On the Left CrossThis Ahrimanic type don’t let feelings stand in his way,
he even don’t know what it is, but he is not without egoism,
it’s masked as altruism – Hanging on the Left Cross.

There is a lot of talk about the incarnation of Ahriman, and not much knowledge. It’s in art we have to look to find real seership, as in the Film “The Matrix”. Michael Hallam has written an article about The Matrix and Ahriman, taking other Archetypal stories into account too.

The Difference between Lucifer and Ahriman

I had earlier in my life difficulties seeing what was Luciferic and what was Ahrimanic, and it seems to be a problem for many. In connection with the Gilgamesh epic I had an inspiration for a rule of thumb:

Lucifer has to do with the Sentient soul, the personal, and it’s negative sides as egoism or arrogance, where Ahriman has to do with the Intellectual soul, the impersonal, where unemotional thinking is the sign of Ahriman, that could be a social worker who just don’t care, or it could be a political leader where the ideals comes before anything else, where empathy is a foreign word, which is a Sentient soul thing, and Compassion, which is a Consciousness soul thing.
Christ is of course connected to the Consciousness soul.

Outside of man, Ahriman works through the Law’s and Rules which inhibits mans conscious thinking and behavior. And with laws we should both understand man-made and god-made, as for example gravity. The higher our weight the more we fight with gravity, the more docile we become in both thinking and actions; the distance from thought to action becomes longer with the number of pounds/kilo we have to move, even if the action is non-physical.

Lucifer works actively through persons, like a leader in a big organization who don’t delegate responsibility, but controls everything through rules, and the rules are Ahrimanic, and they may even be scientifically justified, they just don’t work as intended, as they haven’t taken into consideration that the workers are humans and not robots.


In The Trap of Materialism I describe what Ahriman means for man today.

The Ahrimanian is the opposite of the Beautiful (Truth, Beauty, and Goodness):

A genuine feeling for beauty forges a link that binds us here, in earthly life itself, once again with pre-earthly existence. We ought never to undervalue the significance of beauty in education and in outer culture. A civilization that is filled with ugly machines, with chimneys and smoke, and dispenses with beauty, is a world that makes no efforts to forge a link between man and pre-earthly existence; indeed, it tears him asunder. Not by way of analogy, but in very truth we may say: A purely industrial city is a fitting abode for the demonic beings who would like to make man forget his pre-earthly existence in the realm of spirit.

Jahve and Ahriman

Where Steiner uses Ahriman the Theosophists and the Rosicrucian Fellowship uses the name Jahve. In the start Steiner used Jahve, as in Foundations of Esotericism:

Thus there exists in the world a Jehovah Principle and a Lucifer Principle. If the Jehovah Principle alone were to be taught, man would succumb to the Earth. If the teaching of reincarnation and karma were allowed to disappear entirely from the Earth we should win back for Jehovah all the Monads and physical man would be given over to the Earth, to a petrified planet. If however one teaches reincarnation and karma, man is led upwards to spiritualisation.

Later Steiner uses Jahve when talking about the power in the spiritual world and Ahriman when talking about it in the physical world or more concrete the Ahrimanic Spirits.

Ahriman and the Aurvedian Tamas

The Aurvedian Three Gunas, Tamas, Rajas, and Sattva, corresponds to the trinity of Ahriman, Lucifer, and Christ. Ahriman:

We have then the third group of people who are dominated by tamas. It is said Tamas, because it veils the intellect, makes such people short sighted. Their happiness lies in sensual gratification. Tasty food, frequent tactile stimulus, attractive visual objects and captivating sounds dominate their life. When the senses over a period of time lose their acuity, they have less room to be happy and fall into a state of depression as they get older.

Srivatsa Ramaswami

Chthonic Demons

Ahrimanic beings are Chthonic elementals known all over the world, see Chakana – The Incan Cross.

