Seven life processes all living things have in common that are normally taught to children as part of the science curriculum are movement, respiration, sensitivity, growth, reproduction, excretion and nutrition.
These are not to be confused with the 7 life processes as defined by Rudolf Steiner listed by an anthroposophical doctor on the Anthromed website. They are as follows.
- growth and maturation,
Doctor Ross Rentea says all the processes can be associated with planetary qualities, and that “…you should know that Steiner connects soul qualities as well as physical principles to these life processes.”
Breathing, associated with Saturn, turns out to be “…an occult term, which signifies “intake” from the outside world; the beginning of digestion. It encompasses taking in something as spiritual as thought, light, or oxygen through the lungs; or as physical as taking in food.”
Warming is “ruled by Saturn” and influences the thyroid gland.
Nutrition is connected with Mars; gout, diabetes and edema are the result of a weakened Mars.
Circulation, ruled by the Sun and the Ego, and the wrong substances circulating in the wrong order result in diarrhea and allergies.
Maintenance belongs to Mercury because…”the body’s own cells…[are] round like little mercury droplets”.
Growth belongs to Venus, because of the “beauty of the human form”
And Reproduction is governed by …the moon because “…the Moon forces take the inner world out.”
If you are wondering about the other planets, the Rudolf Steiner Archive tells us;
“Uranus and Neptune have nothing to do with the creation of our world and their Moons are retrograde. Uranus, and later Neptune withdraw during the Mars development” – from lecture 10 on The Spiritual Hierarchies.
Rudolf “clairvoyant” Steiner hadn’t foreseen the discovery of Pluto, so he didn’t mention it at all.
Roger Rawlings points out in the “Steiner’s blunders” page on Waldorfwatch
“To accept Uranus and Neptune as members of the solar system would have upset his mystical, astrological, numerological depiction of the Sun and its six attendant planets, so he rejected the outermost planets.”
The Wiki page on astrology and science says; “There is no proposed mechanism of action by which the positions and motions of stars and planets could affect people and events on Earth that does not contradict well understood, basic aspects of biology and physics”.
Regarding the interview with the doctor on the Anthromed site, we are not told exactly where he lost his way, but it explains that after qualifying as a medical doctor he “worked at clinics in Europe to study anthroposophical medicine.” Oh dear.