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Are you a Free Thinker?

Freedom Oil Painting By Abed Alem |
Abed Ahem

So dear friends – To think or not to think, that is the question?!?

Often we think we are thinking, when we are actually rearranging our prejudices, or justifying our opinions based on sympathies or antipathies. – Often we are regurgitating a societal norm, or simply parroting unconscious propaganda.

We think we are thinking when we are merely trying to rationalize our unconsciously generated, habitual feelings – building defense mechanisms to warrant hatred, alleviate anxiety, fear or doubt.

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Amy Smith

I am most certainly still learning how to think. And I often ask myself: What does it mean to be a free thinker? Well, it isn’t what the current label holds- it’s not willy-nilly or lazy.

How can we steadily become more objective; a better researcher; more precise in our use of language, a better evaluator of what’s true; more humble & able to take in all perspectives?

How can we formulate useful questions?

How can we objectively critique rampant scientism – that distortion of true
science, even as we make rigorous use of the spiritual scientific method, with its
beautiful, clean, elegant approach to assessing the world.

The effort to become a better thinker is hard work. It’s an art, it’s a science & it must seek the spirit behind matter.

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During this pandemonium, at this time of the upcoming elections, I have been reworking Rudolf Steiner’s seminal book, “The Philosophy of Freedom (or Spiritual Activity)” This great 20th century initiate explores the nature of human freedom by saying “that an action, of which the person does not know why he performs it, cannot be free,” & asking what happens when a person becomes conscious of their motives for acting. Steiner proposes that thru introspective observation we can become conscious of the motivations of our actions, & that the sole possibility of human freedom, must be sought in an awareness of the motives of our actions.

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Helena Berty

Steiner discusses how an awareness of the division between mind, or subject, & world, or object, gives rise to a desire to re-establish a unity between these polarities. After criticizing solutions to this problem provided by dualism, Steiner suggests that only by locating nature’s manifestations within our subjective being can we overcome this division. This is one of the secrets of Michaelmas, expounded on much later by Steiner in ‘Michael & the Soul Forces of man’.

Can we simultaneously observe thinking, & our thoughts about thinking?

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Sudir Kumar

Normally we don’t pay attention to the process of thinking, only its results, the thoughts themselves: “The first observation which we make about thinking is this: that it is the unobserved element in our ordinary mental and spiritual life“. Steiner connects this “first observation” to the fact that thinking is entirely due to our own activity. It does not appear before us unless we ourselves produce it. The thinker & the observer of the thinker are one & the same. This is what Steiner calls the transparency of our thinking process. If we are unable to do this, we think of thinking as a brain-process.

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Human beings are two-sided, as they both think & also perceive. The two activities together give a complete view of the world. Knowledge is the union of what is produced in thinking, the concept, & what is produced in perceiving, the percept.

We can become conscious of our thought processes in a way that we can’t yet achieve in our feelings, will or sense perceptions.

Steiner proposes that the apparent dualism of experience can be overcome by discovering the inner & initially hidden unity of perception & thinking. By observing a thinking process sufficiently intensively, perceiving & thinking can begin to unify. This is knowledge. By the same token, a clear-eyed study of what is revealed in observation can lead to appropriate concepts – thinking.

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With the concept of ‘mental picture’ we arrive at the relation of knowledge to the individual, & to the life of feeling. Steiner describes a mental picture as an intuition or thought related to an individual percept. And so the mental picture is defined as an individualized concept.

Experience is the “sum total” of mental pictures of the individual. But there is more to the human being’s cognitive inventory than percept, concept & mental picture. There is the relation of these things to the “I”; & this is feeling. Feeling gives our personal relation to the world, & we oscillate between it & the “universal world process” given in thinking. The mental pictures we form gives our mental life an individual stamp, & relates it to our own life.

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Dano Meltez

The world comes to meet me as a multiplicity, a sum of separate details. As a human being, I am myself one of these details, an entity among other entities. We call this form of the world simply the given and—insofar as we do not develop it through conscious activity but find it ready-made—we call it percept. Within the world of percepts, we perceive ourselves. But if something did not emerge out of this self-percept that proved capable of linking both percepts in general and also the sum of all other percepts with the percept of our self, our self-percept would remain simply one among many. This emerging something, however, is no longer a mere percept; nor is it, like percepts, simply present. It is produced through activity and initially appears linked to what we perceive as our self, but its inner meaning reaches beyond the self. It adds conceptual determinates to individual percepts, but these conceptual determinates relate to one another and are grounded in a whole. It determines conceptually what is achieved through self-perception conceptually, just as it determines all other percepts. It places this as the subject or “I” over against objects. This “something” is thinking, and the conceptual determinates are concepts and ideas

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Steiner begins the second part of the book by emphasizing the role of self-awareness in objective thinking. Here he modifies the usual description of inner & outer experience by pointing out that our feelings, for example, are given to us as naively as outer perceptions. Both of these, feelings & perceptions, tell about objects we are interested in: the one about ourselves, the other about the world. Both require the help of thinking to penetrate the reasons that they arise, to comprehend their inner message. The same is true of our will. Feelings tell how the world affects us, our will tells how we would affect the world. Neither reaches true objectivity, for both mix the world’s existence & our inner life in an unclear way. Steiner emphasizes that we experience our feelings & will – & our perceptions as well – as being more essentially part of us than our thinking. He celebrates this gift of direct experience, but points out that this experience is still dualistic in the sense that it only encompasses one side of the world.

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With regard to freedom of the will, Steiner observes that a key question is how the will to action arises in the first place. Steiner describes to begin with two sources for human action: on the one hand, the driving forces springing from our instincts, feelings, & thoughts determined by our moral character – & on the other hand, various kinds of external motives we may adopt, including the dictates of abstract or societal codes. In this way, both our nature & our culture bring forces to bear on our will & soul life. Overcoming these two elements, we can achieve genuinely individualized intuitions that speak to the particular situation at hand. By overcoming a slavish or automatic response to the dictates of both our ‘lower’ drives & conventional standards, & by orchestrating a meeting place of objective & subjective elements of experience, we find the freedom to choose how to think & act.

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Brenda Ferronini

Freedom does not consist in acting out everything subjective within us, but in acting out of love, thoughtfully & creatively. In this way we can love our own actions, which are unique & individual to us, rather than stemming from obedience to external codes or compulsive physical drives which constitute limitations on freedom.

