Mineral kingdom

From Anthroposophy

The mineral kingdom consists of physical matter made up of the four elements incl the element earth. It is called 'dead' matter because elementals of nature are 'frozen' into this matter, and there is no life left such as can be found in the plant kingdom.

The group soul of the mineral kingdom is in the higher spirit world, and this kingdom was created as a spin-off of the Old Saturn evolutionary stage, it is the remainder of what could not develop an etheric life body on the next evolutionary stage Old Sun, and was thus 'pushed down'.

On Earth, we can see the results of the recapitulation in rocks that contain deposits of previous life stages of earth (see reference Walther Cloos)


  • difference between physical and mineral
  • group soul in higher spirit world
  • chrystal forms:
    • their geometries as a reflection of the higher spirit world
    • their growth
  • metals
    • the seven main metals have a correspondence with the seven planets of our solar system, see also Schema FMC00.138
    • high impact of metals in low concentrations: The word metals calls up the heavy physical materials we know from our daily life. However a substance has various forms in which it appears, and from a spiritual scientific perspective it is especially the potencies (see Potentization) of low concentrations of metals in air and water, but also the human blood and body, that are of interest and importance.
    • Healing with metals


Schema FMC00.142B lifts out one aspect from Schema FMC00.142, graphically depicting the origin of nature's kingdoms as offsprings of the spiritual hierarchies in previous evolutionary stages.


Schema FMC00.005 shows how the various planetary forces or spiritual influences work in Man, and the correspondence with the Spectrum of elements and ethers as well as metals. Compare with Schema FMC00.297 to overlay Ahrimanic and Luciferic influences.

The chart is shown here to 'feel' how the thinly concentrated metals (see Potentization) live in Man and maintain his constitution. See also Healing with metals.


Lecture coverage and references


explains how the spiritual beings from first elementary kingdom contains the forces that shape and give form to the minerals.

In like manner, there is a first Elementary Kingdom, which gives the minerals their form.

  • The animals received their shape, or form — a form determined by instincts and desires — from the Beings belonging to the third Elementary Kingdom.
  • The leaves, etc., of the plants are formed by the second Elementary Kingdom; this work consists chiefly of repetitions.
  • But performing, shaping forces of the minerals, which workout of the formless element, are to be found in the higher Spirit World ['form', Arupa-Devachan].

... the mineral kingdom contains, besides this mineral kingdom itself, also the first Elementary Kingdom; for this reason, it takes on a clearly defined shape.


talks about silica and carbon and nitrogen and lime

Walther Cloos sets out, in 'The Living Earth', to use the world of rocks as a timeline to understand the previous evolutionary stages of the earth which was alive as a living organism, with its layers being produced by the plant and animal kingdoms in the various phases.

Facing the world of rocks we find an ordering. Goethe in his geological studies came to the conclusion that the perfect classification is not made by Man: nature herself has laid it out before his eyes. This classification or order - recognised by modern geology - can be used ... to explain the past from the present. ... in the formation of the world of rock, one can see how the mineral deposits of the Earth are the transformed remains of former life.

Notebook entry

He works from a notebook entry by Rudolf Steiner which appears to be the basis for a lecture cycle that was never given. The book lays out how this densely written 'telegram style' shorthand contains a wealth of clues and connects it to the evolution of the earth. Although it cannot be understood as it stands here without the book explanations, we still add it here because of its amazing format and contents. The notebook entry was first published in 1927. See Walther Cloos' 'The living Earth'.

In porphyry the world-plant-animal expires, then in shist the plant-nature, and in limestone the animal-nature. In salt the human being is extinguished. The opposite pole is sulphur in which the mineral is burnt and consumed.

Mineral is consumed in sulphur, plant spreads warmth in layers of shist, plant-animal in-grains feeling in porphury, animal confirms forms in limestone, Man condenses thoughts in salt

With fiery sulphur man enters the earth, in schistose layering he makes himself at home on earth, by awakening feeling (porphyry-like) he finds his limbs and forms himself as man in limestone, to found the ground for thought in salt depositing.


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References and further reading

  • Rudolf Hauschka: 'The nature of substance' (1950 in DE, 1966 in EN)
  • Wilhelm Pelikan: 'The secrets of metals' (1959 in DE, 1973 in EN)
  • Walther Cloos:
    • 'The living earth' (1970 in DE, 1977 in EN)
    • 'Kleine Edelsteinkunde im Hinblick auf die Geschichte der Erde' (1956)
  • Mellie Uyldert: 'Metal magic: the esoteric properties and uses of metals' (1980-82)
  • Leendert F. C. Mees: 'Lebende Metalle: Verwandtschaft zwischen Mensch und Metall' (1983 in DE, original in NL: 'Levende metalen. Weinig gebruikelijke gedachten over de relatie van materie en mens)
  • Alison Davidson: 'Metal power: the soul life of the planets' (1991)
  • Nick Kollerstrom
    • 'Astrochemistry: study of metal-plant affinities' (1984)
    • 'The metal-plant relationship' (1993)
    • 'The secrets of the seven metals' (2015)
  • Friedrich Benesch (1907-1991)
    • The tourmaline: a monograph (2004 in EN, 1991 in DE)
    • Apocalyps - the transformation of Earth (an esoteric mineralogy) (2015)