“Through the changing relations of the Sun, there appears now in the human being himself, as has been already indicated, a change in the conditions of life. Things so shape themselves that when the human being is dominated by the Sun influence, he devotes himself more to the Sun life and its phenomena than to himself. At such times he feels the greatness and glory of the universe; he, so to speak, absorbs them. Those very exalted beings who dwell on the Sun then influence the Moon, which again influences human beings. … It is then that the physical and the etheric bodies attain a definitive size and form. … Man gave himself up to the enjoyment of the universe in a kind of Sun life. During this period he was carried beyond his own life; he lived more spiritually. … He felt as though the forces of the universe were streaming into him.” ~Rudolf Steiner
Relations of the Sun
In the quote, Steiner is writing about ages in the distant past. He calls one such age the Sun eon, and another the moon eon. But just about everything he says in the quote can be equally applied to shorter, more recent periods of time. In fact, it can be applied to a single day, but to different individuals living as either Sun people or Moon people.
We have always had a close relationship with the sun. But in recent centuries, we have been convinced to push that connection aside in one way or another. Centuries ago, it as done mostly through religion. The state-approved churches put down any forms of sun gazing as pagan sun worship. They preached that anyone who did such a thing would never be welcomed in heaven. But simply because a religious or spiritual practice predates Christianity does not mean it is wrong.
Change in Conditions
While the practitioners of modern Astrology often exaggerate the influence stars ad planets have on us, they are correct in saying that they do have an influence. The locations and conditions of the sun, moon, stars, and planets all change the conditions of the world we live in. When the conditions change, they change us. But they do not force us to behave in any particular way. They only guide us toward certain things, for better or worse.
In Steiner’s ancient cosmology, a sun age came first, then a moon age. The sun age was more spiritual, the moon age more materialistic. This sun age ended long ago. The moon age of materialism is still happening.
In that sun age, man’s life was different. We did not have the dense physical bodies we have now. Because our bodies were almost pure spirit, we didn’t need to eat matter to survive. We lived on energy, on spiritual light. In the sun age, we were as concerned about others as we were about ourselves. We did things to benefit all rather than doing just what benefited ourselves. We shared everything we had with friends and family. The idea that we owned anything made no sense to us at all. The whole concept of ownership was unknown.
But dark beings and influences got to us. They convinced some to start consuming matter. They convinced some to start claiming ownership of things. Before long, we were in a moon age, an age of materialism. In this age, we have wars and diseases. We have greed and envy. Practically everything negative belongs to the moon age. But now that is changing one more.
A New Sun Life
We are at the dawn of a new solar age. This is primarily because God has sent us the promised Sun of Righteousness. That’s “sun,” not “son”. The Sun of Righteousness might be thought of as a special edition of the spiritual sun. It has more energy than the previous spiritual sun. It has higher frequencies than the older sun. It sends spiritual light and consciousness toward us at a much greater rate than before.
As a result, some of us are awakening. As we awaken, we turn around and start changing from moon-age beings to a new sun life. As solar beings, we consume less matter, but take in more energy. We start thinking of others as much as ourselves. Killing other beings, plant or animal, without a good reason is not acceptable to us. Most of all, we gradually raise our consciousness levels, with the aid of the spiritual light from the Sun of Righteousness, to higher and higher levels. As we increase our levels of consciousness, we become able to communicate with higher beings like angels and light beings. We learn truth and wisdom. Gnosis is achieved. And the darkness and the beings of darkness will be banned forever in this new age of light. So start becoming part of this new sun life now.