Reunion of Moon
In the third Lemurian epoch the Moon and the Earth separated, whereas before they were a single body.
The Reunion of Moon is timed approximately around the seventh to eight millenium in this current fifth epoch. Rudolf Steiner seems to point out this will indeed happen before the end of the Current Postatlantean epoch and the Sixth epoch.
It will have a major impact on oa
- procreation, as birth will no longer take place in the ordinary way.
- two futures for mankind
- Man will be spiritualized or 'will be lifted up', the physical mineral will be left behind and Man will only direct the physical from outside (like the group soul).
- a certain population will remain behind (or 'below'), intertwined with the web of Mineral plant like spiders that will cover the Earth
- the balance of the etheric influences, see The two etheric streams
- the pivotal separation between the good and evil cohorts of humanity, as the start of future 'subraces', see already Future Oriphiel age before the sixth cultural age (before), and the Sixth epoch (afterwards)
And just as the separation of the Moon caused a hardening, so also the reunion of the Moon will again cause a shift in the elemental balance caused by the changed etheric formative forces.
- "when the eighth millennium will have arrived and the moon will unite again with the Earth is the time when women will no longer be fertile", see also the end of current fertility and procreation on: Humanity is getting younger and Gender and sexuality
- the purely intellectual thoughts of waking consciousness about the mineral physical reality around us (all kingdoms) "will become realities when the moon and the Earth will unite again. A "horrible brood of beings", between the mineral and plant kingdoms in nature will spring forth, automatons, with with very high intelligence. The concrete implication is that the intellectual thoughts, spun inwardly by human beings today, will one day (at the Reunion of Moon) cover the Earth physically like a spider's web. Human beings will become entangled in it if they are not willing to rise above these shadowy thoughts. Quote from 1921-05-13-GA204, see more on Mineral plant like spiders
- ".. it is intended that the human being shall be lifted up. The earthly shall then remain behind, and the human being only direct it from outside — like a foot stool. It will be something he is not supposed to take along with him into his cosmic existence. Human beings should prepare themselves so that they need not become one with what will someday have to develop on the surface of this earth in the manner described above." (1921-05-13-GA204); see also Man's transformation and spiritualization
- the moon is approaching the Earth more and more (1923-11-04-GA230, 1923-11-17-GA231), and there is a relationship with the activity of the gnomes (elementals of nature)
- the reunion with the Moon will mark the culminating point of evil on the Earth (1906-06-14-GA094), it will take place at a time when another development that has turned toward evil will be taking place and souls whose development has been delayed will have accumulated so much error, ugliness, and evil in their karma that they temporarily form a distinct union of evil and aberrant human beings who vehemently oppose the community of good human beings (1910-GA013)
- the reunion of the Moon fits into the frame and process of separation and reunion of Sun and Moon, see Schema FMC00.190 below and Epochs in Earth physical round
Schema FMC00.190 is a 'napkin' drawing that depicts (middle) the seven epochs, and the process of separation and reunion of Sun and Moon. This to accomodate the development of the human being and the development of the fourth principle, the Human 'I'. The Earth is held in a cradle of influences from Sun and Moon, see a.o. description in the Emerald tablet (on: References to the concept of the Golden Chain) and The two etheric streams. Below the three divine interventions are shown with embedded Schema FMC00.185 (by Rudolf Steiner). In the current epoch, the Earth is held embedded in the Moon and Sun spheres. The divine being of Christ came across the spheres and the Sun to 'fructify' humanity on earth with an 'infusion of budhi', that is depicted by the metaphoric image on the right.
Lecture coverage and references
When the Earth begins to recapitulate the previous phases of its evolution, there will first be a re-union with the Moon, and then of this Earth-Moon with the Sun. The re-union with the Moon will mark the culminating point of evil on the Earth; the re-union with the Sun will signify, on the other hand, the advent of happiness, the reign of the ‘elect.’
In OeS the reunion of Earth with Moon and Sun is described but not timed explicitly
There will come a time when both the Earth and humanity have made such progress in evolution that the forces and beings that had to separate from the Earth during Lemurian times to enable earthly beings to continue to progress will be able to reunite with the Earth.
