Cloud gazing in the days between Ascension & Whitsun
When the apostles experienced the Ascension, which was for them not merely the proof of the whole immeasurable significance of the Christ impulse for the life of every human soul after death, but was at the same time, the event thru which they were able to attain the fullest most all-encompassing knowledge of the new relationship between microcosm & macrocosm.
Because of the Ascension the human soul can come into contact with the cosmic sphere where Christ derived the forces for His Resurrection Body. The sphere of the Father, where the Atma, or future Spirit Human, is derived.
And now, since in the resurrection, Christ has united the forces of the cosmic midnight hour directly with earth evolution, this created a bridge for all human beings over the cosmic abyss, unlocking the gate between the cosmic midnight hour & the midday moment of cosmic existence.
The Ascension provided the opportunity for The Holy Spirit, who illuminates individual ego-consciousness, to be able to appear in earthly evolution among human beings at Whitsun, to pour into them the true knowledge of the Mystery of Golgotha & the Ascension in full wisdom.
The outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost is a direct consequence of the Resurrection & the Ascension.
The events of Easter, Ascension & Whitsun form the foundation of the only moveable feasts in the cycle of the year, which succeed one another in accordance with a strictly cosmic law, having to do with the alignment of Sun, Full Moon & Earth after the Spring Equinox.
At the Baptism the Christ Being united with the physical body of Jesus of Nazareth & therefore was united with earthly evolution as a whole.
At the Transfiguration Christ permeates the etheric body of Jesus. In the scene of the transfiguration, Christ reveals his higher sun nature –to the 3 chosen disciples – A visionary manifestation of the fully transformed etheric body, which radiates light like a Sun.
Ascension relates to the Transfiguration & Whitsun to the Baptism. We see in the Ascension the metamorphosis of the scene of the Transfiguration; -& in Whitsun, the transformation of the Baptism by John in the Jordan. And the Annunciation relates to Whitsun as we shall soon see.
In the Ascension Christ showed the connection to the spiritual Sun forces, which became manifest in the Transfiguration, with the etheric bodies of all human beings.
When Christ entered into Jesus at the Baptism, His Sun-Being took over the ego of Jesus. –After the resurrection the Christ impulse can live within mankind without taking over the ego-consciousness. But in order for this to happen Christ had to Ascend.
10 days after the Ascension or 50 days after the Resurrection, Christ sent the Holy Spirit- that Divine Being of the Trinity that does not overpower, but enhances the ego of humankind.
Now the Christ impulse can enter human souls thru the mediation of the Holy Spirit, so that we can retain ego-consciousness without being overwhelmed by Christ’s powerful sun nature. The benevolent Sun, that gives life generating warmth to all existence, is a bridge, connecting the macrocosm with the microcosm.
~Vitae Sophia~ A Whitsun Festival of United Soul Endeavor with Hazel Archer-Ginsberg
Online Whitsunday, 31 May 2020 from 10 am–11:15 am EDT Zoom Call*
Through leading thoughts and conversation we are called to redeem the ether spheres to create an Ecclesia, a chalice for The Sophia. Then the spirit flame can spread out to become what Steiner called a “World Whitsun”, which began in earnest at the Christmas Conference. The Whitsun Festival highlights one of the greatest challenges of being human: placing our individual gifts, in right relationship within the social realm. This challenge is especially strong now during this ‘pandemic’. Our groups striving to know Spiritual Science must work together as a community, to have the possibility to create a new culture where a sacrament is possible in every encounter. Our individual strength is enhanced by weaving our gifts together, kindling our social world in conscious community.
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28 May 2017 – “Speaking with the Stars”: Bella Luna waxes ever brighter as she wends her way eastward past the Regulus today & tomorrow, dancing over to Spica on June 1st.
If you want to catch a last glimpse of Venus before she vanishes from the evening sky, find a location with a flat western horizon & look that way right after sunset. The dazzling planet is now racing between Earth & Sun as she passes us on her inner orbit. The end of May brings her too close to the Sun to observe, &she slips into the morning sky after solar conjunction on June 3rd.
