HERE IS THE RECORDING of Vitae Sophia~ A Whitsun Festival of United Soul Endeavor with Hazel Archer-Ginsberg. Guest Speakers Lisa Dalton & Geoff Norris, Sponsored by the Anthroposophical Society in New Hampshire
The Festival of Whitsun or Pentecost (50 Days after Easter)
Rudolf Steiner calls it: Festival of the Holy Spirit
Festival of Flowers
Festival of United Soul Endeavor and Spirit Community
Festival of the Higher Self and the Universal Human Being
Festival of the human unbound from materialism
Festival of the purified astral body
– the lifting out of one’s egotism into universal caring
– out of opinion into truth
– out of opinion into wisdom
The heart of the human being as it opens to warmth & light is like the flower aligning itself to the Sun. And what pours down from the Sun, giving the flower the potency it needs, is like the tongues of fire descending upon the heads of the disciples. Human hearts, once warmed, can rise up to meet the Sophia, the source of wisdom.
Spiritual Science is a Whitsun gift. But we must grow ripe to withstand the surging of the Spirit. Whitsun is the festival of our true higher self, which as yet only hovers above us like a dove. Promoting us to ask: What are my gifts? How can I place them in right relationship within the social realm? How can I hone them to strengthen and enhance the world?
Our work is to take our individual Inner Whitsun & expand it, into what Steiner calls the “World Festival of Knowledge” a path leading from ‘Sprit Recollection’, to ‘Sprit Sensing’, to ‘Sprit Beholding’.
The Being of Anthroposophia lives within every striving individual who works in the world to continue this work of evolution. Our Sophia inspired Michaelic community can be seen as a vessel in which the Christ Being can unite with humanity. Warming the “I”, to open the heart, in support of healthy community, we will endeavor to strengthen our individual soul forces to collectively open the portal into the Spirit worlds to co-create a “World Whitsun” – Where separate egos are united by a common truth. “Where the senses can know no more”, the higher group-soul can descend.
Schiller once said “Take the divine into your will & it descends from its cosmic throne.”
In the East, Whitsun or Pentecost is called Trinity Sunday, since with the completion of the 3 parts of the moveable feasts of Easter-Tide, we have been brought into contact with the 3 persons of the godhead.
Today begins: Shavuot, an ancient Jewish Festival that celebrates the giving of the Torah, the first harvest, & the ripening of the first fruits. In the bible, Shavuot is called by various other names: Feast of Weeks, Feast of The First Fruits & Feast of the Giving of the Law.
I will be hiking in the driftless region of WI so dear friends I will be offline until 11 June 2022
5 June 2022 – “Speaking with the Stars”: Saturn stands stationary against the background stars of Capricornus at 9 am CDT. The ringed planet of memory is currently prominent in the predawn sky, shining to the upper leftof Deneb Algedi.
THE CALENDAR OF THE SOUL
translated – with added titles – by Roy Sadler
In concert with the gods’ creating
the senses’ power grows;
it presses thinking down
to dimness of a dream.
When Holy Spirit
would bond with soul
the mind must rest,
in dreamlike presence.
I’ve translated ‘gottlich Wesen’ not literally as ‘godly being’ but as ‘Holy Spirit’; and begun with ‘In concert with’ instead of ‘united with’ in recognition that this is the octave of Easter. Each Soul Calendar verse is a kind of key to the next seven, reaching a specific relationship with the octave. The octave of v8 is v15, fulfilment of the Whitsun offering.
SAINT JOHNSTIDE IV
The Spirit’s Gift
I feel, as if enchanted in the glory of the world,
the weaving of the spirit in appearance;
it’s veiled my own life
in drowsiness of sense
to give to me the strength
that in my narrow bounds
I’m powerless to give myself.
The soul becomes pregnant & gives birth at Christmas, v15’s mirror, with a reversed ‘World Whitsun’ spirit flame spread out from the heart.
The Spirit Child
I feel the spirit child set free
from spell in womb of soul;
in heart’s bright radiance
from seed of holy Cosmic Word
the heaven’s fruit of hope
is growing into farthest worlds,
rejoicing from my being’s ground of God.
The Christmas octave is v45, Whitsun’s mirror!
In concert with the spirit’s birth
the mind grows firm;
it lifts the senses’ vague allure
to perfect clarity.
When soul abundance
would bond with springlife’s coming,
the mind must shine its light
on sense revealing.
So, besides the quartet of the mirror verses and their opposites in the other hemisphere, there is also a quartet with the current verse relating to its forthcoming octave, octive’s mirror and further octave, whose mirror is a reflection of the current one. The verses have an extraordinary musical relationship, which connects Whitsun with Christmas as well as Easter.
Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day(RSarchives)
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY (Rudolf Steiner’s orginal Calendar of the Soul, Wikipedia Commons)
World Environment Day – raising global awareness to take positive environmental action to protect nature & the planet Earth.
70 – Titus and his Roman legions breach the middle wall of Jerusalem in the Siege of Jerusalem.
1752 – Benjamin Franklin flew a kite for the first time to demonstrate that lightning was a form of electricity
1827 – Athens fell to the Ottomans.
1832 – The ‘June Rebellion’ breaks out in Paris in an attempt to overthrow the monarchy of Louis Philippe
1883 – The first regularly scheduled Orient Express departs Paris
1915 – Denmark amends its constitution to allow women’s suffrage
1917 – American men began registering for the World War I draft
1924 – Ernst F. W. Alexanderson transmitted the first facsimile message across the Atlantic Ocean
1933 – President Roosevelt signed the bill that took the U.S. off of the gold standard
1967 – The Six Day War between Israel and Egypt, Syria and Jordan began today
1968 – Robert F. Kennedy, is shot at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.
1981 – The first recognized cases of what later became known as AIDS
2012 – The last transit of Venus of the 21st century begins
~Into my Inner Essence
Gushes the riches
Of the sense world…
The Wisdom of The Logos finds Herself
In the mirror-image of my Eye,
That Her Power out of me
May shape anew the eternal resurrection…