William Henry



Have you ever wondered if your soul is from another star system, dimension or galaxy?

Did you ever feel like earth is not your ‘home planet’ or that you are here to transform human existence on this one?

If so, you may be a star seed. 

Star seeds are beings who have experienced life elsewhere in the universe, but have been planted in the soil of earth. 

The term sounds really new agey. Brad Steiger first introduced it to the modern vernacular in his 1976 book, “Gods of Aquarius.”  His ideas can be traced to Madame Blavatksy, the 19th century mystic and to Alice Bailey, one of the first to use the term New Age.

However, the starseed concept has a very ancient origin. 


The Stoics of Greece in the 3rd century B.C. are credited with first discussing the conception of our soul as a divine spark, a divine seed, seeded from the stars; a star seed. The soul is a seed that manifests (makes physical) our physical human body and animates it, they said. They produced a way of living based on this philosophy, one that tilled the soil of earth for their soul.

The Stoics further believed the whole universe was one living being, one mind. 

The combined belief in the universe as a living being and soul as a star/seed/spark is referred to in Virgil’s epic poem Aeneid:

Thence, man’s race, and the beast and the feathered creature that flies, 

All wild shapes that are hidden the gleaming waters beneath, 

Each elemental seed has a fiery force from the skies, 

Each its heavenly being, that no dull clay can disguise. 

Virgil said living things have within them a stellar or star seed, which has a fiery force from heaven. The dull clay that cannot disguise its light is the DNA of earth.

The Golden Bough, Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775–1851). Exhibited 1834, Tate, London. In this painting based on Virgil’s Aenaed,  the Trojan hero, Aeneas, has come to the gate of the Underworld.  Sibyl, a prophetess, tells him he can only enter the Underworld to meet the ghost of his father if he offers Persephone a golden bough cut from a sacred tree. Sibyl holds a sickle and the freshly cut bough, in front of Lake Avernus, the legendary (star)gateway to the Underworld. The dancing figures are the Fates who dance before the illuminated gate.

Turner shows Aeneas with the  Sibyl at Lake Avernus.  c. 1814. It lies west of Naples in the crater of an extinct volcano. The Greeks believed this lake to be a portal to Underworld. Virgil amplified this belief. 

Virgil believed that when the soul returns to its original fiery state, it regains its purity and becomes godlike. This echoes the ancient Egyptian belief that after death their deceased kings rise to heavens and transform into a star. The ancient Egyptian Pyramid Texts tell describe the king ascending and becoming the Morning Star among the Imperishable Stars of past kings. In so doing, they become star walkers. 

In Aenid, Virgil tells of a heroic journey undertaken by the Trojan warrior Aeneus to the underworld to speak with his deceased father. In order to enter the gate of the underworld he must acquire a sacred branch, the Golden Bough.  In the tale the branch represents divine powers of light and life that protect Aeneus from darkness during his journey. (In my view, the gate is the divine powers of light and life.)

So, the Stoics believed we are made of God stuff. We are a seed, a thought or neuron in the mind of God that can become godlike…stars. 

What starts small, grows tall.


In all the ‘starseed’ traditions the teaching is the same. While the seed imagery is evocative, identifying with seed is limiting. When one only “sees” the seed we only see a portion of what is actually possible or what is actually there. 

Think of the acorn and how encoded within it is the plan for the mighty oak. The acorn comes into existence, lives its life cycle, and then carries its destiny forward and becomes an oak. The acorn has the blueprint for the towering oak within it. The entire tree was once a tiny acorn that could fit in the palm of your hand. 

When one sees with eyes of the soul one can see that all things are possible. 

The soul does not see itself as a singular divine spark, it sees itself as part of the universal light. 

The soul knows it has packed within it the ability to morph into something beyond what is immediately recognized. 

That something beyond is the Starwalker.

So, yes, we are star seeds, but more, we are Starwalkers, traveling sensations who have temporarily planted our selves here but who can connect with other Starwalkers…and continue our heroic journey through eternity.