At that time, the Moon will reconnect with the Earth. This will happen because sufficient numbers of human souls possess enough inner strength to make these Moon forces fruitful for further evolution.
This will take place at a time when
- another development that has turned toward evil will be taking place
- alongside the high level of development reached by the appropriate number of human souls.
Souls whose development has been delayed will have accumulated so much error, ugliness, and evil in their karma that they temporarily form a distinct union of evil and aberrant human beings who vehemently oppose the community of good human beings.
In the course of its development, the good portion of humankind will learn to use the Moon forces to transform the evil part so that it can participate in further evolution as a distinct earthly kingdom.
Through the work of 'the good part of humanity', the Earth, then reunited with the Moon, will become able to reunite with the Sun after a certain period of evolution, and also with the other planets. After an interim stage that resembles a sojourn in a higher world, the Earth will transform itself into the Future Jupiter state.
Regarding the last paragraphs, see also: Manicheism
Also: regarding the development towards evil, note the use of moon forces in Black magic
.. In the seventh millennium the bodily nature will be capable of development only until the 14th year of life. Women will then become barren. An entirely different form of earthly life will ensue. This is the time period [age/epoch] when the moon will again approach the earth and become part of it.
.. Man must know what it means to say that the moon once left the earth and will enter the earth again. Just as the separation of the moon [in the Lemurian epoch] was a decisive event, so too will be its re-entry. It is true that as human beings we shall still be inhabiting the earth, although birth will no longer take place in the ordinary way. We shall be connected with the earth by other means than through birth. We shall, however, have evolved in a certain respect by that time. And we must learn to connect what is happening today - I mean the fact that the intellect is becoming more and more shadowy - with what will one day be a great event in earthly evolution: the re-entry of the moon into the substance of the earth.
.. try to imagine what will happen if men go on unfolding no other kinds of thoughts until the time is reached in the eighth millennium for the moon-existence to unite again with the earth.
.. in the seventh millennium, a time will come when their bodily nature will be capable of development only until the fourteenth year of life. Then, women will cease to be fertile; an entirely different form of living on earth will come about. That will be the time when the moon will again approach the earth and will be incorporated into it.
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.. it is intended that the human being shall be lifted up, in that time when women will no longer be fertile, when the eighth millennium will have arrived and the moon will unite again with the earth. The earthly shall then remain behind, and the human being only direct it from outside — like a foot stool. It will be something he is not supposed to take along with him into his cosmic existence. Human beings should prepare themselves so that they need not become one with what will someday have to develop on the surface of this earth in the manner described above.
The gnomes are very attentive to the changes of the moon, sensitive to the moonlight and armour themselves, therefore, towards full moon, become wonderfully transparent with a glittering play of colour towards new moon. This effect reveals that the moon is approaching more and more. The gnomes have the chief mission of using the moon substance at the reunion of earth and moon and gradually dispersing the earthly substance into the universe. Besides, they retain the solid structure of the Earth to incorporate it in Future Jupiter. Thus the lunar gnomes preserved the solid structure of the Moon for the Earth what is expressed in the cross of the Eurasian (east-west) and American (north-south) mountain ranges.
Because of this the gnomes have a quite particular gift for receiving the impressions which come from the moon. It is towards the moon that they continually direct their attentive listening, and in this respect they are — I cannot say the born — it is so difficult to find the appropriate words — but the inherent neurasthenics. Of course, what for us is an illness is for these gnome-beings their actual life-element. For them this is no illness; it is simply a matter of course. It is what gives them that inner sensibility towards all those things of which I have spoken. But it also gives them their inner sensitivity towards the phenomena connected with the phases of the moon.
They follow the changes in the moon-phenomena with such close attention — I have already described their power of attention to you — that it actually alters their form. When, therefore, one follows the existence of a gnome, one receives quite a different impression at full moon from that one receives at new moon, and again at the intermediate phases.
