What’s your Story?

Is There a God? Stephen Hawking Gives the Definitive Answer to the Eternal  Question – Brain Pickings
Francisco de Holanda

What if…? The universe is made of music & stories, not matter, or atoms.

What song will you sing today to bring the world into existence? What story will you tell?

hmmm…& what if we aren’t consciously creating the universe? What if we are just going along, living in someone else’s narrative? What happens if we habitually expose ourselves to toxic stories? What if a commercial jingle is our earworm?

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Friends! We could wind up living in the wrong universe! – A world where we are just human animals; not spiritual beings having a human experience – A world where it’s impossible to become the purposeful genius we are all born to be.

No that’s crazy; we know that’s not true! So let’s wean ourselves off tell-tales that have a reductive plot line, fueled primarily by grotesque, negative scenarios.

Francisco de Holanda. De Aetatibus Mundi (The Ages of the World). 1545. |  Esoteric art, Spiritual art, Mystical art
Francisco de Holanda

More importantly, let’s celebrate the luminous mysteries that have shaped our life story: The meandering fascinations that don’t always lead to tidy conclusions, the wobbly joys that feed our soul, but don’t do a thing to serve the false ego’s ambitions. Let’s live into the adventure whose success revolves around brain-teasing breakthroughs, instead of exhausting confusion, caused by fear & illusion….

Where hearts get left Giclée (Art Print) by Jerem... | Trampt Library
Jeremy Fish

So how about it…? Let’s encourage each other to nourish ourselves with delicious, nutritious narratives & the glorious music of the spheres, which inspire us to exercise our willpower for the highest good of all.

~Once upon a timing with you

~hag

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~hag

As an alternative to Netflix: Check out a few of my Spiritual Scientific Presentations

~hag

Just downloaded: Invitation: Sophia Working – with Angela Foster, Hazel Archer Ginsberg and Deb Abrahams Dematte.

What is your relationship to The goddess of Wisdom – The Sophia? How can we cultivate this ‘living being,’ called Anthroposophia, to awaken our will, for the active participation in personal and world destiny? We share some of the synchronicities of our Journey; talk about the ‘Sophia Group’; this year’s Holy Nights, and the upcoming International Sophia Conference in 2022. To inform our breakout session we will call up quotes like: “The term ‘Anthroposophy’ should be understood as synonymous with ‘Sophia’…the conscious wisdom of one’s humanity.” The ‘New Isis Myth’ is offered by Hazel as a seed for our future work.

(please let me know if the links work, thanks)

Your Stargazing Guide To October: Halley's Comet Meteors, Dazzling Mars And  Halloween's 'Blue Moon'

14 October 2020 – “Speaking with the Stars”: Today holds amazing solar system sights for both morning & evening observers. For those up before the Sun, you can spot the delicate crescent Moon joining with the planet Venus (occult Mercury) in the morning sky. Look East in the two hours before sunrise to glimpse the pair in the southern portion of Leo the Lion, southwest of Denebola which marks the tip of Leo’s tail. See if you can spot any earthshine on the lunar surface, which occurs when sunlight bounces off Earth & lights up the portion of the Moon in Earth’s shadow.

Mercury in the west after sunset | Tonight | EarthSky

Lucky — & speedy — evening observers can catch Mercury (occult Venus) low in the western sky at sunset tonight as the Sun sinks below the horizon next to Virgo’s sheaf of wheat: Spica.

As Mercury disappears, look to its north. Higher above the horizon, you’ll see the bright star Arcturus in Boötes pop out in the darkening twilight. This red giant shines brightly than our Sun.

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Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

May 19th: Our Lady of the Protection — Perifmedia.com

The Intercession of the Theotokos or the Protection of Our Most Holy Lady Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary, is a feast of the Mother of God celebrated in the Eastern Orthodox & Byzantine Churches.

The Slavic word Pokrov, like the Greek Skepê has a complex meaning. First of all, it refers to a cloak or shroud, but it also means protection or intercession. It is often translated as Feast of the Intercession.

According to Eastern Orthodox Sacred Tradition, the apparition of Mary the Theotokos occurred during the 10th century at the Blachernae church in Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul) where several of her relics (her robe, veil, & part of her belt) were kept. St. Andrew the Blessed Fool-for-Christ, who was a Slav by birth, saw the dome of the church open & the Virgin Mary enter, moving in the air above him, glowing & surrounded by angels & saints. She knelt & prayed with tears for all faithful Christians in the world. The Virgin Mary asked Her Son, Jesus Christ, to accept the prayers of all the people entreating Him & looking for Her protection. Once Her prayer was completed, She walked to the altar & continued to pray. Afterwards, She spread Her veil over all the people in the church as a protection.

