Monthly Archives: September 2020

Higher Octave

Will Lytle

16 September 2020 – “Speaking with the Stars”: This is the Eve of the New Moon. Our dear Bella Luna is working unseen in the Underworld. There in the dark she gathers the wisdom of the universe which she will bring to light once again to herald the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah at sunset on 18 Sept. 2020.

The Cepheus Constellation - Universe Today

High overhead tonight is Cepheus the King, Cassiopeia’s husband & Andromeda’s father. This house-shaped constellation is very viable since the Moon’s late phase & early set time are ideal for setting your sights on this celestial king.

Planets painting | Etsy

The outer planets are central to understanding the purpose of our existence. They are the “higher octaves” of the inner planets. What does it mean that many of the outer planets are in retrograde now: Saturn, Mars, Uranus, & Pluto?

The inner planets had their turn – Venus & Mercury have just recently come out the backward loop. And Jupiter came around on 12 Sept. 2020.

When planets go into retrograde, they are delivering the human being to themselves, as if to say: We have sent our forces to you directly; now, while we go into ourselves to meditate, how will you, O Human Being, use these powers, on your own, in complete freedom? What will you do with the gifts you’ve received? We, the gods, look forward to what you will do. We champion your evolution – which will affect the evolution of the whole cosmos.

Dear friends, we are reminded again & again that our current events, in all their forms, are the gift of opportunity. When we take action to bestow on our free choices the forces that the Spiritual Beings of the Wandering & Fixed Stars are sending us, we are putting those gifts to work.

This calls for developing world-awareness & self-awareness, otherwise we won’t be able to open these treasures that have been gracefully donated to us.

Can we see a ‘retrograde’ as a prospect rather than a problem?

Mercury requires us to be agile in our association of ideas, & purposeful in our communication skills – Bringing Clarity & Healing to our thinking…Our lungs are the special gift of the ‘Messenger of the gods’ ruled by quicksilver.

Venus wonders at how we are regarding the aesthetic appreciation she imparts to us, & how we relate to human relationship, especially the ideal of love…Venus reminds us that we need only look within the human organism to find beauty & symmetry, for she rules our kidneys; & copper, the metal sacred to her, can bring balance to that organ…

And with Mars, resting NOW in retrograde, we can remember that in ancient Roman religion & myth, Mars is not only the god of war, he is also an agricultural guardian, son of Jupiter – father of Romulus & Remus. In this time of retrograde can we contemplate how are we are cultivating courage & creativity in our speech & active willing? Mars gives us gall – our gallbladder. May we forge his gift of iron into a Michaelic sword of Valor.

Jupiter is now asking us: What are you doing with the capability for global-visioning, & the ordaining wisdom I bestow on you? This benevolent King – the planet of expansion, rules the liver, our largest organ, & the metal: tin.

Saturn says: What are you doing with your introspection, depth & loyalty? Where is your warm interest; & what is your investigative approach to the origin & purpose of things? Are we willing to do ‘The Great Work’ of transforming lead into gold? That’s what our lymphatic system does on the physical level.

Sky god Uranus, ruler of the ‘higher mind’ asks: How are you unstable, impulsive, & undisciplined? Can you foster innovation & invention; produce genius from eccentricity – to harness technology, electricity, etc. – to avert calamity…? He works thru Zinc, the metal of magical revelation.

Neptune, god of the fresh water & the sea, invites us to the wedding – ‘Nuptiae’ from the Latin meaning: “marriage of Heaven and Earth.” Often described as ‘The Mystic’ – Neptune is associated with our endocrine glands: thyroid, pituitary & adrenals – all of which are considered to possess highly mystical properties. Also connected to the metal cobalt.

From Pluto: How are you relating to your deepest secrets? Are you fortifying your immune system, which is ruled by this god of the underworld? Plato knew him as the: “giver of spiritual wealth; an agent in the beneficent cycle of death & rebirth meriting worship”. Plutonium, is the heaviest primordial element, associated with radiation & the nuclear age, Can we redeem it?

These last 2 Beings outside the sacred 7, rule our cultural organs, which we all share. Can we approach the 9-fold nature of the human being by contemplating all 9 wandering stars? Can we use these insights to take up the evolutionary task presented to us now in the form of our current trials?

The still small voice & the mighty roar all sing in the Harmony of the Spheres.

Are you listening? What is your response?

~hag

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My POD (Poem Of the Day)
~In the grey twilight, no figs ripened,
No honey dripped from patient trees, no fragrant boughs soothed…
In that place of hidden things
I was made of nothing
The stone was wet & cold
The thick sky loomed
& bid me enter further
~hag

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How to describe Seattle's recent smoky skies? We turned to the experts —  artists and writers | The Seattle Times

Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Intense Acrylic Storm Paintings Portray the Power of Nature
Joo Campo

1732– In Campo Maior, Portugal, a storm hits the Armory & a violent explosion ensues, killing two thirds of its inhabitants over 30,000 people!

1893 – Settlers make a land run for prime land in the Cherokee Strip in Oklahoma

1908 – The General Motors Corporation is founded.

1920 – The Wall Street bombing: A bomb in a horse wagon explodes in front of the J. P. Morgan building in New York City killing 38 & injuring 400. The bombing was never solved, although investigators & historians believe it was carried out by Galleanists (Italian anarchists), a group responsible for a series of bombings the previous year. The attack was related to postwar social unrest, labor struggles, & anti-capitalist agitation in the United States

The Christian Community in North America | Our History

1922 – Founding of the Christian Community in Dornach by Rudolf Steiner. The celebration of the first Act of Consecration of Man (the Christian Community Mass) constituted the birth of The Christian Community on the 16th September 1922 in Dornach, Switzerland. It was guided into being through the immeasurable & selfless help of Dr. Rudolf Steiner, whose science of the spirit – Anthroposophy, has become a central source of renewal in the most varied fields of life. Waldorf Education, Eurythmy, Bio-dynamic Agriculture, The Camphill Movement for the care of people with special needs, Anthroposophical Medicine, etc. all bear witness to this.

Dr Steiner’s assistance came in response to earnest questions from a group of German Lutheran theologians, including the eminent Berlin minister Dr. Friedrich Rittelmeyer, seeking appropriate Christian forms & content for the religious life of our time.

The Christian Community is not the ‘anthroposophists’ church’, although it is the only Christian church whose priests recognize the wisdom of Anthroposophy as a decisive aid for the broadening & renewal of the religious life in our time.

The Christian Community is an international movement with approximately 350 congregations in 27 countries. Each congregation is financially independent & is carried by voluntary contributions & donations from members and friends. Supporting the work of the congregations on an international level is The Foundation of the Christian Community made up of priests & lay-people. The priesthood has at its center a group called the Circle of Seven who stand responsible for all the priestly work world-wide. At the center of this Circle of Seven stands the Erzoberlenker, currently Rev. Vicke von Behr.

Here in Chicago we are blessed to have the Lenker for North America, Craig Wiggins.

After taking root mainly in Europe until WWII, The Christian Community then spread to the other continents. The first North American congregation was founded in New York City in 1948. Since that time, it has expanded to 14 communities throughout North America served by one or more full time priests.

