16 April 2019 – “Speaking with the Stars”: Mars continues to add luster to Taurus the Bull this week. And this evening, the Red Planet passes north of the constellation’s brightest star, Aldebaran. Mars appears slightly fainter than Aldebaran, above the western horizon an hour after sundown & doesn’t set until after Midnight.
The Moon reaches perigee, the closest point in its orbit around Earth, at 5:05 pm CDT.
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
According to Dr. Steiner TODAY is the birthday of Aaron = mountain of strength, illuminator – born in Egypt three years before his brother Moses, & after his sister Miriam.
When the time for the Exodus out of Egypt came, Aaron was the “mouth” or “prophet” of Moses, because he was gifted speaker.
When Moses ascended the mountain to receive the Ten Commandments, Aaron was permitted to accompany him part of the way, & to behold the manifestation in the burning bush.
Later the chiefs of the tribes were each required to bring Moses a rod bearing the name of his tribe. These were laid overnight in the tabernacle, & in the morning it was found that Aaron’s rod “for the house of Levi” budded, blossomed, & yielded almonds. Aaron was able to turn that rod into a snake to try & persuade the Pharaoh to ‘Let the people go’.
Aaron was considered a type of Christ figure in his official character as the 1st high priest, & was intended to lead the people of Israel to look forward to the time when “another priest” would arise “after the order of Melchizedek” (Hebrews 6:20).
1889- Birthday of Charlie Chaplin, English actor, director, producer, screenwriter, & composer
1828 – Death-day of the painter Francisco de Goya
In 1944, during World War II, the allied forces start bombing for the 1st time in Belgrade, killing about 1,100 people. It was Orthodox Easter.
POD (Poem Of the Day)
~Today I am
Earth reborn in the hands of the potter
Who gathered me, who molded me
In Fire & Air with the waters of life…
And so we continue during this the Ecclesiastical Holy Week with the synopsis I created of the lectures Rudolf Steiner gave during the Easter Paradox of 1924. It is very telling to actually investigate the specific topics he chose to relate. Today we look at the 1st lecture in the series given to the Anthroposophical Society during the ‘Easter Paradox’ of 1924:
The Easter Festival in relation to the Mysteries 19-22 April 1924, Dornach
The Adonis Mystery. The Easter Thought: 19 April 1924: To understand the Easter festival, we must recognize the many customs & sacred ceremonies associated with this mystery, which has spoken for centuries to the heart of human beings, in the course of historic evolution.
In the ancient Mysteries, the festival of Death, the lying in the Grave & the Resurrection was enacted at the Autumn season, an initiation into the rites of Adonis.
In the course of evolution the human being became less able to penetrate into spiritual, losing the inner understanding which once told them that when outer Nature appears to die, the life of the Spirit can then truly be seen as a resurrection.
So it was no longer possible for Autumn to be the time of the Resurrection Festival. The human being now needs the support of material things, needs the support of what springs forth again in Nature. The human being needs to connect the Resurrection Festival with the force of the seed which is resurrected in outer Nature – needs the support of external Nature- needs to see how the plants spring out of the Earth, how the Sun increases in strength, how light & warmth increase in strength once more. Humanity needs the Resurrection in Nature in order to celebrate the thought of the Resurrection.
Our modern festival of Michaelmas can be a bridge from the past to the future.
“Anthroposophy itself must become like an inner festival of Resurrection for the human soul. It must bring an Easter mood into humanity’s world-conception. This will indeed be possible if it is understood how the thought of the ancient Mysteries can live on in the true Easter thought. “
Tomorrow we will continue to examine this telling series, which clearly shows that Steiner is speaking about the Southern Mysteries of the Shepherds to the Magi, those folks primarily of the Northern system that occupied the Anthroposophical Society of that time.
Blessings on this Holy Tuesday where we experience in the life of Christ the conflict with his opponents & the bending of the Mars spirit to His purposes, where an Apocalyptic future is revealed.