“Spiritual knowledge is not given to us as in ancient times. By spiritual means it must be struggled and striven for against a host of demons.... We must therefore get to know the powers that would cover up and obscure all spiritual knowledge.” (from the preface)
“The world seems to be standing within a demonic storm that threatens to overwhelm it,” states T. H. Meyer at the outset of this rousing call for a wide-ranging, spiritual-scientific knowledge of the world. Appeals to traditional religious belief will no longer pacify this storm, nor will “goodwill” suffice. Building on Rudolf Steiner’s Anthroposophy, In the Sign of Fivetackles the central task of our time—the epistemological struggle with evil—and presents the five most important spiritual events since the beginning of the Age of Michael:
1879: the rise of Michael to the rank of Time Spirit
1899: the end of Kali Yuga
1933: the appearance of Christ in the Etheric
1998: the assault of Sorath, ‘one of the greatest ahrimanic demons’
Present: the incarnation of Ahriman
These events are linked to the five main tasks of the present Age of Michael—the great challenge of inner knowledge and spiritual consciousness posed by the epoch as a whole. In the light of world history and within the context of “the sign of five” we stand now at the fifth place—the point of Ahriman’s incarnation.
Is humanity prepared for this decisive event? Have we recognized the phenomena of evil that surround us every day? Have the tasks related to the five events been identified, and to what extent have they been accomplished? How is evil related to “the Good” that guides the world—specifically, the Christ impulse? Meyer provides a vital, pithy, and aphoristic handbook for our apocalyptic times.
C O N T E N T S:
1. The Fundamental Question of the Fifth Post-Atlantean Epoch
2. Larger and Smaller Cycles of Development in the Sign of Five
3. The First Five Events of the Current Age of Michael
4. The Five Spiritual Tasks
5. A Short Retrospective of the Five Events and Tasks
6. Michael, Christ, Sorath, and Their Occult Sigils
7. Which Being Was Active at the Beginning and End of Kali Yuga?
8. Looking Ahead to the Next Time-Spirit Periods within the Age of Pisces
9. The Development of Mankind in the Course of a Cosmic Year
10. Concluding Thoughts
T. H. Meyer was born in Switzerland in 1950. He is the founder of Perseus Verlag, Basel, and is editor of the monthly journal Der Europäer. He has written numerous articles and is the author of several books, including Reality, Truth, and Evil (2005) and major biographies of D.N. Dunlop and Ludwig Polzer-Hoditz. He also edited Light for the New Millennium (1997) describing Rudolf Steiner’s association with Helmuth and Eliza von Moltke.
Terry M. Boardman (b. 1952) graduated from Manchester University with a BA (Hons) in History. He has lived and worked for ten years in Japan, and currently lives in the West Midlands, UK, where he teaches English as a second language. He is also active as a lecturer and writer.