3 February 2018 – Astro-Weather: Comet PanStarrs is currently moving thru Taurus – Spending this 1st week of February just east of the stunning Pleiades star cluster.
Comet by Cliff Smith.
From an article by Astrosopher Dr Elizabeth Vreede: ” Comets represent an element that does not wholly enter the usual sphere of cosmic law, although they still contain a trace of the direct working of spiritual powers, indeed, of the very highest — the Seraphim and Cherubim. Before ordinary law may be broken through, the very highest power and insight is required. The various comets, indeed, are agents of a very special nature in our planetary system, their polar antithesis being in the moons. Just as the moons are a kind of corpse which the planetary system trails along with it, so, on the other side, the comets may be spoken of as constant purifiers of the spiritual atmosphere within the solar system. In earlier times men thought of them as the “scavengers of God,” and many superstitions have gathered around them. To the eye of Spirit, too, the mission of the comets is perpetually to expel impure astral forces from the Cosmos or to introduce new impulses.”
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
1690 – The colony of Massachusetts issues the first paper money in the Americas
1870 – The Fifteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, guaranteeing voting rights to male citizens regardless of race.
1874 – Birthday of Gertrude Stein, American novelist, poet, playwright
1894 – Birthday of Norman Rockwell, American painter & illustrator
1909 – Birthday of Simone Weil, French mystic & philosopher
1913 – The Sixteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, authorizing the Federal government to impose and collect an income tax.
1913 – The 1st AGM of the Anthroposophical Society in Berlin, where Rudolf Steiner gave the lecture series “The Mysteries of the Orient and of Christianity”
1922 – Deathday of John Butler Yeats, Irish painter & illustrator
1959 – Rock & roll musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, & J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson are killed in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa.
1961 – The United States Air Forces begins Operation Looking Glass, & over the next 30 years, a “Doomsday Plane” is always in the air, with the capability of taking direct control of the United States’ bombers & missiles in the event of the destruction of the SAC’s command post.
POD (Poem Of the Day)
~Walk willingly between fire & ice…
Where the shadows of forever
& the light of Now
Clutch & release the world…
The empty filling & the full emptying…
So live with the certainty
That your Yin loves your Yang
Over & over, in to the out…
& dance the joy of movement ever changing…
In early Celtic times, the light of the growing sun was seen as Brigid’s Fire of Purification, burning away the dross of winter & shining forth Hope & Love for the coming Spring tide.
Here is a meditation that leads you into her Mysteries of the Fire & the Rose:
You are walking through a quiet, dim wood in a dusky February twilight. The trees open out into a clearing where a blazing fire burns, fed by an old peasant woman who is heaping rose petals into the flames that make the sparks dance. The flares of red & gold emit an intoxicating fragrance.
This Fire of Roses cleanses the heart & mind, igniting a Purifying flame through which you must pass. As you draw nearer, the woman looks at you with wise loving eyes & bids you step into her Fire. With no trepidation you step into the leaping flames. The roaring inferno completely surrounds you & there is nothing you can do but surrender in trust to this Cosmic Fire. You feel two hands firmly clasping your own, & looking down, you see the old woman’s cool, surprisingly smooth hands leading you out of the flames to the other side. The n you notice the Crone has become a tall & beautiful Lady, Brigid herself, who leads you into a sunlit garden of roses. You feel cleansed & made anew.
At the heart of the garden is a clear well filled with water glistening pure in the sunlight, & as you gaze into it, a Rose slowly floats up from its depths, silently illuminating everything around, glowing out of the heart of light. You are aware that you are not alone, many others are with you around the pool of light. There may be some here you recognize….
As the Rose emerges, you see that each person around the pool has become one of its many petals, as you yourself now have…Together all have become the Rosa Mundi, the Rose of the World. Some petals are wider open than others……all are slowly opening, so that in time the heart of the Rose will be revealed to all beings in the world. Feel yourself as one of the myriad petals…& gaze upon the golden heart within its center, suffusing you with its luminous radiance. As you breathe in the scent of the Rose, you are filled with its healing essence & you feel a sense of renewal & deep peace…
You can stay here in the garden as long as you like……when you are ready to return, allow the images to fade & become aware of yourself once more in your human body in present time, ready to share the radiance of the Rose of the World with all.
Greetings Friends – On this cold sunny Brigid’s Day, the Cross-Quarter between the Winter Solstice & the Spring Equinox!
The Karma Project – A Western Approach to Reincarnation & Karma – Zoom Call open to All – February 7, 2018 – 7:15 pm CST
“…The body is subject to the laws of heredity; the soul is subject to self-created destiny or, to use an ancient term, to its karma; and the spirit is subject to the laws of reincarnation or repeated Earth lives.” ~Rudolf Steiner, A Western Approach to Reincarnation and Karma, Chapter 8, “Reincarnation of the Spirit and Destiny” (from Theosophy, Chapter 2) … This chapter is the focus of the February 7 meeting.
