The Eve

19 March 2019 – “Speaking with the Stars”: The Eve of the Full  Storm Moon & the Eve of the Vernal Equinox. Bella Luna, almost full, shines in the hind feet of Leo. After dark we see her at the upper right of Regulus.

The Moon reaches perigee, the closest point in its orbit around Earth, at 2:48 pm CDT -223,307 miles away from us.

Left of La Bella by about half that distance is Denebola, the tip of Leo’s tail.

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Judson Huss.

Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY


George de la Tour.

Feast Day of Joseph the Carpenter, husband of Mary the Mother of the Matthew Jesus.

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Annual Return of the Swallows: The American cliff swallow is a migratory bird that spends its winters in Goya, Argentina, but makes the 6,000-mile trek north to the warmer climes of the American Southwest in springtime. According to legend, the birds, who have visited the San Juan Capistrano area every summer for centuries, first took refuge at the Mission when an irate innkeeper began destroying their mud nests. The Mission’s location near two rivers made it an ideal location for the swallows to nest, as there was a constant supply of the insects on which they feed, & the young birds are well-protected inside the ruins of the old stone church.

Each year the Fiesta de las Golondrinas is held in the City of San Juan Capistrano. Presented by the San Juan Capistrano Fiesta Association, the Fiesta de las Golondrinas is a week-long celebration of this auspicious event culminated by the Swallows Day Parade & Mercado, street fair. Tradition has it that the main flock arrives on March 19 (Saint Joseph’s Day), & flies south on Saint John’s Day, October 23.

In recent years, the swallows have failed to return in large flocks to the Mission. The reduction has been connected to increased development of the area, including many more choices of nesting place & fewer insects to eat.

1797 – Death Day of Christiane Wilhelmine Sophie von Kühn (March 17, 1782 – March 19, 1797) the love interest & eventual fiancée of the German Romantic poet a& philosopher Friedrich von Hardenberg, known to many simply as Novalis. Her image famously appears in Novalis’ Hymns to the Night, a foundational text of the literary movement known as German Romanticism.

Over I journey
And for each pain
A pleasant sting only
Shall one day remain.
Yet in a few moments
Then free am I,
And intoxicated
In Love’s lap lie.
Life everlasting
Lifts, wave-like, at me,
I gaze from its summit
Down after thee.
Your lustre must vanish
Yon mound underneath —
A shadow will bring thee
Thy cooling wreath.
Oh draw at my heart, love,
Draw till I’m gone,
That, fallen asleep, I
Still may love on.
I feel the flow of
Death’s youth-giving flood
To balsam and ether
Transform my blood —
I live all the daytime
In faith and in might
And in holy fire
I die every night
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Although Novalis’s love for Sophie has assumed mythic proportions, their time together was short . The two met on November 17, 1794 when Novalis was twenty-two &Sophie was only twelve. They became engaged on Sophie’s thirteenth birthday March 17, 1795. Sophie became sick in November 1795, & her sickness continued until her death at the age of 15 in March 1797. The loss of Sophie brought about a deep period of mourning & suffering in Novalis’ life.

Ludwig Tieck’s biography of Novalis describes Sophie, saying: “Even as a child, she gave an impression which–because it was so gracious and spiritually lovely–we must call superearthly or heavenly, while through this radiant and almost transparent countenance of hers we would be struck with the fear that it was too tender and delicately woven for this life, that it was death or immortality which looked at us so penetratingly from those shining eyes; and only too often a rapid withering motion turned our fear into an actual reality”.

1918 – The U.S. Congress establishes time zones & approves daylight saving time.

1945 –Adolf Hitler issues his “Nero Decree” ordering all industries, military installations, shops, transportation facilities and communications facilities in Germany to be destroyed.

2018 – The last male northern white rhinoceros, Sudan, dies.

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Uplifted is the stone —
And all mankind is risen —
We all remain thine own.
And vanished is our prison.
All troubles flee away
Thy golden bowl before,
For Earth and Life give way
At the last and final supper.

To the marriage Death doth call —
The virgins standeth back —
The lamps burn lustrous all —
Of oil there is no lack —
If the distance would only fill
With the sound of you walking alone
And that the stars would call
Us all with human tongues and tone.

Unto thee, O Mary
A thousand hearts aspire.
In this life of shadows
Thee only they desire.
In thee they hope for delivery
With visionary expectation —
If only thou, O holy being
Could clasp them to thy breast.

With bitter torment burning,
So many who are consumed
At last from this world turning
To thee have looked and fled,
Helpful thou hast appeared
To so many in pain.
Now to them we come,
To never go out again.

At no grave can weep
Any who love and pray.
The gift of Love they keep,
From none can it be taken away.
To soothe and quiet his longing,
Night comes and inspires —
Heaven’s children round him thronging
Watch and guard his heart.

Have courage, for life is striding
To endless life along;
Stretched by inner fire,
Our sense becomes transfigured.
One day the stars above
Shall flow in golden wine,
We will enjoy it all,
And as stars we will shine.

The love is given freely,
And Separation is no more.
The whole life heaves and surges
Like a sea without a shore.
Just one night of bliss —
One everlasting poem —
And the sun we all share
Is the face of God.”

~Novalis, Hymn’s to the Night section 5

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Drawing of Kaspar Hauser by Greg Tricker

Our Chicago community has taken on the mystery of the Being known as Kaspar Hauser this year. We will read thruout this Cosmic Holy Week, recognizing that confronting challenging cosmic alignments is part of humanities calling, to face, name & work to redeem evil.  

We will continue this Study during the Ecclesiastical Easter-Tide, so that like Rudolf Steiner, who gave lectures during the ‘Easter Paradox of 1924’, on BOTH the Cosmic & Ecclesiastical dates, we will be working to bridge the 2 streams.

Interesting to note that the lectures to the workers (Southern Stream) “Star Wisdom, Moon Religion, Sun Religion” & “Easter as a Chapter in the Mystery Wisdom of Man” centered around bringing the wisdom of the Magi (Northern Stream) to the Shepherds (Southern Stream).