St Andrew turned to his disciple, St. Epiphanius, who was standing near him, &asked, “Do you see, brother, the Holy Theotokos, praying for all the world?” Epiphanius answered, “Yes, Holy Father, I see it and am amazed!”

According to the Primary Chronicle of St. Nestor, the inhabitants of Constantinople called upon the intercession of the Mother of God to protect them from an attack by a large Rus’ army. The feast celebrates the destruction of this fleet.

The Boston Tea Party - HISTORY

1773 – Just before the beginning of the American Revolutionary War, several of the British East India Company’s tea ships are set ablaze at the old seaport of Annapolis, Maryland

The Teddy Roosevelt Assassination Attempt of 1912 | America Fun Fact of the  Day

1912 – While campaigning in Milwaukee, Theodore Roosevelt, is shot & mildly wounded by John Schrank, a mentally-disturbed saloon keeper. With the fresh wound in his chest, & the bullet still within it, Roosevelt still carries out his scheduled public speech

1943 – Prisoners at the Nazi German Sobibór extermination camp in Poland revolt against the Germans, killing eleven SS guards, & wounding many more. About 300 of the Sobibor Camp’s 600 prisoners escape, & about 50 of these survive the end of the war

1944 – Linked to a plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler, Field Marshal Erwin Rommel is forced to commit suicide

Arm Wreslting - Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Peace

1962 – The Cuban Missile Crisis begins

Measuring MLK's peace prophecy, 50 years later

1964 – Martin Luther King Jr. received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolence

Our history of marching on Washington

1979 – The first Gay Rights March on Washington, D.C., draws 100,000 people

On This Day, Oct. 14: Rabin, Peres, Arafat share Nobel Peace Prize - UPI.com

1994 – The Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat, The Prime Minister of Israel, Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres, receive the Nobel Peace Prize for their role in the establishment of the Oslo Accords & the framing of the future Palestinian Self Government

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MY POD (Poem Of the Day)

listen
to the bees
listen to the workers
listen to the sweet hive of your heart
~hag

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‘Soul to Soul’ on-line Festival with the Central Regional Council & Speical Guests

Halloween 31 October 2020, Saturday 11 am – 1 pm PT / 1 pm – 3 pm CT / 2pm – 4pm ET

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The Connection Between Epidemics, the Souls of the Dead, & the Spiritual World – Leading thoughts by Hazel Archer-Ginsberg. Group Eurythmy, Singing, Social Sculpture while reading the names of the dead, & Break out Sessions.

2 pm – 4 pm CDT 8 Nov. 2020 Our Annual All Souls Festival

In-person at Elderberries Biodynamic Outpost & 3 fold Cultural Hub, in conjunction with the Rudolf Steiner Branch Chicago, 4249-51 N. Lincoln Ave.

& On-line (details coming soon)

2 pm – 4 pm CDT Sunday 8 November 2020

We are Seeds

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Bethel Blanning

You float…you feel a gentle breeze began to dance you through the air like a leaf in the fall. This is a very comforting feeling, like being carried in your mother’s arms. There is no fear. You spin through the sky, flying over fields & forests…

As the wind gently releases, you slowly begin to sink down toward a wilderness of trees. Gently, Gently…You reach the ground landing on a well-trodden path.

You begin, now, to walk the path heading in a familiar direction. As you walk, you notice the 1st hint of color changing the trees…& the silence, broken only by the gentle breeze…the song of birds & other animals. Ahead of you, the path opens up to a larger area. You arrive at this place, & know that it is a Sacred Place.

It may be a grove, or a shady spot under a large tree. It may be a clearing, or a meadow. It may be a stone-circle, or a temple. However it appears to you – know this is a Sacred Place, that feels safe & powerful.

Enter this Sacred Place…You may wish to remove your shoes because the ground is holy…You may wish to make an offering, or sing a blessing…As you enter, you see the bright figure of a woman ahead of you. She looks very familiar. She calls your name, & asks you to come forward. You are unable to make out her face, as she is engulfed in a brilliant glow. She leans forward; you close your eyes, & embrace. As you stand in the arms of this bright woman, she whispers a truth to you. It is a well-reasoned, logical truth. It may be something you already know, but are unaware of. It may be something which makes wonderful sense to you, & makes your mind open with wonder. It may be a mystical teaching which will require further thought. Whatever it may be, you know you are blessed by this amazing teaching…

Then the bright woman braids a chain of flowers into your hair…you touch your fingers to your head knowing your mind has been forever changed, opened, to all the possibilities of positive thinking that will transform your thoughts into things…

You spin with joy, noticing all at once, that the bright woman has vanished & now, standing before you, is a dark figure, looking strangely familiar. Again, you are unable to make out her face. But you notice she is carrying a bundle over her shoulder. She lays her burden down on the ground at your feet. The dark woman speaks to you, with a voice that resonates in a similar way as the first figure; yet deeper, more mellow & mysterious…She calls you by name, & asks you to come forward. You do so. You close your eyes, & embrace this dark woman…Your embrace is a full of compassion & warmth.

