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Dear friends – We have the power to shed illusions in ways that don’t shatter, but actually shore up our foundations of faith, Hope & Love. We must stand on these foundations in order to reach our highest personal & collective destiny. Practicing the 10:10 Thought-Seed is a good way to live into the cosmic & communal support -Which will also help us to be awake enough to know when our life path has led us to a crossroads -This is not always an obvious situation with blaring red or green lights or stop, yield, or walk signs. It can be a subtle, or truly liminal space at best; or often it is quite deceptive – a wolf in sheep’s clothing – a mis-marked detour that can lead to a point of no return. Dear friends, Never follow an expert off a precipice. Even a professional’s advice must be tested – In fact, never follow anything off a precipice, no matter how authoritative or sexy or convenient it might seem.
On the other hand, if any of those influences are headed in the direction of the unpaved way, or a beautiful bridge that can enable us to get to the other side of a precipice, well then that is a horse of a different color. For there are clues everywhere, conspiring to bring us into the light of our true destiny. We might consider following these signposts, pointing us in the right direction-to our higher selves. Be on the alert, dear friends, for such auspicious opportunities.
For we are all Stars learning to shine. Your light encourages my brilliance, & my light enhances your power. We are a new constellation orbiting the ever evolving Sophianic sphere of our collective creation.
And as we ripen more & more into our latent aptitude, we inspire the rest of humanity to claim their own idiosyncratic magnificence…
“The world and “all that therein is” is born out of the spirit; the human being is born and called to rise to the spirit. Spiritual Science shows us more and more that the spirit lies exhausted in matter, that physical substance is the magic robe of the Spiritual. It is for the human being living in the material world, to charm the spirit out of this magic robe. The Spiritual finds its resurrection in the human being, in the human soul that rises above itself. — To enable the soul to find this path is the task of Spiritual Science. Thus does spirit find spirit. And the human being will realise and understand the spirit more and more as we fashion ourselves in its image.” ~Rudolf Steiner, The European Mysteries and Their Initiates, The History of Christian Rosenkreutz. Berlin, May 6, 1909, GA 57 https://wn.rsarchive.org/Lectures/GA057/English/eLib2014/19090506p02.html?fbclid=IwAR2QnUOZMCqxWPmwDPIAj6UcpqfXdYIowGMAqu0ZRJfDEgwK3wLx7xDYKmM
“Knowledge of higher worlds by no means concerns only the individual human being, only his personal welfare and misfortune. Precisely through true occult-scientific observations man arrives at the certainty that, from a higher standpoint, the welfare and misfortune of the individual is intimately bound up with the welfare or misfortune of the whole world. The human being comes to understand that he injures the whole universe and all its beings by not developing his forces in the proper way. If he lays waste his life by losing the relationship with the supersensible, he not only destroys something in his own inner being — the decaying of which can lead him finally to despair — but because of his weakness he creates a hindrance to the evolution of the whole world in which he lives”. ~ Rudolf Steiner – GA 13 – An Outline of Occult Science: I: THE CHARACTER OF OCCULT SCIENCE https://wn.rsarchive.org/Books/GA013/English/AP1972/GA013_index.html
8 April 2021 – “Speaking with the Stars“: The Big Dipper – also called the Plough – is easy to find -high in the north on April evenings. Notice it has two parts: a handle and a bowl. The two outer stars in the Big Dipper’s bowl are sometimes called the pointers. They point toward Polaris, the North Star. Polaris is at the end of the Little Dipper’s handle.
Many people say they can spot the Big Dipper easily, but not the Little Dipper. The Little Dipper’s stars are fainter, and its dipper pattern is less dipper-like than its larger neighbor. The best way to find the Little Dipper is to use the Big Dipper as a guide.
The Big and Little Dippers aren’t constellations. They’re asterisms, or noticeable patterns – in this case within a single constellation – on the sky’s dome. Both the Big and the Little Dipper belong to the constellation Ursa Major, the Great Bear.
Polaris is special because Earth’s northern axis points (nearly) to its location in the sky. It’s the star around which the entire northern sky appears to turn.
Polaris is less than a degree away from the true north celestial pole on the sky’s dome now. It’ll be closest to true north – less than half a degree away – in the year 2102. The change in the location of the celestial pole with respect to Polaris is due to a motion of Earth called precession. This motion causes Earth’s axis to trace out a circle among the stars every 26,000 years.
Polaris wasn’t always the North Star. Thousands of years ago, it was an ordinary star in the northern sky, known to the Greeks by the name Phoenice. Slowly, over eons of time, the north celestial pole moved closer to Polaris.
Other ordinary stars in the northern sky have also had the honor of being the pole star, aka the north star. That includes Kochab and Pherkad, the two outermost stars in the bowl of the Little Dipper. Kochab and Pherkad served as twin pole stars from about 1500 B.C. to about 500 B.C. They’re still sometimes called the Guardians of the Pole.
