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Physical science as yet only knows of the terrestrial crust, a mineral
layer which in fact is only like a thin skin at the surface of the earth.
In reality the earth consists of a succession of concentric layers which
we shall now describe:

 1) The mineral layer contains all the metals which are found in the
 physical bodies of everything that lives at the surface. This crust is
 formed like a skin around the living being of the earth. It is only a few
 miles in depth.

 2) The second layer can only be understood if we envisage a substance
 which is the very opposite of what we know. It is negative life, the
 opposite of life. All life is extinguished there. Were a plant or an
 animal plunged into it, it would be destroyed immediately. It would be
 totally dissolved. This second shell ? half liquid ? which envelopes the
 earth is truly a sphere of death.

 3) The third layer is a circle of inverted consciousness. All sorrow
 appears there as joy. And all joy is experienced as sorrow. Its
 substance, composed of vapours, is related to our feelings in the same
 negative manner as the second layer is in regard to life. If we now
 abstract these three layers by means of our thinking, we would then find
 the earth in the condition in which it was before the separation of the
 moon. If one is able by means of concentration to attain a conscious
 astral vision, one would then see the activities in these two layers: the
 destruction of life in the second and the transformation of feelings in
 the third.

 4) The fourth layer is known as water-earth, soul-earth, or form-earth,
 It is endowed with a remarkable property. Let us imagine a cube and now
 picture it reversed inasmuch as its substance is concerned. Where there
 was substance there is now nothing: the space occupied by the cube would
 now be empty while its substance, its substantial form, would now be
 spread around it; hence the term ?earth of form.? Here this whirlwind of
 forms, instead of being a negative emptiness, becomes a positive

 5) This layer is known as the earth of growth. It contains the archetypal
 source of all terrestrial life. Its substance consists of burgeoning,
 teeming energies.

 6) This fire-earth is composed of pure will, of elemental vital forces ?
 of constant movement ? shot through by impulses and passions, truly a
 reservoir of will forces. If one were to exert pressure on this substance
 it would resist.

 If now again in thought one were to abstract these last three layers just
 described, one would arrive at the condition in which our globe was when
 Sun, Moon and Earth were still interwoven.

 The following layers are only accessible to a conscious observation which
 is not only that of dreamless sleep but a conscious condition in deep

 7) This layer is the mirror of the earth. It is similar to a prism which
 decomposes everything that is reflected in it and brings to expression
 its complementary aspect; seen through an emerald it would appear red.

 8) In this layer everything appears fragmented and reproduced to
 infinity. If one takes a plant or a crystal and one concentrates on this
 layer the plant or the crystal would appear multiplied indefinitely.

 9) This last layer is composed of a substance endowed with moral action.
 But this morality is the opposite of the one that is to be elaborated on
 the earth. Its essence, its inherent force, is one of separation, of
 discord, and of hate. It is here in the hell of Dante that we find Cain
 the fratricide. This substance is the opposite of everything which among
 human beings is good and worthy. The activity of humanity in order to
 establish brotherhood on the earth diminishes the power of this sphere.
 It is the power of Love which will transform it inasmuch as it will
 spiritualize the very body of the Earth. This ninth layer represents the
 substantial origin of what appears on earth as black magic, that is, a
 magic founded on egoism. (See diagram)

 These various layers are connected by means of rays which unite the
 centre of the earth with its surface. Underneath the solid earth there
 are a large number of subterranean spaces which communicate to the sixth
 layer, that of fire. This element of the fire-earth is intimately
 connected with the human will. It is this element which has produced the
 tremendous eruptions that brought the Lemurian epoch to an end. At that
 time the forces which nourish the human will went through a trial which
 unleashed the fire catastrophe that destroyed the Lemurian continent. In
 the course of evolution this sixth layer receded more and more toward the
 center and as a result volcanic eruptions became less frequent. And yet
 they are still produced as a result of the human will which, when it is
 evil and chaotic, magnetically acts on this layer and disrupts it.
 Nevertheless, when the human will is devoid of egoism, it is able to
 appease this fire. Materialistic periods are mostly accompanied and
 followed by natural cataclysms, earthquakes, etc. Growing powers of
 evolution are the only alchemy capable of transforming, little by little,
 the organism and the soul of the earth.

 The following is an example of the relationship that exists between the
 human will and telluric cataclysms: in human beings who perish as a
 result of earthquakes or volcanic eruptions one notices, during their
 next incarnation, inner qualities which are quite different. They bring
 from birth great spiritual pre-dispositions because, through their death,
 they were brought in touch with forces which showed them the true nature
 of reality and the illusion of material life.

 One has also noticed a relationship between certain births and seismic
 and volcanic catastrophes.

 During such catastrophes materialistic souls incarnate, drawn
 sympathetically by volcanic phenomena ? by the convulsions of the evil
 soul of the earth. And these births can in their turn bring about new
 cataclysms because reciprocally the evil souls exert an exciting
 influence on the terrestrial fire. The evolution of our planet is
 intimately connected with the evolution of the forces of humanity and

	1.  	 Mineral crust
	2.  	 Negative life
	3.  	 Inverted Consciousness
	4.  	 Circle of forms
	5.  	 Circle of growth
	6.  	 Circle of fire
	7.  	 Circle of decomposition
	8.  	 Circle of fragmentation
	9.  	 Ego-centric-egoism

Rudolf Steiner, An Esoteric Cosmology, June 12, 1906, Paris; GA0092.


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