1947 – Typhoon Kathleen hits Saitama, Tokyo, at least 1,930 killed

1961 – The United States National Hurricane Research Project drops eight cylinders of silver iodide into the eyewall of Hurricane Esther. Wind speed reduces by 10%, giving rise to Project Stormfury

1961 – Typhoon Nancy, with possibly the strongest winds ever measured in a tropical cyclone, makes landfall in Osaka, Japan, killing 173 people

1977 – Deathday of Maria Callas, Greek operatic soprano

1978 – The 7.4 Mw earthquake affects the city of Tabas, Iran with a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent). At least 15,000 people were killed

1987 – The Montreal Protocol is signed to protect the ozone layer from depletion

2004 – Hurricane Ivan makes landfall in Gulf Shores, Alabama as a Category 3 hurricane, killing 124

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Umbra Perchiazzi

The Central Regional Council Invites ALL to our Michaelmas Festival: ‘Courage Born of Wisdom’ – Wednesday 23 September 2020 –On ZOOM – 7:15 pm CDT – 8:30 pm

Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82070460900

1st CRC performs a telling of a tale from ancient Chaldea where EA gives birth to Marduk, precursor to Michael.

Wisdom, Proverbs 9:1-6
Proverbs 24: 1-9

then “Wisdom Built herself a house*”…7 members of the various sections of the Anthroposophical Society will stand as Wisdom’s 7 Pillars to share how Courage was born from Wisdom leading to their work in the world.

Pedagogical Section –Michael Holdrege
Youth Section – Stephan Ambrose
Medical Section –Drs. Molly & Quentin McMullen
Eurythmy – Barbara Richardson
Social Science Section – Doug Wylie
BioDynamic Agriculture – Rand Carter
Three-Folding – Dorothy Hinkle-Uhlig

St. Michael Archangel | Archangel michael, Jesus christ images ...

with Original songs by Lucien Dante Lazar!

&  a closing about the connection between Michael, The Christ & Anthroposophia!

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Michaelmas 2020: Joan d’Arc – PURIFYING FIRE: The Power behind the WillDate: Saturday 26 Sept. 2020

*PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE: Doors open at 9 am for Potluck Breakfast, Coffee, Bagels & Fruit provided. Donations Encouraged.

Festival: 9:30 am – 12:30 pmLeave 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

& Online https://zoom.us/j/97955920156 Meeting ID: 979 5592 0156

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Schedule:

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

Group Singing: Michaelmas Time Song (5 Minutes)

Purified with Fire by queenbean3.deviantart.com on @DeviantArt | Historical  armor, Joan of arc, Deviantart

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

Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc - Mark Twain | Feedbooks

2. Leading Thoughts, & ‘Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc – Preface’ (20 minutes)

Delicious Reads: "Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc" {by Mark Twain}  Book Club Ideas

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

Bending Birches: Eurythmy weekend

Copper Rod Eurythmy: (10 minutes)

Dottie Zold & Frank Agrama – A Michaelic Will:  Joan of Arc, Sophie Scholl, Saint Odilie and Jesus of Nazareth. (20 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)

Quote/s of the Day – 30 May – The Memorial of St Joan of Arc (1412-1431) –  AnaStpaul

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)

Mars and Saturn aspects in the Synastry Chart: How do you join instinctual  action and planning?

The Mars / Saturn Square (10 minutes)

Autumn | Wynstones Press | Poems, Songs & Stories | Waldorf Books – Bella  Luna Toys

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 zinnikerfarm@gmail.comzinnikerfarm.com

Saturday, 9/26 @9:30 am – 12:30 pm 

 https://zoom.us/j/97955920156 Meeting ID: 979 5592 0156

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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 – viccimartin@gmail.com  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!

Retro Fire

The 2019 California wildfires caused less damage than the last two  devastating seasons | AccuWeather

The 2020 Mars Retrograde: Are we seeing a sparking in the physical world of these fiery forces burning in the West, that are now going inward..?

Well here we are friends, another mini apocalypse (Remember this word actually mean Revelation!) One of the most import transits of 2020 has begun. What will it bring us? What are the main characteristics of Mars retrograde in Aries ? Well, since the shadow period has started more than a month ago, I think we have begun to get a clue as to what to expect.

Mars Painting by Hans Thoma

When a planet is retrograde, its energies go against the regular flow of things. Usually the astral forces of nature streams from within towards the outside world. But when a planet is retrograde it goes the other way around: from outside toward the within.

mars rules ares - Psychics Blog

Ok so let’s build the picture: Mars in Aries is retrograde (double fire!) Can you sense this intense energy being directed from the external world towards you – causing mainly two things. First, we may feel consumed, enveloped in feelings of anger. Secondly, retrogrades are all about dealing with situations from the past that literally boomerang back.

Examples: A situation that we thought we had successfully overcome, nope, another layer often surfaces to question us again. People we have hurt might retaliate, or suddenly fight back. Or maybe we are struggling in a war of wills, & even though we were holding our ground in a strong position, things might suddenly turn against us & now we are in retreat. It’s a kind of backfire: what goes around comes around.

Pictures of Greek God Ares, the fierce God of War and Defence

On the positive side, Mars retrograde is certainly an opportunity for growth. It’s often good for the warriors to stop fighting each other & retreat to gain a more objective perspective. The truce allows us to rest & recover. And as we take care of our personal wounds, we can also think about what we’ve done, & process how we can bring harmony & healing. The bigger picture begins to take shape. And we may even realize that perhaps we had a bigger part in starting the fight, even if we didn’t mean to.

DArcevia Bruno | Mars, God of War (1989) | MutualArt
D.Arcevia Bruno

Mars retrograde asks us: How do we use our strength & energy? How is it received by others? Do we push it too much? Or are we inadvertently aggressive, too choleric? Mars retrograde can be the opportunity to become more aware of our relationship with fire energy.

Let’s take a look at the calendar to outline the key dates and degrees of Mars Retrograde 2020.

Sun 28-06-2020     Mars (29Pis59) --> Aries
Sun 28-06-2020     Mars ( 0Ari13) Sextuple [ 0Aqu13] Saturn
Tue  4-08-2020     Mars (19Ari44) Squ [19Cap44] Jupiter
Thu 13-08-2020     Mars (23Ari04) Squ [23Cap04] Pluto
Mon 24-08-2020     Mars (26Ari19) Squ [26Cap19] Saturn

Thu 10-09-2020     Mars <28Ari08> Station/Retrograde
Tue 29-09-2020     Mars [25Ari20] Squ (25Cap20) Saturn
Fri  9-10-2020     Mars [22Ari29] Squ (22Cap29) Pluto
Mon 19-10-2020     Mars [19Ari26] Squ (19Cap26) Jupiter
Sat 14-11-2020     Mars <15Ari14> Station/Direct

Wed 23-12-2020     Mars (23Ari55) Squ (23Cap55) Pluto
Thu  7-01-2021     Mars (29Ari59) --> Taurus
Staying Calm in Quicksand: Mars Retrograde and the Capricorn Full Moon –  Wolven

The most important Mars retrograde dates are going to be September 29th, October 9th & October 19th. On these dates Mars is going to make a square with Saturn, Pluto & Jupiter respectively, increasing the tension of the transit.

