The 7’s

Jill Hardcastle

POD (Poem Of the Day)

~No fear is here
As I gather the serpents to my breast
Speaking their names I take their venom…
Burning with holy fire
I vomit the evil
Wrought with a kiss
Turning the poison into medicine
Smelting my words unto gold
In the eternal dance I twine the snakes into my DNA –
Now death lives on my forehead
Side by side with light

Greetings Friends – I am just now returning from another powerful session in my Anthroposophical Psychology Training with AAP. I am always in awe of how the universe is constantly giving us the grace of synchronicity to aid in the unfolding of our highest destiny.  

From our last session around All Souls & Martinmas, you may remember my essays on the ‘Inner Realities of Evolution’. Thru this work I am able to meet the ‘sacred wound’ in myself & see its reflection in the world.

This time we hit on the power of the 7’s – to explore the time body of the etheric. This was significant for me after having received the inspiration during the Holy Nights while I was at Beaver Run Camphill, to work with Mary Magdalene for our Easter offering this year. And thru that research I realized that I was being called to personally work to employ the practical application in my own quest to ‘Cast out of the 7 demons’ – Knowing full well that I must do more than ‘cast out’ – so as not to allow the troublesome elemental beings within me to go into others –

And so I find my self asking: How can I learn to bring a Christic transformation of these ‘demons’ to achieve a true healing?  

I plan to see how these various 7’s can be applied – Knowing that a vice can become a virtue.

The 7 Life Processes –

  1. Breathing
  2. Warming
  3. Nourishing
  4. Sorting
  5. Maintaining
  6. Growing
  7. Generating

The 7 Adult Learning Processes –

  1. Observing
  2. Relating
  3. Digestion
  4. Individualizing
  5. Practicing
  6. Growing
  7. Creating

The 7 Layers of Will

  1. Instinct
  2. Drive
  3. Desire
  4. Motive
  5. Aspiration
  6. Intention
  7. Resolve

The 7 layers of Cognition

  1. Percept
  2. Mental Image
  3. Concept
  4. Discernment
  5. Imagination
  6. Inspiration
  7. Intuition

Logic of the Heart’ –

  1. Sense inwardly your feeling life
  2. Form an inner imagination of the feeling
  3. Separate the feeling out
  4. Witness & allow a complementary feeling to arise
  5. Separate from the complementary feeling
  6. Allow a balancing process to occur
  7. Experience an inner state of peace

The various septennial periods of our biography

The 7 Planets (in order when crossing the threshold) & Time = The days of the Week

  1. Moon – Monday
  2. Mercury – Wednesday
  3. Venus – Friday
  4. Sun – Sunday
  5. Mars – Tuesday
  6. Jupiter – Thursday
  7. Saturn – Saturday

The 7 Planetary Seals (Our Cosmic Evolution)– At the Whitsun Congress of 1907 in Munich, Rudolf Steiner introduced these powerful glyphs – a true Rosicrucian impulse which brings the alchemy of Art into balance with Science & Spirituality.

“When we rest our physical eyes upon any one of these figures, it is not the physical eye alone but the whole organism and, above all, the streams of the ether-body which are set into a special kind of motion by the course of these lines and by the form of these figures, so that the ether-body moves differently according to which of these figures one is contemplating

These figures are the means by which we are instigated to create in ourselves the thought-forms, that is, the movement-forms in our ether-body…in a rhythmic sequence, they form a wholeness which corresponds to a particular stream of development in the outer etheric world

The sequence of forms which accord with the perfecting of our ether-body is shown in the sequence of these figures, one after the other. When we place before us such symbolic figures and are able to look more deeply into them, they can be a help in attaining those goals toward which we are striving.  And when, by means of such a correct sequence, we create appropriate thought-forms, we can then deepen our understanding of the rhythms that hold sway among the seven parts of the human organism.  We have not placed these figures here merely as decoration, but because they are intimately connected with those goals toward which we are here to strive”.  ~ Rudolf Steiner, 15 October 1911

  1. Polarean Epoch
  2. Hyperborean Epoch
  3. Lemurian Epoch
  4. Atlantean Epoch
  5. Post-Atlantean Epoch
  6. Sixth Epoch
  7. Seventh Epoch

The 7 Chakra’s – Our interface between our Physical & Etheric bodies – The seals act as an imprint from the astral world , attracting into our etheric bodies Christic Elemental Beings that create a matrix in our consciousness for our I Being.

