War in heaven

From Anthroposophy

The 'War in heaven' or 'Fight in heaven' is the event in the evolution of the solar system that, by divine will, created the 'origin of evil' in order to allow Man to have the possibility of freedom, something that no other spiritual hierarchy in creation has.

When and how?

The 'War in heaven' happened between two classes of the Spirits of Motion, the more advanced and the ones who had remained behind, during the contraction of Old Sun to Old Moon. It caused a split from the one sphere which was Old Saturn or Old Sun, into two bodies:

  • the advanced SoM staying on Old Sun (part of Old Sun during Old Moon stage), and
  • the less advanced forming the Old Moon body.

Where can the remnants still be seen today?

The Planetoid belt or host of small planetoids scattered between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter are a result of this Fight or War in Heaven. Jupiter represents the outer limit of the Old Sun sphere, Mars the outer limit of the Old Moon sphere.

Impact: the mystery of the origin of evil, but also freedom

Hence, during the Old Moon stage some SoM became the seducers of the angels who were then going through the human stage (CoC4). And those angels who fling themselves into that which the SoM produced during the War in Heaven are called Luciferic. These beings became united to the human astral bodies during the Earth evolution and gave to men the possibility of evil, and also the possibility of developing through their own free power; so that in the whole sequence of hierarchies we have only men; and some of the angels, who have the possibility of freedom. In the midst of the ranks of the angels the possibility of freedom begins, but it is first fully developed in men.

Thus those SoM 'were given certain orders', men first received the possibility of reaching their goal by their own strength, a thing which even the highest Seraphim cannot do of themselves.

In what is called the ‘origin of evil’ they could but perform the will of the Godhead who, by means of evil, wishes to develop more powerful good.

Future correction and redemption

The initial War in heaven that lie at the basis for what followed in the Fall of Man with the Luciferic infection in the Lemurian epoch on Earth, had further consequences with the development of Ahrimanic and Asuric counterforces.

See further coverage on the section on: Fall and redemption - original sin and grace

Illustrations

Schema FMC00.345 shows artworks of the fight in heaven as a detail on the left panel of the Last Judgement triptych by Hieronymus Bosch, with on the right a copy by Cranach.

FMC00.345.jpg

Lecture coverage and references

1909-04-14-GA110

(SWCC) - see more on Planetoid belt

For those who have already followed me in this domain, it is not new to hear that [in] the Cosmos things happen very much in the way they happen in ordinary human life. Where beings are evolving there are some who advance and others who remain behind, as many a father knows, who complains that his son in college lags behind whilst others are making good progress. We are concerned, therefore, with a difference in the ‘tempo’ of development. It is the same in the Cosmos.

And through certain causes, which we shall learn later, now that the SoM have entered on their Mission, something came into play which is called in all Esotericism, and in all Mysteries, the ‘fight in Heaven.’ This ‘fight in Heaven’ forms an essential, and integral part of all Mysteries; it contains also the primeval Mystery regarding the origin of Evil.

At a certain point of the Old Moon evolution the Spirits of Motion (SoM) had reached very different degrees of maturity. Some of them aspired to rise spiritually as high as possible; others again had remained behind, or at least had progressed normally in their development. Some of the SoM on Old Moon had progressed much further than their companions. The result of this was that these two classes of SoM divided. The more advanced ones drew out with the body of the Sun, and the others formed the Moon revolving around it.

We have now given a sketchy description of the fight in Heaven, the rending asunder of the Old Moon, so that the planet accompanying the Old Moon comes under the domination of those SoM which had remained behind, and the Old Sun under the domination of the advanced SoM.

Something of this fight in Heaven still sounds in the first sentences of the divine Gita, where symbolically at the beginning of the battle can still be heard echoes of that mighty fight of the heavens. O, it was a mighty field of battle!

From the time when the SoM [editor: SoW?] brought about the formation of the Old Sun, up to the time of that of the Old Moon, when the SoM took up their mission, all was a mighty field of battle; a gigantic fight reigned in Heaven.

The SoW had contracted the whole mass of our solar systems to the boundary of Jupiter, then the SoM contracted it to the boundary of the Mars of today.

Between these two planetary frontiers in the heavens lies the great battlefield of the fight of Heaven. Only in the nineteenth century has the physical eye discovered again these devastations produced by the Fight in Heaven. You have a host of small planetoids scattered in between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. These are the wreckage of the battlefield of the fight in Heaven which was fought between the two points of cosmic time when our solar system was contracted first as far as Jupiter, then to Mars. And when our astronomers direct their telescopes towards the heavenly spaces and still discover other planetoids, these are still the wreckage of that great battlefield, of that fight in heaven between the advanced SoM and those who were less advanced, and which also brought about the severing of the Moon from the Sun.