At full moon the gnomes are ill at ease. Physical moonlight does not suit them, and at that time they thrust the whole feeling of their being outwards. They circumscribe themselves, as it were, with a spiritual skin. At full moon they press the feeling of their existence towards the boundary of their body. And in full moonlight, if one has imaginative perception for such things, they really appear like little shining, mail-clad knights. They are clad in a kind of spiritual armour and this it is which presses outwards in their skin to arm them against the moonlight which so displeases them. But when the time of new moon approaches the gnome becomes transparent, wonderful to see, inwardly irradiated with a glittering play of colours. One sees within him, as it were, the processes of a whole world. It is as though one were to look into the human brain, not as an anatomist investigating the fabric of the cells, but as one who perceives inside the brain the shimmering and sparkling of the thoughts. That is how these transparent little folk, the gnomes, appear to one, its though the play of thoughts is revealed within them. It is just at new moon that the gnomes are so particularly interesting, for each of them bears a whole world within himself; and one can say that within this world there actually lies the mystery of the moon.
If one unveils it, this moon-mystery, one comes upon truly remarkable discoveries, for one reaches the conclusion that at the present time the moon is continually approaching nearer — naturally you must not take this in a crude way, as though the moon would collide with the earth — but each year it does in fact come somewhat nearer. Each year the moon is actually nearer the Earth.
One recognises this from the ever more vigorous play of the moon-forces in the gnome-world during the time of the new moon. And to this coming nearer of the moon the attentiveness of these goblins is quite specially directed; for it is in producing results from the way in which the moon affects them that they see their chief mission in the universe. They await with intense expectation the epoch when the moon will again unite with the earth; and they assemble all their forces in order to be armed in readiness for the epoch when the moon will have united with the Earth, for they will then use the moon substance gradually to disperse the earth, as far as its outer substance is concerned, into the universe. Its substance must pass away.
Because they hold this task in view these kobolds or gnomes feel themselves to be of quite special importance, for they gather together the most varied experiences from the whole of Earth-existence, and they hold themselves in readiness, when all earthly substance will have been dispersed into the universe, — after the transition to the Future Jupiter-stage of evolution — to preserve what is good in the structure of the Earth in order to incorporate this in Future Jupiter as a kind of bony support.
You see, when one looks at this process from the aspect of the gnomes, one gains a first stimulus, a first capacity, to picture how our Earth would appear if all the water were taken away from it.
Just consider how, in the western hemisphere, everything is orientated from north to south, and how, in the eastern hemisphere, everything is orientated from east to west. Thus, if you were to do away with all the water, you would get in America, with its mountains and what lies under the sea, something which proceeds from north to south; and looking at Europe you would correspondingly find that, in the eastern hemisphere, the chain of the Alps, the Carpathians and so on, runs in the east-west direction. You would get something like the structure of the cross in the earth.
When one gains insight into this, one receives the impression that this is really the united gnome-world of the old Moon. The predecessors of our Earth-gnomes, the Moon-gnomes, gathered together their Moon-experiences and from them fashioned this structure, this firm structure of the solid fabric of the Earth, so that our solid Earth-structure actually arose from the experiences of the gnomes of the old Moon.
From what has been said in my book Occult Science, you will know that the Moon was not always out in the heavens where it is now. As a matter of fact, there are many strange things to be observed about the Moon. It is curious, for instance, that in ordinary text-books and school-books no mention is made, as a rule, of the fact that every year the Moon is coming nearer to the Earth. Most people are not aware of this, because they do not find it in the text-books; it is true, nevertheless. The Moon was not always out there in the Cosmos; there was a time when the Moon and its substance were within the Earth. The Moon then separated from the Earth and passed out into the Cosmos. It is therefore only in the course of Earth evolution that the Moon has become a dwelling place in itself for spiritual beings. And for what kind of spiritual beings?
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Question: Moon and Earth are to unite again. According to today's scientific knowledge the moon removes itself from the earth annually around I believe 4 cm. How do you deal with this contradiction?
Also, some sources argue that the fusion of earth and moon are not to be understood physically, but .. then what? metaphorically? astrally?
There is not necessarily a contradiction. First, 4cm x 6000 years (to approx. the year 8000) is 240m: that represents 'nothing at all' on a cosmic scale between heavenly bodies.