Freedom arises most clearly at the moment when a human being becomes active in pure, individualized thinking for the good of the all; this is a spiritual activity. Achieving freedom is accomplished by learning to let an ever larger portion of our actions be determined by thinking aligned with good will, rather than by habit, addiction, reflex, or involuntary or unconscious motives.

Steiner differentiates pure thinking into “moral intuition (formulation of individual purposes), moral imagination (creative strategies for realizing these larger purposes in the concrete situation), & moral technique (the practical capacity to accomplish what was intended). We only achieve free deeds when we find an ethically impelled response to the immediacy of a given situation. Such a response will always be radically individual; it cannot be prescribed, or forced.

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Stephani Sinclair

The highest morality exists when a person acts in the world through deeds of love realized by means of individually developed & ‘contextually-sensitive moral imaginations’.

Steiner’s maxim of social life: “Live through deeds of love, and let others live with understanding for each person’s unique intentions…A moral misunderstanding, a clash, is out of the question between people who are morally free. Only one who is morally unfree, who obeys bodily instincts or conventional demands of duty, turns away from a fellow human being if the latter does not obey the same instincts and demands as himself.”

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Julio Sanchez

For Steiner, true morality, the highest good, is the universal, mediated by the individual & the situation. It depends upon our achieving freedom from both our inner drives & outer pressures. To achieve such free deeds, we must cultivate our moral imagination, our ability to imaginatively create ethically sound & practical solutions to new situations, in fact, to forge our own ethical principles & to transform these flexibly as needed – not in the service of our own egotistical purposes, but in the face of new demands & unique situations. This is only possible through moral intuitions, immediate experiences of spiritual realities that underlie moral discernments.

Moral imagination & intuition allow us to realize our subjective impulses in objective reality, creating bridges between the spiritual influence of our subjectivity & the natural influence of the objective world in deeds: “that which is natural is spiritual, that which is spiritual is natural…The action is therefore neither stereotyped, carried out according to set rules, nor is it performed automatically in response to an external impetus; the action is determined solely through its ideal content.” If an act proceeds out of genuine thinking, or practical reason, then it is free.

Set Free Painting by Deborah Nell
Deborah Nell

Steiner concludes by pointing out that to achieve this level of freedom, we must lift ourselves out of the prejudices we receive from our family, nation, ethnic group or religion, & all that we inherit from the past that limits our creative & imaginative capacity to meet the world directly. Only when we realize our potential to be a unique individual are we free. Only when we actively strive towards freedom do we have some chance of attaining it.

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My 2 cents for this Michaelmas season


Enflaming Enthusiasm

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Dear Friends – Thank you for a deep rich Michaelmas experience! Here is the recording from Michaelmas 2020: Joan d’Arc – PURIFYING FIRE: The Power behind the Will (Please let me know if you can access it?)

Here is a link to the photos from the Zinniker farm expedition we went to after the fest.

Flaming Sword Photograph by Allen Penton
Dexter Crawley

So that the Michael impulses can become reality, let us become one with the flame that is enkindled today. These impulses cannot become reality without flames. But to live and work out of the flames of enthusiasm, we ourselves must become the flame. Flame is the only thing that is not consumed by flame. When we feel ourselves becoming flames that cannot be burned by flames, we can afford to leave our physical hearts behind like empty sacks, because we will possess etheric hearts, hearts that understand that humankind is entering a new age and a life of spirituality.” ~Rudolf Steiner, from “The Life of the World Must Be Constructed Anew from the Ground Up”, Arnheim, July 20, 1924. Found in “Youth and the Etheric Heart”, GA 217a

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A deep holiness broods over the dying light. Now, in ourselves we must find our own power of bestowing warmth; that we may shine from within. In the realm of the senses the plant world sinks down into death. Inwardly the fire-spirits, offspring of the lofty Beings of the Sun, bearing the Archetypal pictures of the plant kingdom, stream down into the womb of Mother Earth. All around us we see withering, the color leaving to reveal the essence. As human beings we must not allow the death of nature to draw us into sleep. In autumn we must discover the force of resurrection within, so that we can pass with full consciousness thru the gate of death with a wakened soul, in our time. This is possible by what Michael bestows as the Fire of Will. We can come into communion with the most hidden secrets of existence now, whispering: Feel yourself as bearer of the Motherhood of Nature, to conceive in love the fiery germ of Self.

May we hold the sword of light to fire up our will


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29 September 2020- “Speaking with the Stars”: Bella Luna passes south of Neptune at 9 pm CDT tonight. You can find the pair in Aquarius the Water-bearer in the southeast.

Look east to find Mars above the horizon. Between Mars & Neptune on the sky is main-belt asteroid Leto, which reaches opposition at 10 pm CDT. Discovered in 1861, Leto is 76 miles across. It’s currently traveling through the constellation Cetus the Whale.

You can find yet another planet, Uranus, northeast of Mars, closer to the horizon.

Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day


The Feast Day of St. Michael All the Heavenly Hosts, also called MICHAELMAS

1227 – Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor, is excommunicated by Pope Gregory IX for his failure to participate in the Crusades. A man of extraordinary culture, energy, & ability Frederick II was called stupor mundi (the wonder of the world), by Nietzsche, also the first European, the first modern ruler – by many historians, Frederick established in Sicily & southern Italy a modern, centrally governed kingdom with an efficient bureaucracy.

He was a King of Germany, of Italy, & Burgundy. His other royal title was King of Jerusalem by virtue of marriage & his connection with the Sixth Crusade.

He was frequently at war with the Papacy, hemmed in between Frederick’s lands in northern Italy & his Kingdom of Sicily (the Regno) to the south. Pope Gregory IX went so far as to call him an Antichrist.

Speaking six languages (Latin, Sicilian, German, French, Greek & Arabic, Frederick was an avid patron of science & the arts. He played a major role in promoting literature through the Sicilian School of poetry. His Sicilian royal court in Palermo, saw the first use of a literary form of an Italo-Romance language, Sicilian. The poetry that emanated from the school had a significant influence on literature & on what was to become the modern Italian language.

He was also the first king who explicitly outlawed trials by ordeal as they were considered irrational.

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1571 – Birthday of Caravaggio, Italian painter

1717 – An earthquake strikes Antigua Guatemala, destroying much of the city’s architecture & making authorities consider moving the capital to a different city

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1812- Birthday of Caspar Hauser, grown up in the total isolation of a darkened cell. Theories link  him with the grand ducal House of BadenThese claims, & his subsequent death by stabbing, sparked much debate & controversy.

