Traditional Seven Planets in Relation to the Arts and Other Phenomenon from An Anthroposophical Perspective.

As you may have noticed in my last post, I am listening to Steiner’s lectures on Agriculture. I do this in my car as I drive from place to place. This summer I listened to his lectures on The Arts and Their Mission, driving across the country with one of my students, refreshing my memory after years since I first read them. I am also trying to immerse myself in the chemistry of Ceramics from an Anthroposophical perspective. I also have a long standing interest in geometry, specifically using the seven pointed star, along with the Rose Cross, in meditative practice. When I recently came across the configuration of the seven pointed star showing the relationship of the Arts to the traditional 7 planetary stages of Earth’s evolution, I thought it would be informative to combine an early blackboard study of the planets in relation to the metals and to bodily organs. Then I added in the stages of human spiritual evolutionary development.development. Colors and tones could also be added for contemplative use. It gets to be a little crowded after a while and it is not intended to be a dogmatic tool. It is useful for me and a tool in my teaching. It is possible to teach Anthroposophical concepts in a state university setting without preaching and not be sanctioned. There is still academic freedom to some extent. The processes of Accountability and assessment which lock us into the computer and are relatively devoid of any creative part, are at a certain point counter productive. But that is a whole other subject.

Chalk Board Fall 2015

“The starting point for a new life of art can come only by direct stimulation from the spiritual world. We must become artists, not by developing symbolism or allegory, but by rising, through spiritual knowledge, more and more into the spiritual world.”

From: The Arts and Their Mission

By Rudolf Steiner

Translated by Lisa D. Monges and Virginia Moore

Copyright © 1964
The Anthroposophic Press

3 thoughts on “Traditional Seven Planets in Relation to the Arts and Other Phenomenon from An Anthroposophical Perspective.

  1. Hi there, could you possible tell me where you got the info re the 7 arts and earth evolution? I would like to read more about it. I also came across the relationships of the 7 arts to each other (you mention this in another post) a while ago and now I can’t find it – which lecture did you find it in? Thanks for sharing this! Best wishes, Saraphir


    • “The Arts and their Mission” is a good starting point. At the time I was looking at relationships between patterned forms. I did not see these relationships as absolutes but as sugestions for investigation. I have a copy of The Burning Bush: Rudolf Steiner, Anthroposophy, and the Holy Scripture, by Edward Reaugh Smith, as the source for many diagrams. A later post of the 7 arts parabola was drawn by French eurythmist, Gabrielle Armenier when she was a visiting artist at my university last spring. I hope this is helpful. Just as in Biodynamics and waldorf Education , much of what Steiner lectured on or wrote was seminal. It is important to look to practices to see how these things are related as well. My first obvious questions are related to the simplification of the arts in these type of analyses. This is not a criticism and I do not think it is important however useful, to neatly fit all the arts together. As in all things there is always over-lapping and extensive variance from these categories. Even a traditional view must allow for this. One of the reasons for so much chaos in the arts at present is that social art is already coming into being and there is a necessity for individual freedom at the start.


      • Hi Stephen, thanks for your reply. I’m a eurythmist myself and in the past came across a lecture where Steiner mentions the pairing of the 7 arts with music standing on its own, but now can’t find it again, so I wondered if you knew which one. But I’ll keep searching. I often work with social Eurythmy with groups and it is very potent for developing social awareness and bringing the social art into being…. thanks again. Best wishes, Saraphir


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