The 7 Apocalyptic Seals – Evolution

  1. The Human Being as a future creative God
  2. Past group souls & Christ as future group soul of humanity
  3. Human Being back to the Spirit World
  4. The Tree of Knowledge & the Tree of Life
  5. The Reunion of Sun & Earth
  6. The purified human being in Michael & the dragon
  7. The Mystery of the Holy Grail

The 7 stages of Christian Initiation

  1. “Washing the Feet”
  2. “The Scourging”
  3. “The Crown of Thorns”
  4. “The Crucifixion”
  5. “Descent into Hell”
  6. “Entombment”
  7. “Resurrection”

When a true Christian initiate completely surrenders to these experiences, they act so strongly upon the astral body that inner sense-organs are developed allowing access to the higher worlds.

The 7 Stages of Rosicrucian Initiation

  1. Study
  2. Acquisition of Imagination knowledge.
  3. Acquisition of the Esoteric/Occult Script
  4. Bringing rhythm into life
  5. Knowledge of the microcosm, our essential human nature.
  6. Becoming one with the macrocosm, our great universe.
  7. Attaining beatitude. Knowledge becomes feeling. What lives in the soul is transformed into spiritual perception. We no longer feel that we live only within ourselves. We begin to experience ourselves in all beings – a stone, a plant, an animal, and everything in which we immerse ourselves. We reach a point when universal sympathy unites us with all beings; we feel with them and share in their experience.

Written on the Temple wall of Anthroposophy‘ ~James Dyson

  1. The It
  2. To It
  3. In It
  4. I
  5. Of The I
  6. Out of me
  7. Into It

The 7 ‘I Am’ sayings of Christ

  1. “I Am the bread of life” (John 6:35-51)
  2. “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12; 9:5).
  3. “I am the door” (John 10:1–9
  4. I am the good shepherd” (John 10:11–15).
  5. “I am the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25).
  6. “I am the way and the truth and the life” (John 14:6).
  7. “I am the true vine” (John 15:1–5)

The Casting out of the 7 demons from The Gospel of Mary Magdalene ‘The seven powers of Wrath’ –

  1. Darkness
  2. Craving
  3. Ignorance
  4. Lethal Jealousy
  5. Enslavement to the body
  6. Intoxicated Wisdom
  7. Guileful Wisdom

The 7 deadly sins – vices & virtues:

  1. Greed – Charity
  2. Gluttony – Temperance
  3. Lust – Devotion
  4. Envy – Goodwill
  5. Sloth –Fortitude
  6. Wrath –Forgiveness
  7. Pride – Humility

The 7 Mysteries of Life:

1- The Abyss
2- Number
3- Alchemy
4- Birth & Death
5- Evil
6- The Word
7 – Divine Bliss

7 Sacraments:

1- The sacrament of baptism
2- Coming of age (confirmation)
3- The sacrament of marriage
4- Eucharist / Act of consecration / thanks giving
5 – Last Anointing / anointing of the sick
6 – Sacramental consultation / confession
7 – Priest ordination

In ‘Human Thought, Cosmic Thought’, Steiner intersects the 12 World Views with the ‘7 Moods’:

7 Moods:

1- Gnosis
2- Logicism
3- Voluntarism
4- Empiricism
5- Mysticism
6- Transcendentalism
7- Occultism

And really Friends, we can’t approach the 7 without also looking at the 12 – the time body in relation to space & the astral body –

So bringing in the 12 Senses & the 12 Virtues with all the various related correspondences feels important as well.

Dear Friends, This work will be going on now underneath my other offerings, as I prepare for the Ascension & Pentecost…& onward thru the seasons of this & perhaps other lives…

Send prayers of patience & fortitude…


John Jardine Goss/ EarthSky.

26 April 2023 – “Speaking with the Stars“: The waxing crescent moon passed by Mars last night & made a little box with the 2 brightest stars of Gemini the Twins, Castor and Pollux. The other star is Procyon, the brightest star in Canis Minor the Lesser Dog.

