Luciferic beings and their influences
Luciferic beings are a class of spiritual beings at every level of these spiritual hierarchies, 'lagging' versus the normal development. Their host or leader is the being of Lucifer.
The Luciferic principle originated during the Old Sun planetary stage at the level of the Cherubim (see Schema FMC00.019), but this principle cascaded down to the lower hierarchies.
During the During the contraction of Old Sun to Old Moon, the 'War in heaven' happened between two classes of the Spirits of Motion, the more advanced and the ones who had remained behind. This War in heaven points to the origin of the mystery of evil, that Divine Providence allowed or ordered the impact of the Luciferic beings to trigger or cause the freedom of Man, freedom as a basis for Love. This is the cause why, during the Old Moon stage, some SoM became the seducers of the angels who were then going through the human stage (CoC4).
This development during Old Moon later influenced Mankind during Earth whilst the human 'I' was being established in the Lemurian epoch (See also: Lucifer and Jehovah, and the Book of Genesis). This event is known as the Fall, see also Fall and redemption - original sin and grace
Lucifer represents the bringer of freedom and own identity, as well as the bringer of light. With Light is meant physical light, whereas Christus brings spiritual light. Hence "Lucifer is the 'bearer of the Light', Christ is the Light" and "Christus Verus Luciferus".
This topic page covers the Luciferic principle in general terms and with a broad overall positioning: its evolutionary origin within the solar system evolution, positioning in the development of the spiritual hierarchies, the being of Lucifer and the various luciferic hosts.
For the specific influences on the human being in the current Earth stage, the gifts, downsides and redemption of Lucifer by Man, see Luciferic influence on Man and related pages.
- origin of the Luciferic principle on Old Sun (1911-11-14-GA132)
- War in heaven between the Old Sun and Old Moon stage ( see quote 1909-04-18-GA110 on War in heaven)
- Luciferic beings on Old Moon (1912-01-09-GA130)
the being of Lucifer
- as a 'brother of Christ' on Old Sun (1912-06-11-GA137 and 1912-06-12-GA137)
- Lucifer as the ruler of Venus
- as the Holy Spirit, and the statement "Lucifer is the 'bearer of the Light', Christ is the Light" and (1909-03-22-GA107)
- the saying "Christus Verus Luciferus"
- as the Winged Bull (Ezekiel) or the Winged Form of the Dragon (1905-10-25-GA093A)
- names: Lucifer is also known as Eblis (or Iblis, in the Quran) and Loki (in Germanic and Norse/Scandinavian mythology, see GA121).
categories of beings
- Luciferic beings mainly H3, but also exist along the whole rank of all spiritual hierarchies so also H2 and H1 (1912-04-08-GA136)
- Luciferic beings are irregular beings of Mars, Jupiter and Saturn that live in the warm and air elements, and the warmth and light ether (1922-12-03-06 and 1922-03-08)
- Luciferic influence on Man
- redemption of luciferic beings (1909-03-22-GA107)
- 'Lucifer's secret' is the intervention of the spirits who free the human being. It is a secret because the Catholic Church injustly - made Lucifer into Satan, the symbol of evil and enemy of mankind. (1904-11-02-GA089). In the first centuries after Christ, the Roman Church still honoured Lucifer and not Christ. Rudolf Steiner refers to written works that are proof of this fact, one of which is safely garded in the Vatican, the other copy which was in possession of the Count of St-German (incarnation of Christian Rosenkreutz).
- the astral world reflected in the sub-physical world is the province of Lucifer
Schema FMC00.270 illustrates in  how Luciferic principles closed themselves off and kept inside what normally rays forth and through as the workings of the higher spiritual hierarchies .
Regarding  versus , the following extract of 1907-05-21-GA284 can also be read together with this schema:
.. it then transforms itself into the downward-turned pure chalice or cup. The plant "cup" is chaste today and is turned openly upward. With the human being it is reversed. In the future the human cup will become chaste and will turn itself downward; hence is the Grail shown here as a chalice turned downward.
The extract is from an explanation of the seventh apocalyptic seal, see Book of Revelation.
Schema FMC00.019 (click to enlarge) below depicts schematically how during the Old Sun stage, certain Cherubim did not accept the sacrifice of the Thrones and this way wrestled themselves free and became more independant.
It illustrates how the Luciferic 'class' of the hierarchies are a totally naturally part of, or spawning off from, the overall evolutionary process .. like a kind of side-effect.
Lecture coverage and references
This aspect of Lucifer is also the one which represented Christianity in the early centuries. Two documents relating to this exist-one in the Vatican, and a copy of it in the possession of the most initiated Christian in the West, the Count of St Germain. This Lucifer-nature had also represented Christianity in the early centuries. Then Lucifer had gradually changed into a kind of adversary in the Christian tradition. Originally his position had been that of the human being’s friend.
