26 July 2018 – ‘Speaking with the Stars’ – Tonight Mars is at opposition with the Sun, opposite as seen from Earth. The god of war will actually be closest to Earth – its absolute biggest & brightest, on the night of the 30th.
Tomorrow 27 July, brings us the Full Moon, called the Buck or Thunder or Blessing Moon, exact at 3:20 p.m. CDT. Look for Bella Luna shining next to big bad Mars.
AND also tomorrow it’s a Total eclipse of the Moon, but not for the Americas! The best views will be from Europe, Africa, & much of Asia. This will be the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century, with totality lasting 1 hour 43 minutes. Next to reddish Mars, the Moon will turn from white to reddish, then back to white.
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
Feast of Saint Anne, mother of Mary, & grandmother of Jesus according to apocryphal Christian & Islamic tradition.
1856 – Birthday of George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright & critic, Nobel Prize laureate.
1875 – Birthday of Carl Jung, Swiss psychiatrist & psychotherapist. Jung was also an artist, craftsman & builder as well as a prolific writer. Many of his works were not published until after his death & some are still awaiting publication.
Among the central concepts of analytical psychology is individuation—the lifelong psychological process of differentiation of the self out of each individual’s conscious & unconscious elements. Jung considered it to be the main task of human development. He created some of the best known psychological concepts, including synchronicity, archetypal phenomena, the collective unconscious, the psychological complex, & extraversion / introversion.
When Jung was six months old, tension between his parents was growing. Emilie Jung, his mother was an eccentric & depressed woman; she spent considerable time in her bedroom where she said that spirits visited her at night. Although she was normal during the day, Jung recalled that at night his mother became strange & mysterious. He reported that one night he saw a faintly luminous & indefinite figure coming from her room with a head detached from the neck, floating in the air in front of the body. Jung was a solitary, introverted child.
From childhood, he believed that, like his mother, he had 2 personalities—a modern Swiss citizen & a personality more suited to the 18th century. Personality Number 1″, as he termed it, was a typical schoolboy living in the era of the time. “Personality Number 2” was a dignified, authoritative & influential man from the past. A number of childhood memories made lifelong impressions on him. As a boy, he carved a tiny mannequin into the end of the wooden ruler from his pencil case & placed it inside the case. He added a stone, which he had painted into upper & lower halves, & hid the case in the attic. Periodically, he would return to the mannequin, often bringing tiny sheets of paper with messages inscribed on them in his own secret language. He later reflected that this ceremonial act brought him a feeling of inner peace &security. Years later, he discovered similarities between his personal experience & the practices associated with totems in indigenous cultures, such as the collection of soul-stones near Arlesheim or the tjurungas of Australia. He concluded that his intuitive ceremonial act was an unconscious ritual, which he had practiced in a way that was strikingly similar to those in distant locations which he, as a young boy, knew nothing about. His observations about symbols, archetypes, & the collective unconscious were inspired, in part, by these early experiences combined with his later research.
At the age of 12, shortly before the end of his first year at the Humanistisches Gymnasium in Basel, Jung was pushed to the ground by another boy so hard that he momentarily lost consciousness. A thought then came to him—”now you won’t have to go to school anymore.” From then on, whenever he walked to school or began homework, he fainted. He remained at home for the next 6 months until he overheard his father speaking hurriedly to a visitor about the boy’s future ability to support himself. They suspected he had epilepsy. Confronted with the reality of his family’s poverty, he realized the need for academic excellence. He went into his father’s study & began pouring over Latin grammar. He eventually overcame the urge & did not faint again. This event, Jung later recalled, “was when I learned what a neurosis is.”
Jung did not plan to study psychiatry since it was not considered prestigious at the time. But, when looking at a psychiatric textbook, his interest was immediately captured—it combined the biological & the spiritual, exactly what he was searching for.
In 1895 Jung began to study medicine at the University of Basel. Barely a year later in 1896, his father Paul died & left the family near destitute. They were helped out by relatives who also contributed to Jung’s studies.
During his student days, he entertained his contemporaries with the family legend, that his paternal grandfather was the illegitimate son of Wolfgang Goethe & his German great-grandmother, Sophie Ziegler. In later life, he pulled back from this tale, saying only that Sophie was a friend of Goethe’s niece.
