18 June 2016
Near the Solstice, the twilight lingers well past 9 o’clock. The waxing Gibbous Moon, climbing into the southeast before sunset, is joined by Saturn as it starts to darken between 9 & 9:30 PM. They’ll track low in the southern skies, due south just before midnight. To their lower right is the red star Antares, while the much brighter Mars is well to the right.
Feast Day of Archangel Uriel
1178 – Five Canterbury monks see the Giordano Bruno crater being formed. It is believed that the current oscillations of the Moon’s distance from the Earth are a result of this collision
1812 – War of 1812 began when the U.S. declares war on Great Britain, Canada, & Ireland
1815 –The Battle of Waterloo results in the defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte
1865 – Deathday of Antonie Wierz – Belgian romantic painter & sculptor
1873 – Susan B. Anthony is fined $100 for attempting to vote
1900 – Empress Dowager Cixi of China orders all foreigners killed, including foreign diplomats & their families
1901 – Birthday of Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanov of Russia
1916 – Death day of Helmuth von Moltke, said by Steiner to have been Pope Nicholas I.
1924 – Rudolf Steiner travels to Koberwitz & Lauenstein to give the curative pedagogy lectures
1929 – Deathday of Michael Bauer – German teacher, author , lecturer, president after Carl Unger of the Anthroposophical Society
1940 – Appeal of 18 June by Charles de Gaulle
1971 – President Richard Nixon declares that illegal drugs are “public enemy number one”, which becomes popularized as the “War on Drugs“.
1979 – In Vienna, President Jimmy Carter & Leonid Brezhnev signed the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT)
1983 –Astronaut Sally Ride becomes the first American woman in space
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~ Weaving garlands of onion & hibiscus,
Succulent moon dew pooling
In the golden cleft
Of my warrior heart
I am a thought made manifest
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Part 8 on the ST. JOHN IMAGINATION
“The teachers in the Mysteries said: “Every year at Midsummer, a solemn offering must be made to the Upper Gods in gratitude for the thoughts they vouchsafe to humanity; for if this is not done, it is all too easy for the Luciferic powers to invade man’s thinking and he is then permeated by these powers.
He can avoid this if every Summer he is mindful of how the Upper Gods have given him these thoughts, and at the Midsummer season lets his thoughts flow back again, as it were, to the Gods.” In this way the men of olden times tried to safeguard themselves from Luciferic influences.
The leaders of the Mysteries called together their pupils and enacted that solemn rite at the culmination of which the thoughts that had been revealed by the Upper Gods were now offered up to them in upward-streaming feelings.
The external rite consisted in solemn words being spoken into rising smoke which was thus set into waves. This act was merely meant to signify that the offering made by man’s inmost soul to the Upper Gods was being inscribed into an outer medium — the rising smoke — through form-creating words.
The words of the prayer inscribed into the rising smoke the feelings which the soul desired to send upwards to the Gods as an offering for the thoughts they had revealed.” ~Rudolf Steiner, The Spiritual Communion of Mankind http://wn.rsarchive.org/Lectures/19221223p01.html#sthash.wBDzuZDX.dpuf
“…Now, humanity must learn to know the etheric and astral elements outside himself. This he can do only through the reverent deepening of spiritual science…
This is what Anthroposophy intends when it speaks of a renewal of the festivals…
We must come once more to an inner understanding of what the cycle of the year can mean to man in this connection; it can then be something even loftier than it was for man long ago”…~Rudolf Steiner, The Cycle of the Year as Breathing-Process of the Earth http://wn.rsarchive.org/Lectures/GA223/English/AP1984/19230403p01.html
Blessings and Peace ~Hazel Archer Ginsberg
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Moonday June 20, 2016 – It’s Summer Solstice & The Full Honey-Moon!!!
So come join our : St. John’s Tide Bon-Fire Social Gathering
7pm – 9pm
Pot-Luck Dinner in the backyard of Hazel & Chuck Ginsberg
Please Bring Food & Drink to Share in Community
RSVP ReverseRitual@gmail.com by TODAY for address & directions
PS. there’s a Cub Game that night so be sure to come in for a sticker to put in your car.
If it’s storming – stay home & celebrate
Sunday June 26th, 2pm -4pm
He Must Increase but I Must Decrease– Exploring the Mysteries of Midsummer
with special guest Robert Karp, Co-Director of the Biodynamic Association.
How do we stand wakefully within the sublime mysteries of summer and St. John’s tide? Who is the mysterious archangel of Midsummer described by Rudolf Steiner and what is his relationship to John the Baptist? Can we trace his influence in modern culture, in modern America? What transformation does he seek to bring into our souls and into our communities?
These are some of the questions we will explore in this talk and, in a series of social-artistic exercises that will be incorporated into the talk.
Dulcimer music by Dr. Elaine Wagner.
Labyrinth Dance with ~hag
More details coming soon. For more info. Contact Hazel ReverseRitual@gmail.com