Lucifer and Jehovah

From Anthroposophy

After the Sun had separated from Earth in the Hyperborean epoch (to allow spiritual beings to continue their development at their much faster speed, not fitted for humanity), and afterwards in the Lemurian epoch the Moon separated from the Earth (to avoid the hardening of Man), we then find the Earth in a new constellation between Sun and Moon, with spiritual influences from both spheres. See Schema FMC00.190A below.

This way a balanced system Sun-Earth-Moon was constituted, and this is referenced as the balance between Lucifer and Jehovah.

We live in the midst of this forcefield of opposing counterbalancing etheric influences, that work in Man. See also The two etheric streams, and the illustration of the heart's two blood circuits and the parallel with the heart circulation between Heart-Lungs-Brain.


The relationship between Jehovah, Lucifer and the Christ is essential for an overall understanding of the Christ Impulse and hence it is key to study this deeply. It can be approached from various angles:

  • from the evolutionary perspective and the Lemurian epoch
  • from a physical study of the mineral and etheric
  • from the perspective of what the influences bring: Lucifer the bearer of light, Christ the bringer of Love


In the Lemurian epoch, one of the six Spirits of Form (or Elohim) called Jehovah, brought the higher Self or monad down to earth where it was connected with the lower Self of Man. This was a divine intervention that brought the two streams of development, the lower physical and higher spiritual together. This was also the origin of the warm blood and blood-based love.


In the Lemurian epoch and down to the Atlantean epoch, the Spirits of Form sacrificed their being whereby they infused the I substance in Man. This rippling in of the I-consciousness was a slow gradual process, in which certain backward spirits (that did not reach their normal evolutionary goal on Old Moon), saw an opportunity to continue their development. Hence they came to do so by residing in Man, thereby on the one hand giving Man freedom, but also infecting his astral body. This is the so-called Fall in the Bible, the opening of Man's eyes after temptation by the snake Lucifer. Lucifer therefore brought Man his freedom, but also an unbalance in his bodily principles from the I downwards to astral, etheric and physical body .. thereby bringing also the origin of illness and physical death. See also Book of Genesis


The Christ Impulse is the 'healing' compensation for the Luciferic infection and replaces the blood-relationship based love brought by Jehovah by brotherly spiritual love for the whole humanity.


  • Jehovah and Christ (GA046 p 797-802)


Schema FMC00.018 below depicts the relationship of opposing influences between Jehovah (one of the normally developed seven Spirits of Form) and the beings that 'underdeveloped' or stayed behind on Old Moon, these 'backward' beings we call Luciferic spirits. See also Lucifer and Jehovah.


Schema FMC00.190A illustrates the Earth held in balance between Sun and Moon, the Moon counterbalancing the Sun influences.


Lecture coverage and references

This is an essential topic that is covered in very many cycles and lectures, especially early ones of 1905-1908, eg:



Some early lectures sketch the Luciferic situation in a theosophical terminology and from a more cosmogonic perspective, on the basis of fundamentals of evolution. Examples are 1904-12-28-GA090A and 1904-09-03-GA091.

1912-04-14-GA136 gives a comprehensive explanation

The 1904-09-03-GA091 lecture 'Manas as Light and Love' describes the Lucifer-Jehovah topic in a unique way:


Let us recall once more the sequence of the three kingdoms of nature. The mineral kingdom involves especially the elements of form. The plant takes the element of life from general nature and applies it to a single being. Therefore, it seeks a constant source of life in universal nature. This is the difference between the plant and the animal – for the animal's life depends on its ancestors.

Hence, the plant's life, which is intricately interwoven with nature as a whole, is a chaste life.

[Man in previous three globes]

Man has already gone through these three realms on three different globes. He materialised in mineral, plant and animal form. Admittedly, the form was different.

  • In the mineral realm it resembled an automaton;
  • human plants had the shape of rays;
  • and human animal forms were egg-shaped.

On the first three planes Man reached a kind of closure. In the sequence of the kingdoms, he could not have perfected himself any further – only as an animal. Animality can have a much greater degree of perfection.

[Animals and working of manas - instinct]

We must be clear about the fact, that as long as an animal remains an animal, Manas does not work in the animal world on the physical plane, but on a higher plane. Let us recall an animal: under the circumstances, it differs from Man through the fact that its Manas is not inside it, but remains on a higher plane; so that if we wish to imagine this more concretely, we would have to think of the animal as made of threads.

The intellect exists on a higher plane and works into the lower one. This is the case in Man's lower organs. A thigh, for example, is made in such an artistic way, that one could not have shaped it in a more ingenious way even with the most concise art of engineering.

To train the animal means that Manas can do nothing if the animal has no organ for it. If the brain cannot be used for counting, then Manas cannot count. If you prepare the animal's brain for counting, then you give Manas the opportunity to influence an animal from the higher plane down. Hence, only occultists and mysticists should undertake is. Otherwise, one may do something that would cause damage in the universe.