The fleet planet Mercury is still quite visible in the west after sunset, but he is beginning to fade in brightness.
Jupiter & Saturn greet those up at midnight. They are very easy to spot just east of the “teapot” asterism of Sagittarius, & they will remain close together in the sky for the remainder of the summer & fall.
Ruddy Mars continues to plod eastward through the faint stars of Aquarius, & should be easy to spot if you’re up well before dawn. He is gradually brightening as Earth catches up to him, & there is nothing even remotely as bright or red-tinted in this part of the sky. He will continue to brighten until opposition in early October, when he will outshine mighty Jupiter!
(Thanks Steve Hale for the link )
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
“We understand only the very smallest part of human history and of our own life if we consider it in its external aspect, I mean in that aspect which we see from the limited view-point of our earthly life between birth and death. It is impossible to comprehend the inner motives of history and life unless we turn our gaze to that spiritual background which underlies the outer, physical happenings”. ~Rudolf Steiner, Karmic Relationships, Volume IV: Lecture III
585 BC – the 1st prediction of a solar eclipse by the Greek philosopher & scientist Thales, which occurs while Alyattes is battling Cyaxares in Halys, leading to a truce. This is one of the cardinal dates from which other eclipse dates can be calculated
1892 – In San Francisco, John Muir organizes the Sierra Club
1961 – Peter Benenson’s article The Forgotten Prisoners is published in several internationally read newspapers. This will later be thought of as the founding of the human rights organization Amnesty International.
1995 – The 7.0 Mw Neftegorsk earthquake shook the Russian settlement of Neftegorsk, with 2,989 deaths &750 injured. The settlement was never rebuilt.
1999 – In Milan, Italy, after 22 years of restoration work, Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece The Last Supper is put back on display
POD (Poem Of the Day)
~Under the Clouds
The Robins nod & bow & walk & fly…
Of the ethers spin
In countless exhaled breaths…
We are growing, remembering, forgetting, Becoming…
We are the many…
One face changing expression
Unmasked, we are the countenance of Christ
Greetings friends –The Merry Prep-Stirs of Chicago are doing a Whitsun Prep – coordinating with many other Bio-Dynamic folks around the world, & YOU are invited.
Come stir in Social Solidarity around the campfire.
7 pm CDT Friday 29 May 2020
BYO beverages or snacks. Musical instruments encouraged Contact Hazel@ReverseRitaul.com for details
From Rand Carter: IT’S MERRY PREPSTIR TIME
May 2020 evening of Friday, May 29 (Fire) – BD #500
Morning of Saturday, May 30 (Fire) – BD #501
This is an extra special celebration – For Whitsun weekend, & 30 May is also World Biodynamic Farming Day. Rudolf Steiner gave the Agriculture Course at Whitsun time in 1924. ‘The intention of the Merry Prepstir Spray Initiative community is to break the boundary perception of individual farms and yards and move the influences to continents and beyond.’
Friday 19 June 2020 – Front Range Anthroposophical Café presents:
The New Mysteries of St. Johns-Tide with Hazel Archer-Ginsberg
To pass the test of Summer we will explore many questions:
- How do we stand wakefully within the sublime mysteries of the Summer-Tide, to consciously embody ‘the spiritual wisdom of the gods’?
- Who is the mysterious Archangel of Summer?
- Who is John the Baptist? What do his sayings “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” And “He must increase, but I must decrease.” really mean?
- What is the secret to healing the ‘soul-fever’ so prevalent in society today?
- What is the mystery of the Dragon-fly, & other elemental beings?
- How can we understand the ‘Cycle of the Year as Breathing Process of the Earth’?
Together we will work to strengthen our true “I”, enlivening our will forces.
8 pm – 9 pm – CDT – We look forward to seeing you on Friday 19 June 2020 shortly before 7 pm (Mountain time.) Here is the link to our Anthroposophical Café and all you need to do to join us is click on it: https://zoom.us/j/294724669.
Warmly, Karen vann Vuuren, Tom Altgelt, Jamie York, and our growing circle of Café Friends – It’s better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.