And so this is what came to me this morning: The Feast Day of Archangel Raphael, companion of Tobias; Mohammed’s flight from Mecca; & the Birth Day of Astrosopher Elisabeth Vreede
A peek into the Divine Blueprint: It is Michael’s intention that intelligence will stream through the hearts of human beings, & that it will be consciously connected to the same divine spiritual forces that helped to create humanity in the beginnings of time.
It has become possible for souls aligned with Michael to be engaged in a goal-oriented schooling for initiation, to enter into a closer working with the hierarchies & the etheric Christ, who reveals Himself today as an angel. It is Michael’s aim that the spiritual schooling will lead to heart-knowledge & that the etheric eye of the heart will become an organ of cognition.
We read the following in the Michael-Letters:
“The Christ-force imprints human imaginations into the cosmic ether.”
“That which man experiences as strength of conscious imagination becomes world content.”
“Hearts begin to have thoughts, that is the new way of thinking with the heart.”
“The newly developed heart-organ slowly transforms into an eye, or better, a sensing-heart-eye-organ.”
“Everyone who strives in the light of spiritual science and connects himself with the creative World-Logos through heartfelt thoughts, sooner or later will learn to read Karma. By doing so he adds to the substance of the etheric-youth or angel-being through which the etheric Christ reveals Himself today.”
For spiritually active pupils in the Michaelic stream, the heart becomes: An eye for self-cognition, the realization of the true self as eternal being; it also becomes the eye of the Ego-sense, the true ‘I’ – which perceives the ‘other’ in their true being, an eye of cognition for supersensible beings & for the etheric Christ Himself, protected & cherished in the Michaelic mystery-culture of will; it will also become possible to perceive the karma of others as well as one’s own karmic chain.
On Rudolf Steiner’s 63rd birthday he gave the following meditation to Dr. Ita Wegman:
“Hearts will read karma
When hearts learn
To read the Word
Which shapes things
In human lives
When hearts learn
To utter the Word
Which shapes things
In the human world.”
We experience our own Self & those connected to us, in our eternal being. When our heart-sense becomes a cognitive organ, we feel as if our heart is being transplanted into the Sun, we feel as if we go with the Sun, the Sun is in us, belonging to us. The Sun becomes our eye, our ear as well as our organ of warmth.
“We stand within the light, we touch spirit-beings with our light-organs.” Then we not only feel ourselves within the Sun but we perceive ourselves “on the other side of the Sun”. We experience the world within our being, where previously it was outside of ourselves, around us. Rudolf Steiner tells us it is an experience which we go through unconsciously during sleep.
This is a powerful esoteric call to each pupil of Michael, to help in the creation of a new Sun-Earth. In this way the secret of the Grail lives – as Christian Morgenstern says: “I lift my heart to you as a true vessel of the Grail …”
It is the experience of being totally imbued with the spirit of eternity which fills the receiving Grail-Soul in a cultic spirit event, a ‘reverse-ritual’, at the Sun-altar. Here Spirit & Soul truly unite. It is the Michaelic path to the heavenly city of the New Jerusalem.
See you there
Blessings and Peace ~Hazel Archer Ginsberg
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
16 July 2020 – “Speaking with the Stars”: Neowise & STEVE – a recent discovery that looks like an aurora, but it’s not. The purple glow is caused by hot ribbons of gas flowing through Earth’s magnetosphere from the Sun. It appears during some geomagnetic storms, often alongside a type of green aurora known as the “picket fence,” shown in the photo along with Neowise.
STEVE appears most often in spring & fall. So what summoned STEVE in mid-summer? It may have been a CME (formed by explosive reconfigurations of solar magnetic fields) from the Sun, that grazed Earth’s magnetic field. (“…the ever present help from the spiritual world“!)
Feast Day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the title given to the Blessed Virgin Mary in her role as patroness of the Carmelite Order, by Christian hermits living in the Holy Land during the late 12th & early to mid-13th century. They built a chapel conceived of in chivalric terms as the “Lady of the place.” Our Lady of Mount Carmel was adopted in the 19th century as the patron saint of Chile, in South America.