And the lectures to the members of the Anthroposophical Society (Northern Stream)  “The Easter Festival in relation to the Mysteries” gave the Magi a profound look into ancient mysteries of Adonis & Ephesus, the distinct worldview of the Shepherds.

And in the Young Doctors Easter Course given at that same time, by Dr. Steiner & Dr. Ita Wegman (Southern Stream) they are given these verses to meditate on:
“Behold what is joined in the cosmos,
And you will feel the forming of the human being
Schau, was kosmisch sich fügt
Behold all that moves you in Air
And you will experience the ensoulment of the human being.
Schau, was luftig dich bewegt
Behold what is changed in the Earthly
And you will discern the spiritualizing of the human being.

The whole planetary system is connected with substances that are remedial:
Saturn = Lead
Jupiter = Tin
Mars = Iron
Sun = Gold
Venus = Copper
Mercury = Quicksilver
Moon = Silver.

(see Lili Kolisko’s experiments done during the Easter Paradox of 1943)

If you think about these lines again and again they will help you to realize what is built into the human being out of the cosmos, out of the earth’s periphery, and by earthly forces. If you will meditate on these questions in the light of the following lines, you will learn to look into the real nature of the human being:

Behold, what is joined in the cosmos:
You feel the forming of man.
(that in connection with Moon)
Behold, all that moves you in Air:
(for example, in breath or in blood circulation)
You will live man’s ensoulment.
(that in connection with Sun)
Behold, what is changed in the Earthly:
(especially what also brings death to the human being)
You will discern the spiritualizing of man.
(that in connection with Saturn)

What a powerful opportunity for all of us to practice the Science of the Spirit.

~Hazel Archer-Ginsberg

Click below to read more research into this Easter Paradox 2019: A Cosmic Wake Up Call: The True Date of Easter 2019

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18 March 2019 – “Speaking with the Stars”: The bright waxing gibbous Moon traverses the sky in company with Regulus tonight. They’re only a couple of degrees apart in early evening. Watch them pull farther apart hour by hour.

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Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

1068 – An earthquake in the Arabian Peninsula, leaves up to 20,000 dead.

1229 – Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor, declares himself King of Jerusalem in the Sixth Crusade.

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1314 – Jacques de Molay, the 23rd & final Grand Master of the Knights Templar, is burned at the stake.

1944 – Mount Vesuvius in Naples, Italy erupts killing 2,600 people & causing thousands to flee their homes.

1953 – An earthquake hits western Turkey, killing 2,600 people.

1968 – Gold standard: The U.S. Congress repeals the requirement for a gold reserve to back US currency.

Drawing of Kaspar Hauser by Greg Tricker

An Easter-Tide Exploration of Kaspar Hauser:

In Rudolf Steiner’s lecture: ‘The Reappearance of Christ in the Etheric’, he says that because of dark powers working against human evolution, Kasper Hauser was unable to fulfill his true mission: which was to prepare the way for a new cultural, political & economic world view, a new 3-fold social organism that could have redeemed the destiny of Central Europe, & changed our evolutionary trajectory. This did not happen because of the adversarial powers, but amazingly, thru Kasper Hauser’s imprisonment, he was able to attain a capacity for pure sense perception untainted by an education stuffed with materialistic concepts. He was able to unite his pure innocence, much like the Nathan soul, with the power of thinking purified by the deepest suffering, enabling him to see the etheric light in the form of the ‘after-image’. So even though he was not able to achieve his highest destiny, he was able to set the stage for the rest of us to begin to see the Christ in the etheric realm.

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Contemplations for Holy Week: (excerpts from “The Three Years” by Emil Bock)

Palm SundayMatthew 21: 1-11

«Christ enters the Holy City on the first day of Holy Week. It is at first an unpretentious sight. He rides through the gate of the city upon an ass, followed by His faithful believers. But suddenly, as though he were the God of Spring himself, His entry creates frenzy in the souls of the people. It is as though the crowd were seized with the ecstasy of a pagan Spring Festival. Primitive rites are revived when the people cast down palm branches from the trees. The palm has always ranked as the tree-symbol of the sun which shines in the Spring sky with renewed strength. The crowd spread His path with the symbol of the sun.

Is He in fact perhaps the Friend and Lord of the Sun who has been promised to man as the great King of the Light? Is the original spiritual significance of the city of Jerusalem to be released from enchantment, the city which sheltered on Mount Zion one of the oldest sun-sanctuaries of mankind, before it was overshadowed by Mount Moriah, the Mount of the Moon, with the Temple of Solomon? Has the time of Melchisededek, the great Sun-Initiate, come back?

It would appear as though the Christ had now really found entrance into humanity. The high Sun- Spirit has already lived for three years in a human body and undergone earthly destiny. He held back and kept silence; and whenever He stepped forward He was met with hostility and lack of understanding. Is all this now to take a new direction? Is destiny to find a solution in an ecstatic jubilation?

No, this is the beginning of the most solemn week in human history. The same men who strew palms and break forth into fervid Hosannas will shriek with fanatical hatred a few days later: “Crucify him! Crucify him!” The Cross on Golgotha, the symbol of death, will companion the palm branch, the symbol of life. It is the Christ Himself who brings about the sudden reversal of feeling. He passes through the ecstatic crowd in silence, with grave countenance. He sees through the acclamations; they are merely superficial, and He aims at deeper levels. His will is directed to something very different.»

Holy MondayMark 11: 12-25

«Christ approaches the fig tree at Bethphage and wishes to show the disciples how little value should be attached to the “Hosanna” of the previous day. All that it represented was the last fruits of the old visionary clairvoyance, given by nature, and bound to the body. The words He addresses to the fig tree are, as it were, a challenge to the whole realm of ancient ecstatic vision. Here a momentous decision is made in the history of mankind. Jesus rejects the Hosannas of the people, and Himself brings about the transition to their cry, “Crucify Him”. He has the courage Himself to summon the spiritual blindness through which the people will fanatically demand His death. Humanity must act out of a consciousness that leads to freedom, even if it means tragedy; even if men in their spiritual blindness nail Him on the cross.

