Greetings Friends – I am filled with gratitude for all your support & good will around The All Souls webinar put out the Anthroposophical Society. Here is a link to the video recording. And the audio only recording
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Most importantly, thank you for preparing a space within yourself to honor this special time of year.
Join us for The Sacred Gateway: Conscious Living, Conscious Dying, and the Journey Beyond April 16-19, 2020 in Detroit, MI. Enjoy lively interactive workshops, great connections, keynote conversations with Orland Bishop, Patrick Kennedy, Hazel Archer-Ginsberg, and more. Registration opens in January at
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Last night on Halloween I did a presentation at the Theosophical Society, called ‘The Descent of Inanna” with a different approach to the theme, centering on the origins, & a performance in eurythmy of the ancient Sumerian Myth. You can watch the video here.
1 November 2019 – “Speaking with the Stars”: Bella Luna moves eastward relative to the background stars each day, & this movement carries it into Saturn’s vicinity this evening. Look for the ringed planet to Luna’s upper left. As with Jupiter, Saturn remains a glorious sight all week. The ringed planet resides among the background stars of Sagittarius the Archer, a region that appears high in the southwest as twilight fades to darkness & doesn’t set until around 11 pm CST time. Saturn shines significantly brighter than any of its host stars.
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
ALL SAINTS DAY “After this I had a vision of a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation, race, people, and tongue. They stood before the throne and before the Lamb, wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands…. [One of the elders] said to me, ‘These are the ones who have survived the time of great distress; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb” (Revelation 7:9,14)
The earliest observance of a feast in honor of all the saints is an early fourth-century commemoration of “all the martyrs.” In the early seventh century, after successive waves of invaders plundered the catacombs, Pope Boniface IV gathered up some 28 wagonloads of bones & reinterred them beneath the Pantheon, a Roman temple dedicated to all the gods. The pope rededicated the shrine as a Christian church. According to Venerable Bede, the pope intended “that the memory of all the saints might in the future be honored in the place which had formerly been dedicated to the worship not of gods but of demons” (On the Calculation of Time).
The Anglo-Saxon theologian Alcuin observed the feast on November 1 in 800, as did his friend Arno, Bishop of Salzburg. Rome finally adopted that date in the ninth century.
The Massacre of the Innocents, part of the El Dia de los Muertos celebration, honors the biblical account of infanticide by Herod. According to the Gospel of Matthew, Herod ordered the execution of all young male children in the vicinity of Bethlehem, so as to avoid the loss of his throne to a newborn King of the Jews whose birth had been announced to him by the Magi, understood as the fulfillment of an Old Testament prophecy: “Then was fulfilled that which was spoken through Jeremiah the prophet, saying, ‘A voice is heard in Ramah, mourning and great weeping, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because her children are no more”.
1512 – The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, painted by Michelangelo, is exhibited to the public for the first time.
1520 – The Strait of Magellan, the passage immediately south of South America connecting the Pacific & the Atlantic Oceans, is first ‘discovered’ & navigated by Ferdinand Magellan during the first recorded circumnavigation voyage
1570 – The All Saints’ Flood devastates the Dutch coast, breaking the dikes. The total number of dead in the tens of thousands, 100,000 people became homeless. Livestock was lost in huge numbers. Winter stocks of food & fodder were destroyed.
1604 – William Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello is performed for the first time, at Whitehall Palace in London
1611 – Shakespeare’s play The Tempest is performed for the first time, at Whitehall Palace in London
1755 – In Portugal, Lisbon is totally devastated by a massive earthquake & tsunami, killing 90,000 people
1765 – The British Parliament enacts the Stamp Act on the Thirteen Colonies in order to help pay for British military operations in North America
1838 –Birthday of Khedrup Gyatso – 11th Dalai Lama
1870 – In the United States, the Weather Bureau (later renamed the National Weather Service) makes its first official meteorological forecast
1911 – The first dropping of a bomb from an aircraft in combat, during the Italo-Turkish War
1918 – Malbone Street Wreck: The worst rapid transit accident in US history occurs under the intersection of Malbone Street & Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, with 202 deaths
1941 – American photographer Ansel Adams takes a picture of a moonrise over the town of Hernandez, New Mexico that would become one of the most famous images in the history of photography. Secretary of the Interior Harold Ickes hired Adams for six months to create photographs of lands under the jurisdiction of the Department of the Interior. Adams was accompanied by his young son Michael & his best friend Cedric Wright on a long road trip around the west. They came upon the scene while traveling through the Chama River valley toward Española in late afternoon on November 1.
