Something useful to know

Sometimes it is difficult to know who is an anthroposophist and who is not. Maybe on an open day, most parents would not remember to ask whether a teacher is an anthroposophist – or maybe they would feel a little bit awkward about asking. Maybe it seems like a personal question.

The problem is, that  whether or not a member of staff is an anthroposophist could be important when it comes to what kind of education your child will receive at the school. If the person is a member of the Anthroposophical Society, (the fourth circle in the diagram in the blog post “Who are the anthroposophists?”)

it is more than likely they will believe in reincarnation and karma, and they will think these are acceptable in a school.

One distinguishing feature of anthroposophists may be their name according to Gregoire Perra. Along with their style of dress – certain shades of pink and mauve being popular, (but the general tone is brown,)  certain names are common because they are the names of spiritual beings, and are important in Steiner’s cosmology.

These include Michael, Sophia, Gabriel, Theo, Thea, Maria and Marie.

Sometimes people don’t want to say they are Anthroposophists, when they are; at the trial in France, a certain witness protested before he would admit to it.



  1. Helen

    Apart from those names, anthroposophists may choose certain more unusual biblical names such as Raphael, Noah, Saul, Nora. I mention these as I have heard from people with such names recently. Add Anthony to the list.

  2. Geoff

    You may have a valid point about the colour of clothing.
    Thing is though, I’m not actually an Anthropop (as we lovingly call them in our school – Anthroposophist is so hard to say in the middle of saying something important), but I do like the idea of re-incarnation.

    • Helen

      I never thought you were an anthro!
      I think you are a classic case of a parent who has been drawn in, as Greg Perra describes. He has written a section on how parents are indoctrinated. Have you read it?
      No, I do not believe everything I read on the internet, but I have some experience to draw on, read testimonies, met those who have suffered,and also read books about how anthroposophy operates.

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