Seed Time

26 March 2019 – “Speaking with the Stars”: One of Spring’s  finest deep-sky sights is the Beehive star cluster in the constellation Cancer the Crab.  With the naked, you should be able to spot this star group as a fuzzy cloud high in the south after darkness falls.  O & don’t forget that Bella Luna & Jupiter the Benevolent King are riding high these next few nights together.

Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

1812 – Caracas earthquake took place in Venezuela on what was Maundy Thursday killing over 20,000 people. The seismic movement was so drastic that in a zone named Valecillo a new lake was formed & the river Yurubí was dammed up. Numerous rivulets changed their course in the valley of Caracas, which was flooded with dirty water. The earthquake consisted of two seismic shocks occurring within the span of 30 minutes. The first destroyed Caracas & the second Mérida, where it was raining when the shock occurred. Since the earthquake occurred on Maundy Thursday, while the Venezuelan War of Independence was raging, it was explained by royalist authorities as divine punishment for the rebellion against the Spanish Crown.

1812 – A political cartoon in the Boston Gazette coins the term “gerrymander” to describe oddly shaped electoral districts designed to help incumbents win reelection.

1827 – Death-Day of Ludwig van Beethoven, German pianist & composer

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1830 – The Book of Mormon is published in Palmyra, New York.

1856 – Birthday of Fritz Lemmermayer, an Austrian writer, journalist & closest childhood friend of Rudolf Steiner in Vienna. Fritz was a passionate anti-materialist, he wanted to devote his life to the creation & maintenance of spiritual values. In 1883 he completed his novel “The Alchemist”. Rudolf Steiner met Lemmermayer again in 1886 in the circle of the poet Marie Eugenie delle Grazie.  An extensive correspondence attests to the close friendship between the two (see GA 38).

Steiner says: Fritz Lemmermayer, with whom I was later on terms of intimate friendship, I came to know at one of delle Grazie’s afternoons. A highly noteworthy man. Whatever interested him he expressed with inwardly measured dignity. In his outward appearance he resembled equally the musician Rubinstein and the actor Lewinsky. With Hebbel he developed almost a cult. He had definite views on art and life born out of the sagacious understanding of the heart, and these were unusually fixed. He had written the interesting and profound romance, Der Alchemist(3), and much besides that was characterized by beauty and depth. He knew how to consider the least things in life from the view-point of the most vital. I recall how I once saw him in his charming little room in a side-street in Vienna together with other friends. He had planned his meal: two soft-boiled eggs, to be cooked in an instantaneous boiler, together with bread. He remarked with much emphasis while the water was heating to boil the eggs for us: “This will be delicious!” In a later phase of my life I shall again have occasion to speak of him ~Rudolf Steiner, The Story of My Life, Chapter VII Lemmermayer & Steiner joined the ranks of the Viennese artist circle in the house of the protestant priest Alfred Formey. In 1891 Lemmermayer was vice president of Schrifstellerbundes Iduna , named after Iduna , the Norse goddess of youth & immortality a counterweight against the currents of naturalism. Lemmermayer  became a member of the Anthroposophical Society  in 1920. He Steiner on many trips through Austria, Germany, Switzerland, France, Holland & England.  This led to his 1929 published memories,  where he spoke about Rudolf Steiner, Robert Hamerling & other personalities of the Austrian intellectual life of the 80s. In addition, Lemmermayer published in the weekly ” Das Goetheanum “.

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1874 – Birthday of Robert Frost, American poet & playwright

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1892 – Deathday of Walt Whitman

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1902 – Deathday of Cecil Rhodes – British imperialist & mining magnate

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1979 – Anwar al-Sadat, Menachem Begin & Jimmy Carter sign the Egypt–Israel Peace Treaty in Washington, D.C

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William Blake

POD (Poem Of the Day)

~from my own
body I give
birth to all time.
look now
with new eyes
& stir the season within…

~hag

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Mable Sherer

This is the seed time…when the chains of death are broken & life bursts forth from the earth. Each day another minute of light triumphs over the darkness. The elementals arise, & wait for us to work with them in good will. The Sun stretches out its hand to the child within us all, bidding us to return from the land of the dead, to be cloaked in the fresh rain. Enlivened with the sweet scent of aspiration on our breath, we can joyfully step forth. As the wild flowers send their pastel shoots up from the brown compost, our souls dance in delight.  Despair turns to hope, sorrow to joy, want to abundance…

