“It was taught in Manichism that from our age onward the souls of men would begin to transmute into good the evil which will manifest in full force in the sixth epoch. In other words: human souls must be strong enough to bring good out of evil by a process of spiritual alchemy.
“When the Earth begins to recapitulate the previous phases of its evolution, there will first be a reunion with the Moon, and then of this Earth with the Sun. The reunion with the Moon will mark the culminating point of evil on the Earth; the reunion with the sun will signify, on the other hand, the advent of happiness the reign of the ‘elect.’” ~Rudolf Steiner
“A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was with child . . . .” — Revelation 12:1-2
Manichism is one of many mystery schools and spiritual schools that teach that we must “transmute” into good the evil within us and around us. It is not an easy task, but it is doable and worth doing. But transmuting is changing the thing, not destroying it.
We often see pictures of the war between dark and light with angels killing demons of darkness. This might be an acceptable allegory, but is far from the truth. Angels and beings of light will not kill devils and demons. They will transmute them as Steiner says. Or more accurately, they will help them to transmute themselves. We all must do the same within ourselves.
Being part spirit, we are creations of God and have a divine Soul. But being material as well, we are also children of the fallen angels and have that evil within us. This evil may manifest in murder, rape, plunder, and so on. In most cases, however, it will be milder. It will be in the sin of greed, which is taking more than we actually need, thereby depriving others of their fair share of the bounty of nature. It may manifest as lying, especially when such lying benefits us to the detriment of others. It may simply manifest as indifference to the suffering of others. All of those are part of the evil that is within us because we are beings of matter. But we are also spiritual.
The Power to Transmute
We can transmute ourselves with the use of our spirits and soul. First, however, they must be awakened. That doesn’t mean simply declaring that we have awakened them, it must actually be done. That awakening happens when we expose them to the Light of the Spiritual Sun. Scientists today understand that the physical universe is a hologram made entirely of light. It is logical then that great sources of light like the sun have the power to greatly affect that universe. And spiritual sources of light have the power to awaken and nourish our spiritual faculties.
Earth, Moon, and Sun
When Steiner says there will be reunion of the Earth with the moon and then with the sun, he is speaking symbolically. While there may be a day when the moon will fall into the Earth and the sun will go nova and burn up the Earth, they isn’t what he means.
The moon has long been symbolic of devils, demons, and other dark beings. When Earth reunites with it, we will suffer a period of great darkness. This “darkness” s not literal. It will a time when we are so materialistic we value almost nothing other than the collecting and owning of material goods and material property. We will walk over the dying and kick them out of our way to get to the shops to buy more things. More things! More thing! Take money from the poor and give it to the rich. Take money from the elderly and give it to the rich. Shut down public schools and public libraries so we have more money to give to the greedy. That is the age of darkness. We are living in it now.
It is always darkest before the dawn. The dark age of the moon will be followed by one of the sun. Materialism will be replaced with spirituality. We will value spiritual growth more than the collecting of material wealth. The welfare of man will be more important than the care and feeding of soulless corporations. Governments will once again truly serve the people rather than just the wealthy and powerful. This will be the new golden age and it is dawning now. He greedy will transmute into the caring. The corporations will transmute into beneficial organizations rather than leaches sucking the life out of people. Churches will transmute into spiritual development centers where we will develop our souls and allow them to take control over the ego. It is already happening in some of us. I can’t wait for it to happen to all.