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Symbol 78
The Earth’s Mineral Epoch

A summary explanation of symbol no. 78 – The Earth’s Mineral Epoch


General notes on symbols nos. 78-85
Symbols nos. 78-85 show the Earth’s various epochs of evolution. The Earth is a living being and, like all other living beings, goes through the spiral cycle. In the middle of the symbols we see the Earth’s physical body. The surrounding coloured rings of rays symbolise the Earth’s spiritual world or spheres of consciousness. The large ring of rays shows the Earth’s day-consciousness in the particular epoch of evolution. The circle of jagged figures in the middle of the large ring of rays symbolises the pole structure. During evolution the energies in the other areas grow and occupy the day-consciousness; they then degenerate and fade away into the inner rings.

The Earth’s spiritual world is populated partly by beings that are passing through because of reincarnation and partly by beings that are resident in this area.

Explanation of symbol no. 78
The symbol shows the Earth in its mineral state millions upon millions of years ago. The fact that America is drawn in the middle indicates only that it is the Earth that we are looking at. The continents did not look like that at that time; they of course change.

On the symbol one sees the consciousness of the Earth in the kingdom of bliss, that is to say, in its material of memory from a previous spiral cycle. The planet had no physical day-consciousness. Life was dead on the material plane; it was in only a mineral state.

  • The large indigo ring of rays symbolises the planet’s day-consciousness, which is borne by its energy of memory.
  • The circle of the white jagged figures in the middle of the indigo ring of rays symbolises the pole structure.
  • The other energies of consciousness – instinct (red), gravity (orange) and feeling (yellow) – develop gradually and enter the Earth’s day-consciousness, while intelligence (green) and intuition (blue) degenerate and disappear.

These mental areas also correspond to the embryonic state of the child in its mother’s womb.


Martinus' own explanation of the symbol can be found in The Eternal World Picture, vol. 6, which is not yet available in English.