“…It was the case of that human being, so enigmatic for many people, who was once placed into this city in a mysterious way, and who in just as mysterious a way met his death in Ansbach. An author, in order to indicate the mystery of his life, wrote that as he was carried out to burial the sun was setting on the one horizon and the moon was rising on the other. I speak, as you know, of Caspar Hauser. If you disregard all the pros and cons that have been asserted, if you look only at what has been fully verified, you will know that this foundling — who was one day simply there in the street, and who since he did not know whence he came, was called the Child of Europe — could neither read nor write when he was found. At an age of twenty years he possessed nothing of what is gained through the intellect but he had a remarkable memory. As they began to instruct him, as logic entered his soul, his memory disappeared. This transition in consciousness was accompanied by something else. He possessed at first an incredible, an entirely inborn truthfulness and it was precisely in this truthfulness that he went more and more astray. The more he nibbled, so to say, at intellectuality, the more it vanished. There would be many things to study were we to enter deeply into this human soul which had been artificially held back. It is not difficult for the student of Spiritual Science to credit the popular tradition, so unacceptable to the learned people of to-day, which relates that while Caspar Hauser still knew nothing, while he still had no idea that there were beings besides himself of different form, he exercised a remarkable effect upon quite savage creatures. Savage animals humbled themselves and became mild, something streamed from him that made such beasts gentle, although they savagely attacked anyone else. We could in fact penetrate deeply into the soul of this remarkable personality, so enigmatic to many, and you would see how things that cannot be explained from ordinary life are led back through Spiritual Science to spiritual facts. Such facts cannot be learnt by speculation but only by spiritual observation, though they are comprehensible to an unbiased and logical thinking.

All this has only been said in order to show you that the modern consciousness has evolved from another, an age-old-state when man was not in direct touch with outer objects in the modern sense, but on the other hand was in connection with facts and beings of the spiritual world.” ~Rudolf SteinerThe Apocalypse of St. John, Spiritual Science — The Gospel — The Future of Mankind

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1885 – The first public electric tramway in the world is opened in Blackpool, England

1902 – Deathday of Émile Zola a French novelist, playwright, journalist, the best-known practitioner of the literary school of naturalism, & an important contributor to the development of theatrical naturalism. He was a major figure in the political liberalization of France & in the exoneration of the falsely accused & convicted army officer Alfred Dreyfus, which is encapsulated in the renowned newspaper headline J’accuse. Zola was nominated for the first & second Nobel Prize in Literature in 1901 & 1902. His death from carbon monoxide poisoning is suspected to have been murder

1924 – Ludwig Polzer holds his 1st First Class Lesson

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1954 – The convention establishing CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) is signed

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1957 – Twenty MCi of radioactive material is released in an explosion at the Soviet Mayak nuclear plant at Chelyabinsk

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1981 – Deathday of Adolf Arenson, German composer & Anthroposopher. Arenson editied many of Rudolf Steiner’s works, & composed the music for many of the plays & productions. Steiner mentions him at the end of Wonders of the World lecture 1

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2008 – Following the bankruptcies of Lehman Brothers & Washington Mutual, The Dow Jones Industrial Average falls 777.68 points, the largest single-day point loss in its history

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2009 – The 8.1 Mw Samoa earthquake strikes with a maximum Mercalli intensity.  A destructive tsunami follows, leaving 1189 dead & hundreds injured.


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Erman Yegin

POD (Poem Of the Day)

~a word, a vibration, a message
Is coursing thru my blood
The rust in my veins causes combustion
Making room
For the cosmic iron to etch itself into my palms
Activating my limbs – Forging my will to awaken



Tuesday, September 29 MICHAELMAS ‘Talisman for Courage’ Art Workshop with Victoria Martin 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

MICHAELMAS ‘Talisman for Courage’ Art Workshop in person at the Rudolf Steiner Chicago Branch 4249 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago. 6:30-8:30 PM Facilitated by Victoria Martin

RSVP –  312-961-3380

6:30 (sunset) Doors open: orientation. Tea, nuts, and fruit are served

7 PM sharp Visual lecture and demonstration

7:15 PM –8:00 PM workshop  – Pastels on flat canvas good for 100+ years (archival materials)

8:00– 8:30 PM discussion – We will learn all about symbols of The Michaelmas: Wings, Iron Meteorites/Stars, Scales of Judgment, Sword of Justice, and the Serpent/Dragon. There will be a wide selection of easy to render visual images in any/all of these 5 categories at each workstation. We will use a black charcoal pencil and the colors red, gold, and turquoise archival pastels on raw canvas size 11” x 11” this Talisman will be suitable for mounting on stretchers or framing (no glass needed).

Limited to 10 participants $15 tuition + $5 materials = $20 or pay what you will. Observers and guests are welcome at no charge, but please bring tree nuts, greens, fruit, or other paleo snacks.

Everyone: wear something RED: Michael’s color!



Community Study – Wednesdays at  9:30 am – 11 am at the Branch – Working with Rudolf Steiner’s Karmic Relationships Vol 6.

Wednesday Morning Study Group Internet:

Phone: +1 402-828-0131 PIN: ‪867 997 908#

‘Anthroposophy’, which means Wisdom of the Human Being is a ‘Spiritual Science’ built on the research of Rudolf Steiner. Our current conversation explores: the riddles of existence, the truth of karma, the mystery of evil, historic connections, life after death and more.  We incorporate ‘The Calendar of the Soul’, eurythmy, focused discussion and seasonal artistic explorations in our study.  

For more info. contact Hazel Archer Ginsberg


Personal Recollections of Joan Of Arc, by Mark Twain

Greetings Friends on this High Holy Day of Yom Kippur, & also the eve of the ‘Feast of St. Michael & All the Heavenly Hosts’. This year our Michaelmas theme was ‘Joan d’Arc – PURIFYING FIRE: The Power behind the Will’, & my research led me to many amazing resources, including Mark Twain’s, as well as Anthroposopher Joan M. Edmunds Books. But my main source came from Rudolf Steiner who gives us many insights into this powerful individuality.