1909-04-18-GA110

see discussion note below for further study

.. the path of development of these ‘adversely-commanded’ SoM shaped itself quite differently from that of their brothers; their action was quite different, and the result was that, during the Old Moon stage, they became the tempters, the seducers, of those beings we call Angels. The Angels were passing through their human stage during the Old Moon development.

  • There were Angel-men on Old Moon who looked at the way the hindrances acted on development, and who said to themselves: ‘We can now put ourselves in the way of conquering the hindrances, we can plunge into the whole stream of the Moon's evolution; but we prefer to pass it by, we do not want to plunge into it, we want to remain above with the good Gods.’ These Angels tore themselves away, at a certain moment of the Old Moon development, from the SoM who were throwing hindering influence down into the Old Moon-evolution.
  • But there were other Angels who said to themselves: ‘We will not follow our brothers, for if we follow them, development would turn back, nothing new would be embodied in it.’

Just because of the existence of these hindering influences, something new was infused into evolution, from the time of Old Moon onwards.

  • Those Beings who said to themselves: ‘I shall have nothing to do with that which is going on down there, I shall stay with the Mights who do not wish to be tainted by anything low,’ these withdrew from the mass of Old Moon and became part of the followers of all that is connected with the Sun. They would not have anything to do with what was proceeding on the forsaken Moon, when all the hindering powers held sway.
  • But the other Beings who plunged down into it, had now to take into their bodily nature; (which they received on Old Moon) all the hindering influences that existed there. They had to harden themselves more, as it were, than would otherwise have been the case. Their bodily sheaths became denser than they would otherwise have been. In their bodies were implanted the consequences of the deeds of the SoM, but these deeds were well rooted in the divine plan of the world — we must keep that well in mind.

A further result of this was, that as the Old Moon stage passed on into that of the Earth, the whole process was repeated, and those Beings who had plunged into the full tide of the Old Moon's stage, remained behind those who would have nothing to do with it, and others remained still further back, and were attracted by the retrograding development. The result of all this was, that during the Earth evolution angel-men existed, who were advanced, and others who were retrograde.

The advanced Angel-men approached the men of the Earth during the time, when, in Lemuria, they were ripe to receive the germ of the human ‘I,’ and gave them the choice, as it were, to rise into the spiritual worlds, then, and not to have anything further to do with that which since the time of the Moon, had mingled with the course of the world's development. The Beings who had stayed behind, whom we call the Luciferic beings, came into touch with the human astral body — they could not approach the ‘I’ — and grafted into that astral body all the results of the fight in heaven. While to the Mights was assigned the fight in heaven, for they were created Gods of Hindrance; the consequences of their deeds now slipped into the human astral body, and there signified something else; they signified the possibility of error and the possibility of evil. Man had now been given the possibility of error and of evil with the object that he should also have the possibility of rising above evil and error, through his own strength.

Now consider that such Beings as the SoM, belonging to the second hierarchy H2, could not have had the power to become evil of their own free will; they had to be ‘adversely-commanded;’ and it was the beings of the third hierarchy, and only those who stand nearest to man, the angels, who first had it in their power to follow, or not to follow, the hindering Powers.

Those who did not follow we always find represented in the pictures which illustrate the victories fought out in heaven.

They express what happened during the Old Moon staget, when Man had progressed as far as the organisation of his astral body, that is to the human-animal stage. Then those angel beings who, so to speak, remained good, tore themselves away from the course of the Old Moon development, they escaped from what was going on down there, on Old Moon.

This picture is represented to the soul of man in different ways.

  • It was originally represented in the fight of Michael with the dragon.
  • You see it also in the symbol of the Bull of Mithra, where it is specially clearly expressed.

It is not meant that in doing this these angels avoided their duty, but they were put forth as an ideal for the future. It was said:

‘These beings preferred to rise into the spiritual worlds, whereas you have descended. Other beings came down with you, those who followed the Powers of Hindrance. You must now work upon that which you have absorbed in this descent, and carry it up again into the spiritual world; when you rise again you must become a Michael, a conqueror of the Bull.’

For every symbol of this kind is used in a twofold sense.

Thus we see that, because those SoM' were given certain orders, men first received the possibility of reaching their goal by their own strength, a thing which even the highest Seraphim cannot do of themselves. This is very essential. The Seraphim, Cherubim and Thrones cannot do otherwise than follow the immediate impulses given them by the Godhead. The SoW of the second hierarchy, too, cannot do otherwise. A certain number of the SoM were ordered to oppose, so that those SoM also, who, as it were, threw themselves into the way of development, could not do otherwise than follow the orders of the Godhead.

