24 August 2016 – Astro-Weather: Last chance to catch Saturn, Mars, & Antares in their evening lineup. From the Astrosophy Research Center
Last-quarter Moon tonight (exact at 10:41 p.m. CDT). The Moon, rises around midnight. By early dawn Thursday morning she’s high in the south with Aldebaran to her left, drawing closer hour by hour.
We are never real historians, but always near poets, and our emotion is perhaps nothing but an expression of a poetry that was lost ~ Gaston Bachelard
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
49 BC – Julius Caesar‘s general Gaius Scribonius Curio is defeated in the Battle of the Bagradas. Curio commits suicide to avoid capture
79 – Mount Vesuvius erupts. The cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum,& Stabiae are buried in volcanic ash
410 –Sack of Rome by The Visigoths
455 –The Vandals, led by king Genseric, begin to plunder Rome. Pope Leo I requests Genseric not destroy the ancient city. He agrees & the gates of Rome are opened. However, the Vandals loot a great amount of treasure
1185 – Sack of Thessalonica by the Normans.
1200 – King John of England, signer of the first Magna Carta, marries Isabella of Angoulême in Bordeaux Cathedral.
1215 – Pope Innocent III declares Magna Carta invalid.
1349 – Six thousand Jews are killed in Mainz after being blamed for the bubonic plague.
1391 – Jews are massacred in Palma de Mallorca
1456 – The printing of the Gutenberg Bible is completed
1516 – The Ottoman Empire captures present-day Syria
1662 – The Act of Uniformity requires England to accept the Book of Common Prayer
1814 – British troops invade Washington, D.C. burning down the White House, the Capitol & many other buildings
1816 – The Treaty of St. Louis is signed by the Council of Three Fires (united tribes of Ottawa, Ojibwa, & Potawatomi) residing on the Illinois and Milwaukee rivers. By signing the treaty, they relinquished all right, claim, & title to their land, also a 20-mile strip that connected Chicago & Lake Michigan with the Illinois River.
In exchange the tribes were to be paid $1,000 in merchandise over 12 years.
Today, Indian Boundary Park in West Ridge, Chicago commemorates this Treaty.
1857 – The Panic of 1857 begins, setting off one of the most severe economic crises in United States history. Since the years immediately preceding the Panic were prosperous, many banks, had seized the opportunity to take risks with their investments & as soon as market prices began to fall, they quickly began to experience the effects of financial panic (will we ever learn?)
1864 – Deathday of Jakob Lorber “scribe of God” a Christian mystic &visionary. Lorber’s prose, an ‘inner voice’ from the region of his heart, has been compared with writings by other mystics such as Emanuel Swedenborg, Jakob Boehme & Rudolf Steiner
1891 – Thomas Edison patents the motion picture camera
1909 – Workers start pouring concrete for the Panama Canal
1912 – 1st performance of Rudolf Steiner’s 3rd Mystery Drama: “The Guardian of the Threshold”
1914 – World War I: German troops capture Belgium
1914 – World War I: The Battle of Cer ends as the first Allied victory in the war
1932 – Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly across the United States non-stop (from Los Angeles to New Jersey)
1944 – World War II: Allied troops begin the attack on Paris
1954 – The Communist Control Act goes into effect, outlawing the American Communist Party
1967 – Led by Abbie Hoffman, the Youth International Party temporarily disrupts trading at the New York Stock Exchange by throwing dollar bills from the viewing gallery, causing trading to cease as brokers scramble to grab them
1991 – Mikhail Gorbachev resigns as head of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
1991 – Ukraine declares itself independent from the Soviet Union
1998 – First radio-frequency identification (RFID) human implantation tested in the United Kingdom
2004 – 89 passengers die after two Moscow airliners explode from Chechnya suicide bombers
2004 – Deathday of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, Swiss-American psychiatrist & death advocate
2006 – The International Astronomical Union (IAU) redefines Pluto as a dwarf planet
My POD (Poem Of the Day)
& the seed is cooked in salt
As our bones grow roots
In the Earth-Womb…
Jigsaw (a guided meditation)
