14 June, 2016 –
Sunset 8:27pm CDT, yet the late twilight fades after 9:15pm this evening, & the waxing Gibbous Moon nearly overwhelms the bluish-white star Spica, about one third of the way up in the south-southwest. Although Spica will struggle to be seen with the brilliance of the moon, Spica is a powerhouse of a star. It is nearly 8 times larger than our Sun, & a blinding 12,000 times brighter.
‘Flag Day’ 1777 – The Stars & Stripes is adopted by Congress as the Flag of the United States
1789 – Mutiny on the Bounty survivors including Captain William Bligh & 18 others reach Timor after a nearly 4,600 mile journey in an open boat
1789 – Whiskey distilled from maize is first produced by Rev Elijah Craig. It is named Bourbon because he lived in Bourbon County, Kentucky
1900 – Hawaii becomes a United States territory
1907 – Norway grants women the right to vote
1919 – The first non-stop trans-Atlantic flight began. Captain John Alcot & Lt. Arthur Brown flew from Newfoundland to Ireland
1951 – “Univac I” was unveiled. It was a computer designed for the U.S. Census Bureau & billed as the world’s first commercial computer
1954 – U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs a bill into law that places the words “under God” into the United States Pledge of Allegiance
1967 – The People’s Republic of China tests its first hydrogen bomb
1986 – Deathday of Jorge Luis Borges, Argentinian author and poet
2002 – Near-Earth asteroid 2002 MN misses the Earth by 75,000
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~The eye opens differentiating
Colors in the light
Recalling me in this now
Knowing my name
It watches my heart
Wags my tongue
& Hangs the sky with Moon & Star
Yesterday & tomorrow
A million years traveling
To reach the flowers in my hand
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Part 4 in: A Summary of THE ST. JOHN IMAGINATION, from ~the Four Seasons and the Archangels, Lecture 4, by Rudolf Steiner
Like the call of conscience from John the Baptist, the need arises to let the light of the Higher Ego shine into our being, knowing that the union of creator & created is affected by any disharmony from our imperfect deeds; & also enhanced by our acts of Good Will.
Rudolf Steiner tells us that in spiritual observation there can appear, as a kind of culmination, this picture of Uriel’s eyes, mixed with the image of a white Dove. (See above) Then we feel how “the silver-sparkling blue below, which arises from the depths of the Earth, bound up with human weaknesses & error, is gathered into a picture of the Earth-Mother (blue). Whether she is called Demeter or Mary, the picture is of the Earth-Mother”.
So it is that we can bring together in Imagination “all those secrets of the depths which go to make up the material Mother of all existence; while in all that is concentrated in the flowing form above we feel & experience the Spirit-Father of everything around us”.
How can we “behold the outcome of the working together of Spirit-Father with Earth-Mother, bearing so beautifully within itself the harmony of the earthly silver, with the gold of the heights”? Between the Father & the Mother we behold the Son. This is an image of the Trinity, a true St. John Imagination.
At midsummer the Trinity reveals itself out of the heart of cosmic activity.
Steiner suggests that all that is living in these weaving pictures can only truly be expressed by the human being thru the power of music.
Like a vaulted background to this living picture reverberating as sound in the ethers, we feel the creative, admonishing gaze of Uriel, prompting the human being to sing & create music with the stars. Then the cosmic Mystery of St. John can speak directly to our head, hands & hearts.
“The silver-shining that rays up from below, and is revealed in the form-giving beauty of the light above, must be expressed at St. John’s-tide through appropriate musical instruments”.
What would it be like to explore through these musical harmonies, our own inner harmony with the cosmos? Will we endeavor to sing the secrets of our cosmic life? Can we give voice, to the improvisation living in this moment that unites us to the eternity of the Trinity?
“For in them the secret of man’s living together with the cosmos at St. John’s tide would have to sound forth. All this would have to be given voice in the music, so that in looking up to the heights we would be looking at the weaving gold of the cosmos, and would see the glowing form of Uriel emerging from the light-filled gold and directing his gaze and his gesture down to the Earth…All this would have to be not in any fixed form, but in living movement. That would be one motif, a heavenly motif through which humanity can feel united, with the shining Cosmic Intelligence”.
Tomorrow: The Weaving
Blessings and Peace ~Hazel Archer Ginsberg