Greetings Friends –
We are in the time of the Dark of the Moon…& tomorrow is Ascension. It is also the New Moon, in Gemini, which is ruled by Mercury, the messenger of the gods, guiding & directing our thought processes. This is time to reclaim & expand our mental space; to set limits on what gets our attention, & to carefully examine how our current diet of information is affecting our lives.
As you may have noticed, our world is suffering from a bad case of close-mindedness fueled by fear. Concurrently, we are also suffering from information overload. Our lives have become a roller coaster of bad news & a constant need to deal with the ensuing manic reactions that follow. On this New Moon we can work toward opening the mind to a diverse range of ideas, while maintaining a self rooted in calm heart-fullness.
The symbol of Gemini is the twins, but they are not identical; they represent the broad spectrum of experience. But, since they arise from the same source, at their core, they are identical. That which appears different on the surface, is sourced in a fundamental oneness.
Gemini, with its love of communication, makes this New Moon the right time to question & transform old beliefs about & relationality. We can talk about it. We can find the right words. We can be inspired to open up to others without fear of reprisal. We can relax & let our words be a force for healing.
Gemini is best symbolized by flexibility, changeability, & adaptation, & this is the New Moon to cultivate these qualities & incorporate them into our daily lives. When strong winds & hard rains come, the supple trees bend & sway with the each gust. It is only the hardened, stiff trees that break & fall. Fear makes us stiffen up & go rigid. When we harden our hearts & minds, plant our feet & become immovable, we set ourselves up for failure. To survive the gusts of hatred & fear, we must open our minds & create useful dialogue.
As you know, all New Moons are a time to initiate new goals, ideas, & desires.
What do you want to see grow into fullness like the Moon?
This is the right New Moon to communicate your wishes, dreams & desires to those who can aid your progress. The truth is, no one does it completely alone & learning to ask for help at the right time is one of life’s hardest lessons.
Over the next two weeks as the Moon waxes to fullness, try to really hear what those around you have to say about your wishes, & take their advice to heart. Honest & clear communication is a two-way street & the best way to achieve a successful outcome for all.
One last thing, Gemini rules change. This is the best night to work on managing your fear of change. Everything changes. When we ride the changes & make surfing the waves of change a vehicle for success, we actualize the highest expression of Gemini. This is the New Moon to celebrate the power knowledge holds to broaden our perspective & open our minds!
Tomorrow we will explore the expansion of Ascension
Until then, May we all practice the 6 basic exercises, especially Open-Mindedness – For we are what we think. All that we are, arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world.
xox ~ ~Hazel Archer Ginsberg
An invitation from Petra Zinniker (from the oldest Biodynamic farm in the USA) ‘We will have the 2017 spring prep day this Saturday, May 27th. This includes taking out the preps from last fall and stuffing the deer bladders with yarrow.
We will start at 1:30pm and end with a potluck supper. Bring clothes and shoes so you can “dig in” and a dish to pass. Hope to see you there’.
There will be some folks from the branch who will be taking the short road trip (about an hour) to attend. If you would like to join us contact Hazel@ReverseRitual.com
Sunday May 28th 2017 – 3 pm – 6 pm “I” See Heaven”The Closing Event for the New Art Exhibition by astrologer Victoria Martin
The heavens and stars are symbols of spirit and magic! Here in “I“ See Heaven” are large-scale illustrated paintings of mystic verses. Many stellar traditions are represented via Zoroastrian, Hebrew, Jain, Vedic, Arabian, Islamic and Mesopotamian sacred texts. Some paintings are interactive or provide pose-inside photo ops! Participate in an artistic exercise: “Aura Drawing”, Healing drinks & more…
Friday June 23rd 2017 – Zinniker Family Farm N 7399 Bowers Rd. Elkhorn, WI 53121
Pot Luck 6:30 pm – Bee & Stag Bon-fire & Drum Circle 8 pm
We begin with the setting Sun, in the dark of the New Moon. Thru the drumming of our collective heart-beat, circle dancing, singing to the stars, & blessing the earth, we will celebrate the bright reflection of the Divine within ourselves & each other.
$10 – All Donations go to the Zinniker farm – Bring a folding-chair & your drum, shaker or music maker (or borrow one of ours)
For more info. Hazel (at) ReverseRitual.com
St. John’s Festival: Cosmic Rapture Grounded in Jubilant Hearts
Come join our Initiatory Workshop/Ritual, to discover the New Mysteries of St. Johns-Tide. To pass the test of Summer we will explore many questions:
- How do we stand wakefully within the sublime mysteries of the Summer-Tide, to consciously embody ‘the spiritual wisdom of the gods’?
- Who is the mysterious Archangel of Summer?
- Who is John the Baptist? What do his sayings “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” And “He must increase, but I must decrease.” really mean?
- What is the secret to healing the ‘soul-fever’ so prevalent in society today?
- What is the mystery of the Dragon-fly, & other elemental beings?
- How can we understand the ‘Cycle of the Year as Breathing Process of the Earth’?
Together we will work to strengthen our true “I”, enlivening our will forces with various social-artistic exercises, Including: ‘Seeing into the Etheric World’ thru the ‘After-Image’, Eurythmy, & an exploration of Karmic investigations.
$10– (or pay what you can, no one will be turned away for lack of funds, contact Hazel if you’d like to do work exchange) All materials included
Hazel Archer-Ginsberg – is a Spiritual Midwife, and Trans-denominational Minister, working in an eclectic style that inspires connections – initiating us into the magic, waiting to be revealed, in the cycle of the seasons. Festivals Coordinator & Council Member of the Chicago Rudolf Steiner Branch, and the Central Regional Council of the Anthroposophical Society. Founder of Reverse Ritual – Understanding Anthroposophy Through the Rhythms of the Year
The Central Regional Council is hosting a Bridging to the ‘Great American Eclipse’ in St. Louis – August 19-22, 2017 stay tuned for details