TODAY: the Sun enters Aries in the Sidereal Zodiac (Taurus in the Tropical)
Feast of the Holy Lance, the spear of Longinus – the centurion who pierced the side of Jesus Christ. Longinus, who was nearly blind, was healed when some of the blood & water fell into his eyes. He then exclaimed “Indeed, this was the Son of God!” [Mark 15:39]. Longinus converted, Left the army, took instruction from the apostles & became a monk in Cappadocia. There he was arrested for his faith, his teeth forced out & tongue cut off. However, St. Longinus miraculously continued to speak clearly. The governor, who was made blind by the demons that came from his idols, had his sight restored when St. Longinus was being beheaded, because his blood came in contact with the governors’ eyes. St. Longinus’ relics are now in the church of St Augustine, in Rome. His Lance is contained in one of the four pillars over the altar in the Basilica of St Peter’s in Rome.
Death Day: Pope Saint Leo IX, 1054, a German aristocrat & a powerful secular ruler of central Italy while holding the papacy. Leo IX is widely considered the most historically significant German Pope of the Middle Ages. His citing of the ‘Donation of Constantine’ (a forged Roman imperial decree by which the emperor Constantine the Great supposedly transferred authority over Rome & the western part of the Roman Empire to the Pope) in a letter to the Patriarch of Constantinople brought about the Great East-West Schism between the Catholic & Orthodox churches.
1775 American Revolution begins in Lexington
1995 Oklahoma City bombing
Death Day: Lord Byron 1824 (seeker after the Palladium )
Death Day: Charles Darwin 1882 (according to the Karmic Relationships Vol 1, lecture 10, his former incarnation was Tariq ibn Ziyad)
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POD (Poem Of the Day)
~In the beginning & at the end
The book is opened
And we see what we must
We are made of god-stuff
The explosion of stars
Waves of light
Molded into form
Secrets writ large on the scroll of each soul
The laws of creation
Death & change inscribed in the blood
A Sun-seed ever expanding
In eternal thoughts
That lead to love…
But where is Wisdom?
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Rudolf Steiner spoke about the 4th phase of the Reverse Ritual by pointing to the connection between the Michael Mystery & the Christ Mystery. “We must find the path to Christ within”- The connection of the human “I” with the Christ “I”. Only then do we arrive at the Word, the Logos – The Revelation
The “festival of Knowledge” that Michael brings becomes an inner revelation. The sphere of Revelation has an apocalyptic character; an apocalypse in the “I”. And from this dark night, the lonely soul gains the forces to say ‘not I, but Christ in me’, grasped in freedom as insight, realized in love.
Renewed from within, this Revelation then radiates out to others, nurturing the seed impulse in the “Christed” inner being of humanity, streaming out into the cosmos, for the future. Here we see how “Anthroposophy is a path of knowledge, to guide the spiritual in the human being to the spiritual in the universe”
This can generate a radical capacity to understand the world, our fellow human beings, & world evolution. A force of warmth lives in this. Borne of love, it activates the will, to compassion.
The Sacramental Ritual flows from Revelation thru to Communion in a closed, self-contained form.
The Reverse Ritual moves from Communion, over Transformation & Offering to Revelation. Its form is open; the community can start from any stage or can cultivate a specific one, while maintaining its connection with the whole.
The sacrament proceeds out of the sphere of the Son, from the proclamation of the Gospel.
The Reverse Ritual, in every case, proceeds out of the sphere of the human being.
…& so it is…
Blessings & Peace –
~hag = Hazel Archer Ginsberg