25 March 2019 – “Speaking with the Stars”: Jupiter, the benevolent King, continues to grow more prominent before dawn. The giant planet rises around 1 am CDT & climbs high in the south an hour before sunup. It is the brightest point of light in the morning sky until Venus rises around 5:30 am CDT. And this morning, we have a great opportunity to watch the shadows of two moons cross the planet’s bright cloud tops. Ganymede’s shadow is the 1st to touch the Jovian atmosphere; then Europa’s shadow joins.
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
The Feast of the Annunciation, also known as Lady Day, the Feast of the Incarnation (Festum Incarnationis), Conceptio Christi (Christ’s Conception), commemorates the visit of the archangel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary, during which he informed her that she would be the mother of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Gabriel’s salutation: “Hail, Mary full of grace, the LORD is with thee” (Luke 1:28; gratia plena Dominus tecum), &Mary’s response to God’s will, “be it done to me according to thy word” (Luke 1:38; fiat mihi secundum verbum tuum). The “angelic salutation” is the origin of the Hail Mary prayer & the Angelus; the second part of the prayer comes from the salutation of Saint Elizabeth to Mary at the Visitation.
1655 – Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, is discovered by Christiaan Huygens.
1801 – Deathday of Novalis. From Rudolf Steiner: “…Novalis could glance back to a time in which gods moved among men, when everything took place spiritually because spirits and souls had not yet descended into earthly bodies. He perceived a point of transition: how death hit the world and how the human beings during this time placed death as their earthly shadowing and how he tried to brighten it up through fantasy and art. But death remained a riddle.
Then something of universal significance happened. Novalis could perceive the universal meaning of what had happened at that time on earth. Souls from the kingdoms of nature descended to the earth. Forgotten were the memories of their spiritual original existence, yet a unique spiritual Being remained in this universal womb of creation from which everything descended. One Being provisionally held back; it had held itself above and only provisionally sent its gift of grace downward, and then, when human beings needed it the most, it also descend into the earthly sphere. It remained in the spiritual spheres above the being of the spiritual light, this Being was hidden behind the physical sun. It held itself in heavenly spheres and descended when human beings needed to once again be able to rise up to spiritual worlds. It descended with the Mystery of Golgotha when Christ appeared in a physical body.
Humanity understands Christ in His universal unfolding when the life of Jesus of Nazareth is followed back to His spiritual origins, to the unsolvable riddle of death. The Greek spirit of death appears as a pondering muse, as an enigma which cannot be solved. Even the Greeks sensed that the riddle which is hidden in the youth’s soul, found its solution with the Event of Golgotha, that here victory overcomes death and as a result a new impulse is given to humanity.
This Novalis could see and as a result there appeared to him, from the mystery of faith and the mystery wisdom, the Star which the old Magi had followed. As a result he understood the actual essence of what the Christ death implied. In the night of the soul the riddle of death revealed itself to him, the riddle of the Christ. This was it, which this extraordinary individual wanted to learn — through the memory of earlier lives — what the Christ, what the event of Golgotha signified for the world.” ~ Novalis and his “Hymns to the Night” Lecture by Rudolf Steiner in Berlin, “Matinee” 26 October 1908
1867 – Birthday of Arturo Toscanini, Italian-American cellist & conductor
1918 – Deathday of Claude Debussy, French composer
1957 – United States Customs seizes copies of Allen Ginsberg’s poem “Howl” on obscenity grounds.
1965 – Civil rights activists led by Martin Luther King Jr. successfully complete their 4-day 50-mile march from Selma to the capitol in Montgomery, Alabama
POD (Poem Of the Day)
~Hollow bones filled
with the fires of creation
become swift wings
that vibrate the sound deeper
into my spiraling ear –
Through the Annunciation
I hear time turn
“THE PRESENCE OF THE WORLD HEALER IS FELT – THE SAVIOUR WHO WILLED TO LIFT THE GREAT EVIL FROM THE WORLD. HIS PRESENCE IS FELT. FOR IN TRUTH HE IS THE GREAT PHYSICIAN IN THE EVOLUTION OF MANKIND.”
IMAGINATION CAN LEAD DIRECTLY TO A WAY OF LIFE HERE IN THE EARTHLY REALM, A LIVING RITUAL EMBRACING THE SPIRIT WHICH MUST BE CHERISHED & PRESERVED ON EARTH – THE HEALTH-GIVING HEALING FORCES, & A KNOWLEDGE OF THE AHRIMANIC & LUCIFERIC FORCES WHICH COULD DESTROY THE HUMAN ORGANISM. FOR AHRIMAN HARDENS HUMAN BEINGS, WHILE LUCIFER WISHES TO DISSOLVE & EVAPORATE US THROUGH OUR BREATHING. IN ALL THIS RESIDES, THE FORCES WHICH MAKE FOR ILLNESS.
YET UNDER INFLUENCE OF THE GREAT TEACHER RAPHAEL, WHO HOLDS THE STAFF OF MERCURY, THE HEALING POWER OF THE CADUCEUS IS WITHIN OUR REACH. A BLESSING OFFERED THROUGH THE GRACE OF THE LIVING CHRIST, WHO STANDS AS THE MIDDLE PILLAR WITHIN US ALL.
~Inspired from Rudolf Steiner’s The Breathing Process of the Earth