19 September 2016 – Astro-Weather: Once Venus sets during evening twilight, Mars becomes the brightest point of light in the sky. The Red Planet shines high in the west-southwest in early evening. Mars lies among the background stars of southeastern Ophiuchus.
Arcturus shines in the west these evenings as twilight fades out. Equally-bright Capella is rising in the north-northeast.
“What is to be the starting force & impulse for events in social & ethical life must come out of the spiritual world.” Rudolf Steiner, New Spiritual Impulses in History” Dornach 16 December, 1917
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
The Feast of San Gennaro
The Feast of Our Lady of La Salette*
634 – Siege of Damascus: The Rashidun Arabs under Khalid ibn al-Walid capture Damascus from the Byzantine Empire
1692 –The only death by peine forte et dure in American history was Giles Corey, who was (“pressed to death”) during the Salem witch trials, after he refused to enter a plea in the judicial proceeding. According to legend, his last words as he was being crushed were “More weight”, even though he was thought to be dead as the weight was applied
*1846 – Two French shepherd children, Mélanie Calvat & Maximin Giraud, experience a Marian apparition on a mountaintop near La Salette, France, now known as Our Lady of La Salette. They returned from the mountain where they had been minding cows & reported seeing “a beautiful lady” on Mount Sous-Les Baisses, weeping bitterly. They described her as sitting with her elbows resting on her knees & her face buried in her hands. She was clothed in a white robe studded with pearls; & a gold colored apron; white shoes & roses about her feet & high head-dress. She wore a crucifix suspended by a necklace from her neck.
According to their account, she continued to weep even as she spoke to them, first in French, then in their own dialect. After giving a secret to each child, the apparition walked into a hill & vanished. The following day the children’s account of the apparition was put into writing & signed by the visionaries & those who had heard the story.
According to the children’s account, the Virgin invited people to respect the repose of the seventh day, & the name of God. She sorrowfully threatened punishment, in particular a scarcity of potatoes, which would rot. The context of these punishments places the warning just prior to the winter of 1846–1847, which was in Europe, & especially in Ireland & in France, a period of famine in the months which followed the apparition. This was one of the factors of the apparition’s popular appeal
1864 – American Civil War: Third Battle of Winchester: Union troops under General Philip Sheridan defeat a Confederate force commanded by General Jubal Early. With over 50,000 troops engaged it was the largest battle fought in the Shenandoah Valley & was not only militarily decisive in that region of Virginia but also played a role in securing Abraham Lincoln’s election in 1864
1881 – U.S. President James A. Garfield dies of wounds suffered in a July 2 shooting. Garfield was shot by Charles J. Guiteau, a disgruntled office seeker, at the Baltimore & Potomac Railroad Station in Washington. Among those at the station was Robert Todd Lincoln, who sixteen years before had watched his father die from an assassin’s bullet. Vice President Chester A. Arthur becomes President upon Garfield’s death
1893 – Women’s suffrage: In New Zealand, the Electoral Act of 1893 is consented to by the governor giving all women in New Zealand the right to vote
1812 – Deathday of Mayer Amschel Rothschild, founder of the banking dynasty
1940 – Witold Pilecki is voluntarily captured and sent to Auschwitz to smuggle out information and start a resistance
1946 – The Council of Europe is founded following a speech by Winston Churchill at the University of Zurich, calling for a “United States of Europe”
1952 – The US bars Charlie Chaplin from re-entering the country after a trip to England
1957 – First American underground nuclear bomb test (part of Operation Plumbbob)
1971 – Deathday of Lory Maier-Smith, the 1st Eurythmist
1976 – Turkish Airlines Flight 452 hits the Taurus Mountains, killing all 154 passengers & crew
1976 – Two Imperial Iranian Air Force F-4 Phantom II jets fly out to investigate a UFO when both independently lose instrumentation & communications as they approach, only to have them restored upon withdrawal
1985 – A Violent. 8.0m earthquake hits Greater Mexico City area, killing at least 5,000 people, & destroys about 400 buildings
1989 – A terrorist bomb explodes UTA Flight 772 in mid-air above the Tùnùrù Desert, Niger, killing 171
My POD (Poem Of the Day)
I came into being thru sheer will alone…
I dance like spitting spirals of evolving DNA…
A frenetic bird-heart full of secrets…
I grow as I seek & teach & learn…
I change as change does…in all ways…
My mind is a heart on fire…
My soul an eternal fountain-flame…
I rise like incense into this moment’s air prayer
Enclosed in a spiked shower of nova stars…
I am what I have made…
I am the seed of every Dark Goddess…
As magic as the night…As hard as light…
Your last 3 exhales distilled into the breath of now…
4 ecstatic screams from the edge of the elements…
The phoenix brooding on a potent pyre…
I am…The hag
Reclaiming the Healing Ways
Of the Wise Witch-Crone
We are moving ever closer into the eye of the storm, that will decide the future of humanity & the planet. It is crucial for us to know, as the crisis deepens, that what will look & feel like destruction, can be an opportunity to strip away delusion.
The secret of this storm is that it is a birthing – & it is going to demand everything of us. Will we purify our hearts & galvanize our wills to ensure that the new Divine Humanity can be born?
Greed is exploding, Nature is bleeding. Weapons of mass destruction are proliferating & religions are retreating into fundamentalism. The rich 1 per cent are locking the world into a materialism that leaves the rest of the world starving. The corporate media is feeding us sleep inducing trivialities, when what we need to is to be woken up to the spirit behind reality. How am I living? What am I risking at this time of unprecedented crisis?
Can I awaken during this dark night of the species, & stand in uprightness? This ongoing crisis is overloading, yet, if we can stand, we can see, that it is offering humanity these intensities to expand & shatter the hard heart, to open the way, to re-write his-story, by opening the mind in a brainstorming that can co-create a world of love & justice.
We need to become mystic activists – Mystics must get active & activists must become mystic. We must learn to act from a divine peace, that will feed us divine wisdom – To act from a loving, forgiving a heart.
When we learn how to ask, we will receive.
Then this world can become the living kingdom of a Divine Humanity.