Archangel Gabriel Painting by Mariano Alvarez | Saatchi Art
Mariano Alverez

Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day 


1721 – A massive earthquake devastates the Iranian city of Tabriz. Many prominent mosques & schools in the city were destroyed, resulting in the deaths of over 250,000 people.  At the time that it occurred, the earthquake was popularly interpreted as an omen of misfortune, or a demonstration of godly wrath. The destruction that the earthquake caused was a significant factor in the successful Ottoman takeover of Tabriz in 1722, as well as contributing to Tabriz’s economic difficulties during that period.  It also caused the destruction of some of the city’s significant historical monuments

1803 – Thousands of meteors fall from the skies in L’Aigle, France; the event convinces European scientists that meteors exist. In the early afternoon a meteorite shower of more than 3000 fragments fell. Upon hearing of this event the French Academy of Sciences sent the young scientist Jean-Baptiste Biot to investigate that spectacular fall of stones. After painstaking work in the field he reported how these stones must undoubtedly be of extraterrestrial origin effectively gave birth to the science of meteoritics. The L’Aigle event was a real milestone in the understanding of meteorites & their origins because at that time the mere existence of meteorites was harshly debated, if they were recognized their origin was controversial.

1933 – The Gestapo, the secret police force of Nazi Germany, is established

1966 – The magnitude 5.1 earthquake affects the largest city in Soviet Central Asia. Tashkent is destroyed & over 300 people are killed.

1986 – Chernobyl nuclear disaster, Ukraine

1989 – The deadliest tornado in world history strikes Central Bangladesh, killing upwards of 2,300, injuring 22,000, & leaving as many as 180,000 homeless


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16 thoughts on “The 7’s

  1. Hello Hazel, what a delight to discover your blog on this day when your topic is the 7’s! The year after I discovered Rudolf Steiner in 1976, I encountered the work of Arthur M. Young (1905–1995) who developed a theory of process which shows that every goal-oriented activity — whether it be evolution or building a house — can be analyzed into 7 distinct stages on 4 levels of reality.

    I became friends with Arthur in 1981 and he appreciated the way his own theory aligned so well with Rudolf Steiner’s 7 stages. The timing was perfect because I had been hired to teach the physics and chemistry blocks at the Garden City Waldorf High School for the 1981-82 school year.

    In turn, I was able to incorporate many of Arthur’s ideas into teaching the blocks, for example: showing that the periodic table of the elements follows the schema of the 7’s. I received the ultimate compliment from several of the students who said: “Oh, Mr. Mellett, that’s so Waldorfian! ”

    I could go on here, of course, but let me just leave you with the website for Arthur Young, and suggest that you look up on Google images “Reflexive universe grid” and you will marvel at how many 7×7’s there are.

    arthuryoung [dot] com

    I leave you with Arthur Young’s favorite nursery rhyme:

    As I was going to St. Ives,
    I met a man with 7 wives.
    Each wife had 7 sacks.
    Each sack had 7 cats.
    Each cat had 7 kits:
    Kits, cats, sacks, and wives,
    How many were going to St. Ives?

    1. Greetings Brother T –
      Thank you for adding to the schema.
      I look forward to exploring Arthur Young,
      I love the idea of a scientist who loves nursery rhymes!

      Time drives our lives,
      & if we strive
      we will thrive,
      & ever arise.
      Yes, we must sympathize –
      Revive, so as to arrive,
      all the more to survive
      the sublime surprise

      1. I am glad that brother Tom has found his way here. We go back a long way, and both admire Arthur Young’s longevity. To see the rhyme in it, places you close to this one. This is very good, as Resurrection proceeds. Voices to the Velsum speak in all manner, as we invite another guest. Wonderful.

  2. n.b. ideal example is,infinite to finite..formless to form,e.g.
    body ages mind remains young therefore our desires/ knowledge vanishes creed /attachments increases in old age.regards,mkyogi.