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I was particularly take by what Steiner says in ‘The Destinies of Individuals and of Nations, Lecture 5, The Nature of the Christ Impulse and the Michaelic Sprit Serving It. Berlin, 1915’; a lecture series he gave right at the start of the 1st world war. I felt called to make that my personal focus. I didn’t get a chance to share it at our Festival, so here it is for your contemplation. I hope it moves you to take action as it did me.

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From the time of her enchanted childhood around the village fairy tree, & then starting at the age of 12, & for 7 years till she was martyred at 19, Jehanne (feminine form of Joannes or John) d’Arc was inspired into by progressive Beings of the Divine Spiritual World. These powers battled the inflammatory Luciferic forces of deception prevailing in humanity at that special time right before the beginning of the Consciousness Soul Age.  Joan of Arc, with the aid of Michael, (& his helpers St. Catherine & St. Margaret) was able to vanquish the seductive Luciferic forces which were vying to prevent this shift in human consciousness.

Steiner describes the miracle of her birth, how she went thru a sort of pre-earthy initiation during the potent time of the 13 Holy nights, incarnating on Epiphany, the day the Christ came into a human being at the baptism. And we can also point to her equally auspicious death. Yes it was gruesome, not unlike like the sacrifice of the Christ. In her case, it occurred because all the jealous, selfish, Luciferic forces of her enemies joined together to bring about her sacrifice by fire; not unlike the burning of Ephesus & of the 1st Goetheanum.

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At her witch trial she predicted her own death, & said that within 7 years after of her sacrifice: “the English would meet with a much greater reversal of fortune than any they had known before”.

Spiritual Science tells us that the soul of Joan of Arc continued working across the Threshold to shape these events after her death. What the spiritual powers have to bring about will occur whatever the external conditions may be. Many great individualities are working with us even now from across the threshold. The Maid’s adversaries were able to bring about her death, but they were NOT able to prevent her mission.

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The power behind the will of the Maid of Orleans, the forces of Michael, are working still against the immoral Luciferic forces that rage in the world.

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Dear friends, as you are all so keenly aware, we are also having to deal with hostile forces in our time; but now-a-days these are predominantly Ahrimanic forces; not inflaming, but hardening, materialistic forces, that have come up with the industrial age. These forces are in evidence everywhere, especially if we turn our attention not only to the mechanical element, but thru-out cyber space; a distractive shrouding of the reappearance of the Christ in the etheric.

And so Spiritual science tells us that if we remain unconscious of these forces working into our sense impressions, we are offering an abode to the dragon that seeks to stupefy us. These sclerotic forces influence our earth life, creating the fearful events happening NOW all over the globe.

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In the above mentioned 1917 lecture, Steiner talks about how a sort of denial of the build up to the 1st World War had been present for a long time in the astral world, but was held back by something that was also astral: by the fear, doubt & hatred held in the feeling life of human beings. These negative astral forces were able to hold the war back, to prevent it, for a while. Steiner says: “…at 1st a fearful denial was able to stop war from breaking out. But then with the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, there emerged a ‘reversal event’ – this recalls the words from Joan of Arc: “the English would meet with a much greater reversal than any they had known before”. In that case the selfish Luciferic forces came back to destroy the English reign after the sacrifice of Joan of Arc; & in this case of the world war, all the elements of fear from the ahrimanic powers began to gather around the sacrificed soul of the Archduke, creating a focal point, a tear at the threshold.

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It’s hard to really phantom this, but we know that anything that has a specific character on the physical plane will have the opposite character in the spiritual world. Everything is reversed in the spiritual world. An element that had a blocking effect, keeping the 1st world war at bay, was now acting in the opposite way, as a spur, an incitement, to war. So we see that a flip of the elements of fear, of the deceiving Ahrimanic elements, became a catalyst for war, which now a 100 years later, has led to the events of our present age, where there is constant war, in all realms of society.

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But fear not dear friends, Steiner tells us that we must not try to deny or rebel against these materialistic Ahrimanic elements. We must let them strengthen us; we must develop the courage of Michael to see it as something that is necessary in our time, something that has to be present, so that we can learn to reverse the fear thru our heart-thinkingtransforming these forces of resistance thru love.

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The question is: How do we make it possible for divine spiritual forces, the ‘ever present help of the spiritual world’, to enter into our actions so that we can consciously reverse fear, doubt & hatred?

How do we offer a positive resistance to this deceptive Ahrimanic element in our age, the way resistance was offered to the Luciferic element at the time of Joan of Arc?

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– By taking the path towards a spiritualization of human culture – by cultivating our ability to form ideas & concepts into a thinking will for good. This is the prerequisite foundation needed to manifest the 3-fold social organism. Which we can only do if we stop listening to the prejudices & propaganda currently pounding us deeper into the materialism of our age – a voice that speaks loudly at times, or can be the faintest of whispers from the dragon within.

We generate the great strength we need to offer resistance to these hardening forces by approaching the spirit not only thru the inner powers of revelation & faith, like in the case of Joan of Arc, but by trying to concentrate our powers of understanding on what spiritual science has to give – a rational wisdom, filling us with light.

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And when we take ahold of ourselves with this attitude, we can consciously work with what Michael, the Spirit of our Age, has to give us now in our time – Meeting every trial & test with a conscious heart-thinking, motivated by the wisdom of love.

~May we strive for at-one-ment on this solemn fast day, in preparation for our journey into the Michaelmas season, where we must kindle our own light of thinking.



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Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day

Jupiter/Saturn and Pluto conjunction 2020

28 September 2020 – “Speaking with the Stars”: Retro. Saturn halting its westward motion, coming to an apparent stop 10 pm CDT tonight. The planet of universal memory will then begin moving eastward again — although not as quickly as Jupiter. The King questioner switched directions September 12 & is tracking east much faster than Saturn. Jupiter will ultimately catch up with the ringed planet December 21 for an extraordinary close conjunction that will bring Saturn as close as Jupiter’s own moons.

Our own Moon has pulled away from Sagittarius, where the giant planets now sit, so consider spending some time in this constellation tonight. The tiny dwarf planet Pluto, lies roughly between Saturn & Jupiter, Southwest of Saturn & Southeast of Jupiter.


