Those who work with the Original indications in the Calendar of the Soul know that Rudolf Steiner lists the birth & death days, as well as other significant occurrences of various individualities, along with the dates in the calendar. He said of this: “What is presented here can be useful to those who wish to follow the path of mankind’s spiritual development” ~Rudolf Steiner
For TODAY April 8, 2016 he lists the death day of Wilhelm von Humbolt 1835, Prussian philosopher, diplomat, founded University of Belin.
‘The Present Age’ published by T.H. Meyer, carries on this tradition, adding more contemporary people.
For today we see Ludwig Polzer-Hoditz, who we know as being one of Rudolf Steiner’s most valued & independent-minded colleagues. He was born in Prague to an aristocratic family with royal connections. Leaving behind his background traditions, he became a key player in Steiner’s regenerative threefold social impulses, working tirelessly for a genuinely unified, free Europe.
According to Meyer, on this day in 1928, Ludwig Polzer-Hoditz had an experience that brought to the surface one of his past incarnations as Hadrian, 76 AD – 10 July, 138 AD, who was Roman emperor from 117 to 138. He is known for building Hadrian’s Wall, which marked the northern limit of Britannia. He also rebuilt the Pantheon and constructed the Temple of Venus and Roma. He is considered to have been a humanist, & he is regarded as one of the ‘Five Good Emperors’.
Hadrian was born into a Hispano-Roman family. During his reign, he traveled to nearly every province of the Empire. An ardent admirer of Greece, he sought to make Athens the cultural capital of the Empire and ordered the construction of many opulent temples in the city. He used his relationship with his Greek lover Antinous to underline his love of Greek culture leading to the creation of one of the most popular cults of ancient times. He spent extensive amounts of time with the military; he usually wore military attire and even dined and slept amongst the soldiers. Late in his reign he suppressed the Bar Kokhba revolt in Judaea, renaming the province Syria Palaestina.
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POD (Poem Of the Day)
Will the seed
Laid into the void
Progress & grow?
The gods circle round
Hunting for ideas that lie dormant
Seeds that remain uncultivated
These they plant in the clay of another life
Better able to fill the void
With fertile fruit
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The 6th Stage: (Part 7 of the 12 part series) Encountering the Inner Layers of the Earth as a Rosicrucian/Christian Initiation, in relation to the Beatitudes and the 9-fold human being.
This next stage is called: The Entombment, because the initiate can begin to perceive that drop of the divine entombed within the heart, shining in the blood. It is also called The Descent or Hallowing of Hell. As we have previously seen, the disciple freed from the body becomes one with the earth. Being one with the Earth they find themselves again within the life of the cosmos. Being united with the all, they bring the all with them, just as the Christ did on Holy Saturday.
Here the 6th layer of the interior earth is called into play, the Fire Earth. Steiner spoke about this even as Mount Vesuvius was erupting during his lecture ‘The Interior of the Earth & Volcanic Eruptions’ in Berlin 1906. Steiner spoke about the 6th layer as being “able to feel pleasure and pain, so to speak, and is more or less like a human being who is ‘sky high’ one moment and ‘down in the dumps’ the next.”
He warned us that “human passions have a tremendous effect upon the Fire Earth. The more human passions increase, the more restless it becomes”. It is “composed of pure will, of elemental life forces in constant movement permeated with drives and passions” – a veritable reservoir of unresolved will forces. Steiner commented that “if you exert pressure on this substance it offers opposition and fights back.”
This reminds me of an article I read a few weeks ago in Time magazine. It said that up until 2009 Ohio hadn’t registered an earthquake for 300 million years! But since they started fracking in Ohio, there have been over 995 earthquakes between 2009 &2015!
To me this is a perfect illustration that when the Fire Earth becomes disturbed by human passions, by human greed, it exerts even greater pressure on the Fruit Earth causing earthquakes or volcanic eruptions. This is intimately connected with the human will; and Steiner tells us that this is the source of the eruptions that destroyed Lemuria!
Steiner goes on to further describe this 6th layer: “When human will is evil and chaotic it acts magnetically on this layer and disrupts it. When the human will is free from egotism, it is able to appease this fire.”
The 6th Beatitude is the antidote to this layer & refers to the Consciousness Soul. Here at last the Ego is free & pure; it becomes conscious of itself. The initiate can truly perceive that drop of the eternal entombed within the heart, shining in the blood. This transformation actually causes changes in the constitution of our blood which works upon the physical body.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”
The 6th Beatitude thru Steiner: “Blessed are they, who are pure in blood and heart, the expression of the Ego, who allow nothing to enter there but the pure Ego-nature; for they will recognize God therein!”
Christ’s descent into hell on Holy Saturday takes Him to the ‘primal ground of the creator’, to The Father God in the microcosm. Here the blood flowed – a luminous seed planted in the depths – so that the earth can become a future sun.
The initiate who becomes a receptacle for the Christ-force, able to experience the Christ within, by pouring out their Ego into the Consciousness Soul, will be able to find their way to the Father God in the depths. And The tomb becomes an altar.
Blessings & Peace Dear Ones
~hag = Hazel Archer Ginsberg