Monthly Archives: July 2020

good cop / bad cop

Dear friends – Buckle your seatbelt! Those who are willing to dive deep are invited to take up today’s blog post. But 1st let’s tune into Michael’s Cosmic Iron which is coming in even now, giving us the strength to use our heart-thinking to discern & redeem the truth.

Ayse Domeniconi

Have you ever caught a ‘shooting star’?  Well, start looking & make a wish. The annual Delta Aquariids meteor shower started Sunday, July 12 (my b-day) & will be visible each night until Sunday, August 23. Summer’s first major cosmic event peaks tonight & tomorrow! It’s one of the longest running meteor showers of all, with some of the slowest-moving shooting stars – Expect about 10-20 per hour.

The alpha Capricornids are active from July 2 – August 10 with maximum activity tomorrow with visual rates usually around 3 per hour. The radiant is on the Capricornus/Aquila border.

The July gamma Draconids (GDR) were first noticed by Japanese observers in 2009. This stream is active from July 21-31. The radiant is in southeastern Draco southeast of Eltanin (gamma Draconis). The radiant also lies due north of the star Vega (alpha Lyrae).

And of course more to come in August.

Ok, now that we have fired up our iron will with Michael’s sword & shield, here are my thoughts for today, including a long Steiner quote that is putting out an extremely potent call for our time now. I hope you will stay with me.

Adrian Salamandre

Our blueprint as human beings has the goal of recognizing that we come from Spirit, to live into matter. Thru our evolution, as we become more conscious, we have the task of discovering our higher “I”, & then uniting creatively with matter, with the intention of transforming it once again into Spirit – by aligning with ‘the Spirit’s Cosmic Thoughts’ to awaken the soul – to motivate an active art-full willing, stirred by Free-Thinking, directed by the Grace of Love.

DIY Childrens Drawing Board (Treasure Map Example) - Instructables

This blueprint of our birthright, is like a treasure map that has twists & turns, & plenty of obstacles built in. We need these obstacles to help motivate us, pushing our comfort zone, so we can gain the strength to overcome inertia. We are called to exercise faith to overcome these obstacles. And we are meant to see these adversarial forces for what they are, so we don’t give into them, try to run & hide, get distracted along the way, or get fooled into thinking we have arrived at the goal.  

I Take a Rorschach Test - RICHARD HILL ART
Richard Hill

Our current world situation is a test. Can we cultivate the middle pillar where Love stands in uprightness, holding the balance; – & not get pulled into the 2 polarities of cold & hot (East/West) – or sit in dullness, completely disconnected, asleep in the deadening lukewarm-ness…?!?

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At its worst, one pole wants us to devolve into a group-soul type conformity, (fascist socialism) going along with a prescribed narrative motivated by fear, & corporate greed, set up by puppet masters touting false #’s to back their claims; setting us up to rat out or shame each other if we don’t follow the party line, using the term conspiracy theory (invented by the CIA to discredit anyone who dared question the assignation of Robert F. Kennedy) calling those who question authority, dangerous to society. At its best, folks are just trying to keep themselves & others ‘safe’.

(but as you will read from Steiner, an imposed ‘caring’ will not achieve the ideal of empathy & social solidarity which is the aim of the 6th cultural epoch)

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The other side is doing the same thing – engendering a divisiveness based on untruthfulness – but from the angle of radical individualism. The ideal of Freedom is important, but unfortunately, it has been sullied by the ‘Make America Great’ – ME 1st crowd’, willing to shoot others who don’t agree; inciting riots thru paramilitary crowd control, maligning peaceful protesters to make them look like un-American anarchists. At its best, the hot side unites people against social injustice.

Abe Odedina | Good cop bad cop (2019) | Available for Sale | Artsy
Abe Odedina

But don’t be fooled, dear friends, these polarities are playing ‘good cop, bad cop’ they are different sides of the same filthy lucre, & they both want the same thing – to keep us fighting against each other – to keep us blind to our true humanity.

The plan-demic is all about keeping us from reaching the next step of our human evolution, which I briefly indicated above, & which includes: the implementation of the 3-Fold Social organism; the awakening to The Christ Impulse revealed in the etheric, & the unveiling of the New Isis-Sophia.

What Does the Angel Do in Our Astral Body By Rudolf Steiner - YouTube

For those who have been able to read thus far, thank you. Now here is what Rudolf Steiner has to say (please forgive my little sidebar interjections in parenthesis) :

The essential point is that at a definite time — depending, upon the attitude men themselves adopt, it will be earlier or later, or at worst not at all, — a threefold truth will be revealed to mankind by the Angels.

Firstly, it will be shown how his own genuine interest will enable man to understand the deeper side of human nature. A time will come — and it must not pass unnoticed — when out of the spiritual world men will receive through their Angel an impulse that will kindle a far deeper interest in every individual human being than we are inclined to have to-day.

This enhanced interest in our fellow-men will not unfold in the subjective, leisurely way that people would prefer, but by a sudden impetus a certain secret will be inspired into man from the spiritual side, namely, what the other man really is: a divine being; and this will kindle interest in every individual. This will particularly affect the social life.

Secondly: From the spiritual world the Angel will reveal to man that, in addition to everything else, the Christ Impulse postulates complete freedom in matters of religious life, that the only true Christianity is the Christianity which makes possible absolute freedom in the religious life. We must know that every person is sacred, and we cannot be happy if any other is suffering.

And thirdly: Unquestionable insight into the spiritual nature of the world. We will know that everything in the material world is spirit incarnate, and to think and act accordingly.

But let it be emphasised that this impending event confronts the will of man. Many things that should lead to conscious awareness of this event may be and indeed are being left undone.

For as you know, there are other beings working in world-evolution, beings who are interested in deflecting man from his proper course: these are the Ahrimanic and the Luciferic beings. And they set about doing this by curbing man’s free will. They try to cloud his understanding of the exercise of his free will.

True, they desire to make him ‘good’ —but automatic goodness, automatic spirituality, without free will. Lucifer desires that man shall be led automatically, he wants to deprive him of his free will, to make man into a being who acts as a reflection, as an automaton, without free will. (wear the mask or you are a bad person)

Free will can be acquired only on the Earth but the Luciferic beings want to have nothing to do with the Earth; they want only Saturn-, Sun-, Moon-evolution, and to remain at those stages. In a sense they hate the free will of man. Thereby on the one side the danger would arise that prematurely, before his Spiritual Soul is in full function, man would become a being whose actions are those of a spiritual puppet and he would sleep through the ‘impending revelation’. (Our ability to encounter the ‘Etheric Christ’)

But the Ahrimanic beings too are working to obscure this revelation. They rather kill out in man the consciousness of his own spirituality. They endeavour to instill into man the conviction that he is nothing but a completely developed animal. Ahriman is in truth the teacher par excellence of materialistic Darwinism, and modern science.

He is also the great teacher of all those technical and practical pursuits in Earth-evolution where there is refusal to acknowledge the validity of anything except the external life of the senses, where the only desire is for a widespread technology. To kill, to darken in man the consciousness that he is an image of the Godhead — this is what the Ahrimanic beings are endeavouring by subtle scientific means of every kind to achieve in our age of the Spiritual Soul.

A great danger may arise and men must be alert to it. If they are not, instead of the event that should play a momentous part in shaping the future evolution of the Earth, (which must include the vision of the Etheric Christ) a great danger to this evolution will supervene.