551 BC – Birthday of Confucius, Chinese teacher, editor, politician, & philosopher of the Spring &Autumn period of Chinese history

1203 – Deathday of Alanus ab Insulis, Theologian, poet, teacher at Chartres. Alan’s philosophy was a sort of mixture of Aristotelian logic and Neoplatonic philosophy. The Platonist seemed to outweigh the Aristotelian in Alan, but he felt strongly that the divine is all intelligibility and argued this notion through much Aristotelian logic combined with Pythagorean mathematic

 “Do not hold as gold all that shines as gold”

In the Anticlaudianus he sums up as follows: Reason, guided by prudence, can unaided discover most of the truths of the physical order; for the apprehension of religious truths it must trust to faith. This rule is completed in his treatise, Ars catholicae fidei, as follows: Theology itself may be demonstrated by reason. Alainus even ventures an immediate application of this principle, & tries to prove geometrically the dogmas defined in the Creed

Rudolf Steiner speaks extensively about this powerful Platonic individuality in many place such as: Karmic Relationships: Esoteric Studies – Volume III, lecture VI – THE SCHOOL OF CHARTRES

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1899 – Deathday of Giovanni Segantini,an Italian painter known for his large pastoral landscapes of the Alps. He was one of the most famous artists in Europe in the late 19th century. In later life he combined a Divisionist painting style with Symbolist images of nature. He was active in Switzerland for most of his life.

TODAY in 1924 – Rudolf Steiner gave his ‘Last Address’ in Dornach GA 238  ‘The Individuality of Elias, John, Raphael, Novalis’ with the Michael Meditation:

Springing from Powers of the Sun,
Radiant Spirit-powers, blessing all Worlds!
For Michael’s garment of rays
Ye are predestined by Thought Divine.

He, the Christ-messenger, revealeth in you —
Bearing mankind aloft — the sacred Will of Worlds.
Ye, the radiant Beings of Aether-Worlds,
Bear the Christ-Word to Man.

Thus shall the Heralds of Christ appear
To the thirstily waiting souls,
To whom your Word of Light shines forth
In cosmic age of Spirit-Man.

Ye, the disciples of Spirit-Knowledge,
Take Michael’s Wisdom beckoning,
Take the Word of Love of the Will of Worlds
Into your soul’s aspiring, a c t i v e l y !

1978 – Deathday of Pope John Paul I, born Albino Luciani, served as Pope until his sudden suspicious death 33 days later. His reign is among the shortest in papal history.


Tuesday, September 29 MICHAELMAS ‘Talisman for Courage’ Art Workshop with Victoria Martin 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

MICHAELMAS ‘Talisman for Courage’ Art Workshop in person at the Rudolf Steiner Chicago Branch 4249 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago. 6:30-8:30 PM Facilitated by Victoria Martin

RSVP –  312-961-3380

6:30 (sunset) Doors open: orientation. Tea, nuts, and fruit are served

7 PM sharp Visual lecture and demonstration

7:15 PM –8:00 PM workshop  – Pastels on flat canvas good for 100+ years (archival materials)

8:00– 8:30 PM discussion – We will learn all about symbols of The Michaelmas: Wings, Iron Meteorites/Stars, Scales of Judgment, Sword of Justice, and the Serpent/Dragon. There will be a wide selection of easy to render visual images in any/all of these 5 categories at each workstation. We will use a black charcoal pencil and the colors red, gold, and turquoise archival pastels on raw canvas size 11” x 11” this Talisman will be suitable for mounting on stretchers or framing (no glass needed).

Limited to 10 participants $15 tuition + $5 materials = $20 or pay what you will. Observers and guests are welcome at no charge, but please bring tree nuts, greens, fruit, or other paleo snacks.

Everyone: wear something RED: Michael’s color!



Community Study – Wednesdays at  9:30 am – 11 am at the Branch – Working with Rudolf Steiner’s Karmic Relationships Vol 6.

Wednesday Morning Study Group Internet:

Phone: +1 402-828-0131 PIN: ‪867 997 908#

‘Anthroposophy’, which means Wisdom of the Human Being is a ‘Spiritual Science’ built on the research of Rudolf Steiner. Our current conversation explores: the riddles of existence, the truth of karma, the mystery of evil, historic connections, life after death and more.  We incorporate ‘The Calendar of the Soul’, eurythmy, focused discussion and seasonal artistic explorations in our study.  

For more info. contact Hazel Archer Ginsberg


a tone

Detail of Marc Chagall, The Four Seasons, at the Exelon Plaza, Chicago, 1974. Photo by UGArdener, via Flickr.
Marc Chagall

Greetings Friends
During this time after the Autumnal Equinox & the beginning of the Michaelmas Season, a shift occurs within us, echoing outside of us in nature, & reflected in various cultural expressions & traditions.

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Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, which begins tonight at sunset, falls 10 days after Rosh Hashanah, & is the culmination of the entire High Holy Day drama. It is the holiest day of the Jewish year or, as the Bible describes it, the “Sabbath of Sabbaths”. During the 24 hours of Yom Kippur, the biblical commandment to fast from food & water, while engaging in intense soul-searching, & praying for forgiveness is practiced. Yom Kippur is a day of inner purification & of reconciliation with the creator & with our fellow human beings. It is a reminder of the frailty of human existence & our duty to act charitably toward the less fortunate. This ancient tradition is just as important now as it was for our ancestors, maybe even more so.

Yom Kippur Sermon 2018: A Eulogy for Isaiah • Rabbi Jay Asher LeVine
Isaiah by Marc Chagall

The inspiring, yet sobering, words of Isaiah 58 are read publicly in the synagogue on Yom Kippur “This fasting I have chosen,” says the prophet Isaiah, “Is it not done to loose the chains of injustice & untie the cords of bondage? To set the oppressed free & break every yoke? Are we not meant to share our food with the hungry & to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—when you see the naked, you must clothe him, & not turn away from your fellow man?”

Sin and forgiveness in Psalm 51 | Marc chagall, Painting, Chagall
Forgiveness Marc Chagall

It is the moment in time to dedicate mind, body, & soul to reconciliation – with God, our fellow human beings, & ourselves; a time to turn to those whom we have wronged, acknowledging the pain we might have caused. At the same time, being willing to forgive & to let go of certain offenses & the feelings of resentment they provoked in us. This journey for both seekers & givers of pardon mirrors the journey a soul takes after death.

There are number of customs & traditions associated with the Holy Day of Yom Kippur. For example: the mikvah, or ritual bath.  The scripture says “You shall immerse yourselves in water & be purified.” This practice, from which Christian baptism originated, symbolizes purification & regeneration, as well as new birth, through repentance. Another custom is to greet each other by saying ‘May your name be inscribed in the Book of Life’ Gmar Chatimah Tova.