If we do not spring forward, we will surly slip back. Within our own minds many detailed explanations may exist – excuses? -that keep us from moving forward. To put them in perspective we can see them in relation to the 4 basic elements…

1st choose the area of your life you want to focus on, such as relationship, health, career, clarity around direction, spiritual growth…etc…

Then begin in the East: Air – What thoughts bind you? Are you too scattered in your thinking, can’t make up your mind? Too dogmatic? Suffer from monkey mind? Inner critic on overdrive? What do you need so that you can create a positive thought pattern? What does a free mind look like?

South: Fire – What binds your will? Are you too impulsive? Too willful, or perhaps your will is unfocused? Not able to take action? Feel fearful-unsafe? What do you need to empower your will force so you are free to take action?

West: Water – What emotions bind you? Are you too sensitive? Do you hold on to old feelings? Or are you rigid, not able to be empathic? Can’t go with the flow? How can you reclaim your creative fertility & be compassionate to yourself?

North: Earth – Does necessity bind you? Are you stuck in the mud? A perfectionist? Is nothing ever good enough? Perhaps you find it hard to complete things? What would it look like to be grounded, productive, prosperous & steadfast in your determination to create & manifest?

Perhaps this Spring season will call you to re-dedicate yourself to the 6 Basic Exercises…

From Rudolf Steiner: A meditant should do these six exercises:

1. Control of Thought: Think about a simple object for at least five minutes. Hold it fast in thoughts without going over to other things. This exercise arouses a feeling of firmness in the pupil as it activates the chakra between the eyebrows. One should send this feeling through the brain and down the backbone.

2. Control of will (acting on your own initiative): Do an unimportant thing every day at a certain time. This exercise also gives firmness.

3. Develop equanimity, that is, one shouldn’t fluctuate between rejoicing to heaven and despairing to death. A joke can be enjoyed just as much if one doesn’t laugh boisterously at; one can bear a pain better if one doesn’t wallow in it too much. This gives one a feeling of quiet calm that one lets stream from the heart to the arms, and out through the hands.

4. Positivity: See the beautiful and true elements in all things. Christ Jesus admired the beautiful teeth in a rotting dog, where his disciples only saw ugliness. One can discover at least a small kernel of truth and something beautiful in everything. If one does this exercise for some time it gives one a feeling of great joy.

5. Open mindedness: Always be open to new things. One should never say: I never heard of that, that can’t be, or I don’t believe that. One should always leave the possibility open that one can learn something from everything that people say. Thereby one can learn from children, animals and everything else. This gives one the feeling that one could also perceive things while one is partly outside one’s body.

6. Inner Harmony: This exercise is a combination of the preceding ones, so that one can combine two and two or any way one wants. By doing this, one gets the feeling that one has grown beyond the limits of one’s skin.

By practicing these basic exercises we develop our soul forces of Thinking, Feeling & Willing, creating new spiritual organs of perception. May we all take up the work of transformation which will lead us into the Resurrection.

Blessings of becoming dear friends

~hag

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From Johanna Rohde:

Dear Colleagues, Friends, Family and Aquaintances—whom I have yet to meet,

This is an update of my “Journey to Wellness” GoFundMe crowd funding campaign that began about 6 months ago; about 1/3 of the targeted goal has been raised.

During this time, in an attempt to determine the right treatment—the most effective protocol for alternatives to chemo, I believe I have discovered what will be necessary to meet the challenge of this particular cancer, this sarcoma.I have the opportunity to enroll in a 2 year treatment program which does not require that I have to travel to a center (saving expenses!); it can be done at home. It has a 96% success rate (meaning, not returning) for stage 4 leiomyosarcomas and it can augmented or replace chemo. (I would replace.)

The cost is $20,000 for the 2 year program. (This is considered very reasonable compared to on-site treatment centers that can charge as much for just a few weeks, with possible relapses). 

