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.

The impact for the development of Man is related to divine impulses, and this is referenced as the balance between Lucifer and Jehovah. Both Lucifer and Jehovah are terms to denote a class of spiritual beings.

We live in the midst of this force-field of opposing counterbalancing spiritual influences that work in Man.


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 - see also description in Book of Genesis
  • 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 class of the seven Spirits of Form (or Elohim) described by the name Jehovah, brought the higher Self or monad down to Earth where it was connected with the lower Self of Man. This was a first divine intervention - see Schema FMC00.185 - 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 - see oa Schema FMC00.046 on Development of the I.

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. See also Book of Genesis

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 Fall and redemption - original sin and grace


The Christ Impulse - as the second divine intervention (Schema FMC00.185) - 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.


  • Lucifer is represented as the Winged Form of the Dragon; Ezekiel describes him as the Winged Bull (1905-10-25-GA093A)


Schema FMC00.428 illustrates the human 'I' as the center or cardinal point of two opposing streams of Jehovah (Spirits of Form) and Lucifer. The Jehovah SoF impulse infused love into Man's physical blood from below, the Luciferic influence brought Man's freedom and egoism from above. Both influences were first subconscious, and mature to full consciousness only with the maturing of Man's threefold soul.

The Christ Impulse brought about a shift, see Schema FMC00.428A on Human character - the I and threefold soul.


Schema FMC00.018 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, 'backward' beings called Luciferic spirits.

Another way to depict this in relation to Man, is Schema FMC00.238 on I-less human beings


Schema FMC00.472A illustrates the roles of the hierarchies contributing the development of the I. The descent of the monads with the first divine impulse by the Jehovah beings led to the fusion of higher astral and lower astral and the development of the human group souls and sentient soul. The image can be a support to contemplate the role of the beings of the third hierarchy on this process, especially angels and archangels (but also luciferic beings). For a start see for example 1906-01-06/07-GA262. A different aspect is the role of the archai in the later stage of development.


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


Schema FMC00.299 provides an overview reference to the first creation in the Book of Genesis, as explained in the 1910-08-GA122 lectures. This takes place fully in the Lemurian epoch.


Schema FMC00.542 illustrates the process of breathing air and the two streams of oxygen and nitrogen combining with liquid carbon in the human body and giving rise to processes generating carbonic acid and cyanic acid. Click twice and open in new tab to enlarge.

  • from the intake of oxygen (remnant of the separation of the moon): the carbonic acid stream 'flows up' to combine with sodium and iron to carbonic iron (and links Man to the moon); this is why 'soda in the head-nerve subsystem' is linked to thinking.
  • from the intake of nitrogen (remnant of the separation of the Sun: the cyanic acid stream 'flows down' to combine with calcium oxides (lime) to generate cyanide (and links Man to the sun); this links to the limb system and willing.

Note this schema focuses on the stream of coarse breathing of air as part of the middle rhythmic subsystem of Man. The silica and calcium processes (see above head and below the figure) are polar opposites related more typically to the head-nerve and metabolic-limb systems, though these processes work in the whole human body and affect all three subsystems (see 1921-04-11-GA313 and 1920-03-29-GA312 and other schemas).


Lecture coverage and references

Overview coverage

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.

Reference extracts

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.


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


(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.


We have thus learned to know a two-fold order of human beings: those who succumbed to the Jehovah Principle, the bringing of perfection to the physical Earth, and also spiritual human beings who were becoming more highly developed.

Jehovah and Lucifer are engaged in an unceasing battle.

It is the intention of Lucifer to develop everything upwards, towards knowledge, towards the light. In the spirit world the human being can bring a certain degree of advancement to the Luciferic principle. The longer he remains in the spirit world the more of this can he develop. He must pass through as many incarnations as are necessary in order to bring this Principle fully to perfection.

Thus there exists in the world a Jehovah Principle and a Lucifer Principle.

If the Jehovah Principle alone were to be taught, man would succumb to the Earth. If the teaching of reincarnation and karma were allowed to disappear entirely from the Earth we should win back for Jehovah all the Monads and physical man would be given over to the Earth, to a petrified planet. If however one teaches reincarnation and karma, man is led upwards to spiritualisation.

Christianity therefore made the absolutely right compromise, and for a period of time did not teach reincarnation and karma, but the importance of the single human existence, in order that man should learn to love the Earth, waiting until he is mature enough for a new Christianity, with the teaching of reincarnation and karma, which is the saving of the Earth and brings the whole of what has been sown into the spirit world.

As a result, in Christianity itself there is conflict between the two Principles: the one without reincarnation and karma, the other with this teaching.

  • In the former case, everything which Lucifer could bring about would be taken from human beings. They would actually drop out of reincarnation and turn their backs on the Earth, becoming degenerate angels. In that case the Earth would be going towards its downfall.
  • Were the hosts of Jehovah to be victorious on the Earth, the Earth would remain behind as a kind of Moon, as a rigidified body. The possibility of spiritualisation would then be a missed opportunity.


The battle in the Bhagavad Gitadescribes the conflict between Jehovah and Lucifer and their hosts.

It might still be possible today for the teaching of Christianity without reincarnation and karma to prevail. Then the Earth would be lost for the Principle of Lucifer.

The whole earth is still a battlefield of these two principles. The principle that leads the earth towards spirituality is Lucifer. In order to live in accordance with this Principle one must first love the Earth, one must descend on to the Earth. Lucifer is the Prince who reigns in the kingdom of science and art, but he cannot descend altogether on to the Earth: for this, his power does not suffice. Quite alone, it would be impossible for Lucifer to lead upwards what is on the Earth.

For this, not only is the power of a Moon Adept necessary, but of a Sun Adept, who embraces the universality of human life, not manifesting only in science and art. Lucifer is represented as the Winged Form of the Dragon; Ezekiel describes him as the Winged Bull.


gives a comprehensive explanation



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?

See: Q00.002 - timing of the Mystery of Golgotha#Description of the situation if there would have been no Luciferic infection

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

This is covered on Christ Module 11 - A new physics, aspect [1]

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