She gently whispers a truth in your ear. It is a truth which you feel is right. The truth touches your heart & frees your soul. You feel like a bird, soaring through the skies, singing a song of joy. When you open your eyes you become aware that the dark woman has vanished, & the bundle she was carrying which she left at your feet, has transformed into a large piece of rich honey-colored amber. You pick it up & hold it in your hand…the sun calls you to lift the amber up…bring it up into the light…let the sunshine merge with this solid symbol of your vitality…breathe in the pranic life-force emanating from your true purpose made manifest…

Put this treasure in your pocket, as you leave the Sacred Place…forever knowing that the sacred place goes where your intention flows…Knowing that union is possible between the many parts of our beings…walk in confidence… balanced in the light & dark of your most authentic self…walk the path toward the wilderness.

You pass the trees, & notice that the colors of their leaves are becoming more pronounced. You see the squirrels busy collecting nuts, & the birds beginning their southward journey. You pass the point where you began walking on this path.

You begin ascending a large hill. You walk upward…upward…up the hill, until you reach the top. There you find that you can see the surrounding countryside all around you. You have an amazing view of your Sacred Place. As you stand there in the waning Sun, you feel your mind & body change. Knowing in every cell of your being that our soul must sink into the earth like a seed in its season, released into the fertile earth. Feel the last wave of the Summer heat vanish, you are in a warm blanket of earth, waiting, listening, waiting…feeling the loving arms of Mother Earth awakening you to transformation…

Put on the colors of autumn, & feel the breezes washing you. A glad gust takes hold of you, & floating in the air, you dance away from the wilderness…away from the Sacred Place…Back to yourself. As the wind loosens its grip…you land, back into yourself, grounded, renewed & ready to walk the talk…Ready to Be…Ready to Begin, the labor of love, called your life…

See you there

xox ~hag

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mo3

13 October 2020 – “Speaking with the Stars”: The big night is finally here: Mars reaches opposition with our Day Star Sun at 6 pm CDT, just one week after its closest approach to Earth. It’s blazing amid the stars of Pisces in the East an hour after sunset. It will climb higher as the hours tick by; the best time to observe the Red Planet is late this evening in the hours leading up to midnight, when it is high above the horizon. It’s in a relatively dark part of the sky & in a faint constellation, so it will be easy to pick out, thanks to its brightness & its distinctive red color.

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Mercury goes stationary at midnight, before heading into retrograde. It’s well below the horizon by then, but we can view it tomorrow at sunset.

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Mercury Retrograde ☿ Winter 2020 – Zen☆Ren
Trent Blazer

Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.” ~H.G. Wells

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Dot Bankster

Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Mary Ann Bernal: History Trivia - Emperor Claudius dies from poison

In 1307 October 13 was a Friday – Hundreds of Knights Templar in France are simultaneously arrested by agents of Phillip the Fair, to be later tortured into a “confession” of heresy. Once freed of the Inquisitors’ torture, many Templars recanted their confessions. Some had sufficient legal experience to defend themselves in the trials, but in 1310 Philip blocked this attempt, using the previously forced confessions to have dozens of Templars burned at the stake in Paris. With Philip threatening military action unless the pope complied with his wishes, Pope Clement finally agreed to disband the Order, citing the public scandal that had been generated by the confessions. At the Council of Vienne in 1312, he issued a series of papal bulls, which officially dissolved the Order. As for the leaders of the Order, the elderly Grand Master Jacques de Molay, who had confessed under torture, retracted his confession & insisted on his innocence. But he was declared guilty of being a relapsed heretic & was sentenced to be burnt at the stake in Paris on 18 March 1314. De Molay reportedly remained defiant to the end, calling out from the flames that both Pope Clement & King Philip would soon meet their end. Pope Clement died only a month later, & King Philip died in a hunting accident before the end of the year

13th October 1792: Cornerstone laid for the White House | HistoryPod

1792 –The cornerstone of the United States Executive Mansion (known as the White House since 1818) is laid

