..."To some people Yeats's position seems a paradox: that of a
spiritual man who believes in the supernatural, but is unconcerned
with God. T. S. Eliot cited I. A. Richards's assertion that Yeats
repudiated `life itself, in favour of a supernatural world' and went
on to dismiss it as `the wrong supernatural world'. Yeats's
supernatural world was wrong for Eliot, because it `was not a world
of spiritual significance, not a world of real Good and Evil, of
holiness or sin, but a highly sophisticated lower mythology'. When
Eliot made these comments in a lecture in 1933, he was championing
the higher religion with the force of a convert, having been
received into the Church of England in 1927, but it is also true
that Yeats's mythology is generally situated at the intermediate
level of the psyche rather than either the numinous or the
phenomenal. A Vision is a mirror of the angelic and the human,
Speculum Angelorum et Hominum, but not a ladder towards
understanding of God, Eliot's `world of spiritual significance', or
for reaching the material world of Nature, Richards's `life itself'.
From the human perspective, there are two fundamental views of
reality: the antithetical or Lunar which starts from below, and the
primary or Solar which starts from above. The primary, as the name
indicates, has primacy and Yeats acknowledges that unity is the
source and the goal of existence. The antithetical, as the name
indicates, defines itself by antithesis to and conflict with the
primary and is therefore a necessarily second term..."
Just going about the business of thought, as if nothing what so ever
is happening in the world, I see these wonderful insights into human
thinking and the mission of the Consciousness Soul. Eliot is an
interesting human being, an interesting poet. Yeats and the whole
Consciousness Soul discussion arising out of 1933 is assimilation
and integration. Not everyone had the integration resources of
Spiritual Science to refer to as we do. On the other hand, Yeats and
Eliot are both struggling with higher human vision as we all are,
evolving, as poets, but also with intense philosophical concerns
over how humanity approaches the new Angelic education.
Angelic Education or the Angel Doctors works, St. Thomas was the
Angelic Doctor and the later addition to Angelic Education, Steiner,
as the human soul to mounts through I Am development, through
intellectual culture and bumps right against the great vast
spiritual development of humanity. In other words for us, a general
School of Athens, carried along also by Eliot and Yeats and
Blackwood and McDonald serves the Orientation towards the
development of the Consciousness Soul.
Now the important little piece of insight is here unfolded with a
stream descending from the Sun and a stream arising from the lunar
upwards. These abstractions are not so abstract if you have followed
into incarnation along the lunar blood trail and if you are seeking
to invite the Logos Sun trail into the pollination of your thinking.
Now in this simplified condition of understanding betwen Sun stream
and Lunar stream a great deal has been unfolded for Angelic
Education and human insight. We can look at the lunar, heredity,
blood line of a Jesus and the Solar and incarnation Sun stream
coming down from above.
Think dear friends of the lunar, flesh, to flesh, to flesh domino of
blood line moving along genetic and hereditary lines. We see whole
portions of education following a lunar line and a whole swath of
dominating Judaism and fundamentalism and mormons all following a
trail of what we might term, blood line and genetic guilt by
association. Who's your Daddy?
We have understood how the higher members of Jesus were integrated
even back to Solomon. That perfected astral, etheric, intellect,
consciousness factors arose all the way up to the ninefold Sermon on
the Mount of crystallized MAN-SUN-SPEAKS. But we also have a
comprehensive vision of how the descending dove of the sun forces,
even the father, dropped carefully onto the consciousness soul of
Jesus and stirred up the higher members of Atma, Buddhi and Manes
and later in the Garden, broiled into super fission as the Earth was
about to get the match that would light the new Sun force of the
Earth and make for humanity the dawning of an entire new solar
In other words, Steiner brought to light that this was the genesis
of a new sun that was happening in the merging of the Lunar and
Solar streams in Jesus. See how abstract get more concrete? And
Steiner was thrilled, nearly quietly gasping, that this is how suns
were made. He had arrived at speaking this vision in John in
Relation to the other Gospels. Steiner built an acceleration of
intensification of forces that Initiates can see in the unfolding
development of Jesus to Christ. That this Sun force seed would be
built out of the moral development of just such intimate
requirements of thinking that both Eliot and Yeats were serving is
our mystery as well. They were serving a-typical, Goethean and Grail
school requirements for Initiation and Angelic Education.
But most stunning, if not utterly stunning, is the idea of the 13th
axiom. Now that is a stunning concept. The 13th axiom. For on the
hinge of the 13th Axiom we gaze into Last Suppers, Dollar bills, and
Apollo Thirteen, and our own human blood and flesh relation, our own
Lunar and Solar balance of Blood and body weight.
"If [Euclid's twelfth axiom] is a self-evident proposition, which
can neither be proved, nor needs to be proved, how much clearer is
the axiom for the existence of God!
`The Thirteenth Axiom', August Strindberg, En Blå Bok (1907) "