And so the season spins: 1st there’s All Hallows – October 31, then comes All Saints – November 1st, & thirdly All Souls – November 2. This sacred time out of time, set aside for millennium with various names & cultural traditions to honor the dead, has somehow gotten mixed up with election day which is always the 1st Tuesday (Mars Day) in November. Yes, friends, ‘the powers that be’ recognize & seek to optimize the forces available at this time of the thinning of the veils.
It is up to us to reclaim these forces from the spiritual world, not for power over, but for the good of all – on both sides of the threshold.
And today is the eve of the New Moon. In the olden days, ‘Earthshine’ was called “the old Moon in the new Moon’s arms.” The imagination of the Dark Moon time is that of an initiation, a going into the underworld to glean the secrets of death & rebirth.
We are deep into the Michaelmas season – Michael holding the countenance of the Being of Love, born of the Sophia – which we must also gestate during the dark of the year – for this season encompasses the All Souls-Tide, lifting the veil between the worlds, where the co-called-dead & the unborn dwell. Bringing these forces to bear within us – into the healing of Martinmas, Thanksgiving, & Advent – & on into the rebirth of the Light.
In our striving to understand the Being of Anthroposophia we are called to explore & embody Science, Art & Spirituality. To be spiritual scientists, researchers, practitioners – training & transforming our soul forces – using the arts to express the spirit.
Today for the Sophia Community Circle my friends Angela Foster, Timothy Kennedy & I are offering love poems to Sophia. I find that the tone of my love poem changes every day, in every moment, a continual shifting & lifting of the veil with the seasons.
3 November 2021 – “Speaking with the Stars”: The old Moon and Mercury appear close together on these cold mornings. The stars Arcturus and Spica are also visible at either side of the messenger of the gods.
POD (Poem Of the Day)
~She is the early light
& the purpose of the dark
The hidden wisdom of The Logos renewed…
Rattle the seeds of the sistrum
To awaken anew
A brilliant moment in eternity: Today
Lift Her veil…
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|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 Grail, Chapter 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 linkThe 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.
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7:15 Welcome and Introductions
7:25 Study led by volunteers
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Camille – pg. 32 to 37
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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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‘Tuning to the Stars’: Eurythmy for the Holy Nights with Jan Ranck* –
Sacred Geometry, the Planets and the Zodiac
LIVE IN-PERSON 26-30 Dec. 2021 at the Rudolf Steiner Branch Chicago 4 pm – 5 pm
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* Jan Ranck – Born in the USA, Jan Ranck studied music and comparative arts at Indiana University in Bloomington. She accompanied the London Stage Group on their 1976 USA tour and went on to study eurythmy at the Eurythmeum in Dornach with Lea van der Pals, where she subsequently taught. In 1984 she joined the faculty of The London School of Eurythmy. She left there to complete her eurythmy therapy training in Stuttgart in 1989, moving afterward to Israel, where she founded and directed the Jerusalem Eurythmy Ensemble (1990) and the Jerusalem Academy of Eurythmy (1992) and was an instructor in the Jerusalem Waldorf Teacher Bachelor Program in David Yellin Academic College from 1999. Jan has held Master Classes at various venues worldwide, including the Goetheanum and the MA Program in Eurythmy held at Emerson College and Spring Valley. She is the representative for Israel in the International Eurythmy Therapy Forum.