FIFTEENTH LETTER - June 1945
The Nature of the Planetary World
The Sun III
In the last two letters
we have spoken of the Sun and its activities in connection with the
moment of birth. Now we will look at the Sun from the aspect of the
prenatal development of the human being.
We know that the embryonic development
of a human being lasts about nine months. This time is differentiated,
of course, in each individual case. If we take the time of nine months
as an average, then we find that the Sun moves through three-quarters
of the Zodiac, or through nine constellations, whereas it would go through
the whole Zodiac if the embryonic state lasted a whole year. This is
the reason for the fact that in each horoscope there are about three
constellations through which the Sun has not passed during the prenatal
evolution. They are those between the positions of the Sun at the time
of conception and the time of birth. They are different constellations
according to the birthday of the human being. For instance, if somebody
is born on the 21st of June when the Sun enters the constellation of
Twins, then we can assume that the Sun has not been in the constellations
of Twins, Crab, and Lion, because it began its course nine months previously
in the constellation of Virgin.
If we could imagine ourselves
placed upon the Sun, we would see the Earth in the opposite direction
from that in which we observe the Sun from the Earth. For instance,
if from the Earth we see the Sun entering the constellation of Twins,
then from the Sun we should see the Earth entering the constellation
In one individual horoscope,
all the constellations of the Zodiac are penetrated by the activity
of the Sun except those three that we have mentioned above. However,
in the middle of the embryonic development, from the standpoint of the
Sun, we could see the Earth in those constellations. In Figure 1 below
we see the path of the Sun during the nine months of an embryonic evolution.
It starts in the constellation of Virgin and stands in Twins when the
supposed birth takes place. Thus it leaves open Twins, Crab, and Lion.
Figure 2 shows the path of the Earth at the same time. The Earth can
be seen from the Sun in Twins, Crab, and Lion when the Sun itself is
in Archer, Goat, and Waterman, i.e., during the middle period of the
embryonic development. Therefore, those three constellations in
the “open space” are particularly connected with the planet
Earth and its special significance in the universe.
It is the Earth onto which
we as human beings have descended, and we will seek and perhaps find our
task and where sorrow and joy are waiting for us. The three constellations
in the “open space” of the prenatal horoscope indicate the
nature of those Earth experiences that await the soul. We said that
it is the position of the Earth which can be observed from the Sun in
about the middle period of the embryonic development during the fourth,
fifth, and sixth months. This period and the cosmic events that occur
during it are a reflection of important stages in the life between the
last death and the new birth. It is also a kind of forecast of the middle
period of the coming life on Earth, especially the time between the
30th and 35th years.
So far this appears to
be entirely a matter of the Earth and the connection with the Sun seems
to be only indirect. Yet, a deep mystery is hidden here concerning that
which weaves spiritually between the Sun and the Earth.
Since the Death on Golgotha,
the Christ Being has united with the Earth and is the guiding spirit,
the cosmic individuality, so to speak, of this planet. Christ descended
to the Earth from cosmic heights and dwelled in the body of Jesus. The
descent was observed by the initiates of the pre-Christian cultures.
They knew that Christ was the Sun-Spirit, the Guide of the Sun Beings
who descended in order to safeguard and embrace the evolution of the
Earth. It was the fundamental deed that reaches far into the future,
for through this event the present condition of our universe will change
completely, and the Earth will become the “Sun” of a new
universe. Thus the Earth is carried by the Spirit of the Sun, by the
Christ Being, and when the soul goes through the sphere of the Sun in
the life between death and new birth, it can no longer find the Christ
Being in that realm.
We can now imagine that
as soon as the soul becomes penetrated by the desire to descend into
a new incarnation on Earth, it looks down upon this Earth as the only
place in the universe where, since the time of the Mystery of Golgotha,
it can experience the Christ Being. This longing of the soul to descend
to this place where Christ can be experienced finds its reflection in
that part of the horoscope that we called the “open space”.
