POD (Poem Of the Day)
~I am leaping forth
Making naked the essential
Streaking light with sound
Tamping down the dirt
To make the circle round
& the Earth glad.
The Stars notice
When I sing
Today dear friends, CG & I are going up to Zinniker – the oldest bio-dynamic farm in the USA. It’s our turn to bring the bounty back to the city for our co-op.
Our friend Rand Carter, one the forces behind the Merry Prep-stirs initiative, has been traveling around the Heart-land, driving from his bio-dynamic farm in Florida. We will take him up to Zinnikers for the day. It’s supposed to be in the 90’s. We’ll be dancing with the cows & working in the hay.
Thinking of heat reminds me a of lecture 16 ‘The Human Being: Hieroglyph of the Universe’ by Rudolf Steiner, summerized for your reading easy:
“Christianity will not be understood until it has penetrated even into the physics of our Earth, until we understand how, even in physical things, the Christian substance works in the world-existence. We have not grasped Christianity until we can say to ourselves: Precisely in the domain of heat such a change is taking place in the human being that through it matter is being destroyed and a purely picture-existence comes forth out of the matter; but through the union of the human soul with the Christ-substance this picture-existence is made into a new reality.
All proofs of freedom fail; our task is not to prove freedom, but to take hold of it. It is grasped when one understands the nature of sense-free thinking. Sense-free thinking however needs again the connection with the world, and this connection it does not find unless it unites with what has been introduced into the evolution of the world as new substance through the Mystery of Golgotha.
Thus the bridge between natural and moral cosmogony lies in a right understanding of Christianity. It might at first appear very strange that just those who uphold the modern creeds — as well as ancient creeds that extend their influence into modern life — do not desire a science leading towards Christianity, but desire a science as materialistic as possible, so that an unscientific faith may hold its own alongside of it.
In this connection we might say: Modern materialism and reactionary Christianity are very closely related, for the latter has driven humankind into the conception that things spiritual must not be penetrated by true knowledge. Knowledge must be kept free from the Spiritual, must be kept away from it, must extend only to the material. Thus on the one hand stands the advocate of one or other creed, who says: ‘Science extends only to what is sense-perceptible; all else must be grasped by faith alone. On the other side stands the materialist, who says: science extends only to what is sense-perceptible; and faith I have given up’.
Spiritual Science is not related to materialism. I think I have now shown how the possibility of permeating the moral law with what we can know of nature, and conversely, of permeating nature-knowledge with moral law — is bound up with Spiritual Science. For the illusion which figures today in external science as the human being, that delusive picture which shows the human being as a configuration of mineral substance, simply does not exist. The human being is just as much organized into the Fluid element as into the Solid; also into the element of Air, and above all, into that of Heat. When we come as far as Heat, we find the transition to the soul-and-spirit nature, for in Heat we have already the transition from Space to Time; and that which is of the soul flows in the temporal. Beyond Heat we pass more and more out of Space into Time, and it becomes possible, by the roundabout way here indicated, to seek the moral in the physical.
We can develop warmth for our fellows morally — soul-warmth, which is the counterpart of physical warmth. Why do we speak of ‘warm’ feelings? Because we feel, we experience that the feeling we call ‘warm’ gives the picture of outer, physical warmth. The warmth percolates into the picture. What today is only soul-warmth will in a future cosmic existence play a physical part, for the Christ-Impulse will live therein. What today is simply picture-warmth in our world of Feeling — will live on, that it may become physical when the Earth-warmth has disappeared, for it is what the Christ-Substance, the Christ-Nature is.”
Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day(RSarchives)
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY (Rudolf Steiner’s orginal Calendar of the Soul, Wikipedia Commons)
5 June 2021 – Speaking with the Stars”: Mars stands left of Pollux and Castor this week. Meanwhile, Venus shines at Castor’s feet.
World Environment Day – raising global awareness to take positive environmental action to protect nature & the planet Earth.
70 – Titus and his Roman legions breach the middle wall of Jerusalem in the Siege of Jerusalem.
1752 – Benjamin Franklin flew a kite for the first time to demonstrate that lightning was a form of electricity
1827 – Athens fell to the Ottomans.
1832 – The ‘June Rebellion’ breaks out in Paris in an attempt to overthrow the monarchy of Louis Philippe
1883 – The first regularly scheduled Orient Express departs Paris
1915 – Denmark amends its constitution to allow women’s suffrage
1917 – American men began registering for the World War I draft
1924 – Ernst F. W. Alexanderson transmitted the first facsimile message across the Atlantic Ocean
1933 – President Roosevelt signed the bill that took the U.S. off of the gold standard
1967 – The Six Day War between Israel and Egypt, Syria and Jordan began today
1968 – Robert F. Kennedy, is shot at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.
1981 – The first recognized cases of what later became known as AIDS
2012 – The last transit of Venus of the 21st century begins