Our Lady of Fatima, Plus: Her Promise of Protection with Her Protective  Shield

1917 – The “Miracle of the Sun” is witnessed by an estimated 100,000 people in the Cova da Iria in Fátima, Portugal. The people had gathered because the 3 shepherd children, who originally claimed to have seen Our Lady of Fátim, had predicted that at high noon the lady who had appeared to them several times would perform a great miracle. According to many witnesses, after a period of rain, the dark clouds broke & the sun appeared as an opaque, spinning disc in the sky. It was said to be significantly duller than normal, & to cast multicolored lights across the landscape, the people, & the surrounding clouds. The sun was then reported to have careened towards the earth before zig-zagging back to its normal position. Witnesses reported that their previously wet clothes became “suddenly & completely dry, as well as the wet & muddy ground that had been previously soaked because of the rain that had been falling.” According to reports, a panorama of visions, including those of Jesus, Our Lady of Sorrows, & of Saint Joseph blessed the people. The event lasted approximately ten minutes

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The Snake and the Tree Painting by Hank Lukas
Hank Lukas

MY POD (Poem Of the Day)

~I travel the back of a snake
An unbroken seal on the book of myself
Giving my mind the pleasure of creation
My heart thinks
& love opens the way…
~hag

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‘Soul to Soul’ on-line Festival with the Central Regional Council & Speical Guests

Halloween 31 October 2020, Saturday 11 am – 1 pm PT / 1 pm – 3 pm CT / 2pm – 4pm ET

Stay tuned for details

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The Connection Between Epidemics, the Souls of the Dead, & the Spiritual World – Leading thoughts by Hazel Archer-Ginsberg. Group Eurythmy, Singing, Social Sculpture while reading the names of the dead, & Break out Sessions.

2 pm – 4 pm CDT 8 Nov. 2020 Our Annual All Souls Festival

In-person at Elderberries Biodynamic Outpost & 3 fold Cultural Hub, in conjunction with the Rudolf Steiner Branch Chicago, 4249-51 N. Lincoln Ave.

& On-line (details coming soon)

2 pm – 4 pm CDT Sunday 8 November 2020

Reflecting on ‘Willing the Good’

I could give a rich play-by-play review of the entire ASA ‘Willing the Good Conference’, but what is living in me to share as a true after-image, the most powerful soul resounding is:

The social realm is the new stage of initiation.

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WanJun Gim

More & more I find, that in the human social encounter (even in the medium of cyber space, when properly redeemed thru positive intention) thru a simple comment, an offhanded phrase spoken in the moment – the unplanned karmic happenstance becomes a living thread that can lead us thru the labyrinth of our habitual thinking. A flash of synchronistic truth transforms into a golden life-line freely given, a universal tether pulling us up from a personal abyss, into a shared illumination; a moment of instruction, a grace that sparks clarity or affirmation.

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Lectures or leading thoughts can wash over us & leave us feeling full & bright.

Encounter Painting by Andi Oakes
Andi Oakes

And then, in a 3 minute session, if we let ourselves become a listening vessel, & allow ourselves to be real, & vulnerable, true human encounters become a place of revelation, a wellspring, nourishing us roots to crown – giving us the courage & fortitude to continue to potentize our homeopathic dose of ‘Willing the Good: Love, Action, Healing’ – A beginning manifestation of the ‘Culture of Selflessness’, which invokes deep connection, creating thru us, a vessel for Anthroposophia in the world.

Preparing the future with you

~hag

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Remedios Varo The Encounter 1962

What is it that really underlies these things? What is it that is trying to work its way out to the surface in human destinies and human evolution?” We may characterize it as follows: — Man wants to have a social order, he wants to give the life of humankind in society a social structure within which, in harmony with the age of the spiritual soul, he may become conscious of what he is, and knows himself to be, as a spiritual being — in his human dignity, in his significance and force as Man. Within the social order, he wants to find himself as a human being among fellow human beings.” ~Rudolf Steiner: The Fundamental Social Demand of Our Times, LECTURE 1, The Transforming of Instinctive into Conscious Impulses

(Dear friends in the School of Spiritual Science: Out of one such encounter this weekend, a few of us will be creating a study group to work with Sergei O. Prokofieff’s book: “The Esoteric Path Through the Nineteen Class Lessons”. Please contact me for details)

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The Danse of Henri Matisse
Henri Matisse

‘Thinking’ in the Soul Calendar by Rudolf Steiner, Translated by Roy Sadler
This week:
v28,
I can, revived within,
now feel my own wide breadth of being,
my strength of sun-empowered soul
whose radiance of thinking solves life’s riddles
and lifts the wish-fulfilling wings
that hope left lame.

& its opposite in the southern hemisphere now,
v2,
Arising into senses’ all-enwoven outwardness
thought’s power sheds its separate strand;
the spirit worlds will find again
the offspring who in them
must find its human seed
but in itself the fruit of soul.