Evolution thus means that the different streams in the universe do not develop at the same rate. Part has to go ahead, something else needs to catch up later. This lagging behind of evolutionary streams leads to opposing interests in the world. This is an important occult law. Certain evolutions have been shown as ascending and descending in theosophical books. We have 7 planets with 7 rounds each and always 7 form states, a total of 343 states. These were at about their halfway point by the middle of the Atlantean age.
The ascent thus began with an intervention from the luciferic principle. In the descent, evolution became delayed, and in its ascent it came to be faster and faster. This accelerated development did not, however, address itself to the whole of the physical plane but only to individual spirits.
- The lords of wisdom had initially been in ascending evolution. They had reached a peak by the middle of Atlantean evolution. Where love is concerned they are at a beginning; they carved love into the macrocosm, but they are in the descending line and in delay.
- The lords of the luciferic principle, on the other hand, are in the ascending line of development.
Because of this, intellectuality is increasing rapidly, whilst ennoblement through love is very slow.
Example: piano maker working with loving care would be out of place in a concert hall; there you have to have the perfect virtuoso pianist. Disharmony would result if the former wanted to go on to do his hammering with the same loving devotion in the concert hall.
Two streams must therefore always come together. Relative evil arises when two streams, perfect in themselves, interact.
Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Why do you call me good? No one is good except God only.’ Nothing in the world is good, only the principle of the beginning, which is the Father. So this is how the godlike atman and budhi qualities develop macrocosmically in the hosts of the world’s disposers.
And now you will understand 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. During the first ages of Lemurian epoch things were sufficiently developed, so that Manas could undertake the transformations. The Lemurian epoch also had seven sub-ages. In the fourth Lemurian age, Manas emerges from within the human being.
1904-11-02-GA089 also describes the fact that the Catholic Church - injustly - made Lucifer into Satan, the symbol of evil and enemy of mankind.
For more on this fact and more such practices, see eg Helena Blavatsky in The esoteric character of the gospels.
The rebellion of the lower dhyani was the work of Lucifer, the intervention of the spirits who free the human being is known as `Lucifer's secret'. In all esoteric schools, Lucifer was venerated as much as all the other dhyanic spirits. Lucifer was called on whenever people needed guidance to find the way to the spirit in full clarity of perceptive understanding. In the early Christian mystery centres, Lucifer's Mystery was still understood and also put down in writing in those early days. This book is most carefully guarded in the Roman Catholic Church, for good reason, for the Church has declared Lucifer to be the enemy of humanity, though the truth is that he made the automated human being into a free spirit. The book is kept at the Vatican; the Count of St Germain has a copy.
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.
- Now there came a Sun Hero, similar to those who appeared in the Hyperborean Epoch, represented by Ezekiel as the Winged Lion. This Hero, Who gave the second impulse, is the Christ, the Lion out of the tribe of Judah. Christ is a Solar Hero, a Lion-Nature, a Sun Pitri.
- The representative of the Eagle will come only later; he represents the Father Principle. The third impulse will be represented by an Adept who was already an adept on Old Saturn. Such a one cannot as yet incarnate on the Earth. When man is not only able to develop his higher nature upwards, but working creatively is able to renounce completely his lower nature, then will this highest adept, the Saturn adept, the Father Principle, the Hidden God, be able to incarnate.
The above statement is depicted in Rudolf Steiner's drawing in a letter, see FMC00.185 on Epochs in Earth physical round.
Note: The Book of Ezekiel is the third prophetic book of the Bible after the books of Isaiah and Jeremiah. Ezekiel (approx. 622 to ca 570 BC) was active in the exiled community of Judahites in Babylonia. The relevant section (Ezek. 1:5-10) describes a vision of four living creatures with wings, corresponding to the four Group souls of humanity, Man, Lion, Bull and Eagle
I looked, and I saw a windstorm coming out of the north—an immense cloud with flashing lightning and surrounded by brilliant light. The center of the fire looked like glowing metal, 5 and in the fire was what looked like four living creatures. In appearance their form was human, 6 but each of them had four faces and four wings. 7 Their legs were straight; their feet were like those of a calf and gleamed like burnished bronze. 8 Under their wings on their four sides they had human hands. All four of them had faces and wings, 9 and the wings of one touched the wings of another. Each one went straight ahead; they did not turn as they moved. 10 Their faces looked like this: Each of the four had the face of a human being, and on the right side each had the face of a lion, and on the left the face of an ox; each also had the face of an eagle. 11 Such were their faces. They each had two wings spreading out upward, each wing touching that of the creature on either side; and each had two other wings covering its body. 12 Each one went straight ahead. Wherever the spirit would go, they would go, without turning as they went. 13 The appearance of the living creatures was like burning coals of fire or like torches. Fire moved back and forth among the creatures; it was bright, and lightning flashed out of it. 14 The creatures sped back and forth like flashes of lightning.
In 1905-10-25-GA093A is further commented
The Bull is a symbol of fertility; previously came the Lion, the symbol of courage, and before this the Eagle. In the vision of Ezekiel, referring to those earlier times, the animals have wings because they could raise themselves above the Earth. Man only appeared later.
