Daily Archives: November 18, 2021

Lunar Eclipse

Lindorm Dragon (From the Alchemical Scrolls of Sir George Ripley) – Biblioklept

Once again Dear Friends – We are being called to hold the light as Michaelic Warriors as the Head of the Dragon takes a bite out of the Full Beaver Moon during a Partial Lunar Eclipse at 27° 14′ Taurus TONIGHT 18-19 November. Bella Luna is at apogee, furthest from the earth, making her orbit a little slower – so it will be an unusually long eclipse.

Lunar eclipse layout


Penumbra first visible2:45 a.m.1:45 a.m.12:45 a.m.11:45 p.m.10:45 p.m.9:45
8:45 p.m.
Partial eclipse begins3:18
2:18 a.m.1:18 a.m.12:18 a.m.11:18 p.m.10:18 p.m.9:18
Mid-eclipse5:03 a.m.4:03 a.m.3:03 a.m.2:03 a.m.1:03 a.m.12:03 a.m.11:03 p.m.
Partial eclipse ends6:47 a.m.5:47 a.m.4:47 a.m.3:47 a.m.2:47 a.m.1:47 a.m.12:47 a.m.
Penumbra last visible—–6:35 a.m.5:35 a.m.4:35 a.m.3:35 a.m.2:35 a.m.1:35 a.m.

In the Egyptian-Chaldean cultural epoch the Spring Equinox stood in the constellation of Taurus, the Bull. This is particularly interesting to me right now since I am doing research into the dawning of that era for the Holy Nights storytelling of The Epic of Gilgamesh.

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The god-man who conquers the bull represents the human being who controls their lower nature. Taurus forces created the larynx – giving us The Word – our ability to speak about the world & our inner soul experiences. Through Taurus, we also receive our capacity for Willing.

We can remember this during the eclipse, since according to Rudolf Steiner, when the Moon is shadowed by the Earth, forces of hindrance have easy access to the earth – affecting particularly the thinking of the human being – inspiring into those who wish it ‘evil’ thoughts that can lead to committing deplorable deeds (either consciously or unconsciously)

LOlga Zavgorodnya

But fear not my friends, we can set a circle of protection & light around ourselves & the world thru our intentions. And we are not alone – A Moon in Taurus is concerned with stability, since it is a Fixed Earth sign. And it is ruled by Venus, the Goddess of Love.

Lucinda Riley

The Pleiades – 7 Sisters are also there, bringing an energy of the Divine Feminine to the scene. Not to mention the Leonid Meteor shower which is raining down cosmic Iron to fortify us as we stand at the Moon gate.

May we hold the sword & shield of Michael to carry the light with Love & sister/brotherhood


For us in North America, the partial lunar eclipse will take place late at night on November 18, or in the early morning on November 19, 2021. The moon will be high in North American skies, to the west. In this illustration, the white disks represent partially eclipsed moons. The maroon disk represents the moon at greatest eclipse, 97% covered by the Earth’s dark umbral shadow. Watch for the dipper-shaped Pleiades star cluster near the eclipsed moon. Chart by John Jardine Goss. ~earthsky
Darby Flank

Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day


1923 – The founding of the Dutch Anthroposophical Society. Willem Zeylmans van Emmichhoven becomes its General Secretary.

1961- Deathday of Willem Zeylmans van Emmichhovena Dutch psychiatrist and anthroposophist. From 1923 until his death in 1961 he was chairman of the Dutch Anthroposophical Society. He was a familiar figure in public life & had a considerable influence on the Anthroposophic movement, particularly through his numerous lectures & his work as an author, which included the first biography of Rudolf Steiner.

Zeylmans was the son of a Dutch chocolate manufacturer. His mother came from Germany. In childhood he was often troubled by visions of color & emotional turmoil that later stimulated his preoccupation with what would later be called synesthesia: a condition when you hear a sound & automatically see a color. After recovering from an attack of typhoid, he entered medical school at eighteen, specializing in psychiatry. His interest in color, inspired by the painter Jacoba van Heemskerck & her friend & patron Marie Tak van Poortvliet, led him to research more about the effects of colors. He continued his medical studies in Leipzig under Wilhelm Wundt in 1919, where he became a member of the Anthroposophical Society. After meeting with Rudolf Steiner, he was encouraged to continue his research into the effect of colors & in his dissertation he wrote on “The effect of colors on the life of feeling.’’ On 27 September 1921 he was married to Ingeborg Droogleever Fortuyn, whom he had met for the first time many years earlier. Their first son was born in 1926.

At the age of 28, Zeylmans began lecturing on Anthroposophy to an enthusiastic public, as well as academic colleagues. He helped establish the first Waldorf School in The Hague, where he also founded a small psychiatric hospital, which soon moved into its own building (now the Rudolf Steiner Zorg). When the Anthroposophical Society was founded in the Netherlands, Rudolf Steiner appointed him as its first General Secretary. In addition to his psychiatric work Zeylmans undertook worldwide lecture tours. He spoke often about the effect of color on humans & gave advice to paint manufacturers, architects, directors of museums & artists.

Zeylman’s primary concerns were the rapprochement & understanding between the different nations & peoples, as well as a furtherance of cosmopolitanism. His attempt to found the global schools association suggested by Rudolf Steiner (a ‘”Weltschulverein”), to promote the dissemination & funding for free school education, failed due to resistance from anthroposophic circles against fostering broader public awareness.

In the face of increasing political fanaticism, another initiative Zeylmans took was to further interest for anthroposophy in European youth. In the summer of 1930 he organized a youth camp on the Stakenberg near Nunspeet in the Veluwe. More than a thousand participants gathered in working groups & heard lectures by leading anthroposophists like Eugen Kolisko, Walter Johannes Stein, Elisabeth Vreede & Ita Wegman on their thoughts to the situation of the time.

His work, however, was increasingly restricted by political developments. His involvement with the administration of the General Anthroposophical Society in Dornach Switzerland also met with increasing disapproval. The internal disputes since the death of Rudolf Steiner & his close collaboration with the physician Ita Wegman in 1935 led to his exclusion & that of the majority of the Dutch members.

After the war Zeylmans took up once again his international lecturing work. In 1954 he embarked on a global tour for nine months. Encouraged by Bernard Lievegoed, in 1960 he sought a mandate from the members of the Anthroposophical Society in the Netherlands to reunite it once more, after 25 years of separation, with the General Anthroposophical Society at the Goetheanum in Switzerland. He undertook a second journey through South Africa in 1961, visiting the newly established Waldorf schools & other institutions to give advice & hold lectures. During this trip, he died unexpectedly in Cape Town.

‘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.