Without time, without space, without sound or sight or form.
Far beyond the abyss:
Warmth circulating, warmer and cooler,
A surging sea of courage.
Spirits of Will, beings of pure courage
Kneel, with utter devotion and strength of sacrifice
And offer up their flaming being to the winged Cherubim.
Shimmering radiantly, these enchanting beings of infinite wisdom
Stream wisdom through the sea of courage-warmth;
A relationship arises, and out of relationship, a birth:
The Cherubim gather up the smoke from the fire of the Throne’s sacrifice;
Pressed out and extruded as a cosmic Word,
Time is born, as beings: the Archai.
Behold the birth of the Spirits of Personality,
Forged through the joyous flaming sacrifice of the Thrones,
Offered up and accepted by the wise winged Cherubim.
From out of eternity, Time is born.
Based on a lecture of Rudolf Steiner dated 10/31/1911, in GA 132, Inner Experiences of Evolution.