1906-11-09-GA068A is titled 'Lucifer'
1909-03-22-GA107 contains the statement where Lucifer himself, as the spirit of independent wisdom in his transformation by the Christ impulse, is described as the “Holy Spirit” (SWCC)
Christ is verily the Light which leads out of error and sin, the Light which enables man to find the way upwards. And now let us ask ourselves: What was it that was lost to man in that he descended from the spiritual world, was ensnared in desires and passions under the influence of Lucifer, and then, under Ahriman's influence, in error, illusion and lying in the earthly world?
He lost direct vision of the spiritual world, he lost understanding of the spiritual world.
What, then, must he regain? He must regain full understanding of the spiritual world.
As a self-conscious being, man can grasp the import of Christ's Deed only by realizing with full clarity of understanding, the significance of Christ. The Christ-Power is there in very truth — not brought by man, for the Christ-Power was brought to the earth by none other than Christ Himself. Karma has come into humanity through Christ. But now, with self-consciousness, man must learn to know Christ in His real nature and His connection with the whole universe. Only so can man work in the true sense as an ‘I’. What then, does he actually achieve when, after Christ's appearance, he does not merely rest satisfied with letting Christ's power work upon him unconsciously, with saying: I am content with the knowledge that Christ came to the earth; He will redeem me and ensure my progress! — but when he says: I am resolved to know what Christ is in all reality, how He descended; I am resolved to participate through my own spirit in Christ's Deed! — what does man achieve thereby?
.. because the Luciferic spirits slipped into his astral body, Man has come down into the world of sense, thereby falling prey to the evil but also acquiring the possibility of self-conscious freedom. Lucifer is in very truth present in the being of Man, has drawn him down to the earth, has ensnared him in earthly existence; inasmuch as the passions and desires contained in the astral body had first been led by Lucifer into the earthly realm, Ahriman too was able to invade the astral body, in the intellectual soul.
[redemption of luciferic beings]
Christ appeared, and with him the force which can bear Man upwards again into the spiritual world. But now, if he so wills, Man can come to know Christ, he can gather all wisdom to this end. What does he achieve thereby? .. When a Man knows Christ, when he absorbs the wisdom which begets insight into what Christ truly is, then he redeems himself and the Luciferic beings through this knowledge of Christ.
Were Man merely to say: 'I am content with the fact that Christ appeared and to allow myself to be redeemed by him unconsciously', then he would contribute nothing to the redemption of the Luciferic Beings. These Luciferic Beings who have brought Man freedom, also make it possible for him, if he so wills, to turn it to account in order to understand Christ. Then the Luciferic Spirits are cleansed and purified in the fire of Christianity and the wrong done to the earth by them is changed into blessing.
[Lucifer and the Holy Spirit]
Freedom has been attained; but it will also be carried into the spiritual sphere as a blessing. That Man is capable of this, that he is capable of understanding Christ, that Lucifer, resurrected in a new form, can unite with Christ as the good Spirit - this, as prophecy still, was told by Christ himself to those around him, when He said:
“Ye shall be illumined by the new Spirit, by the Holy Spirit!”
This 'Holy Spirit' is none other than the spirit through whom Man can apprehend what Christ has wrought. Christ desired not merely to work, but also to be apprehended, to be understood. Therefore the sending of the spirit by whom men are inspired, the sending of the 'Holy spirit', is implicit in Christianity.
In the spiritual sense, Whitsuntide belongs inseparably to Easter. This 'Holy Spirit' is none other than the Lucifer-Spirit, resurrected now in higher, purer glory - the spirit of independent understanding, wisdom-inwoven. Christ himself foretold that this spirit would come to men after him, and in the light of this spirit their labors must proceed.
What is it that works onward in the light of this spirit? The world-stream of spiritual science, if rightly conceived!
What is this spiritual science? It is the wisdom of the spirit, the wisdom that lifts into the full light of consciousness that in Christianity which would otherwise remain in the unconscious.
The torch of the resurrected Lucifer, of the Lucifer now transformed into the good, blazons the way for Christ.
Lucifer is the bearer of the Light - Christ is the Light!
As the word itself denotes, Lucifer is the “Bearer of the Light”. That is what the spiritual scientific movement should be, that is implicit in it. Those who know that the progress of mankind depends upon living apprehension of the Mystery of Golgotha are they who as the “Masters of Wisdom and of the Harmony of Feelings” are united in the great Guiding Lodge of mankind [White Lodge].