The High Holy Days are divided into two parts: The first is the inscribing which begins on Rosh Hashanah & finishes on Yom Kippur when the final “sealing” of fate takes place for the year. Parents customarily bless their children with the priestly benediction: “May it be the will of our Father in Heaven to put into your heart love & reverence. May your eyes be directed, may your mouth speak wisdom, & your heart strive for holiness. May your hands be occupied with good deeds & your feet hasten to do the will of the divine. May He grant you sustenance without stress & with profit, out of His hand that is open wide. May you be inscribed & sealed unto a good, long life. And so shall it be. Amen.”

It is also customary to give extra charity before the holiday, & to light memorial candles for departed family members.

As with all Jewish festivals, the woman formally ushers in the holiday by lighting the candles at sundown. Evening services commence with the recitation of the Kol Nidrei prayer, a plea for absolution from any & all unfulfilled vows a person may have made in the course of the year.

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According to Jewish tradition, God inscribes each person’s fate for the coming year into the ‘Book of Life’ on Rosh Hashanah, & waits until Yom Kippur to “seal” the verdict. “May you be sealed for a good year in the Book Of Life” – is the traditional greeting on Yom Kippur.

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Marc Chagall

Contrary to popular belief, Yom Kippur is a day of hope & optimism in addition to a solemn day of soul-searching. The Day of Atonement provides a unique awareness of one’s own character & track record, as well as the opportunity to upgrade relationships with relatives, friends, associates & the community at-large. Yom Kippur’s focus on forgiveness, highlights humility, fallibility, compassion, soul-searching faith, thoughtfulness, being considerate, & accepting responsibility

Second vision. Adam as Mankind - Hildegard of Bingen | Medieval art, Sacred  art, Romanesque art

Cabalistic tradition states that the first human being, Adam, was created on Rosh Hashanah.  And so it is that Human-beings are given an opportunity to recreate themselves spiritually, each year, on Yom Kippur.  This holiday is celebrated when the constellation of the scales give way to the virgin as herald in the heavens. Libra & Virgo symbolize key themes of Yom Kippur: Justice, balance, truth, symmetry, wholeness.

Libra is ruled by the planet Venus which reflects the beauty of love, & Virgo is ruled by Mercury the god of communications.

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During this season it is customary to walk to a body of fresh water & recite a special prayer, symbolically casting bread crumbs into the waters, a symbol of our sins: those actions that have missed the mark.

Ho' oponopono & Let it Be

And now, at the risk of mixing metaphors, I’d like us to put into practice the Hawaiian ritual of forgiveness, called Ho‘oponopono – It stems from an understanding that everything in the world is connected, in spite of our feelings of ‘separateness’.

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Trudy Suden

What we do to ourselves & others has repercussions. Because of this unity everything that occurs in our own little world creates a resonance in others & in society as a whole. To heal the planet we first have to heal ourselves; to do this, we will  rely on four magic sentences: I am sorry.  Please forgive me.  I love you. Thank you. x4

In earnest wakefulness & practiced Peace –


Woman & earth art | Josephine wall, Earth art, Goddess art

The Michaelmas Soul Calendar verse by Rudolf Steiner, Translated by Roy Sadler
Natura, in the being of my will
I bear thy soul of motherhood,
and in my will-enkindled firepower
my spirit impulses are tempered, steeled,
that feeling of the selfhood formed from them
bear I in me.

This is the last verse of the first half of the Soul Calendar,
which from Easter united with the spirit through the senses
and in the Calendar’s 2nd Movement, v14-26,
has incarnated the spirit’s vision with imaginative insight
for the coming months to have an inspired feeling for the spirit’s birth at Christmas.

Germination Art | Fine Art America
Boli Knoz

To fathom
my depths of being
arouses longing, ardently divining,
that self-observing I discover, in a seed
of who I am, the summer sunlight’s gift
that in a warm autumnal mood in me
is germinating as a spring force in my soul.

The Space Between, Poetry and Art by Lisa Kagan - Family Heirloom Arts
Lisa Kagen

Lectures by Rudolf Steiner on this date


William the Conqueror |

1066 – William the Conqueror begins the Norman conquest of England

Construction of Cologne Cathedral - 1855 : europe

1322- Consecration of Cologne Cathedral

Samuel Adams Dies

1722 – Birthday of Samuel Adams, statesman, political philosopher, & one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. As a politician in colonial Massachusetts, Adams was a leader of the American Revolution, & was one of the architects of the principles of American republicanism that shaped the political culture of the United States. He was a second cousin to President John Adams


1822 – Jean-François Champollion announces that he has deciphered the Rosetta Stone

1825 – The world’s first public railway to use steam locomotives, the Stockton & Darlington Railway, is ceremonially opened

1854 – The steamship SS Arctic sinks with 300 people on board. This marks the first great disaster in the Atlantic Ocean

1875 – The merchant sailing ship Ellen Southard is wrecked in a storm at Liverpool. 400 die

9783880690875: Die Inspirationsquellen der Anthroposophie - AbeBooks -  Gleich, Sigismund Von: 3880690871

1896 Birthday of Sigismund Von Gleich, German Anthroposopher. While serving in the army he became ill with lung disease, & during convalescence was given a book by Rudolf Steiner. He was soon immersed in Steiner’s philosophy, & became one of the most prolific lecturers & writers in the early years of the anthroposophical movement. He fled Nazi Germany in 1936, after publishing The Transformation of Evil, And the Subterranean Spheres of the Earth

Watch as Albert Einstein explains his famous formula, E=mc² | Tech News |  Startups News

1905 – The physics journal Annalen der Physik received Albert Einstein’s paper, “Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content?“, introducing the equation E=mc²

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1908 – The first production of the Ford Model T automobile was built at the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant in Detroit, Michigan Edgar Degas Self Portrait in a Soft Hat - 18" x 27" Premium  Canvas Print: Posters & Prints

1917 – Deathday of Edgar Degas, French painter & sculptor

1940 – World War II: The Tripartite Pact is signed in Berlin by Germany, Japan & Italy

1959 – Typhoon Vera kills nearly 5,000 people in Japan

Power in the Pen”Silent Spring: 1962 | The Pop History Dig

1962 – Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring is published, inspiring an environmental movement & the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