What if humanity on earth should persist in sleeping through the momentous spiritual revelation of the future? If this were to happen in respect of the freedom of the religious life, for example, if men were to sleep through the repetition of the Mystery of Golgotha on the etheric plane, the reappearance of the etheric Christ, or other matters as well, then the Angels would have to try different means of achieving what the pictures they weave in the astral body of man are intended to achieve. If men do not allow this to be achieved in the astral body while they are awake, the Angels would, in this case, endeavour to fulfill their aims through their sleeping bodies.

Here lies the great danger for the age of the Spiritual or Consciousness Soul. This is what might still happen if, before the beginning of the third millennium, men were to refuse to turn to the spiritual life. The third millennium begins with the year 2000.

But what would be the outcome if the Angels were obliged to perform this work without man himself participating, to carry it out in his etheric and physical bodies during sleep?

The dreaded outcome in the evolution of humanity would unquestionably be threefold. Firstly, it would become instinct instead of conscious spiritual activity and therefore baleful. It is so indeed: certain instinctive knowledge that will arise in human nature, instinctive knowledge connected with the mystery of birth and conception, with sexual life as a whole, threatens to become baleful if the danger of which I have spoken takes effect. Certain Angels would then themselves undergo a change.

The effect in the evolution of humanity would be that certain instincts connected with the sexual life would arise in a pernicious form instead of wholesomely, in clear waking consciousness. These instincts would not be mere aberrations but would pass over into and configure the social life, would above all prevent men — through what would then enter their blood as the effect of the sexual life — from unfolding brotherhood in any form whatever on the earth, and would rather induce them to rebel against it. This would be a matter of instinct.

And what do you suppose the scientific experts will say when such instincts come into evidence? They will say that it is a natural and inevitable development in the evolution of humanity. But light cannot be shed on such matters by modern science.

Natural science will be totally blind to the event of which I have told you, for if men become half devils through their sexual instincts, science will as a matter of course regard this as a necessity. Scientifically, then, the matter is simply not capable of explanation, for whatever happens, everything is falsely explained by science. The fact is that such things can be understood only by spiritual, super-sensible cognition. That is the one aspect.

The second aspect is that from this work which involves changes affecting the Angels themselves, still another result accrues for humanity: instinctive knowledge of certain medicaments — but knowledge of a baleful kind!

Everything connected with medicine will make a great advance in the materialistic sense. Men will acquire instinctive insights into the medicinal properties of certain substances and certain treatments — and thereby do terrible harm. But the harm will be called useful. A sick man will be called healthy, for it will be perceived that the particular treatment applied leads to something pleasing. People will actually like things that make the human being — in a certain direction — unhealthy. (Vaccines)

Knowledge of the medicinal effects of certain processes and treatments will be enhanced, but this will lead into very baleful channels. For man will come to know through certain instincts, what kind of illnesses can be induced by particular substances and treatments. And it will then be possible for him either to bring about, or not to bring about, illnesses, entirely as suits his egotistical purposes.

The third result will be this. Man will get to know of definite forces which, by means of quite easy manipulations — by bringing into accord certain vibrations will enable him to unleash tremendous mechanical forces in the world. (5G) And the whole of technical science will sail into desolate waters. But human egoism will find these desolate waters of tremendous use and benefit.

If a form of medicine injurious to humanity were ever to take root, (Covid-19 vaccine, etc…) if a terrible aberration of the sexual instincts were to arise, (child porn rings, sexual violence against women, etc…) if there were baleful doings in the sphere of the purely mechanistic forces of the world, (5G) an unspiritual conception of life would see through none of these things, would not perceive how they deviate from the true path…

The sleeper, as long as sleep lasts, does not see the approach of a thief who is about to rob him; he is unaware of it and at most he finds out later on, when he wakes, what has been done to him. But it would be a bad awakening for humanity!

Man would pride himself upon the growth of his instinctive knowledge of certain processes and substances and would experience such satisfaction in obeying certain aberrations of the sexual impulses that he would regard them as evidence of a particularly high development of superhumanity, of freedom from convention, of broad-mindedness! In a certain respect, ugliness would be beauty and beauty, ugliness. Nothing of this would be perceived because it would all be regarded as necessity. But it would denote an aberration from the path which, in the nature of humanity itself, is prescribed for man’s essential being.

If a feeling has been acquired of how Spiritual Science penetrates into and affects our whole attitude of mind, I believe that there can also arise the earnestness required for receiving such truths as have been presented today. From this earnestness there can stem what ought indeed to stem from all Spiritual Science: the acknowledgment of definite obligations, of definite responsibilities in life. Whatever our position may be, whatever we have to do in the world, the essential thing is to foster the thought that our conduct must be permeated and illumined by our anthroposophical consciousness. Then we contribute something towards the true progress of humanity.” ~ excerpt from The Work of the Angels In Man’s Astral Body. A Lecture By Rudolf Steiner, Zurich, 9th October, 1918, GA 182.

Friends, we are all in this together!

~hag

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There are many ways to help us hold this form! You could help by connecting us to Midwestern friends or initiatives, lending or gifting food/supplies, contributing financially, spreading the word, or lacing up your hiking boots and walking with us!

To make a financial donation thru paypal go to urbanfirstaidla@gmail.com

Greetings! My name is Ultra-Violet Archer, a 2018 graduate of the Chicago Waldorf School.I am inviting you to be co-creators of a walking-learning journey taking place in the heartland this coming August.

For ten days, myself, a group of fellow journeyers, and maybe even you, will walk out our living questions across the Midwestern landscape, forging connection with each other, those we meet along the way, and the land itself. Our journey begins in Madison, Wisconsin on August 8th and ends at Elderberries Bio-dynamic Outpost and Threefold Cultural Hub in Chicago Illinois on the 18th.

Along the way we will share food, song, and story, while meeting and holding conversation with local food, farm, and community initiatives. Classroom Alive is the name of the game, and we’d love for you to become a fellow player.

For more information or to register, find Classroom Alive Chicago on Facebook or email circlesforarenewalofculture@gmail.com

Ready to walk? sign up here: https://form.jotform.com/202047534622145…

With love and light,
Ultra, Stefan, Robbie, Frank, Dottie, and the rest of the Classroom Alive sole-power team

August 20-23, 2020 Questions of Courage Youth Conference at Elderberries

Questions of Courage 2020 in Chicago – August 20-23 Elderberries Biodynamic Outpost and 3Fold Cultural Hub 4251 N. Lincolon Ave. Chicago, IL. 60618

August 20: Check-in, share conversation, build the ground for the journey together.

August 21-22: Travel to Wisconsin Move together towards the land, link up with Farmer John and Haidy Angelic Organics Biodynamic Farm, and also with Dana and Phil Burns at Healing Traditions and Alizur farm. Connect with the land, plants, animals, and one another, through creative explorations and “roughin’ it” type amendments. Sleep under the stars or indoors.

August 23: Return to Chicago Enter back into the metropolitan context, into the social questions of urban life, and close the gathering together at Elderberries, setting the ground for future work out of questions of courage that are present.

Other locations and collaborators are currently in dialogue, and will be updated here.

The gathering is essentially about stepping into the living natural element, step by step, making an integral connection, with one another, ourselves, and the elements that support us here on the Earth…”

registration: https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSdY7KXHkjUPV2h9UD…/viewform

Thank you Elderberries for giving us an anchor to build our heartland gathering around!