In what is called the ‘origin of evil’ they could but perform the will of the Godhead who, by means of evil, wishes to develop more powerful good.

Now let us descend to those beings we call the Spirits of Form. They also could not have come to this of themselves. They could not have grown wicked of themselves, nor could the archai, nor could the archangels. For, when these were men (CoC4) on Old Sun, the SoM had not yet been ordered to oppose, there was as yet no possibility of becoming wicked.

The first who had the possibility of becoming evil were the angels, for this could only happen after the development of Old Moon. There, from Old Sun to Old Moon, the Fight in Heaven took place. A part of the angels avoided this possibility, they would not be seduced by the forces which had to introduce hindrances, they held to the way of the old nature. Thus, as far down as the angels, or part of them, we have beings who are absolutely unable to do otherwise than follow the divine Will.

We now come to two categories of Beings.

  • First those angels who fling themselves into that which the SoM produced during the Fight in Heaven; these are beings who on account of their later deeds we call Luciferic. These Beings became united to the human astral bodies during the Earth evolution and gave to men the possibility of evil, and also the possibility of developing through their own free power; so that in the whole sequence of Hierarchies we have only men; and some of the Angels, who have the possibility of freedom. In the midst of the ranks of the Angels the possibility of freedom begins, but it is first fully developed in men. When man entered the earth, he had at the beginning to be assailed by the power of the Luciferic Spirits; they penetrated the human astral body with their force. The ‘I’ was therefore attracted towards those forces, so that during the Lemurian and Atlantean evolutions, and even later we have the ‘I’ as in a cloud, as sheathed in a cloud, which was produced by the assaults of Lucifer.
  • Man was saved from being overpowered by these forces which penetrated him, only because he was overshadowed by earlier Beings, because Angels who had remained above, and also Archangels, came down from the spirit world, incarnated into special individuals and guided men. And this continued up to the time when something quite particular took place; when a Being, whose existence up to then had always been united to the existence of the Sun, when a Being had progressed so far as to be able to penetrate, not only the physical, etheric and astral bodies of men, as former exalted Beings had done, but to penetrate into man even as far as his I.
1917-10-GA177

of 'The fall of the spirits of darkness'

  • elemental spirits of birth and death (L4 of 6th)
    • Humanity must accept that destructive spiritual beings (who previously held a rightful place) have entered into everyday life, bringing disruption and division
  • covers the battle between Michael and the dragon (L9 of 14th)
    • Ahrimanic beings, defeated by the Michaelic hosts, now influence human beings, especially through materialistic thinking.
  • the influence of the backward angels (L10 on 20th)
    • the backward angels make themselves at home in human heads but can find no place in heads filled with true spiritual wisdom
  • and the influence of the fallen spirits in the world (L13 on 27th)
1917-10-26-GA177

(L12) introduces the spirits of darkness

quote A

.. the occasion when certain spirits of darkness were cast out of the spiritual realm and down into the human realm in the autumn of 1879, holds great importance. We have to reflect again and again what it really means to say that a battle raged for decades in the spiritual realms. The battle started in the early 1840s and ended when certain spiritual entities, which had been acting like rebels in the spiritual world during those decades, were vanquished in the autumn of 1879 and cast down as dark spirits into the realm of human evolution. They are now among us and the effect of this is that they send their impulses into our view of the world, not only into the way we think about the world, but also into our inner feelings, our will impulses and even our temperaments.

Human beings will be unable to get even a partial understanding of the significant events of the present time and the immediate future, unless they are prepared to recognize the relationship which exists between the physical world and the spiritual world and take as much account of important events like this as they do of natural phenomena.

...

One always has the feeling one ought to base oneself on defined concepts: what is Ahriman, what is Lucifer, what are the particular spirits in one hierarchy or another? Those are the questions we ask, and we believe that having got the definitions we have also understood something about the way these entities work. ... Perception will be poor if we base ourselves on abstract definitions. Yes, it is possible to define the term ‘spirits of darkness’, but this will not get us far. Spirits of darkness were cast down from heaven to earth in 1879. This may give a general idea of the spirits of darkness, but it does not get us far in understanding the real issue.

The spirits of darkness now walking among us are of the same kind as the spirits of darkness which had been cast down from the spiritual world, that is from heaven to earth, in earlier times; they had specific tasks to perform during the whole of the Atlantean age and right into Graeco-Latin times.