Usually Mars is retrograde for about 70 days. Specifically, Mars in Aries is going to be retrograde from September 10th 2020 at 28° Aries to November 14th 2020 at 15° Aries. These dates don’t take into account the shadow period which we are currently experiencing big time.

God Of War Paintings (Page #3 of 4) | Pixels
Burt Fellone

Mars was in the pre-shadow period from July 27th 2020 to September 10th 2020. And it is going to be in its post-shadow period from November 14th 2020 to January 3rd 2021.

So my friends, we will have a good amount of time to wrestle with these energies. I propose we work with the grace described by Rudolf Steiner in The Mission of Christian Rosenkreutz, lecture VII. THE MISSION OF GAUTAMA BUDDHA ON MARS

Gods of Directions and Celestial Bodies at Wat Nong Wang - Tim's Thailand

A Conference of the greatest and most advanced Individualities was called together by Christian Rosenkreutz. His most intimate pupil and friend, the great teacher Buddha, participated in these counsels and in the decisions reached. At that spiritual Conference it was resolved that henceforward Buddha would dwell on Mars and there unfold his influence and activity. Buddha transferred his work to Mars in the year 1604. And on Mars he performed a deed similar to that performed by Christ on the Earth in the Mystery of Golgotha. Christian Rosenkreutz had known what the work of Buddha on Mars would signify for the whole Cosmos, what his teachings of Nirvana, of liberation from the Earth would signify on Mars. The teaching of Nirvana was unsuited to a form of culture directed primarily to practical life. Buddha’s pupil, Francis of Assisi, was an example of the fact that this teaching produces in its adepts complete remoteness from the world and its affairs. But the content of Buddhism which was not adapted to the practical life of man between birth and death was of high importance for the soul between death and a new birth. Christian Rosenkreutz realised that for a certain purification needed on Mars, the teachings of Buddha were pre-eminently suitable. The Christ Being, the Essence of Divine Love, had once come down to the Earth to a people in many respects alien, and in the seventeenth century, Buddha, the Prince of Peace, went to Mars — the planet of war and conflict — to execute his mission there. The souls on Mars were warlike, torn with strife. Thus Buddha performed a deed of sacrifice similar to the deed performed in the Mystery of Golgotha by the Bearer of the Essence of Divine Love. To dwell on Mars as Buddha was a deed of sacrifice offered to the Cosmos. He was as it were the lamb offered up in sacrifice on Mars and to accept this environment of strife was for him a kind of crucifixion. Buddha performed this deed on Mars in the service of Christian Rosenkreutz. Thus do the great Beings who guide the world work together, not only on the Earth but from one planet to another.

Since the Mystery of Mars was consummated by Gautama Buddha, human beings have been able to receive different forces from Mars during the corresponding period between death and a new birth. Not only does a man bring with him into a new birth quite different forces from Mars, but because of the influence exercised by the spiritual deed of Buddha, forces also stream from Mars into men who practice meditation as a means for reaching the spiritual world. When the modern pupil of Spiritual Science meditates in the sense indicated by Christian Rosenkreutz, forces sent to the Earth by Buddha as the Redeemer of Mars, stream to him.”

May we tap into, & increase the energies outpictured by the sacrifice of the Buddha, bringing his potent Peace to the god of war within us all. Let us use this time to focus our meditations on taming the fires of Mars, channeling them into a fiery enthusiasm for Truth, Purpose, & the Will for good.

~hag

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Ceres Greetings Card by Wendy Andrew
Wendy Andrew

Here are the Soul Calendar verses for week 24 by Rudolf Steiner, Translated by Roy Sdler

v24,
In constant self-creation
the soul grows self-aware;
the spirit of the world moves on
in new self-knowledge re-enlivened,
creating from the darkness of the soul
the harvest of the sense of self
the will brings home.

Paintings – Mary Southard Art
Mary Southard

and its October mirror,
v29,
To have the inner fire
to kindle thinking’s radiance
and draw the meaning of experience
from worldwide spirit’s well of power
is now for me the summer’s heritage,
is autumn’s peace, and also winter’s hope.

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On Sunday, September 20th, the day the foundation stone was laid into the first Goetheanum, we invite everyone back to share and offer a plenum. 

HOW WE WILL HARVEST: 12 pm pacific, 1pm mountain, 2pm central, 3pm eastern9pm Europe / Dornach

I have been asked to share a few Leading Thoughts around the Michaelmas Season

for Zoom details & Schedule contact circlesforarenewalofculture@gmail.com

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ALIANT ALLIANCE MICHAELMAS MEET-UP: Tuesday, September 29th (for roughly 2.5 hours) @ 10am pacific, 11am mountain, 12pm central, 1pm eastern, 7pm Europe / Dornach

We will discuss organizing some of the ALIANT Next Steps

Review ELIANT’s Charter, Vision, and Mission Statement –

Take up a biweekly study of Rudolf Steiner’s Speaker’s Lectures for the Threefold Commonwealth from 1921, found in Communicating Anthroposophy(We place an order and coordinate shipping, if you are interested please message us, and if you would like support purchasing a book, let us know! ) –

Study our countries’ Constitution wherever we are living.

If you would like to engage our future steps with us, please email Dottie and Frank at CirclesforaRenewalofCulture@gmail.com

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Umbra Perchiazzi

The Central Regional Council Invites ALL to our Michaelmas Festival: ‘Courage Born of Wisdom’ – Wednesday 23 September 2020 –On ZOOM – 7:15 pm CDT – 8:30 pm

Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82070460900

1st CRC performs a telling of a tale from ancient Chaldea where EA gives birth to Marduk, precursor to Michael.

Wisdom, Proverbs 9:1-6
Proverbs 24: 1-9

then “Wisdom Built herself a house*”…7 members of the various sections of the Anthroposophical Society will stand as Wisdom’s 7 Pillars to share how Courage was born from Wisdom leading to their work in the world.

Pedagogical Section –Michael Holdrege
Youth Section – Stephan Ambrose
Medical Section –Drs. Molly & Quentin McMullen
Eurythmy – Barbara Richardson
Social Science Section – Doug Wylie
BioDynamic Agriculture – Rand Carter
Three-Folding – Dorothy Hinkle-Uhlig

St. Michael Archangel | Archangel michael, Jesus christ images ...

with Original songs by Lucien Dante Lazar!

&  a closing about the connection between Michael, The Christ & Anthroposophia!

Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 820 7046 0900
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Michaelmas 2020: Joan d’Arc – PURIFYING FIRE: The Power behind the Will –

Date: Saturday 26 Sept. 2020. Time: 2 pm – 5 pm CDT with a Potluck Community Meal to follow, please bring food & beverages to share! 

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

& Online https://zoom.us/j/97955920156 Meeting ID: 979 5592 0156

Schedule in process:

Lucien Dante Lazar– Ring the Iron Bell – Welcome – How does our Festival form a Being of Courage in this Now? (10 – 15 minutes?)

