June 10, 2016
This morning – An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.2 rocked Southern California, rousing residents out of bed at about 1:05 a.m. PT .
The quake was centered about 13 miles north-northwest near Borrego Springs in the desert east of Los Angeles, the U.S. Geological Service reported.
On the west side of Los Angeles, about 100 miles from the epicenter, the quake produced a long shaking motion lasting about 30 seconds. Near Los Angeles International Airport, window blinds shook & the building structure rolled in steady waves. The quake was also felt in San Diego.
40 AD – Birthday of Apollonius of Tyana, a Greek Neopythagorean philosopher, around the time of Jesus.
671 – Emperor Tenji of Japan introduces a water clock (clepsydra) called Rokoku.
1190 –Frederick I Barbarossa drowns in the river Saleph while leading an army to Jerusalem
1786 – A landslide dam on the Dadu River created by an earthquake ten days earlier collapses, killing 100,000 in the Sichuan province of China
1886 – Mount Tarawera in New Zealand erupts, killing 1,530 people & burying the famous Pink & White Terraces. Eruptions continue for 3 months creating a large, fissure across the mountain peak
1898 – Spanish–American War: U.S. Marines land on the island of Cuba
1915 – Birthday of Saul Bellow, Canadian-American author & playwright, Nobel Prize laureate
1963 – Equal Pay Act of 1963 aimed at abolishing wage disparity based on sex (see Gender pay gap) was signed into law by John F. Kennedy as part of his New Frontier Program
1964 – United States Senate breaks a 75-day filibuster against the Civil Rights Act of 1964, leading to the bill’s passage.
1967 – The Six-Day War ends: Israel and Syria agree to a cease-fire
1977 – The Apple II, one of the first personal computers, goes on sale
2002 – The first direct electronic communication experiment between the nervous systems of two humans is carried out by Kevin Warwick in the United Kingdom
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~O fickle winds & swirling dust
Mirage of trees in Summer
Let me remember what is real…
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A Summary of THE ST. JOHN IMAGINATION, by Rudolf Steiner ~from the Four Seasons and the Archangels Lecture 4
In the sense world we see the being of Nature sprouting, budding —from the powers of sleep the forces of vegetative growth, are given form. But in this sleeping Nature, the spiritual which animates & weaves through everything in Nature is revealed.
In summer humanity is bound up with Nature, but, if we have right feeling & perception for it, objective spirituality comes towards us from out of Nature’s interweaving life. And so, to find the essential human being during the St. John’s time, at midsummer, we must turn to the objective spirituality in the outer world, & this is present everywhere in Nature.
If we follow Nature in high summer with deepened spiritual insight & with perceptive eyes, we find our gaze directed to the depths of the Earth itself. We find that the minerals down there send their inner crystal-forming process towards us more vividly than at any other time of the year; shaping itself into lines, angles & surfaces. “If we are to have an impression of it as a whole, we must picture this crystallizing process as an interweaving activity, colored throughout with deep blue”.
We can feel that as a human form we have grown out of the blue depths of the earth’s crust; permeated with force by the silver-gleaming crystal lines.
Using our imaginative thinking, we could ask: “How is it that these silver-sparkling crystal lines & waves are working within me? What is it that lives & works there, silver-gleaming in the blue of the Earth? — then one knows: That is cosmic Will. And one has the feeling of standing upon cosmic Will”.
Tomorrow we look up to the heights
Blessings and Peace ~Hazel Archer Ginsberg