Remembering Sergei Olegovitch Prokofieff:
This is the 4 year anniversary of the passing into the spiritual world of this true modern initiate.
My thoughts turn to this powerful Michaelite often. Today I am holding an imagination of a ‘soul chalice’, a ‘wave’ of love surrounding & uplifting & soaring with him from human, & Spiritual beings alike, sending love & appreciation for his gifts, to all students of Michael, & beyond.
His presence was palatable this morning as I was speaking the Foundation Stone Meditation, as an offering to his soul from my heart.
Born in Moscow, (grandson of the famous Russian composer) he studied fine arts & painting at the Moscow School of Art. He encountered anthroposophy in his youth, & soon made the decision to devote his life to it. He wrote his first book, ‘Rudolf Steiner and the Founding of the New Mysteries’, one of my most used resources, while still living in Soviet Russia. After the fall of communism, he was co-founder of the Anthroposophical Society in Russia, & at Easter 2001 he became a member of the Executive Council of the General Anthroposophical Society in Dornach, Switzerland.
Sergei Prokofieff passed away in Dornach, Switzerland on 26 July 2014. Rest in Peace dear warrior for Michael/Anthroposophia. You work with us now from the spiritual world.
Sergei O. Prokofieff was a prolific author, whose work focused on developing a deepened understanding for the Christian path of esoteric knowledge based on the foundation of Rudolf Steiner’s spiritual-scientific research. More than 30 of his books have been translated into English*.
POD (Poem Of the Day)
~My song raps itself around
The belly of the New Sophia
Pulsing in union with The Logos
In rhythm with the Sun streaming
In the All-Space of the Fixed Stars
Forming fresh consonants
Into the aura of imaginations
That inform my soul thru rolling vowels
Of planetary bodies
That sing their echo into my open ear…
*Works by Sergei O. Prokofieff are listed chronologically according to the original year of publication in German, prior to English translation. Titles not yet translated into English are given in German.
- 1982: Rudolf Steiner and the Founding of the New Mysteries, Temple Lodge Publishing, London , 2nd Ed. 1994.
- 1986: The Cycle of the Year as Path of Initiation Leading to an Experience of the Christ Being. An Esoteric Study of the Festivals, Temple Lodge Publishing, London [1991, 1995, Rev. Ed. 2000], Reprinted 2014.
- 1986: The Twelve Holy Nights and the Spiritual Hierarchies, Temple Lodge Publishing, Forest Row, UK, Rev. Ed. 2004.
- 1987: Eternal Individuality. Towards a Karmic Biography of Novalis, Temple Lodge Publishing, London 1992.
- 1989: The Spiritual Origins of Eastern Europe and the Future Mysteries of the Holy Grail, Temple Lodge Publishing, London 1993, Reprinted 2016.
- 1991: The Occult Significance of Forgiveness, Temple Lodge Publishing, Forest Row , Rev. Ed. 2004.
- 1992: The East in the Light of the West. Two Eastern Streams of the Twentieth Century in the Light of Christian Esotericism. Part 1: Agni Yoga, Temple Lodge Publishing, London 1993. (Published as an individual book prior to the larger revised 2010 edition containing translations of all three parts of the East in the Light of the West series [1997 in German – see below].)
- 1992: Das Rätsel des Demetrius, Verlag am Goetheanum, Dornach 1992; 2nd Rev. Ed. 2014.
- 1992: Prophecy of the Russian Epic: “How the Holy Mountains Released the Mighty Russian Heroes from their Rocky Caves.” With an Introduction to Anthroposophy, Temple Lodge Publishing, London 1993.
- 1994: The Cycle of the Seasons and the Seven Liberal Arts, Temple Lodge Publishing, London 1996.
- 1994: Rudolf Steiner’s Research into Karma and the Mission of the Anthroposophical Society, Temple Lodge Publishing, Forest Row 1995, Reprinted 2011.
- 1993: Die geistigen Aufgaben Mittel- und Osteuropas. Verlag am Goetheanum, Dornach 1993; 2nd expanded Ed.: Verlag des Ita Wegman Instituts, Arlesheim 2014.