Group Singing: Michaelmas Time Song (5 Minutes)

Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc - Mark Twain | Feedbooks

Angela Foster – Leading Thoughts, & ‘Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc – Preface’ (20-30 minutes)

Delicious Reads: "Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc" {by Mark Twain}  Book Club Ideas

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

Bending Birches: Eurythmy weekend

Copper Rod Eurythmy: (5-10 minutes)

Dottie Zold & Frank Agrama – A Michaelic Will:  Joan of Arc, Sophie Scholl, Saint Odilie and Jesus of Nazareth. (30 – 40 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 Song? (5 minutes)

Quote/s of the Day – 30 May – The Memorial of St Joan of Arc (1412-1431) –  AnaStpaul

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)

Large Group Sharing (5-10 minutes)

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

Large Group Sharing (5-10 minutes) which can lead into or be part of:

Joan of Arc - Wikiquote

Angela Foster – Social Sculpture – Weaving the Chalice (20 minutes)

Mars and Saturn aspects in the Synastry Chart: How do you join instinctual  action and planning?

The Mars / Saturn Square (10 minutes)

Autumn | Wynstones Press | Poems, Songs & Stories | Waldorf Books – Bella  Luna Toys

Everyone takes a turn Ringing the IRON, verse, (5 minutes)

Chicago Event | Reverse Ritual

Hag – Last thoughts (5-10 minutes) – Goodbye – Thank you – Potluck

Saturday, 9/26 @2-5pm 

 https://zoom.us/j/97955920156 Meeting ID: 979 5592 0156

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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 at the Rudolf Steiner Chicago Branch 4249 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago 6:30-8:30 PM Facilitated by Victoria Martin

RSVP – viccimartin@gmail.com  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!

Shine your Sun-shield

In Bloom Painting by Todd Trainer
Scarlet Bonner

POD
~Bloom, my upright skeleton
With soft flowers of bitter dust
Fetid in Autumn’s withering
Bloom, heart-head dreaming
My Crone womb carries you forward
Willing the grave to sprout from within
Bloom, soul-forces purified & ready
Let tears embrace the wind
To wipe blank eyes screen fixed & unfocused
Bloom now, in freedom won

~hag

Jupiter and Saturn at dusk, mid-September 2020

12 September 2020 – “Speaking with the Stars”: Jupiter & Saturn continue shining in the south at dusk. They turn horizontal during twilight, then tilt to the right as evening advances. They set in the southwest around midnight. Jupiter will finally complete its retrograde (westward) motion against the background stars of the Archer tonight, northeast of the famous Teapot asterism, coming to a standstill at 7 om CDT. After that, it will begin moving east, closing the gap between itself & nearby Saturn.

Sunrise: 6:38 A.M.
Sunset: 7:13 P.M.
Moonrise: 12:55 A.M.
Moonset: 4:25 P.M.
Moon Phase: Waning crescent (27%)

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Epiphany! | Surrealism painting, Masonic art, Art
Riley Macdonald

Spiritual epiphany alert! Yes, my dear bundles of rumbling DNA – Uncanny revelations are imminent! Stories that have remained fixed – are about to acquire unexpected wrinkles…& from the crack in the godhead new possibilities are pouring forth…&…there’s something YOU can do to ensure that the new versions of the old vision are more empowering than the overlay:

  1. Escape the cramped quarters of your own mind…
  2. Slip away from the corners you’ve been backed into…
  3. Stop telling the convoluted stories ‘they’ concocted
    to rationalize why you should be afraid…
  4. Get out of the loop & escape into the big,
    fresh places that will rejuvenate
    your eyes and heart…& for the foreseeable future,
  5. Take on the demeanor & spirit of a noble warrior
    with high integrity & a fluid sense of humor…

What I pray is that we won’t be satisfied with mediocre half-truths; that it is ok to be focused on cutting out waste, fraud, & delusion; that it’s ok to be itchy to know more about the unacknowledged games that are being played…

When Life Gives You Lemons Painting by Katrina Case
Katrina Case

Frustration, I hope, will be our holy fuel…Unsweetened lemonade, I trust, will be our rejuvenating drink…These are blessings, my friend, not curses..!

Frida Kahlo: “The Little Dear” (1946) | Famous Mexican Artists
Krida Kahlo

I pray that you’ll pick one of those itchy scabs until it bleeds so the healing process can start over — the right way this time…See…there goes that misplaced acceptance of warped chunks of complications…Here comes an opportunity to make a break for bubbly responsibility
True Human Freedom…

Heart in armor. stock vector. Illustration of holiday - 84146345

To take advantage, we’ll need to travel much lighter –
So please peel off your heart-armor – polish your sun-shield
Power the rust off your sword
Wipe that forty-pound sneer of doubt off your face –
Bury your broken-down theories by the wayside,
& donate all your unnecessary props
to the birds & the bees – Strip down – & Stand Up!

Are you with me?!?

~hag

***

Think Outside the Box | Jesús Gil Hernández
Jesus Gil Hernandez

Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.~ Martin Luther King

Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

The Holy Name of Mary (Diary of a Parish Priest)

The Feast of the Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary

In Our Lady’s time, Aramaic was the spoken language. In Hebrew, the name Mary is Miryam, Meaning:  “Bitter Sea,” “Myrrh of the Sea”, “The Enlightened One,” “The Light Giver,” & especially “Star of the Sea”= Stella Maris.

One of the local traditions holds that this feast day was commemorated in Vienna by the creation of a new kind of pastry shaped in the form of a half-moon (the croissant) The feast is also a counterpart to the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus.

The entry in the Roman Martyrology about the feast: The Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a day on which the inexpressible love of the Mother of God for her Holy Child is recalled, and the eyes of the faithful are directed to the figure of the Mother of the Redeemer, for them to invoke with devotion

File:Lorenzo de' Medici-ritratto.jpg - Wikimedia Commons

1492 – Birthday of Lorenzo de’ Medici

Jung-Stilling, Johann Heinrich (1740-1817) - GAMEO

1740 – Birthday of J.H. JungStilling, German poet & mystic, his nom de plume Stilling, derived from the characterization of German Pietists as “the still people in the countryside” Stillings acquaintance with Goethe at the University of Strasbourg ripened into friendship, & it was thru Goethe’s influence & assistance that Stilling’s first work, was put to paper & published (without Jung’s knowledge) in 1777.

1857 – The SS Central America sinks east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, drowning 426 passengers & crew. The ship was carrying 13–15 tons of gold from the California Gold Rush

1933 – Leó Szilárd, waiting for a red light on Southampton Row in Bloomsbury, conceives the idea of the nuclear chain reaction

1938 – Adolf Hitler demands autonomy & self-determination for the Germans of the Sudetenland region of Czechoslovakia

historylookingback | Cave paintings, Lascaux cave paintings, Painting

1940 – Cave paintings are discovered in Lascaux, France.

