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Astrosophy and Rudolf Steiner

'Astrosophy' comes from the Greek astron, star, and sophia, skill, wisdom, from sophos, wise.

Rudolf Steiner's astrosophy emphasises soul purpose and connection to the opportunities the heavens offer during your life that can be affected by stars and clusters of stars, including star signs. Sidereal astrology is applied to think about things. However, there are particular difficulties in using sidereal astrology.

(WP, "Sidereal astrology")

Rudolf Steiner, originator of Waldorf education, accepts a modified form of astrology, one where constellations of stars influence us but do not control human destiny. Steiner recognises the importance of karma and reincarnation and the human power to affect one's own destiny.

He says there is a connection between stars and human beings, but rejects the notion that stars and planets determine our lives and behaviour - do not control human destiny. - Cf- Margaret Jonas, in Steiner 2009, 2-3.

Steiner's astrosophy tells of reincarnation and karma and destinies of men. - Rudolf Steiner 2009, lecture 3

Humanity, [Rudolf Steiner] says, is intimately connected to cosmic beings, who in turn are related to planets and stars. With the guidance of spiritual beings we choose a suitable time of birth to match the destiny sketch we are to live somehow. - In Rudolf Steiner 2009.

The forces that come out of the cosmos, from the zodiac belt, take on form and shape in the animals. - Rudolf Steiner 1970, lecture 3

The fixed stars work in the human being, the moving planets work in the human being, and all the elements of nature work there as well. - Rudolf Steiner 1997, 84

What man is today stands . . . in the writing of the constellations of the stars, stands written there too what is yet to happen with him. - Rudolf Steiner 1964, lecture 9.

Humanity, [Rudolf Steiner] says, is intimately connected to cosmic beings, who in turn are related to planets and stars [and] makes a clear connection between the heavenly bodies and human beings.

[A]s individuals, and with the guidance of spiritual beings, we choose an appropriate time of birth to match the destiny we are to live. - Rudolf Steiner 2009.

The casting of a horoscope . . . those who know these things can read the forces which determine a person's physical existence. - Rudolf Steiner 1970, lecture 3

By looking at what the horoscope shows we can see what is really the matter [with a child]. - Rudolf Steiner 1972, lecture 11.

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astrosophy, star wisdom, Literature  

Jonas, Margaret, comp. 2009. Astronomy and Astrology: Finding a Relationship to the Cosmos. Rudolf Steiner Press.

Steiner, Rudolf. 1921. The Spiritual Guidance of Mankind. Tr. Harry Collison. GA 15. London: The Anthroposophical Society in Great Britain.

Rudolf Steiner. 1964. Man in the Light of Occultism, Theosophy and Philosophy. GA 137. London: Rudolf Steiner Press.

Steiner, Rudolf. 1965. Rosicrucianism and Modern Initiation: Mystery Centres of the Middle Ages. Six Lectures Given in Dornach, 4th-13th January 1924. GA 233a. Tr. Mary Adams. 2nd ed. rev. London: Rudolf Steiner Press.

Steiner, Rudolf. 1970. Man as Symphony of the Creative Word. GA 230. L 3. London: Rudolf Steiner Press.

Steiner, Rudolf. 1972. Curative Education: Twelve Lectures for Doctors and Curative Teachers. GA 317. Tr. Mary Adams. London: Rudolf Steiner Press. -- Lectures given in 1924.

Steiner, Rudolf. 1997. The Roots of Education. Hudson, NY: Anthroposophic Press. -- Five lectures given in April 1924.

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