Secondly, and more importantly: Cosmic events such as separation and reunion of Sun and Moon are brought about by spiritual beings, not by dead mineral matter (and the laws that govern it) .. that represents the scope of what physics studies and can explain.
Below will expand on the second argument.
The forces that work such changes are of a vastly grander scale then what we can grasp with our contemporary waking consciousness, just try to imagine the evolution of the Earth since the second epoch until the current .. changes of constitution and continents and also separation of sun and moon.
We are, in a way, blind to the workings of the etheric formative forces and the workings of the hierarchies. One shouldn't think (only) in mineral materialistic physical terms of (point-central gravitational) forces, but of the workings of spiritual beings and etheric forces .. else one cannot get any grasp on many matters, like the changing of the Earth's poles/axis (see Lemurian epoch#1905-10-25-GA093a), or the separation of sun and moon by Sun and Saturn beings (see Separation of Moon#1909-08-26-GA113). It may help to build an imagination thinking of the russian dolls: with Earth, we are continuously embedded in all the planetary spheres interpenetrating eachother, these forces (of the related spiritual hierarchies) are always there and they behave along certain laws. And contemporary astrophysics would have a good laugh with Schema FMC00.274 that links a planet (think planetary sphere and the mineral-substance physical planet) to the Second Hierarchy.
Through the study of spiritual science, we can already (without any explanation at this point), distinguish different cosmic patterns:
- a) the regular ones (re: Spiritual hierarchies and their eigenperiods)
- b) major discontinuities by interventions such as Jehovah, Lucifer or Christ, or the War in heaven,
but we can also refer, more generically, to
- c) the processes with which spiritual beings organize the solar system with the separation of planets in each planetary stage of evolution .. illustrations for example Schema FMC00.413 for Old Saturn, or FMC00.298 for Earth.
Today we don't grasp how these things come into being, eg how the Saturn spirits brought about that the Moon left the Earth, and we're not used to reason in the paradigm of etheric forces because we are very much 'stuck' in Euclidean geometric thinking (see Mathematics of the etheric) and point centric forces, we don't reason in projective geometry with peripheral (etheric formative) forces at all. Another way to put this is that contemporary physics is very mineral-physical-materialistic, with a limited bandwidth perspective (and focusing on man-created thought patterns based on mathematical constructs and 'foolish extrapolation'). It's not because the force fields are etheric that they don't affect the mineral, quite on the contrary.
So in summary the main argument again: Cosmic events such as separation and reunion of Sun and Moon are brought about by spiritual beings, not by dead mineral matter (and the laws that govern it) .. that represents the scope of physics what studies and can explain.
Some links to 'open the windows' on our rigid thinking in that respect, on top of the links to the topic pages above:
- George Adams: 'Potentization and the peripheral forces of nature' (as an introduction)
- the concept of the Three_mothers
- Nick Thomas' book 'Space and counterspace' (advanced!)
The reunion of moon will (most probably, or certainly) be physical, however our physics will change too because the elemental constitution and force fields will change, see The two etheric streams, or read up about how different the Earth was before the separation of Moon. Also, the concept of time as we currently know it will disappear because the sun-earth-moon balance will be completely different (and our time is related to that being stable).
It may appear as a strange and scary thing that 6000 years (from now) is real close, on a cosmic scale like 'tomorrow' .. however if one reads what Steiner says about the War of all between all, then that also sounds nearly 'cosmic' in terms of what it will do to the Earth .. and in such picture, why not, things become more imagineable:
“The others will develop every imaginable skill and subtlety in the manipulation and use of the physical forces of nature, but without the essential degree of selflessness. In the seventh cultural age, this War of All against All will break out in the most terrible form. Great and mighty forces will be let loose by the discoveries, turning the whole earth-globe into a kind of [self-functioning] live electric mass.
Timeframe-wise the reunion of Moon may or may not flow together with the catastrophe between the epochs (as these go on over longer periods) but in any case the Earth will change drastically due to both these events, and the Earth get a new constitution and layout of continents in the Sixth epoch.
- Epochs in Earth physical round
- Separation of Moon
- Humanity is getting younger
- Gender and sexuality