1940 – An explosion at the Hercules Powder Company plant in Kenvil, New Jersey kills 51 people & injures over 200

1942 – World War II: RMS Laconia, carrying civilians, Allied soldiers & Italian POWs is torpedoed off the coast of West Africa & sinks with a heavy loss of life

1943 – World War II: Benito Mussolini, dictator of Italy, is rescued from house arrest on the Gran Sasso in Abruzzi, by German commando forces led by Otto Skorzeny

1959 – The Soviet Union launches a large rocket, Lunik II, at the moon

John Glenn, first American to orbit the Earth, dies at 95 | The Daily  Gazette

1962 – President John F. Kennedy, at a speech at Rice University, reaffirms that the U.S. will put a man on the moon by the end of the decade

1974 – Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, ‘Messiah’ of the Rastafari movement, is deposed following a military coup by the Derg, ending a reign of 58 years

Remembering Steve Biko - Top 5 Quotes - SAPeople - Your Worldwide South  African Community

1977 – South African anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko dies in police custody

Japanese Spacelab with first African-American woman astronaut

1992 – NASA launches Space Shuttle Endeavour on STS-47 which marked the 50th shuttle mission. On board are Mae Carol Jemison, the first African-American woman in space, Mamoru Mohri, the first Japanese citizen to fly in a US spaceship, and Mark Lee and Jan Davis, the first married couple in space

2003 – The United Nations lifts sanctions against Libya after that country agreed to accept responsibility and recompense the families of victims in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103

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On Sunday, September 20th, the day the foundation stone was laid into the first Goetheanum, we invite everyone back to share and offer a plenum. 

HOW WE WILL HARVEST: 12 pm pacific, 1pm mountain, 2pm central, 3pm eastern9pm Europe / Dornach

Zoom details & Schedule TBA – I have been asked to share a few Leading Thoughts around the Michaelmas Season

***

ECAS August News Flash - Interview: Forming a Comprehensive View on  Populism & What is Happening in Our Societies | #MyEUstory: Activism in  Democracy | ELIANT campaign for better child development |

ALIANT ALLIANCE MICHAELMAS MEET-UP: Tuesday, September 29th (for roughly 2.5 hours) @ 10am pacific, 11am mountain, 12pm central, 1pm eastern, 7pm Europe / Dornach

We will discuss organizing some of the ALIANT Next Steps

Review ELIANT’s Charter, Vision, and Mission Statement –

Take up a biweekly study of Rudolf Steiner’s Speaker’s Lectures for the Threefold Commonwealth from 1921, found in Communicating Anthroposophy(We place an order and coordinate shipping, if you are interested please message us, and if you would like support purchasing a book, let us know! ) –

Study our countries’ Constitution wherever we are living.

If you would like to engage our future steps with us, please email Dottie and Frank at CirclesforaRenewalofCulture@gmail.com

***

Umbra Perchiazzi

The Central Regional Council Invites ALL to our Michaelmas Festival:

‘Courage Born of Wisdom’

Wednesday 23 September 2020 –On ZOOM – 7:15 pm CDT – 8:30 pm

CRC performs a telling of a tale from ancient Chaldea where EA gives birth to Marduk, precursor to Michael.

Wisdom, Proverbs 9:1-6
Proverbs 24: 1-9

then “Wisdom Built herself a house*”…7 members of the various sections of the Anthroposophical Society will stand as Wisdom’s 7 Pillars to share how Courage was born from Wisdom leading to their work in the world.

Pedagogical Section –Michael Holdrege
Youth Section – Stephan Ambrose
Medical Section –Drs. Molly & Quentin McMullen
Eurythmy – Barbara Richardson
Social Science Section – Doug Wylie
BioDynamic Agriculture – Rand Carter
Three-Folding – Dorothy Hinkle-Uhlig

St. Michael Archangel | Archangel michael, Jesus christ images ...

with Original songs by Lucien Dante Lazar!

&  a closing about the connection between Michael, The Christ & Anthroposophia!

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

Date: Saturday 26 Sept. 2020. Time: 2 pm – 5 pm CDT with a Potluck Community Meal to follow, please bring food & beverages to share! 

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

& Online https://zoom.us/j/97955920156 Meeting ID: 979 5592 0156

Schedule in process:

Lucien Dante Lazar– Ring the Iron Bell – Welcome – How does our Festival form a Being of Courage in this Now? (10 – 15 minutes?)

Group Singing: Michaelmas Time Song (5 Minutes)

Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc - Mark Twain | Feedbooks

Angela Foster – Leading Thoughts, & ‘Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc – Preface’ (20-30 minutes)

Delicious Reads: "Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc" {by Mark Twain}  Book Club Ideas

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

Bending Birches: Eurythmy weekend

Mary S, or Mary R, or Jan R? Copper Rod Eurythmy: (5-10 minutes)

Dottie Zold & Frank Agrama – A Michaelic Will:  Joan of Arc, Sophie Scholl, Saint Odilie and Jesus of Nazareth. (30 – 40 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 Song? (5 minutes)

Quote/s of the Day – 30 May – The Memorial of St Joan of Arc (1412-1431) –  AnaStpaul

Paulette Arnold, Sea Anna? – 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)

Large Group Sharing (5-10 minutes)

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

Large Group Sharing (5-10 minutes) which can lead into or be part of:

Joan of Arc - Wikiquote

Angela Foster – Social Sculpture – Weaving the Chalice (20 minutes)

Mars and Saturn aspects in the Synastry Chart: How do you join instinctual  action and planning?

Jonathan Hadley or Victoria Martin? – The Mars / Saturn Square (10 minutes)

Autumn | Wynstones Press | Poems, Songs & Stories | Waldorf Books – Bella  Luna Toys

Everyone takes a turn Ringing the IRON, verse, goodbye (5-10 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

Hag – Last thoughts? – Goodbye – Thank you – Potluck

Saturday, 9/26 @2-5pm 

 https://zoom.us/j/97955920156 Meeting ID: 979 5592 0156

Then & Now

Most folks can remember where they were, on that September morning, 19 years & counting ago.

It was autumn, & the new school year had just started. The Perseid meteor showers had been weak in 2001. Yet Michaelmas was on my mind. My husband & I had slept late that day. My morning mediation was scattered, distracted. I went into the kitchen to make breakfast, my daughter, who was not yet 2 years old, was playing up in her room, when the phone rang. It was my friend Rowan. She was crying & whispering: ‘Turn on your TV’ she said. I laughed & said ‘Rowan what is it? You know we don’t watch the tube”. She said ‘O Hazel honey, just turn it on’.

We were in shock. I don’t have to go into what we all felt at that moment.

We tuned off the TV, & I called to see if school was still in session. The folks at the Chicago Waldorf School said, yes, stressing how we all needed to keep the media away from the young ones. In a daze I got the girl ready for our parent/child class. While the children played, the parents sat, quiet, nodding to each other, holding the sacred space for the innocents, speaking only with our eyes about what we had seen.

When I got home my husband said the 2nd tower was hit -The horrendous images repeating in an endless loop.

Miguel Tio

For many days after, when I would take my girl for walks, or where ever I was, – at work, at the market, I felt a deepened connection to my fellow human beings. People looked each other in the eyes. Folks were kind, helpful, really considerate, even in traffic. We were all brothers & sisters, bonded by this world altering event.

We were all one. Humanity united that day.

These Powerful Photos Capture The Bravery And Selflessness Of 9/11 First  Responders

In trying to make sense of it all, I thought, perhaps this horrible tragedy would become a catalyst for true change. I saw it as a loosening of our collective etheric bodies, providing an opportunity for the angels to work with us, opening humanity to a threshold experience, an initiation, preparing us for the brotherhood of the next epoch.

Remember how still, & quiet it was under clear blue skies in those 1st few days, after, when all the air traffic was halted? Peaceful, heightened, open. 