We can read in it the impulses
and decisions that the soul has taken on while it was still in the womb
of the spiritual world. It shows how, out of experiences and failures
in previous earthly lives, the soul wants to unite with the Earth in
the great work of love in order to transform it into the shining garment
of Christ. When the soul is then born on Earth and lives within a body,
a veil of unconsciousness hides all these prenatal experiences. However,
they are alive in the striving of the soul for the Truth, in the manifold
ways in which destiny leads one until he or she finds the Truth and
the Peace of the soul. We may never realize our own prenatal intentions
and impulses, we may even betray them, but then we will realize after
death where we have failed, and this knowledge will help us to build
up the foundations of new incarnations on Earth in order to redeem our
own past. The time may now have come when each one of us should strive
for a conscious recognition of our own prenatal resolutions, and for
this purpose we might be allowed to look at our own nativity, in this
case especially at the “open space” and its background of
In order to illustrate and
elaborate that which has been said about this third aspect of the Sun,
we will now consider a few nativities of historic personalities.
In previous letters we have
spoken about Thomas More who was born on the 7 February 1478. The Sun
was then in the constellation of Waterman. His conception must have
taken place about the beginning of May 1477. The Sun had then entered
the constellation of Bull. Thus it happened that the Sun had not been
in the constellation of Waterman (it had only entered it at the time
of the birth), Fishes, and Ram. They constitute the “open space”.
In this “open space” the planet Jupiter had made a loop
in the transition from Fishes to Ram during Thomas More's embryonic
development. If we had been able to witness from the Sun the descent
of this soul into incarnation we should have seen at a certain moment — about
the fifth month of his embryonic state — the Earth in Fishes and
behind it the brilliant light of Jupiter. The Earth in Fishes is the
constellation that illuminates Thomas More's striving for the
recognition of the divinity in the earthly life, but we must also consider
the constellations of Waterman and Ram.
Thomas More appears, perhaps
much against his own will, as a very strong figure in the social and
political life of his age. Several times he was on the point of withdrawing
completely from the political sphere and following a life of study and
devotion, yet destiny brought him again and again to the political stage.
When he was 37 years of age he wrote his Utopia, which made him famous.
Then he expounded his views on how to create an ideal state, and he
passes severe judgments on the corrupt social and cultural institutions
of his time. Yet he based his ideal of a perfect state entirely on an
absolute sovereignty of religion, even the sovereignty of the Church.
Therefore, he experienced
the essence of earthly existence in the sphere of the social life. He
was a deeply religious and pious man. Still destiny urged him again
and again to seek the experiences of the divine, not only in the peace
of the soul but also in the face of humanity in the body social. It
was the sphere where he searched for the presence and realization of
the Sun-Spirit who had united Itself with the Earth through the Mystery
of Golgotha. The Earth in the constellation of Fishes inherits the striving
for the experience of the Sun-Spirit in the body of humanity, for it
is the Christian realization of the Spirit-Man, which was created at
the beginning of the evolution of the world (see 5th letter) and is
working from beyond Fishes. This experience of the divine from the Earth
in Fishes was further aided in Thomas More's life by the other
two constellations in the “open space”, Ram and Waterman.
The Ram gave him the power to realize the divine in humanity through
purified thinking. We know that he was a humanist and a devoted scholar
of Erasmus of Rotterdam. The aspect of the Earth in Waterman gave him
the power to experience the Sun-Spirit of the Earth in his heart, which
was open in kindness and love to all creatures in the universe. His
learning was not a matter of formality, but connected with a deep reverence
and devotion for the universe of the Creator.
Another example of universal
significance is Ralph Waldo Emerson. He was born on the 25 May 1803.
The Sun was then in Bull. At the time of his conception it was in the
constellation of Lion. Thus the “open space” comprises the
constellations of Bull, Twins, Crab, and part of Lion, with Twins in
the center. The Earth in Twins indicates a searching for the experience
of the Sun-Spirit in the sphere of the ego, in the innermost soul life.
And indeed we find this realized in Emerson's striving to such
a degree that we can only look with deep admiration at this personality.
At the age of 30, on his return from a voyage to Italy, France, Scotland,
and England, he wrote: “A person contains all that is needful
to its government within itself ...All real good or evil that can befall
one must be from oneself... There is a correspondence between the human
soul and everything that exists in the world; more properly, everything
that is known. Instead of studying things without, the principles of
all things may be penetrated from within oneself ...The purpose of life
seems to be for one to become acquainted with oneself ...The highest
revelation is that God is in every-one.” He then settled down
at Concord and developed that which is usually called his Transcendentalism.