Elderberries Biodynamic Outpost + Threefold Cultural Hub, 4251 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618

Co-sponsored in part by The Rudolf Steiner Branch Chicago, Hazel Archer-Ginsberg, Festival & Program Coordinator

August 27-30, Dr. Michaela Glockler, John Bloom, Nicanor Perlas, + more -HOW WE WILL 2020

SAVE THE DATE – August 27 – 30 2020 Elderberries Biodynamic Outpost and 3Fold Cultural Hub in person in Chicago and also Online

Friends, Dr. Michaela GlocklerNicanor Perlas, John Bloom, storyteller Melody Brink, biographer Linda Bergh and Seneca Gonzalez! are added to our collaborators for this How We Will – Forming Curative Communities.

We have a few more responses that we are waiting for before we send out our invitations and our website. Turning Point in Time!

At Elderberries 3-fold Bio-Dynamic Outpost 4251 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL. 60618

for more info. contact Frank Agrama or Dottie Zold

Details TBA

Co-sponsored in part by The Rudolf Steiner Branch Chicago, Hazel Archer-Ginsberg, Festival & Program Coordinator

Michael: His Mission & Ours! Michaelmas Festival Sept. 27-29, 2020

Save the Date for Our Michaelmas Festival & Yourth Gathering Sunday 27 September 2 pm – 4 pm, Monday 28 Sept. & Tuesday 29 Sept.  

Sponsered by: The Rudolf Steiner Branch, Elderrberries Biodynamic Outpost & 3-Fold Cultural Hub, & Angelic Organics  Biodymanic Farm

In person & online presentations

Details TBA

contact Dottie Zold or Festivals coordinator Hazel Archer-Ginsberg

3-Fold Comets

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Comet ATLAS
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comet SWAN
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comet NEOWISE

Dear Friends – During this Corona-crisis we have had 3 celestial harbingers – 3 trail (tail) blazing comets: Atlas, Swan & Neowise, sent into our solar system by the ever present help of the Spiritual world, to sweep up the chaos & bring clarity to the murky astrality that is pervading our thinking.

Anthroposophy and Astrology by Elisabeth Vreede

Astrosopher Dr. Elisabeth Vreede tells us: “Human beings receive what they need from the cosmos in order to become self-reliant & independent…Comets may be spoken of as constant purifiers of the spiritual atmosphere within the solar system. In earlier times men thought of them as the “scavengers of God,” and many superstitions have gathered around them. To the eye of Spirit, the mission of the comets is perpetually to expel impure astral forces from the Cosmos or to introduce new impulses…”

24 | March | 2020 | Reverse Ritual
Evelyn De Morgan

Her work helps us see that comets are born out of the spiritual necessity of the times in which they make their bright & brief appearance; creating a strengthening effect on our astral body, to give us the forces needed to step up to our highest destiny.

Comet Atlas will light up the skies later this month

Comet Atlas was the 1st to arrive, at the very beginning of the Corona-crisis. In Greek Mythology, Atlas is the Titan god who bares the heavens aloft. He personifies the quality of endurance (atlaô). Atlas turns the heavens on their axis, causing the stars to revolve, & he was also the god who instructed humankind in the art of astronomy.

image of the god Atlas - Google Search | Mythology art, Art, Painting

Could the message of the comet Atlas be that we are supposed to start bearing the weight of our collective karma, a call to endurance?

Comet SWAN Expected to Put on a Splendid Show - Sky & Telescope ...

Next came Swan – an Oort cloud comet discovered by the Solar Wind Anisotropies Network (SWAN) camera a few days after the Spring Equinox, on 25 March 2020.

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In Celtic mythology, the Swan is known to have links to the spirit world – able to shift between the earthly & supernatural realms. Could it be this harbinger was trying to get us to pay attention to the spiritual dimensions of the corona-crisis?

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And Comet Neowise, the most spectacular of them all, lasted the longest & recently peaked on 22-23 July 2020. It makes me think of Neo the wise fool from the Matrix. His journey holds many hallmarks of classic myth – He is the reluctant hero, the Chosen One, the savior, & the one who will lead the people to freedom. In order to do that, he must sacrifice himself, & rise from the dead. He faces progressively greater challenges, & as he begins to believe in himself, he is able to overcome all obstacles, including the ultimate adversarial powers.

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Daniel Sullivan

Neowise really captured the world’s attention because of the spectacular sweep of its bright tail. But are we willing to truly awaken to the New Wisdom (Neowise) blatantly blazing across the horizon; & step out of the Matrix?

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Above all, dear friends, this Corona-crisis is a call to reform our social life; & these 3 corona-comets are pointers, awakening us to the opportunity now present, to manifest the 3-fold social organism laid out by Rudolf Steiner (right after WW1 during the time of the Spanish flu epidemic in 1917)

Understanding of the world as it actually is, the ability to bring spiritual knowledge right down into the practical life of humanity, into the stubborn spheres of technical industry & economics, as well as into the thinking, the moral life & the actions of the human being – this is one side of the challenge of threefolding. The other is the development of the inner life of soul which generates love for human beings and the wisdom to promote their spiritual & social wellbeing…Rudolf Steiner left us a legacy. Is it not for us to work as laborers unto harvest?” ~D.N. Dunlop, “Rudolf Steiner and the fulfillment of the Quest.

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A call for a 3-fold Commonwealth comes from these 3 corona-comets, blazing in from out of the spiritual world. A sign we are meant to put this initiative into action now. The moral imagination invites the higher consciousness of each individual to cultivate in the Cultural realm a human experience of diversity, of freedom, of choice in education, & religion, a new wisdom. With this foundation of tolerance & love, the Economic realm can develop out of sister & brotherhood – in mutuality, like the unselfish, faithful Swan; the Political realm can then hold an undeniable Equality of Rights, like Atlas. And human beings everywhere can live in peace & prosperity, if we will it.

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M. Lewandowski

The threefold Social organism has been born out of the most intimate knowledge of human evolution, out of the knowledge of what must occur if the highest goal of human evolution is not to be renounced” ~Rudolf Steiner.

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Friends, thru all the lock-down time, the masks that cover our human countenance, the fear & confusion, – the spiritual world is lining up blessings for us, if we will only tune in!  2020 began with a Lunar Eclipse & a Saturn-Pluto conjunction. It will end with a Jupiter-Saturn conjunction, also known as a Great Conjunction, which will mark the beginning of a new 200-year era – occurring on the same day as the Winter Solstice – the birth of the light, blessed by Jupiter the benevolent King, working with Saturn to reclaim Time.

jupiter – Darinka Maja
Darinka Maja

The 3 corona-comets have added to this cosmic conversation meant to enact change! Are we listening? Are we willing to engage in this “Speaking with the Stars”! Are we open to receiving this ever ‘present help from the spiritual world’, & do our part to actively employ it in our intention to foster healing change!?!

When Jupiter and Saturn meet | Astronomy Essentials | EarthSky

We have to prepare for this Great Conjunction now, by tuning in to these Spiritual Beings & what they are offering. We are called to connect our current events to our cosmic speaking, to recreate our communication, & to awaken to community (come unity). But dear friends, the message of the comets is that we are each individuals, & we must blaze our own way in the world; working to cultivate each of the 3 Social Spheres, using our gifts to heal ourselves & the world

 ~hag

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There are many ways to help us hold this form! You could help by connecting us to Midwestern friends or initiatives, lending or gifting food/supplies, contributing financially, spreading the word, or lacing up your hiking boots and walking with us!

Greetings! My name is Ultra-Violet Archer, a 2018 graduate of the Chicago Waldorf School.I am inviting you to be co-creators of a walking-learning journey taking place in the heartland this coming August.

