Here’s an interesting example of what Rudolf Steiner extols as the truth for our material world. Please remember that the following quote and others are bases upon which Biodynamic farming is founded.
As an aside, let me say, how perplexed I am about my own industry. I think of my fellow vintners as educated, enlightened, erudite, sophisticated, worldly people and yet some of my associates are embracing a philosophy of farming which I consider consistent with the uneducated ignorant peasant farmer of the Middle Ages. If I was a biodynamic vintner and I read the following passage (or from my June 4 post) I would be embarrassed and humiliated that I had been duped into accepting Biodynamics into my work life. I wonder if most Biodynamic vintners have read Steiner’s actual words – I doubt it?
From “Spiritual Foundations for the Renewal of AGRICULTURE” by Rudolf Steiner, published 1993 from the Bio-Dynamic Farming and Gardening Association, Inc. – page 41- 42, lecture 2, originally given on June 10, 1924:
“Thus, if we look at an animal with regard to its shape and coloration, and also the structure and consistency of its substance, we see the effects of Saturn, Jupiter, and Mars as we proceed from the animal’s nose toward its heart, and the effects of Venus, Mercury, and Moon as we move beyond its heart toward its tail.
People who are interested in these things should really develop their knowledge of how to observe form. It is really extremely important to develop this capacity. Go to a museum sometime and look at the skeleton of any mammal, and the following in mind as you do: The primary influence at work in the formation of the head is the radiance of the Sun, the direct radiation of the Sun as it streams into the mouth. And depending on other conditions, which we will discuss later, one animal exposes itself to the Sun differently than another; a lion exposes itself differently than a horse, and it is this exposure that determines how the head and adjacent parts are formed. So, at the front end of the animal, we are dealing with the direct action of the Sun in the forming of the head. Now, you will recall that sunlight also approaches the Earth in another way, by being reflected by the Moon. We have to take into account not only the direct sunlight, but also the sunlight reflected by the Moon. This reflected sunlight is quite ineffective when it shines on an animal’s head. But light reflected by the Moon becomes highly effective when it falls on an animal’s hind end. Look at the formation of the hind end of an animal skeleton and its characteristic relationship to the form of the head. Cultivate a sense for these contrasting forms, for the way the thighs are attached, the way the lower end of the digestive system is formed, in contrast to the opposite poke, which is formed from the head inward. There, in an animal’s front and hind ends, you have the contrast between the Sun and the Moon.”
“If you follow this up, you will find that the Sun’s influence extends right up to the heart, stopping just short of it – and that Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn work in forming the head and the blood – and that from the heart backwards, the influence of the Moon is supported by Mercury and Venus.” Bold and underlining added
As a parent I would not allow this to be taught in my children’s schools and I suspect that most educators would agree with me, so why would serious wineries embrace such nonsense? If it shouldn’t be taught in our schools then it shouldn’t be used in our vineyards.
While this passage deserves an A+ in Creative Writing 101, it completely substantiates that Rudolf Steiner was either delusional or an outright fraud. I also submit that because of statements like this, all credibility for Biodynamics is lost. How on earth can supporters of Rudolf Steiner defend this passage?