  3. Greetings,
    Human constitution as,
    we are what we eat,we breathe to be alive and reproduction..
    believer vs physical practitioner=an ounce of practice worth tons of knowledge..

    god made a mistake =provided human with eternal infinity in all three human constitution /all directions…e.g.British Flag math..
    2 Moses asked god his name answer was I am who I am yeh/weh,this is stopping area in infinite ways..3 1/2 31/2=solar plexus Jesus coming back area..regards,mkyogi

    1. Evolutionary cycles run in the format of three ascending, followed by a fourth, which is the stabilizing agent, and then three descending stages. So, relative to Earth evolution, we have the following:

      1) Polarean Epoch
      2) Hyperborean Epoch
      3) Lemurian Epoch
      4) Atlantean Epoch
      5) Post-Atlantean Epoch
      6) Sixth Epoch
      7) Seventh Epoch

      Thus, placing the integer at the fourth position in the several displays of the 7’s seems a wise move because of the vast paradigm shift seen in the various activities of, ‘sorting’, ‘individualizing’, ‘motive’, discernment’, and maybe especially, ‘crucifixion’, which occurred exactly 777 years after the Sun’s entry into the Sign of Aries in 747 BC. The timing of this occurrence is very occult.

        1. Now, these three descending epochs, 5th thru 7th, require that progress be of a spiritual nature. Materialism is over unless rigidly adhered to, which will create the rind of the astralized “earth”.

          “It is my duty, as it were, my dear friends, to speak at this time of the appearance of certain Ahrimanic beings, which we have to take into account. Of this appearance numerous people upon earth are cognizant today. But they give it the wrong interpretation. They interpret it wrongly for the reason that they know nothing of the real triad Christ-Lucifer-Ahriman, or do not wish to know anything about it, but jumble up Ahriman and Lucifer. Then discrimination is impossible; then it is impossible properly to recognize the true fundamental character of these Ahrimanic beings who now arise. Only if we clearly elaborate the Ahrimanic element and know the nature of the super-sensible influences which now arise as the counterpart, as it were, of Michael’s casting down of the Dragon. It is like a lifting up, out of Ahrimanic depths, of certain beings. And these beings find special points of attack in the human being if the latter yields to unbridled instinctive impulses and does not strive for clarity in relation to them.”

              1. I remember this now. Yes, the Seven Degrees of the Christian Initiation. Especially so, was Nathanael, described in John, at the end of chapter one. He was described as, “an Israelite in whom there is no guile”, which refers to him being an Initiate of the Fifth degree. He wondered if “anything good could come out of Nazareth”, and Christ told him what he would be seeing as proof in the ascent and descent of the Son of Man. “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see the heavens opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”

                This is what Jesus of Nazareth meant, even if he came from a crummy town sold to Hiram by Solomon in payment for the temple of Jerusalem.

  4. So interesting that the theme you’ve been working through is the 7’s – interesting because the same theme was running through my mind about a week ago. Mine wasn’t as detailed as yours, but it was impressed on me enough that I printed myself a document that listed some 7’s. One list of 7 was the “I Am” statements that you show; the second list is from Hebrews 12 – a list of what we’re evolving into in this era of the “new” – the new testament, the new teachings of the kingdom of heaven that Jesus gave. The 7 given in Hebrews 12 are:
    1. We have come “to Mt. Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem”.
    2. We have come “to innumerable angels in festal gathering”.
    3. We have come “to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven”.
    4. We have come “to God, the judge of all”.
    5. We have come “to the spirits of the righteous made perfect”.
    6. We have come “to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant”.
    7. We have come “to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of

    I’ve a question for your anthroposophic readers – does anyone know why Rudolf and Marie Steiner never had any children? In our day and age where the subject of abortion is so front and center, it struck me that I’d never come across any of their input on the whole area of childbearing. Perhaps I haven’t come across anything because it was considered too personal a subject at that time?

    1. Thanks Maverick, I have never seen this list from Hebrews, my translation is nothing like this, 6 & 7 are especially interesting.

      I believe The Steiner’s were celibate in their marriage.
      Steiner certainly gives us much about embryology & child education.

      I haven’t read this but it looks interesting – a compilation called Sexuality, Love and Partnership: From the Perspective of Spiritual Science

      GA 143

      1. I’m currently using the New King James version, but I’m going to order a copy of the Jon Madsen version of the New Testament soon; maybe that’s the version you use. Thanks for the links to the book, and the lecture. The lecture will be my reading for later this evening – it’ll help prepare me for the book we’ll be studying in a few weeks in the Calgary study group, Rene Querido’s “Reflections on the Mystery of Love”. Cheers.

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