And as once the 'tongues of fire' hovered down as a living symbol upon the company of the apostles, so does the 'Holy Spirit' announced by Christ himself reign as the Light over the Lodge of the Twelve. The Thirteenth is the Leader of the Lodge of the Twelve. The “Holy Spirit” is the mighty Teacher of those we name the “Masters of Wisdom and of the Harmony of Feelings”. It is through them that his voice and his wisdom flow down to mankind in this or that stream upon the earth. The treasures of wisdom gathered together by the spiritual scientific movement in order to understand the universe and the spirits therein, how through the “Holy Spirit” into the Lodge of the Twelve; and that is what will ultimately lead mankind step by step to free, self-conscious understanding of Christ and of the Mystery of Golgotha. Thus to ‘cultivate’ spiritual science means to understand that the spirit has been sent into the world by Christ; the pursuit of spiritual science is implicit in true Christianity.
seven classes of Luciferic beings whose development was retarded during the Moon-evolution […].
In another passage, it says that in each of the seven rounds of every planetary development, beings are left behind. Each of these categories will especially develop a different aspect of the Luciferic nature.
We have repeatedly drawn attention to occurrences in evolution which must be traced back to those beings who have in the course of evolution “remained behind.” We know that the Luciferic beings have invaded the domain of our earth humanity. It has repeatedly been necessary to draw attention to the fact that these beings are able to enter our astral body during the development of our earth because they did not, during Old Moon, reach the stage they ought to have attained. A commonplace comparison has often been used, that as in our schools some pupils remain behind, so even in the great cosmic evolution there are cosmic beings who, remaining behind in the stages of their own evolution, subsequently interfere with the evolutionary stages of other beings, with a result similar to that produced by the Luciferic beings, who lingered behind on the Old Moon. We might easily suppose these to be faulty beings actually injurious to the evolution of the world; for why did they linger behind? The thought, however, which we should entertain is this: that man would never have attained his freedom, or the capacity for individual initiative action had not the Lucifer beings remained behind on the Moon.
- So that on the one hand man owes to the Lucifer beings the fact that he has in his astral body passions, emotions, and desires driving him constantly down from a certain height into lower pats of his nature.
- But, on the other hand, if man were incapable of wickedness, unable to err from good through the forces of the Lucifer beings in his astral body he could not act freely, or possess what we call freewill, freedom of choice. We must therefore admit that to the Luciferic beings we owe our freedom.
The deduction to be drawn from this is that the one-sided view is not valid that claims that they only lead man astray; their remaining behind must be regarded as something beneficial, as something without which he could never have acquired his human dignity, in the true sense of the word.
Now what we call the “remaining behind” of the Luciferic and Ahrimanic beings is based on something much deeper, something already to be encountered in connection with Old Saturn, although it is there so difficult to perceive that words could hardly be found in any language to describe it. But when we advance to the Old Sun stage, we are able to describe it quite distinctly if we bear in mind the idea of resignation or renunciation which we have today described. For what lies beneath all such remaining behind and all its influence is renunciation, resignation by higher Beings.
So now, on Old Sun we can see the following taking place. We have said that the Thrones offer sacrifice to the Cherubim; and this they do, as we have seen in the last lecture, not only during the Saturn period, but they continue their sacrifice through that of the Sun, so that there too we have the idea of the Thrones sacrificing to the Cherubim. In this sacrifice is to be found the actual essence of all the conditions of heat or fire present in the world. Now, if we look back into the Akashic Record of the Sun-age we can quite distinctly remark the following. The Thrones offer and continue their sacrificial activity; so that we have there the sacrificing Thrones and a host of Cherubim to whom, as we see, the sacrifice rises, while they take into themselves the heat which flows forth from it. However, another host of Cherubim accomplish something else; these renounce the sacrifice, they do not accept what is offered them. We must therefore complete the picture we called up before our minds in the last lecture.
In this picture we have the sacrificing Thrones and those Cherubim who accept their sacrifice, and we also have the Cherubim who do not accept it — but give back that which was offered up to them. It is extraordinarily interesting to follow this in the Akashic Record. For by reason of the bestowing virtue of the Spirits of Wisdom now flowing into the sacrificial heat we are able during the ancient Sun-period to see ascending something like sacrificial smoke of which we have said, that it is reflected back by the Archangels from the outermost periphery of the Sun, in the form of light. But now besides this, something altogether different seems to appear in the space of ancient Sun; not merely the sacrificial smoke thrown back by the Archangels in the form of light, but also that smoke which was not accepted by the Cherubim and which as it were flows back again, as though dammed back. So that we have permanent clouds of sacrifice in space; Sacrifice that ascends, Sacrifice that descends, Sacrifice accepted and Sacrifice rejected. The encounter of these intrinsically Spiritual cloud-formations is seen to take place between what in the last lecture we called the “outer” and the “inner,” until the separation occurs. Thus in the centre we have the sacrificing Thrones, then in the heights above the Cherubim accepting the sacrifice, and beside these, those other Cherubim who did not accept the proffered sacrifice, but diverted its course back again. Through this diversion arises, as it were, an encircling cloud, and right outside we have the cast-back masses of light. Let us try to form a picture of this in our minds. We must think of this ancient Sun-space, the ancient Sun-mass as a cosmic globe beyond which we conceive of nothing, so that we only imagine space extending as far as the Archangels. Let us further picture in the centre of this globular formation the meeting of the accepted and the rejected sacrifices. From these two, the accepted and rejected sacrifices, there comes into being in the ancient Sun something that we may call a division of the whole Sun-substance, a divergence. If we wish to compare the Sun in that bygone age with any external image, we can only compare it with the form of our present Saturn which is a globe encircled by rings; for that which is in the centre is thrown inwards by volumes of sacrifice and that which was outside is arranged as an encircling mass. Thus we have the Sun's substance divided into two parts by the force of the arrested and dammed up powers of the sacrifice.