On that Monday in Holy Week Christ rejects a temptation. Had He allied Himself with the ancient clairvoyant forces, He might have found public recognition. Not only people would have cried “Hosanna”; they would have crowned Him King. But a final pronouncement is made: Christ will find no link with the ancient forces. His sole aim is that mankind should find the way to awakening and freedom. It is no unloving curse that He utters on the fig trees of those who had lent him the ass and its colt. He acts purely from the nature of his own being. He is the Sun and when the Sun rises, the Moon perforce goes pale. So the moon-forces of the old vision fade away.

The Christ appears before the Temple. Many hundreds of pilgrims have assembled, and around the Temple buying and selling, trading and bargaining are being carried on. In the Temple itself a feverish activity prevails; sacrificial beasts are needed for the Festival, the Passover lamb must be slaughtered. This is a source of business; for the animals have to be brought before they are sacrificed. Old Annas, the notorious miser of world history, knows how to make a profit. He has already made a vast fortune from this market. He has been the wire-puller in the political compromise with the Romans which is the basis of the Temple business. The pilgrims must change their local currency into the official currency which is valid in the Temple. This is Roman currency. Thus the Temple comprises also a Roman Exchange market. The Roman fiscal officers have been admitted to the Temple, although they were representatives of the Cult of Caesar, because it was hoped by this compromise to keep them at least out of the Holy of Holies.

Now Christ comes on the scene. He is coming to fulfil the custom of the feast. But the fire of His burning will has its effect. There is no need for Him to say much. The people are immediately seized with panic. Terror-stricken, they realize into what decadence they have fallen. Something similar had taken place at the feast of the Passover, three years before. At that time the terrifying effect came from the divine nature of the Christ, despite the conscious restraint which was still exercised by Jesus.

But now the divinity is entirely transformed into humanity; it has become intensity of will. He has the right to tear down the mask of decadence of the Temple.

The sun of Christ shines, and the glimmer of the Moon must fade away on the moon-hill of Mount Moriah. The spectres of the night flee from the sun. In place of a magnificent Temple appears a simple room on Mount Zion. There, in the Last Supper, the seed of a new ritual and worship, a Sun-like Sacrament, will be sown. The moon-religion of antiquity will be superseded on the evening of Maundy Thursday, when on the sun-hill of Mount Zion, Christ gives Bread and Wine to His disciples.»

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Hilma af Klint

POD (Poem Of the Day)

~I move thru my back space
In a Lemniscate full of flare…
That which is, follows
In stride…
& that which is not yet
Flows in a current
Under my wings, a song
shifting at high tide

~hag

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HOLY WEEK 2019

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

Begins 17 March Palm Sunday 2 pm – 4 pm

Then every evening 7 pm – 9 pm

& 24 March – the TRUE Easter Sunday 2 pm – 4 pm

For our study this year, we will take up the Mystery of Kaspar Hauser

In the New Mysteries we follow the path of the Christian initiation thru the Holy Week before Easter – With every step, from the recognition of the old Sun on Palm Sunday, thru to the meeting of the Saturn-Spirit and The Harrowing of Hell, which sparks the rising of the New Sun of Easter.

For our study we will take up: ‘Kaspar Hauser: The Struggle for the Spirit’ byAnthroposophical researcher Peter Tradowsky

I have ordered 5 copies to be given out on a 1st come basis at cost: $23

Come to any or all of the gatherings:

17 March Palm Sunday, 2pm – 4pm

18-23 March 2019 Holy Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Good Friday Holy Saturday, 7pm – 9pm

The TRUE Easter Sunday 24 March 2019, 2 pm – 4 pm

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

The Golden Legend – The Rose Cross Meditation Leading Thoughts, Social Art & Discourse with Hazel Archer-Ginsberg

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 evolution.

$10 for Art Supplies & Snacks to Share Encouraged

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The Northern & Southern Mystery Streams as they relate to the ‘Easter Paradox’

16 March 2019 – The eve of the ‘True’ Holy Week. “Speaking with the Stars”: Very high after dark, Castor & Pollux point at the waxing gibbous Moon.

Saturn and Jupiter in the dawn, March 16, 2019

The Big Dipper glitters softly high in the northeast these evenings, standing on its handle. You probably know that the two stars forming the front of the Dipper’s bowl are the Pointers; they point to Polaris. And, you may know that if you follow the curve of the Dipper’s handle out & around by a little more than a Dipper length, you’ll arc to Arcturus, rising in the east. But did you know that if you follow the Pointers backward the opposite way, you’ll land in Leo? Draw a line diagonally across the Dipper’s bowl from where the handle is attached, continue far on, & you’ll go to Gemini. And look at the 2 stars forming the open top of the Dipper’s bowl. Follow this line past the bowl’s lip far across the sky, & you crash into Capella.

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Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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1244 – Over 200 Cathars who refuse to recant are burned to death after the Fall of Montségur.

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Teodor Axentowicz

POD (Poem Of the Day)

An old gnarled tree near the shore,
Roots swallowing the sand & rock
Pecked by the high-tide & the wild wind…
A 1000 fledglings have nested in my boughs
& beneath, I give shelter to all…
How do you see me?
As firewood or freedom…?
~hag

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The Northern & Southern Mystery Streams as they relate to the ‘Easter Paradox’

Rudolf Steiner connects the Northern path to the Sun Mysteries, an initiation thru the outer world of nature & the cosmos, enacted at the time of the Autumn Equinox. The Adonis Mysteries revealed the experience of the human soul after death; the ascent into the macrocosm, to unite with the Spirit of the Sun. The threat to the pupils on this path was Ahriman, who seeks to keep humanity bound to outer material phenomena.