- 1995: The Heavenly Sophia and the Being Anthroposophia, Temple Lodge Publishing, Forest Row, 2nd Rev. Ed. 2006.
- 1995: The Case of Valentin Tomberg, Temple Lodge Publishing, London 1997.
- 1997: The East in the Light of the West. Three Eastern Streams of the Twentieth Century in the Light of Christian Esotericism: Parts 1 – 3, Temple Lodge Publishing, Forest Row 2010.
- 1999: The Encounter with Evil and its Overcoming through Spiritual Science. With Essays on the Foundation Stone, Temple Lodge Publishing, Forest Row , 2nd Ed. 2001.
- 2002: May Human Beings Hear It! The Mystery of the Christmas Conference, Temple Lodge Publishing, Forest Row 2004, Reprinted 2014.
- 2002: (Ed.) Die Grundsteinmeditation als Schulungsweg. Das Wirken der Weihnachtstagung in 80 Jahren. Verlag am Goetheanum, Dornach 2002.
- 2002: Novalis und Goethe in der Geistesgeschichte des Abendlandes. Verlag am Goetheanum, Dornach 2002.
- 2003: The Foundation Stone Meditation. A Key to the Christian Mysteries, Temple Lodge Publishing, Forest Row 2006.
- 2003: Valentin Tomberg and Anthroposophy: A Problematic Relationship, Temple Lodge Publishing, Forest Row 2005.
- 2004: What is Anthroposophy? Temple Lodge Publishing, Forest Row 2006.
- 2004: The Mystery of John the Baptist and John the Evangelist at the Turning Point of Time: An Esoteric Study, Temple Lodge Publishing, Forest Row 2005.
- 2006: Relating to Rudolf Steiner: And the Mystery of the Laying of the Foundation Stone, Temple Lodge Publishing, Forest Row 2008.
- 2006: Maximilian Woloschin. Mensch – Dichter – Anthroposoph. Verlag am Goetheanum, Dornach 2006.
- 2006: Anthroposophy and The Philosophy of Freedom. Anthroposophy and its Method of Cognition. The Christological and Cosmic-Human Dimension of The Philosophy of Freedom, Temple Lodge Publishing, Forest Row 2009 [first German ed. 2006].
- 2007: The Guardian of the Threshold and the Philosophy of Freedom: On the Relationship of The Philosophy of Freedom to the Fifth Gospel, Temple Lodge Publishing, Forest Row 2011.
- 2007: Friedrich Schiller und die Zukunft der Freiheit. Verlag am Goetheanum, Dornach 2007.
- 2008: The Esoteric Significance of Spiritual Work in Anthroposophical Groups and the Future of the Anthroposophical Society, Temple Lodge Publishing, Forest Row 2008.
- 2008: The Mystery of the Resurrection in the Light of Anthroposophy, Temple Lodge Publishing, Forest Row 2010.
- 2009: The Whitsun Impulse and Christ’s Activity in Social Life, Temple Lodge Publishing, Forest Row 2011.
- 2009 – 2011: The Creative Power of Anthroposophical Christology (with Peter Selg), SteinerBooks, Great Barrington, MA, 2012.
- Part 1: The Christology of the Book “An Outline of Occult Science”;
- Part 2: The First Goetheanum and Its Christological Foundations;
- Part 3: Christ’s Reappearance in the Etheric in Relation to The Fifth Gospel;
- Part 4: The Christmas Conference and the Founding of the New Mysteries.
- 2010: Why Become a Member of the School of Spiritual Science? Temple Lodge Publishing, Forest Row 2013.
- 2010: The Appearance of Christ in the Etheric. Spiritual-Scientific Aspects of the Second Coming, Temple Lodge Publishing, Forest Row 2012.
- 2010: Honoring Life. Medical Ethics and Physician-Assisted Suicide. A Consideration from an Anthroposophical Point of View (with Peter Selg), SteinerBooks, Great Barrington 2014.
- 2011: Why Become a Member of the Anthroposophical Society? Temple Lodge Publishing, Forest Row 2012.
- 2011: Rudolf Steiner’s Path of Initiation and the Mystery of the Ego and The Foundations of Anthroposophical Methodology (Rudolf Steiner), Temple Lodge Publishing, Forest Row 2013.