1948 – Off southern Manchuria, 6,000 people die as a Chinese merchant ship explodes & sinks
1950 – Pope Pius XII claims papal infallibility when he formally defines the dogma of the Assumption of Mary
1951 – Operation Buster–Jangle: 6,500 American soldiers are exposed to ‘Desert Rock’ atomic explosions for training purposes in Nevada. Participation is not voluntary
1952 – The United States successfully detonates Ivy Mike, the first thermonuclear device, at the Eniwetok atoll. The explosion had a yield of ten megatons TNT equivalent
1955 – The bombing of United Airlines Flight 629 occurs near Longmont, Colorado, killing all 39 passengers & five crew members aboard. Blown up with dynamite placed in the checked luggage by Jack Gilbert Graham to kill his mother as revenge for his childhood & to obtain a large life insurance payout. Within 15 months of the explosion, Graham—who already had an extensive criminal record—was tried, convicted, & executed for the crime
1956 – The Springhill mining disaster in Springhill, Nova Scotia kills 39 miners; 88 are rescued
1957 – The Mackinac Bridge, the world’s longest suspension bridge at the time, opens to traffic connecting Michigan’s upper & lower peninsulas
1960 –John F. Kennedy announces his idea of the Peace Corps
1963 – The Arecibo Observatory in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, with the largest radio telescope ever constructed, officially opens
1970 – Club 5-7 fire in Saint-Laurent-du-Pont, France kills 146 young people
1982 – Honda becomes the first Asian automobile company to produce cars in the United States with the opening of its factory in Marysville, Ohio; a Honda Accord is the first car produced there
2013 – Paul Anthony Ciancia opens fire at Los Angeles International Airport, killing a US Transportation Security Administration employee, & wounding seven other people. After the shooting ended, Ciancia was found to be carrying a note stating that he “wanted to kill TSA”. It also mentioned “fiat currency” & the New World Order. The common theme of this theory is that a secretive power elite with a globalist agenda is conspiring to eventually rule the world through an authoritarian world government—which will replace sovereign nation-states—& an all-encompassing propaganda whose ideology hails the establishment of the New World Order as the culmination of history’s progress. Many influential historical & contemporary figures are said to be part of this cabal that operates through many front organizations to orchestrate significant political & financial events, ranging from causing systemic crises to pushing through controversial policies, at both national & international levels, as steps in an ongoing plot to achieve world domination. The judge votes to keep Ciancia’s statements sealed.
POD (Poem Of the Day)
~Today I am
The thought of myself
In my Mothers forehead…
May I listen to the voice of the messenger
Bringing her song up from the dead –
A silver star bruised & hanging on a cloud
As I roll gold into life
Like the scarab
A Sinner marching with the Saints
I stretch canvas & continue
Beloved Being – Life is a Loom…& we are the weavers of this fabric we call Reality…Our bodies: a bone spindle, shuttling bobbin Souls…Our fibers interlacing, Spinning straw into gold…& yes sometimes a strand of sorrow is added to the weft…These dark threads are just as needed in a weavers skillful hand as the threads of gold & silver in our patterns spun in sand…& now as the fire of life goes inward, & rest lies upon the patient land…Our Craft is the Art of Transforming the patchwork shadow, the wounded ancestor, the demure descendant, every loose fiber, Into a fabric of healed wholeness & Peace…
May your transformation be ever-full of grace.
TONIGHT: 7 PM – 9 PM Friday 1 November 2019 at
the Rudolf Steiner Branch
Our Annual All Souls Festival: Meeting our Ancestors at the Threshold
Maureen Flannery will set up an ‘Ofrenda’, in the Elderberries space, so feel free to bring pictures or other offerings to be added to the altar.
* We will begin with Eurythmy in the Branch Library with Johanna Rohde
* In the Upper Room we will have Leading Thoughts: What can we learn from Spiritual Science about working with the ‘so called dead’ and the ‘unborn’? with Hazel Archer-Ginsberg
* Our Artistic Explorations will be down in the Elderberries – Color gestures for the Past, Present & Future, as a question to our Beloved Dead with Nancy Melvin
*Circle of Remembrance & Eurythmy also in Elderberries
$10 Donation & Snacks to Share Encouraged
For more info. contact Hazel@ReverseRitual.com