The anthroposophical view is that good is found in the balance between two polar, generally evil influences on world and human evolution. Two spiritual adversaries endeavour to tempt and corrupt humanity: Lucifer and his counterpart Ahriman. Steiner described both positive and negative aspects of both figures.
Lucifer is the light spirit, which "plays on human pride
and offers the delusion of divinity", but also motivates creativity and
spirituality. Lucifer is the "light bearer", carries the message of
spirit and denial of the material
Ahriman is the dark spirit, which
tempts human beings to "...deny [their] link with divinity and to live
entirely on the material plane", but also stimulates intellectuality and
technology. Ahriman is like Satan, who carries the message of
materiality and denial of the spiritual.
Both figures exert a
negative effect on humanity when their influence becomes misplaced or
one-sided, yet their influences are necessary for human freedom to