POD (Poem Of the day)
~My roots thickening
Tether me like a kite –
That I may Rise with the Sap.
In the Hexagonal Snow Swirl
Formula Becomes Motion.
Come sit with the Crescent Moon
Sharing the Sun Rise,
Together We Sing into the Seven Stars.
Beyond the false history of men
Beyond numbers & letters that bind them
I go Home where
My Thought Becomes Word, Becomes Memory, Becomes
The Seed that Becomes Me.
10:10 Testament: an affirmation from ‘The Influence of Spiritual Beings on the Human Being’ ~Rudolf Steiner, Lecture 2, January 27, 1908
“What has been achieved in a planetary existence and has become sun, ascends to “heavenly” existence and becomes zodiacal existence.
And having reached zodiacal existence, what does it do? It offers itself in sacrifice! Please take account of this particular word. The first dawn-condition of the Earth, ancient Saturn, arose in a mysterious way as the result of sacrifice on the part of the Zodiac. The forces which caused the first, rarefied Saturn-masses to gather together were those which streamed down from the Zodiac, producing on Saturn the first germinal inception of physical man. This continued without cessation. You must not picture it as happening only once. Fundamentally speaking, what is happening continuously is that within what we call a planetary system the forces which evolved to a higher stage after having themselves passed through a planetary system, are sacrificed.
We can say in effect: what is at first contained in a planetary system evolves to a “sun” existence, then to zodiacal existence and then has the power to be itself creative, to offer itself in sacrifice within a planetary existence.
The forces from the Zodiac “rain” down continuously into the planetary existence and continuously ascend again; for that which at one time became our Zodiac must gradually ascend again. The distribution of forces in our earth existence may be conceived as follows: — on the one side forces are descending from the Zodiac and, on the other, forces are ascending to the Zodiac. Such is the mysterious interplay between the Zodiac and our earth. Forces descend and forces ascend. This is the mysterious “heavenly ladder” upon which forces are descending and ascending. These forces are indicated in various ways in the different scriptures; you find them indicated, too, in Goethe’s Faust:
“What heavenly forces up and down are ranging, The golden vessels interchanging.”
As far as our human understanding goes, these forces began to descend during the Saturn-existence of our Earth and when the Earth-existence proper had reached its middle point, the stage had arrived when they gradually began again to ascend. We have now passed beyond the middle point of our evolution, which fell in the middle of the Atlantean epoch; and what human beings have lived through since then is a phase of existence beyond the middle point. In a certain sense, therefore, we may say that at the present time, more forces are ascending to the Zodiac than are descending from it…
In this way you will realize that there is interaction between everything in cosmic space, that everything in cosmic space is interconnected, inter-related. But it must never be forgotten that these operations and activities are going on all the time, that they are ever-present. At any given moment in our evolution we can therefore speak of forces which are going forth from man and forces which are coming in; forces are descending and forces are ascending. For all and each of these forces there comes, at some point, the moment when from being descending forces they are transformed into ascending forces. All forces which eventually become ascending forces are at first descending forces. They descend, so to say, as far as man. In man they acquire the power to ascend.” ~Rudolf Steiner
7 February 2022 – “Speaking with the Stars”: Bella Luna barely half a day short of first quarter, shines high in the southwest this evening. Sirius the Dog Star blazes in the southeast after dinnertime, the brightest star of Canis Major.
Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
1478- Thomas More, Chancellor of England, author of Utopia, was condemned to death for betraying ‘occult’ secrets. Rudolf Steiner speaks about this in ‘Things in Past and Present in the Spirit of Man’ Lecture VIII – THOMAS MORE’S “UTOPIA”, May 2nd, 1916 Dornach
1878 – The doctrine of papal infallibility was established during the pontificate of Pope Pius IX.
1966 – Death day of Leopold van der Pals was a Danish/Dutch Anthroposophical composer He was in close contact with authors, musicians, artists & poets his whole life. Among them were Rudolf Steiner, Andrei Belyj, Rainer Maria Rilke, Friedrich Lienhard, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Serge Koussevitzky & Alexander Scriabin. In 1907 he moved to Belin & met Rudolf Steiner, who made a great impression on him & introduced the idea of metamorphosis, derived from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. At the time, Berlin was a melting pot of musical development in the wake of the romantic era. Van der Pals experimented with new harmonic ideas & alternative cadenzas. He shaped his personal expression, a hybrid of different styles such as romanticism, impressionism, free tonality & inspiration from Russian & Nordic folklore. When his wife Marussja died in 1934. he withdrew himself to Ascona, Switzerland. Here Van der Pals wrote 80 poems to her memory; 45 of them were put to music. He then finally settled down in Dornach in Switzerland, where he lived during the remaining 31 years of his life.