Birth And Child Life

It must not be imagined, however, that when the little body of a child has

been born, the process of birth is completed. The dense physical body has

had the longest evolution, and as a shoemaker who has worked at his trade

for a number of years is more expert than an apprentice and can make

better shoes and quicker, so also the spirit which has built many

physical bodies produces them quickly, but the vital body is a later
/> acquisition of the human being. Therefore we are not so expert in building

that vehicle. Consequently it takes longer to construct that from the

materials not used up in making the lining of the archetype, and the vital

body is not born until the seventh year. Then the period of rapid growth

commences. The desire body is a still later addition of composite man, and

is not brought to birth until the fourteenth year when the desire nature

expresses itself most strongly during so-called "hot" youth, and the mind,

which makes man man, does not come to birth until the twenty-first year.

In law that age is recognized as the earliest time he is fitted to

exercise a franchise.

This knowledge is of the utmost importance to parents, as a proper

understanding of the development which should take place in each of the

septenary epochs enables the educator to work intelligently with nature

and thus fulfill more thoroughly the trust of a parent than those who are

ignorant of the Rosicrucian Mystery Teaching. We shall therefore devote

the remaining pages to an elucidation of this matter and of the importance

of the knowledge of astrology upon the part of the parent.