Since the 15th century, popular devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel has centered on the Scapular, a sacramental associated with promises of Mary’s special aid for the salvation of the devoted wearer. Since the Middle Ages, Our Lady of Mount Carmel has been related to Purgatory, where souls are purged of sins in the fires. In some images, she is portrayed as accompanied with angels and souls wearing Brown Scapulars, who plead for her mediation.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel was seen in the apparitions of Cova da Iria in Fátima, Portugal, by Lúcia Santos & her co-visionary companions Jacinta & Francisco Marto & as many as 70,000 witnesses of the extraordinary events during the Miracle of the Sun. She also appeared to Saint Simon Stock to whom she gave the Brown Scapular. The Garabandal apparitions, in Spain, were reported to be images of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel. Also in Acquafondata, Italy, the apparition of the Virgin of Mount Carmel, was seen on July 16, 1841. There is still today a small sanctuary on the site.
622 – Mohammed’s flight from Mecca, which came to determine the beginning of the Islamic calendar.
1054 – Three Roman legates break relations between Western & Eastern Christian Churches through the act of placing an invalidly-issued Papal bull of Excommunication on the altar of Hagia Sophia during Saturday afternoon divine liturgy. Historians frequently describe the event as the start of the East–West Schism.
1879 – Birthday of Elisabeth Vreed – Dutch philosopher, mathematician, astronomer, astrologer & anthroposopher. Elisabeth Vreede came into contact with Theosophy in her home growing up. She was interested early on in the starry sky, read the works of Camille Flammarion & learned French at the same time. At the University of Leyden she studied mathematics, astronomy, philosophy (especially Hegel) & Sanskrit. She was also actively involved in student life, founding a boat club, & was a council member of the students’ union.
Her first meeting with Rudolf Steiner took place at the Theosophical Congress in London in 1903. Vreede was leader of the mathematics & astronomy sections in the Goetheanum in Dornach from 1926 till 1935. In her capacity as leader of the Mathematical-Astronomical Section she wrote a monthly letter, then available by subscription, about both modern astronomy & classical astrology in the light of spiritual science. The letters included explanations of the fundamentals of astronomy & discussions of astrology in the modern world, with reference to such topics as the procession of the equinoxes, comets, solar & lunar eclipses, & the meaning of the Christian holidays such as Easter & Whitsun. The Letters in English translation were published in 2007 with the title Astronomy and Spiritual Science.
In 1935 the separation within the Anthroposophical Society took place & she was expelled from the executive council & excluded along with her long-time friend & co-member, Dr. Ita Wegman from the board of directors. She was also cut off from the observatory & archives that she herself helped assemble.
The last years of her life became more lonely. She was cut off from her friends abroad by the War. The death of Ita Wegman at the beginning of March, 1943, was a great shock for her.
Rudolf Steiner said of her: ‘this individuality does not wish to be recognized …’ Elisabeth Knottenbelt in her memoirs describes statements about her: that ‘she incarnated too early’ for the sake of serving Rudolf Steiner. “for this task [the work with Rudolf Steiner] she had assumed the sacrifice of a premature incarnation. One who, for the sake of a spiritual mission, comes in this way to earth too early must forego a lot. To a great extent one leaves one’s karmic circle of human beings behind in the spiritual word. Her life was thus really a quite lonely one, only a few persons were grouped around her without any real connection.”
Here is a quote from a letter written by her prior to her removal from the executive council: “The Being of Anthroposophy – I myself have always felt it as a spiritual being newly created by Dr. Steiner, as it were the first hierarchical Being that men have begotten, quite young and still underdeveloped, as is the case with a child—a Being that must now begin to develop further through our common work as a ‘community of knowledge’, and with the cooperation of its creator from the spiritual world. Just for this reason I find it so painful when attacks are continually made against part of the active members such as to exclude them from the work, from creating together the Being of Anthroposophy.”