But soon the shock & vulnerable, open eyed connection gave way to patriotic rhetoric; hateful & boiling, it radiated out infecting the planet.  And anyone not jumping on the war wagon was called trader/unpatriotic/’conspiracy theory’ lunatic, & roundly silenced. 

Lies became truth. Phantoms became reality. Blood was exchanged for oil. Corporations became people. Our civil liberties were bought & sold. Homeland security invaded our right to privacy -The human soul oppressed by systematic illusion. 

Never mind that VP Dick Cheney was running the largest war-games exercises at the same time as the ‘attacks’. Never mind the connection of the Saudi’s with the Bush dynasty. Never mind the mind, for thinking had been outlawed.

The fallout from 9/11 continues, but perhaps with time, truths will surface that will bring change & healing, AND there is always help from the ever present spiritual world, if we look for it. Michael will continue to pour his cosmic iron into our blood; it is up to us to use it to fight the dragon.

David T Nelson

For once, therefore, a man woke up and saw that what mattered was not to proclaim democracy but to see the full reality, not to follow slogans, but to see things as they are. This would be particularly important today, for people would then realize that the events which reign with such blood and terror over the whole of humanity are guided and directed from just a few centers. People will never realize this if they persist in the delusion that nation is fighting nation, and allow the European and American Press to lull them to sleep over the kinds of relations that are said to exist between nations.” ~Rudolf Steiner, Fall of the Spirits of Darkness, : Lecture 14: Into the Future, Dornach, 28 October 1917

After 9/11: Photography, the Destructive Sublime, and the Postmodern Archive
  1. Insider Traders Knew About Attacks Before They Happened. Right before the 9/11 attacks, some fishy business happened within the stock market & insurance firms. An “extraordinary” amount of put options were placed on United Airlines & American Airlines stocks, the same airlines that were hijacked during the attacks. Many speculate that traders were tipped off about the attacks & profited from the tragedy. The Securities & Exchange Commission launched an insider trading investigation in which Osama bin Laden was a suspect, after receiving information from at least one Wall Street firm.
  2. The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) generals reported that they learned of the hijackings in time to scramble fighter jets, but that they were ordered to stand down ‘because it was a part of a Military war game’.
  3. Is this just like Pearl Harbor? Did our government want to use the attacks to justify an invasion on Iraq & Afghanistan to secure oil interests?
  4. Commercial airplanes’ frames are constructed with a very light aluminum material in order to make it easier to fly. Some believe that missiles or explosives were used to ensure the buildings collapsed. Many scientists & engineers say it looked like a controlled demolition. Many speculate that the towers were in fact blown down with explosives placed in selected locations. Some witnesses recounted hearing explosions inside the building as they attempted to escape. Many architects even maintain that a plane’s fuel cannot produce enough heat to melt the steel frames of the two buildings that collapsed.
  5. The Pentagon crash may be the most puzzling event of the day. Theorists maintain that the impact holes in the Pentagon were much smaller than a commercial American Airlines plane. They also question why the plane was not shot down prior to impact, as well as why the plane impacted a section of the Pentagon that was vacant due to renovations.
  6. According to official reports, the passengers onboard Flight 93 attempted to take back the plane from the hijackers & the subsequent struggle caused the aircraft to crash into an open field in Pennsylvania. As with the Pentagon attack, theorists state that very little plane wreckage was actually discovered in the field – that the crash site itself was too small for an airliner that size, arguing instead that the plane was shot down by the military & so it disintegrated over a larger area.
  7. In the aftermath of the attacks, passports & identification were found as evidence. How did the passports of the terrorists made out of paper survive the same explosion that destroyed buildings?
The Vision of Saint John, El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) (Greek, Iráklion (Candia) 1541–1614 Toledo), Oil on canvas
The vision of St. John ~el Greco

I know you are tired dear friend. It’s all so much. And I know today is an emotional day. But together we can continue to ask urgent & difficult questions, so that we may share healing, which often comes thru shattering insights. This can help us achieve humanity’s highest evolution.

Olga Fröbe-Kapteyn

We can’t rest until we reveal what lies at the root of the corona – our individual & collective Crown – vs. the virus, & the worldwide pandemic it has caused.  What are the deeper, spiritual realities? Which entities stand behind the virus? What can we do to meet them? How can we be spiritually hygienic? What therapeutic practices can we employ?

~hag

Is this present pandemic meant to be seen as part of a larger series of world-events – Can we find the connections? All of humanity is being called upon to respond in a radically transformative way. How will we face the issues relating to government lockdowns, police corruption, & the rise of the protest movements that have sprung up in opposition to them. How do these events point to real questions of individual freedom – not a selfish ‘me 1st freedom’, but a true freedom based on love, good will & compassion toward everyone?

~hag

And above all, how does all this relate to the essential event of our time – The revealing of The Christ in the etheric; which remains largely hidden behind the veil of materialism?

~Standing in the light of Wisdom’s humble Peace & Love ~hag

***


On Sunday, September 20th, the day the foundation stone was laid into the first Goetheanum, we invite everyone back to share and offer a plenum. 

HOW WE WILL HARVEST: 12 pm pacific, 1pm mountain, 2pm central, 3pm eastern9pm Europe / Dornach

Zoom details & Schedule TBA – I have been asked to share a few Leading Thoughts around the Michaelmas Season

***

ECAS August News Flash - Interview: Forming a Comprehensive View on  Populism & What is Happening in Our Societies | #MyEUstory: Activism in  Democracy | ELIANT campaign for better child development |

ALIANT ALLIANCE MICHAELMAS MEET-UP: Tuesday, September 29th (for roughly 2.5 hours) @ 10am pacific, 11am mountain, 12pm central, 1pm eastern, 7pm Europe / Dornach

We will discuss organizing some of the ALIANT Next Steps

Review ELIANT’s Charter, Vision, and Mission Statement –

Take up a biweekly study of Rudolf Steiner’s Speaker’s Lectures for the Threefold Commonwealth from 1921, found in Communicating Anthroposophy(We place an order and coordinate shipping, if you are interested please message us, and if you would like support purchasing a book, let us know! ) –

Study our countries’ Constitution wherever we are living.

If you would like to engage our future steps with us, please email Dottie and Frank at CirclesforaRenewalofCulture@gmail.com

***

Umbra Perchiazzi

The Central Regional Council Invites ALL to our Michaelmas Festival:

‘Courage Born of Wisdom’

Wednesday 23 September 2020 –On ZOOM – 7:15 pm CDT – 8:30 pm

CRC performs a telling of a tale from ancient Chaldea where EA gives birth to Marduk, precursor to Michael.

Wisdom, Proverbs 9:1-6
Proverbs 24: 1-9

then “Wisdom Built herself a house*”…7 members of the various sections of the Anthroposophical Society will stand as Wisdom’s 7 Pillars to share how Courage was born from Wisdom leading to their work in the world.

Pedagogical Section –Michael Holdrege
Youth Section – Stephan Ambrose
Medical Section –Drs. Molly & Quentin McMullen
Eurythmy – Barbara Richardson
Social Science Section – Doug Wylie
BioDynamic Agriculture – Rand Carter
Three-Folding – Dorothy Hinkle-Uhlig

St. Michael Archangel | Archangel michael, Jesus christ images ...

with Original songs by Lucien Dante Lazar!