For ten days, myself, a group of fellow journeyers, and maybe even you, will walk out our living questions across the Midwestern landscape, forging connection with each other, those we meet along the way, and the land itself. Our journey begins in Madison, Wisconsin on August 8th and ends at Elderberries Bio-dynamic Outpost and Threefold Cultural Hub in Chicago Illinois on the 18th.

Along the way we will share food, song, and story, while meeting and holding conversation with local food, farm, and community initiatives. Classroom Alive is the name of the game, and we’d love for you to become a fellow player.

For more information or to register, find Classroom Alive Chicago on Facebook or email circlesforarenewalofculture@gmail.com

Ready to walk? sign up here: https://form.jotform.com/202047534622145…

With love and light,
Ultra, Stefan, Robbie, Frank, Dottie, and the rest of the Classroom Alive sole-power team

***

August 20-23, 2020 Questions of Courage Youth Conference at Elderberries

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Questions of Courage 2020 in Chicago – August 20-23 Elderberries Biodynamic Outpost and 3Fold Cultural Hub 4251 N. Lincolon Ave. Chicago, IL. 60618

August 20: Check-in, share conversation, build the ground for the journey together.

August 21-22: Travel to Wisconsin Move together towards the land, link up with Farmer John and Haidy Angelic Organics Biodynamic Farm, and also with Dana and Phil Burns at Healing Traditions and Alizur farm. Connect with the land, plants, animals, and one another, through creative explorations and “roughin’ it” type amendments. Sleep under the stars or indoors.

August 23: Return to Chicago Enter back into the metropolitan context, into the social questions of urban life, and close the gathering together at Elderberries, setting the ground for future work out of questions of courage that are present.

Other locations and collaborators are currently in dialogue, and will be updated here.

The gathering is essentially about stepping into the living natural element, step by step, making an integral connection, with one another, ourselves, and the elements that support us here on the Earth…”

registration: https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSdY7KXHkjUPV2h9UD…/viewform

Thank you Elderberries for giving us an anchor to build our heartland gathering around!

Elderberries Biodynamic Outpost + Threefold Cultural Hub, 4251 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618

Co-sponsored in part by The Rudolf Steiner Branch Chicago, Hazel Archer-Ginsberg, Festival & Program Coordinator

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August 27-30, Dr. Michaela Glockler, John Bloom, Nicanor Perlas, + more -HOW WE WILL 2020

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SAVE THE DATE – August 27 – 30 2020 Elderberries Biodynamic Outpost and 3Fold Cultural Hub in person in Chicago and also Online

Friends, Dr. Michaela GlocklerNicanor Perlas, John Bloom, storyteller Melody Brink, biographer Linda Bergh and Seneca Gonzalez! are added to our collaborators for this How We Will – Forming Curative Communities.

We have a few more responses that we are waiting for before we send out our invitations and our website. Turning Point in Time!

At Elderberries 3-fold Bio-Dynamic Outpost 4251 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL. 60618

for more info. contact Frank Agrama or Dottie Zold

Details TBA

Co-sponsored in part by The Rudolf Steiner Branch Chicago, Hazel Archer-Ginsberg, Festival & Program Coordinator

Michael: His Mission & Ours! Michaelmas Festival Sept. 27-29, 2020

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Save the Date for Our Michaelmas Festival & Yourth Gathering Sunday 27 September 2 pm – 4 pm, Monday 28 Sept. & Tuesday 29 Sept.  

Sponsered by: The Rudolf Steiner Branch, Elderrberries Biodynamic Outpost & 3-Fold Cultural Hub, & Angelic Organics  Biodymanic Farm

In person & online presentations

Details TBA

contact Dottie Zold or Festivals coordinator Hazel Archer-Ginsberg

***

3-fold Corona-Comets

Comet ATLAS
comet SWAN
comet NEOWISE

Dear Friends – During this Corona-crisis we have had 3 celestial harbingers – 3 trail (tail) blazing comets: Atlas, Swan & Neowise, sent into our solar system by the ever present help of the Spiritual world, to sweep up the chaos & bring clarity to the murky astrality that is pervading our thinking.

Anthroposophy and Astrology by Elisabeth Vreede

Astrosopher Dr. Elisabeth Vreede tells us: “Human beings receive what they need from the cosmos in order to become self-reliant & independent…Comets may be spoken of as constant purifiers of the spiritual atmosphere within the solar system. In earlier times men thought of them as the “scavengers of God,” and many superstitions have gathered around them. To the eye of Spirit, the mission of the comets is perpetually to expel impure astral forces from the Cosmos or to introduce new impulses…”

24 | March | 2020 | Reverse Ritual
Evelyn De Morgan

Her work helps us see that comets are born out of the spiritual necessity of the times in which they make their bright & brief appearance; creating a strengthening effect on our astral body, to give us the forces needed to step up to our highest destiny.

Comet Atlas will light up the skies later this month

Comet Atlas was the 1st to arrive, at the very beginning of the Corona-crisis. In Greek Mythology, Atlas is the Titan god who bares the heavens aloft. He personifies the quality of endurance (atlaô). Atlas turns the heavens on their axis, causing the stars to revolve, & he was also the god who instructed humankind in the art of astronomy.

image of the god Atlas - Google Search | Mythology art, Art, Painting

Could the message of the comet Atlas be that we are supposed to start bearing the weight of our collective karma, a call to endurance?

Comet SWAN Expected to Put on a Splendid Show - Sky & Telescope ...

Next came Swan – an Oort cloud comet discovered by the Solar Wind Anisotropies Network (SWAN) camera a few days after the Spring Equinox, on 25 March 2020.

The Swan In Celtic Mythology | Transceltic - Home of the Celtic ...

In Celtic mythology, the Swan is known to have links to the spirit world – able to shift between the earthly & supernatural realms. Could it be this harbinger was trying to get us to pay attention to the spiritual dimensions of the corona-crisis?

How to Control Content Marketing Better Than Neo Controlled The ...

And Comet Neowise, the most spectacular of them all, lasted the longest & recently peaked on 22-23 July 2020. It makes me think of Neo the wise fool from the Matrix. His journey holds many hallmarks of classic myth – He is the reluctant hero, the Chosen One, the savior, & the one who will lead the people to freedom. In order to do that, he must sacrifice himself, & rise from the dead. He faces progressively greater challenges, & as he begins to believe in himself, he is able to overcome all obstacles, including the ultimate adversarial powers.

Daniel Sullivan

Neowise really captured the world’s attention because of the spectacular sweep of its bright tail. But are we willing to truly awaken to the New Wisdom (Neowise) blatantly blazing across the horizon; & step out of the Matrix?

Above all, dear friends, this Corona-crisis is a call to reform our social life; & these 3 corona-comets are pointers, awakening us to the opportunity now present, to manifest the 3-fold social organism laid out by Rudolf Steiner (right after WW1 during the time of the Spanish flu epidemic in 1917)

Understanding of the world as it actually is, the ability to bring spiritual knowledge right down into the practical life of humanity, into the stubborn spheres of technical industry & economics, as well as into the thinking, the moral life & the actions of the human being – this is one side of the challenge of threefolding. The other is the development of the inner life of soul which generates love for human beings and the wisdom to promote their spiritual & social wellbeing…Rudolf Steiner left us a legacy. Is it not for us to work as laborers unto harvest?” ~D.N. Dunlop, “Rudolf Steiner and the fulfillment of the Quest.