I have just been offered a $10,000 scholarship towards this treatment. This is awesome! This is awesome!


But there is a deadline for receiving it. March 28th!!!


If you have the possibility to make a second contribution towards this campaign or can enlist 2 or 4 friends to join, this goal could be met, in order to match this scholarship. But this is a very short window of opportunity, in order to retain this scholarship.

If you have the possibility to make a second contribution towards this campaign or can enlist 2 or 4 friends to join, this goal could be met, in order to match this scholarship. But this is a very short window of opportunity, in order to retain this scholarship.

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25 March 2019 – “Speaking with the Stars”: Jupiter, the benevolent King,  continues to grow more prominent before dawn. The giant planet rises around 1 am CDT & climbs high in the south an hour before sunup. It is the brightest point of light in the morning sky until Venus rises around 5:30 am CDT. And this morning, we have a great opportunity to watch the shadows of two moons cross the planet’s bright cloud tops. Ganymede’s shadow is the 1st to touch the Jovian atmosphere; then Europa’s shadow joins.

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Matthias Grünewald

Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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The Feast of the Annunciation, also known as Lady Day, the Feast of the Incarnation (Festum Incarnationis), Conceptio Christi (Christ’s Conception), commemorates the visit of the archangel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary, during which he informed her that she would be the mother of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Gabriel’s salutation: “Hail, Mary full of grace, the LORD is with thee” (Luke 1:28; gratia plena Dominus tecum), &Mary’s response to God’s will, “be it done to me according to thy word” (Luke 1:38; fiat mihi secundum verbum tuum). The “angelic salutation” is the origin of the Hail Mary prayer & the Angelus; the second part of the prayer comes from the salutation of Saint Elizabeth to Mary at the Visitation.

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1655 – Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, is discovered by Christiaan Huygens.

1801 – Deathday of Novalis. From Rudolf Steiner:  “…Novalis could glance back to a time in which gods moved among men, when everything took place spiritually because spirits and souls had not yet descended into earthly bodies. He perceived a point of transition: how death hit the world and how the human beings during this time placed death as their earthly shadowing and how he tried to brighten it up through fantasy and art. But death remained a riddle.

Then something of universal significance happened. Novalis could perceive the universal meaning of what had happened at that time on earth. Souls from the kingdoms of nature descended to the earth. Forgotten were the memories of their spiritual original existence, yet a unique spiritual Being remained in this universal womb of creation from which everything descended. One Being provisionally held back; it had held itself above and only provisionally sent its gift of grace downward, and then, when human beings needed it the most, it also descend into the earthly sphere. It remained in the spiritual spheres above the being of the spiritual light, this Being was hidden behind the physical sun. It held itself in heavenly spheres and descended when human beings needed to once again be able to rise up to spiritual worlds. It descended with the Mystery of Golgotha when Christ appeared in a physical body.

Humanity understands Christ in His universal unfolding when the life of Jesus of Nazareth is followed back to His spiritual origins, to the unsolvable riddle of death. The Greek spirit of death appears as a pondering muse, as an enigma which cannot be solved. Even the Greeks sensed that the riddle which is hidden in the youth’s soul, found its solution with the Event of Golgotha, that here victory overcomes death and as a result a new impulse is given to humanity.

This Novalis could see and as a result there appeared to him, from the mystery of faith and the mystery wisdom, the Star which the old Magi had followed. As a result he understood the actual essence of what the Christ death implied. In the night of the soul the riddle of death revealed itself to him, the riddle of the Christ. This was it, which this extraordinary individual wanted to learn — through the memory of earlier lives — what the Christ, what the event of Golgotha signified for the world.” ~ Novalis and his “Hymns to the Night” Lecture by Rudolf Steiner in Berlin, “Matinee” 26 October 1908

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1867 – Birthday of Arturo Toscanini, Italian-American cellist & conductor

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1918 – Deathday of Claude Debussy, French composer

1957 – United States Customs seizes copies of Allen Ginsberg’s poem “Howl” on obscenity grounds.

1965 – Civil rights activists led by Martin Luther King Jr. successfully complete their 4-day 50-mile march from Selma to the capitol in Montgomery, Alabama

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Meghan Howland.

