12 June 2016, This evening The 1st Quarter Moon forms a great, nearly straight line with Spica to her left, & Jupiter & Regulus to her lower right.
1240 – At the instigation of Louis IX of France, an inter-faith debate, known as the Disputation of Paris, starts between a Christian monk & four rabbis
1429 – Hundred Years’ War: Joan of Arc leads the French army in their capture of the city & the English commander, William de la Pole.
1519 – Birthday of Cosimo I de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany
1665 – England installs a municipal government in New York City (the former Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam)
1915 – Today is the 101st Birthday of David Rockefeller an American banker who served as chairman of Chase Manhattan Corporation. He is the oldest living member of the Rockefeller family, the only surviving child of John D. Rockefeller.
1929 – Birthday of Anne Frank, 1942 –receives a diary for her thirteenth birthday
1943 – Holocaust: Germany liquidates the Jewish Ghetto in Brzeżany, Poland Around 1,180 Jews are led to the city’s old Jewish graveyard & shot
1964 – Anti-apartheid activist and ANC leader Nelson Mandela is sentenced to life in prison for sabotage in South Africa
1967 – Loving Day is an annual celebration held on the anniversary of The US Supreme Court in Loving v. Virginia declaring that all U.S. state laws which prohibit interracial marriage to be unconstitutional.
1991 – Russians elect Boris Yeltsin as the president of the republic
1994 – Deathday of Nicole Brown Simpson the ex-wife of O. J. Simpson & the mother of two of his children. She was killed at her home in Brentwood, LA, along with restaurant waiter Ron Goldman. O.J. Simpson was acquitted of the murders but was later found liable for the deaths in a civil trial.
2006 – Deathday of György Ligeti, composer of contemporary classical music. He has been described as “one of the most important avant-garde composers of the twentieth century” & “one of the most innovative & influential among progressive figures of his time”.
Born in Transylvania, Romania, he lived in Hungary before emigrating to Austria. He became professor of composition at the Hamburg Hochschule für Musik und Theater.
He is best known by the public for the use of his music in film soundtracks. Most famously in the films of Stanley Kubrick, particularly with the music from 2001: A Space Odyssey.
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Calendar of the Soul – Twelfth Week [June 12, 2016 – June 18, 2016]
The radiant beauty of the world
Compels my inmost soul to free
God-given powers of my nature
That they may soar into the cosmos,
To take wing from myself
And trustingly to seek myself
In cosmic light and cosmic warmth.
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Part 2 in: A Summary of THE ST. JOHN IMAGINATION, from ~the Four Seasons and the Archangels Lecture 4, by Rudolf Steiner
When we look up to the heavens at MidSummer, we gain the impression of expansive cosmic Intelligence. We get the feeling that cosmic Intelligence is alive everywhere , an impression of many beings that live together & within each other, woven through with light; the polar opposite of the Will.
Down below, deep within the Earth, we feel —that in the blue darkness everything is experienced as will forces. Yet up above we feel — everything we perceive is illumined, permeated, with a feeling of intelligence.
Within this radiant activity there appears the extremely earnest countenance of the Archangel Uriel, which arises glowing warmly out of the pervading radiant Intelligence (red head in the yellow, Plate V). We have the impression that this being forms its body of light, out of the radiant Intelligence. And for this to happen at the height of summer, the elemental spirits of the Earth must soar upwards. And as they do, they weave themselves into the shining Intelligence up above, & the shining Intelligence receives them into itself. And out of that gleaming radiance Uriel takes form.
It is with great earnestness that this representative of the weaving cosmic forces, seeking to embody himself in a vesture of light, appears in the time of summer. The intelligence of Uriel arises from the working together of the planetary forces, supported by the working of the fixed stars of the Zodiac. The deeds accomplished by Uriel in the radiant light, preserves the thoughts of the cosmos, in his thoughts.
The feeling comes: “You clouds of summer, radiant with Intelligence, in which are reflected up above the blue crystal-formations of the earth below, just as these blue crystal-formations mirror in turn the shining Intelligence of the summer clouds — out of your shining there appears in high summer, with earnest countenance, a concentrated Imagination of Cosmic Understanding…Through the power of attraction residing in the concentrated cosmic Intelligence of Uriel, the silver forces (white) are drawn upwards, and in the light of this inwardly shining Intelligence, as seen from the Earth, they appear as radiant sunlight, densifying into a glory of gold. One has the immediate feeling that the gleaming silver, streaming up from below, is received by the sunlit radiance above. And the earth-silver — the phrase is quite correct — is changed by cosmic alchemy into the cosmic gold which lives and weaves in the heights.”
With the sprouting, springing life, we can no longer speak of matter permeated by spirit, as it is in winter. We have to speak of spirit woven through with matter – with silver and gold.
Tomorrow we follow Uriel’s gaze into human morality & conscience.
Blessings and Peace ~Hazel Archer Ginsberg