In the Southern Mysteries, the initiatory path of the Moon, led the pupil into the inner nature of their own being. This revealed the experience of existence before birth, the descent into the microcosm. These rites were enacted at the nearest Full Moon to the Spring Equinox, where the pupil gazing up thru the sphere of the Moon was able to see into the Soul of the Sun-sphere. Their main opponent or tempter was Lucifer.

Both paths, although completely different, arrived at the same goal – the union with the cosmic Christ in the sphere of the Sun.

These 2 paths were developed prior to the Mystery of Golgotha, in strict separation from each other. Thru Christ’s Deed, the possibility was created for every human being to receive the fruits of both mystery streams thru the actual awareness & experience of His Being in the sphere of the Earth.

These 2 paths must become united. Every human being is now being asked to make a connection to the outer, into nature & the cosmos, as well as, to the inner, into our own beings.

Otherwise, if the 2 streams continue to develop separately they fall prey to the adversarial forces mentioned above.

Many folks have been quoting from Steiner’s lectures given at the ‘Easter Paradox of 1924’, where he speaks about the Northern Adonis Mysteries, as a justification for celebrating Easter-tide according to the fixed date.

But we must also take into account that in March 1924 at the time of the Astrological Easter, Steiner also gave lectures to the workers from the perspective of the Southern Mysteries.  

Dear friends, we are being asked thru the ‘Easter Paradox of 2019’ to cultivate a new experience of Christ, which is connected to our willingness to encounter evil; an ‘As above so Below’ experience, beyond a creed, or the events in Palestine 2000 years ago; we are called to bridge the 2 streams within ourselves, which will foster a true spiritual experience in the life-realm of the Earth.

Rudolf Steiner’s core mission was to bring an understanding of Karma & Reincarnation to the West. Perhaps by looking into our propensity toward 1 or the other of the Streams we can find a clue to our own karma, & thru this year’s ‘Easter Paradox’ find a way to open to the opposite stream to bring the Christ path to bear within us.

If we are to live into: ‘Christ in me’, we must take up this task of integration, for the future evolution of humanity & the Universe.

~Hazel Archer-Ginsberg

(see Sergei Prokoffief’s book: ‘Rudolf Steiner and the Founding of the New Mysteries’, Chap. 2, pg 35-36)

Below is a link for a compilation of my research so far on the ‘Easter Paradox of 2019’

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

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14 March 2019 – “Speaking with the Stars”: First-quarter Moon; exact at 5:27 am. After dark you’ll see Bella Luna in the feet of Gemini, high over Orion & just above the top of Orion’s very dim club.

Mercury reaches inferior conjunction, passing between the Sun & Earth, at 9 pm CDT. Since The Messenger of the gods is so much smaller, we will not experience an eclipse, but it has the same energy, blocking a portion of the Sun’s mediating rays to affect communications. The innermost planet will return to view before dawn at the end of March.

 “If seeds in the black earth can turn into such beautiful flowers, what might not the heart become in the long journey towards the stars?”~ G K Chesterton

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Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Looking at the past to see the present, co-creating the future: “History, historical life, will only be seen in the right light when a true consciousness of the connection of the so-called living with the so-called dead can be developed” – The Living & the Dead by Rudolf Steiner, Berlin, 5th February, 1918


Antonio Molinari

Feast Day of Abigail (Hebrew “my father’s joy”) in 2 Samuel 17:25 She became a wife of David after Nabal’s death, & the mother of Daniel, one of David’s sons. Abigail is also listed as one of the seven Jewish women prophets.


Anglia Campus

44 BC – Casca & Cassius decide, on the night before the Assassination of Julius Caesar, that Mark Antony should live


 Titian

1489 – The Queen of Cyprus, Catherine Cornaro, sells her kingdom to Venice

1592 – Ultimate Pi Day: the largest correspondence between calendar dates & significant digits of pi since the introduction of the Julian calendar

1794 – Eli Whitney is granted a patent for the cotton gin

1879 – Birthday of Albert Einstein! (1879 the year Michael became the Time-Spirit)

1900 – The Gold Standard Act is ratified, placing United States currency on the gold standard.

1903 – The Hay–Herrán Treaty, granting the United States the right to build the Panama Canal, is ratified by the United States Senate. The Colombian Senate would later reject the treaty

1943 – World War II: The Kraków Ghetto is “liquidated

1978 – The Israel Defense Forces invade & occupies southern Lebanon, in Operation Litani

1980 – In Poland, LOT Flight 7 crashes during final approach near Warsaw, killing 187 people, including a 14-man American boxing team

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1681 – Birthday of Georg Philipp Telemann, a German Baroque composer & multi-instrumentalist. Almost completely self-taught in music, he became a composer against his family’s wishes. He held important positions in Leipzig, Sorau, Eisenach,& Frankfurt before settling in Hamburg in 1721, where he became musical director of the city’s five main churches. While Telemann’s career prospered, his personal life was always troubled: his first wife died only a few months after their marriage, & his second wife had extramarital affairs & accumulated a large gambling debt before leaving Telemann.

Telemann was one of the most prolific composers in history & was considered by his contemporaries to be one of the leading German composers of the time—he was compared favorably both to his friend Johann Sebastian Bach, who made Telemann the godfather & namesake of his son Carl Philipp Emanuel, & to George Frideric Handel, whom Telemann also knew personally. He remained at the forefront of all new musical tendencies & his music is an important link between the late Baroque & early Classical styles

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1790 – Birthday of Ludwig Emil Grimm, a German painter, art professor, etcher & copper engraver. His brothers were the well-known folklorists Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm

1804 – Birthday of Johann Strauss I, an Austrian Romantic composer. He was famous for his waltzes, & he popularized them alongside Joseph Lanner, thereby setting the foundations for his sons to carry on his musical dynasty. His most famous piece is the Radetzky March

1867 – Birthday of Marie Steiner von Sivers – born into an aristocratic family in Włocławek, Poland, then part of Russia. She was well-educated, fluent in Russian, German, English, French & Italian. She studied theater & recitation with several teachers in Europe.

