Forge me with fire, a sword for my smiting

28 September 2016 – Astro-weather: Mercury is now in the midst of its finest morning apparition of 2016. The planet reaches greatest elongation today, lying  west of the Sun & appearing  high in the east 45 minutes before sunrise.

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Mars continues to put on a nice show these September evenings. The Red Planet appears high in the south-southwest in early evening. Mars lies among the background stars of western Sagittarius. And this evening, it slides south of the massive star-forming region known as the Lagoon Nebula (M8)

As dawn brightens Thursday morning the 29th, look for a super-thin crescent Moon near Mercury very low in the east.

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“God is an intelligible sphere whose centre is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere”. ~Alanus ab Insulis

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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551 BC – Birthday of Confucius, Chinese teacher, editor, politician, & philosopher of the Spring &Autumn period of Chinese history

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1203 – Deathday of Alanus ab Insulis, Theologian, poet, teacher at Chartres.  Alan’s philosophy was a sort of mixture of Aristotelian logic and Neoplatonic philosophy. The Platonist seemed to outweigh the Aristotelian in Alan, but he felt strongly that the divine is all intelligibility and argued this notion through much Aristotelian logic combined with Pythagorean mathematic

 “Do not hold as gold all that shines as gold”

In the Anticlaudianus he sums up as follows: Reason, guided by prudence, can unaided discover most of the truths of the physical order; for the apprehension of religious truths it must trust to faith. This rule is completed in his treatise, Ars catholicae fidei, as follows: Theology itself may be demonstrated by reason. Alainus even ventures an immediate application of this principle, & tries to prove geometrically the dogmas defined in the Creed

giovanni-segantini-bagpipers_of_brianzaGiovanni Segantini

1899 – Deathday of Giovanni Segantini,an Italian painter known for his large pastoral landscapes of the Alps. He was one of the most famous artists in Europe in the late 19th century. In later life he combined a Divisionist painting style with Symbolist images of nature. He was active in Switzerland for most of his life.

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1924 – Rudolf Steiner gave his Last Address in Dornach GA 238  The Individuality of Elias, John, Raphael, Novalis with the Michael Meditation:

               Springing from Powers of the Sun,

               Radiant Spirit-powers, blessing all Worlds!

               For Michael’s garment of rays

               Ye are predestined by Thought Divine.

 

               He, the Christ-messenger, revealeth in you —

               Bearing mankind aloft — the sacred Will of Worlds.

               Ye, the radiant Beings of Aether-Worlds,

               Bear the Christ-Word to Man.

 

               Thus shall the Heralds of Christ appear

               To the thirstily waiting souls,

               To whom your Word of Light shines forth

               In cosmic age of Spirit-Man.

 

               Ye, the disciples of Spirit-Knowledge,

               Take Michael’s Wisdom beckoning,

               Take the Word of Love of the Will of Worlds

               Into your soul’s aspiring, a c t i v e l y !

1978 – Deathday of Pope John Paul I, born Albino Luciani, served as Pope until his sudden suspicious death 33 days later. His reign is among the shortest in papal history.

Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day

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alchemy-sun-moon-katlyn-breeneKatlyn Breene

~Flowing from the living waters

The cosmic fount foams up

To moisten my mind’s eye with salt & sulphur,

Forming a mercurial lachrymation

Beading brilliant, Mixing & Pooling

The cosmic iron in my blood scintillating slowly

Within the shining spark of thinking

A way to read intrinsic meaning into being…

The writing is on the wall my friend

Add your etching to enhance

The conscious conversation & Be

Heard…

~hag

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Forge me with fire, a sword for my smiting

Fright to my foes and flames for my fighting

Shape me a shield forceful and fierce

Stalwart and shapely to fend against fears

Strike me a spear of speed as a shaft

Fearless to fly as a shot to the start

Staunch be my front against fury assailed

Strong be my soul where the feeble have failed

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Michaelmas Festival: 7pm –9pm Friday 30 September, 2016

Optional Community Potluck Dinner 5pm – 6:45pm at The Rudolf Steiner Branch 4249 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago

Heart-Thinking: Michael Beckoning

7pm – The Midwest Eurythmy Group will perform the Michaelmas Verse from Rudolf Steiner’s Calendar of the Soul

Activating Our ‘Gemut’: The mind warmed by a loving heart & stimulated by the soul’s imaginative power – Hazel Archer Ginsberg

Copper Rod Eurythmy: ALL

If I’m to be a valiant knight, Then there’s a battle I must fight , And I must choose right from the start, Not strength of arm But strength of heart, My sword shall of good steel be made, And love the keenness of the blade

Grimm’s Tale “The Devil with the Three Golden Hairs” by Laura Donkel

Verse for the Michaelic Age:  ALL

We must eradicate from the soul all fear and terror of what approaches us from the future. We must acquire serenity in all feelings and sensations about the future.

We must look forward with absolute equanimity to whatever may come.  And we must think only that whatever comes is given to us by a cosmic guidance full of wisdom.

It is part of what we must learn in this age, namely, to live without any security in material existence and to live with pure trust in the ever-present help of the spiritual world.

Truly, nothing else will do if our courage is not to fail us. For this let us seek awakening to the reality of the spirit from within ourselves, every morning and every evening. ~Rudolf Steiner

Piano & Voice – Kristen Wray & David Wray performing Nacht und Träume + Ganymed  – By Franz Schubert. Kristen Wray is a fiber and metal weaving artist, an energy healing practitioner, as well as a classically trained singer. David Wray is a classics professor at the University of Chicago specializing in ancient Roman poetry. Kristen and David regularly perform together in music student recitals on the university campus.

$10 Donation & Snacks to Share Encouraged

 For more info. Contact Festivals Coordinator Hazel Archer GinsbergHazel@ReverseRitual.com