Here we are…breathing…together…sharing the air…here we are, sacred witnesses to the shared journey of our lives…Now, slowly, direct your inner vision to a light beginning to shine overhead…You notice that you are standing on a smooth surface, extending in all directions, as far as you can see…As the light becomes brighter you begin to make out jagged details in the ground below…until you realize, you are standing on a tremendous jigsaw puzzle, made up of countless pieces…The puzzle is so huge that you can’t make out the whole picture…
It goes beyond the horizon in every direction, as far as you can see…Now, look around, Near you is an empty space for a puzzle piece…do you have the piece that fits?…Search yourself for it…but don’t try to convince yourself that you fit where you really don’t…size up the situation & don’t force…enjoy the puzzle…& you will find that, Yes, you are carrying the piece that fits here, now…
And as you look around, you notice that there are others here as well…some that you know, smiling hello, perhaps their puzzle pieces will be joining yours…Others that you may only begin to recognize, others you may be destined to meet & connect with…You see people, & animals, & trees, & flowers, & rocks — every kind of thing imaginable…And each one has a piece of the puzzle with them…
Now take your piece, & with intention, plug it into the puzzle…
As you do so, you notice that it begins to glow brightly…The glow envelopes your whole body & you tingle with a sacred warmth that empowers & brings into focus your True Authentic Self…
And then you realize, that you are not just a piece of the puzzle, you have become the whole of the puzzle itself…You see the whole picture…you are the whole picture! You become each one of its pieces…
You are a star, burning brightly in the darkness…You are a planet, orbiting a warm sun, with a growing ecosystem on your surface…with a magnet in your heart…You are the oceans, swimming with life, dancing with the energy of the moon…You are the rocks, building a foundation for the world, & providing the minerals which make up all things…You are the plants, holding the ground firm, providing nourishment for the animals…You are the trees, the flowers, the clouds, the creatures, the people…You are all things, everywhere…
You are the web & the Creator of the web, linking everything together…
Feel the power & prosperity in your connection to the superabundance of all that you are…Reach into the cornucopia that awaits your biding, & call forth what you need, to feed & fulfill your right livelihood…Your calling, to the ‘Great Work’…Your place in the puzzle that makes life whole…
See that place…your place…make it cozy & efficient, blissful & replenishing…
How does it feel to know in your heart of hearts that you are part of the great plan…that you are a gift that you give to the world?…
See your roots firm now, sprouting out from your place…your piece of the great plan…Keep your grounded perspective as you begin to rise again above the puzzle…& as you do, you strengthen the interwoven web & fortify your connection…your connection to the stars, to the planets, you feel your connection in the swirling sun forming every blade of grass…you see your Highest Self…& know you belong…You see every part of the puzzle, & you realize that each part carries in it a hologram of its wholeness…You carry the wholeness, in the being of your own little piece of life’s puzzle…
And as you continue to rise above life’s jigsaw, the light begins to grow brighter & brighter…clarity & balance & purpose, merges with the life force of our collective breath, giving us new perspectives & resources…
Remember to take your expanded piece of the puzzle with you always, knowing that you can plug it in again whenever you wish…knowing that you belong… knowing that you carry with you the wholeness of the bigger picture…the blessing of the All…
And as we begin to cultivate the blessings received & the vision of our Divine-Self, in the wholeness of our belonging…we can resolve to act on our life-purpose & make it ever more real…ever more whole…
And so on a breath, gradually bring your experience to the present once again, to the here & now…Feel your body refreshed & renewed, here & now, in this room, in this sacred space…know you are sacred… know you are here…know you belong…& Gently, joyfully, see the unity of you…& bring that unity to your community…connecting the many pieces in the puzzle of life, we all share…
See you there
Blessings & Peace ~Hazel Archer Ginsberg