[Luciferic influence en original sin stream of heredity]

Let us try to use the different insights we have gained and determine the task those spirits of darkness had to perform through millennia, through the whole Atlantean age and on into Graeco-Latin times. It has to be kept in mind that the great scheme of things will only work if higher spiritual entities who have the task of guiding human evolution make use of such spirits, putting them in the right place, as it were, to enable them to do what is necessary. As you will remember, the ‘luciferic temptation’ of old held major significance for human evolution. It did, of course, arise from Lucifer's specific aims — and from Atlantean times onwards Lucifer was in league with Ahriman. These aims gave rise to counter-aims of, let us call them ‘good spirits’, the spirits of light. Fundamentally speaking, the spirits of darkness also wanted the best for humanity in those early times, they wanted human beings to have the capacity for absolute freedom; but humanity was not ready for this at the time. They wanted to provide humanity with impulses which would make every human being an independent individual. It was not to be, however, for humanity was not yet ready. A counter-force had to be set up by the spirits of light; this was done by taking human beings from the heights of the Spirit and putting them on to the earth, which is symbolically described in the expulsion from Paradise. In reality, human beings were being placed in the stream of hereditary traits. Lucifer and the ahrimanic powers wanted every human being to be an independent individual. This would have meant that people would have become spiritual very rapidly while still immature, but it was not to happen. Human beings were to be educated on earth, brought to full development through the forces of the earth. This was achieved by placing them in the stream of heredity, where they would physically descend from others. In this way they were not independent, but inherited certain traits from their forebears. They were weighed down with earthly qualities which Lucifer did not want them to have. Anything to do with physical heredity was given to humanity by the spirits of light to counterbalance the luciferic stream. A weight was attached to human beings, as it were, and this connected them with the earth. [situation in early times]

In those times,

  • when the spirits of light made it their concern to order human affairs on the basis of blood relationships,
  • the spirits of darkness which had been cast down from heaven to earth with humanity, made it their concern to work against anything connected with heredity through blood relationship. They were the source of all rebellion against ordinances based on blood relationship in those ages, and of all teachings of rebellion against heredity and against tribal and racial relationships, insisting on the independence of the individual and seeking to establish laws based on this, laws which did, of course, come from human beings but were inspired by the spirits of darkness. Those ages extended as far as the fifteenth century. Echoes still persist, of course, for systems do not come to an abrupt end when there is a major break in evolution. Up to the fifteenth century in particular, we see teachings come up which rebel against purely natural bonds, against the bonds of relationship, family, nationality, and so on.

Thus we have two streams:

  • the ‘protector’ of everything to do with blood relationship, which is the stream of light;
  • it is opposed by the stream of darkness as the ‘protector’ of everything which wants to abandon the bonds of blood relationship and help people to be free of the bonds of family and heredity.

All this does not, of course, come to an abrupt halt any more than it does in the natural world, and in 1413, the year when the break occurred which marks the boundary between the fourth and fifth post-Atlantean ages, the old ways did not stop immediately. We can see the influence of the two streams continuing right into our own time.

For from the nineteenth century onwards, .. we see something entirely different emerge. Angelic spirits have been active among us since 1879. They follow on after the old spirits of darkness, are related to these and are of a similar kind, but have only been cast down from heaven to earth because of the event which occurred in 1879.

Until then

  • they had their function up above,
  • whilst their relatives, who acted in the way I have just described, have been among human beings from Lemurian and Atlantean times.

Thus there was a break in evolution in about 747 before the Mystery of Golgotha; another one came in 1413 after the Mystery of Golgotha, and the break which is particularly important to us, in 1879.

Throughout the whole of this time spirits of darkness were active on Earth, whilst certain other spirits of darkness, which are related to those down on Earth, were still in the spiritual world.

[1841 - start of battle in the spiritual world]

1841 saw the beginning of the mighty battle of which I have spoken. Then the spirits which are related to those others descended to join them below. The power of the old rebels, of the continuing stream of spirits of darkness who had their tasks to perform from Lemurian and Atlantean times, is gradually dying down as the powers of their brothers begin to take effect.

[reversal of situation]

This means that from the last third of the nineteenth century the situation has been completely reversed.

  • The spirits of light who have been continuing in their activities have done enough where the establishment of blood, tribal, racial and similar bonds is concerned, for everything has its time in evolution. In the general and rightful scheme of things, enough has been done to establish what needed to be established through blood bonds in humanity. In more recent times, therefore, the spirits of light have changed their function. They now inspire human beings to develop independent ideas, feelings and impulses for freedom; they now make it their concern to establish the basis on which people can be independent individuals.
  • And it is gradually becoming the task of the spirits who are related to the old spirits of darkness to work within the blood bonds.