In the ancient Atlantean race, the animals were developed and trained into new species artificially, through cross-breeding. Our animals now owe them their higher qualities. Thus, one must not wonder, that certain animals are Man's rivals in terms of their skills and abilities.

Lake Moeris had been build with perfect art. The old Egyptians still knew how to conduct the water of the Nile into an artificial lake, which watered the land through canals. It was still a highly instinctive art form – Manas influenced them from a higher plane.

[Man: manas inside]

Man differs from the animals in that Manas works within him, not from above. Manas has descended all the way into the physical plane.

This is why an animal can develop further than Man, yet it is qualitatively inferior to Man. – That which shows me the time is the spirit of the inventor of the clock. He works from a different sphere. This is Manas in the higher sense.

[Fourth globe inside versus previous outside]

At the same time, we can also call that which Man reached in the three former globes as the highest: these are beings into which Manas worked from outside. It is the task of earthly evolution to transform the body in such a way, that Manas can truly work from inside.

And now you shall also become clear about the difference between Man who stands at the fourth stage of evolution and Man who stood at the third evolutionary stage: that which formerly worked on him from outside, now emerges from inside.

Now everything must be properly prepared. Let us think of the lunar period as having passed. Now everything had to be repeated briefly, and previous stages were necessary for this to happen. First, the Lemurian Age was sufficiently developed, so that Manas could undertake the transformations.

The Lemurian race also had seven sub-stages. In the fourth (Lemurian) sub-stage, Manas emerges from within the human being.

[Appearance of freedom (and evil)]

Let us imagine the polar opposite to this: the certainty with which Manas works in the animal from outside, whereby fallibility is unthinkable. Hence, free will is unthinkable too. Only when Manas enters into the inner realm, fallibility becomes possible.

Now, since the globes spheres are closed and Manas is inside, he is enclosed in a prison, as it were, and depends on meeting his fellow Manasses. Fallibility only appears when Manas shines forth from inside. In the whole of human evolution, the possibility of freedom, the ability to choose between good and evil, appeared. In the whole former macrocosmic nature, one cannot speak of freedom. Until this point in time there lived animals who were afflicted by absolute certainty.

All animals with warm blood and fighting instincts [editor: warm blooded animals: mammals and birds] emerged only after the middle of the Lemurian Age, at the same time as sexuality.

Before that, there were single beings, conducted by Manas. Now there emerged single beings with freedom of choice.

[New harmonizing element: love instead of instinct]

Something new must now arise, something which will harmonise those beings. The impulse cannot come from Manas, because he has lost his certainty. A new element emerges. It is the element of love. Love was not necessary before, due to the certainty of instinct. That which we call love now emerged, from the lowest to the highest form. Even the most inferior form, sexual love, and all the way up to the forms of spiritual love, emerged only now. Then, our whole earthly macrocosm became enveloped in love as in a kind of atmosphere.

[Link with blood]

This love in the organic realm was related to the development of warm blood. It was the physical vehicle for love.

Those beings who were previously mighty, great beings, could not stay. It was the fish, they degenerated. Cold-blooded animals of today are the last remnants of great, mighty fish of Lemurian times. Only warm-blooded animals feel good now.

And now we gain insight into what became of earthly evolution since that time. The animal prepares its being like an sheath over something which enters from outside and manifests there: "The animal will pass away/ disappear."

Man reveals himself. The fact that he turns it around, that he sends the threads of his Manas outward, represents a higher evolution. He surrenders the threads of his beings as love.

[Revelation – egotism – love]

Thus, on the one hand, revelation – until the animal, then interim-realm of egotism, then the realm of love.

Exusiai – The streaming of a higher being into a lower one. Revelation. The light is the physical expression for this shining-in, for this revelation.

Occult light is the revelation of a higher element through a lower being.

Love is the renunciation of a being's own higher elements through a being that appears as a lower one.

Humanity still stands in this struggle. Earthly evolution is the war between light and love.

What lives in people themselves? A drop of Manas, the inner light itself.

Love is the cause for Manas pushing himself outward.

Two principles.

[Lucifer and Jehovah]

  • The Manassian being, which works in endlessly many facets as the human soul, is called Lucifer. This is the esoteric name for that which works as light upon man.
  • The force which allows the light to stream out, which pushes its way outward, is Jehovah. The being of love, which pushes the Manassian being outward, is Jehovah. "God is Love". It has entered into the world in the middle of Lemurian Age.

That which wants to fully express itself outwardly, when the  human path of love reaches its goal, manifests as divine wrath as long as it is still in an imperfect, incomplete state.

and through it, we see that Jehova gave a first version of the divine love, but only a reflection, contemplate - whether this maps to the love of blood relations, a precursor of the divine love or buddhi of christ

1904-12-28-GA090A (free translation) sketches the picture 'from wisdom to love', with Old Moon being the planet of wisdom and Earth the planet of Love. In other words: the God of Wisdom is being replaced by the God of Love.

