The dawn of the sixth post-Atlantean cultural period

At present the dawn of the sixth post-Atlantean cultural period already proclaims itself. For what is to arise in human evolution at a certain time begins to ripen in the preceding age. What is already able to show its beginnings at present is the discovery of the link that unites the two impulses in the human breast: material culture and life in the world of the spirit. For this purpose it is necessary that the results of spiritual perception are comprehended, and also that the manifestations of the spirit are recognized in the observations and experiences of the sense world. The sixth cultural epoch will bring the harmony between these two impulses to complete development.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 13 – An Outline of Occult Science: IV: The evolution of the cosmos and man (part 7)

Translated by Maud and Henry B. Monges and revised for this edition by Lisa D. Monges.


Left Steiner, Middle Marie von Sivers, Right unknown

Previously posted on July 6, 2018


Labor and cultural development

In the fourth culture era (Greco-Roman 747 BC-1413 AD) work was performed as tribute (Slave Labour). In the fifth culture era (our present Germanic Anglo-Saxon era 1413-3573) work is performed as a commodity (sold). In the sixth (Slavic)culture era (3573-5733) work will be performed as an offering (free work).

The economic needs of existence will then be separated from work: there will be no more personal possession, everything will be owned in common. One will no longer work for one’s personal existence, but will do everything as absolute offering for humanity.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 93a – Foundations of Esotericism: Lecture XXVIII – Berlin, 31st October 1905

Translated by Vera and Judith Compton-Burnett