The function which was right in the past or, better said, belonged to the sphere of the good spirits of light, was handed over to the spirits of darkness during the last third of the nineteenth century. From this time onwards, the old impulses based on racial, tribal and national relationships, on the blood, became the domain of the spirits of darkness, who had previously been rebels in the cause of independence. They then began to instil ideas in human minds that affairs should be ordered on the basis of tribal relationships, of blood bonds.

You can see that definition is impossible. If you define the spirits of darkness on the basis of the function they had in the past, you get exactly the opposite of their function in more recent times, that is from the last third of the nineteenth century.

[current working of the spirits of darkness]

In the past, it was the function of the spirits of darkness to work against hereditary traits in humanity; from the last third of the nineteenth century they have been lagging behind, wanting to lag behind, wanting over and over again to make people aware of their tribal, blood and hereditary bonds and to insist on these.

For millennia, human beings have instilled the insistence on blood bonds into themselves, and out of sheer inertia they are letting the spirits of darkness take control of these habitual ideas. We therefore see insistence on tribal, national and racial relationships particularly in the nineteenth century, and this insistence is considered idealistic, when in reality it is an early sign of decline in humanity.

Everything based on dominance of the blood principle meant progress for as long as it was under the authority of the spirits of light; under the authority of the spirits of darkness it is a sign of decline. The spirits of darkness made special efforts in the past to implant a rebellious feeling of independence in human beings at the time when hereditary traits were passed on in a positive sense by the progressive spirits.

In the three ages of human evolution which now follow and will continue until the time of the great catastrophe, the spirits of darkness will make extreme efforts to preserve the old hereditary characteristics and inculcate human beings with the attitudes which result from such preservation; in this way they introduce the necessary signs of decline into human evolution.

Here is another point where we have to be watchful .. it is not possible to understand the present time unless one knows the change of function which came in the last third of the nineteenth century. ... Nothing is more designed to take humanity into its decline than the propagation of ideals of race, nation and blood. Nothing is more likely to prevent human progress than proclamations of national ideals belonging to earlier centuries which continue to be preserved by the luciferic and ahrimanic powers. The true ideal must arise from what we find in the world of the spirit, not in the blood.

[change in mission for Michael]

  • In earlier times Michael, the spirit from the hierarchy of archangels was the representative of Jehovah;
  • thanks to the functions given to him in 1879, he will be the earthly representative, the vicar, of the Christ, of the Christ impulse to create spiritual bonds between human beings which will take the place of the purely physical blood bonds. For only the bonds of spiritual communion will bring a progressive element into the entirely natural element of decline.

quote B

[before and after]

  • Humanity was able to unite with the Earth because when it came down from heaven to earth, if we may put it like this, the spirits of darkness which came down with it laid an adequate foundation for human independence during the time when the laws of heredity, nationality and race prevailed. What Lucifer and Ahriman had done became a good thing in so far as humanity was enabled to unite with the Earth.
  • To show this in diagrammatic form, we may put it like this: before Lucifer took action, humanity was united with the whole cosmos including the Earth (see diagram, violet); human beings united with the earth (yellow) because hereditary traits — original sin in biblical terms, hereditary traits in scientific terminology — were implanted into them. This made human beings — I am using crosses to indicate them — part of the earth. You see, therefore, that Lucifer and Ahriman are servants of the progressive powers.

    • Evolution then continued. We are now at the time when human beings live on Earth and are united with it. Luciferic and Ahrimanic spirits, spirits of darkness, have been cast down from heaven to earth. Because of this, human beings must be released from the Earth, torn away from it, with part of their essential nature taken back into the spiritual world. Humanity must develop awareness of not being of this Earth, and this must grow stronger and stronger. In future, human beings must walk on this earth who say to themselves: ‘Yes, at birth I enter into a physical body, but this is a transitional stage. I really remain in the spiritual world. I am conscious that only part of my essential nature is united with the earth, and that I do not leave the world where I am between death and rebirth with the whole of my essential nature.’ A feeling of belonging to the spiritual world must develop in us.
    1917-10-27-GA177

    Inevitably the question must arise as to

    • the actual nature of the battle which raged in the spiritual regions between the 1840s and the 1870s, and of
    • the activity of the spirits of darkness since November 1879.

    The story of what was behind this significant battle, or we might say behind the scenes of world history, can only unfold slowly and gradually. Today we shall first of all consider some ways in which a reflection of the battle was cast on human regions. I have often drawn attention to the great turning-point in the evolution of modern cultural spheres which came in the early 1840s. This was the turning-point which brought the full impulse for the development of materialism. Materialism could only develop in consequence of major occurrences in the spiritual world which then continued in a downward direction and gradually caused materialistic impulses to be instilled into humanity. If we consider how events in spiritual regions were reflected here on earth, two things are particularly evident. The first is that the purely physical intellect and a culture based on this showed a tremendous upsurge in the 1840s, 50s, 60s and 70s, much more so than people imagine today — future observers will see this more clearly ...