- 2011: Rudolf Steiner’s Sculptural Group: A Revelation of the Spiritual Purpose of Humanity and the Earth, Temple Lodge Publishing, Forest Row 2013.
- 2011: Das Rätsel des menschlichen Ich. Eine anthroposophische Betrachtung. Verlag am Goetheanum, Dornach 2011. (Sections of this book are contained in the Appendices to S.O. Prokofieff: Anthroposophy and The Philosophy of Freedom, Temple Lodge 2009.)
- 2012: Crisis in the Anthroposophical Society and Pathways to the Future (with Peter Selg), Temple Lodge Publishing, Forest Row 2013.
- 2012: And the Earth Becomes a Sun. On the Mystery of the Resurrection, Wynstones Press, UK, 2014.
- 2012: The Esoteric Nature of the Anthroposophical Society, Wynstones Press, UK, 2014.
- 2013: “Time-Journeys” – A Counter-Image to Anthroposophical Spiritual Research, Wynstones Press, UK, 2013.
- 2014: The Michael-Mystery. A Spiritual-Scientific view of the Michael-Imagination and its representation in Eurythmy, Wynstones Press, UK, 2015.
- 2016: Goethes “Faust” und das Geheimnis des Menschen, Verlag am Goetheanum, Dornach 2016.
- Erlebnis ‘Faust’: Anregungen zur Vertiefung, Verlag am Goetheanum, Dornach 2004.
- “The Task of the Nathan Soul for Humanity.” In: R. Steele (ed.): Communities for Tomorrow, Floris Books, Edinburgh 2011.
- “The End of the Century and the Tasks of the Anthroposophical Society.” In: S. Gulbekian (ed.): The Future is Now: Anthroposophy at the New Millennium, Temple Lodge Publishing, London 2001.
- Foreword to: Novalis, George MacDonald (tr.): Hymns to the Night / Spiritual Songs, Temple Lodge Publishing, London 1992.
How To Know, Confront, and Work with Evil
A Weekend Workshop with Rev. Bastiaan Baan
At the Christian Community, 2135 W. Wilson Chicago, Il. 60625
Saturday 4 August 2018, 10 am – 8 pm
Sunday 5 August 2018, 11:45am – 5 pm
Fee is a Sliding Scale $25 – $100
Please Rsvp to Rev. Ann Burfeind
by Grace Kahn
20 August 2018 ~MORAL MONDAY~ CHICAGO 7 pm – 9 pm
“When The Trees Melt Away In A Sun Soaked Cotton Dream”
A going going gone Party for the CWS Class of 2018 –
Illustrations by Grace Kahn, Work by Shanti Rogers, Art booth by Liz Rosu-Rosenberg
Songs from “Beyond Blue and Red” by Ultra-Violet Archer
Chance Schneider & DJ Grapefruit Effect
$10 Donation –MORE or less (Youth under 21 FREE)
30 Aug. 2018 at 12 PM to 3 Sep. 2018 at 2 PM
Registration is now openfor How We Will 2018 –
Hosted by The Elderberries 3Fold Cafe Chicago & Urban First Aid – Art As Medicine 4251 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60618-2953
A central theme which we will explore at the forum will be the theory and practice of Social Three-folding, developed by Rudolf Steiner. Organizing for systemic change – a separation of powers into three different spheres of action fostering:
In the Economics Realm –a moral imagination of Kinship
In Rights/Governance – Equality
In Culture/Education/Spirituality – Freedom
Through lectures, capacity building workshops, and collaborative design, we will develop ourselves as change agents with Three-folding activists from around the world. What new tools, skills, levels of listening, mindfulness, forms of capital and alternative currencies, and generative ideas can we gain in order to truly develop our cultural voice and potential to connect and heal our relationships, communities, nations, and the earth?
Come to the How We Will Forum to learn, listen deeply, and dig in with other communities that we might grow together, unified by a common vision of creating a more equitable world.
CHICAGO FRIENDS – WE NEED HOUSING!
We will also be building out the cafe space two weeks before and two weeks after for those who can come early &/or stay and help get this Elderberries 3Fold Cafe Chicago up and running!
In honor of this forum Steiner Books is offering a 25% discount on all Social Responsibility titles until 7/31/2018 with the code: SR0718.