By taking a look at these early beliefs we will gain greater understanding of the Starwalker lineage and open our path to new, higher levels. 


Paul, speaking to Stoic philosophers in Athens in around 50 AD, used the Stoic imagery of seeds to explain the resurrection and ascension of Jesus. The idea was new to the Stoics, some even called him a “babbler”.

In one of the best-known metaphors, in Mark 4:30-32 Jesus uses a mustard seed — a golden nugget — to communicate the idea that a new way of Being (what he called “the Kingdom of Heaven/Reign of God”) starts out small and inconspicuous, but slowly, surely emerges into something dramatically different over time. 

“For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20-21).

Jesus is telling the disciples to have faith in themselves and the Divine Power within. This is the key to our own resurrection: from earth, from challenging circumstances of limitation and separation.

Starts small. Grows tall. 

The seed was the earliest Christian metaphor for the resurrection of the body. 

As a seed is transformed into a body, so too our earthly bodies will be transformed into our heavenly light bodies…our Starwalking bodies.

The blueprint for this ‘glory body’ or ‘light body’ is within our DNA awaiting the moment when a mysterious force – the last trump — awakens it from its sleep and it begins reaching toward heaven. In 2 Corinthians 3:18 Paul remarks that Christians are, in fact, in the process of “transfiguring” into heavenly beings of light. 

The passage reads: “We who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”

And as we grow in faith, we “are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another”.

The great promise of Christianity is that when Christos appears at the Second Coming, “we shall be like Him”. We will be transformed into bodies of glory mirroring that of Christ.”

A ‘glorified’ body or a body of shining, rainbow light is the form which the early Church believed not only Christ possessed after his anointing by Mary Magdalene, and Resurrection, but also ‘saved’ (whole, holy) humans will, one day, also share this form. In 2 Corinthians 3:18 Paul remarks that Christians are, in fact, in the process of “transfiguring” into heavenly beings of light.

Christ is / in the Gate. Mikhail Nesterov.

This will happen in a moment. 

“In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory” (1 Corinthians 15:52-55).

Jesus came from heaven above. He as the first member of a new of type being who lived the starwalking principles. He was a Starwalker. 

Whether we are Christians or not growing or revealing this star body from our star seed is the Great Work of human life.

The Buddhist tradition also used seeds to convey teachings. The first line of the Dhammapada states, “Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think.” The idea is that thoughts — our conceptions — are the seeds that give rise to actions, habits, and character. 

Our character IS our soul. Thus, our thoughts, our conceptions, are made by the soul. 

This is why this Chinese proverb is so powerful… 

Be careful of your thoughts, for your thoughts become your words. Be careful of your words, for your words become your actions. Be careful of your actions, for your actions become your habits. Be careful of your habits, for your habits become your character. Be careful of your character, for your character becomes your destiny. — Chinese proverb, author unknown 

Buddhists teach that the seeds of harmful behaviors lie in the mind. With awareness we can begin to dig up undesirable seeds (jealousy, anger, ignorance), and can even begin to plant new seeds for a happier future. We do this by practicing the six paramita or six perfections: 

generosity, giving of oneself, ethics, patience, joyful effort, meditation, and transcendental wisdom. 

These practices complete us and make us like the immortal holy ones or Bodisattvas. 

Over time, with effort, your Buddha nature (enlightened consciousness) expresses itself more and more fully. 

This aspect of interior knowing (which goes by many names – Christ consciousness, Messiah, Atman, etc.) is lying there in wait, like a seed in the ground.

It seems that part of the destiny of this generation of humanity is to bring the seed / soul metaphor back into our consciousness. 

But we are not to stay there.

The stars are calling.

It is time for us to emerge and blossom as Starwalkers. 

William Henry is a Nashville-based author, investigative mythologist, and TV presenter. He is an internationally recognized authority on human spiritual potential, transformation and ascension


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