A call for a 3-fold Commonwealth comes from these 3 corona-comets, blazing in from out of the spiritual world. A sign we are meant to put this initiative into action now. The moral imagination invites the higher consciousness of each individual to cultivate in the Cultural realm a human experience of diversity, of freedom, of choice in education, & religion, a new wisdom. With this foundation of tolerance & love, the Economic realm can develop out of sister & brotherhood – in mutuality, like the unselfish, faithful Swan; the Political realm can then hold an undeniable Equality of Rights, like Atlas. And human beings everywhere can live in peace & prosperity, if we will it.

M. Lewandowski

The threefold Social organism has been born out of the most intimate knowledge of human evolution, out of the knowledge of what must occur if the highest goal of human evolution is not to be renounced” ~Rudolf Steiner.

Friends, thru all the lock-down time, the masks that cover our human countenance, the fear & confusion, – the spiritual world is lining up blessings for us, if we will only tune in!  2020 began with a Lunar Eclipse & a Saturn-Pluto conjunction. It will end with a Jupiter-Saturn conjunction, also known as a Great Conjunction, which will mark the beginning of a new 200-year era – occurring on the same day as the Winter Solstice – the birth of the light, blessed by Jupiter the benevolent King, working with Saturn to reclaim Time.

jupiter – Darinka Maja
Darinka Maja

The 3 corona-comets have added to this cosmic conversation meant to enact change! Are we listening? Are we willing to engage in this “Speaking with the Stars”! Are we open to receiving this ever ‘present help from the spiritual world’, & do our part to actively employ it in our intention to foster healing change!?!

When Jupiter and Saturn meet | Astronomy Essentials | EarthSky

We have to prepare for this Great Conjunction now, by tuning in to these Spiritual Beings & what they are offering. We are called to connect our current events to our cosmic speaking, to recreate our communication, & to awaken to community (come unity). But dear friends, the message of the comets is that we are each individuals, & we must blaze our own way in the world; working to cultivate each of the 3 Social Spheres, using our gifts to heal ourselves & the world

 ~hag

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There are many ways to help us hold this form! You could help by connecting us to Midwestern friends or initiatives, lending or gifting food/supplies, contributing financially, spreading the word, or lacing up your hiking boots and walking with us!

Greetings! My name is Ultra-Violet Archer, a 2018 graduate of the Chicago Waldorf School.I am inviting you to be co-creators of a walking-learning journey taking place in the heartland this coming August.

For ten days, myself, a group of fellow journeyers, and maybe even you, will walk out our living questions across the Midwestern landscape, forging connection with each other, those we meet along the way, and the land itself. Our journey begins in Madison, Wisconsin on August 8th and ends at Elderberries Bio-dynamic Outpost and Threefold Cultural Hub in Chicago Illinois on the 18th.

Along the way we will share food, song, and story, while meeting and holding conversation with local food, farm, and community initiatives. Classroom Alive is the name of the game, and we’d love for you to become a fellow player.

For more information or to register, find Classroom Alive Chicago on Facebook or email circlesforarenewalofculture@gmail.com

Ready to walk? sign up here: https://form.jotform.com/202047534622145…

With love and light,
Ultra, Stefan, Robbie, Frank, Dottie, and the rest of the Classroom Alive sole-power team

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August 20-23, 2020 Questions of Courage Youth Conference at Elderberries

Questions of Courage 2020 in Chicago – August 20-23 Elderberries Biodynamic Outpost and 3Fold Cultural Hub 4251 N. Lincolon Ave. Chicago, IL. 60618

August 20: Check-in, share conversation, build the ground for the journey together.

August 21-22: Travel to Wisconsin Move together towards the land, link up with Farmer John and Haidy Angelic Organics Biodynamic Farm, and also with Dana and Phil Burns at Healing Traditions and Alizur farm. Connect with the land, plants, animals, and one another, through creative explorations and “roughin’ it” type amendments. Sleep under the stars or indoors.

August 23: Return to Chicago Enter back into the metropolitan context, into the social questions of urban life, and close the gathering together at Elderberries, setting the ground for future work out of questions of courage that are present.

Other locations and collaborators are currently in dialogue, and will be updated here.

The gathering is essentially about stepping into the living natural element, step by step, making an integral connection, with one another, ourselves, and the elements that support us here on the Earth…”

registration: https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSdY7KXHkjUPV2h9UD…/viewform

Thank you Elderberries for giving us an anchor to build our heartland gathering around!

Elderberries Biodynamic Outpost + Threefold Cultural Hub, 4251 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618

Co-sponsored in part by The Rudolf Steiner Branch Chicago, Hazel Archer-Ginsberg, Festival & Program Coordinator

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August 27-30, Dr. Michaela Glockler, John Bloom, Nicanor Perlas, + more -HOW WE WILL 2020

SAVE THE DATE – August 27 – 30 2020 Elderberries Biodynamic Outpost and 3Fold Cultural Hub in person in Chicago and also Online

Friends, Dr. Michaela GlocklerNicanor Perlas, John Bloom, storyteller Melody Brink, biographer Linda Bergh and Seneca Gonzalez! are added to our collaborators for this How We Will – Forming Curative Communities.

We have a few more responses that we are waiting for before we send out our invitations and our website. Turning Point in Time!

At Elderberries 3-fold Bio-Dynamic Outpost 4251 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL. 60618

for more info. contact Frank Agrama or Dottie Zold

Details TBA

Co-sponsored in part by The Rudolf Steiner Branch Chicago, Hazel Archer-Ginsberg, Festival & Program Coordinator

Michael: His Mission & Ours! Michaelmas Festival Sept. 27-29, 2020

Save the Date for Our Michaelmas Festival & Yourth Gathering Sunday 27 September 2 pm – 4 pm, Monday 28 Sept. & Tuesday 29 Sept.  

Sponsered by: The Rudolf Steiner Branch, Elderrberries Biodynamic Outpost & 3-Fold Cultural Hub, & Angelic Organics  Biodymanic Farm

In person & online presentations

Details TBA

contact Dottie Zold or Festivals coordinator Hazel Archer-Ginsberg

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The Being of Human Wisdom

Cantos of Reclamation : Eclipse Painting and Writing - Shiloh Sophia
Shiloph Sophia

POD (Poem Of the Day)

~My song raps itself around
The belly of the New Sophia
Pulsing in union with The Logos
In rhythm with the Sun streaming
In the All-Space of the Fixed Stars
Forming fresh consonants
Into the aura of imaginations
That inform my soul thru rolling vowels
Of planetary bodies
That sing their echo into my open ear…
~hag

Society Anthroposophy Worldwide 9/14
Sergei Olegovitch Prokofieff
16 January 1954 – † 26 July 2014

Sergei O. Prokofieff was the 1st to confirm my connection with the New Isis. And his dedication to the 1st Class Lessons birthed in me a true knowing. He opened for me the living reality of the ‘New Mysteries’, revealing the relationship of the Christ-Sophia in this Michael age, with Rudolf Steiner & Christian Rosenkreutz, which we as human beings are called to explore & develop. “The Cycle of the Year as a Path of Initiation – A Esoteric Study of the Festivals” is my Bible – my calling, my life’s work. “The Occult Significance of Forgiveness” changed my life (I am of course still striving here) And the massive work “May Human Beings Hear It” which convinced me to dedicate myself to the Foundation Stone Meditation, has kept me involved in the Anthroposophical Society, when the human failings & karmic knots would have driven me away; pointing up the living reality of the Christmas Conference, which I feel a personal & collective responsibility to fulfill.

