I had the honor of meeting Pat McCabe (Weyakpa Najin Win = Woman Stands Shining) a Diné (Navajo) mother, grandmother, activist, artist, writer, ceremonial leader, & international speaker, at the YIP 13 Initiative Forum recently. Her blessings have stayed with me, & so I wanted to share something she wrote for ‘International Women’s Month’ March 2021:
My Greetings to Women’s Nation on this Sacred Day!
My journey to be able to see you, to be able to receive your embrace has been long. It was presented to me early, that we were competitors, that you were suspicious, and not to be trusted. And since you were told the same, sometimes you were suspicious, and not to be trusted. Sometimes I was suspicious, and not to be trusted. It was confusing. But eventually, as I came to prayer, and into ceremony, the Truth has made its way through the conundrum, as it always seems to, and now, there you stood, my sister, my deepest ally in the re-membering, re-learning, re-embodying, this mysterious Way of the Holy Earth Surface Walker, Life-Bringer, Life-Bearer. She who stands synonymous with Earth, synonymous with Life, Water Bearer, standing with the Full Authority of the Mother Earth behind her, through her, as her, always charged with asking The People: Are we placing Life at the Center, at the very Center of all that we do?
I have bled for Life, into the Earth, into the dream world with you, and all that we witnessed, co-witnessed, cannot be unseen, undone, or erased, by a world asleep to, or fearful of, the Medicine of Woman. We share this bond. And as we, together, begin to trust ourselves, begin to truly hold and allow the Truth of our Sacred Influence, our co-Creation with Mother Earth and with Life, together we may turn to our brothers, to our lonely, hurting brothers, and finally, offer to them our care. Our nurturing, nourishing care. Our power no longer residing in the crippling withholding of our powerful love, but now we may know, just as the Earth, our Beauty and our Strength will always come from our Radical Abundance and our Fearless Generosity. Our source, our Source, inexhaustible. Our Source not the attention of men, but instead the eternal conversation between Earth and Holy Star. Now I dress for the Sun, Earth Daughter, witness to a passionate love, recipient of the passionate love, passing between my Mother and Father. As my Mother is blessed, and embraced, and Awakened with Light, with Life, with Love, so too am I.
And in this way I travel, arm in arm with you, to bless, and to bring the way of Belonging, back to a bewildered body, lost in politic.
I pray for your heart to keep its softness, its suppleness (No, you don’t love too much!) I pray you keep your fearless generosity – let all the children be fed! I pray you may receive the quiet look of gratitude from our brothers as we, together, grow into an Unshakable Sisterhood, able, willing, prepared, to make a place for the long awaited return of a Sacred Masculine, fully in service to Life. Blessings of every kind flow to you, my sister, today, and in all the days to come.
11 March 2021 – “Speaking with the Stars”
POD (Poem Of the Day)
~Blessings on the Sun Beetle
Rolling into life
Humming a shining ball of shit into song…
This world is a little patch
Of ground you travel
From your cosmic space with no haste
Sing us into Spring…
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
222 – Emperor Elagabalus is assassinated, along with his mother, Julia Soaemias, by the Praetorian Guard during a revolt. Their mutilated bodies are dragged through the streets of Rome before being thrown into the Tiber. Elagabalus served as a priest of the Syrian god Elagabal, barely 14 years old, when he became emperor, initiating a reign remembered mainly for sex scandals &religious controversy.
Elagabalus showed a disregard for Roman religious traditions & sexual taboos. He replaced the traditional head of the Roman pantheon, Jupiter, with Elagabalus. He forced leading members of Rome’s government to participate in religious rites celebrating this deity, over which he personally presided. Elagabalus was supposedly “married” as many as five times, lavished ‘favors’ on male courtiers & was reported to have prostituted himself in the imperial palace. He developed a reputation among his contemporaries for extreme eccentricity, decadence, & zealotry. His behavior estranged the Praetorian Guard, the Senate, & the common people alike.