From Necessity to Freedom – The Evolution of Human Consciousness, Social Sculpture & Experiential Discourse with Hazel Archer Ginsberg
Saturday 8 September 2018 at the Los Angeles Branch 110 Martin Alley, Pasadena, CA 91105. Workshop 10 am – 5 pm
How can I Co-Create with Destiny, to spin the thread of my life with integrity, to heal and clear the collective karma, & achieve my True Becoming?
From the vaporous cleft of Mount Parnassus, and the birth place of Greek Philosophy, to Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, and the Holy Grail – From Prophesy to Warning, from Fate to Karma, From Destiny to Free Will.
What is YOUR life Question?
10 am – Doors Open
10:30 am – Explore the legends of The Greek Moirae and the Nordic Norns, the Orphic Hymn and the Prose Poem Edda
11:30 –Song Circle – To call in and to cut away
12:15 pm – Lunch
1:30 pm – Scrying with the Sibyls – The Prophets and the Sistine Chapel…The evolving human consciousness…
2:30 pm – Socratic Questioning – You have to ask the right question to get the right answer
3:15 pm – Break
3:30pm – Once Upon A Time NOW – The new story
4 pm – Weaving Past, Present and Future
4:30 pm – Rudolf Steiner’s poem: DESTINY
5 pm – End
Hazel Archer Ginsberg, Festivals Coordinator & Council Member of The Rudolf Steiner Branch Chicago, The Traveling Speakers Program, and the Central Regional Council of The Anthroposophical Society, Trans-denominational Minister and founder of ‘Reverse Ritual’ – ‘Understanding Anthroposophy Through the Rhythms of the Year’
Poetic Imagination, Metamorphosis and the Evolution of Consciousness with Luke Fischer
Sunday 16 September 2018, 2 – 4pm
In this lecture, poet and philosopher, Dr Luke Fischer will discuss ways in which the poetry and thought of Goethe, Rilke, Barfield, and Steiner contribute to an understanding of the evolution of consciousness and of the particular significance of poetic imagination. He will also shed light on how his own poetic and philosophical writings have addressed these topics.
Poetry Reading and Piano Recital
Poet and philosopher, Luke Fischer, will share poems from his poetry collections A Personal History of Vision(UWAP Poetry, 2017) and Paths of Flight (Black Pepper, 2013). Pianist Ryan Senger will perform classical piano works.
Bio: Luke Fischer is a poet, philosopher, and writer. His books include the poetry collections A Personal History of Vision (UWAP Poetry, 2017)and Paths of Flight (Black Pepper, 2013), the monograph The Poet as Phenomenologist: Rilke and the New Poems (Bloomsbury, 2015), and the children’s book The Blue Forest (Lindisfarne Books, 2015). He has co-edited a number of works, including a special section of the Goethe Yearbook (2015) on “Goethe and Environmentalism.” He won the 2012 OverlandJudith Wright Poetry Prize and his poems have been anthologized in the Best Australian Poems (2014, 2015, and 2017). He holds a PhD in philosophy and is an honorary associate of the University of Sydney, Australia. For more information see: www.lukefischerauthor.com
Veil Painting Workshopwith David Dozier
Friday Sept. 21, 2018, 7 -9pm
Saturday Sept. 22, 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday Sept. 23, 10 am -1pm
Workshop fee: $135.00 for RSB members, $160.00 for non-members Supply fee: $135.00*
Veil Painting is a watercolor technique special to artists working with the writings of Rudolf Steiner. Transparent watercolors are thinned far more than usual and glazed over one another on white paper to achieve subtle color washes, or ‘veils.’ The colors are never mixed anywhere but on the paper, and then only one at a time in a wash over dry colors. To avoid loss of time to stretching watercolor paper and waiting for it to dry overnight, students will use 300# cold pressed watercolor paper or heavy illustration board for wet media. We will focus on technique and work with painting motifs using Goethe’s Luster Colors (red, yellow, and blue) and Image Colors (white, black green, and peach), also exploring Goethe’s use of Characteristic Colors, Non-characteristic Colors, and Harmonious Colors in varying combinations on small panels, the Goethean color wheel on a larger panel, with space for a free painting to try and find an image out of the color itself. Supplies: All supplies will be provided for participants out of the supply fee, and will become their personal materials to take home including; brushes, paper, color, jars, rags, tape, ruler, pencil, sharpener, eraser. Participants will be completely equipped to work at home after the workshop, including colors and where to buy additional supplies when needed.
