Greetings on this Father’s Day –
Every culture has its own history of Festive celebrations revealing a treasury of archetypes that model how to be in the world – which then informs what the world will become. These narratives & festivals were how social patterns used to be formed – Before the distorted lens of the screen, or a bought & sold history written by the conquers, like we see more & more today. Thru the revival of archetypes which models what it means to be a ‘good’ human being, we impart to our children who they can become.
Today being Father’s Day, let us ponder specifically what it can mean to be ‘a good man’? How can a good man be the ‘Good Father’ – to himself, his children & for the world?
I love this short list of Archetypes:
What are some their Qualities?
The Benevolent King: Shows Leadership, has Strategic Vision – based on Divine Wisdom, is Decisive, Inspired, a Fair Judge, Charismatic, full of Integrity, Unselfish – Empowering of others – a Blessing bestower, Humble, Holds Authority with Order & Structure…I particularly love this idea of Benediction – A King who gives a blessing bestows upon another the right to go forward & make the best use of their talents to get the job done -Recognizing that ‘Authority’ must come from within.
The Protector/Warrior: Is above all Courageous, Merciful, Strong in Body, Soul & Spirit, Disciplined, Determined, Reliable, Focused, a Tactical Risk Taker who can think on their feet, Gaining achievement thru Endurance, & Loyality…A good warrior displays valor – rather than being driven by blood-lust – they are reliable & loyal, rather than seeking to take over. The Warrior has total focus on implementing the required tactics to accomplish the strategy set by their King/Queen. Strength & endurance needs to be physical, mental & emotional. Their characteristic quality of service enhances their sense of duty.
The Magician: Must be Wise, Intuitive, Perceptive, Insightful, Knowledgeable, is inwardly Powerful, has earned Mystic vision, using his gifts for the higher good, a Respected – helpful Mentor…The Magician can be a teacher bestowing knowledge & wisdom to better ‘know thyself’. This is empowering to others & brings out the ‘magic’ in them. In cultural myth, the Magician seeks wisdom not for its own sake, but so that they may better understand, serve & mentor. Many Magicians have a supernatural gift seen perhaps thru music, art, speech, charisma…They use this ability to enhance the lives of others rather than for personal gain.
The Lover: is Authentic, Compassionate, Affectionate, Caring, Empathic, Altruistic, Open-Hearted, Honest, Trustworthy, able to appreciate Beauty, Vital, Generous, Celebratory…The unconditional Lover shares these qualities to enhance & improve the lives of others – Fostering the energy & power for living in harmony. Their appreciation for the beauty they see around them is an inspiration to others – The earth, the sky, the passing breeze. The Lover takes the moments of beauty seen in the little things, like the smile of a child, or an old lady, & makes sure that moment is not missed. Living in Celebration is the quality of being able to stop, breathe, look around & see what joy there is in life. The Lover knows how to comfort & sustain.
What would it be like to bring the qualities of: King – Warrior – Magician – Lover, to life in the world?
Blessings on all who embody the Good Father!
RUDOLF STEINER’S CALENDAR OF THE SOUL
translated (with added titles) by Roy Sadler
It rests this sun’s high hour with you
to recognise the call of wisdom:
‘In you, absorbed in worlds where beauty lies,
through all your feeling realise:
the human I can lose itself
and find itself within the Cosmic I’.
The mirror verse.
Intuiting The Spring
The soul in gloom of winter moved
to bring to light her life’s own force
her impulse is to guide it far
and in the dark forefeel
through warmth of heart
the life the senses will reveal.
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
Near the Solstice, the twilight lingers well past 9 o’clock.
18 June 2023 – “Speaking with the Stars”: New Moon
Feast Day of Archangel Uriel
1178 – Five Canterbury monks see the Giordano Bruno crater being formed. It is believed that the current oscillations of the Moon’s distance from the Earth are a result of this collision
1812 – War of 1812 began when the U.S. declares war on Great Britain, Canada, & Ireland
1815 –The Battle of Waterloo results in the defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte
1865 – Deathday of Antonie Wierz – Belgian romantic painter & sculptor
1873 – Susan B. Anthony is fined $100 for attempting to vote
1900 – Empress Dowager Cixi of China orders all foreigners killed, including foreign diplomats & their families
1901 – Birthday of Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanov of Russia
1916 – Death day of Helmuth von Moltke, said by Steiner to have been Pope Nicholas I.
1924 – Rudolf Steiner travels to Koberwitz & Lauenstein to give the curative pedagogy lectures
1929 – Deathday of Michael Bauer – German teacher, author , lecturer, president after Carl Unger of the Anthroposophical Society
1940 – Appeal of 18 June by Charles de Gaulle
1971 – President Richard Nixon declares that illegal drugs are “public enemy number one”, which becomes popularized as the “War on Drugs“.
1979 – In Vienna, President Jimmy Carter & Leonid Brezhnev signed the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT)
1983 –Astronaut Sally Ride becomes the first American woman in space
|~Kindling Radiance ~
A Community Festival Gathering Celebrating St. John’s-Tide Saturday,June24,2023at Zinniker Farm
5:30 pm – Potluck – Please bring food & drink to share
6 – 7 pm – Artistic Offerings – Poem, Song?… Express yourself!
7 – 9 pm – Bonfire Drum & Song Circle w/ Hazel & Ultra-Violet Archer
Bring lawn chairs & drums if you have them!
Show support for Zinniker Farm – $15more or lessLove Donation
Co-hosted by The Christian Community of Southeast Wisconsin,
The Christian Community of Chicago, Mark & Petra Zinniker,
Hazel at ReverseRitual.com & Chuck of Family Farm Initiative
Why a St. John’s Festival?
At this time of year, when daylight hours are the longest, “the soul of the earth rises in longing toward the heights, seeking communion with the universe, with the light and warmth of the sun… and the stars.” ~Rudolf Steiner.Three days after the Summer Solstice, we celebrate St. John the Baptist – a lone voice calling to us from the wilderness to change our hearts and minds – so that we can connect to the ‘True Vine’ & receive the new impulse of Love raditating into the world. Come join us as we come together as a community to support the Farm & celebrate the glories of Summer.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: St. John’s
Let us know the number of people you are RSVPing for
And if someone in your group would like to offer a poem, song, story, etc. on the theme
Bring food & drink to share (plates and utensils provided)
Bring a friend, lawn chairs, drums, clothes and shoes for a working farm
All are welcome, but please keep your pets at home. You can visit the pigs and chickens on the farm, but please remember these are farm animals and not pets. Please just look and say hello quietly and respectfully, with reverence and gratitude for their service.
Zinniker Farm is located at N7399 Bowers Rd., Elkhorn, WI 53121. If you are in the area, come join us as we celebrate St. John’s-Tide on the Zinniker Farm.
Can’t make it in person? You can still support the Zinniker Farm and their regenerative work with your good will and contributions.Regenerative farming is Stewardship that provides true results for the healing of the Earth.
It is time to make a lasting investment.
Please contact Mark & Petra Zinniker to find out how to make a direct contribution to their regenerative work or sign up at Patreon.com/Zinnikerfarm