Daily Archives: October 26, 2021

Family Farm Initiative

Dear friends – On Saturday, 10/23/2021, we had the first community meeting at the Zinniker Farm.  The 12 of us, some local, some from WI, some from Chicago, were greeted by a perfect fall day, a choir of birds, cool weather, bright sunshine, Hazel’s famous spice cake and a bonfire!

After we went around and introduced ourselves, Markus gave a brief history of the Zinniker Family Farm and he asked some very relevant questions that we are faced with today. (link to video) The conversation was lively and we came away with warmth of community and our first steps forward.

We decided to form a core group to work with Petra and Mark.  The short-term goal is to get a real understanding of a sustainable budget that includes everything!  After all, how can the farm thrive into the future unless we understand the economics.

After we understand the needs, how will we come around the farm as a supportive community to share the bounty of the land – and take the risks of farming off the farmer.

It addresses a statement posed by Mark, “the hardest thing for a farm to produce is community value

At the meeting, Jessica Fuchs, Robert Karp, Hazel and Chuck Ginsberg volunteered to be on the core group.  If you have an interest in getting involved, please contact ‘Family Farm Initiative’ We welcome your help!

We added the first video from this meeting to the Patreon page: www.patreon.com/zinnikerfarm Please show your support by giving what you can, & by sharing this link.

We’ll be sending out more videos & emails over the next couple of weeks.

We are happy to have you as part of our community as we reimagine our relationship to the Earth and our food.

Chuck Ginsberg & Hazel Archer

Henri Rousseau

During this harvest time of year – the veils between the worlds are thin – & the spiritual realm beckons – as we stand at the edge of the Orionids with Michael, forging the iron sword of our will to strengthen our heart-thinking, we must also take up the courage to look beyond the veil of the material world, into the spirit realm, the place of our beginning, the time of our unborness, the place of our ending, when we shuffle off this mortal coil, only to begin again & yet again, as we strive toward the eternal…for every ending is a new beginning…

Sammy Kahn

This kind of clear thinking helps us make sense of life – When we see things that appear to be ‘wrong’ or ‘dying’, we can remember that death is part of life, & that if nothing died it could not then be reborn. As we make our way toward All Hallows this weekend, we might want to examine, not just what we are thinking, but how we are being thought into. Did we conjure that mind-morsel, or was it planted there by a helpful ancestor on the other side…Or did it slide in from the lords of distraction when we weren’t paying attention…?

Michael Smith

Let’s step into the dark half of the year with a tip-o-the hat, to good ol’ awakened consciousness…to lucid logic, impeccable objectivity, & cool, clean, common sense!?! Let’s mix in some magical thinking, a pinch of compassionate irony, loving satire, & an over heaping dollop of discernment into the stone soup; then we’ll be sure to harvest & generate lots of wild Sun-imbued karma in sweet Autumn splendor.

See you there


Lucy Hank

By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. If it remains absent we have not wanted it bad enough.” ~Nikos Kazantzakis

All Hallows Eve Gathering 
to honor our Beloved Ones across the Threshold
& to strengthen our work on this side of the veil.

31 October 5 pm Potluck – Please bring food & drink to share
& dress up as who you want to be in the New Year… 

  • Sunset ritual with Rev. Jeana Lee, Rev. Victoria Capon.
  • Prep-stir for the elemental world with ~hag
  • Bonfire by CG 

At the home of Hazel & Chuck Ginsberg RSVP

one & the same | Reverse Ritual

Thank you to all who participated in the ‘Building the Temple of the Heart
Fall Conference of the Anthroposophical Society in America,
co-sponsored by the Central Regional Council.

All are welcome to join us in The Holy Grail Study Group with the CRC
Mysteries of the Holy Grail – from Arthur and Parzival to Modern Initiation
November 3, 2021 – 7:15 pm Central (8:15 pm Eastern)

Where, then, is the Grail, which today bears the name of Parzival? Where can it be found? In the course of my research it had become apparent that the name must be sought in the stellar script. And then, in a day which I must regard as specially significant for me, I was shown where the gold-gleaming vessel is to be found in reality, so that through it – through its symbolical expression in the stellar script – we are led to the secret of the Grail. And then I saw in the stellar script something that anyone can see – only he will not immediately discern the secret. For one day, while I was observing the gold-gleaming sickle of the moon in inner vision, as this appears in the heavens, with the dark moon like a great disk dimly visible within it, it dawned on me: with physical sight one could see the gold-gleaming moon – ganganda greida, the journeying viaticum – and within it the large host, the dark, wafer-like disc. This is not to be seen if one merely glances superficially at the moon, but it is evident if one looks closely – and there, in wonderful letters of the occult script, was the name Parzival!”~Rudolf Steiner, The Mysteries of the Holy GrailChapter 5“Seeking for Signs of Parzival”, excerpts from Steiner’s lectures given at Leipzig on 1 January 1914 … focus of the November 3 meeting.

These chapters from the book can be found online at the CRC’s website by clicking this link
A transcript of the 1914 Torquay lectures can be found on the RS Archive by clicking this link

The Central Regional Council of the Anthroposophical Society in America invites you to join our ongoing  study conversation.  The study has been divided among two volunteers who will summarize their section to rebuild it as a foundation for our conversation. Please familiarize yourself with the lecture if possible so you will feel comfortable sharing your reflections and thoughts with the group.This collection of lectures has been republished by Rudolf Steiner Press under the title: “The Mysteries of the Holy Grail — from Arthur and Parzival to Modern Initiation.”  The book was compiled and edited by Matthew Barton, published by Rudolf Steiner Press in 2010.

This will be a “Zoom” conference call allowing us an opportunity to see one another while conversing (or audio only if you prefer).  To connect to the audio/video-conference:

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Agenda for this meeting (CST)
7:15  Welcome and Introductions        
7:18  Verse
7:25  Study led by volunteers
Note: CRC team will ID volunteers
          Camille – pg. 32 to 37
          Marianne – pg. 38 to 43
7:50  Conversation
8:25   ID volunteers for next meeting
8:28  Close with verse
There is a knighthood of the 21st century whose riders do not ride through the darkness of physical forests as of old, but through the forest of darkened minds. They are armed with a spiritual armor and an inner sun makes them radiant. Out of them shines healing, healing that flows from the knowledge of the human being as a spiritual being. They must create inner order, inner justice, peace and conviction in the darkness of our time. ~Karl Konig

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