Marie von Sivers “appeared one day” at one of Rudolf Steiner’s early lectures in 1900. In the autumn of 1901, she posed the question to Steiner, “Would it be possible to create a spiritual movement based on European tradition and the impetus of Christ?” Rudolf Steiner later reported: With this, I was given the opportunity to act in a way that I had only previously imagined. The question had been put to me, and now, according to spiritual laws, I could begin to answer it.

Marie Steiner-von Sivers & Rudolf Steiner were married on Christmas eve 1914, & she was one of his closest colleagues. Marie von Sivers collaborated with Steiner for the rest of his life & carried his work beyond his death in 1925 until her own death in 1948. She accompanied him & helped him as secretary, translator, editor, & organizer of his lecture tours & other public activities. She assisted Steiner’s work with her own resources & in 1908 founded the Philosophical-Theosophical Press (later Philosophical-Anthroposophical) to publish Steiner’s work

She made a great contribution to the development of anthroposophy, particularly in her work on the renewal of the performing arts (eurythmy, speech & drama), & the editing & publishing of Rudolf Steiner’s literary estate.

Starting in 1912, the art of eurythmy was developed by Rudolf Steiner. Under Marie Steiner-von Sivers’ guidance, it developed in three directions, as a stage art, as an integral part of Waldorf pedagogy, & as a therapeutic method. Under her tutelage, two schools of eurythmy were founded, in Berlin & in Dornach, Switzerland.

Marie von Sivers was trained in recitation & elocution & made a study of purely artistic speaking. She gave introductory poetry recitals at Steiner’s lectures & assisted him in the development of the 4 Mystery Dramas (1910–1913). With her help, Steiner conducted several speech & drama courses with the aim of raising these forms to the level of true art. Ms Steiner died on December 27th 1948

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1883 – Deathday of Karl Marx. Rudolf Steiner revealed that Marx was a landowner in Northern France in the early 9th century, & that one day his property was seized by a rival. Marx was then forced to work under the new owner of his former property. The new owner reincarnated as Friedrich Engels, who embarked on a compensatory cooperation with his former rival. So it is that old impulses of destiny may work on in a new incarnation. No wonder that Marx became a fierce enemy of all private property, having himself experienced in a previous life how insecure the private ownership of property can become. Those seeking deeper insight into this historic-karmic background of Marx & Engels & their activities are referred to Steiner’s lecture of 6 April 1924. GA 236.

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1923 – Birthday of Diane Arbus, American photographer & writer noted for photographs of marginalized people—dwarfs, giants, transgender people, nudists, circus performers—& others whose normality was perceived by the general populace as ugly or surreal. In 1972, a year after she committed suicide, Arbus became the first American photographer to have photographs displayed at the Venice Biennale.  Millions viewed traveling exhibitions of her work in 1972–1979. The book accompanying the exhibition, Diane Arbus: An Aperture Monograph, is the bestselling photography monograph ever, still being reprinted today

1932 – Deathday of George Eastman, American inventor & businessman, founded Eastman Kodak

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Catherine Molland

POD (Poem Of the Day)

~When I have visions – ravens come from my eyes – to eat them…
The breath of life escapes…When I have no words –
Worms crawl thru my teeth – to clean my palate…
I am more than bone & blood –
I am more than the deeds I have done –
I am more than I remember…
I am
In Surrender…

~hag

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The Anthroposophic Movement FOREWORD BY MARIE STEINER

“…It behoves us to come to self-recollection. Let us make ourselves out no better than we are. There is no need for shame-faced concealment of our faults; on the contrary; out of their darkness we must evoke the light that brings self-knowledge. Communal consciousness is hard to be won. The common ‘I’ can only grow up strong and firm amongst us on a soil of vigorous wakefulness, of will to active knowledge, of courage for truth. These things are not to be achieved in solitude and secrecy; they must be fought for and won in community. Honest mutual struggles will do us no harm, will gain us the respect of all well-wishers. And ill-wishers may look back and reflect what the Church went through and displayed in its communal life, notwithstanding all the strict discipline imposed from without; and what imperfections, what contradictions to its own ideals had there to be worked out in life! It will then be seen, that it is not the leader, not he who gives the impulse to a movement, who must be held responsible for the faults in the disciples of his doctrine, but the Species Homo, which needs many round-about roads and much rising and falling and oft-renewed climbing, before it can attain at last to its goal.

Anthroposophy is a way of education. The Anthroposophical Society certainly presents no model institute for the living demonstration of anthroposophic ideals. One might even say that in many respects it is a nursing-home; as is of course very natural in an age of sick and sorry humanity. There flock to it the halt and maimed of life, those crippled under the burden of the age. May we only have nursing-homes for the physically diseased? Is it not right, that there should be places, where human-beings may spiritually get upon their feet again? And this came to pass here in abundance. Letters there were in more than plenty and words of overflowing gratitude from people testifying, that through Anthroposophy and its Teacher they first had learnt to find life again worth living. — For people to find Anthroposophy, however, there had to be a society, where the work was carried on.

And so the Anthroposophical Society was a workshop; and a vast amount of work was done in it. Anthroposophy found means to bring fruit into all the branches of life, artistic, scientific, and practical, too. During the worst times of economic crisis, anthroposophists were very largely unsuccessful in carrying out what they had as an ideal in sight; but they had doubly strong obstacles to contend with. One must remember, that the people who flocked into the Society, and started working outwardly when the Society already had a name and stood for something in the world, were people as the modern age has made them, not as the ideal of Anthroposophy would have them be; and so there were many, unquestionably, who succumbed again to the temptations and the practices of the day.