    You have been given images which may serve to demonstrate the intentions of the spirits of darkness in the 1840s, 50s, 60s and 70s when they fought the followers of Michael. These spirits have been down here among human beings from the autumn of 1879. They have failed to achieve their aims: spiritualism will not become the general human persuasion; people will not grow so clever from the materialistic point of view that they fall over themselves with their cleverness. The spiritual truths will take root among human beings.

    On the other hand, the spirits of darkness are now among us. We have to be on guard so that we may realize what is happening when we encounter them and gain a real idea of where they are to be found. The most dangerous thing you can do in the immediate future will be to give yourself up unconsciously to the influences which are definitely present. For it makes no difference to their reality whether they are recognized or unrecognized.

    It will be the main concern of these spirits of darkness to bring confusion into the rightful elements which are now spreading on earth, and need to spread in such a way that the spirits of light can continue to be active in them. They will seek to push these in the wrong direction.

    ...

    The first step must be to throw people's views into confusion, turning their concepts and ideas inside out. This is a serious thing and must be watched with care, for it is part of some highly important elements which will be the background to events now in preparation.

    I am choosing my words with great care. I am saying ‘in preparation’ because I am fully aware that to say ‘in preparation’, after the events which have taken place in the last three years, is something significant. Anyone who is able to see more deeply into these matters knows them to be preparations. Only superficial people can believe that this war, which is not a war of the old kind, will tomorrow or the day after be followed by a peace of the old kind. You have to be very superficial to believe this. Many will believe it, of course, if outer events appear to be in accord with the notions some people have; they will fail to realize what actually lies dormant beneath the surface.

    see further: Contemporary worldview war#1917-10-27-GA177

    1918-02-24-GA174B

    The fall of the ahrimanic spirits in the year 1879. The preparations of this events since 1841 and its impact until 1917.

    Discussion

    [1] - Evil and hierarchies

    Introduction - study module approach

    The study module approach on this site consists of suggesting or providing an approach for personal study, as it is key to meditate and contemplate with active soul participation in order to develop imaginative insights and rise above the letter to the spirit, as well as the limitations of the diagrams or schemas (even though it is helpful to draw and develop them oneself, or study the existing schemas, as part of the process).

    The scope here is to deepen one's understanding of opposing spirits or counterforces to the regular evolutionary development, also called Luciferic, Ahrimanic, and Soratic spirits. The latter are also called Asuras or Rakshasas.

    Specifically: when did these arise, of what order are they, etc ..

    In the context of this study module approach, below are offered a set of 'core' lectures to study and contemplate in depth. Consider them containing pieces of a puzzle, whereby you will use your imaginative soul faculties to lay this puzzle. Hence a first part of the work consists of study (parse, make your own notes or schemas), the second part is then to consider them together both in study and in active contemplation during meditation.

    • 1909-04-18-GA110
    • 1911-11-14-GA132
    • 1912-04-08-GA136
    • 1921-03-11-GA203


    Some further notes that provide a frame of reference and help to develop an understanding of what is said in the above four lectures.

    1/ When considering the counterforces for Man's development, consider Schema FMC00.238 on I-less human beings to realize that Man is just one hierarchy amongst many. Man is made up of the lower elements of the higher hierarchies. As these higher hierarchies now have laggers, this implies that Man is not just on the usual course of regular hierarchies, but is sandwiched between the lagging variants of these other hierarchies that are impacting the regular development.

    2/ The lecture references will make clear that for Man, it are the H3 hierarchies that are concerned. Look into the development of the I to see how the gift of the SoF is the Human I, and how the different lagging variants of the other hierarchies caused the 'infection' of the threefold soul and hence work through and impact the astral body, etheric body, and physical body.

    3/ An appreciation of what is described in 1/, that 'Man is just one hierarchy amongst many in continuous development' can be given form also by looking at Schema FMC00.413 on Old Saturn, which is an improved elaboration of the principle explained under Schema FMC00.276 on Overview of solar system evolution. See also Cosmic fractal for a meta-view on this.

    4/ In terms of overall positioning:

    • The whole development of evil will lead to the creation of 'evil races' - see Note [8] on Schema FMC00.077B on Creation of solar system
    • However but in the end the great cosmic fractal and logoic breath with the 'wheel of planes' (see also Schema FMC00.400 on Cosmic breath of Brahma) will re-absorb all evil that has fallen apart of evolution again (see Schema FMC00.078 on Planes or Worlds of Consciousness), as explained in the GA089 lecture on that Schema.
    • It is helpful to bear in mind that evil is limited to the spirit world, see Evil), and that the divine core of Man consists of the life-spirit and spirit-man (see Man's higher triad) that find their origin in the higher worlds of budhi and nirvana planes, see Monad. Hence it is freedom and love that will be retained as the developmental goals of this solar system evolution (re: Man as tenth hierarchy).

