POD (Poem Of the Day)
When the eye of truth is plucked
From my head & only
The blood of rage remains, that I suffer…
The terrible truth of darkness,
& I say, Bless the darkness…
For in the shadows I stumbled & landed
On the crystal road…In the black
Mountain of my heart, I found
& TODAY I AM: a rough diamond –
A bright secret veiled in black cloth…
And so I say:
23 March 2021 – “Speaking with the Stars”: After dark look to the right of Bella Luna for Pollux, then Castor. Farther below the Moon is Procyon, the Little Dog Star. Even farther below Procyon is bright white Sirius, the original Dog Star itself. Can you find the Beehive Cluster & Regulus…?
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
1775 – American Revolutionary War: Patrick Henry delivers his speech – “Give me liberty, or give me death!” – at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Richmond, Virginia
1919 – In Milan, Italy, Benito Mussolini founds his Fascist political movement
1933 – The Reichstag passes the Enabling Act of 1933, making Adolf Hitler dictator of Germany
1938 – Deathday of Friedrich Rittelmeyer, a Protestant German minister, & theologian; friend of Rudolf Steiner; co-founder & driving force of The Christian Community. Growing up in Frankish Schweinfurt – his father was a Lutheran minister – it was already clear to him as a child that he wanted to go into a religious profession. From 1890 Rittelmeyer studied philosophy & Protestant theology. His teacher Oswald Külpe, encouraged him to write his dissertation on Friedrich Nietzsche.
He also went on a study trip to meet theologians & socially-engaged ministers of the time, as well as members of the Moravian Church. From 1895 to 1902 he was at the Stadtvikar in Würzburg. In 1903 he took up the preachership of Heilig-Geist-Kirche in Nuremberg. There he married Julie Kerler on 5 April 1904. Rittelmeyer worked & closely collaborated with Christian Geyer, the head preacher of the Sebalduskirche, together they produced two joint volumes of sermons. Around 1910 they both led discussions with the Bavarian church council on a liberal interpretation of the Bible.
Also in 1910 the Nuremberg school teacher Michael Bauer enabled Rittelmeyer to have his first encounter with Rudolf Steiner, the founder of anthroposophy. Rittelmeyer described the encounter & discussed Steiner’s personality & work in his book ‘Rudolf Steiner Enters my Life’:
“In earlier ages, the fact alone that such an all-embracing genius gave witness to Christ as being the greatest reality in earthly history, would have had a profound effect. But in Rudolf Steiner much more was present. One could put it like this: he comprehended all branches of learning so spiritually and so deeply, and he recognized Christ in such big and broad dimensions that eventually Christ shines forth as the true light in all spheres of life. He observed strictly the necessity for each sphere to form its own method according to its intrinsic laws. He never carried religion into anything from without. But he illuminated all realms of knowledge with such powerful light, that Christ became visible in it. A Christ, it is true, far greater than the Christ of the Churches; but a Christ related to the Bible and to the Christ of the early Christians.”
“Thus, he advanced the science of language to the point where it could understand why Christ is called ‘the Word’. Thus, he carried medicine to the point where medicine could understand again ‘the body of Christ’. Thus, he carried astronomy to the point where Christ became visible as the true ‘Light’…he taught how science could again become reverent and devout. He built a temple for all sciences, so high and so broad, that their servants could work in it without sacrificing an iota of their personal freedom or of the special characteristics of their province. He united the learning of the age with Christ, and Christ with the learning of the age.”
In 1916 Rittelmeyer was sent to the Neue Kirche in Berlin, working as preacher there. He soon came to oppose the First World War & with 4 other Berlin theologians signed a proclamation of peace & understanding on the occasion of Reformation Day (October 1917).
In September 1922 he established the “Movement for Religious Revival” (Christengemeinschaft) Rittelmeyer acted as its first “Erzoberlenker” or Head Preiest, & from its base in Stuttgart was the leading envoy right up to his death.
Dear Friends – 28 March is Palm Sunday which begins Holy Week 2021. I invite your particapation in our journey to Easter. If you would like to help hold one of the days of the week, to offer up an artistic activity aligned with one of the virtues of the day, Please contact me.