The young people who had been disappointed with their experiences in the organized ‘Youth-Movements’ and by what they failed to find there, not Only found here an answer to the problems that perplexed them, and not only sought to satisfy their aspirations in this new community Anthroposophy, but they also brought their own habits into the Society, — including much that they might have left behind them, to start in Anthroposophy afresh.

And so the Anthroposophical Society cannot yet be a model institute; it remains a place of education. — But does not mankind need places of education too, in the wider human sense, if it is to move onwards to a better future?

Turn the question then which way we will, the Society is a necessity. It must educate itself; and it must afford the possibility of being a place of education for humankind. The life-forces that have been laid in it, have strength to perform this work, if people come together in it who are strong and capable and devoted, — people who know, that they must join together to work as a community for humankind in a larger sense, not to shut themselves off and indulge only in self-culture, — who know, that it would be but a thankless return to take what is given as a saving anchor for oneself alone; who know, that one takes with it also the obligation to pass this anchor on to others whose life’s ship is in distress.


Horoscope by Hendrik Woorts

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Kari Olson

Dear Friends –

The ‘Easter Paradox’ conversation is stirring up a lot of powerful Goethean conversation. 

The Rudolf Steiner Archive & e.Lib is doing a survey that you can participate in. 

Also, Here is more from my spiritual scientific research on this important topic.

We will begin our Holy Week Study, exploring Kaspar Hauser, on the ‘True’ Palm Sunday 17 March 2019, 2 pm – 4 pm,  We will be working with Anthroposophical researcher Peter Tradowsky’s book: The Struggle for the Spirit, a contribution towards an understanding of the 19th & 20th centuries’. I have ordered copies to be given out on a 1st come basis at cost: $23

We continue Holy Monday thru Holy Saturday, 18-23 March, 7 pm – 9 pm,

& on the ‘True’ Easter Sunday 24 March 2019, from 2 pm – 4 pm. 

Our Festival will revolve around ‘Preparation, Illumination & Initiation’- Incorporating ‘The Golden Legend’, & a look into the Plant & Human Kingdoms,  to enliven our work with ‘The Rose Cross Meditation’.  $10 & snacks to Share Encouraged

Every year, humanity has a responsibility to consciously participate in the Resurrection of our Thinking, Feeling & Willing. This year we have an opportunity to celebrate BOTH the Cosmic & the Ecclesiastical Easter.

May we be the bridge between the above & the below…

~Hazel Archer-Ginsberg

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Rudolf Steiner Branch of the Anthroposophical Society of America, 4249 North Lincoln Avenue. Chicago, IL 60618 (map) Check out our Web siteCalendar of Events

“Non Angli, sed angeli”

12 March 2019 – “Speaking with the Stars”: Bella Luna in the outskirts of Hyades, near Taurus, is growing bigger each night.

Moon, Mars, Aldebaran, March 11-13, 2019

The constellation of Canis Major is seen in the south after dark in profile prancing on his hind legs, with Sirius as his shiny dog tag, with Sirius sparkling on the top of the ‘meat cleaver’.

Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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6th Century – Death-Day of Pope Gregory the Great: “Non Angli, sed angeli” – “They are not Angles, but angels”.

1312 – Abolition of the order of Knights Templar –

Vox in excelso is the name of a Papal Bull issued by Pope Clement V in 1312. The directives were to formally dissolve the Order of the Knights Templar, effectively removing Papal support for them & revoking the mandates given to them by previous popes in the 12th & 13th centuries.

“In view of the suspicion, infamy, loud insinuations and other things which have been brought against the other … and also the secret and clandestine reception of the brother of this Order; in view, moreover, of the serious scandal which has arisen from these things, which it did not seem could be stopped while the Order remained in being, and the danger to faith and souls, and the many horrible things which have been done by the very many of the brothers of this Order, who have lapsed into the sin of wicked apostasy, the crime of detestable idolatry, and the execrable outrage of the Sodomites … it is not without bitterness and sadness of heart that we abolish the aforesaid Order of the Temple, and its constitution, habit and name, by an irrevocable and perpetually valid decree; and we subject it to perpetual prohibition with the approval of the Holy Council, strictly forbidding anyone to presume to enter the said Order in the future, or to receive or wear its habit, or to act as a Templar.” — Vox in excelso

The issue of this Bull followed a five-year period of suppression & trials of the Templars during which time they were accused of a variety of blasphemous & heretical crimes. However, the confessions were extracted with the use of torture & other methods developed by the Inquisition.

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POD (Poem Of the Day)

~Blessings on the beetle sun
Which rolls into life humming a shining ball of song…
The world is a little patch of ground you travel
From your cosmic space with no haste
Sing us into spring…
~hag

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Initially, the Knights Templar faced criticism from some religious leaders. But in 1129, the group received the formal endorsement of the Catholic Church & support from Bernard of Clairvaux, a prominent French abbot.

In 1139, Pope Innocent II issued a Papal Bull that allowed the Knights Templar special rights. Among them, the Templars were exempt from paying taxes, permitted to build their own oratories, & held to no one’s authority, except the Pope’s.

The Knights Templar set up a prosperous network of banks & gained enormous financial influence. Their banking system allowed religious pilgrims to deposit assets in their home countries & withdraw funds in the Holy Land.

The order became known for its austere code of conduct & signature style of dress, which featured a white habit emblazoned with a simple red cross.

Members swore an oath of poverty, chastity & obedience. Prayer was essential to their daily life, & the Templars expressed particular adoration for the Virgin Mary.

As the Knights Templar grew in size & status, it established new chapters throughout Western Europe.

At the height of their influence, the Templars boasted a sizable fleet of ships, owned the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, & served as a primary bank &lending institution to European monarchs & nobles.

The Fall of Acre in 1291 marked the destruction of the last remaining Crusader refuge in the Holy Land. European support of the military campaigns in the Holy Land began to erode over the decades that followed. Additionally, many secular & religious leaders became increasingly critical of the Templars’ wealth & power.