POD (Poem Of the Day)

~Hollow bones filled
with the fires of creation
become swift wings
that vibrate the sound deeper
into my spiraling ear –
Through the Annunciation
I hear time turn
Immaculate…

~hag

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Annael A. Pavlova

“THE PRESENCE OF THE WORLD HEALER IS FELT – THE SAVIOUR WHO WILLED TO LIFT THE GREAT EVIL FROM THE WORLD.   HIS PRESENCE IS FELT. FOR IN TRUTH HE IS THE GREAT PHYSICIAN IN THE EVOLUTION OF MANKIND.”

IMAGINATION CAN LEAD DIRECTLY TO A WAY OF LIFE HERE IN THE EARTHLY REALM, A LIVING RITUAL EMBRACING THE SPIRIT WHICH MUST BE CHERISHED & PRESERVED ON EARTH – THE HEALTH-GIVING HEALING FORCES, & A KNOWLEDGE OF THE AHRIMANIC & LUCIFERIC FORCES WHICH COULD DESTROY THE HUMAN ORGANISM. FOR AHRIMAN HARDENS HUMAN BEINGS, WHILE LUCIFER WISHES TO DISSOLVE & EVAPORATE US THROUGH OUR BREATHING. IN ALL THIS RESIDES, THE FORCES WHICH MAKE FOR ILLNESS.

YET UNDER INFLUENCE OF THE GREAT TEACHER RAPHAEL, WHO HOLDS THE STAFF OF MERCURY, THE HEALING POWER OF THE CADUCEUS IS WITHIN OUR REACH. A BLESSING OFFERED THROUGH THE GRACE OF THE LIVING CHRIST, WHO STANDS AS THE MIDDLE PILLAR WITHIN US ALL.

~Inspired from Rudolf Steiner’s The Breathing Process of the Earth

“…Love is come again…”

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24 March 2019 – “Speaking with the Stars”: Orion the Hunter stands out in the southwest as darkness falls this week. The conspicuous constellation appears slightly askew compared with its appearance in winter’s evening sky. Now, the three-star belt, or as my friends in the Southern hemisphere like to say, the 3 Marys, are  aligned parallel to the horizon while blue-white Rigel hangs directly below the belt &ruddy Betelgeuse stands directly above.

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An Easter Appeal from our dear friend & Curative Eurythmist, Johanna Rohde:

Hello, Colleagues, Friends and Acquaintances, and Family!
Below is a description of a journey I’ve been on in the course of the last year.  If you are inclined, I invite you to join me on this journey to whatever extent is possible for you. Thank you for giving this your time and attention!

Happy True Easter “HE IS RISEN !” Here is the address to access my crowd funding campaign: https://www.gofundme.com/m8dvw8

~Johanna Rohde

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Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Esoteric Easter 2019 Sunrise: 6:47 am CDT – Sunset: 7:06 pm CDT Daylight = 12 hours, 19 minutes

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806 – The death-day of Harun al Raschid. Interesting that Rudolf Steiner speaks about this individuality in the Young Doctors Easter Course: Lecture IV, which Steiner gave at the time of the Easter Paradox in 1924.

“…But now just think of the Court of Harun al Raschid, where ancient medicine flourished. The Old Mystery Wisdom, still preserved in tradition, was living in the existing knowledge concerning the being of man. There were two men at that court: Harun al Raschid himself, the organizer of the great academy of spiritual life which grew and developed under his influence; and another, who in earlier times had been an initiate. In the days of Harun al Raschid the initiation did not come to the surface.

Harun al Raschid reincarnated as Lord Bacon of Verulam (1561–1626) and with his kind of thinking which was thoroughly steeped in Arabism, he renewed the natural-scientific thinking, from the West. Such was the path he took in his life between death and rebirth. If you would study Lord Bacon you would find how greatly medicine was influenced thereby. Indeed you would be amazed. The other man, the initiate, was reborn in the soul of Amos Comenius (1592–1670). Comenius’ life was one of aspiration towards the spirit, but he turned everything into intellectual conceptions.