Thinking is mentioned just 4 times in between v2 & 28:
v4, Beltane,
I feel the being resonant with mine,
speaks feeling that perceives
and in the sunlit world unites
with all that shines;
it would endow illumined thought with warmth,
and marry man and world.
v7, Ascensiontide,
My Self is threatening to flee,
drawn strongly by the world’s inviting light.
Now you, my foresight, dawn your star in me
and firmly as of right
replace the power of thought
that in the senses’ glory
will lose itself.
v8, Whitsun,
In concert with the god’s creating
the senses’ power grows;
it overwhelms the mind’s force,
dampening it down to dream.
When bonding with my soul
would be a holy being
my thinking must be stilled
in dreamlike presence satisfied.
& v14 (2 octaves before v28),
Completely open to the senses
I lost my own impulse;
thought’s dream seemed, numbing me,
to rob me of myself,
but waking, even now, there comes to me
in all the senses’ glory cosmic thought.

So the Tenor experience till v13 (qv Oct. 4th re. the 4 voices)
is to release thought, endowing it with the summer’s warmth
for the Baritone to ensoul dream experience with cosmic thought
and begin to glisten this week’s Soprano voice with
sun-empowered radiance of thinking.

To quote a phrase from the approaching Halloween verse, v30,
the summer of the world becomes the summer of the soul.
We have moved into the 2nd half of the Soul Calendar,
& now the cosmic summer’s dreamtime activates human thinking.
The verses can be imagined in a 24 hour rhythm.
Each morning dawns with a new reviving gift.

We can meditate this week’s verse every morning when we wake!
& v2 with a slight change in lines 1 & 3 can help us into sleep…
To sleep in all-enwoven outwardness
thought’s power sheds its separate strand;
the spirit worlds will find again
their human offspring,
whose soul must find her seed in them,
but in herself the fruit.

The last 3 lines are an alternative translation of the 1st version.
I invite readers if they wish to suggest which they prefer in the
comment section, & also any thoughts they might like to offer
about my translations & descriptions I’ve added last week & this.

~Roy Sadler

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Art & Theology – Revitalizing the Christian imagination through painting,  poetry, music, and more
Jyoti Sahi

Those who work with the Original indications in the Calendar of the Soul know that Rudolf Steiner lists the birth & death days, as well as other significant occurrences of various individualities, along with the dates in the calendar.  He said of this: “What is presented here can be useful to those who wish to follow the path of mankind’s spiritual development” ~Rudolf Steiner

Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

October planet guide | Astronomy Essentials | EarthSky

12 October 2020 – “Speaking with the Stars”: At dawn tomorrow Tuesday the 13th, Bella Luna in her waning crescent sheath dances with Venus. Look for Regulus to Luna’s upper right  & orange Gamma Leonis, only a little fainter than Regulus, to the Moon’s upper left.

Constellation of Cetus the Whale Fleece Blanket for Sale by James Thornhill

The constellation Cetus the Whale is rising in the southeast as darkness falls.

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Freethought Day – the annual observance by freethinkers & secularists of the anniversary of the effective end of the Salem Witch Trials

Our Lady of the Pillar | Casa per Ferie "Virgen del Pilar"

Fiestas del Pilar -Feast Day of Our Lady of the Pillar – the name given to the Blessed Virgin Mary in connection with an ancient Spanish tradition that she appeared to the Apostle James the Greater as he was praying by the banks of the Ebro at Zaragoza. Mary is often depicted carrying the Child Jesus on her arms resting above a pillar, sometimes carried by angelic cherubs. The Virgin Mary is invoked under this title as the Patroness of Spain

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1692 – The Salem witch trials are ended by a letter from Massachusetts Governor William Phips

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1875 – Birthday of Aleister Crowley, an English occultist, ceremonial magician, poet, painter, novelist, & mountaineer. He founded the religion of Thelema, identifying himself as the prophet entrusted with guiding humanity into the Æon of Horus in the early 20th century.

Born to a wealthy Plymouth Brethren family, Crowley rejected this fundamentalist Christian faith to pursue an interest in Western esotericism. He was educated at the University of Cambridge, where he focused his attentions on mountaineering & poetry, resulting in several publications. Some biographers allege that here he was recruited into a British intelligence agency, suggesting that he remained a spy throughout his life. In 1898 he joined the esoteric Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, where he was trained in ceremonial magic by Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers & Allan Bennett.