My heart spills over with gratitude for this true initiate, this true anthroposopher, this true human being, who continues to be my mentor from across the Threshold.

Anthroposophia seeks to become a new group-soul for that part of humankind which is united within the General Anthroposophical Society founded by Rudolf Steiner at the Christmas Conference of 1923-24, thereby representing a kind of archetype for the whole of future evolution & at the same time initiating that universally human process which Rudolf Steiner described in the following words: ‘When people gather together in voluntary associations, they group themselves around focal points. The feelings that stream together at such a focal point now gives Beings the opportunity to work as a kind of group-soul, though in a completely different sense from the former unconscious group-souls. All previous group-souls were beings who made man unfree. These New Beings, however, are wholly compatible with the freedom & preservation of human individuality’.

Anthroposophia would seek to become the 1st of these Beings in our time. However, whether this is possible depends not on this Being alone, but also on human beings.

Thus by uniting with one another in the General Anthroposophical Society out of a love for Anthroposophia & a wish to serve her as a real, living Being, anthroposophist’s throughout the world have the task of together creating on Earth something akin to an all embracing soul-chalice into which this supersensible Being, the youngest member of the heavenly Sophia, can descend. And this means none other than the beginning of the incarnation of the heavenly Sophia on Earth. (this will come about in the 7th epoch, but of which we must prepare now)

Only from this grandiose perspective can we really understand the inner significance of the deed wrought by Rudolf Steiner at the Christmas Conference, a deed which represents the high-point & culmination of the entire 21 year development of the anthroposophical movement (1902-23) – a ‘Turning Point of Time’ – For it signified the birth on Earth of her ego in the sheaths of the General Anthroposophical Society. In this way the foundation was laid, or-one could say-the possibility created, for the further working of Anthroposophia in the midst as a New Group-Soul.” ~Sergei O. Prokofieff, “The Heavenly Sophia and the Being Anthroposophia

May we take up this task to give birth to Anthroposophia, this Being of Human Wisdom, within ourselves, to serve the world.

Sergei Olegovitch was the grandson of the composer Sergei Prokofiev. Born in Moscow, he studied fine arts & painting at the Moscow School of Art. He encountered anthroposophy in his youth, & soon made the decision to devote his life to it. Prokofieff, wrote his first book, Rudolf Steiner and the Founding of the New Mysteries, while living in Soviet Russia. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, he was a co-founder of the Anthroposophical Society in Russia. At Easter 2001, he became a member of the Executive Council of the General Anthroposophical Society in Dornach, Switzerland. Prokofieff was a prolific author; at the core of his work is an attempt to develop a deepened understanding for Christianity on the basis of Rudolf Steiner’s spiritual-scientific research. Prokofieff left us a treasure trove of Works

Thank you dear Sergei for your continued inspiration.  

~hag

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Soul Calendar & Lemniscate – Part II – Syinthesis
Barbara Gollew

The Calendar of the Soul by Rudolf Steiner, Verse 17
The Cosmic Word,
the world has let me lead
through senses’ gates to soul ground, speaks:
‘Imagine in your spirit depths
my worldwide space
to find in future Me in you’
~Translated by Roy Sadler

26 July 2020 – ‘Speaking with the Stars’ – Bella Luna, almost at 1st quarter, shines in the Southwest as the stars come out. Look for Spica sparkling about a fist to her left. Almost 3x’s as far above the Moon is brighter Arcturus.

The Sagittarius Teapot is in the south these evenings; find it right of Jupiter & Saturn. With the advance of summer, the Teapot is starting to tilt & pour from its spout to the right. The Teapot will tilt farther & farther for the rest of the summer — or for much of the night if you stay out late.

Cat winking and owning the game : photoshopbattles

The tail of Scorpius is lower right of the Teapot, by hardly a fist at arm’s length. Look for the two stars especially close together in the tail. These are Lambda & fainter Upsilon Scorpii, known as the Cat’s Eyes. They’re canted at an angle; the cat is tilting his head & winking.

Internet Cats: Banksy Kitten Highlights Gaza's Plight
Banksy

Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Feast of Saint Anne, mother of Mary, & grandmother of Jesus according to apocryphal Christian & Islamic tradition.

1856 – Birthday of George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright & critic, Nobel Prize laureate.

1875 – Birthday of Carl Jung, Swiss psychiatrist & psychotherapist. Jung was also an artist, craftsman & builder as well as a prolific writer. Many of his works were not published until after his death & some are still awaiting publication.

Among the central concepts of analytical psychology is individuation—the lifelong psychological process of differentiation of the self out of each individual’s conscious & unconscious elements. Jung considered it to be the main task of human development. He created some of the best known psychological concepts, including synchronicity, archetypal phenomena, the collective unconscious, the psychological complex, & extraversion / introversion.

When Jung was six months old, tension between his parents was growing. Emilie Jung, his mother was an eccentric & depressed woman; she spent considerable time in her bedroom where she said that spirits visited her at night. Although she was normal during the day, Jung recalled that at night his mother became strange & mysterious. He reported that one night he saw a faintly luminous & indefinite figure coming from her room with a head detached from the neck, floating in the air in front of the body. Jung was a solitary, introverted child.

From childhood, he believed that, like his mother, he had 2 personalities—a modern Swiss citizen & a personality more suited to the 18th century. Personality Number 1″, as he termed it, was a typical schoolboy living in the era of the time. “Personality Number 2” was a dignified, authoritative & influential man from the past. A number of childhood memories made lifelong impressions on him. As a boy, he carved a tiny mannequin into the end of the wooden ruler from his pencil case & placed it inside the case. He added a stone, which he had painted into upper & lower halves, & hid the case in the attic. Periodically, he would return to the mannequin, often bringing tiny sheets of paper with messages inscribed on them in his own secret language. He later reflected that this ceremonial act brought him a feeling of inner peace &security. Years later, he discovered similarities between his personal experience & the practices associated with totems in indigenous cultures, such as the collection of soul-stones near Arlesheim or the tjurungas of Australia. He concluded that his intuitive ceremonial act was an unconscious ritual, which he had practiced in a way that was strikingly similar to those in distant locations which he, as a young boy, knew nothing about. His observations about symbols, archetypes, & the collective unconscious were inspired, in part, by these early experiences combined with his later research.

At the age of 12, shortly before the end of his first year at the Humanistisches Gymnasium in Basel, Jung was pushed to the ground by another boy so hard that he momentarily lost consciousness. A thought then came to him—”now you won’t have to go to school anymore.” From then on, whenever he walked to school or began homework, he fainted. He remained at home for the next 6 months until he overheard his father speaking hurriedly to a visitor about the boy’s future ability to support himself. They suspected he had epilepsy. Confronted with the reality of his family’s poverty, he realized the need for academic excellence. He went into his father’s study & began pouring over Latin grammar. He eventually overcame the urge & did not faint again. This event, Jung later recalled, “was when I learned what a neurosis is.”

Jung did not plan to study psychiatry since it was not considered prestigious at the time. But, when looking at a psychiatric textbook, his interest was immediately captured—it combined the biological & the spiritual, exactly what he was searching for.

In 1895 Jung began to study medicine at the University of Basel. Barely a year later in 1896, his father Paul died & left the family near destitute. They were helped out by relatives who also contributed to Jung’s studies.

During his student days, he entertained his contemporaries with the family legend, that his paternal grandfather was the illegitimate son of Wolfgang Goethe & his German great-grandmother, Sophie Ziegler. In later life, he pulled back from this tale, saying only that Sophie was a friend of Goethe’s niece.

