Jan Scholten

Names: Asteridae; Asterids; Asteropsida; Sympetalae.
Botany: carpels 2, fused; sepals fused; petals fused, sympetalae; anthers fused with petals; seeds tenuicellate; unitegmic; dicotyledon; pollen tricolpate.

Asteridae has been long recognised as a group. They are also called Sympetalae, meaning that their petals have been fused, grown together, forming one whole. It gives the flower and ovary better protection. The fusion of the petals can be seen as the integration of the soul, the different parts of the soul getting integrated, which is an expression of Lanthanides.
Although also called Sympetalae, not all of the families have fused petals, especially not the ones at the start of the Class, the Dilleniales, Caryophyllales, Ericales and Cornales. Caryophyllales has been added to Asteridae since the Apg3 classification.

1. Hydrogen series: Berberidopsididae.
2. Carbon series: Dilleniidae.
3. Silicon series: Caryophyllidae.
4. Iron series: Ericidae.
5. Silver series: Lamiidae.
6. Lanthanides: Campanulidae.

The Asteranae Class is the latest development in evolution.
We can see here a gradual increase in the influence of Lanthanides.

Asteranae can be seen as pro-active instead of reactive. They act from their own initiative, they like to do and build something in this world. This is in contrast to earlier Classes who are more reactive, who want to get something from this world and give in order to get it. One can say that Asteranae are giving and the others more taking, as a coarse or core expression.

They are more reflective, thinking about themselves. They like to contemplate and meditate. They project less and see increasingly that problems are something from the inside and not from the outside world. They also become more independent, less depending on the opinions of others. They go their own way. It can make them feel as if they were a loner, as people not fitting into normal society.

Behind this is the kind of development of becoming more unified as a person. It is the realisation that life is coming from within and that events are not something contrary to you but something of you. It is the realisation that the outer world is within you as a person and not contrary or hostile towards you. Inside and outside are two expressions of the same world. So the world becomes one, more unified.

One is less a victim of the world and more in charge. There is less blaming of the world. There is less fighting with the world. There is more responsibility for one’s own life and for the world. It is in a way becoming an adult, taking one’s life in one’s own hands. They feel responsible for themselves, for their actions and their consequences. It is more difficult to blame others.

In a way the fighting with the world is transferred to the inside, to a fight with oneself. In later stages that can be transcended. Then the unity becomes real unity instead of a semblance.

Ripe and old age
The themes of the Asteranae belong mainly to ripe and old age. Of course the remedies can also be found in children, like we know for instance in Chamomilla. But when one looks at the essence of the problems then they are not really children problems but adult problems. For instance, Chamomilla does not want to be treated as a child. That happens of course most often when you are a child but is not a problem for just a child. It only becomes a problem when you think you are not a child and shouldn’t be treated as such.