However, in everything that came forth as his teaching, he revealed
himself as a master of independence. “I wish to say what I feel
and think today, with the proviso that tomorrow perhaps I shall contradict
it all.” This is the experience of the Sun-Spirit within the human
individuality or the Earth in Twins. (About Twins, see letters 3 and
5.) It was seconded by the Earth in Bull, which brought the experience
of the presence of the divine in the manifoldness of created things.
This appeared especially in the lectures and essays on Great Men
in History and the Philosophy of History. But his inner
attitude to history and to the great people in history revealed yet
another experience of the Sun-Spirit. If we read his essays on Napoleon
I, Swedenborg, and others, we soon will become more aware that he does
not act like a critic or a judge but as the bearer of the chalice into
which have flown the deeds, the achievements, and failures of those
people. He was a true priest who carefully and devotedly bore the cup
of human striving on Earth and offered it for transubstantiation to
the divine spirit working in humanity. This is the searching for the
Sun-Spirit who works from the Earth in Crab or Chalice.
Count Leo Tolstoy was born
on the 9 September 1828 n.s. [Gregorian Calendar]. On this day the Sun
was in the constellation of Lion, very near the point of transition
from Lion to Virgin. At the time of his conception the Sun was in Scorpion.
Thus the “open space” comprises the constellations of Virgin,
Scales, and part of Scorpion, but Virgin is the dominating constellation.
This is the constellation that is opposite Fishes, which we have found
so strongly connected with Thomas More. Therefore, the striving for
the experience of the Sun-Spirit in the Earth was alive in Tolstoy in
quite a different way than in Thomas More, and yet it was on the same
level, for it sought the Sun-Spirit within the social order. Thomas
More experienced the divine of the Earth in the vision of a perfect
state that is entirely guided by religion. The single human being is
taken into the influence of this objective religion, which orders his
existence within the community.
For Tolstoy the striving
for a just and harmonious community revealed just the opposite problem.
He could not start from an objective religious institution that was
able to take the human being into its guiding and guarding arms. In
fact, at a certain time of his life he severed all the bonds that bound
him to the Orthodox Church. He had to start from his own inner being.
The question for him was, “How can I find in myself the eternal
‘religio’, how can I transmute my own imperfect being?”
We can find this search for the true “humanism” in such
early books as The Cossacks. Thus he arrived at the experience
of the divine in the life of communities, in the intercourse of humanity
even where it borders strangely on social chaos. All his novels show
this, especially the book Resurrection. Thomas More in his vision of
Utopia looked into the face of the divine as it revealed itself
in the social order. Tolstoy had to descend into the unfathomable depths
of human nature in order to find, beyond the individual caricature,
the shining image of the divine realized in human brotherhood. Thus
he found the Sun-Spirit of the Earth or the Earth in Virgin, the “secret
revelation” of the riddle of life. There was still another revelation
to him of the divine spirit of the Earth that brought the Virgin experience
to a higher completion. Through his own destiny, he had been brought
to the conviction that balance of soul was the medicine that we needed
in order to become really human. In his youth, he had lived the unrestrained
and wild life of a young Russian noble until he recognized the ruinous
effect of this kind of life on his true humanity. From that moment we
see him striving and fighting for balance, and in many figures of his
novels we can find this balance of life realized in wonderful descriptions.
They are the healing centers within the turmoil of events. It is the
realization of the search for the Divine Spirit of the Earth, which
is indicated in the position of the Earth in Scales as it took place
in Tolstoy's horoscope. Yet he had to fight hard for balance in
his soul. Again and again he had to go through crises where everything
that he had achieved so far seemed to be torn to pieces and to become
unworthy. But again and again he rose and stepped forward to higher
stages of human perfection. These continuous death experiences became
the source of his tremendous activity and productivity. It is the experience
of the Earth in Scorpion. As the opposite constellation of Earth in
Bull inherits the striving for the revelation of the divine in the manifoldness
of creation, so does the Earth in Scorpion kindle the impulse to search
for the manifestation of the Sun-Spirit in the unconquerable creative
spirit rising from death and destruction.