Again, another personality in Arabism — he did not live at exactly the same time as Harun al Raschid, but he played a part in the battle of Zeres de la Frontera — was reborn as Charles Darwin (1809–1882). And so the influences that are working in natural science and especially in medicine, are re-embodiments of ancient conceptions from which Christianity was excluded. Such conceptions did not constitute an evolution of Christianity, but Christianity was excluded as Arabism embraced Europe in its fold. Medicine itself was most of all affected in this sense.”

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“Now the green blade riseth from the buried grain,
Wheat that in dark earth many days has lain;
Love lives again, that with the dead has been:
Love is come again, like wheat that springeth green”

Our dear Rudolf Steiner speaks about Easter as a spiritual event that takes place on the stage of humanity. For this Esoteric Easter – this 1st celebration in the Easter Paradox of 2019 – enclaves of earnest Anthroposophers around the world have taken up the call to hold this time as a Spiritual Scientific experiment in faith & in practice.

The Mystery of Golgotha is the pivotal event of the whole divine process of creation, of the whole process of human evolution from its beginnings in the womb of the Spirit, to its consummation in humanity as the 10th hierarchy.

The physical body of Jesus of Nazareth was the mediator through which the powers of the cosmos were united with the Earth aura. With the sacrifice on Golgotha, when the life-blood of the Cosmic Heart penetrated the Earth & its forces flowed down, even to the very core, the Earth became illuminated from within. The Resurrection took place, 1st at the gates of the underworld for the souls of the dead who had lost their divine nature. And with the dawn on Easter Sunday, the opportunity was then given to every single human individuality to experience this light within the Self. And the seed was planted for the reunion of Sun & Earth & Moon.

The Christian Festivals were never meant to be merely the commemoration of great historical events or even simply of truths in the Christian revelation, as great as these are.

The Festivals in themselves, are, each year, spiritual events, carrying a significance that grows & deepens with the developing phases of human evolution, ever evolving as we do. This is especially true of the Easter Festival, with its answer to humanity’s deepest needs, its quickening of our highest hopes; with its message of the victory of good over evil, of light over darkness, of life over death.

The earth underwent a change thru the deed of redemption on Golgotha, a transformation of the unruly Mars powers of iron, into the silvery light of Mercury. This transforming of iron, thru the sacred mystery of the Christ-blood, is a determining factor in the transformation of earthly substance, which will later be carried over into the transubstantiation of the earth.

The spirit radiates from the heights & yet is also carried to us by the eternal divine world of the depths. ‘May there ascend from the Depths the prayer that is heard in the Heights’.  We can send our prayer to the Christ-heart in the earth’s depths, to help overcome & redeem the adversarial powers that hold sway in the 9 layers of the earth’s interior. The agricultural course was a stepping stone to this ultimate aim. (The Birth of a New Agriculture: Koberwitz 1924 & the Introduction of biodynamic -Adalbert Grof Von Keyserlingk)

Spiritual science tells us that when the blood flowed to the earth from the cross on Golgotha, a new Sun-globe was born in the interior of the earth. This golden earth-center is the legendary land of Shambhalla, hidden away, yet waiting to be re-discovered by the seeking, Christ-guided human soul.

Before the mystery of Golgotha, the task of evolution was that the cosmos would become human. After this ‘Turning Point’, the human becomes Cosmos -The New Sun -The imperishable resurrection-body uniting with the Cosmic- Sophia.

The tomb becomes the Round table, & the Parsifal question leads us to find Christ in the etheric

Also working with us from the time of the Vernal Equinox is the Archangel Raphael, who holds the staff of Mercury, offering us the healing power of the Caduceus thru the grace of the living Christ, who stands as the middle pillar within us all.

Again & again, from all points of view, Rudolf Steiner spoke about the deep meaning of the Easter Festival in the eternal working of the divine worlds upon humankind, in the prefiguring myths & symbols of the ancient Mysteries, in its relation to the world of nature & the cosmic universe, in which the date of this moveable feast contains a unique mystery.

It indicates how through the Christ Impulse, humanity is to be set free from the forces of earth-evolution, pure & simple. It contains a call to humanity to lift ourselves up to the worlds beyond the earth; to once again ‘Speak with the Stars’.

