22 April 2017 – Astro-Weather: The weak Lyrid meteor shower peaks, near Bella Luna, a waning crescent.
The spring constellation Corvus, the Crow, perches in the southeast these evenings, about a fist & a half at arm’s length to the right of Spica. But above Spica this year is brilliant Jupiter, hogging the show. Corvus is traditionally seen as ready to snatch sparkling Spica out of Virgo’s hand
As dawn begins to brighten Sunday morning, catch Venus as she begins to show herself as the morning star next to the waning crescent Moon low in the east.
Music is the expression of the will of nature while all other arts are expressions of the idea of nature. ~Rudolf Steiner
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
254 – Deathday of Origen (which means *child of Horus* -his nickname was Adamantios which means *unconquerable*, *diamond*) – Church father considered a heretic because of his belief in reincarnation
1145 – the 19th recorded perihelion passage of Halley’s Comet
1451 – Birthday of Isabella I, of Castile, Queen of Spain
1724 – Birthday of philosopher Immanuel Kant
1840 – Birthday of painter Odilon Redon
1904 – Birthday of physicist J.R. Oppenheimer
1915 – The use of poison gas in World War I escalates when chlorine gas is released as a chemical weapon in the Second Battle of Ypres
1945 –Prisoners at the Jasenovac concentration camp revolt. 520 are killed & around 80 escape
1945 –Führerbunker: After learning that Soviet forces have taken Eberswalde without a fight, Adolf Hitler admits defeat in his underground bunker & states that suicide is his only recourse
1954 – Red Scare: Witnesses begin testifying and live television coverage of the Army–McCarthy hearings begins
1970- 1st Earth Day “There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth. We are all crew.” ~Marshall McLuhan
“We can speak of Karma not only in the case of individual persons, for man should not consider himself as a single being. If the individual were to rise even a few miles above the earth, the result would be the same as if the finger severed itself from the body.
If we penetrate into spiritual science we are literally forced to admit through this knowledge that we should not delude ourselves to the extent of insisting that we are single beings. This applies to the physical world and even more to the spiritual world. Man belongs to the whole world and his destiny is involved with that of the entire world. Karma touches not only the individual, but also the life of whole nations.”
Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 100 – Theosophy and Rosicrucianism: Lecture VII: The Law of Karma – Kassel, 22nd June 1907
POD (Poem Of the Day)
Sow the seeds of premonition
Into a fruitful action
To ignite the weave
In radiant expectation…?
John Muir is remembered on Earthday (his birthday was April 21st1838 ) also known as “John of the Mountains”, an American naturalist, author, environmental philosopher, glaciologist & early advocate for the preservation of wilderness in the United States. His letters, essays, & books describing his adventures in nature, especially in the Sierra Nevada, have been read by millions. His activism has helped to preserve the Yosemite Valley, Sequoia National Park & many other wilderness areas.
The Sierra Club, which he founded, is a prominent American conservation organization. The 211-mile John Muir hiking trail in the Sierra Nevada, was named in his honor, along with Muir Woods National Monument, Muir Beach, John Muir College, Mount Muir, Camp Muir & Muir Glacier.
Muir was noted for being an ecological thinker, political spokesman, & religious prophet, whose writings became a personal guide into nature for countless individuals, making his name “almost ubiquitous” in the modern environmental consciousness.
During his lifetime John Muir published over 300 articles & 12 books. Muir has been called the “patron saint of the American wilderness” & its “archetypal free spirit.” As a dreamer & activist, his eloquent words changed the way Americans saw their mountains, forests, seashores, & deserts.
Muir exalted wild nature over human culture and civilization, believing that all life was sacred. He moved beyond the Transcendentalism of Emerson to a “biocentric perspective on the world”. He did so by describing the natural world as “a conductor of divinity,” & his writings often made nature synonymous with God.
My dear sisters & brothers, let’s make every day Earth Day!