&  a closing about the connection between Michael, The Christ & Anthroposophia!

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82070460900

Meeting ID: 820 7046 0900
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Albert Lynch

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

Date: Saturday 26 Sept. 2020. Time: 2 pm – 5 pm, In-Person & Online

Followed by a POTLUCK, Please bring a dish & beverages to Share!

https://zoom.us/j/97955920156 Meeting ID: 979 5592 0156

Schedule (in process)

Lucien Ring the Iron Bell – Welcome (How does our Festival form a Being of Courage in this Now?) (10 – 15 minutes?)

Group Singing: Michaelmas Time Song (5 Minutes)

Angela Foster – Leading Thoughts, & ‘Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc – Preface’ (20-30 minutes)

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

Mary S, or Mary R, or Jan R? Copper Rod Eurythmy: (5-10 minutes)

Dottie Zold & Frank Agrama – Michael, Joan of Arc, St Oldie & the Elderberries Impulse of Selflessness (20-30 minutes)

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

Paulette Arnold? – 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)

Large Group Sharing (5-10 minutes)

The Passageby Lucian Dante Lazar (15 minutes)

Large Group Sharing (5-10 minutes) which can lead into or be part of:

Angela Foster – Social Sculpture – Weaving the Chalice (20 minutes)

Jonathan Hadley?– The Mars / Saturn Square (5-10 minutes)

Everyone takes a turn Ringing the IRON, verse, goodbye (5-10 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! 

~From Rudolf Steiner's Last Address

hag – Final Leading Thoughts – Goodbye – Thank you – POTLUCK, Please bring a dish & beverages to Share!

Saturday, 9/26 @2-5pm 

 https://zoom.us/j/97955920156 Meeting ID: 979 5592 0156

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Musing

Sing in me, Muse, and through me tell the story.”  ~Homer


The classical Greeks describe the Muse, as ‘She Who Knows All That Is, Ever Was or Will Be’. Sounds alot like the inscription for the New Isis. Mousa is the ancient Greek word for the Muse, the archetypal goddess of the mind, representing the forces of intuition, inspiration, & creative imagination, that leads to wisdom & self-realization. She is also the power of language in all of its many forms — the power of communication at its most exalted & divine manifestation thru words, song, music, dance & art. 

Happy is he whom the Muses love: sweet flows speech from his mouth.”  ~Hesiod

In the seventh century B.C.E. Hesiod sang of Nine Muses, the Mousai:  Kalliopeia, muse of epic poetry & the oldest of the nine Muses; Euterpe, muse of music & lyric poetry; Melpomene, muse of singing &tragedy; Erato, muse of mystical & erotic love; Terpsikhore, muse of whirling & ecstatic dance; Urania, muse of astronomy & prophecy; Kleio, muse of history & heroic poetry; Thaleia, muse of comedy & idyllic poetry; & Polyhymnia, muse of sacred hymns and meditation.

The Nine Muses are the daughters of Mnemosyne, the goddess of Memory, & Zeus, the god of the lightning-like flash of inspiration. Sudden & powerful moments of intuition combined with the power of memory give piercing insights into the mysteries of the universe. Mnemosyne, the power of remembrance, is one of the three elder Muses, along with Melete, the power of practice, study, & meditation, & Aoide, the power of song, chant, & mantra. These Muses are the ancient Divine Muse, the threefold goddess, the symbolic teacher & guide of the Pythian Priestess at the Delphic Oracle. This prophetic priestess, a channel for the Muse, was the most powerful religious & political authority in the Hellenic world for more than two thousand years. 

Eugene Delacroix

The Pythia’s greatest law sent from the Divine Muse was: ‘Know Thyself’. Know thyself through meditation, mantra, &memory — the tools of the three elder Muses who are the daughters of the goddess Gaia, the Earth, & the god Uranus, the Heavens. This Divine Muse is the connecting principle between heaven &earth. Through meditation, mantra, & memory, we can connect the power of heaven’s creativity with the grounded, sustaining energy of the earth within our own being.

The Divine Muse taught the use of intuition & prophecy as a way to inner development. They fused prophesy & poetry with inspiration — the creative energy welling up from deep within the mind. The word inspiration means breathing into, inhalation, the breath of life, to be filled with the breath of life, to be inspired, to show genius. The Divine Muse is inspiration — the sacred breath, the life force in the air that is the power that makes consciousness possible. The Muse breathed into Hesiod, “a divine voice to celebrate the things that were and shall be.”


This draught of flowing nectar, the Muse’s gift, the sweet fruit of the mind,”  ~Pindar

The Muse taught that vibration & music are the gateways to knowledge of the universe, of reality, & of ourselves. The Pythagoreans structured their colleges as temples dedicated to the powers of the Muse. Both Aristotle & Plato created shrines to the Muse in their colleges of philosophy. The word museum originally meant the shrine or temple of the Muse, designating a place of transformation of consciousness, a place of research, scholarship, & learning, a place where sculpture, painting, art, & sacred texts were kept. 

Musikos,” the Greek word for music,  meant, “relating to the Muses.”  Plato used musikos to refer to the quality of being, “well educated and versed in things of the mind.” Plato taught that the concept of music encompassed all that relates to the mind. He believed in revealed knowledge as a path to knowing ultimate truth, describing the channel of flowing creativity between the human & divine as the Muse herself.

Mia Music - This is how my brain feels when I listen to... | Facebook
Barry Felkter

Within the brain there are unused areas of potential energy & psychic awareness.  The power to awaken these dormant regions is within us.  We can open the gate to wisdom & consciousness through study, meditation, chanting, & dancing — the rituals of the Muse who rests hidden in our memory, waiting to lead us to the highest states of knowledge, blessedness, & being. Once the Muse reveals the truths within us, we understand who we are & what we are supposed to do.

The Muses are all of one mind, their hearts are set upon song, and their spirit is free from care.”  ~Hesiod

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Alphonse Mucha

The Muse is not a mythological figment of the ancient past, she is the inner source of wisdom & the force of creativity within our own minds.  Rise in your thinking to meet the Muse within & she will come.

~hag

Colorful Corn Kernals Painting by Joan Utley
Joan Utley

The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.”~Eden Phillpotts, “A Shadow Passes,” 1918

Life on Mars?" David Bowie Print — Retro Sorrento

10 September 2020 – “Speaking with the Stars”:  Mars, after standing stationary, will now begin a retrograde loop, switching from its previous eastward motion to slide westward through Pisces. Early morning is the best time to observe the Red Planet; high in the southwestern sky in the hours before sunrise.

Last Quarter Moon occurs this morning. You can observe Bella Luna early in the AM rising in the east in Taurus the Bull. Look to the Moon’s upper right to find the bright, golden-hued star Aldebaran, or straight above it to see the Pleiades star cluster.

Moon by Alphonse Mucha
Alphonse Mucha

Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Avranches, gardienne des mystérieux manuscrits du Mont Saint-Michel |  Valeurs actuelles

720 – Death/Feast Day of Aubert of Avranches According to legend, in 708 he had a vision in which the Archangel Michael instructed him to build an oratory on the rocky tidal island at the mouth of the Couesnon. Aubert did not pay attention to this vision at first, until in exasperation Michael appeared to him again, this time driving his finger into Aubert’s skull & ordering him to complete the task again. Michael is said to have appeared to him a total of three times. After this the oratory was built.

