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14 April 2022 – “Speaking with the Stars”
“Everybody should be reminded by the Easter festival, that there will be the resurrection of the spirit out of the present darkened nature of the human being”. ~Rudolf Steiner, The Riddles of the World and Anthroposophy
Holy Thursday 2022
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
215 – Birthday of Mani the prophet & founder of Manichaeism – see Rudolf Steiner’s lectures GA 104 & 113
1126 – Averroes, a medieval Spanish polymath. He wrote on logic, Aristotelian & Islamic philosophy, theology, the Maliki school of Islamic jurisprudence, psychology, political & Andalusian classical music theory, geography, mathematics, & the mediæval sciences of medicine, astronomy, physics, & celestial mechanics. Averroes was a defender of Aristotelian philosophy against Ash’ari theologians led by Al-Ghazali.
In 1561 on this date it was Good Friday. Around dawn there was a mass sighting of celestial phenomena over Nuremberg, residents of Nuremberg saw what they described as an aerial battle, followed by the appearance of a large black triangular object & then a large crash outside of the city. According to witnesses, there were hundreds of spheres, cylinders & other odd-shaped objects that moved erratically overhead.
A broadsheet news article was printed later that month, describes objects of various shapes including crosses, globes, two lunar crescents, a black spear & tubular objects from which several smaller, round objects emerged & darted around the sky at dawn.
“In the morning of April 14, 1561, at daybreak, between 4 and 5 a.m., a dreadful apparition occurred on the sun, and then this was seen in Nuremberg in the city, before the gates and in the country – by many men and women. At first there appeared in the middle of the sun two blood-red semi-circular arcs, just like the moon in its last quarter. And in the sun, above and below and on both sides, the color was blood, there stood a round ball of partly dull, partly black ferrous color. Likewise there stood on both sides and as a torus about the sun such blood-red ones and other balls in large number, about three in a line and four in a square, also some alone. In between these globes there were visible a few blood-red crosses, between which there were blood-red strips, becoming thicker to the rear and in the front malleable like the rods of reed-grass, which were intermingled, among them two big rods, one on the right, the other to the left, and within the small and big rods there were three, also four and more globes. These all started to fight among themselves, so that the globes, which were first in the sun, flew out to the ones standing on both sides, thereafter, the globes standing outside the sun, in the small and large rods, flew into the sun. Besides the globes flew back and forth among themselves and fought vehemently with each other for over an hour. And when the conflict in and again out of the sun was most intense, they became fatigued to such an extent that they all, as said above, fell from the sun down upon the earth ‘as if they all burned’ and they then wasted away on the earth with immense smoke. After all this there was something like a black spear, very long and thick, sighted; the shaft pointed to the east, the point pointed west. Whatever such signs mean, God alone knows. Although we have seen, shortly one after another, many kinds of signs on the heaven, which are sent to us by the almighty God, to bring us to repentance, we still are, unfortunately, so ungrateful that we despise such high signs and miracles of God. Or we speak of them with ridicule and discard them to the wind, in order that God may send us a frightening punishment on account of our ungratefulness. After all, the God-fearing will by no means discard these signs, but will take it to heart as a warning of their merciful Father in heaven, will mend their lives and faithfully beg God, that He may avert His wrath, including the well-deserved punishment, on us, so that we may temporarily here and perpetually there, live as his children. For it, may God grant us his help, Amen”. Art by Hanns Glaser, letter-painter of Nurnberg
1759 – Deathday of G.F. Handel – composer
1865 Abraham Lincoln is shot in Ford’s Theatre by John Wilkes Booth; Lincoln died the next day
1900 – The Exposition Universelle – a world’s fair held in Paris, France, from 14 April to 12 November 1900, to celebrate the achievements of the past century & to accelerate development into the next. The fair, visited by nearly 50 million, displayed many machines, inventions, & architecture that are now nearly universally known, including the Grande Roue de Paris Ferris wheel, Russian nesting dolls, diesel engines, talking films, escalators, & the telegraphone (the first magnetic audio recorder)
1912 – The sinking of the Titanic
1935 – Exclusion from the General Anthroposophical Society of Ita Wegman, Elisabeth Vreed & other members also 2 national societies
1939 – The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck is first published
2010 – Over 2,700 are killed in a magnitude 6.9 earthquake in the Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture
2014 – 276 schoolgirls are abducted by Boko Haram in Chibok, Nigeria
Moving thru Easter-Tide with more thoughts from Velsum: The Songs As Spiritual Scientific Documents
During Velsum’s writing process, spiritual scientific research is a central activity. The songs are born directly out of a spiritual scientific interest in the human being and reality as a whole. Due to this central aspect of Velsum’s initiative, Ultra-Violet and I felt it to be of service to these song beings, as well as to all the other spiritual impulses and beings who have helped form Velsum’s initiative, to offer some writing on this multi-faceted topic. With Ultra’s help, I have therefore taken the songs as an opportunity to do this. In the following paragraphs, you will be able to explore not only the lyrics of Velum’s songs; additionally you will be able to read spiritual scientific writings on their meanings, as well as historical anecdotes that help contextualize Velsum’s music and initiative as a whole in a variety of ways.
