Esoteric Easter. Lecture 4 of 4.
Rudolf Steiner, Dornach, Switzerland, April 22, 1924:
In this condition the human being was man in general, in the sense that the differentiation between man and woman did not enter until the descent to Earth occurred. Man felt himself transported into this pre-earthly existence, the region immediately preceding his approach to the terrestrial. The Ephesian disciples were able to achieve this ascent to the Moon sphere in a particularly intimate way; and henceforth they carried in their heart, in their soul, what they had experienced there. It sounded for them something as follows:
Offspring of all the Worlds! Thou Form of Light,
Firm framéd by the Sun, with Luna's might,
Endow'd with sounding Mars' life-stirring song,
And swift-wing'd Mercury's motion in thy limbs,
Illum'd with royal Jupiter's all-wisdom
And grace-bestowing Venus' loveliness —
That ghostly Saturn's ancient memoried devoutness
Unto the world of Space and Time thee hallow!
the original German:
From Jupiter there rays across:
Jupiter's radiant wisdom is on thee gleaming.