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There are many ways to help us hold this form! You could help by connecting us to Midwestern friends or initiatives, lending or gifting food/supplies, contributing financially, spreading the word, or lacing up your hiking boots and walking with us!

The Classroom Alive organizing team looks forward to meeting you this Sunday, July 26th for a Zoom listening/support/advice circle,
11 am Pacific
1 pm Central
2 pm Eastern
8 pm CET

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/623699415
Meeting ID: 623 699 415

Greetings! My name is Ultra-Violet Archer, a 2018 graduate of the Chicago Waldorf School.I am inviting you to be co-creators of a walking-learning journey taking place in the heartland this coming August.

For ten days, myself, a group of fellow journeyers, and maybe even you, will walk out our living questions across the midwestern landscape, forging connection with each other, those we meet along the way, and the land itself. Our journey begins in Madison, Wisconsin on August 8th and ends at Elderberries Biodynamic Outpost and Threefold Cultural Hub in Chicago Illinois on the 18th.

Along the way we will share food, song, and story, while meeting and holding conversation with local food, farm, and community initiatives. Classroom Alive is the name of the game, and we’d love for you to become a fellow player.

Greetings! My name is Ultra-Violet Archer, a 2018 graduate of the Chicago Waldorf School. I am inviting you to be co-creators of a walking-learning journey taking place in the heartland this coming August. For ten days, myself, a group of fellow journeyers, and maybe even you, will walk out our living questions across the midwestern landscape, forging connection with each other, those we meet along the way, and the land itself. Our journey begins in Madison, Wisconsin on August 8th and ends at Elderberries Biodynamic Outpost and Threefold Cultural Hub in Chicago Illinois on the 18th. Along the way we will share food, song, and story, while meeting and holding conversation with local food, farm, and community initiatives. Classroom Alive is the name of the game, and we’d love for you to become a fellow player. There are many ways to help us hold this form! You could help by connecting us to midwestern friends or initiatives, lending or gifting food/supplies, contributing financially, spreading the word, or lacing up your hiking boots and walking with us!

For more information or to register, find Classroom Alive Chicago on Facebook or email circlesforarenewalofculture@gmail.com

Ready to walk? sign up here: https://form.jotform.com/202047534622145…

With love and light,
Ultra, Stefan, Robbie, Frank, Dottie, and the rest of the Classroom Alive sole-power team

August 20-23, 2020 Questions of Courage Youth Conference at Elderberries

Questions of Courage 2020 in Chicago – August 20-23 Elderberries Biodynamic Outpost and 3Fold Cultural Hub 4251 N. Lincolon Ave. Chicago, IL. 60618

August 20: Check-in, share conversation, build the ground for the journey together.

August 21-22: Travel to Wisconsin Move together towards the land, link up with Farmer John and Haidy Angelic Organics Biodynamic Farm, and also with Dana and Phil Burns at Healing Traditions and Alizur farm. Connect with the land, plants, animals, and one another, through creative explorations and “roughin’ it” type amendments. Sleep under the stars or indoors.

August 23: Return to Chicago Enter back into the metropolitan context, into the social questions of urban life, and close the gathering together at Elderberries, setting the ground for future work out of questions of courage that are present.

Other locations and collaborators are currently in dialogue, and will be updated here.

The gathering is essentially about stepping into the living natural element, step by step, making an integral connection, with one another, ourselves, and the elements that support us here on the Earth…”

registration: https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSdY7KXHkjUPV2h9UD…/viewform

Thank you Elderberries for giving us an anchor to build our heartland gathering around!

Elderberries Biodynamic Outpost + Threefold Cultural Hub, 4251 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618

Co-sponsored in part by The Rudolf Steiner Branch Chicago, Hazel Archer-Ginsberg, Festival & Program Coordinator

August 27-30, Dr. Michaela Glockler and Nicanor Perlas, + more -HOW WE WILL 2020

SAVE THE DATE – August 27 – 30 2020 Elderberries Biodynamic Outpost and 3Fold Cultural Hub in person in Chicago and also Online

Friends, Dr. Michaela Glockler, Nicanor Perlas, John Bloom, storyteller Melody Brink, biographer Linda Bergh and Seneca Gonzalez! are added to our collaborators for this How We Will – Forming Curative Communities.

We have a few more responses that we are waiting for before we send out our invitations and our website. Turning Point in Time!

At Elderberries 3-fold Bio-Dynamic Outpost 4251 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL. 60618

for more info. contact Frank Agrama or Dottie Zold

Details TBA

Co-sponsored in part by The Rudolf Steiner Branch Chicago, Hazel Archer-Ginsberg, Festival & Program Coordinator

Michael: His Mission & Ours! Michaelmas Festival Sept. 27-29, 2020

Save the Date for Our Michaelmas Festival & Yourth Gathering Sunday 27 September 2 pm – 4 pm, Monday 28 Sept. & Tuesday 29 Sept.  

Sponsered by: The Rudolf Steiner Branch, Elderrberries Biodynamic Outpost & 3-Fold Cultural Hub, & Angelic Organics  Biodymanic Farm

In person & online presentations

Details TBA

contact Dottie Zold or Festivals coordinator Hazel Archer-Ginsberg

Social Agriculture NOW!

Frank Agrama

The health question is a question of nutrition. The nutrition question is a question of agriculture.The agricultural question is a social question.” ~Karl Konig

We took a little road trip into the hinterlands of WI. To visit our ol’ pals Martha & Nick Karris on their Biodynamic Cranberry Marsh, Nekoosa Farms. The big sky reflecting on the spring fed marsh was soul refreshing. The blushing cranberries plumbing up in the summer sun; the crystal clear reservoir with water lilies & cat tails on the banks; the sand hill cranes, green heron, Ibis, duck & geese; the huge osprey & eagles nests right off the beds. The wild flowers teeming with bees & butterflies, the deer, frogs & dragonfly’s, the voles & chipmunks, turtles & birds of every color…an adventure in reverence for this city-girl!

It was a daily ritual to go fishing & skinny dipping in the spring fed waters. They know all the good fishing spots, where you throw the line in & the huge Northern Pike & Bass jump right on – Every meal a sacred blessing & social experiment. We brought our CSA box from Angelic Organics & eggs from Zinniker Farm to round out the feasts.

Martha & Nick Karris are at the forefront of the fight to keep the CAFO factory farming from moving into their township, which would endanger their pristine air & waters.

One night we watched ‘The Real Dirt on Farmer John’. Friends, if you still haven’t seen this epic tale directed by Taggart Siegel & written by our beloved, eccentric, maverick, Farmer John; the time is now! (there’s so much there, that even if you saw it years ago, its worth another immersion) Documented through home movies & tons of beautifully shot footage, we see the tragio/comic hero’s journey of a human being: Farmer, artist & progressive thinker.

In the late 1960s, after his father’s death & uncle’s suicide, under the loving embrace of his hardworking mother, & the guidance of his own unique star, while going to college in Beloit, John turned his traditional family farm into an experiment of art & agriculture, making it a haven for hippies, radicals & artists.

Then in the late 1980s his local community vilified & harassed him; & the farm debt crisis of the time brought about the tragic collapse of the farm.

Through travel & inner development, defying all odds, John bravely transforms himself & his farm, amid a failing economy, vicious rumors, & arson; creating a revolutionary extended village where people & art thrive alongside agriculture. Through thick & thin, our hero succeeds in creating a bastion of free expression by becoming a bio-dynamic organic small-holder whose business, Angel Organics, is all the buzz. I laughed, I cried, I am ever inspired.