The famous astronomer Tycho
de Brahe was born on the 14 December 1546, when the Sun was in the constellation
of Archer. At the time of his conception it had just entered Fishes.
Therefore, the Sun had not been in the constellations of Archer, Goat,
and Waterman, and they form the “open space” or the Earth
aspect of this nativity.
Tycho was born into a Danish
noble family. His father wanted to bring up his son to enter a political
career, and so he sent him, under the guidance of a tutor, to the university
for the study of jurisprudence. None of the tutor's severity could
prevent Tycho from going his own way. While the tutor was asleep Tycho
climbed onto the roof of the house and observed the stars with very
primitive instruments. By the age of 16 he had made important discoveries.
None could then prevent him from becoming a mathematician and astronomer.
After many journeys, with the help of the King of Denmark, he settled
down on the small Danish island of Hveen. In his 30th year he built
an observatory there, and for a long, peaceful time he was able to make
extensive astronomical observations. He produced, among other things,
a catalogue containing the exact positions of about a thousand hitherto
unnoticed stars. This was a remarkable deed, when we consider that he
still had to make his observations with the unaided eye.
The determination, with
which this individuality went his own way from early youth, shows us
the direction of his search for the Sun-Spirit of the Earth. It is the
Earth in Goat that penetrated him with the impulse to seek the spirit
in that which his eye could reveal to him of the multitude of the stars
above him. In the opposite constellation of Crab we met, in connection
with Emerson, the experience of the chalice into which flowed human
deeds, sins, and hopes in the course of history. Tycho de Brahe observed
and became the High Priest of the other chalice where human souls go
at the moment of their death and whence they come when they are born;
the chalice of the cosmos in which the Earth is embedded. In the revelation
bestowed through the activity of his eye, he experienced the divine
Spirit of the Earth.
The universe above him was
surely not only a mechanical world. For him it was a living Being with
whom he could float through cosmic space, whose heart beat and language
he could understand. He was not only what we would call today an astronomer,
he was also an astrologer, although we must imagine that in his day
this had a different implication from what it has today. He predicted
the death of the Turkish emperor Solyman nearly to the day in which
it actually happened. He also predicted other events that became true
after his death. In this inner connection with the stars and in the
perception of their language we detect yet another experience of the
Sun-Spirit of the Earth indicated by the Earth in Waterman, but this
does not entirely comprehend the universal character of this personality.
There was still more. His observatory on the small island of Hveen was
a very strange building. On the roof, where the astronomical observations
were made, the instruments were standing and used for the measurement
of the angles of the starry positions. But in the basement of the house
was something like an alchemistic laboratory, where the substances of
the Earth were boiled and examined with regard to their connections
with the stars. This striving for a knowledge of the cosmic nature of
the substances of the Earth reveals yet another relationship to the
Sun-Spirit who has connected Itself with the Earth. It is indicated
in the position of the Earth in Archer that actually occurred in Tycho's
horoscope as we have pointed out above.
These are only a few examples
that may show how the soul descending from cosmic heights experiences
the Earth as the only place where one can now meet the Sun-Spirit of
our universe. When the soul passes through the sphere of the Sun in
the life between death and new birth, it has a sorrowful experience.
It finds the Sun deserted by its once leading Spirit, because Christ
united with the Earth. Therefore, the soul becomes filled with the desire
to return to the Earth in order to experience the Sun-Spirit there.
The revelations of the divine Spirit of the Earth are manifold and the
human being can receive them according to the conditions of “perception”
acquired in previous incarnations. The direction of these possibilities
is indicated in the “open space” of the horoscope and what
happens in it. This comprises, of course, only a part of the twelvefold
revelation of the Christ-Being. It is the “pound” (or “talents”,
according to the proverb of the Gospels) that was given to us by the
Lord of Destiny, but it is our task to increase the gift and it must
become the Christian ideal to experience the revelation of the Sun-Spirit
more and more comprehensively.