1993 – The Sukhumi massacre takes place in Abkhazia, violent ethnic cleansing campaign carried out by the separatists perpetrated against Georgian civilians by militia forces, North Caucasian & Russian allies. 50,000 were killed

1996 – The Julie N- a tanker ship, spills thousands of gallons of oil after crashing into the Million Dollar Bridge in Portland, Maine

1998 – Birthday of Google

*** Dan Morris Peace Sign Square Art Print: Handmade
Dan Morris

MY POD (Poem Of The Day)

~Making Peace I know
even night & day struggle,
but this is how magnificent sunsets & the stunning dawn are born…
We can call it a state of grace –
for unless the earth enveloped the seed
& the seed moved against the darkness, there would be no grain…
We take in the air & the air escapes us…
Call it the breath of life; not loss or disaster
it is the empty heart waiting to be filled…


Thanks to all who attended our Michaelmas 2020: Joan d’Arc – PURIFYING FIRE: The Power behind the Will – I will post the link for the recording & some pics from the farm tomorrow.

Dear How We Will friends, We will make our beginning for ALIANT Alliance, in the United States/North America, sister to ELIANT, on Michaelmas, September 29th, 2020. If you’d like to join us for our seed blessing please email Frank and Dottie at . If you have already sent us a message to join we will make sure you are on the zoom list. (Please see the zoom information below.)

‘As a Europe-wide platform for anthroposophical initiatives we want to engage in the social, cultural and political discussions of the EU and contribute the experiences and perspectives of Steiner/Waldorf EducationDemeter agricultureanthroposophic medicinecurative education and patients’ initiatives. In this way we will be able to inform European decision makers more directly about the holistic projects and initiatives which so many citizens are participating in and promoting’

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Tuesday, September 29 MICHAELMAS ‘Talisman for Courage’ Art Workshop with Victoria Martin 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

MICHAELMAS ‘Talisman for Courage’ Art Workshop in person at the Rudolf Steiner Chicago Branch 4249 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago. 6:30-8:30 PM Facilitated by Victoria Martin

RSVP –  312-961-3380

6:30 (sunset) Doors open: orientation. Tea, nuts, and fruit are served

7 PM sharp Visual lecture and demonstration

7:15 PM –8:00 PM workshop  – Pastels on flat canvas good for 100+ years (archival materials)

8:00– 8:30 PM discussion – We will learn all about symbols of The Michaelmas: Wings, Iron Meteorites/Stars, Scales of Judgment, Sword of Justice, and the Serpent/Dragon. There will be a wide selection of easy to render visual images in any/all of these 5 categories at each workstation. We will use a black charcoal pencil and the colors red, gold, and turquoise archival pastels on raw canvas size 11” x 11” this Talisman will be suitable for mounting on stretchers or framing (no glass needed).

Limited to 10 participants $15 tuition + $5 materials = $20 or pay what you will. Observers and guests are welcome at no charge, but please bring tree nuts, greens, fruit, or other paleo snacks.

Everyone: wear something RED: Michael’s color!


White, Red & Gold

Banner | Joan of Arc |

Dear friends – You are welcome to join us tomorrow at 9:30 am CDT for our Annual Michaelmas Festival Online Meeting ID: 979 5592 0156

The color theme to honor Joan of Arc is white, red & gold, so if it is your will, dress in any of these colors to add to the festive community mood.

We will have an art project. Supplies needed for decoupage: votive or tall glass prayer candle, tissue paper, images of Joan, magazines, glue.

We will also be doing copper rod eurythmy, a broom stick works 😉

Jen Zimberg has joined the program & will offer her music

St. Joan of Arc and her Voices, St. Michael, St. Catherine, and St. Margaret  | ジャンヌダルク

Michaelmas 2020: Joan d’Arc – PURIFYING FIRE: The Power behind the Will –

Date: Saturday 26 Sept. 2020

*PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE: Doors open at 9 am for Potluck Breakfast, Coffee, Bagels & Fruit provided. Meet in the back-makers-space our Heartland-Schreinerei. Donations Encouraged.

Festival: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm – Leave for Zinniker Farm Prep Day* (details below)

In-Person at: Elderberries Biodynamic Outpost & Cultural Hub in Chicago – The ‘Have Seeds House’ in LA –  ‘The Arc’ in Atlanta – Hudson NY

& Online Meeting ID: 979 5592 0156

The Inspirational Joan of Arc | Gript


Lucien Dante Lazar– Ring the Iron Bell – Welcome (10 minutes)

Group Singing: Michaelmas Time Song (5 Minutes)

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Angela Foster – 1. Social Sculpture: The Purifying Fire  (10 minutes) (for those joining on zoom, supplies needed for decoupage: votive or prayer candle, tissue paper, images of Joan, magazines, glue)

Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc - Mark Twain | Feedbooks

2. Leading Thoughts, & ‘Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc – Preface’ (10 minutes)

The Job of Saints: Joan of Arc, 604 Years On – The Virtue Blog

Mary Spalding – ‘Courage Dear Hearts’ Biography of Jeanne d’Arc (10 minutes)

Mary Ruud Copper Rod Eurythmy: (10 minutes)

Frank Agrama & Dottie Zold with Jen Zimberg interweaving songs  – A Michaelic Will:  Joan of Arc, Sophie Scholl, Saint Odilie and Jesus of Nazareth. (30 minutes) ‘We are dealing here with a superhuman entity, a being who lived in the spiritual world and heard humanity crying out in misery, calling out to the spiritual worlds for help. This being prepared to receive the Christ Being.’ ‘Humanity cried out in pain and torment, and its cries rose up to that spirit being, who responded by seeking permission from the Sun Spirit to become imbued with Christ.’ 

Frank Agrama and Dottie Zold, of Elderberries and Have Seeds community, will look at the biographies of these individuals who developed the quality and capacity to work out of ‘a culture of selflessness’ in their community, and the impact this had on the world as young people becoming.  We can understand these individuals’ path of sacrifice, as a reflection of the archetype of Jesus of Nazareth, during his growing and seeking years as spoken of in Rudolf Steiner’s Fifth Gospel.

Michael is a being of Strength, Courage and Will. He is Sun spirit. He wishes to be regarded.’ 