Jehovah  - First initiates = Arhats, human Manas

Nice description of Luciferic principle: beings that were able to achieve their evolutionary goal on old moon, and joined their future development (destiny) and longing for wisdom with Man

Christinianity is about redeeming this Luciferic principle

Evil is a result from Freedom that came along with this Luciferic principle

Higher principle always thanks the lower principle that stays behind

The higher dhyan cohans had to get out of the luciferic to get the ability to embody manas

A good God could never create Free Man .. for this another being – left behind – was required to provide counterimpulses

Two influences are playing: the wisdom that is involved appears as spirit (manas) and the faculty that is being poured in is Love.

The wisdom that beings got on Old Moon enabled them to infuse sexuality into beings. Adepts or Masters were first initiates, the good guidance of mankind and human manas

Beings that did not reach their evolutionary goal on Old Moon, wanted to continue their development within the human astral body, gave Man a passion for wisdom. They shared their destiny with Man in that they had to evolve and rise along, and hence became Man's best friend. This is the Luciferic principle.

Lucifer's development that should have taken place on Old Moon, caused the origin of evil on Earth but also gave the freedom to Man. So Man indirectly owes his future developments .. to this ability to do evil.

Now the general principle in evolution is that to enable a higher development step, something else has to stay at a lower development.

The other normal developed beings had to push out and down this luciferic principle (leaving it behind), in order to shape beings with spirit (manas). So divine beings in the current cycle actually owe their ability and development to Lucifer.

Therefore, in order to grow, Man has to redeem Lucifer in order that these divine beings are 'rid' of this 'debt'. Man is not only there for himself, but contributes to the divine development. The good God could not have created free Man with the possibility to do evil. Therefore he had to be working on Man only from one side with impulses, whereas another being he had left behind worked on Man from the other side.

There are therefore multiple steps or gradations in this luciferic principle and the retarded beings. Wisdom can be pursued for itself (editor: and spirit, self consciousness), but also in service of the astrality (editor: redeeming of the astral infected by the luciferian spirits).

The luciferic principle also was the basis and foundation for the arts and sciences, in service of sensory gratification.


Going back to Old Moon and outpouring of SoW

1908-03-24-GA102 [in evo Ch 5]

In order that love might develop on earth the body had first to be developed at a primitive stage. Love had to be inaugurated in the lowest form as sex-love .. all lower love is schooling for the higher love

[see also evo XL010-03 Old Moon]


The lowest rank of these Elohim is the Jehovah stage. Jehovah therefore is an actual Moon divinity, who on the Old Moon passed through physical development. …

The name Jehovah does not designate a single being, but a rank in the order of the hierarchies


So too those beings who “trickled” down wisdom from the periphery of the Moon became capable of a higher evolution when Old Moon became Earth; they ascended higher.

The beings who at that time were able to let wisdom trickle into the Moon-beings were in fact those who were so advanced at the time when the sun withdrew from the earth that they went out with the sun and made it their scene of action. The beings who on Old Moon were spirits of wisdom — the wisdom that trickled down — were not the Spirits of Wisdom which have been so named in connection with Saturn — these spirits, or at any rate a great number of them, chose the sun as their theatre.

Only the Being whom one designates Yahve or Jehovah, who had reached full maturity on Old Moon, became the Lord of Form on the Earth, the Regent of the Moon forces.

The Emerald Stone

The planetary spheres have to be considered as supersensible influence with a ‘range of action’ similar to a large sphere. The planets we see represent like the physical border or each sphere. Hence we have to see the various spheres as embedded into one another, similar to the idea of russian dolls, meaning all supersensible influences superimpose and work together in Man.

A short extract from the famous Emerald tablet, describing creation on earth as follows:

  • The Sun is its father, the moon its mother, the wind hath carried it in its belly, the earth is its nurse
  • The father of it is the sun, the mother the moon. The wind bore it in the womb. Its nurse is the earth, the mother of all perfection.
  • The Sun is the father and the Moon the mother. The wind carries it in its stomach. The Earth is its nourisher and its receptacle.

These three translations (ao by Newton, Fulcanelli, ..) point to Earth as the ‘nurse’ or ‘receptacle’ (vessel, holder, container) and a product of father Sun and mother Moon.


What if not?

The Luciferic effect influenced 'the original plan'. It brought the possibility of freedom, but also of error.

Question for contemplation

How then was true divine love conceived if not with the freedom brought by the luciferic 'infection'?

What it this would not have happened, then what would have been different in the original plan, with what consequences?

The blinders of the luciferic infection

  • The Luciferic influence also blocked access to the tree re two higher ethers. The MoG then came to infuse buddhi into this constellation and gave Man access to the two higher ethers again.
  • Christ was part of unified Earth body before departure of the Sun, but left Earth with the Sun when the Sun departed from Earth

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