By 1303, the Knights Templar lost its foothold in the Muslim world & established a base of operations in Paris. There, King Philip IV of France resolved to bring down the order, perhaps because the Templars had denied the indebted ruler additional loans.

On Friday, October 13, 1307, scores of French Templars were arrested, including the order’s grand master Jacques de Molay. Many of the knights were brutally tortured until they confessed to false charges, which included heresy, homosexuality, financial corruption, devil worshipping, fraud, spitting on the cross & more.

A few years later, dozens of Templars were burned at the stake in Paris for their confessions. De Molay was executed in 1314.

Under pressure from King Philip, Pope Clement V reluctantly dissolved the Knights Templar TODAY 12 March 1312. The group’s property & monetary assets were taken by King Philip & King Edward II of England, seizing most of the Knights Templar’s wealth.

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A continuing conversation on the “True” Easter:

As we know the ‘Calendar of the Soul’ starts with Easter Sunday, Verse #1.  The Goetheanum has chosen to start the Calendar of the Soul Year with 24 March 2019, in alignment with the spiritual scientific research of Rudolf Steiner.

The cosmic dance is fluid, which is why Easter is a ‘Moveable Feast’. Steiner’s indications invite us to participate in this Cosmic & Earthly ‘Turning point of Time’. The man-made church calendar adheres to a template which no longer reflects the true nature of the stars, & yet, since it represents the concept of  ‘Time’, within the eternally shifting nature of ‘Space’, it offers us the opportunity to do the work of purifying our etheric body, where the mysteries of Time, & Rhythm are tantamount to achieving what Steiner calls ‘Life-Spirit’.

Perhaps this was why Rudolf Steiner focused on the significance of the etheric body, in his ‘Easter, Young Doctors Course’, & in the lecture ‘The Easter Festival in the Evolution of the Mysteries’ as well as giving the eurythmy forms for the Foundation Stone Meditation, at the time of the 1924 ‘Easter paradox’. Although when he spoke to the workers around the time of the Cosmic Easter of 1924, in “Star Wisdom, Moon Religion, Sun Religion” he emphasized the astral aspect.

The Sun, Moon & Earth in relation to the Zodiac, a division in Space, invites us to do the work of purifying our astral body, in the striving to achieve ‘Spirit-Self’, where the mysteries of ‘Space’, which the Fixed Stars of the Zodiac represent, come into play.

So this year we have an opportunity to grow the seeds of BOTH Manas & Buddhi, in the evolution of our True future Selves, NOW!

~Blessings Friends, Let’s continue to keep the conversation living ~Hazel Archer-Ginsberg

Ross Rentea MD & The Kolisko Team will be taking up “seed germination experiments on these two dates (March 24 and April 21), and will also compare water coming from natural Springs on these two Sundays. These experiments will be important not only to shed light on this question of the so called ‘Easter paradox’, which incidentally will not occur again until 2038, but also to make the attempt to demonstrate whether “Easter water” as such has an easily observable effect that can be used in the improvement of the making of anthroposophical medicines.”

In relation to the work of Lili Kolisko cited in my last missive, during the ‘Easter Paradox’ date in 1943: “The iron sulphate, gold cromide or silver nitrate, are photographic emulsions. And each prominent metal in solution acts with other minerals found in the plant solutions. Lili was studying conditions that improve or devitalize a plant. She developed color code with litmus paper, identifying mineral color & tone, brought out by different metals interacting with silver or gold or iron etc. The vitality of a plant would rise in the paper, and wonderfully paint, , its own story. These pictures are called Capillary Dymalisis pictures, and today by some are called “upward streaming pictures”. Both Lili Kolisko and Dr. Rudolf Steiner were interested in the vital streamings, like veil paintings on fire or some in cases blobs, which were revealed in the work. Disease to cosmic influences were deduced from behaviors of capillary action in the soaked upward streaming of solutions”. ~ Shared by Broad Knight

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HOLY WEEK 2019

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

Begins 17 March Palm Sunday 2pm – 4pm

Then every evening 7pm – 9pm

& 24 March – the TRUE Easter Sunday 2 pm – 4 pm

For our study this year, we will take up the Mystery of Kaspar Hauser

In the New Mysteries we follow the path of the Christian initiation thru the Holy Week before Easter – With every step, from the recognition of the old Sun on Palm Sunday, thru to the meeting of the Saturn-Spirit and The Harrowing of Hell, which sparks the rising of the New Sun of Easter.

For our study we will take up: ‘Kaspar Hauser: The Struggle for the Spirit’ byAnthroposophical researcher Peter Tradowsky

I have ordered 5 copies to be given out on a 1st come basis at cost: $23

Come to any or all of the gatherings:

17 March Palm Sunday, 2pm – 4pm

18-23 March 2019 Holy Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Good Friday Holy Saturday, 7pm – 9pm

The TRUE Easter Sunday 24 March 2019, 2 pm – 4 pm

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

The Golden Legend – The Rose Cross Meditation Leading Thoughts, Social Art & Discourse with Hazel Archer-Ginsberg

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 evolution.

$10 for Art Supplies & Snacks to Share Encouraged

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DATE CHANGE!

6-7 April 2019

ANTHROPOSOPHICAL SOCIETY: WHAT AILS THEE!

with APO founder Fred Janney from Ann Arbor

Sat. 6 April, 7 pm – 9 pm

& Sun. 7 April, 1 pm – 4 pm

Saturday 6 April, 2019, 7:00-9:00 p.m: Personality and spiritual biographies of the original Vorstand members and group healing meditation.

Sunday 7 April, 2019,  Identifying your spiritual stream and recognizing its opposite stream with directions for 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.

2019 marks the reinstatement of Ita Wegman and Elisabeth Vreede back into the General Anthroposophical Society after 84 years.  This 12×7 combination is a very important number combination in microcosmic and macrocosmic dynamics.  Their return from banishment is only a first step in healing the karma of our organization and embracing the ongoing leadership of Rudolf Steiner into the future.  Long standing and exacerbating problems have ensued since the ouster of these two leading lights chosen esoterically by Rudolf Steiner.