Read her biography from the Astrosophy Research Center
1942 – Holocaust: Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup.The government of Vichy France orders the mass arrest of 13,152 Jews who are held at the Winter Velodrome in Paris before deportation to Auschwitz.
1945 – Manhattan Project: The Atomic Age begins when the United States successfully detonates a plutonium-based test nuclear weapon near Alamogordo, New Mexico.
1948 – The city of Nazareth, revered by Christians as the hometown of Jesus, capitulates to Israeli troops during Operation Dekel, the largest offensive by Israeli forces in the north of Palestine in the 1948 Arab–Israeli War. Israeli aircraft bombed Saffuriya village & caused panic among the population; many of the villagers fled northwards toward Lebanon, others found shelter in Nazareth, leaving about 100 elderly people behind. Nazareth surrendered to the Israelis.
Palestinian Arab villages captured in Operation Dekel
|Kuwaykat||1,050||9||7th Armoured Brigade and Carmeli Brigade||Village depopulated and destroyed|
|Kafr Yasif||1,057 (1931)||10||Carmeli Brigade||Most of Muslim population as well as refugees from other villages deported. Town exists today.|
|Khirbat Jiddin||1,500||10–11||Village and bedouin camps depopulated and destroyed.|
|Julis||n/a (Druze)||8–14||Population allowed to remain in their homes. Town exists today.|
|Al-Makr||n/a||8–14||Town exists today.|
|I’billin||1,057||8–14||Muslim population expelled. Town exists today.|
|Shefa-‘Amr||3,640||8–14||7th Armoured Brigade and Carmeli Brigade||Muslim population fled under bombardmennt. Town exists today as a city.|
|Kabul||457 (1931)||15||7th Armoured Brigade||Villagers remained. Town exists today.|
|Al-Mujaydil||1900||15||Golani Brigade||Village completely emptied and razed to the ground.|
|Ma’lul||690||15||Village depopulated and destroyed.|
|Saffuriya||4,000||16||7th Armoured Brigade and Carmeli Brigade||Villagers expelled. Hundreds of returnees expelled November 1948 and January 1949. Nothing remains.|
|Nazareth||18,000||16||Carmeli Brigade||Population allowed to remain. Town exists today.|
|Nimrin||320||17||Village depopulated and destroyed.|
|Lubya||2,370||17||Villagers not allowed to return. Village buildings destroyed in 1960s.|
|Hittin||1,190||17||Golani Brigade||Villagers fled before the attack and then prevented from returning. Village destroyed.|
|Amqa||1,240||15–16||7th Armoured Brigade and Carmeli Brigade||Village depopulated and destroyed.|
|ad-Damun||1,310||15–16||7th Armoured Brigade||Village bombarded, population expelled and buildings destroyed.|
|Tamra,||15–18||7th Armoured Brigade||Villagers evacuated 20 May. Re-populated with exiles from neighbouring villages.|
|Mi’ar||770||15–18||7th Armoured Brigade||Villagers fled from advancing soldiers. Village destroyed.|
|Yafa||833 (1931)||15–18||Town exists today.|
|Uzeir||150||15–18||Village exists today.|
|Kfar Kanna||1,175 (1922)||15–18||7th Armoured Brigade||Town exists today.|
|Rummana||590||15–18||Village exists today.|
|Bu’eina||15–18||Town exists today.|
|Al-Ruways||330||18||7th Armoured Brigade||Villagers fled under bombardment and buildings destroyed. Land now used by kibbutz Yas’ur.|
|Tur’an||1,350||18||Empty houses used for refugees expelled from other villages. Town exists today.|
|Nahf||200 (1881)||18||7th Armoured Brigade||Population allowed to remain. Town exists today.|
|Al-Birwa||1,460||18||Units of ALA involved in defending the village. After capture villagers were prevented from returning and the village was destroyed.|
|Sha’b||1,740||19||Villagers expelled, later replaced by exiles from other villages.|
1969 –Apollo 11, the first mission to land astronauts on the Moon, is launched from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Kennedy, Florida
1999 – John F. Kennedy Jr., piloting a Piper Saratoga aircraft, dies when his plane crashes into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard. His wife & sister-in-law are also killed
2007 – An earthquake of magnitude 6.8 & 6.6 aftershock occurs off the Niigata coast of Japan killing 280 people, injuring at least 5800 & damaging a nuclear power plant.
