“MARCH in like a lion…Out like a lamb” doesn’t apply to our weather here in Chicago at least not today on this March 1st 2023…
Unless of course you consider that we are experiencing a powerful conjunction of Venus & Jupiter written into the stars of Pisces at sunset this evening!
From Astrosopher Jonathan Hilton: “Venus and Jupiter stand just into that fish (the Southern Fish) of the two fishes in Pisces, which is swimming towards Aquarius, our future, who one can see pouring the cosmic living water down upon the Sun now in Aquarius…
Rudolf Steiner once described this Piscean age as the time when humanity learns to stand on its own two feet. Pisces is connected to the hands and feet and thus to the will, through which we can transform the Earth or destroy it. Its now in our hands in this time of freedom to turn away from the gods or unite with them. In the two fish we can also see a picture of duality, even polarities, in which we live in this age of decision and choice. We stand always in the tension between the two…
Now we have Jupiter joining Venus here in Pisces, directly below the star Alpheratz. Both of these planetary spheres of being ask us to move into the future towards our higher calling. Jupiter as the sphere of the Spirits of Wisdom, wants to become the realization of our higher ideals, the awakening of the new living thinking, the foundation stone for the New Jerusalem…
Alpheratz is the star marking the forehead (third eye?) of Andromeda as well as the tip of the wing of Pegasus arising from the head of Andromeda. She has just been rescued by Perseus from the sea monster. Clearly Alpheratz carries a special call to humanity’s future evolution towards the new winged thinking, the living or etheric thinking, arising out of the transformed soul (Andromeda)…
Venus, that sphere of love and reintegration with the divine, became through Christ’s deeds on the Earth, the sphere which carries the new Christ mysteries in the Earth, the foundation for the new mysteries out of the true I Am. Yet Venus, the pentagram, can become the downward pentagram of Lucifer, serving only self-love, self-serving egotism, even the pentagram that serves black magic. The choice in our time of freedom, is up to us.
So perhaps one can see that a simple look up to the stars in the early evening sky during the coming week can expand from a feeling of awe and beauty for the two beautiful bright stars to an immense cosmic imagination to inspire our communion with the higher worlds of being.
We are in the season of Lent, a time of preparation for Easter, of remembering the suffering and sacrifice of Christ in his incarnating into flesh. It is a time when we can come to a deeper feeling for the sacrifice and death in us that can lead to resurrection. Just yesterday a friend gave me a poem, which to me speaks to this starry configuration and indeed in general to our feeling for the stars. It is titled Night Sky, by Kathleen Raine.
There came such a clear opening of the night sky,
The deep glass of wonders, the dark mind
In unclouded gaze of the abyss
Opened like the expression of a face.
I looked into that clarity where all things are
End and beginning, and saw
My destiny there: “So” I said, “no other
Was possible ever.
This is I. The pattern stands so for ever”.
What am I? Bound and unbounded,
A pattern among the stars, a point in motion
Tracing my way. I am my way. It is I.
I travel among the wonders.
Held in that gaze and known
In the eye of the abyss,
“Let it be so”, I said,
And my heart laughed with joy
To know the death I must die.
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
399 – Death Day of Socrates – scholar, teacher and philosopher born in ancient Greece. His Socratic method laid the groundwork for Western systems of logic and philosophy. When the political climate of Greece turned against him, Socrates was sentenced to death by hemlock poisoning.
1244 – The Cathar fortress of Montsegur falls into the hands of the Inquisition
The Categories of Aristotle – a process of contraction…
Is there a path to expansion…..?
PUBLIC LECTURE AND EURYTHMY WORKSHOP WITH CLAUDIA FONTANA
Friday 24 March 2023 – Lecture 7 pm CT – 8:30 pm – Purchase tickets at the door or pay online
Saturday 25 March 2023 – Workshop – 9 am CT– (10:30 am 1/2 hour break – 11 am) 12:30 pm CT CT– Purchase tickets at the door or pay online $50
The Categories of Aristotle: A process of contraction…exploring a path to expansion…
Does one have to be a philosopher of great erudition to approach Aristotle’s gift to humanity……his Categories?