    Excerpts (under development)

    1/ The reference from 1909-04-18-GA110 is looked into in more detail below

    Now consider that such Beings as the SoM, belonging to the second hierarchy H2, could not have had the power to become evil of their own free will; they had to be ‘adversely-commanded;’ and it was the beings of the third hierarchy, and only those who stand nearest to man, the angels, who first had it in their power to follow, or not to follow, the hindering Powers.

    ...

    Thus we see that, because those SoM' were given certain orders, men first received the possibility of reaching their goal by their own strength, a thing which even the highest Seraphim cannot do of themselves. This is very essential. The Seraphim, Cherubim and Thrones cannot do otherwise than follow the immediate impulses given them by the Godhead. The SoW of the second hierarchy, too, cannot do otherwise.

    A certain number of the SoM were ordered to oppose, so that those SoM also, who, as it were, threw themselves into the way of development, could not do otherwise than follow the orders of the Godhead. In what is called the ‘origin of evil’ they could but perform the will of the Godhead who, by means of evil, wishes to develop more powerful good.

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    Now let us descend to those beings we call the Spirits of Form. They also could not have come to this of themselves. They could not have grown wicked of themselves, nor could the archai, nor could the archangels. For, when these were men (CoC4) on Old Sun, the SoM had not yet been ordered to oppose, there was as yet no possibility of becoming wicked.

    The first who had the possibility of becoming evil were the angels, for this could only happen after the development of Old Moon. There, from Old Sun to Old Moon, the Fight in Heaven took place. A part of the angels avoided this possibility, they would not be seduced by the forces which had to introduce hindrances, they held to the way of the old nature. Thus, as far down as the angels, or part of them, we have beings who are absolutely unable to do otherwise than follow the divine Will.

    We now come to two categories of Beings.

    • First those angels who fling themselves into that which the SoM produced during the Fight in Heaven; these are beings who on account of their later deeds we call Luciferic. These Beings became united to the human astral bodies during the Earth evolution and gave to men the possibility of evil, and also the possibility of developing through their own free power; so that in the whole sequence of Hierarchies we have only men; and some of the Angels, who have the possibility of freedom. In the midst of the ranks of the Angels the possibility of freedom begins, but it is first fully developed in men. When man entered the earth, he had at the beginning to be assailed by the power of the Luciferic Spirits; they penetrated the human astral body with their force. The ‘I’ was therefore attracted towards those forces, so that during the Lemurian and Atlantean evolutions, and even later we have the ‘I’ as in a cloud, as sheathed in a cloud, which was produced by the assaults of Lucifer.

    and

    The advanced Angel-men approached the men of the Earth during the time, when, in Lemuria, they were ripe to receive the germ of the human ‘I,’ and gave them the choice, as it were, to rise into the spiritual worlds, then, and not to have anything further to do with that which since the time of the Moon, had mingled with the course of the world's development.

    The Beings who had stayed behind, whom we call the Luciferic beings, came into touch with the human astral body — they could not approach the ‘I’ — and grafted into that astral body all the results of the fight in heaven.

    While to the SoM was assigned the fight in heaven, for they were created Gods of Hindrance; the consequences of their deeds now slipped into the human astral body, and there signified something else; they signified the possibility of error and the possibility of evil. Man had now been given the possibility of error and of evil with the object that he should also have the possibility of rising above evil and error, through his own strength.

    2/ Now the above was a consequence of events that happened 'before'. Therefore consider also Schema FMC00.019 on Luciferic beings and their influences, on the origin of the Luciferic principle on Old Sun (1911-11-14-GA132), see Luciferic beings and their influences#1911-11-14-GA132.

    1911-11-14-GA132 quotes A and B are to studied along with the above.

    3/ The third relevant lecture extract is from 1912-04-08-GA136, see Luciferic beings and their influences#1912-04-08-GA136

    4/ The fourth is 1921-03-11-GA203, see Ahrimanic beings and their influences#1921-03-11-GA203

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    Below is a short note written quickly 'in one go' in 2015. It was at that time just an impulse and test to 'enter cold' and write from a worldview of spiritual science and try to communicate to a world who doesn't know a thing about it. One needs to introduce everything from scratch as one goes along and build up the storyline at the same time. The question explored is whether such writings 'can work', at all, whether they can maybe still have an appeal of truth .. even if people have not been educated before on any of the concepts used.