Group Singing: Firmly on the Earth I Stand (5 minutes)

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Biography Work in Break out Groups – Sharing a story of courage from our lives: Each person takes 3 minutes to tell their tale. (15 minutes)

Harvest from the break out groups – Large Group Sharing (5-10 minutes)

‘The Passage’ by Lucian Dante Lazar (15 minutes)

Impressions, Q’s from the piece – Large Group Sharing (5-10 minutes)

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Everyone takes a turn Ringing the IRON, Rudolf Steiner’s ‘Verse for the Michaelic Age’ given at his ‘Last Address’ (5 minutes)

Group 1: Springing from Powers of the Sun,
Radiant Spirit-powers, blessing all Worlds!
For Michael’s garment of rays
We are predestined by Thought Divine.

Group 2: Michael, the Christ-messenger, reveals in us
Bearing humankind aloft — the sacred Will of Worlds.
You, radiant Beings of Ether-Worlds,
Bear the Christ-Word to human beings.

Group 1: Thus shall the Heralds of Christ appear
To our thirstily waiting souls.
Your Word of Light shines forth to us
In the cosmic age of the Spirit-Human.

Group 2: We, disciples who would know the spirit,
Follow Michael’s beckoning Wisdom,
To take the Word of Love, Willed by Worlds,
Into our highest aims of soul-work; actively!

Chicago Event | Reverse Ritual

12:30 pm – Goodbye – Thank you – Off to Zinniker Farm –

*From Petra Zinniker: Our fall preparation making will take place on September 26th at 1:30pm, here at the farm. We will be making 3 preparations this year: Horn manure, Chamomile and Dandelion preparations, and have a potluck dinner with a campfire afterwards.

*Please bring a dish to pass and a lawn chair for the potluck*

Please RSVP! Space is limited. Although this is an outdoor event we want to make sure everyone can find the space they need. Dress for the weather!

Petra Zinniker – Zinniker Farm N7399 Bowers Rd. Elkhorn, WI 53121 –

Saturday, 9/26 @9:30 am – 12:30 pm Meeting ID: 979 5592 0156

September 2020: Four Planets & More! - Sky & Telescope - Sky & Telescope

25 September 2020 – “Speaking with the Stars”: Conjunction of Moon, Jupiter & Saturn!!!

Saturn glows in the south after dusk – a steady yellowish light in the constellation of Capricornus, close to the left of brighter Jupiter – highest in the south at evening twilight. The beneficent King reversed its retrograde (westward movement relative to the stars) on September 12th after halting above the handle of the Teapot of Sagittarius. This evening at dusk you’ll find Jupiter, the expansive thinker – the questioner, next to Saturn holding the memory of the Universe, there to the upper left of the waxing gibbous Moon. They will continue this dance of looking into the past to see World events & how they will move into the future thru our conscious questioning, up until their big conjunction on Winter Solstice.

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When we look up to the wonder of the starry world, when we contemplate the whole process of the universe with its glories and marvels, then we are led at last to the feeling that all the glory that lies open to our view in the whole universe that surrounds us only has meaning when it is reflected in an admiring human soul. -Goethe


Rudolf Steiner’s lectures on this day

Cleopas - Wikipedia

Birthday of Cleophas, disciple on the road to Emmaus Luke 24:13-32. This occurs three days after the crucifixion, on the day of Jesus’ resurrection. The two have heard the tomb of Jesus was found empty earlier that day. They are discussing the events of the past few days when a stranger asks them what they are discussing. “Their eyes were kept from recognizing him.” He soon rebukes them for their unbelief & gives them a Bible study on prophecies about the Messiah. They ask the stranger to join them for the evening meal. When he breaks the bread “their eyes were opened” &  they recognize him as the resurrected Christ, Who immediately vanishes.

Cleopas & his friend hasten back to Jerusalem to carry the news to the other disciples, & learn that The Christ has also appeared to them. The same event is recorded in Mark 16:12-16:13.

An Orthodox Evaluation of Certain Teachings in the Writings of John Scotus  Eriugena in Light of the Theology of St Gregory Palamas | MYSTAGOGY  RESOURCE CENTER

810 – Birthday of John Scotus Eriugena, Christian mystic philosopher, translator, theologian & poet. John “of Ireland” (Eriugena means “Irish-born,” where the Scotti were an ancient & extensive tribe) is a major figure in the development of mystical spirituality in western European Christianity. He served as the primary translator-conduit for ideas from the great Greek Christian minds of the Middle-East & Near-East to come into Europe. ‘God is both immanently within and transcendentally beyond all beings’ Expanding richly on the idea of the apokatastasis or “universal salvation” of all souls in God’s all-saving Divine Love. Eriugena also wrote of the conscious Return (reditus) & merging of all beings into God. No souls (including the souls of animals & the demon-souls) would be left out of this grand return, no one would be damned to suffer forever in hell or wither away into oblivion. Eriugena’s enlightened view reveals an astonishingly positive scenario of a triumphantly compassionate, ever-loving God who is the Heart, Source & Substance of everyone.

“…we come across wonderful characters such as Scotus Erigena, a monk from Scotland called the Scottish St. John, who later lived at the court of Charles the Bald. He did not get on well with the Church, and it is told that the brothers of his order tortured him to death with pins. Of course, this is not to be taken literally, but it is true that he was tortured to death. A splendid book was written by him, On the Divisions in Nature which reveals a great profundity of thought… “. ~Rudolf Steiner, Occult Signs and Symbols, lecture 3, GA 101

The Bill of Rights (Amendments 1 - 10)

1789 – The United States Congress passes the Bill of Rights

Shel Silverstein | Etsy

1930 – Birthday of Shel Silverstein, American author, poet, illustrator, & songwriter

All Quiet on the Western Front Erich Remarque First Edition Rare

1970 – Erich Maria Remarque, a German novelist who created many works about the terror of war. His best known novel is All Quiet on the Western Front (1928). This made him an enemy of the Nazis, who burned many of his works

1978 – PSA Flight 182, a Boeing 727, collides in mid-air with a Cessna 172 & crashes in San Diego, killing 144 people


A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein

Once I spoke the language of the flowers,
Once I understood each word the caterpillar said,
Once I smiled in secret at the gossip of the starlings,
And shared a conversation with the housefly
in my bed.
Once I heard and answered all the questions
of the crickets,
And joined the crying of each falling dying
flake of snow,
Once I spoke the language of the flowers. . . .
How did it go?
How did it go
― Shel SilversteinWhere the Sidewalk Ends