- Dearest Elaine,
--and also pretty
>commonly suggested that Lincoln practiced occult activities.I didn't know that. Do you mean the kind of occultism that Durward
talked about or deeper involvement as I am now suggesting?
>he kept slaves (in spite of himself), so "life, liberty, and thepursuit of
>happiness"I think Rudolf Steiner once talked about this "pursuit of happiness"- he
criticised the concept. It's clear that he was wasn't found of the
notion from a little anecdote mentioned in his bio (Easton). A young man
asked him about happiness and life and Steiner replied that we are here
to fulfil a task- not happiness.
Though a site dedicated to anthroposophical medicine has "pursuit of
happiness" in the title: LILIPOH.
>As for Steiner and the Masonic Initiation, yes, I said "hmmmm...", andi do
>find it weird and curious.The rituals that RS designed, that are well- known, are the sacraments
of the Christian Community, the ones given to students and teachers, and
of course, the Foundation Stone.
I would love to tell you more about Steiner's ritual work but that, I
believe, is in the work:
From the History & Contents of the Cognitive-Cultic section of the
I can understand why there may have been some who didn't want the Anthro
Press to publish this book since it may give some readers the wrong idea
about anthroposophy and ritual work. We know anthropsophists don't
engage in any rituals besides sittings in chairs and listening to
lectures.... and the occasional sacrifice of a chicken.
The book has been translated. The A Press were going to publish it but
now do not have any plans to.
I found out this morning that the translator is now the _late_ John
Wood. The manuscript is in the hands of a publisher in England.
>I am seeking/struggling to keep an"Jesuitism (belonging to Augustine) and Freemasonry (Manichaenism)
>yet at this point I don't find the Mason's trustworthy(
confront each other in later centuries." RS speaks in detail about this
in 3rd July Dornach 1920 (untranslated.)
There is a light and dark side to freemasonry, obviously. The good side
is a manifestation of Manichaenism ( the sons of the widow, the young
man of Nain.) The dark side manifests as Luciferianism.
There has been a battle within Freemasonry over the years- Christian and
non Christian elements. The Royal Arch degree was instituted by the
Christian side according to my Freemasonry Compendium.
Goethe of course, was a Mason too. His Fairytale of the Green snake and
the Beautiful Lily, is a portrayal of an alchemistical initiation as
given by Christian Rosencreutz.
The fairytale contains all the secrets of the 30th degree of
freemasonry RS tells us.
>the International Monetary Fund)--many of these are, reportedly, 33rdDegree
>Masons.According to RS there are 96 degrees in Masonry and it was impossible
not to become clairvoyant once completing the higher degrees.
>If Steiner was a Mason, that, of course, does not mean that he wasinto
In 1904 he says quite clearly that he was not a mason.
In 1906 he entered into a purely formal relationship with the
Memphis-Misraim Freemasonry cf. The Course of My Life Chapter 36.
Misraim is an ancient term for Egypt.
The ritual I posted is not out of the bounds of possibility.
He says that since the development of intellectualism Freemasonry has
had its day, but it will rise again in the future 6th epoch.