Perhaps , YES! But an initial acquaintance with them can lead out of the confinement of the intellectual concept to an experience of expansion supported by Eurythmy.
In the evening lecture Claudia will introduce the life of the Categories before they became concepts – Bringing the symbols in a sequence of sounds (called the Evolutionary Sequence ) out of their conceptual form, to life, supported by Eurythmy and examples of poetry.
During the workshop we will enter into the movement of the poetry presented during the lecture. This will be accessible to Eurythmists as well as to anyone interested in the life of language, poetry and our alphabet.
For more info contact Cultural Events & Festivals Coordinator
Claudia Fontana saw a Eurythmy performance when still a teenager. Unbeknownst to her at the time, that performance was the gate to her destiny path. Soon thereafter she studied Eurythmy in Vienna and subsequently spent fourteen years as a performer with the Dornach, London and Stuttgart Eurythmeum ensembles. Teaching became the next challenge which she happily met in the United States, Europe. Before Covid, she spent seven years teaching all levels in Thailand, Malaysia and China. She resides in Ann Arbor, MI still performing and teaching.
Mary Magdalene & the Women at the Tomb – A Festival of Resurrection
with Hazel Archer-Ginsberg,
Song-Circle with Velsum,
Eurythmy – & an artistic break out session
Holy Saturday 8 April 2023
1 pm – 3pm CT a hybrid event in-person at the Rudolf Steiner Branch Chicago & on zoom
Meeting ID: 705 017 4041
This course is available on Zoom. You will be emailed a Zoom link closer to the time of the class. The course will be recorded and you will receive a link to watch it. Go to the Infinity Foundation web site to enroll
Course Number 231154 / Zoom
Date: Thursday, May 11
Time 7:00 – 8:30 PM CST
Cost $33/23 payment 10 days in advance
When we tune into the Cycle of the Seasons, we experience that as the Earth breathes out in the Springtime, the beings of nature reach upwards towards the heights. The longing of the human soul also strives to meet this mood of ascension, which attunes all life to the cosmic expanses.
Together we will gain insights in how to rise up to our Higher Self by participating in this harmonizing spring-dialogue between the worlds.
This reconnection between heaven & earth was prefigured in the story of Jacob’s ladder from the Old Testament. Through his dream of the ‘stairway to heaven’, Jacob gave us a prophecy in the picture of a golden ladder on which choirs of Angels traverse between the ‘Above & Below’. The Mystery of the Ascension of Christ, 40 days after the Resurrection at Easter, fulfilled Jacob’s Prophecy. Christ as the Being of Love became the living bridge connecting us to the eternal.
Through this workshop we will learn how humanity will also be transfigured in the fullness of time. The company of the Angelic Hierarchies wait for us, their younger siblings, to ascend, first of all in our thinking, to meet them in fellowship, as they work all the while by our sides.
~Vitae Sophia~A Whitsun Festival of United Soul Endeavor
with Hazel Archer-Ginsberg, Velsum Voices & Eurythmy
Saturday 27 May 2023 a Hybrid event in person* & on zoom
We are called to redeem the ether spheres to create an Ecclesia, a chalice for The Sophia. Then the spirit flame can spread out to become what Steiner called a “World Whitsun”, which began in earnest at the Christmas Conference. The Whitsun Festival highlights one of the greatest challenges of being human: placing our individual gifts, in right relationship within the social realm. This challenge is especially strong now during this ‘pandemic’. Our groups striving to know Spiritual Science must work together as a community, to have the possibility to create a new culture where a sacrament is possible in every encounter. Our individual strength is enhanced by weaving our gifts together, kindling our social world in conscious community.
Zoom: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83663366670?pwd=L292UzlOR1pkZjBXSWpxK1B2b0o1dz09 Meeting ID: 836 6336 6670 / Passcode: 397593