Moving to Boleskine House by Loch Ness in Scotland, he went mountaineering in Mexico with Oscar Eckenstein, before studying Hindu & Buddhist practices in India. He married Rose Edith Kelly & in 1904 they honeymooned in Cairo, Egypt, where Crowley claimed to have been contacted by a supernatural entity named Aiwass, who provided him with The Book of the Law, a sacred text that served as the basis for Thelema. Announcing the start of the Æon of Horus, The Book declared that its followers should adhere to the code of “Do what thou wilt” & seek to align themselves with their Will through the practice of magick.

After an unsuccessful attempt to climb Kanchenjunga & a visit to India & China, Crowley returned to Britain, where he attracted attention as a prolific author of poetry, novels, & occult literature. In 1907, he & George Cecil Jones co-founded a Thelemite order, the AA, through which they propagated the religion.

After spending time in Algeria, in 1912 he was initiated into another esoteric order, the German-based Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.), rising to become the leader of its British branch, which he reformulated in accordance with his Thelemite beliefs. Through the O.T.O., Thelemite groups were established in Britain, Australia, & North America.

Crowley spent the First World War in the United States, where he took up painting & campaigned for the German war effort against Britain, later revealing that he had infiltrated the pro-German movement to assist the British intelligence services. In 1920 he established the Abbey of Thelema, a religious commune in Cefalù, Sicily where he lived with various followers. His libertine lifestyle led to denunciations in the British press, & the Italian government evicted him in 1923. He divided the following two decades between France, Germany, & England, and continued to promote Thelema until his death.

Crowley gained widespread notoriety during his lifetime, being a recreational drug experimenter, bisexual & an individualist social critic. He was denounced in the popular press as “the wickedest man in the world”. Crowley has remained a highly influential figure over Western esotericism & the counter-culture, & continues to be considered a prophet in Thelema. In 2002, a BBC poll ranked him as the seventy-third greatest Briton of all time.

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‘Soul to Soul’ on-line Festival with the Central Regional Council & Speical Guests

Halloween 31 October 2020, Saturday 11 am – 1 pm PT / 1 pm – 3 pm CT / 2pm – 4pm ET

Stay tuned for details

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The Connection Between Epidemics, the Souls of the Dead, & the Spiritual World – Leading thoughts by Hazel Archer-Ginsberg. Group Eurythmy, Singing, Social Sculpture while reading the names of the dead, & Break out Sessions.

2 pm – 4 pm CDT 8 Nov. 2020 Our Annual All Souls Festival

In-person at Elderberries Biodynamic Outpost & 3 fold Cultural Hub, in conjunction with the Rudolf Steiner Branch Chicago, 4249-51 N. Lincoln Ave.

& On-line (details coming soon)

2 pm – 4 pm CDT Sunday 8 November 2020

Going Deep

Susan Seddon Boulet

my POD (Poem Of The Day)
~Before the hawk sailed
In the space between the mountain & the moon
Before magic made the Word
Before Isis was veiled
I flourished in the mirrored sea
Waiting for this life
With you
~hag

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Evelyn De Morgan

Like quicksilver, the messenger of the gods, darts thru dark tangled alleys. Is he a healer, or a trickster, or maybe a thief? With a light step, in his winged sandals, he confidently goes through hidden passages in the night. In his hands a golden key has the power to open all the doors before him. There is no place dark enough or deep enough that he cannot reach. Not even the realm of the Shades, for in his role as pyschopomp he is a guide to souls, in initiation, & to the place of the dead.

Mercury is the only god allowed to come & go from the Underworld. Standing now in retrograde in Scorpio, this powerful aspect of Mercury, as ‘guide into the depths’, is especially enhanced. Mercury retrograde is about the mind turning its attention within. The psyche becomes the object of observation. And immediately the alchemical motto of the V.I.T.R.I.O.L.V.M. is evoked.

Il Sigillo del VITRIOL – Giorgio Tarditi Spagnoli

Visita Interiora Terrae Rectificando Invenies Occultum Lapidem Veram Medicinam. Visit the interior of the earth, and by rectifying you will find the hidden stone which is the true medicine. The black dirt of Egypt (al-Kemia) contains vital forces hiding in the mud. 

Working on our shadow side isn’t easy, & is often avoided. It’s the soul’s journey into the vault where we keep all our secrets hidden away.  Confronting our unconscious fears takes a force of will; & this transit can help. 

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Get ready friends, because all the shadows that emerged during the lockdown—which was a forced social Nigredo—are going to come back during Mercury retrograde in Scorpio. In alchemy, nigredo, or blackness, means putrefaction or decomposition. This is the 1st step in the cultivation of the ‘Philosopher’s Stone’. All alchemical ingredients have to be cleansed & cooked down into a uniform black primordial matter.

In analytical psychology, the term became a metaphor for ‘the dark night of the soul, when we must confront the shadow within.’