It contains a promise, that in the course of world-history, it will be possible, thru the working of the Christ Impulse, for humanity to once again be united with the cosmos – in the New Jerusalem. It is for this that we strive when we celebrate the Easter Fest.  

Anthroposophy itself must become like an inner festival of Resurrection for the human soul. It must bring an Easter mood into man’s world-conception.” – Rudolf Steiner, The Easter Festival in relation to the Mysteries.

On the urn that holds the ashes of Rudolf Steiner: “To create centres of peace & love in which the Christ can resurrect.

~Blessings to all on this Glorious Esoteric Easter Sunday. 24 March 2019

~Hazel Archer-Ginsberg

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Sunday 24 March 2019 Our Esoteric Easter Festival 2 pm – 4 pm
ALL are Welcome at the Rudolf Steiner Branch 4249 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL. 60618

‘Preparation, Illumination & Initiation’- The Rosy Cross

Incorporating ‘The Golden Legend’, & a look into the Plant vs. Human Kingdoms, To enliven our work with ‘The Rose Cross Meditation’.

Leading Thoughts, Social Art & Discourse with Hazel Archer-Ginsberg 

Eurythmy with Mary Ruud

Using our head, hands & heart we will enact this powerful Rosicrucian tool given to us by Rudolf Steiner, as a soul path of initiation, using imaginative cognition to build spiritual etheric forces; a Metamorphoses of Self & of World

$10 & Pot Luck Feast to Share Encouraged (Hazel will bring the Pascal Lamb)

Updated: A Cosmic Wake Up Call: The True Date of Easter 2019

The Harrowing Before the Birth

23 March 2019 – “Speaking with the Stars”: Mars continues to put on a nice show these March evenings. It appears in the west once twilight fades to darkness & doesn’t set until after 10 pm CDT. The Red Planet crosses the border from Aries the Ram into Taurus the Bull today, setting up a dramatic conjunction with the beautiful Pleiades star cluster.

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Harrowing of Hell on Holy Saturday

Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

1775 – American Revolutionary War: Patrick Henry delivers his speech – “Give me liberty, or give me death!” – at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Richmond, Virginia

1919 – In Milan, Italy, Benito Mussolini founds his Fascist political movement

1933 – The Reichstag passes the Enabling Act of 1933, making Adolf Hitler dictator of Germany

1938 – Deathday of Friedrich Rittelmeyer, a Protestant German minister, & theologian; friend of Rudolf Steiner; co-founder & driving force of The Christian Community. Growing up in Frankish Schweinfurt – his father was a Lutheran minister – it was already clear to him as a child that he wanted to go into a religious profession. From 1890 Rittelmeyer studied philosophy & Protestant theology. His teacher Oswald Külpe, encouraged him to write his dissertation on Friedrich Nietzsche.

He also went on a study trip to meet theologians & socially-engaged ministers of the time, as well as members of the Moravian Church. From 1895 to 1902 he was at the Stadtvikar in Würzburg. In 1903 he took up the preachership of Heilig-Geist-Kirche in Nuremberg. There he married Julie Kerler on 5 April 1904. Rittelmeyer worked & closely collaborated with Christian Geyer, the head preacher of the Sebalduskirche, together they produced two joint volumes of sermons. Around 1910 they both led discussions with the Bavarian church council on a liberal interpretation of the Bible.

Also in 1910 the Nuremberg school teacher Michael Bauer enabled Rittelmeyer to have his first encounter with Rudolf Steiner, the founder of anthroposophy. Rittelmeyer described the encounter & discussed Steiner’s personality & work in his book ‘Rudolf Steiner Enters my Life’:

“In earlier ages, the fact alone that such an all-embracing genius gave witness to Christ as being the greatest reality in earthly history, would have had a profound effect. But in Rudolf Steiner much more was present. One could put it like this: he comprehended all branches of learning so spiritually and so deeply, and he recognized Christ in such big and broad dimensions that eventually Christ shines forth as the true light in all spheres of life. He observed strictly the necessity for each sphere to form its own method according to its intrinsic laws. He never carried religion into anything from without. But he illuminated all realms of knowledge with such powerful light, that Christ became visible in it. A Christ, it is true, far greater than the Christ of the Churches; but a Christ related to the Bible and to the Christ of the early Christians.”

