1867 – Birthday of Marie Steiner von Sivers – born into an aristocratic family in Włocławek, Poland, then part of Russia. Her father, Jacob was from a respected German-Danish family, who lived in Russia for 250 years with ties to the government of Latvia & Estonia. As lieutenant general, he had a high position in the Russian military. Caroline Baum, Marie’s mother, was the daughter of a German doctor, born & raised on the White Sea, in northern Russia.
Marie was a small, petite child of great skill & motivation. She had light-gold-blond hair & bright blue eyes. She was very receptive to the impressions of nature, in the countryside & by the sea.
When Marie was 7 years old, the family moved to the Baltic Sea & after her father retired, the family moved to St. Petersburg & settled there.
Marie attended a German private school. The principal called her ‘the young Schiller’. Marie was very shortsighted when she was a young girl, but had a very sensitive, almost oversensitive hearing. At the age of 11, she began to recite poetry.
Her family had a rather formal lifestyle based on aristocratic norms. Thinking was conservative & full of prejudice. They only associated with other rich German families. Marie found little understanding for her quest for higher values & life was made difficult for her to pursue these interests. Her parents wouldn’t allow her to be taught Greek, so she studied on her own.
Her father died when she was 15 years, & as she was becoming a teenager she had a lot of conflict with her mother. At the age of 17, they traveled abroad, to Berlin, Vienna & Switzerland. A new world opened up for Marie. This began a long, 10-year period, in which she struggled to realize her goals in social life. She joined the women’s movement, fought for women’s right to education & for the establishment of women’s universities. She cared about social & hygienic improvements for the population & contributed to school foundations & charity events, where she also appeared as an actress in stage plays. She felt this to be her calling, but again family disappoval & her own misgivings of the ‘immoral nature’ of the profession made her turn away.
After graduating from the German school, her family wouldn’t allow her to study linguistic & comparative religions like she wanted. She had to fight for permission to attend a Russian high school to obtain a teacher’s diploma. Afterwards she taught at a proletarian German school in St. Petersburg. There, she damaged her vocal cords & had to undergo surgery, making it difficult for her to speak for some time. She later considered this to be a karmic destiny forcing her to make speaking ‘organ-free’ according to Rudolf Steiner’s intentions.
As life in the family became harder for Marie, she decided at age 22 to go live with her brother Jacob. She hoped to get closer to the meaning of life by working among the simple people. In her diary she wrote: ‘Where can I find the truth?’
Her brother’s estate was located in the so-called Waldai, a slightly hilly, swampy area south of Novgorod. Marie helped her brother manage the estate. She set up a hospital that worked with homeopathic remedies, & a vegetarian diet. She provided emergency aid to refugees & set up a Sunday school for the village children. But the population met the two rich idealists with distrust & rejection. They were confronted with superstitions of all kinds, & so only the Sunday school was really accepted by the population.
Marie had a serious accident during this time: she fell down a staircase & injured herself so badly that she couldn’t move for several days.
When her brother died a year later, she had to return to her family in St. Petersburg. She was now 25 years old.
The story goes that Marie von Sivers “appeared one day” at one of Rudolf Steiner’s early lectures in 1900. In the autumn of 1901, she posed the question to Steiner, “Would it be possible to create a spiritual movement based on European tradition and the impetus of Christ?” Rudolf Steiner later reported: ‘With this, I was given the opportunity to act in a way that I had only previously imagined. The question had been put to me, and now, according to spiritual laws, I could begin to answer it’.
Marie Steiner-von Sivers & Rudolf Steiner were married on Christmas Eve 1914, & she was one of his closest colleagues. Marie von Sivers collaborated with Steiner for the rest of his life & carried his work beyond his death in 1925 until her own death in 1948. She accompanied him & helped him as secretary, translator, editor, & organizer of his lecture tours & other public activities. She assisted Steiner’s work with her own resources & in 1908 founded the Philosophical-Theosophical Press (later Philosophical-Anthroposophical) to publish Steiner’s work.