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Besides the shadow work, with Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio, we might also experience the return of relationships, or external situations, which we thought were over & done with. Or perhaps we will glean some insights about them. This is what Scorpio does; it turns Mercury into a private detective. Truths are unveiled.

Mercury Opposite Uranus Natal and Transit: High Energy and Unpredictability

Mercury also performs an opposition to Uranus in Taurus; & also a strong square with Saturn – Two perfect squares immediately before & then after the 2nd stationary point.

The opposition with Uranus is about technology, means of transport & communication, betraying us. Isn’t that the way the truth often comes out, by a kind of betrayal? Messages sent to the wrong person—a classic. A slip of the tongue; or a chance encounter, revealing where we really were.

Mercury Square Saturn Natal and Transit: Pay Attention to What Matters

And the square with Saturn, brings deep intuition, because of Mercury being in Scorpio; which then comes knocking up against our intellectual reasoning, since Saturn is in Capricorn. Our gut is going to tell us one thing, our intellect, something else. Not only it will be very difficult to be reasonable, but it will be just as easy to be suspicious.

Zodiac Water Signs Set - Vector Download

This year we had Mercury retrograde in all Water signs: Pisces, Cancer & now Scorpio. This created a great triangle of water in the sky. Water is the element of emotions & feelings.

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Interesting that next year we will see Mercury doing the same thing in Air signs: Aquarius, Gemini & Libra; perhaps that will bring an opportunity to change our way of thinking?

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11 October 2020 – “Speaking with the Stars”: If you’re awake in the early dawn, like I am, tomorrow, Monday the 12th, the waning crescent Moon stands very high above bright Venus. It’s been fascinating to watch Venus as morning star reveal herself. Look between Bella Luna & the goddess of Love, for Regulus, the forefoot of Leo.

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day

1138 – A massive earthquake strikes Aleppo, Syria. The third deadliest earthquake in history with over 230,000 killed

1582 – Because of the adoption of the Gregorian calendar, this day does not exist in this year in Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain

1634 – The Burchardi flood: killed around 15,000 in North Friesland, Denmark & Germany

The Death of Meriwether Lewis: A Historic Crime Scene Investigation:  Starrs, James E., Gale, Kira: 9780985017842: Amazon.com: Books

1809 – Along the Natchez Trace in Tennessee, explorer Meriwether Lewis dies under mysterious circumstances at an inn called Grinder’s Stand

Offering of the Ladies: Esther Reed's Sentiments, Washington's Objections -  Journal of the American Revolution

1890 – The Daughters of the American Revolution is founded

1906 – San Francisco public school board sparks a diplomatic crisis between the United States & Japan by ordering Japanese students to be taught in racially segregated schools

1918 – The Puerto Rico earthquake shakes the island with a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent), killing 1116 people

1958 –NASA launches the lunar probe Pioneer 1 which falls back to Earth & burns up

1962 – Second Vatican Council: Pope John XXIII convenes the first ecumenical council of the Roman Catholic Church in 92 years

1968 –NASA launches Apollo 7, the first successful manned Apollo mission, with astronauts Wally Schirra, Donn F. Eisele & Walter Cunningham aboard

1972 – A race riot occurs on the United States Navy aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk off the coast of Vietnam during Operation Linebacker

1984 – Aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger, astronaut Kathryn D. Sullivan becomes the first American woman to perform a spacewalk

2000 – NASA launches STS-92, the 100th Space Shuttle mission, using Space Shuttle Discovery

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Kristina West

Thanks to all who heard the call & took up the invitation to join us for the workshop: Sophia Working. I hope to be able to share the link to the recording soon

xox

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‘Soul to Soul’ on-line Festival with the Central Regional Council & Speical Guests

Halloween 31 October 2020, Saturday 11 am – 1 pm PT / 1 pm – 3 pm CT / 2pm – 4pm ET

Stay tuned for details

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The Connection Between Epidemics, the Souls of the Dead, & the Spiritual World – Leading thoughts by Hazel Archer-Ginsberg.

2 pm – 4 pm CDT 8 Nov. 2020 Our Annual All Souls Festival

With Group Eurythmy, Singing, Social Sculpture while reading the names of the dead, & Break out Sessions.

In-person at Elderberries Biodynamic Outpost & 3 fold Cultural Hub, in conjunction with the Rudolf Steiner Branch Chicago, 4249-51 N. Lincoln Ave.