“Thus, he advanced the science of language to the point where it could understand why Christ is called ‘the Word’. Thus, he carried medicine to the point where medicine could understand again ‘the body of Christ’. Thus, he carried astronomy to the point where Christ became visible as the true ‘Light’…he taught how science could again become reverent and devout. He built a temple for all sciences, so high and so broad, that their servants could work in it without sacrificing an iota of their personal freedom or of the special characteristics of their province.  He united the learning of the age with Christ, and Christ with the learning of the age.”

In 1916 Rittelmeyer was sent to the Neue Kirche in Berlin, working as preacher there. He soon came to oppose the First World War & with 4 other Berlin theologians signed a proclamation of peace & understanding on the occasion of Reformation Day (October 1917).

In September 1922 he established the “Movement for Religious Revival” (Christengemeinschaft) Rittelmeyer acted as its first “Erzoberlenker” or Head Preiest, & from its base in Stuttgart was the leading envoy right up to his death.

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Dear Friends –

Because of the Easter Paradox  there is a DATE CHANGE!  

For Fred Janney’s weekend: ‘ANTHROPOSOPHICAL SOCIETY: WHAT AILS THEE!

Sat. 6 April 2019, 7 pm – 9 pm: Biographies of the original Vorstand members

& Sun. 7 April 2019, 1 pm – 4 pm: Identifying your spiritual stream – bringing cohesion and direction for members on both sides of the threshold.

Contribution $25-$50 or pay what you can afford, ALL proceeds donated to APO.

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Nicholas Roerich

TONIGHT: 7 – 9pm, Our Holy Saturday study of Kaspar Hauser (which we will continue during the Ecclesiastical Holy Week 14-20 April 2019) Deborah Rogers has offered to order more of the fascinating book by Peter Tradowsky. If you would like to order this, or any other Anthroposophical books, & receive a substantial discount, please contact Deborah.

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Sunday 24 March 2019 Our 1st Easter Paradox Festival 2 pm – 4 pm

‘Preparation, Illumination & Initiation’- ‘The Rose Cross Meditation’.

Leading Thoughts, Social Art & Discourse with Hazel Archer-Ginsberg 

Eurythmy with Mary Ruud

Together we will enact this powerful Rosicrucian tool given to us by Rudolf Steiner, as a soul path of initiation, using imaginative cognition to build spiritual etheric forces; a Metamorphoses of Self & of World evolution.

A Cosmic Wake Up Call: The True Date of Easter 2019

$10 & Pot Luck Feast to Share Encouraged (Hazel will bring the Pascal Lamb)

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In Vernal Balance Be

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At the bird sanctuary, aptly named the ‘Magic Hedge’ near my home at the edge of the ‘Great Inland Sea of Chicago’, the sky lightened when the sun rose on this Vernal Equinox morning, but the clouds & persistent drizzle did not reveal its glory. I had to watch for other signs of Spring – the sweet earthy scent rising up from the mud, a patch of purple crocus pushing up from the dead grass, the activity of the animal kingdom, robins, starlings, a coyote family by the red dogwood tree, the song of the wind in the still bare branches, the way the water grabbed at the shore, the wet rocks gleaning in the grey. Yes, magic is abounding thru the elements, waiting to be seen & blessed by human hearts, held with awe & wonder.

As I stroll along the shore, open in reverence, I contemplate our Holy Week study of Kaspar Hauser, & I am deeply struck by the profoundness of the celestial association that was given as an imagination at his death by professor Daumer, his teacher & care giver, who Rudolf Steiner called “The last Rosicrucian”.  Steiner often repeated this when speaking of Kaspar Hauser as a ‘stray Atlantean’, that when he died the ‘Sun was setting in the West & the Moon was rising in the East’ – a true Easter image. And so fitting for this year’s Easter Paradox, where the 1st Full Moon after the Spring Equinox (tonight at 8:43 CDT) is, according to Astrosopher Johnathan Hilton, in Denebola, the tail of Leo the Lion, which in ancient Arabian astrology was said to portend misfortune & disgrace, which can certainly be related to the outward aspect of Kaspar Hauser’s destiny. And yet according to the Kabbalists, it is associated with the Hebrew letter Kaph & holds the image of Strength, which points up his spiritual task.  