From my Serpents of the Kundalini Fire:

In the Anthroposophy Rudolf Steiner describesthe two sides of man as being a kind of fight between Luciferic and Ahrimanic powers, where Lucifer is the masculine power and Ahriman is the feminine power. Both described in the literature as Serpents or Dragons. Lucifer represents The Right Pillar and Ahriman The Left Pillar. They are on Earth seen as Evil powers, but they are necessary factors in our development, as we both need the Feminine and Masculine influence, but we need to find the balance between them.

Chakras in the Tree of LifeMan in relation to the Tree of Life

From The Balance in the World and Man, Lucifer and Ahriman:

The left part of you — your left man, as it were — is the fortification set up by Lucifer, and your right man is the fortification set up by Ahriman. And the art of life consists in finding the true balance between them.


See a Collection of Steiner texts about Lucifer and Ahriman(pdf) .

Inkarnation Ahrimans by Rudolf Steiner in German/Deutsch

The Matrix by Michael Hallam.

Relating to Rudolf Steiner by Sergei O. Prokofieff, where he comments on the Internet.


Confusion between what is Luciferic and Ahrimanian

  1. #1 by Jeremy Ross on January 20, 2010 - 8:44 pm


    In the second to last quotation in this article Lucifer is referred to as masculine and existing in the ‘right human’ while Ahriman is described as feminine and pervading the ‘left human.’ However in the last quotation Lucifer is equated with the left side and Ahriman with the right. Is there something I am overlooking in terms of the word ‘fortification’ or is there a contradiction?

    Also, are Javeh and Ahriman in fact the same spiritual being or ‘influence’?

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    • #2 by Kim Graae Munch on January 20, 2010 - 11:00 pm

      Hello Jeremy,

      I cannot find where I state that Lucifer is the right human, I state that Lucifer is the Right Pillar and Ahriman the Left Pillar, and when you see it as a picture of God or man looking toward you, Lucifer becomes the left side of man and Ahriman the right side.
      It’s more detailed here:


      • #3 by Rowan on December 1, 2010 - 11:50 am

        Lucifer is Red, Ahriman is Blue, though.


      • #4 by Kim Graae Munch on December 1, 2010 - 12:02 pm

        Right, Rowan. If you look at the diagram you will see that the pillar at mans right side is blue for Ahriman and the pillar at his left side is red for Lucifer.


      • #5 by yong on April 10, 2013 - 4:03 am

        but the human face looking image of Ahriman is in red, while the Lucifer image is in blue, which is very confusing.


      • #6 by Kim Graae Munch on May 10, 2013 - 6:35 pm

        Right, but the dead eyes of Ahriman is more significant. The artist didn’t think on the colors, it was more the types.


  2. #7 by Jandy on May 25, 2011 - 8:30 pm

    “Where Steiner uses Ahriman the Theosophists and the Rosicrucian Fellowship uses the name Jahve. In the start Steiner used Jahve”
    So far I have read Steiners work (maybe4-5 books) I have came across that he uses Jahve for Christ itself after he had descended into elemental sphere of the earth.
    Could you please make it more clear for me?
    Many thanks 🙂


    • #8 by Kim Graae Munch on May 25, 2011 - 9:27 pm

      Hi Jandy,
      Christ is connected to the Sun, where Jahve, at that time, was connected to the Moon Foundations of Esotericism: Lecture XXX:

      “Thus when the Lemurian Age was approaching its end two human types faced each other: the one kind, the Sons of the Moon, who bred animals and nourished themselves from what the animals produced, from their milk; and a second kind who fed on plants, on the produce of the Earth.

      This fact is portrayed in the story of Cain and Abel. Abel is a shepherd, Cain a tiller of the soil; Abel represented the Moon race and Cain the Sun race. This allegory is very profound. Occult teaching reveals this in a somewhat concealed way. That divine being who gave man the possibility of becoming a Moon-being, nourishing himself with the transformed Moon food, was called by the Jewish people ‘Jehovah’. He was the nourishing force of Nature; this flowed towards Abel and he took it from his flocks. It was a falling away from Jehovah when man went over to the Sun-food. This is why Jehovah would not accept Cain’s offering, because it was the offering of a Sun-food.”