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
Those who work with the original indications in the Calendar of the Soul know that Rudolf Steiner lists the birth & death days, as well as other significant occurrences of various individualities, along with the Full & New Moons in the calendar. He said of this: “What is presented here can be useful to those who wish to follow the path of humanity’s spiritual development” ~Rudolf Steiner
1820 – The Venus de Milo is discovered on the Aegean island of Milos. Created sometime between 130 & 100 BCE, it depicts Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love & beauty (Venus to the Romans). From an inscription that was on its plinth, it is thought to be the work of Alexandros of Antioch
According to T.H. Meyer, on this day in 1928, Ludwig Polzer-Hoditz had an experience that brought to the surface one of his past incarnations as Hadrian, 76 AD – 10 July, 138 AD, who was Roman emperor from 117 to 138. He is known for building Hadrian’s Wall, which marked the northern limit of Britannia. He also rebuilt the Pantheon and constructed the Temple of Venus and Roma. He is considered to have been a humanist, & he is regarded as one of the ‘Five Good Emperors’.
Hadrian was born into a Hispano-Roman family. During his reign, he traveled to nearly every province of the Empire. An ardent admirer of Greece, he sought to make Athens the cultural capital of the Empire and ordered the construction of many opulent temples in the city. He used his relationship with his Greek lover Antinous to underline his love of Greek culture leading to the creation of one of the most popular cults of ancient times. He spent extensive amounts of time with the military; he usually wore military attire and even dined and slept amongst the soldiers. Late in his reign he suppressed the Bar Kokhba revolt in Judaea, renaming the province Syria Palaestina.
Ludwig Polzer-Hoditz, who we know as being one of Rudolf Steiner’s most valued & independent-minded colleagues. He was born in Prague to an aristocratic family with royal connections. Leaving behind his background traditions, he became a key player in Steiner’s regenerative threefold social impulses, working tirelessly for a genuinely unified, free Europe.
1952 – U.S. President Harry Truman calls for the seizure of all domestic steel mills to prevent a nationwide strike
1973 – Deathday of Pablo Picasso, Spanish painter & sculptor
POD (Poem Of the Day)
~In the dark theater of pregnant perfumes
A fragrance of destiny
Escaping the human picture prison
To inhale the perfect plot…
Living into the Spheres of Cosmic Life and Cosmic Light: Easter, Ascension, Whitsun in the Calendar of the Soul with Luigi Morelli, Hazel Archer & Geoff Norris
13 May 2021 Ascension Thursday 5- 6:30pm PT / 6-7:30 pm MT / 7 pm – 8:30 pm CT / 8-9:30 pm ET / 1 am – 2:30 am GMT / 2 am – 3:30 am CET
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Verses & Group Speech – Geoff Norris
Ascension: The ‘secret teachings’, the Elementals, & The Etheric Christ – Hazel Archer
Calendar of the Soul – Luigi Morelli : For those who are familiar with the Calendar of the Soul we could say that during spring and summer we follow the ascent of cosmic life, cosmic light, cosmic warmth and cosmic Word as gifts bestowed upon the human being by the cosmos. By being receptive to them we strengthen our connection to cosmos and Self.
We will briefly explore the dynamics of the year, then look at what qualities of soul we need to develop as we move into spring and summer, most particularly from Easter to Ascension and Whitsun. We will look at the verses of the calendar in conjunction with the artistic renditions of Anne Stockton and Karl König, drawn for each of the verses.
We will ask ourselves: How can we live into and grow from this time of the year? How can we deepen our inner relationship to the event of Ascension? What can we receive and what can we give?
Luigi Morelli – Cultures have been a great part of my upbringing, since I’m American born, part Italian, part Peruvian, mostly grew up in Belgium, and have lived the longest in the US. I have long had a passion for social change from a cultural perspective. Professionally this has brought me to working with the developmentally disabled in the intentional, holistic, communities of Camphill International and L’Arche International, and also in the mainstream. Being a founding member of the Wavecrest L’Arche Community in Los Angeles was a memorable experience. I have lived in intentional cohousing for the last ten years; first in Ecovillage Ithaca, now at Headwaters Cohousing in Cabot, in both places actively involved in community building and process facilitation.
Since 1999 I have found a vocation in researching/writing both about American history and/or about cultural/spiritual change, which you can find at www.millenniumculmination.net. Only of late have I started writing on meditative material I have used for years, publishing an essay on the Foundation Stone Meditation (also onsite) and one upcoming on the Calendar of the Soul. I love outdoors in many forms, gardening, hiking, skiing, love singing and playing flute, and enjoy most kinds of social events.
Geoffrey Norris was born in Durban, South Africa on 07/09/1951. After extensive performing with the Rock Musical “Hair “in Southern Africa, Portugal and Spain in the early 70’s he continued his theatrical training at the London School of Speech Formation and Dramatic Art, graduating in 1978. He is an actor, storyteller and teacher of voice, movement and drama and has given courses and workshops worldwide integrating the approaches of Rudolf Steiner, Michael Chekhov, Viola Spolin (and others, his own included).and has performed extensively throughout Britain, Eire, Continental Europe, Scandinavia, Israel, Southern Africa, The United States, Canada, China, Taiwan, Japan, and New Zealand. He is a master teacher of Steiner Speech Drama and Movement, with over 46 years of experience in the field. www.speechanddramastudio.com
Norris’s “Noble Art of the Word” puts to shame our modern actors, who fear to bring colour to poetic, rhythmic language, making it monochromatic dull prose. May they learn from one of the best examples. ~Theatre Critic – Olsztyn