She made a great contribution to the development of anthroposophy, particularly in her work on the renewal of the performing arts (eurythmy, speech & drama), & the editing & publishing of Rudolf Steiner’s literary estate.
Starting in 1912, the art of eurythmy was developed by Rudolf Steiner. Under Marie Steiner-von Sivers’ guidance, it developed in three directions, as a stage art, as an integral part of Waldorf pedagogy, & as a therapeutic method. Under her tutelage, two schools of eurythmy were founded, in Berlin & in Dornach, Switzerland.
Marie von Sivers was trained in recitation & elocution & made a study of purely artistic speaking. She gave introductory poetry recitals at Steiner’s lectures & assisted him in the development of the 4 Mystery Dramas (1910–1913). With her help, Steiner conducted several speech & drama courses with the aim of raising these forms to the level of true art.
Marie died on December 27th 1948, after making a reconciliation prompted by Ita Wegman.
14 March 2021 – “Speaking with the Stars”: Clocks spring forward an hour
Rudolf Steiner’s CALENDAR OF THE SOUL
translated with added titles by Roy Sadler
PASSIONTIDE 1V, Mothering Sunday
The World’s Fulfilment
Earth’s Mother speaks…
her joy of growth in every bud’s unfurling,
revealing universal powers of her being,
is speaking to the human Self:
In bringing into you my life
released from its enchantment,
I reach my true fulfilment.
Foundation of the Self
The human spirit speaks…
the growing I,
and conscious of its origin,
is speaking to the whole enwoven world:
In you, releasing chains
of private joys and pains,
I root my inborn truth.
CREATIVE SPEECH from ‘Das Goetheanum,’ 7th March, 1926 By Marie Steiner von Sivers
“SPEECH reveals to the human being their divine nature; the sounds of speech are creative forces which unite us with our spiritual origin and enable us, once again, to find the path leading to the spirit. Speech raises the human being above the level of the animal; it leads us back to the Divine within our Ego. That spark from the Divine Ego, which, issuing forth, prepared itself to become human, had of necessity, as it traveled the path leading into the material world, to unite itself with the forces of destruction. When the densifying process worked too strongly, damming up the spirit, as it were, then the form could be cast off by the ever-recurring forces of death and change. Thus there arose the animal kingdom, which may be likened to a kind of extended alphabet, containing within it all that burdened humanity too heavily when we carried it compressed within the limits of our own being. In the human being it was able to be so far clarified that it could develop into the Word, into Speech. Sound, tone in the animal kingdom cannot rise to the level of speech. It remains mere noise in the case of cold-blooded animals, and, in the case of warm-blooded animals, inarticulate sound. Even in its most beautiful form, in the song of the birds, cosmic tone cannot fully reveal itself; the song of the birds is at most only its faintest echo. It is in speech that the individual force of the Ego first finds expression through tone and becomes aware of its own being. Through speech, cosmic forces can, as it were, focus themselves in an individual Ego and from out this Ego work creatively once more.
When the human being raises to the upright position, when we change from the horizontal position natural to the animal to the vertical position of the human being, we free the forces of speech. The child is overshadowed by these forces; as their individuality develops they become more and more strongly united with them. The child does not say ‘ I ’ of themselves so long as their utterance is mere incoherent babbling. In personal desire, in egoism, the lower ego in the first place struggles through, expressing itself in wishes and desires, afterwards working its way through to feeling and thence into thought. Thought enters into the human being through the gate of speech. Pictures, imaginations are in this way raised up into the consciousness. Through this interplay of processes the human being becomes a thinking being.
A ray from the spiritual essence of the Sun enters into the human being through the mind. In the German language there is a reflection of this in the words ‘Sonne’ (Sun) and ‘Sinn’ (Mind), where the all-embracing, all-enclosing vowel sound ‘ O ’ is transformed into an arrow of light in the vowel sound ‘ E ’ (ee)”.
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
Dottie Zold – On the Buddha’s 8-Fold Path
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 ‘ & Eurythmy
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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