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Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) performs a "Vulcan mind meld" on an injured Horta in the 1967 "Star Trek" episode "The Devil in the Dark."
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OKLAHOMA CITY – While reading (and finishing up) Gary Lachman’s biography on anthroposophist Rudolf Steiner today (Steiner was an influence on my architect/city designer great-great uncle Walter Burley Griffin and his artist/architect wife Marion Mahony Griffin), Rudolf Steiner: An Introduction to His Life and Work, I was reading the chapter on “Theosophy and Cosmic Memories” and the karmic advancements the human makes via the process of birth, death and rebirth.

Writes Lachman (page 143): “According to Steiner, the earth (like ourselves) has gone through three previous incarnations, which he calls Old Saturn, Old Sun, and Old Moon, and is destined to pass through three further stages, Jupiter, Venus and Vulcan.”

Continuing, Lachman writes: “We shouldn’t confuse these names with those of the heavenly bodies (or with the home planet of Star Trek’s Mr. Spock), and why Steiner chose them is unclear …”

As I read those lines I chuckled to myself and thought of Spock and how actor Leonard Nimoy had such an influence on the culture, with his performance in 1986’s Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home – the one about saving the whales – an inspiration for me as a writer, leading to my writing The Equinox in 1987.

A couple hours after reading those lines in Lachman’s book, I heard that Leonard Nimoy died today at the age of 83 from pulmonary disease.

And right before his death (recall that Spock is reborn on the Genesis planet after his death in The Wrath of Khan), he Tweeted the following: “A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP.”

How synchronistically appropriate. I suspect Rudolf Steiner would have been a Star Trek fan. There was something Spock-like about Steiner.

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