Beacon of Possibility

May 17, 2016 “The thing itself is one; the images are many. What leads to a perceptive understanding of the thing is not the focus on one image, but the viewing of many images together.” ~Rudolf Steiner

primavera Sandro Botticelli

1510 – Death-day of Sandro Botticelli, Italian painter of the “golden age” of the Early Renaissance. He belonged to the Florentine School under the patronage of Lorenzo de’ Medici. Among Botticelli’s best-known works are The Birth of Venus & Primavera.

1606 – Murder of False Dmitriy I, the only Tsar ever raised to the throne by means of a military campaign. He was the first, & most successful, of three “impostors” who claimed, during the Time of Troubles, to be the youngest son of Ivan the Terrible.

Dmitriy married polish priestess Marina Mniszech. It was the usual practice that when a Russian Tsar married a woman of another faith, she would convert to Eastern Orthodox Christianity, but she didn’t because Dmitriy had obtained the support of Polish King Sigismund III Vasa & Pope Paul V by promising to reunite the Russian Orthodox Church & the Holy See.

This was considered a betrayal. Ten days after his marriage, commoners stormed the Kremlin & killed Dmitriy. The body was put on display & then cremated, the ashes shot from a cannon towards Poland.

He was the primary character in the opera Boris Godunov, & Modest Mussorgsky’s opera of the same name. His story is also told by Schiller in Demetrius, by Antonín Dvořák in his opera Dimitrij, & Rainer Maria Rilke recounts the overthrow of the False Dimitriy in The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge; Rilke’s only longer prose work. Harold Lamb fictionalizes the demise of the False Dimitriy in “The Wolf Master”.

1792 – New York Stock Exchange founded

1922 – Riot at a Rudolf Steiner lecture in Munich, reported in the New York Times: http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=9C01E5DF1F3CE533A25754C1A9639C946395D6CF

1973 – Watergate scandal: Televised hearings begin in the United States Senate.

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holyspirit

~I have stoked the great fires of perhaps

And become the beacon of possibility

Leading the way into the unknown

Embers of right now

~hag

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“We must emphasize again and again that the anthroposophical world-conception fosters a consciousness of the common source of art, religion and science. During ancient periods of evolution these three were not separated; they existed in unity. The Mysteries which fostered that unity were a kind of combination art institute, church and school. For what they offered was not a one-sided sole dependence upon language. The words uttered by the initiate as both cognition and spiritual revelation were supported and illustrated by sacred rituals unfolding, before listening spectators, in mighty pictures” ~Rudolf Steiner, The Arts and Their Mission 1923

Mystery Working Marke

Lemniscate Arts & The Readers Theatre Presents: Opening the Realm of New Mystery Drama –

“The Working of the Spirit” – 

Saturday May 21 and Sunday May 22, 2016. 

10:30am to 6:30pm – Each day is a staged reading in full with breaks, of the new drama.

Contribution $15.00 – $45.00 per presentation – Get your tickets now at www.workingofthespirit.org 

The troupe of actors will arrive in Chicago to rehearse May 18, 19, & 20 with the readings happening May 21 & 22.

Some of the actors need housing in Chicago. If you have space in your home, contact Barbara Richardson brichardson@centerforanthroposophy.org