      Ahriman is connected to the physical world as Jahve is, where his opposite, Lucifer, is connected to the spiritual world. In the following, Gnostic Doctrines and Supersensible Influences in Europe – The Æons, and Jesus is the equilibrium between those two, spirit incarnated into the physical.
      That Christ is a different being than Jahve is also shown here:

      In Greece they were known as Aeons — of the first rank, the second rank and so on. The Aeons were Beings who had issued from the Demiurgos. Among these Aeons, Jahve or Jehovah was a Being of a relatively subordinate rank. And this brings us to a consideration of the teachings of the Gnostics, as they were called, in the early centuries of Christendom. It was said that Jehovah united with matter and that from this union man came into existence.

      Æons 1.
      Æons 2.
      Jehovah + Matter
      –> Man

      According to this Gnostic conception, therefore, Jehovah was a somewhat lower descendant of the more lofty Aeons who had proceeded from the Demiurgos, and as the outcome of Jehovah’s union with matter, man was created.

      Another conception was then added to this world of ideas, namely, that in order to reward the strivings of Achamoth, the Demiurgos sent down an Aeon of a very high rank. This Aeon — so it was said — united with the man Jesus in order that the strivings of Achamoth might be fulfilled. The Gnostic teaching was that in the man Jesus there had dwelt a Being belonging to the ranks of the Aeons, a Being of a far more highly spiritual order than Jahve or Jehovah.

      We see Jahve and Lucifer as the opponents here, Foundations of Esotericism, LECTURE XXIII, with Lucifer representing the spiritual world and Jahve the physical world, ie. Ahriman:

      The intention was that man should attain knowledge. This could only be brought about through the original Karma. The Luciferic Principle, the Moon Adepts, wanted to develop freedom and independence to an ever-greater degree. This is very beautifully expressed in the saga of Prometheus: (63) Zeus will not allow human beings to get fire. Prometheus however gives them fire, the faculty of developing ever higher and higher. By so doing he condemns man to suffering. Man must now wait for the coming of a Sun Hero, until the Principle of the Sun Hero in the Sixth Race will make him able to develop further without Luciferic knowledge. Those endowed with this higher degree of advancement are like Prometheus, they are Sun Heroes.

      We have thus learned to know a two-fold order of human beings: those who succumbed to the Jehovah Principle, the bringing of perfection to the physical Earth, and also spiritual human beings who were becoming more highly developed. Jehovah and Lucifer are engaged in an unceasing battle. It is the intention of Lucifer to develop everything upwards, towards knowledge, towards the light. In Devachan the human being can bring a certain degree of advancement to the Luciferic Principle. The longer he remains in Devachan the more of this can he develop. He must pass through as many incarnations as are necessary in order to bring this Principle fully to perfection.

      Thus there exists in the world a Jehovah Principle and a Lucifer Principle. If the Jehovah Principle alone were to be taught, man would succumb to the Earth. If the teaching of reincarnation and karma were allowed to disappear entirely from the Earth we should win back for Jehovah all the Monads and physical man would be given over to the Earth, to a petrified planet. If however one teaches reincarnation and karma, man is led upwards to spiritualisation. Christianity therefore made the absolutely right compromise, and for a period of time did not teach reincarnation and karma, but the importance of the single human existence, in order that man should learn to love the Earth, waiting until he is mature enough for a new Christianity, with the teaching of reincarnation and karma, which is the saving of the Earth and brings the whole of what has been sown into Devachan. As a result, in Christianity itself there is conflict between the two Principles: the one without reincarnation and karma, the other with this teaching. In the former case, everything which Lucifer could bring about would be taken from human beings. They would actually drop out of reincarnation and turn their backs on the Earth, becoming degenerate angels. In that case the Earth would be going towards its downfall. Were the hosts of Jehovah to be victorious on the Earth, the Earth would remain behind as a kind of Moon, as a rigidified body. The possibility of spiritualisation would then be a missed opportunity. The battle in the Bhagavad Gita (64) describes the conflict between Jehovah and Lucifer and their hosts.

