in Meadow Vista, to care for his publications, personal papers, and library after his death. Space was promised in a nearby house where, as of this publishing, this material is being cared for and is available to anyone wishing to conduct research. Obviously, all personal charts were returned or destroyed, but there is much historical material, medical research, and notes on many other aspects of his far-reaching work.

As one of his students later wrote, Willi Sucher brought a powerful new impulse toward restoring our knowledge of the stars to a level of mystery wisdom. Most important of all, he opened up the way to a new moral consciousness one that acknowledges the significance of Christ in that which concerns the profound relationships prevailing between the cosmos, the Earth, and humanity. Today, scattered here and there around the world, a small but dedicated group of people has devoted themselves to cultivating Willi Sucher's work, to helping astrosophy live as a spiritual impulse in our time.

Late in his life, Willi wrote, Thus I can finally only say that I was given by destiny great opportunities of discovering and working out new creative perspectives of the human beings connection with the stars, i.e., a new astrosophy, I am most grateful for these opportunities. However, the great question for me was always, how can I bring this wisdom to the knowledge of humanity? The answer to this question was never easy, all during my 52 years of working in this field. But there is hope that this work will be carried into the future and find more and more possibilities of practical and spiritual application in civilization.

It is hoped that the present publication of this book will serve as a step in fostering Willi's hope for the future of astrosophy.


   



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