    Re: War in Heaven - Anthroposophical worldview provides contextual background and explanations

    There are obviously many questions to this. One may want to refer to or check out the anthroposophical or theosophical worldview that explains the evolution of the solar system and mankind. This gives an answer to all the questions asked here. A first entry point, just suggesting to add one concrete reference,may be Rudolf Steiner's Outline of Esoteric Science.

    Now these are not matters that can be explained in short and simple terms, as the evolution of spiritual beings and influences on mankind is of a rather high complexity.

    But in short, a high level introduction for the open mind.

    On this planetary embodiment Earth, mankind received the 'I', the ability to have self-consciousness and free will, and hence be de-coupled from direct guidance by other spiritual beings. This 'I' is threefold in that it includes the awareness of the other bodies: physical, etheric or life body, and astral body. This threefold soul is hence constituted by a sentient soul (astral body), intellectual soul (etheric), and consciousness soul (physical). These new faculties were woven onto and granted to mankind by the Spirits of Form and enabled by the first hierarchy (of Thrones, Seraphim and Cherubim).

    Now as these components were added in previous epochs Lemuria, Atlantis, and the current Postatlantean epoch, some influences 'sneaked in' to the threefold soul, respectively called Luciferian, Ahrimanic and Asuric influences. These influences (by spiritual beings off course of normal development) put stress on the normal evolution of mankind, challenge it but thereby strengthen its anticipated evolution. In other words: by having to face these challenges, the development of mankind is served in its ultimate finality (even if it makes for a hefty and painful journey).

    The war in heaven is this stress field between the main or normal spiritual beings that guide the development of mankind, and the countering spiritual beings (named above). Proponents of this are ao Lucifer or Satan at the time of the Fall, in the Lemurian epoch .. when the awareness through senses seduced mankind by infusing desires, urges. Similarly Ahriman or Mephistopheles convinces man to focus on the material only (re the current material physical worldview). And the Asuric influences that come with the infusion of the consciousness soul make for an over-increase in egotism (which will ultimately lead to the destruction of by mankind at the end of this epoch; this is called the 'war of all against all' in Revelation).

    The goal of the whole affair is to allow mankind to be free of spiritual guidance (we don't believe in the spiritual reality these days because our current sensory experience is blind to it), the key point is that freedom is a requirement for love. And mankind is to develop as the next hierarchy in creation, after the previous nine spiritual hierarchies known in religions through the ages, to ultimately become the 'Spirits of freedom and love'. This is the core of what we are to develop, this is our task at hand. Now this freedom is 'a first' in creation and the cosmos. And to enable this feat, something exceptional had to happen, a high spiritual being had to go through the gate of death. This spiritual being is called Christ, the sun-spirit, who has been guiding the development of mankind by making corrective actions at each stage of development of the threefold soul, in order to warrant a balanced evolutionary progression. This happened in Lemuria, Atlantean periods, and finally also at Golgotha which was truly a cosmic event and not something that can be understood in human mundane terms.

    Michael is a being of the order of the archangels, and is the representative of sun spirit Christ. His fight represents this battle for balance, against the dragon which represents the opposing influences mentioned above. In practice, what all this means, is that Man has to fight these influences in himself, to find a way of balance through these opposing influences that push and tear his development sidesways. This fight takes place in Man. Christ represents the seed in every human being that allows us, through conscious control by our I, to refine our lower bodies (astral: by controlling urges and growing out of emotional drives; then etheric, ultimately the physical). That way the I is pivotal in creating a higher (spiritual) self by refining and letting go of the lower bodies. This process is one of living the golden rule, of improving morally and becoming love, a giving rather than a wanting human being.

    It is important to realize that our physical reality is a Maya reflection of what is going in in this War in Heaven. So everything you see around you, from the first and second World Wars, to current mobile internet computing with Facebook/Google and Apple .. in all such things, we can find a reflection of the above-mentioned spiritual influences. We should not think or judge in the polarity of good or bad, the challenge for us is to retain balance in our development. As in: retain focus on our task at hand, and not be carried away left or right off center. If you doubt it: check the world around you and see how people focus only on the material, or how the small smartphone screen sucks people into a virtual world and out of this world with human beings of flesh and blood around them, or: where did the selfie come from all at once, and can you think of a better symbol of egotism? .. and realize that none of all this existed .. only hundred years ago. So to keep a clear course through that storm is not for everyone. The key to the door is called Initiation, and some people are awakening spiritually in one way or another to this.

    Sorry if this was too lengthy or too far fetched for most readers not into esoteric or metaphysical worldviews, I guess I was just in a flow there for a minute or two. For what it's worth. May those who are ready to hear, hear.

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