& On-line (details coming soon)

2 pm – 4 pm CDT Sunday 8 November 2020

Sophia Working

The Withering Flower | The Bloodied Goats Wiki | Fandom
Teila Breken

POD (Poem Of the Day)

~O the beauty & terror of it all…
The whisper of the gods
The crying children
The red flowers faded in the last golden light…
The names of all the Powers
Shouting out
From the bent blades of yellow grass
By clouds, by rocks underwater
By dark mouths
Of caves, by dead men
Under the chilled asphalt
& in the heart of swirling leaves…
~hag

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Join Angela Foster, Hazel Archer-Ginsberg & Deb Abrahams-Dematte for a “Topic Workshop” – INVITATION: SOPHIA WORKING at the AGM online

Sat. 10 October 12:30-2:00pm PT //  2:30 pm – 4 pm CT // 3:30-5:00pm ET 

~hag

What is your relationship to Anthroposophia? How can we cultivate this ‘living being’ to awaken our will, for the active participation in personal and world destiny? To inform our breakout session we will call up quotes like:

~hag

The ‘New Isis Myth’ will be told by Hazel as a seed for our future work. 

Daniel Ospina

Willing the Good: Love, Action, Healing – The ASA Annual Conference and AGM – ONLINE October 9, 10, 11 2020 – CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!https://secure.anthroposophy.org/…/anthrop…/event.jsp…

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All Saints Painting by Wassily Kandinsky
Wassily Kandinsky

‘Soul to Soul’ on-line Festival with the Central Regional Council & Special Guests

Halloween 31 October 2020, Saturday 11 am – 1 pm PT / 1 pm – 3 pm CT / 2pm – 4pm ET

Stay tuned for details

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Our Annual All Souls Festival: The Connection Between Epidemics, the Souls of the Dead, & the Spiritual World – Leading thoughts by Hazel Archer-Ginsberg.

With Group Eurythmy, Singing, Social Sculpture while reading the names of the dead & Break out Sessions.

2 pm – 4 pm CDT Sunday 8 November 2020

In-person at Elderberries Biodynamic Outpost & 3 fold Cultural Hub, in conjunction with the Rudolf Steiner Branch Chicago, 4249-51 N. Lincoln Ave.

& On-line (details coming soon)

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8 October 2020 – “Speaking with the Stars”: The Draconid meteor shower is ramping up this evening to a peak tomorrow morning. The shower’s radiant in Draco the Dragon is northwest of Vega; you’ll want to look somewhat away from the radiant for the best chance to catch these slow-moving meteors.

Tonight is one of your last chances to catch Mercury in the evening sky. By 30 minutes after sunset, the tiny planet is high in the southwest. It sets 15 minutes later, well on its way to inferior conjunction with the Sun on October 25. After that, the solar system’s smallest, speediest planet will become an early morning object in November. As the planet sinks out of sight in the deepening twilight, you’ll see several bright stars pop into view: Antares, the red heart of Scorpius, & orange-hued Arcturus, the brightest star in Boötes. Look farther south & you’ll also see Jupiter & Saturn amid the stars of Sagittarius. Directly overhead, the Summer Triangle still rules, comprised of the bright stars Deneb, Altair, & Vega.

hag

Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Great Fires of 1871 - Devotion to Our Lady

1871 – Slash-and-burn land management, months of drought, and the passage of a strong cold front cause the Peshtigo Fire, the Great Chicago Fire & the Great Michigan Fires to break out

Polish areas annexed by Nazi Germany - Wikipedia

1939 – World War II: Germany annexes western Poland.

Days of Rage | 1960s: Days of Rage

1969 – The opening rally of the Days of Rage occurs, organized by the Weather Underground in Chicago. The Days of Rage demonstrations were a series of actions taken over a course of three days by a counterculture-era group ‘Students for a Democratic Society’. The group planned the October 8–11 event as a “National Action” built around John Jacobs’ slogan “bring the war home”. The resolution read, “The Elections Don’t Mean Shit—Vote Where the Power Is—Our Power Is In The Street”. It was adopted by the council, prompted by the effects of the 1968 Democratic National Convention protest activity in August.

Solidarity | Definition, History, & Facts | Britannica

1982 – Poland bans Solidarity & all other trade unions.

The 11 biggest myths about Israel-Palestine - Vox

1990 – Second Intifada: Israeli police kill 170 Palestinians & wound over 100 near the Dome of the Rock.

Why the Department of Homeland Security Was Created


2001 – U.S. President George W. Bush announces the establishment of the Office of Homeland Security.

Kashmir earthquake: Broken city, broken promises - BBC News

2005 – The 7.6 Mw  Kashmir earthquake leaves 86,000–87,351 people dead, 69,000–75,266 injured,& 2.8 million homeless.

2nd person dies from Ebola in Congo's city of Goma - ABC News

2014 – Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person in the United States to be diagnosed with Ebola, dies.

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~hag