Man and nature's kingdoms in evolution

From Anthroposophy

Man developed in the various stages of evolution by 'pushing down' and living by the grace of building on and using the other kingdoms of nature. Man rises in his development thanks to the lower kingdoms. Man therefore owes these lower kingdoms his development, and will redeem the kingdoms in his ascent during the future cycles and planetary stages.

For a spiritual scientific 'technical' understanding: this is related to the cycles of evolution at the levels of Conditions of Consciousness, Life and Form - see The two halves of an evolutionary cycle

For the evolution and appearance of the kingdoms on Earth, see Earth's seven epochs and beyond; for their redemption, see the Earth rounds perspective.


  • before the separation of Sun and Moon from the Earth, Man carried the various forces and kingdoms in him, in order to become a self contained being he had to expel certain temperaments, passions and attributes of what lives in animals, plants. When Man formed his bones he expelled the mineral world (1908-09-13-GA106)


Schema FMC00.149 gives a tabular synthesis showing the development of the Spectrum of elements and ethers and the development of our current Four kingdoms of nature, as well as Man's developing Condition of Consciousness.


FMC00.149A is a BBD depicting the planetary stages in evolution

FMC00.147 provides an overview to contemplate how the kingdoms of nature on Earth originate in previous evolutionary stages.


Lecture coverage and references

Man owes his development to lower kingdoms, and will redeem them in his ascent

Man 'pushes' down the other kingdoms in the planetary stages, he rises in development thanks to the lower kingdoms. Man therefore owes these lower kingdoms his development, and will redeem the kingdoms in the next planetary stages.

One can imagine this to happen

  • within one round (descent/ascent per CoF, see 1905-02-27-GA090B),
  • but also at the level of the CoL or rounds in one planetary stage (man redeems the lower kingdoms in the next CoL, see eg 1905-10-26-GA093a)
  • and last at the level of the planetary stages.

See more on Man and nature's kingdoms in evolution

See eg 1905-02-27-GA090B (freely translated)

all that was shed out in the descent, the mineral, plant and animal kingdoms, are breathed in and integrated again, thereby pulling back up what was pushed down for our own development.

More references:

1904-06-12-GA090A (p173)

1904-06-13-GA090A (p176)

1904-12-25-GA090A (p464)

1905-01-19-GA090B (p328)


.. As man grew more inward, something occurred in the world outside; what we know as the three other kingdoms of nature arose. The three kingdoms around us arose gradually.

At first, only man was present. Then the animal kingdom was added; then the plant kingdom, and finally the mineral kingdom.

If we were to look back on the primeval Earth when the sun was still united with it, we would find a human being in and out of whom all the substances of the physical world moved. Man still lived in the womb of the gods: everything still agreed with him, so to say.

Then he had to leave behind what was precipitated as the animal kingdom. Had he carried this with him, he would not have been able to develop further. He had to expel the animal kingdom, and later the plant kingdom. What exists outside in the animals and plants is nothing other than temperaments, passions, certain traits of men that they had to expel.

And when man formed his bones he expelled the mineral world.

After a certain length of time, man could look upon his environment and say,

“Formerly I could endure you; formerly you went in and out of me as air now does. When I still lived in the water-earth I could endure you; I digested you. Now you are outside, and I can no longer endure you, no longer digest you.”

As Man became enclosed in his skin, as he became a self-contained separate being, he saw, in the same proportion, these kingdoms around him.


Schema FMC00.147 is a reference table to show the relationship of Man with the different hierarchies.

The role the SoF played since Old Saturn and through each planetary stage is described in 1908-02-29-GA102. It can also be found in record C of the esoteric lesson 1908-03-14-GA266/1, but as it does not appear in the other three records of that lesson, and corresponds totally to what is laid out in the lecture two weeks before, it is quite likely the author inserted it into her notes.

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