Man's life development

From Anthroposophy

This section will include:


  • development of the Embryo in the womb before birth
  • growing up - developing the human faculties of: Walking Speaking Thinking (WST)
  • Yearly rhythm, see temporarily:
  • Seven year rhythm or phases of 7 years (and the link with the spiritual hierarchies)
  • Eighteen year rhythm or phases of 18 years, also called the lunar nodes (and the link with the moon's nutation)
  • Biography work
  • "during the first half of life a man is unable to acquire self-knowledge through his original being; he has to acquire it through Lucifer, while his original being goes on developing further. The Luciferic infuses him with self-knowledge during the first half of life; in the second half of life this brilliant self-knowledge is clouded over by Ahriman." (1918-10-05-GA184)


Lecture coverage and references


Other topics to be considered:

  • the language of astrology
  • life transitions and karma

Related pages

References and further reading

  • Norbert Glas:
    • Conception, Birth and Early Childhood (1983)
    • Lebensalter des Menschen (3 Volumes)
      • Band 1:
        • Frühe Kindheit. Ein Führer für alle, die an der Entwicklung kleiner Kinder interessiert sind (1954, 1985)
        • Early childhood: Guidance for all who are interested in the development of young children (1953)
      • Band 2: Jugendzeit und mittleres Lebensalter. Wege und Hemmnisse. Betrachtungen und Ratschläge eines Arztes (1960, 1990)
        • 14. bis 21. Lebensjahr und mittlers Lebensalter
      • Band 3:
        • Lichtvolles Alter. Ein Wegweiser für jüngere und ältere Menschen (1956, 1992)
        • The Fulfillment of Old Age (1986)
  • Hans Erhard Lauer: 'Der Menschliche Lebenslauf' (1952)
  • George and Gisela O'Neil: The human life (published 1977-1981, first book edition 1990, third edition 1998)
    • in FR as 'La vie humaine - saisir le sens de son parcours terrestre' (1996)
    • in DE as 'Der Lebenslauf: Lesen in der eigenen Biographie' (2014)
    • in ES as 'La Vida Humana: Comprender tu biografía' (2019)
  • Bernard Lievegoed: Phases - The spiritual rhythms of adult life (2008, first EN in 1979, first in NL in 1976 as 'De levensloop van de mens')
  • George E. Vaillant:
    • Aging well - surprising guideposts to a happier life from the Landmark study of adult development (2002)
    • Triumphs of experience - the men of the Harvard Grant study (2012)
  • More information about longitudinal studies (following the lives of hundreds of people over a 75 year period) such as the Harvard Grant study, see Harvard Study of Adult Development.
Various more (unqualified)
  • William Bryant: 'Der verborgene Puls der Zeit: vom Geheimnis kosmischer Rhythmen im Lebenslauf'