336 BC – Deathday of Attalus important courtier of king Philip II of Macedonia.
Attalus’ niece Cleopatra Eurydice married king Philip II of Macedonia. At the wedding, Attalus made a prayer that Cleopatra give birth to a male heir. This was seen as a direct insult to Alexander the Great.
Philip II appointed Attalus & Parmenion as commanders of the advance force that would invade the Persian Empire in Asia Minor. After Philip II had been assassinated & Alexander became king, Cleopatra Eurydice, her two children, & Attalus were all killed.
According to a story of Aristotle‘s, Attalus sexually assaulted Pausanias of Orestis in retribution for besmirching the reputation of Attalus’ friend (possibly relation), also named Pausanias, an event that led to the latter Pausanias’s death. Philip II assassination by Pausanias of Orestis has been tied to this affair since Pausanias was upset that Phillip had not punished Attalus.
At the time of the accession of Alexander the Great to the Macedonian throne, Attalus was stationed with Parmenion & the Macedonian advance army in Asia Minor. In the wake of Phillip II’s death, it is alleged by hostile sources that Demosthenes of Athens wrote a letter to Attalus promising Athens’ support if the two made war on Alexander.
Attalus submitted Demosthenes’ letters to Alexander & pledged his support to the king. However, Alexander had Attalus killed, remembering the past insult of Attalus. Even without the resentment between the two men, Alexander probably felt Attalus was too ambitious to remain alive, & would have good reason for revenge after the deaths of Cleopatra Eurydice & her children.
638 – Deathday of Sophronius of Jerusalem, the Patriarch of Jerusalem venerated as a saint in the Eastern Orthodox & Catholic Churches. He was a monk & theologian who was the chief protagonist for Orthodox teaching in the doctrinal controversy on the essential nature of Jesus & his volitional acts.
Sophronius was of Byzantine Greek, as well as Syrian Arab descent. A teacher of rhetoric, Sophronius became an ascetic in Egypt & then entered the monastery of St. Theodosius near Bethlehem. Traveling to monastic centres in Asia Minor, Egypt, & Rome, he accompanied the Byzantine chronicler St. John Moschus, who dedicated to him his celebrated tract on the religious life, Leimõn ho Leimõnon (Greek: “The Spiritual Meadow”) (and whose feast day in the Eastern Orthodox Church, 11 March is shared with Sophonius’)
He traveled to Alexandria, Egypt, & to Constantinople to persuade the respective patriarchs to renounce Monothelitism, a heterodox teaching that espoused a single, divine will in Christ to the exclusion of a human capacity for choice. Sophronius’ extensive writings on this question are all lost.
Although unsuccessful in this mission, Sophronius was elected patriarch of Jerusalem in 634. Soon after his enthronement he forwarded his noted synodical letter to Pope Honorius I & to the Eastern patriarchs, explaining the orthodox belief in the two natures, human & divine, of Christ, as opposed to Monothelitism.
In 637, after the conquest of Jerusalem by Muslim armies, the Muslim caliph Umar ibn al-Khattab came to Jerusalem & toured the city with Sophronius. During the tour of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the time for the Muslims’ prayer came, & despite Sophronius’s offer to Umar to pray inside the Church, Umar chose to pray outside. The caliph’s reason for declining to pray there was because in the future Muslims might say that Umar prayed here & use it as an excuse to build a mosque there. Therefore, Muslims are not allowed to build a mosque there. So appreciating the caliph’s intelligence Sophronius gave the keys of the church to him. Unable to refuse it the caliph gave it to a family of Muslims from Medina. The keys of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre still remain with the Muslim family.
1818 – Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein; or The modern Prometheus, is published
1918 – The 1st case of Spanish flu occurs, the start of a devastating worldwide pandemic
We are looking forward to seeing you at
The Anthroposophical Café!