What then is brought about by this renunciation of the sacrifice on the part of certain of the Cherubim?
We are now coming to an extremely difficult chapter indeed, and we shall only be able gradually to grasp, by means of meditation, what is comprised in the conceptions about to be set forth. Only after long and profound reflection upon the conceptions about to be given can we discern what the realities are that underlie them.
That resignation of which mention has already been made, must be brought into connection with the origin of Time — the scene of which we have laid in Old Saturn. Time, as we have seen, actually originated on Old Saturn, with the Archai, and there is no sense in referring to Time previous to Old Saturn. Now at the risk of repeating ourselves, we may say that Time continues. Continuity or Duration is a conception which contains Time within itself. Thus when we say that Time is continuous it means that when we observe Saturn and Sun in the Akashic records, on Saturn we find the origin of Time — and on the Sun we still find Time present. Now if all conditions remained as they were, as we described them in the last two lectures when speaking of Saturn and Sun, Time would then form an element in everything that happens in evolution. We could not in thought eliminate Time from any occurrence in evolution. We have seen that the Spirits of Time came into being on Old Saturn, and that Time is implanted into everything. All that we have hitherto thought whether in pictures or in imagination concerning evolution we must bring into connection with Time. All that has taken place — sacrifice and the virtue of bestowal, which we have mentioned — would be subject to Time, nothing would not be subject to Time, which means that all arising and passing away which indeed pertains to Time, must be subject to it.
Now those Cherubim who renounced the acceptance of the sacrifice and of that which was, as it were, contained in the smoke of the sacrifice, did so because in so doing, they withdraw from the properties of this sacrificial smoke. And to these properties belongs, above all, Time, which includes “arising” and “passing away.” The whole renunciation of the sacrifice on the part of these Cherubim signifies that they had grown beyond the conditions of Time. These Cherubim extended beyond Time and withdrew from subjection to it. The combination of circumstances during the evolution of ancient Sun was such, that the sacrificing and the virtue of bestowal, which conditions continued in a direct line from Saturn, remain subject to Time; whilst others, brought about by the other Cherubim who renounced the acceptance of the sacrifice wrested themselves free, and chose Eternity, duration, permanence, the non-subjection to arising and passing away. This is in the highest degree remarkable: during the evolution of ancient Sun we come to a severance between Time and Eternity. Through the resignation made by the Cherubim during the Sun-evolution, Eternity was gained, as a property of certain conditions which then came about. Just as we saw, on looking into our soul, that in it certain effects were produced through the acquisition by man of the qualities of renunciation and resignation — so we see, speaking now of the ancient Sun alone, that eternity and immortality were acquired by certain divine Spiritual Beings, that they resigned the sacrifice and all that might have come to them from the virtue of bestowal and all its diffused gifts. Whereas we have seen Time coming into being on ancient Saturn, we have also seen certain conditions wresting themselves free from it during the Sun development. But we must take special care to note that this was prepared even during the Saturn-age; so that Eternity does not actually begin during the Sun-age. This can however, only be sufficiently clearly and distinctly observed so that it can be expressed in concepts, in the Sun-age: on Saturn the division between Time and Eternity is so faintly perceptible that our ideas and words do not prove precise enough to define anything of the sort for ancient Saturn and its evolution.
We have now learnt the significance of resignation, the renunciation made by the gods during the time of ancient Sun, and the attainment of immortality. What was the further consequence of this?
1912-01-09-GA130 talks about Luciferic beings on Old Moon
In the first section, (a) the luciferic spirits are introduced as H3, then (b) the visible physical planets are explained due to the workings of luciferic SoF
Their action arose from their wish to develop an inner life, an inner activity; but the result, the consequence was, that they at the same time became Spirits of Untruth. Now all the spiritual beings which in this way, through betraying their own nature, arose as a second category beside the spirits of the Third Hierarchy, are called in spiritual science, Luciferic Spirits. The concept of the Luciferic Spirits consists essentially in the fact that these beings wish to develop an inner life. Now the question is — What have these spirits to do, to attain their goal? We have already seen what they had to develop as a result; and we shall now inquire further what they had to do in order to attain this goal of an inner independent life. What did these spirits wish to surmount? They wished to prevent themselves from being filled wholly with the substance of the higher hierarchies; they wished to be filled, not only with the beings of the higher hierarchies, but with their own being. They could only accomplish this in the following way: Instead of filling themselves with the spirit of the higher hierarchies, and, as it were, leaving themselves open to the free outlook towards the higher hierarchies, they cut themselves off, detached themselves from them, in order in this way to create substance of their own from the substance of the higher hierarchies.
