Lucifer The Light Bearer

From: dottie zold
Date: Tue Dec 2, 2003 10:21 am
Subject: Lucifer The Light Bearer

Hi Everyone,

I guess I am wondering if there is any Steiner writing speaking to whether or not Lucifer led Christ on the last part of the journey, as he does with all humans, into incarnation? Am I correct in the understanding that Lucifer leads us into our physical incarnation?

Steiner:

Up to the period of sun-existance, we stand under the leadership of Christ. From sun-existance onwards we need a leader whose task it is to guide us to the further realms of cosmic space. Lucifer now comes to our side. If we have fallen prey to him on the physical plane, it is bad for us; but if on earth we have rightly understood the Christ impulse, then we are strong enough on the sun to follow even Lucifer without danger. From then onwards he has charge of the inner progress of the soul, just as on this side of the sun-sphere Christ has charge of our ascent. If on the earth we have received the Christ impulse, Christ is the keeper of our soul on the path to the sun. Beyond the periphery of the sun-sphere, Lucifer leads us into the cosmos; within the periphery of the sun, he is the tempter. If during the sun-period we have been armed with the Christ impulse, Christ and Lucifer guide us as brothers."

What I am looking at here is that Lucifer guides us higher and Christ guides us deeper. And if we take the best of what Lucifer has to offer we do ourselves and the cosmos a great service in the ongoing evolution of man and universe. Which leads me to the idea of how Lucifer is maligned to the extent He is. I think if we hold our fellow man to go higher yet deeper we would be fufilling our Michaelic duties. I believe instead of calling out something as 'oh thats luciferic and so forth we should show where we can deepen in what is luciferic to begin with.

Steiner says ' we are the arena of luciferic evolution'. I almost feel as if I let the luciferic stream down by not matching their highest with my deepest understanding. In this way we balance ourselves and ride the dragon together. We must match the heroics of Lucifer bit by bit.

In regards to why the body could not hold together at the end of Jesus' time on earth it seems to me it is because the 'ego' of Jesus left the body as Christ descended. I am thinking on the idea of the ego leaving the Zarathusthra child in which he passed not long after. It was the power of the Christ spirit that held this body together it seems according to Steiner.

Dottie

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From: Tarjei Straume
Date: Mon Dec 15, 2003 3:07 pm
Subject: Re: [anthroposophy_tomorrow] Lucifer The Light Bearer

At 19:21 02.12.2003, Dottie wrote:

Steiner says ' we are the arena of luciferic evolution'. I almost feel as if I let the luciferic stream down by not matching their highest with my deepest understanding. In this way we balance ourselves and ride the dragon together. We must match the heroics of Lucifer bit by bit.

Eduard Schure, a friend of Rudolf Steiner, wrote a play entitled "Children of Lucifer." Below is a magnificent cut from Scene II in Act Two:

(A beautiful figure slowly rises and appears above the chasm. The Fallen Angel is seated on a planet half riven and seamed with crevasses. One of his hands is chained to the globe by an iron ring riveted to the soil by a thunderbolt. In the other hand he proudly raises a torch in the darkness.)

THEOKLES: Sublime and awful Angel, I tremble and exult at the sight of thee. Every fibre in my body quivers. My Life Force, multiplied a hundred-fold, seethes as though it gushed exultantly from the well-springs of Generation and of Eternal Desire. How sad and how splendid thou art, O my Guardian Spirit, my God, my Lucifer!

LUCIFER: Thou hast summoned me; what wouldst thou of me?

THEOKLES: To be like thee.

LUCIFER: Try then.

THEOKLES: How can it be done?

LUCIFER: Believe in thyself and strive with the Eternal with all the force of thy being.

THEOKLES: Wilt thou support me?

LUCIFER: Yes, for as long as thy faith in thyself lasts.

THEOKLES: Since I have seen Thee, I feel it to be invincible. But why, O mighty Angel, is thy immortality shot through with pain and why does the shadow of death darken thy brow?

LUCIFER: When God said: Let there be light! I was born, radiant and proud, of the breath of His mouth. A star gleamed on my forehead. Soaring through space I cried: "I am Intelligence and Liberty, I am Light! I will not obey Thee. It is through myself that I mean to be, to know and to conquer." - "Seek, then, Lucifer, through Pain and through Death!" said the Eternal. Then I came near to the heart of the Almighty to steal His fire. Stricken by its splendor, I fell, I the Star of the Archangels, dragging down with me a shower of suns and of demons. I fell into the Abyss upon an accursed planet and the Star on my brow has faded. since that day I have ranged through space with this torch kindled at the tabernacle of the Eternal, and slowly I am recapturing His universe. Wouldsts thou rather enjoy without effort the uncreated Light or attain it with me through Pain and Death?

THEOKLES: Rather a hundred thousand deaths and everlasting pain than forego a single fragment of my liberty!

LUCIFER: Art thou as strong as thou believest?

THEOKLES: My whole being aspires towards thee and ascends at sight of thee up to unimagined heights. My heart kindles at thy torch of pride and light.

LUCIFER: It is well. Henceforth thy name shall no longer be Theokles, but Phosphoros. For thou wilt bear my light before men. Go on thy way.

(He sinks into the black chasm amid red flashes and renewed underground thunder.)

Read more info and the complete scene excerpted above at

http://www.uncletaz.com/childlucifer.html

Cheers,

Tarjei
http://uncletaz.com/

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From: dottie zold
Date: Mon Dec 15, 2003 9:21 pm
Subject: Re: Lucifer The Light Bearer

Tarjei wrote:
Eduard Schure, a friend of Rudolf Steiner, wrote a play entitled "Children of Lucifer." Below is a magnificent cut from Scene II in Act Two:

Hi Tarjei,

I remember reading this at your site. And I remember being stunned and deeply touched by the ending. It probably is what moved me to look within for an even deeper love than I knew humanly possible; one that would include Lucifer Himself.

Thanks,
Dottie

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