Needless to say, it is impossible
to give any definite rules about the character of the Earth-Sun relationship
in the various constellations. This is just the distinctive character
of the third “Sun-Mystery”: that we can only approach it
when we become active and creative in our own souls. Nothing would happen
if we were only to sit down and wait for something to come to us, except
that the “pound” that we had received might be taken away
If we learn to look at the
nativity, the horoscope, from the point of view of our own spiritual
activity, and if we can see in it the signpost to the perfection and
the fulfillment of our existence as human beings, then we can come to
an entirely different cognition of the “horoscope”. Then
it will no longer be the dark, even cruel dominator over our lives,
but the guiding hand of our friend in heaven who shows us the way to
the true and Christian humanity.
The Events in the Sky
We have witnessed in the
past few months the final scenes of a historic drama that had already
started twelve years ago. If we had looked with knowing eyes at the
events happening in Central Europe in the year 1933 and later, we would
have seen that they bore within themselves the seeds of destruction.
The events in 1944 and 1945 were only the revelation of the gigantic
hollow space that had been created where Germany once existed. We very
often ask ourselves, “How was this destruction possible, and what
has brought about this decadence?”
The stellar script can help
us to find the answer to these questions. But we must not search for
them in the present events in the sky. The real causes occurred much
further back. To put it clearly, most of the tendencies that started
in Central Europe in 1933 have their roots in the events connected with
the conquest of Mexico at the beginning of the 16th century. Not all,
but most of them have their origin there. The script of the stars can
make this clear.
Hernando Cortes set out
from the island of Cuba on 18 November 1518 in order to conquer Mexico.
He landed on the coast of Mexico in March 1519 and founded the city
of Vera Cruz. At that very moment the planet Saturn entered the constellation
of Goat. Cortes burnt the boats with which he and his small army had
crossed the sea so that nobody could escape the struggle that was ahead.
Soon the Spaniards came within view of the beautiful city of Mexico,
which was built on an island in the midst of a lake and where the emperor
Montezuma resided. After many adventures and desperate enterprises against
several Red Indian tribes, Cortes had to face an uprising of the empire
of Mexico City itself. He defeated a huge army of the Mexicans on 7
of July 1520, and though he had only a tiny army at his disposal, he
had the advantage of firearms to which the Red Indians were totally
unaccustomed. Following this battle, Mexico City was besieged and conquered
on the 13th of August 1521. This was followed by a terrible extermination
of the Red Indians. All the time the planet Saturn was in the constellation
At the end of 1932 and the
beginning of 1933, Saturn also entered the constellation of Goat. Thus
we have in those events a reflection of history in the beginning of
the 16th century. Apart from this an occult investigation would show
that the karmic threads of certain of the main actors in the drama of
1933 lead back to the beginning of the 16th century and to Mexico.
Much has been said against
the cruelty with which Cortes and his men broke and exterminated the
Mexican empire. They seemed to act the same as a heap of adventurers
and desperados, who had nothing to lose and who were driven by the utmost
greed for gold and the riches of the Mexicans. We must also imagine
the situation that confronted the Spaniards, although they may have
been in general of a low moral character. The last decadent remnants
of rituals, which were bound to appear to a European mind as the utter
limit of human cruelty, were practiced in the Mexican temples. Not only
were human sacrifices performed in these places, but the inner organs
of living bodies, mostly captives of other tribes, were taken out and
sacrificed to the images of the Indian gods. It is too wide a subject
for us to explain the origin of these decadent rituals that had become
the gateway to black magic cults.
The Spaniards, from the
point of view of their European civilization, felt an understandable
disgust and destroyed these ceremonies, but their Christianity was still
too weak to root up the deeper causes of these signs of utter cultural
decline, which were connected with very old and unfathomably deep mysteries
of the blood. The action of the Spaniards was a failure seen from the
point of view of Christianity. And what was the result? In the 20th
century, those dark forces of ancient blood mysteries leapt up again
and exercised their cruelty, and they were now filled with the utmost
hate for the civilization of Christian humanity.
Therefore, a knowledge of
the stellar script can teach us, and can become a key to spiritual cognition
and comprehension of earthly events. But it can also be a severe warning...