Those spiritual beings of the Third Hierarchy of which we have just spoken did not wish to be filled with the spirit nor to be connected with the spiritual substance of the hierarchies. They wanted an independent spiritual life, they therefore cut themselves off, they detached themselves, so that the being of the higher hierarchies was above them; they cut the connection and detached themselves as independent beings, retaining the actual light in their inner being. Thus they, as it were, stole what should only have filled them, and then returned to the higher hierarchies. They stole it for themselves, filled their own inner being with it, and by that means developed an independent side to their nature. This concept can provide an explanation of events in the cosmos, without which we should be quite unable to grasp a stellar system, the constitution of the stars in general as we know them with our human physical consciousness. Without these concepts one cannot possibly grasp the life of the stars, the life of the heavenly bodies. I have now tried to indicate to you how certain beings of the Third Hierarchy have become quite different beings: Luciferic Spirits. That which took place in these beings of the Third Hierarchy cannot, of course, take place in the same way in the beings of the other hierarchies but something similar takes place even with these. ...
Thus the physical planets would not be in existence if these Spirits of Form alone were to work, but there would be globe-shaped, accumulated masses bounded by what the physical astronomy of to-day calls the orbits of the planets. But within the cosmos there are certain spiritual beings corresponding to the Spirits of Form, but who, as it were, are rebels against those of their own class. Just as we find Luciferic Spirits among the beings of the Third Hierarchy, which in order to set up their own independent life, cut themselves off from the spiritual substance of the higher hierarchies, so do we also find within the category of the Spirits of Form that some separated and would not go through the usual development of a Spirit of Form, but went through an evolution of their own. These oppose the normal Spirits of Form, are in opposition to them. What then happens is as follows. Let us suppose that we had at point S the centre-point of the spiritual Council of the Spirits of Form; the Spirit of Form working upon Saturn would call forth this etheric globe, so that by the agency of this Spirit of Form a flattened globe would arise, as in the diagram. At an outermost point of this etheric globe, in opposition to the Spirit of Form working from the centre of the Sun works the rebel, the Luciferic Spirit of Form. He works from without inwards; opposingly.
then the statement below positions that this takes place also in H2 and H1.
.. above the Spirits of Form stand the Spirits of Motion, above these the Spirits of Wisdom, above these the Spirits of Will, above them the Cherubim, the Seraphim. In all ranks of these spiritual beings there are those who can be likened to what we have described as Luciferic Spirits
1912-04-08-GA132 describes the luciferic beings of the third hierarchy
We have said that characteristic of the beings of the Third Hierarchy is the fact that what is perception in man is in them manifestation, and that what in man is inner life, in them is being filled with spirit. Even in those beings who start immediately above man in the cosmic order, the Angels or Angeloi, we already find this peculiarity, that they are actually conscious of that which they manifest from out of themselves. When they return to their inner being, they have nothing independent, nothing self-enclosed, like the inner life of man; but they then feel shining and springing forth in their inner being, the forces and beings of the higher hierarchies above them. In short they feel themselves filled and inspired by the spirit and its beings, immediately above them. Thus what we men call our independent inner life, really does not exist in them. If they wish to develop their own being, if they wish to feel, think and will somewhat as a man does, all that is immediately manifested externally; not as in man, who can shut up within himself his thoughts and feelings, and allow the impulses of his will to remain unfulfilled. What lives as thought in these beings, in so far as they themselves bring forth these thoughts, is at the same time also externally revealed. If they do not wish to manifest externally they have no other means of returning into their inner being, but by once again filling themselves with the world above them. Thus, in the inner life of these beings dwells the world above them, and when they live a life of their own, they project themselves externally, objectively.
Thus, as we have seen, these beings could hide nothing within them as the product of their own thought and feeling, for whatever they bring about in their inner being must show itself externally. As we mentioned in one of the former lectures, they cannot lie, they cannot be untrue to their nature so that their thoughts and feelings did not harmonize with the external world; they cannot have an idea within them which does not agree with the external world; for any ideas which they have in their inner being, are perceived by them in their manifestation.
But now let us just suppose that these beings had a desire to be untrue to their own nature, what would be the result? Well, in the beings we have designated as Angels, Archangels, and Spirits of the Age or Archai, we find throughout that everything which reveals itself to them, everything which they can perceive is, so to speak, their own being. If they were to wish to be untrue, they would be obliged to develop something in their inner being which would not be consistent with their own nature. Every untruth would be a denial of their nature. That would mean nothing less than a deadening, a damping-down of their own being. Now suppose that nevertheless these beings had the desire to experience something in their inner nature which they did not manifest externally; to do so they would have to take on another nature.