The 8-Fold Path to the Easter Elementals
Holy Week 2021 (March 28 – April 4): Starting next week on Palm Sunday & every morning of Holy Week, for 30 minutes, including Easter Sunday, we will gather on zoom & endeavor 1st of all, to take up the 10:10 practice of building up positive imaginations on the inner planes as a counterforce to the adversarial energies working in the world – To co-create, what Dion Fortune named as a “key-call” to the Spiritual Powers, like Raphael, The Healing Archangel of Spring, to enlist their aid. We will use a verse by Herbert Hahn as an anchor for a group Thought-Form, a positive egregore, created by our Willed Visualization– to be conceived each day at 10:10 AM Central Time:
“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”
Our Good Will becomes a cosmic energy field for healing – We will plant Seed ideas in the group mind of humanity, to co-create our highest intentions for cosmic & human evolution– that the Earth may become a Sacred Planet – a Sun – & every Human Being a Star. What is sown in our shining thoughts will grow & bear seed
& then we will take turns sharing the indications for that day from ‘The Buddha’s Noble 8–fold Path, as given by Rudolf Steiner – known as the ‘Weekday Exercises’ this CHART brings the indications from Holy Week, the 7 rhythms of the Foundation Stone Meditation & the weekday exercises together. Whoever is holding the leading thoughts for that day can if they wish, tie it into some 5-10 min. artistic exercise based on the indications.
Let me know if you would like to lead one of the days?
28 March Palm SUNDAY
Resolves or ‘RIGHT JUDGMENT.’ having been formed independently of sympathies and antipathies.
29 March Holy MONDAY
Talking – ‘RIGHT WORD.’
30 March Holy TUESDAY – Rudolf Steiner’s Deathday*
External actions- ‘RIGHT DEED.’
*Also at 12pm PT/1 pm MT/ 2pm CT/ 3pm ET All are invited to join a 30 minute Festive Vigil for Rudolf Steiner In honor of the anniversary of his Birth into the Spiritual World 30 March 1925 – Details coming soon
(Here is the separate zoom link ) Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 814 6333 8523 – Passcode: FSM
31 March Holy WEDNESDAY
The ordering of life. – ‘RIGHT STANDPOINT.’
1 April Maundy THURSDAY
Human Endeavour. – ‘TO LET ALL THE EXERCISES BECOME A HABIT.’
2 April Good FRIDAY
The endeavor to learn as much as possible from life. – ‘RIGHT MEMORY.’ (Remembering what has been learned from experiences).
3 March Holy SATURDAY
To pay attention to one’s ideas. – ‘RIGHT OPINION.’
The octave of the New Sun
4 April EASTER SUNDAY
To turn one’s gaze inwards – ‘RIGHT EXAMINATION.’
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
So it’s a Short & Sweet – 30 minute Holy Week touch in. And Yes, Rudolf Steiner’s Deathday falls on Holy Tuesday this year so we will have a separate short vigil celebrating his birth into the spiritual world at 2 pm Central time (details coming soon)
*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
Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/95633444828?pwd=Wk56K08vK2dNQUhhK0Q2S09zQWJrQT09 Meeting ID: 956 3344 4828 – Passcode: bee
Dial by your location Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/aX8X3nrr3 Meeting ID: 956 3344 4828 – Passcode: 425730
Festival: Easter Elementals – 4 April 2021, at 12pm PT/1 pm MT/ 2pm CT/ 3pm ET
in person at the Rudolf Steiner Branch Chicago & online
Group Eurythmy with Mary Ruud
Dottie Zold – On the Buddha’s 8-Fold Path
Keynote with Ines Katharina Kinchen, Bee Guardian, Emerald Ark Biodynamic Sanctuary
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)
Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/7052931041?pwd=Z0ZmT05FdDZIclE4RFBLZWNwWXJ5QT09
Meeting ID: 705 293 1041 – Passcode: Easter
Dial by your location – Meeting ID: 705 293 1041 – Passcode: 776400 – Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/a961qZZhF
For more info. or to volunteer to host one of the days contact Hazel Archer
Events & Festivals Committee of the Rudolf Steiner Branch
of The Anthroposophical Society, 4249 North Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618 (map)