The Central Regional Council of the Anthroposophical Society in America invites you to join our ongoing study conversation. The study has been divided amongst five volunteers who will summarize their section to rebuild it as a foundation for our conversation. Please familiarize yourself with the lecture if possible so you will feel comfortable sharing your reflections and thoughts with the group.
This collection of lectures has been republished by Anthroposophic Press under the title: “A Western Approach to Reincarnation and Karma” The following is the link to Chapter 2 of Theosophy (from e.Lib):
This will be a “Zoom” conference call allowing us an opportunity to see one another while conversing (or audio only if you prefer). To connect to the audio/video-conference:
Option 1. Click link below if you wish to connect through your computer (a headset is recommended) https://zoom.us/j/831956619
Option 2. Call in using your telephone.
United States: +1 669 900 6833 or +1 646 558 8656
Access Code: 831-956-619
Option 3. You can use a combination of Options 1 and 2 (computer and phone). If you use the phone, please turn off the audio on your computer to avoid audio feedback.
Agenda for our Study Call
7:18 Welcome and Introductions
7:25 Study led by six volunteers
Marianne – page 117 to 120
David – page 121 to page 124
Lisa – page 125 to page 128
Hazel – page 129 to 132
Alberto – page 133 to end
8:20 Identify volunteers for the next study call, April 4
8:25 Share plans re: Speaker for March 7th 2018 – Fred Amrine!
8:28 Close with verse
Have you ever been curious about the Theosophical Society? The National Headquarters is in Wheaton, IL. about 2 hours from Chicago.
Want to take a road-trip to check it out & promote the Rudolf Steiner Branch?
I could use some help with set-up & break-down – In exchange you can attend the workshop for FREE – We have room for 3. We leave at 8 am Sat. Feb. 10th
Spinning Destiny with the Fates – An Experiential Workshop with Hazel Archer Ginsberg
Saturday, 10 February 2018 – 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM – At the Theosophical Society 1926 N Main St, Wheaton, IL 60187
Come face the Fates & meet the Sibyls in the Light of Anthroposophy & ask: Does Fortune smile? Is Justice blind? How can I Co-Create with Destiny, to spin the thread of my life with integrity, to heal and clear the collective karma, & achieve my True Becoming?
Through the insights of Rudolf Steiner, the power of Myth-Telling, & Ritual-Tasks, such as interactive drumming, & Socratic questioning; we will journey into our soul-depths to stand before the “Daughters of Necessity” that we will transform to meet our true calling; asking: ‘What is my Highest Purpose?’
Please bring your own vegetarian lunch
$50 or pay what you will – Register here
The Rudolf Steiner Branch in Chicago needs the support of members and friends to carry out its work. Membership is not dependent on your financial situation. Contributions are based on a sliding scale. The Suggested rate is $50 annually. Please choose whatever amount that is right for you.
Annual General Meeting (AGM) –
Sunday February 18th 2018 – 2 PM – 5 PM
*Calendar of the Soul Verse #47 Performed in Eurythmy
by the Monday Eurythmy Group led by Mary Ruud
*Welcome: New members & those that have crossed the Threshold (Mihai)
*Reading & approval of the minutes from the 2017 AGM (Kurt)
*Acting Presidents Report (Andrei)
*Treasurer’s Report (Chuck)
*Building Report: Elderberries Update, Peer Space (Daniel, Hazel)
*Introduction of Current Branch Council
(Andrei Onegin, Hazel Archer-Ginsberg, Kurt Estep, Chuck Ginsberg, Mihai Rosu)
*Nominations of New Candidates for the Council
(If you wish to nominate someone, please let that person know ahead of time)
*Election of the Branch Council
*Reports: Programs Committee, Festivals Committee, Study Groups
Share your ideas for Programs & festivals?
What will you contribute?
*Calendar of the Soul Verse #47 Performed in Eurythmy
by the Monday Eurythmy Group led by Mary Ruud
*Social Time in the Elderberries Space
Friday February 23rd 2018 – Open Community Conversation 7 pm – 9 pm
This is a call to All: Come be part of our ongoing conversation about the future of Anthroposophy & its cultivation here in Chicago.
We will set the tone of the evening with The Calendar of the Soul Verse #47 Performed in Eurythmy by the Monday Eurythmy Group led by Mary Ruud
We will also continue with the initiative to do biography work & explore important Chicagoan’s. At this meeting, Mary Ruud will share her research on Harold Washington.
And as always, the floor will be open for conversation.
The newly renovated (& lazured) Elderberries 3-Fold Space is currently available for rental on PEER SPACE for classes, events, meetings, retreats, art exhibits, family parties, etc…