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Steiner and the Mainstream

Efforts like Steiner Studies are a bit of a conundrum. In the anthroposophical movement we are always complaining about how Steiner is invisible to the mainstream. How nobody knows about him, and he doesn’t get the credit he deserves. But the mainstream is only going to handle him the way it knows how. They will use their worldview, their academic and analytic tools. They will treat him just like any other interesting...

Covid and Karma

Someone asked: “So let’s say bats are the third cause and the virus the second; what is the primary if we look on it from an Anthroposophical perspective?” Karma. Steiner was fairly clear on this. Susceptibility is a function of past-life karma. However, in epidemics you have to do not just backwards karma, since Steiner said emphatically that you can catch something, the cause for which does not lie in the...

Mikovits and Money

A lot of the gullible fans of Plandemic make Judy Mikovits into a hero because she supposedly has no financial incentive to telling the “truth”, whereas everyone who objects to her claims is being paid off by Big Pharma. Now Big Pharma is certainly a problem, but Mikovits is not truth-telling for no gain. She’s got a new book out. Financial gain often comes from selling books. For some authors there are...

Hypothesizing the origins of the Pandemic

I keep reading how the pandemic is really just the result of manipulation. I disagree. It is true that manipulation, especially of public opinion, is happening all the time. Some of it is quite effective, some of it falls flat. A third of it cancels out another third. This pandemic is nothing special in this regard. The pandemic is out of the ordinary as an event; really it is a once-in-a-generation thing. So perhaps people...

Does Rudolf Steiner Believe in Viruses?

Here is a great example of why we have to be careful with Steiner quotes. This one is from GA 185, 3rd lecture (From Symptom to Reality in Modern History). “But bacilli, as such, are of course in no way connected with disease. In phenomena of this kind we must realize that just as behind the symptoms of history we are dealing with psychic and spiritual experiences, so too behind somatic symptoms we are dealing with...

Did Rudolf Steiner write the “We Must Eradic...

The following verse, usually attributed to Rudolf Steiner, has been has been very popular lately. Steiner wrote a lot of verses for many different purposes. But this one is not one one of them. The first part is a versification of a paragraph from a 1910 lecture. The second part is demonstrably pseudoepigraphical. More on that below. (For those wondering, pseudoepigraphical means “falsely attributed”; it is a...

Tangled Timelines in Steiner’s Autobiography

In his autobiography Steiner talks about meeting Nietzsche in 1896, and appears to say that this meeting influenced a book he wrote in 1895. What’s going on? I just re-read the chapter in German, and I’m going to judge it as ambiguous. Steiner spends three pages talking about how he experienced Nietzsche. But it is clear that he means through Nietzsche’s writing, because Steiner says as much. But he talks...

On the Identity of Steiner’s Teacher “...

The True Identity of Steiner’s Rosicrucian Master ‘the M’ Revealed For the past 100 years, biographers of Steiner have puzzled over the identity of “M” an early teacher of Rudolf Steiner. Steiner acknowledges M as an important early teacher, but say almost nothing about him. Now a researcher has presented evidence that M is Alois Mailander. You can read the full claim in the article above. The...

What to make of Göbekli Tepe from an Anthroposophi...

Göbekli Tepe is an archaeological site in central Turkey with stone structures and carvings at least 11,000 years old. Mapping Steiner’s timeline to external history, to say nothing of geology, proves quite challenging. Everything back to the end of the 3rd post-atlantean epoch works quite well. Earlier than that gets progressively more challenging. The Theosophical tradition was quite big on exact dates and patterns,...

Steiner and Music

A question on an online forum: Are there any anthroposophic music composers or any composers that Rudolf Steiner found to have very spiritual music? My response: Those are two separate questions. Steiner himself spoke very favorable of Bruckner in particular, and was a fan of the comic operas of Johann Strauss II. He had a few admiring things to say about Wagner (though if you parse it carefully, he narrowly praises some of...

Life Without Consciousness Soul

Rudolf Steiner described how, over the past millennia, human beings have developed capacities of thinking in a series of stages he calls Sentient Soul, Intellectual Soul, and Consciousness Soul. Sentient Soul corresponds with the way people in civilizations like Ancient Egypt tended to think, Intellectual Soul to the Greco-Roman and Medieval periods (in both Easter and Western civilizations, though Steiner focused only on...

Dogmatism and the “Waldorf Critics”

I’ve been tuning in and out to the chatter of the Waldorf Critics for years now. Frankly, I find most of it tedious. But I do often ponder the significance of the Waldorf Critics as a phenomenon. One thing that I’ve been thinking a lot about recently is the nature of dogmatism. A frequent criticism levied against the whole Waldorf movement on the WC list is that everyone in it is a dogmatic Steiner devotee. What...