Speaker: Hazel Archer-Ginsberg
When: Friday, March 19, 2021 at 5 pm (PT) 7 pm (MT) 8 pm (CT) 9 pm (ET)
Where: Zoom (code coming soon)
Holding the Chalice of Balance with Archangel Raphael – An exploration of the Vernal Equinox with Hazel Archer-Ginsberg*
At the time of the Spring Equinox, Raphael, Archangel of the East & the Element of Air, is active as the great Cosmic Physician. The Easter-Tide works on us thru the spiritual healing of inspiration, when we can open to the crowning of all truths found in the healing breath of humankind. In the Spring, the Easter event is recalled in many cultures & although the Mystery of Golgotha entered into the evolution of the Earth as a once-and-for-all event, it is renewed in us each year.
*Hazel Archer-Ginsberg – Founder of Reverse Ritual: Understanding Anthroposophy through the Rhythms of the Year & the ‘I Think Speech’ Podcast. Trans-denominational Minister, Essayist, Lecturer, Poet, Anthroposopher – working as the Festivals Coordinator of the Chicago Rudolf Steiner Branch, & the Central Regional Council of the Anthroposophical Society. Past Video Recordings
The 8-Fold Path to the Easter Elementals
Holy Week 2021 (March 28 – April 4): Starting on Palm Sunday then thru-out Holy Week including Easter Morning, we will meet every day on Zoom at 10:10 am (Central Time) to create together a Thought-Seed Egregore based on the Herbert Hahn Verse
“When I think light, my soul shines,
When my soul shines, the earth is a star,
When the earth is a star, then I am, a true human being”
& then we will take turns sharing the indications for that day from Rudolf Steiner / The Buddha’s 8 –fold Path, known as the ‘Weekday Exercises’ (let me know if you would like to lead one of the days? (5 min) Holy Week chart
Resolves or ‘RIGHT JUDGMENT.’ having been formed independently of sympathies and antipathies.
Talking – ‘RIGHT WORD.’
External actions- ‘RIGHT DEED.’
The ordering of life. – ‘RIGHT STANDPOINT.’
Human Endeavour. – ‘TO LET ALL THE EXERCISES BECOME A HABIT.’
The endeavor to learn as much as possible from life. – ‘RIGHT MEMORY.’ (Remembering what has been learned from experiences).
To pay attention to one’s ideas. – ‘RIGHT OPINION.’
The octave of the New Sun
To turn one’s gaze inwards –
Whoever is holding the leading thoughts for that day will tie it into some 5-10 min. artistic exercise based on the indications
Group sharing (5 min)
We close with the ‘reversed’ Hahn verse.
I am a True Human Being
For the Earth is a Star
The Earth is a Star
When I Think Light
When I think Light
My Soul Shines
*Dear friends, please join the call at 10:05 am to get settled in so we can begin the Thought-Seed promptly at 10:10 am
Topic: The 8-Fold Path thru Holy Week 2021
Time: Starting on Palm Sunday Mar 28 – thru Easter Morning, 2021 10:10 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
Every day, 8 occurrence(s)
Mar 28, 2021 10:10 AM
Mar 29, 2021 10:10 AM
Mar 30, 2021 10:10 AM
Mar 31, 2021 10:10 AM
Apr 1, 2021 10:10 AM
Apr 2, 2021 10:10 AM
Apr 3, 2021 10:10 AM
Apr 4, 2021 10:10 AM
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Easter Sunday – 4 April 2021, in person at the Rudolf Steiner Branch Chicago & online 2 pm – 4 pm Central Time.
Group Eurythmy with Mary Ruud
Hazel Archer – The octave of the New Sun
Keynote with Ines Katharina (Bee Keeper, Founder of the Biodynamic Emerald Honeybee Sanctuary, Waldorf Teacher) Ines will connect the Easter Thought with the Elemental Beings & the flight of the Queen Bee.
We close with singing ‘Now the green Blade Riseth’
Potluck Social Time in the Schreinerei – Please bring food & drink to share
$10 Suggested Donation (can’t make it? or joining us online? please consider supporting this event, Thank you)
Hazel Archer is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Easter Festival for the Elementals
Time: Apr 4, 2021 02:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
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