What I have just described as the denial of their own nature by beings of the Third Hierarchy, the taking on of another nature, did actually take place; it did occur in the course of the ages. We shall see, as these lectures go on, why this had to happen; but to begin with we will confine our attention to the fact that it did happen that, among the beings of the Third Hierarchy there were some possessed with this desire to have experiences in their inner nature which they need not manifest externally. That is, they had the wish to deny their own nature.
What did this bring about in these beings? Something entered, which the other beings, those of the Third Hierarchy which retained their own nature, cannot have. The beings of the Third Hierarchy can have no inner independence such as man has. If they wish to live in their inner being, they must immediately be filled with the spirit-world above them. A certain number of the beings of the Third Hierarchy had the desire to develop something within their inner being which they would not immediately encounter in the external world as perception, or revelation of their own being. Hence the necessity arose of denying their own nature and taking on another nature. To develop an inner life of their own, to attain inner independence, a number of beings of the Third Hierarchy had to give up their own nature, to deny it. They had, so to speak, to bring about in themselves the power not to manifest certain inner experiences externally.
What then were the reasons which moved these beings of the Third Hierarchy to develop such a desire within them?
If we fix our attention upon the nature of the beings of the Third Hierarchy, with their manifestation and enfilling with spirit, we see that these beings are in reality wholly at the service of the beings of the higher hierarchies. Angels have no life of their own; their own life is manifestation, which is for the whole world; as soon as they do not manifest themselves there radiates into their inner being the life of the higher hierarchies. That which induced a number of them to deny their nature was a feeling of power, of independence and freedom. At a certain time a number of beings of the Third Hierarchy had an impulse, an urge, not merely to be dependent upon the beings of the higher hierarchies, but to develop within themselves an inner life of their own. The result of this was very far-reaching for the whole evolution of the planetary system to which we belong; for these beings whom we may call the rebels of the Third Hierarchy, brought about nothing less than the actual independence of man — making it possible for him to develop an independent life of his own, which does not immediately manifest externally, but can be independent of external manifestation.
I am intentionally using many words to describe this circumstance, because it is extremely important to grasp accurately what is here in question, namely, that an impulse arose in a number of the Third Hierarchy to develop an inner life of their own. Everything else was simply the result, the consequence of this impulse. What then was this result? It was in fact a terrible one, namely, the betrayal of their own nature; untruth, falsehood. You see, it is important that you should understand that the spirits of the Third Hierarchy which had this impulse, did not do what they did for the sake of lying, but in order to develop an independent life of their own; but in so doing they had to take the consequence, they had to become Spirits of Untruth — spirits which betrayed their own being — in other words, Spirits of Lies. It is as though someone were to take a journey on foot — and he meets with a wet day; he must of necessity make the best of it and put up with getting wet, which he did not at all intend: — in the same way the spirits of which we are speaking, had no intention of doing something in order to sink into untruth. Their action arose from their wish to develop an inner life, an inner activity; but the result, the consequence was, that they at the same time became Spirits of Untruth. Now all the spiritual beings which in this way, through betraying their own nature, arose as a second category beside the spirits of the Third Hierarchy, are called in occultism, Luciferic Spirits.
The concept of the Luciferic Spirits consists essentially in the fact that these beings wish to develop an inner life.
What have these spirits to do, to attain their goal? We have already seen what they had to develop as a result; and we shall now inquire further what they had to do in order to attain this goal of an inner independent life. What did these spirits wish to surmount?
They wished to prevent themselves from being filled wholly with the substance of the higher hierarchies; they wished to be filled, not only with the beings of the higher hierarchies, but with their own being. They could only accomplish this in the following way: Instead of filling themselves with the spirit of the higher hierarchies, and, as it were, leaving themselves open to the free outlook towards the higher hierarchies, they cut themselves off, detached themselves from them, in order in this way to create substance of their own from the substance of the higher hierarchies.
We can gain a correct idea of what is here in question if we think of the beings of the Third Hierarchy in the following way. We think of them represented symbolically, graphically, in such a way that they manifest their own being outwardly, as it were, as though it were their skin; so that each time they developed inner thought or feeling, a manifestation arises, like a shining-forth of their own being. The moment they do not manifest themselves, they take up the light of the higher hierarchies which flows into them; they fill themselves with the spirit of the higher hierarchies and, as it were, open their whole being to them.
Those spiritual beings of the Third Hierarchy of which we have just spoken did not wish to be filled with the spirit nor to be connected with the spiritual substance of the hierarchies. They wanted an independent spiritual life, they therefore cut themselves off, they detached themselves, so that the being of the higher hierarchies was above them; they cut the connection and detached themselves as independent beings, retaining the actual light in their inner being.
Thus they, as it were, stole what should only have filled them, and then returned to the higher hierarchies. They stole it for themselves, filled their own inner being with it, and by that means developed an independent side to their nature.
This concept can provide an explanation of events in the cosmos, without which we should be quite unable to grasp a stellar system, the constitution of the stars in general as we know them with our human physical consciousness. Without these concepts one cannot possibly grasp the life of the stars, the life of the heavenly bodies.