It’s easy to want to turn away from pain & suffering; but by doing so we miss the opportunity to heal & redeem evil during this 1st cycle in the ‘Easter Paradox’ of 2019.

I am new to this study of Kaspar Hauser, but I am not new to pain & suffering, & the ever-clear calling of karmic healing.  From the beginning I was struck by what seems an important relationship between Kaspar Hauser, Christian Rosenkreutz, Rudolf Steiner & The Christ.

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We know that Rudolf Steiner was bound by the occult rule prohibiting him to speak about a Rosicrucian initiate directly, but it is important to note that it was in Malsch, near Karlsruhe, where Kaspar Hauser was born on Michaelmas Day in 1812, that Rudolf Steiner laid the foundation stone of the first anthroposophical building, known as ‘Francis of Assisi’, which he referred to as a ‘Rosicrucian temple’, on the night of the Pascal Full Moon of 1909.

At this event he spoke about the Full Moon as the spiritual sphere of birth & death, & how humanity moved from a state of innocence into the evolution of consciousness through the encounter with evil, which brought in death; & he called us to work to spiritualize matter. 

This seems to reflect not only humankind’s journey as a whole, but also the life of Kaspar Hauser in particular. 

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Rudolf Steiner gave many groundbreaking lectures in Karlsruhe, including speaking for the 1st time about the ‘Second Coming of Christ’. It was there that he also revealed the nature of the human ‘Phantom’, & the ‘Resurrection body’. And then at Michaelmas, 99 years after Kaspar’s birth, Steiner compared for the 1st time the methods of the Rosicrucians with those of the Jesuits, a direct clue to the workings behind Kaspar Hauser’s mystery. Some say the Church began their attacks on Rudolf Steiner’s because of these powerful Karlsruhe lectures.

When asked about Kaspar Hauser’s previous lives, Steiner said he could not find an earlier incarnation; that he was a higher being who had a special mission on the Earth, working from an impulse coming from Rosicrucian origins.  

Could it be that this individuality is a sort of Angelic Being, like the Nathan Soul, held back in the Spiritual World to fulfill a special mission? Coming, in the latter case, to give physical expression to the Cosmic Christ; & in Kaspar Hauser’s case, come to reveal the Etheric Christ, appearing in the realm of the Angels working from the Moon to the Earth?

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The counterforce to this etheric appearance came in 1933, when Hitler & the Nazi Party held sway in Nuremberg, where ‘ the Child of Europe’ was murdered in 1833 a hundred years before.  

It reminds me of how Steiner described a ‘Second Crucifixion’, in the 1840s, of the consciousness of the Angelic Being that was bearing Christ in the etheric realm, a kind of ‘suffocation’ brought on by materialistic thinking, which formed a sort of black cloud in the supersensible sphere between the Earth & Moon.

But as Steiner tells us, this sacrifice by this Angelic Being – has made it possible for us to renew & deepen our understanding of the Mystery of Golgotha, which brought the possibility for the redemption of our physical bodies, & which, because of this ‘Second Crucifixion’, could now be experienced on the level of our formative forces, helping us develop a new clairvoyance in the etheric realm.

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These thoughts lead us to Steiner’s statement that:  “If Kaspar Hauser had not lived and died as he did, the contact between the Earth and the Cosmos would have been completely severed.”  

So, my friends, to see Kaspar Hauser’s sacrificial life in this light, so intimately connected to this ‘Second Crucifixion’ & the ‘Second Coming of Christ’, so reflective of our 2 modern Rosicrucian Initiates, in alignment with the life of Christ, it seems to make sense to build this consciousness during this sacred Easter-Tide.

I look forward to continuing the hero’s journey throughout this Easter Paradox, exploring both dates, listening to the Elemental world, working with our friends & fellows, & with the ‘ever present help of the Spiritual World’, on this side of the Threshold & beyond, to ask the Parsifal Question, in the search of the Holy Grail & the Dawning of the New Sun.

In Vernal Balance Be –

~Hazel Archer-Ginsberg