June 6, 2016
331- Birthday of Julian the Apostate. In Rudolf Steiner’s Kama Lectures Vol. 4, lec. 6, he hear about him as Herzeloyde & Tycho Brahe.
1882 – More than 100,000 inhabitants of Bombay are killed when a cyclone in the Arabian Sea pushes huge waves into the harbor
1889 – The Great Seattle Fire destroys all of downtown Seattle
1892 – The Chicago “L” commuter rail system begins operation
1934 – New Deal: The U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Securities Act of 1933 into law, establishing the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
1944 – D-Day -155,000 Allied troops land on the beaches of Normandy in France, beginning the liberation of Western Europe from Nazi control during World War II.
1961 – Deathday of Carl Jung, Swiss psychiatrist & psychotherapist
1968 – Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, Democratic Party senator from New York, brother of 35th President John F. Kennedy, dies from gunshot wounds inflicted on June 5
1982 – The Lebanon War begins. Forces under Israeli Defense Minister Ariel Sharon invade southern Lebanon
2002 –A near-Earth asteroid estimated at ten meters in diameter explodes over the Mediterranean Sea between Greece & Libya; estimated to have a force of 26 kilotons, more powerful than the Nagasaki atomic bomb
1875 – Birthday of Thomas Mann, German novelist, short story writer, social critic, philanthropist, essayist, & the 1929 Nobel Prize in Literature laureate. His highly symbolic & ironic epic novels are noted for their insight into the psychology of the artist & the intellectual. His analysis & critique of the German soul used modernized German & Biblical stories, as well as the ideas of Goethe, Nietzsche & Schopenhauer.
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~The Hive hums
Wings grow out of the ether of my bones
In anticipation of the rite
Steeped in royal jelly
I contemplate the hexagramma mysticum
& prepare to dance the lemnisus infinitorum…
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In thinking about: “The Working of the Spirit” by Michael Burton & Marke Levene. Part 12 (program for the Chicago reading)
If We The People could become the powers that be, shifting the worker from the economic realm into sphere of rights, a Threefold Republic would begin to be possible. Technology cannot be stopped, nor should it be, as it will bring a great transformation into human thinking. But this must be balanced with a true resonance of the heart, bringing a holistic picture of interconnectedness into society. Ahriman is the ruler of the present economic system, seeking to keep us selfish. Playing on greed & fear which keeps the resources locked up. If money cannot circulate, society becomes bloated & diseased, crippling creativity, unable to serve the future.
In scene 13 Benedictus, the spiritual teacher, speaking to Maria from across the threshold tells us: “Before the tides can turn, those who work spiritually together now must reunite upon the earth. Each one, alive in future times must recognize the others & thru meeting what is living in them, must recollect the tasks that they’ve prepared in this Earth-life.” This is what Rudolf Steiner was trying to get us to see thru his lectures on Karmic relationships. This reality was Steiner’s true spiritual mission.
The idea sparked in Maria by this inspiration takes hold in scene 14, the last scene of the play. Nine people have been gathered together on the physical plane, with 4 from the other side also present, to make 13. Michael Burton delineates the scene into 4 parts The “1st movement” is called: “The human being speaking to the stars”. Maria begins by pointing out that they are meeting not as the brotherhood of old, but as individuals united in freedom, resolving to continue to work together thru various incarnations, since the tasks at hand will go on into the future. The hierarchies are called to witness their commitment.
In the 2nd movement: The community of the Word, Each states what they are called to do. Johannes acknowledging his mistakes of the past, vows to bring to fruition thru deeds of love, a healing for the Earth. Hilary too looks to his past to inform his future deeds: a vow to support Johannes’s artistic vision by building a new “House of the Word, where your imaginations can be given form”. Theodosius offers his grounding support.
The 3 Soul Forces enter & weave between them blessing their endeavors. The “Other Phila: “And wakening-dreaming will nurture soul-seeing. Though in life all are many, in the Word they are one.”
The 3rd Movement: Light into the darkest places, begins with Reinecke, “The Fox”, having seen the light, so to speak, vowing to bring his technological expertise to bare, carrying light into the dark. Bell, who we saw as the accountant in scene 10, admits he has not been generous in the past, vows to support the furthering of Strader’s scientific work thru Reinecke’s new technology; which, as Maria points out, can only come about thru the control of the unconscious impulses. We must shine light into our will. “Let head & heart be joined in streams of power! You shall work magic in the realm of Earth, the magic of consecrated human will.”
Trautman, here referred to as Romanus, his occult name, is conspicuously missing from the group. Bell states that he needs to further advance spirituality, but will in future times be able to join them in the work.
Reinecke gives us a foreshadowing of “an alien power that would annihilate all things that are most precious in the human heart.”
And tomorrow we will complete this journey into “The Working of the Spirit”, by coming face to face with these powers.
Blessings and Peace ~Hazel Archer Ginsberg