In reading this writing, it should be recognized that Velum’s music, like all music, exists on multiple levels of consciousness. While these songs were born out of specific spiritual scientific conversations and experiences, they do not exist solely within the meanings through which we have described them. They exist in whichever way they are beheld by one who engages with them. Beings and realities are infinitely sided—indeed, they have no sides—and therefore, these writings are a perspective written by an informed individual, and they are intended to serve as a potential inspiration for anyone who is interested in a deeper inquiry into the nature of anthroposophy, music, social relationship, and how life and art may become self-consciously unified as one spiritual initiative.
It is with great joy that I am able to share my spiritual scientific research in this context. And I pray that these extremely condensed explorations may become unfolded in the hearts and heads of those who have interest in their inner content. If read with care and openness, I believe this unfolding will occur.
For the Love of I Am
Where do we go from here?
Do we say I do?
How will we pray
For the Love of I Am?
Where do we go from here?
Blessed be the Son of our hearts
Who enkindles the light of the world
As consciousness of Amen.
Let us in freedom be singing.
Let us in truth be.
For the Love of I Am is a foundation stone for our initiative, Velsum. It is an acknowledgement of the present, and the unique way in which the present may serve the future. It recognizes that once we have asked the divine question, we have already been received by its answer. The marriage of this sacred call and response is the being of this song. While the questions in the first stanza may be regarded as sacraments, the statements in the second stanza may be experienced as the prayers in which these sacraments are blessed. When, through Sophianic thought, we bless these sacraments with these prayers, we invite ourselves into the divine marriage of Christ and the human being. For the Love of I Am knows that humanity’s Love is the consciousness of Amen. And in that freedom, we behold the truth of the human being, who is the script of the Trinity. May this foundation stone be set in music. ~Lucien & Ultra
‘Velsum’ (Victory in Wholeness) an Anthroposophical Musical Initiative
created by Lucien Dante Lazar & Ultra-Violet Archer
performing New Nightingale, New Rose on Easter Sunday
Live streaming from the Rudolf Steiner Branch Chicago. Join us in-person or online.
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These 2 Christened voices came together for the “Building the Temple of the Heart” 2021 ASA AGM conference & have gone on to co-create a new musical genre that they call: Ancient Futurism. This past year they have been workshopping this initiative at Angelic Organics Farm – graciously hosted by Haidy & Farmer John Peterson, who have put culture back into Agriculture by building a Temple stage to host Anthroposophical events in their glorious Barn building. The Debut of Velsum occurred there on Lazarus Saturday 2022.
Easter Sunday 17 April 2022
Doors open at 12:30 pm CDT 4249 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago, Il. 60618
NEW TIME: Performance 1-2pm CDT
Potluck Easter Feast 2-3 pm CDT
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Topic: Easter: New Nightingale, New Rose
Time: Apr 17, 2022 01:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
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