      It might still be possible today for the teaching of Christianity without reincarnation and karma to prevail. Then the Earth would be lost for the Principle of Lucifer. The whole earth is still a battlefield of these two principles. The principle that leads the earth towards spirituality is Lucifer. In order to live in accordance with this Principle one must first love the Earth, one must descend on to the Earth. Lucifer is the Prince who reigns in the kingdom of science and art, but he cannot descend altogether on to the Earth: for this, his power does not suffice. Quite alone, it would be impossible for Lucifer to lead upwards what is on the Earth. For this, not only is the power of a Moon Adept necessary, but of a Sun Adept, who embraces the universality of human life, not manifesting only in science and art. Lucifer is represented as the Winged Form of the Dragon; Ezekiel describes him as the Winged Bull.

      Now there came a Sun Hero, similar to those who appeared in the Hyperborean Epoch, represented by Ezekiel as the Winged Lion. This Hero, Who gave the second impulse, is the Christ, the Lion out of the tribe of Judah. The representative of the Eagle will come only later; he represents the Father Principle. Christ is a Solar Hero, a Lion-Nature, a Sun Pitri.

      The third impulse will be represented by an Adept who was already an Adept on Saturn. Such a one cannot as yet incarnate on the Earth. When man is not only able to develop his higher nature upwards, but working creatively is able to renounce completely his lower nature, then will this highest Adept, the Saturn Adept, the Father Principle, the Hidden God, be able to incarnate.

      Regards, Kim


    • #9 by Ahasverus on August 21, 2013 - 5:20 pm

      Ahriman and Jahveh are not the same, and Steiner speaks about them both as distinct, separate entities with very different characteristics. So I don’t think the Theosophists or the Rosicrucians mean Ahriman (or Satan) when they speak about Jehovah.


      • #10 by Kim Graae Munch on November 17, 2013 - 5:54 pm

        Steiner starts using Ahriman after he starts the Anthroposophical Society, he used Jehovah before, the usage of Blavatsky, and Max Heindel use also Jehovah, as he was educated by Steiner before Anthroposophy was started. Blavatsky have not much posotive to say about Jahve.
        The following lecture shows the interplay between the Jehova and Lucifer powers at the creation of man in the start of Earth, not the least mention of Ahriman, curious, nicht wahr?-)
        Steiner in Foundation of Esotericism Lecture XXIII
        The leader of this whole progression is the God who in the Hebraic tradition is called Jahve; Jehovah. He was a Moon-God. He possessed in the highest sense of the word, the power that had developed on the Moon and accordingly he endeavoured to develop mankind further in this direction. In the earthly world Jahve represents that God who endows beings with the possibility of physical reproduction. Everything else (intellect) did not lie in the Jahve-Intention. If Jahve’s intention alone had continued to develop, the human being would eventually have ceased to be able to reproduce himself, for the power of reproduction would have become exhausted. He would then only have been concerned with the creation of beautiful forms, for he was indifferent to what is inward, intellectual. Jehovah wished to produce beautifully formed human beings, like beautiful statues.


  3. #11 by sean on November 28, 2011 - 6:54 pm

    Maybe this website is of interest to you;



    • #12 by Kim Graae Munch on December 7, 2011 - 8:17 pm

      Not really, Sean, it’s pure fiction without any real usable occult knowledge.


  4. #13 by Ahasverus on August 21, 2013 - 5:16 pm

    It’s a very interesting article and I like your earnestness in coming to grips with these matters.

    But what makes you say the figure on the picture is an “Ahrimanic type” ?
    I would be interested to know that. His hair, its color, his moustache, his unfocused eyes ?


    • #14 by Kim Graae Munch on November 17, 2013 - 5:57 pm

      He is an impersonal type, he makes decisions without feelings, he sees man as machines, not as individualities.


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