A lot of new-age parents are sending their kids to be educated in the Waldorf school system. It is renown for its unconventional teachings. My daughter attended her seventh grade school year at a private Waldorf school. I rejoiced that she was receiving “an alternative education” and that she was out of the public school system. I had been studying the work of Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925). He was the head of the German Theosophical Society until 1912, when he broke away to form his own spiritual philosophy call Anthroposophy. As a highly developed clairvoyant and “spiritual initiate”, he spoke from his direct communication with the spirit world.
He defined Anthroposophy as ‘the consciousness of one’s humanity’, and the disciplined methods of studying this he termed ‘spiritual science’. Steiner describes Anthroposophy as a path of knowledge, to guide the Spiritual in the human being to the Spiritual in the universe. (Anthroposophical Leading Thoughts, Rudolf Steiner)
Steiner’s objections with the Theosophists were mainly that they didn’t revere Jesus and Christianity as special. However, he had no problem incorporating reincarnation and karma into his beliefs and used clairvoyant research to develop his own unique “Christology”. Some of the required reading for acquiring a Waldorf teaching credential is : “A Western Approach to Reincarnation and Karma.” Every Waldorf teacher reads and studies this book. Reincarnation and karma are core teachings of Rudolf Steiner’s Anthroposophy, it is an essential subject. At the time of my daughter’s involvement in Waldorf education, there were a few fundamental truths of anthroposophy that had escaped my attention.
Waldorf students usually say “grace” before eating lunch. Here is an example of grace from the Waldorf journal “Education as an Art”: “Sun who makes it ripe and good, dear earth, dear Sun, by you we live, Our loving thanks to you we give.” This seemingly innocent pagan prayer is loaded with esoteric occult truth and represents the essence of Anthroposophy and the teaching of Steiner. The sun and the earth are god and goddess to be worshipped and prayed for, and they are substituted for God and His Son Jesus. In this quote from Steiner, Son Jesus is replaced with Sun Lucifer: “The Christos [Christ] is the Sun Hero who has transplanted all the strength of the Sun upon the Earth. Now you will be able to understand with what deep intuition esoteric Christianity conceived of the fish form, because it signifies the outer symbol of the Sun power, of the forces of the Christ. Steiner, Rudolf. Occult Signs and Symbols.
The ancient pagan belief of the sun as a deity, which in Theosophy, is Lucifer, the Solar Logos, (i.e., the consciousness of the sun.) is also a core belief of Anthroposophy. Schwartz, Eugene in “The Waldorf Teachers Survival Guide” states:
Most of that which contributes to our work as teachers, preparation work, artistic work, even meditative work is under the guidance of Lucifer. We can become great teachers under his supervision, for he is responsible for much of what has blossomed in the unfolding of civilization and culture in the past.
There is an ambivalent quote from the Research Institute for Waldorf Education which acknowledges Lucifer a an “educational force” and at the same time warns of his negative influence: “Because class teachers work so intensively in the artistic realm, transforming the mundane into the extraordinary, infusing the material with the spiritual, they are subject to the influence of Luciferic beings who work through the imagination, inspiring flights of creativity and fantasy, bringing warmth and light to the art of teaching. Although some of our work takes place in Lucifer’s domain, we must be careful not to succumb to his temptations, and we must take active steps to combat his influence. (From Roberto Trostli, Director of the Research Institute for Waldorf Education).
Anthroposophy believes that Lucifer is a being of light who incarnated as a human being three thousand years before Christ. Steiner says: “It is revealed to the retrospective clairvoyant gaze that this was an actual human incarnation of the Luciferic Power. And this incarnation of Lucifer in humanity, which in a certain way has been achieved, was the origin of the widely extended ancient wisdom based on the Third Post-Atlantean civilization. Steiner, Rudolf. The Ahrimanic Deception
The brilliant deception of Steiner is the creation of Lucifer’s polar opposite, a being called Ahriman, who will incarnate sometime in the third millenium A.D. (any time now). Steiner says: ...[T]he Ahrimanic influence has been at work since the middle of the fifteenth century and will increase in strength until an actual incarnation of Ahriman takes place among Western humanity. Ahriman, in the ancient Persian religion Zoroastrianism, is the Devil. Steiner divides the devil into two beings, Lucifer representing light and civilization and Ahriman, representing all the forces of darkness and excessive materialism .
Steiner teaches and shows us how neither is bad per se, each provides gifts to human beings that further our evolution, and that it is us who must learn to balance these gifts in our individual lives. Steiner contradicts himself, sometimes denying that either Lucifer or Ahriman is evil, and other times asserting they are the downfall of humanity.