- First:We take in the universe and look back.Second:We look out into the universe. We take in its mobility.Third:We grasp ourselves. (Touch ourselves.)Fourth:We encompass ourselves.
These four things place before us the gradual process of man's formation from outside toward inside. We have, to begin with, the whole universe; but we are still outside. Then the imitation of the universe; but we have not yet reached our own being, for we imitate the universe. If we touch ourselves, we reach ourselves from outside. Only in the fourth stage do we encompass ourselves.
- Five:That which fills us out.Six:Ripening.Seven:Fitting ourselves into the inorganic world and seeking the balance.Eight:Poisonous sting.
- Nine:Hunter.Ten:Breeder of animals.Eleven:Farmer.Twelve:Trader.
Out of the Universe.
He takes in the Universe and looks back.
He looks out into the Universe. He takes in the mobility of the Universe.
He grasps himself (touches himself).
He encompasses himself.
Man's Formation from Within.
What fills him out.
He fits himself into the inorganic world and seeks balance.
The Formation of Man's Activities on Earth.
The Extremities of Earth Man.
Breeder or Tamer of Animals.
During past epochs, people really experienced man's connection with the universe and with the Earth; but modern people are no longer able to interpret such things. They say: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, and draw the corresponding signs, but in reality they do not have the slightest idea of what these things really mean. For it is necessary to consider them in the right way. If you look at an old picture of Aries you will see that this is not a materialistic or naturalistic reproduction; its characteristic trait is that Aries is always looking back; this gesture of Aries looking back is the essential thing in the picture. We have this gesture of Aries in the human being who is looking back on himself, on the universe that lives in him. Aries should therefore not be viewed merely in a naturalistic-materialistic way. The picture reproducing Aries, the sign for Aries, is not materialistic or naturalistic, but its essential characteristic lies in the gesture of looking back.