To Register Send check by September 7th to: David Dozier 1050 Columbia Ave. #3E Chicago, IL 60626
*Anyone taking the workshop that believes they already have all the tools and materials they need and wishes to avoid paying the supply fee should speak to Mr. Dozier personally at 773-627-0060, and review their tools and materials against the supply list with him by September 1st, since supplies have to ordered at least two weeks in advance.
Bio: Since 1997 David A. Dozier has taught art history, digital art, painting in oils, pastels and watercolor, black & white drawing, calligraphy and block printing at the Chicago Waldorf School, as well as drawing skills to adults in the Arcturus Rudolf Steiner Education program. He has a Master’s degree in Education (with a Certificate in Waldorf Education) from Antioch New England Graduate School, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Visual Communication from Layton School of Art and Design with academic accreditation from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI.
MIchaelmas Festival Saturday September 29th 2018
7 pm – 9 pm at the branch
AGM 2018 Friday, Oct 5 – Sunday, Oct 7 in New Orleans, Louisiana
Pre-conference: Thursday, Oct 4: Living in the Branches National Branch and Group Gathering
$250 Early Bird (until September 5th), $275 Standard
$375 Sponsorship (supports financial assistance) $60 Youth
Includes Friday light reception, snacks, beverages, and Sunday light brunch! Limited financial assistance available. Email to find out more.
Thursday, October 4
9:00-3:30 First Grace Methodist Church
Living in the Branches: National Branch and Group Gathering
National Youth Conference (Details coming!)
4:00-9:00 Central Region Gathering
Friday, October 5
7:45-9:30 am – Bayou St. John Songtrail: meet under the McDonough Oak.
10:00-12:00 – Class Lesson and Conversation with Joan Sleigh
1:00 pm Opening
1:30-2:30 Keynote Conversation with Orland Bishop
2:30-2:45 Trio Sharing
2:45-3:30 Here and Now with the General Council
4:00-5:15 Concurrent Sessions (Choose on site)
Cain and Abel: Building a bridge between the Two Streams, with Hazel Archer-Ginsberg
Exploring Transformation Through Our Own Biography, with Janey Newton
5:30-6:15 Central Region Interactive Panel
8:00 Momento Mori Ritual (Stay tuned for details!)
Saturday, October 6
8:00-8:45 Singing or Speech
9:00-10:00 Keynote Discussion with Joan Sleigh
10:00-10:15 Trio Sharing
10:45-12:00 Concurrent Workshops (Choose on site)
Initation of the Heart: The Fifth Gospel, with Patrick Kennedy
General Council Annual Update Session
Transforming Community – Creating the Future: Young People Discovering Their Purpose and Place, with Bart Eddy
12:00-1:30 Lunch (Table Topic Discussions)
1:30-2:30 Youth-Led Panel
3:00-4:15 Pageant Participant Preparation with Marianne Fieber-Dhara (Details at the conference!)
4:30-6:15 Concurrent Sessions (Choose on site)
Orland Bishop: The Seventh Shrine
House of Hope, with Thea Lavin
Anthroposophical Contemplative Practices in Everyday Life
8:00-9:30 Confluence of Karma: A Pageant Of Dedicated Service
Sunday, October 7
8:00-8:30 Group Speech
8:30-8:45 Trio Sharing
8:45-10:00 Now and Next (Art, Reflection, Closing Plenum, Singing)
11:00-12:30 First Grace Church Service, or Tour of Raphael Village
Lunch on your own!
Post Sessions (Included in Conference Fee)
2:00-4:00 Lisa Romero: Contemplative Practices
2:00-4:00 John Bloom and Laura Scappaticci: “So That Good May Become”–Working with the Foundation Stone
Schedule subject to minor changes.
Limited Financial Assistance Available.
Email for an application.
Our Annual ALL SOULS Festival Saturday 3 November 2018
7 pm – 9 pm at the Branch