2014 – Deathday of Ruth Zinniker – The biodynamic movement owes so much to Ruth and the whole Zinniker family. Their farm has been a source of inspiration for thousands of people, many of whom came there to work as apprentices when they were young people and have gone on to be important leaders in the biodynamic movement. Ruth had a place in her heart for all these people and many others. She warmed the movement with her social gesture and her fiery enthusiasm. Thank you dear Ruth, thank you Zinniker family, for all you have given to help seed the biodynamic movement in North America.
POD (Poem Of the day)
~Over the open face of light
Some sober trails of vapor creep
Enticing a vortex in the somber cosmic night…
Inward I turn my rays of hope
To become a polished mirror
Hard obsidian & black silver
Lead into gold
“Man only looks up to the Sun in the right way (even if it be but in his mind) when, as he gazes upwards, he forgets Space and considers Time alone. For in truth, the Sun does not only radiate light, it radiates Space itself, and when we are looking into the Sun we are looking out of Space into the world of Time. The Sun is the unique star that it is because when we gaze into the Sun we are looking out of Space. And from that world, outside of Space, Christ came to men. At the time when Christianity was founded by Christ on Earth, man had been all too long restricted to the mere Ex Deo Nascimur, he had become altogether bound up in it, he had become a Space-being pure and simple. The reason why it is so hard for us to understand the traditions of primeval epochs, when we go back to them with the consciousness of present-day civilisation, is that they always had in mind Space, and not the world of Time. They regarded the world of Time only as an appendage of the world of Space”. ~Rudolf Steiner. Source : https://wn.rsarchive.org/Lectures/AscenPent/19240604p01.html
August 8-18 ‘Classroom Alive’ Youth Open-Source Learning in Chicago
We’re starting up with Culture in our community – join young people here in Chicago for a 10 day walking journey – Classroom Alive Chicago!
Exploration & experiencial learning all over Chicagoland, starting at at Elderberries 3-Fold Bio-dynamic Outpost & Cultrual Hub 4251 N. Lincolon Ave. Chicago, IL. 60618
Details TBA #ClassroomAliveChicago2020
Thank you for forwarding this flier for any interested young people –
Co-sponsored in part by The Rudolf Steiner Branch Chicago Hazel Archer-Ginsberg, Festival & Program Coordinator
August 20-23, 2020 Questions of Courage Youth Conference at Elderberries
Questions of Courage 2020 in Chicago – August 20-23 Elderberries Biodynamic Outpost and 3Fold Cultural Hub 4251 N. Lincolon Ave. Chicago, IL. 60618
August 20: Check-in, share conversation, build the ground for the journey together.
August 21-22: Travel to Wisconsin Move together towards the land, link up with Farmer John and Haidy Angelic Organics Biodynamic Farm, and also with Dana and Phil Burns at Healing Traditions and Alizur farm. Connect with the land, plants, animals, and one another, through creative explorations and “roughin’ it” type amendments. Sleep under the stars or indoors.
August 23: Return to Chicago Enter back into the metropolitan context, into the social questions of urban life, and close the gathering together at Elderberries, setting the ground for future work out of questions of courage that are present.
Other locations and collaborators are currently in dialogue, and will be updated here.
The gathering is essentially about stepping into the living natural element, step by step, making an integral connection, with one another, ourselves, and the elements that support us here on the Earth…”
Thank you Elderberries for giving us an anchor to build our heartland gathering around!
August 27-30, HOW WE WILL 2020
At Elderberries 3-fold Bio-Dynamic Outpost
Details TBA Co-sponsored in part by The Rudolf Steiner Branch Chicago -Hazel Archer-Ginsberg, Festival & Program Coordinator