«Salz, Merkur und Sulfur» bei Rudolf Steiner - Welche fundamentalen Prozesse lassen sich beschreiben?
The triad of «salt, mercury, sulphur» (the so—called «Three Principles») is of great importance in Rudolf Steiners lectures given for physicians and students of theology, so as in lectures for members of the Anthroposophical Society, for instance in the «Jahreszeitenimaginationen» of 1923. Starting with some seemingly contradictory statements on the nature of «salt»-, «mercury»- und «sulphur»—processes it will be shown that the principles of «salt» und «sulphur» both include two processes at a time, which are contrary to each other. These four processes are named as crystallization, solution, binding of imponderables and combustion and will be described in detail. Proceeding from the «law of polarity» between the processes, it will be tried to find the form of every process in nature, which is the «ideal» one. The following part is concerned with the relation of the four processes with the four kingdoms of nature, because they show a close relation to one of the processes. Furthermore the two processes solution and «binding of imponderables» can be shown to be related to the principle of «mercury». This essay gives a foundation for a clear insight in nature processes from point of view of the «Three Principles».