Mont-Saint-Michel, an island fortress, medieval abbey, and UNESCO world  heritage site, is one of France's major and most stunning tourist  attractions.
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The relic of Aubert’s skull, complete with hole where the archangel’s finger pierced it, can still be seen at the Saint-Gervais Basilica in Avranches.

The Blessed Guillaume de Toulouse Tormented by Demons — Ambroise Frédeau –  Biblioklept

1305 – Death/Feast Day of Nicholas of Tolentino, known as the Patron of Holy Souls, was an Italian saint &mystic. There are many tales & legends which relate to Nicholas. One says the devil once beat him with a stick, which was then displayed for years in his church. In another, Nicholas, a vegetarian, was served a roasted fowl, for which he made the sign of the cross, & it flew out a window. Nine passengers on a ship going down at sea once asked Nicholas’ aid, & he appeared in the sky, wearing the black Augustinian habit, radiating golden light, holding a lily in his left hand, & with his right hand, he quelled the storm. An apparition of the saint, it is said, once saved the burning palace of the Doge of Venice by throwing a piece of blessed bread on the flames. He was also reported to have resurrected over one hundred dead children, including several who had drowned together.

1509 – An earthquake known as “The Lesser Judgment Day” hits Constantinople killing over 2,000

Europe after the Treaties of Utrecht and Nystad, 1721. | Historical maps,  German history, European history

1721 – The Treaty of Nystad was signed ending the twenty-one year Great Northern War between Russia & Sweden. Rudolf Steiner speaks about the significance of this in GA 119 Macrocosm/Microcosm: Lecture 6: Experiences of Initiation in the Northern Mysteries

Empress Elisabeth of Austria - Wikipedia

1898 – Deathday of Empress Elisabeth of Austria, the wife of Emperor Franz Joseph I, Queen of Hungary & Queen consort of Croatia and Bohemia. While travelling in Geneva in she was stabbed to death by an Italian anarchist named Luigi Lucheni who selected her because he had missed his chance to assassinate Prince Philippe, Duke of Orléans, & wanted to kill the next member of royalty that he saw. Elisabeth was the longest serving Empress-consort of Austria, at 44 years.

Treaty of St. Germain - IB History

1919 – Austria & the Allies sign the Treaty of Saint-Germain-en-Laye recognizing the independence of Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia & Yugoslavia

Lady Frieda Harris, Masonic Tracing Boards, three watercolours on board (or  paper mounted on board) 50cm x 35cm in original g

1933 – Deathday of A.W. Sellin, Anthroposopher & Fremason

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1935 – Birthday of Mary Oliver, poet & author

1943 – World War II: German forces begin their occupation of Rome

Vědci objevili novou částici menší než atom | EuroZprávy.cz

2008 – The Large Hadron Collider at CERN, described as the biggest scientific experiment in history, is powered up in Geneva, Switzerland

Stay: Suicide Prevention Campaign | Baltimore-Washington Conference UMC

World Suicide Prevention Day

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On Sunday, September 20th, the day the foundation stone was laid into the first Goetheanum, we invite everyone back to share and offer a plenum. 

HOW WE WILL HARVEST: 12 pm pacific, 1pm mountain, 2pm central, 3pm eastern9pm Europe / Dornach

Zoom details & Schedule TBA – I have been asked to share a few Leading Thoughts around the Michaelmas Season

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ECAS August News Flash - Interview: Forming a Comprehensive View on  Populism & What is Happening in Our Societies | #MyEUstory: Activism in  Democracy | ELIANT campaign for better child development |

ALIANT ALLIANCE MICHAELMAS MEET-UP: Tuesday, September 29th (for roughly 2.5 hours) @ 10am pacific, 11am mountain, 12pm central, 1pm eastern, 7pm Europe / Dornach

We will discuss organizing some of the ALIANT Next Steps

Review ELIANT’s Charter, Vision, and Mission Statement –

Take up a biweekly study of Rudolf Steiner’s Speaker’s Lectures for the Threefold Commonwealth from 1921, found in Communicating Anthroposophy(We place an order and coordinate shipping, if you are interested please message us, and if you would like support purchasing a book, let us know! ) –

Study our countries’ Constitution wherever we are living.

If you would like to engage our future steps with us, please email Dottie and Frank at CirclesforaRenewalofCulture@gmail.com

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Umbra Perchiazzi

The Central Regional Council Invites ALL to our Michaelmas Festival:

‘Courage Born of Wisdom’

Wednesday 23 September 2020 –On ZOOM – 7:15 pm CDT – 8:30 pm

CRC performs a telling of a tale from ancient Chaldea where EA gives birth to Marduk, precursor to Michael.

Wisdom, Proverbs 9:1-6
Proverbs 24: 1-9

then “Wisdom Built herself a house*”…7 members of the various sections of the Anthroposophical Society will stand as Wisdom’s 7 Pillars to share how Courage was born from Wisdom leading to their work in the world.

Pedagogical Section –Michael Holdrege
Youth Section – Stephan Ambrose
Medical Section –Drs. Molly & Quentin McMullen
Eurythmy – Barbara Richardson
Social Science Section – Doug Wylie
BioDynamic Agriculture – Rand Carter
Three-Folding – Dorothy Hinkle-Uhlig

St. Michael Archangel | Archangel michael, Jesus christ images ...

with Original songs by Lucien Dante Lazar!

&  a closing about the connection between Michael, The Christ & Anthroposophia!

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

Date: Saturday 26 Sept. 2020. Time: 2 pm – 5 pm, In-Person & Online

https://zoom.us/j/97955920156 Meeting ID: 979 5592 0156

Schedule (in process)

Opening Song by Jen Zimberg? – (3-5 minutes)

Lucien Dante Lazar  – Ring the Iron Bell – Welcome (How does our Festival form a Being of Courage in this Now?) (10 – 15 minutes?)

Group Singing: The Michaelmas Harvest Song (5 Minutes)

Angela Foster – Leading Thoughts, & ‘Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc – Preface’ (20-30 minutes)

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

Copper Rod Eurythmy: (5-10 minutes)

Dottie Zold & Frank Agrama – Michael, Joan of Arc, St Oldie & the Elderberries Impulse of Selflessness (20-30 minutes)

Song by Jen Zimberg ? or another Michaelmas Song? (5 minutes)

Paulette Arnold? – 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)

Large Group Sharing (5-10 minutes)

The Passage’ by Lucian Dante Lazar (15 minutes)

Large Group Sharing (5-10 minutes) which can lead into, or be part of:

Angela Foster – Social Sculpture – Weaving the Chalice (20 minutes)

Jonathan Hadley ?– The Mars / Saturn Square (10 minutes)

Everyone takes a turn Ringing the IRON, verse, goodbye (5-10 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! 

~From Rudolf Steiner's Last Address

hag – ending thoughts? – Goodbye – Thank you – Potluck

Saturday, 9/26 @2-5pm 

 https://zoom.us/j/97955920156 Meeting ID: 979 5592 0156

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