I have now tried to indicate to you how certain beings of the Third Hierarchy have become quite different beings: Luciferic Spirits. That which took place in these beings of the Third Hierarchy cannot, of course, take place in the same way in the beings of the other hierarchies but something similar takes place even with these. If we apply that which takes place in the beings of the other hierarchies to a consideration of the Spirits of Form, it will give us an idea of how a planetary system is actually formed.
[continues to explain that the normal spirits of the hierarchies are invisible in the planetary spheres, whereas the visible physical planets are due to the luciferic spirits]
Just as we find Luciferic Spirits among the beings of the Third Hierarchy, which in order to set up their own independent life, cut themselves off from the spiritual substance of the higher hierarchies, so do we also find within the category of the Spirits of Form that some separated and would not go through the usual development of a Spirit of Form, but went through an evolution of their own. These oppose the normal Spirits of Form, are in opposition to them.
That spirit who carried the forces of his being from the center-point of the Sun into the periphery, was everywhere opposed by the abnormal spirits of the different hierarchies, which in their totality, form the kingdom of Ahriman. We shall, however, see that we must separate the kingdom of Ahriman from that of Lucifer with regard to the planetary system.
Luciferic principle on Earth
1906-01-06/07-GA262 (letters in correspondence) gives an excellent description of the luciferic principle
[Luciferian principle linked to Mars influences lunar pitris]
As the beings from Venus establish the separate sexes, similarly they cause the intellect to become fruitful. It receives half the productive faculties saved from the sexual powers.
For this reason the monads — their manas element in the first instance — which developed during the Old Saturn, Old Sun and Old Moon stages, can descend into the organ of the intellect. The work of the monads would have remained cold and dry, however, if the astral body had not received an element which resulted in the human being using his intellect with a certain higher passion. This element was given to the human being from Mars.
And the beings who transmitted it are the luciferic beings. Although they progressed beyond the stage of later human Earth existence, they did not reach the stage of concluding their Old Moon development with the manvantara of the Old Moon, as the Lunar-Pitris were able to do.
As initiates they now carry the astral forces from Mars into the astral body of the human being and thus fan within him the passion for using his intellect. In this way they vitalise the knowledge of human beings; they arouse them to independence. This is the aid to human development given by the luciferic principle.
During the Earth development of the human being it is the 'Spirits of Form' who are in this position. They are therefore the creators of earthly human beings. And insofar as they are in this position, 'Jehovah' is their representative. So since the mid-point of Earth development the human being deals with:
- 1. His creators, the Spirits of Form, who lent him his earthly form.
- 2. The archangels, who gave his astral body its sensual emotions.
- 3. The Lunar-Pitris, who gave to this astral body its earthly knowledge. And lastly,
- 4. himself, living as 'I' in the consciousness soul.
The action of the archangels takes place in the second half of the Lemurian epoch, along with the work of the Lunar-Pitris. Then during the 5th sub-race of the Atlantean epoch the human being begins to develop into an independent 'I'.
Within this progression the Lunar-Pitris who have not completed their development (b) work differently from those who have (a).
- The latter (a) imbue the astral body perfectly with the Mercury element from without, but
- the former (b) still have to perfect themselves with the things which are developing in Man. Their own being is therefore within the human being. In this way they are the luciferic principle.
Christus Verus Luciferus
references GA104, GA109, GA136 (physical light vs spiritual light), and GA227 ('Christus verus phosophorus' .. countering the saltening of humanity)
Topic 1 - Luciferic beings and the various hierarchies
- Schema FMC00.019 on this page 'Luciferic beings and their influence' (reference 1911-11-14-GA132) depicts schematically how during the Old Sun stage, certain Cherubim did not accept the sacrifice of the Thrones and this way wrestled themselves free and became more independant. It illustrates how the Luciferic 'class' of the hierarchies are a totally naturally part of, or spawning off from, the overall evolutionary process .. like a kind of side-effect.
- War in heaven (reference 1909-04-GA110) sketches what took places between the two classes of SoM, the more advanced and the ones who had remained behind, during the contraction of Old Sun to Old Moon, causing a split in two spheres and the formation of the planetoid belt between the outer limits of the Old Sun sphere (Jupiter) and the limits of the Old Sun sphere (Mars), whereby some SoM seduced angels going through the human stages and thus creating Luciferic beings that united to the human astral bodies during the Earth evolution and gave to men the possibility of evil, and also the possibility of freedom.
- contemplate on linking the above perspectives, then connecting it to Fall of the spirits of darkness (1917-GA177)
- see Fall and redemption - original sin and grace
- Luciferic influence on Man
- Christ Module 14: the counterforces: Lucifer, Ahriman and Asuras
- Fall and redemption - original sin and grace
- Lucifer and Jehovah
- Book of Genesis
- Spiritual Hierarchies
References and further reading