The folks working on the Karris Nekoosa Farm don’t know any anthroposophical concepts, but they can build a prep-stir machine using common sense that is shear perfection, & they are open to putting bio-dynamics into practice, where they see 1st hand the changes in the crop. They take on their tasks with joy & a real love of the land. (They are always looking for good hands, contact Nick if you are serious about working).

One of the first thoughts Rudolf Steiner brings to us in the farmers Course, is that “Agriculture touches every aspect of human life.” Last Michaelmas, when we met up with Farmer John at Angelic Organics, with the Elderberries crew, one of our big questions was: ‘In what ways does bio-dynamics intersect with social justice?’

The Himalayan tea train that's running out of steam - BBC News

The world changed dramatically in Steiner’s lifetime (1861-1925), with advances in communication & transportation technology accompanied by tremendous social unrest in Europe. Many countries were experiencing the crumble of social structures in the old empire with its monarchy, as part of the chaos around WWI (which also brought on the ‘Spanish Flu epidemic’)

Steiner responded to the unrest with ideas & initiatives to encourage social health. Steiner’s concept of the 3-fold Social Organism is founded on 3 ideals:

  • Equity & Equality in our human to human relationships in the ‘Rights Realm’, community empowerment, & government policy;
  • Freedom in our individual & cultural expression, spirituality, art, education & initiative;
  • Cooperation (Sister/Brotherhood) in our Economic activities, allowing everyone’s needs to be met.

Bio-dynamics began in this 3-fold vision of social justice. Some of the 1st farms worked to implement alternative labor/management relations. Associations were formed with businesses, including farms & mills in a cooperative called Der Kommende Tag (“The Coming Day”).

What Is Biodynamics? | Biodynamic Association

Embedded in the 3-fold economic picture is a striving to understand the health of the land as a source of wealth, whose ideal is the Healing or Spiritualizing of the Earth. The original title of Rudolf Steiner’s lectures on agriculture was ‘Spiritual Scientific Foundations for a Renewal of Agriculture’.

What Is Biodynamics? | Biodynamic Association

At the core of Steiner’s work is the concern that materialistic thinking is permeating every aspect of human life & becoming a global epidemic. What are the consequences of seeing nature, plants, animals, & people as only physical, things? How do we grow food that nourishes the whole human being, in body, soul, & spirit, recognizing & honoring the spirit in all life, cultivating interdependence, growing community?

What Is Biodynamics? | Biodynamic Association

Steiner suggests that it’s less important to see food as providing substances for our physical body alone, but more significant that food provides fuel for our will.

Daphne Odjig, Enfolding
Daphne Odjig

So if the warmth that is generated by our metabolic system through the food we eat can be seen to have spiritual directives, & moral qualities, what role can food play in social justice? Can food help or hinder the development of this aspect of ourselves that is sensitive to the impact we have on others? How can we encourage the food that is grown & eaten to connect us with the spiritual world so that we may develop as moral human beings?

Kristena West

Steiner suggests that, as spiritual beings, one of the main reasons we even have a physical body, is to be able to convert physical warmth into compassion, empathy & LOVE.

Sea Cooke

A good place to start is to see that  bio-dynamic food can nourish our will to social justice.

Steiner wrestled as we do, with the dynamic of individuals living in community. He tried to express a healthy relationship in this verse:

A healthy social life is found only when, in the mirror of each soul, the whole community finds its reflection, and when, in the whole community, the virtue of each one is living.” ~Rudolf Steiner

Patricia Glibert

What does the mirror show us today?

~hag (special thanks to Cory Eichman)

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23 July 2020 – “Speaking with the Stars”: TONIGHT! COMET NEOWISE’S CLOSEST APPROACH TO EARTH: Tonight could be your best chance to see Comet NEOWISE for the next 6,800 years. It’s visible to the naked eye from dark sky sites, & an easy target, look just below the Big Dipper

inkl - Liverpool Echo - Comet Neowise spotted over the river ...

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August 8-18 ‘Classroom Alive’ Youth Open-Source Learning in Chicago

We’re starting up with Culture in our community – join young people here in Chicago for a 10 day walking journey – Classroom Alive Chicago!

Exploration & experiencial learning all over Chicagoland, starting at at Elderberries 3-Fold Bio-dynamic Outpost & Cultrual Hub 4251 N. Lincolon Ave. Chicago, IL. 60618

for more info. contact Ultra-Violet Archer, or Frank Agrama

Details TBA

#ClassroomAliveChicago2020

Thank you for forwarding this flier for any interested young people –

Co-sponsored in part by The Rudolf Steiner Branch Chicago Hazel Archer-Ginsberg, Festival & Program Coordinator

August 20-23, 2020 Questions of Courage Youth Conference at Elderberries

Questions of Courage 2020 in Chicago – August 20-23 Elderberries Biodynamic Outpost and 3Fold Cultural Hub 4251 N. Lincolon Ave. Chicago, IL. 60618

August 20: Check-in, share conversation, build the ground for the journey together.

August 21-22: Travel to Wisconsin Move together towards the land, link up with Farmer John and Haidy Angelic Organics Biodynamic Farm, and also with Dana and Phil Burns at Healing Traditions and Alizur farm. Connect with the land, plants, animals, and one another, through creative explorations and “roughin’ it” type amendments. Sleep under the stars or indoors.

August 23: Return to Chicago Enter back into the metropolitan context, into the social questions of urban life, and close the gathering together at Elderberries, setting the ground for future work out of questions of courage that are present.

Other locations and collaborators are currently in dialogue, and will be updated here.

The gathering is essentially about stepping into the living natural element, step by step, making an integral connection, with one another, ourselves, and the elements that support us here on the Earth…”

registration: https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSdY7KXHkjUPV2h9UD…/viewform

Thank you Elderberries for giving us an anchor to build our heartland gathering around!

Elderberries Biodynamic Outpost + Threefold Cultural Hub, 4251 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618

Co-sponsored in part by The Rudolf Steiner Branch Chicago, Hazel Archer-Ginsberg, Festival & Program Coordinator

August 27-30, Dr. Michaela Glockler and Nicanor Perlas, + more -HOW WE WILL 2020

SAVE THE DATE – August 27 – 30 2020 Elderberries Biodynamic Outpost and 3Fold Cultural Hub in person in Chicago and also Online

Friends, Dr. Michaela Glockler and Nicanor Perlas, storyteller Melody Brink, biographer Linda Bergh and Seneca Gonzalez! are added to our collaborators for this How We Will – Forming Curative Communities.

We have a few more responses that we are waiting for before we send out our invitations and our website. Turning Point in Time!

At Elderberries 3-fold Bio-Dynamic Outpost 4251 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL. 60618

for more info. contact Frank Agrama or Dottie Zold

Details TBA

Co-sponsored in part by The Rudolf Steiner Branch Chicago, Hazel Archer-Ginsberg, Festival & Program Coordinator

Michael: His Mission & Ours! Michaelmas Festival Sept. 27-29, 2020

Save the Date for Our Michaelmas Festival & Yourth Gathering Sunday 27 September 2 pm – 4 pm, Monday 28 Sept. & Tuesday 29 Sept.  

Sponsered by: The Rudolf Steiner Branch, Elderrberries Biodynamic Outpost & 3-Fold Cultural Hub, & Angelic Organics  Biodymanic Farm

In person & online presentations

Details TBA

contact Dottie Zold or Festivals coordinator Hazel Archer-Ginsberg