It is essential and imperative in our time to reconcile and forge harmony with these and other members on both sides of the threshold so that anthroposophy can flourish.

Sergei Prokofieff through his research tells us that all the original Executive Council members were chosen representatives and archetypes of the different and divergent karmic streams that came together under the direction of Rudolf Steiner for the esoteric tasks required well into the future.

The birth and development of the New Mysteries that was initiated at the Christmas Conference at the end of 1923 called on the free and active participation of these individuals.

On many occasions Rudolf Steiner called on each member of the Anthroposophical Society to uncover and research the spirituals stream for which he/she came to earth.  Then, in order to heal the individual and group karma of the General Anthroposophical Society, members were urged to reach out to members of conflicting spiritual streams, so as to find ways to harmonize the conflicts.

In our time, these steps in self and social development are essential as we seek future work together for the development of humanity.

References: May Human Beings Hear It (2004) by Sergei Prokofieff. Chapter Five: The Esoteric Archetype of the Original Council.

https://www.rudolfsteiner.org/articles.  Anthroposophical Society: What Ails Thee (2017) by Fred Janney

Fred Janney in 1999 joined with six other members of the Anthroposophical Society from around the country to start what soon became known as Anthroposophical Prison Outreach.  We are celebrating twenty years of service to incarcerated individuals based on the good will and donations of our member.

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Sat. 4 May 2019 –  7 pm – 9 pm in Chicago

Tuesday 7 May 2019 In Ann Arbor Michigan

Climbing Jacobs Ladder: Celebrating the Feast of Ascension

Leading Thoughts original art-collage projections with Hazel Archer-Ginsberg

Eurythmy with Mary Ruud

Social Art with Nancy Melvin

$10 Donation & Snacks to Share Encouraged

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Whitsun: A Festival of United Soul Endeavor with Hazel Archer-Ginsberg

3 pm – 6 pm Saturday 8 June 2019 -4804 Sewanee Road, Nashville, TN 37220. for more info. contact Cathy Green cgreen@grasslandaquatics.com

12 Noon Potluck Program 1 pm -4 pm Whitsunday 9 June 2019, In Knoxville, TN. for more info. contact William Rogers wmerogers@gmail.com

Eurythmy: AUM = A – I stand for myself, U- I stand for humanity, M – I stand for Life

Social Sculpture: Steiner’s ‘Blue Dot Exercise’: Through Art, the bridge between science & spirit, we warm the ‘I’, to open the heart, in support of healthy community.

Leading Thoughts with Hazel Archer-Ginsberg*

What are my gifts-What are my tools? How can I place them in right relationship within the social realm? How can I hone them to strengthen and enhance the world?

Enter the Labyrinth of Vitae Sophia: Human hearts, once warmed, can rise up to meet the source of wisdom, like flowers turning toward the sun.

Living into the Foundation Stone of Love: How can we take our individual Inner Whitsun & expand it, into what Steiner calls the “World Festival of Knowledge” a path leading from ‘Sprit Recollection’, to ‘Sprit Sensing’, to ‘Sprit Beholding’?

*Hazel Archer-Ginsberg is the founder of the website and blog Reverse Ritual – Understanding Anthroposophy through the Rhythms of the Year (www.reverseritual.com)She is an Essayist, Lecturer, Poet, Trans-denominational Minister, and “Anthroposopher.” She works as the Festivals Coordinator & Council Member of the Chicago Rudolf Steiner Branch as well as with the Traveling Speakers Program, and she serves on the Central Regional Council of the Anthroposophical Society.

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Friday 21 June 2019, 7 pm – 9 pm

Rudiger Janisch:

The 3 fold human being, the foundation stone & the 3 fold social organism

Friday 21 June 2019, 7 pm – 9 pm & Saturday 22 June 2019, 10 am – 1 pm

Rüdiger has been working in Curative Education and teaching in professional training programs in Germany and the United States for over 40 years. A long-time student of anthroposophy, he serves on the Collegium of the School for Spiritual Science in North America. His contributions to adult education methods were recognized in the context of an international research project sponsored by the European Union. He has been a member of the core faculty of a joint ‘Training for Trainers’ program supporting Curative Education and Social Therapy in Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, and Kyrgyzstan. He has also taught as an adjunct faculty member of the M.S. Ed program in Waldorf Remedial Education at Antioch University N.H. Having taught many different aspects of anthroposophy and Curative Education, he currently is focused on action research and the development of artistic and experiential approaches to the spiritual scientific study of the human being.

Contact rjanisch@camphill.edu

Saturday 22 June 2019, 10 am – 1 pm

Rudiger Janisch: The 3 fold human being, the foundation stone & the 3 fold social organism

Rüdiger has been working in Curative Education and teaching in professional training programs in Germany and the United States for over 40 years. A long-time student of anthroposophy, he serves on the Collegium of the School for Spiritual Science in North America. His contributions to adult education methods were recognized in the context of an international research project sponsored by the European Union. He has been a member of the core faculty of a joint ‘Training for Trainers’ program supporting Curative Education and Social Therapy in Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, and Kyrgyzstan. He has also taught as an adjunct faculty member of the M.S. Ed program in Waldorf Remedial Education at Antioch University N.H. Having taught many different aspects of anthroposophy and Curative Education, he currently is focused on action research and the development of artistic and experiential approaches to the spiritual scientific study of the human being.

Contact rjanisch@camphill.edu

Stay Tuned to Details on the Weekend!

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Rudolf Steiner Branch of The Anthroposophical Society, 4249 North Lincoln Avenue. Chicago, IL 60618 (map

Check out our Web site!  (Anthroposophical Society in America)

The Elderberries 3-Fold Space & the Flex Space are available for rental on PEER SPACE for classes, events, meetings, retreats, art exhibits, family parties, etc..

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