Blue Moon-Tide

21 August 2021 – “Speaking with the Stars”: Tonight is the eve of the August Full Moon called by the Native American tribes in the Heartland – the Sturgeon Moon – because these large fish of the Great Lakes, are caught at this time of year. It’s also what is called a ‘Seasonal Blue Moon’!

Yes, we have two kinds of Blue Moons – monthly & seasonal.

A monthly Blue Moon is the second Full Moon in a calendar month with two Full Moons. Then, there’s a seasonal Blue Moon – the third Full Moon of an astronomical season that has four Full Moons.

In astronomy, a seasonal cross-quarter is the time between a Solstice or Equinox. Each season – winter, spring, summer or fall – lasts three months & usually has three Full Moons, occurring around 30 days apart. Because June’s Full Moon came just a few days after the June (Summer) Solstice, we will see four Full Moons in the current summer season, which ends at the September Equinox on Sept. 22.

The third Full Moon – our seasonal Blue Moon – will happen on Aug. 22 exact at 6:02 am CDTAll Full Moons are opposite the Sun, rising fully illuminated around sunset & setting around sunrise.

The August Full Moon is in Aquarius – the second of 2 in the Water Bearer’s sign. The Aquarius moon opposes the Leo Sun, so we can see how our personal experiences fit into a wider context; & how the collective energies play out for us in one-of-a-kind ways. We realize it’s not all about us, & embrace opportunities to be part of something bigger. At the same time, we recognize what makes us special—the authentic self that we were born to express. This Full Moon highlights our needs for both personal freedom & community with like-minded, like-hearted people.

It’s interesting to note that since last month’s Full Moon, Jupiter, which was in retrograde, has again returned to Aquarius. And while the beneficent king’s conjunction with Bella Luna amplifies this tension between individuality & interdependence, it also grows our feelings of goodwill toward one another. We might feel a stronger sense of solidarity with our fellow human beings. And this inspires us to envision a bigger, brighter future for all.

Aquarius, after all, is ruled by Uranus—our solar system’s radical revolutionary & ingenious innovator. And with Uranus still stationary after going retrograde on August 19, this Beings electric energy is all over this Blue Moon. Revolution starts within, by liberating our hearts & minds.

Also as Mars & Mercury in Virgo trine Uranus in Taurus, it may be easier than we expect to get ourselves unstuck. Mercury gives us clarity on where things have gotten stagnant in our lives, & helps us name what needs to change with uncanny precision. And while Uranus can be like a bull in a china shop at times, Mars channels this energy into carefully considered, conscientious action.

Still, we won’t have to wait too long for the energy to shift, as the Moon moves from Aquarius to Pisces just 41 minutes after this lunation. While both signs can be quite intuitive, their insights come in different ways. The Full Moon in Aquarius brings revelations like a bolt from the blue, in sudden flashes than can be just as unsettling as they are electrifying. But once the moon slips into Pisces, it’s a more nebulous kind of knowing—gentle, dreamy, & effortlessly empathic.

Then, just nine hours after the Full Moon, the Sun moves on from Leo to Virgo. This shifts our focus away from being seen, & toward being of service. We’ll be less concerned with how others are perceiving us, & more interested in aligning with our own integrity.

Even so, with Saturn retrograde in Aquarius, we’re not just responsible for ourselves—we’re also being held accountable to each other. Fortunately, as Venus in Libra trines Saturn on August 23, it doesn’t have to be an unpleasant experience. Right now cooperation is easier to come by, helping us to build more harmonious relationships. ~thanks to &

Beatrice Manner

~I live
In the perfume of day
A flower unfurling slowly after the anguish of night
I remember the strawberries I shared by the road with a stranger…
And with the promise of harvest made manifest
Bless the heart-hands
Strong with the working…

Donald Londe

Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day

“We learn from history that we don’t learn from history!” ~Desmond Tutu


our lady of knock

Feast day of Our Lady of Knock*

1858 – Birthday of Archduke Rudolf von Habsburg, Crown Prince of Austria. In 1889, he died in a suicide pact with his mistress, Baroness Mary Vetsera. His death left no direct male heir. As a consequence, his brother, Archduke Karl Ludwig, was next in the line. His death in 1896 made his oldest son, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir presumptive. In 1914, Franz Ferdinand’s assassination precipitated World War I & sparked a chain of events that caused the dynasty’s collapse. Rudolf Steiner spoke quite a bit about his former incarnations, the most important being as Nero, in Karmic Relationships Vol. 2, lectures 7, 27 & Vol. 4 lecture 24

our lady of Knock-Mosaic

*1879 – Observers stated that there was an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint Joseph, Saint John the Evangelist, angels, & Jesus Christ (the Lamb of God) Knock Shrine (Irish: Cnoc Mhuire, “Hill of Mary” or “Mary’s Hill”) is a Roman Catholic pilgrimage site in the village of Knock, County Mayo, Ireland.


1911 – The Mona Lisa is stolen by a Louvre employee

Today, August 21, we celebrate the memorial of Pope St. Pius X, champion  against modernism, who combated it asking, "Who would not be fired with  love as he looks on the likeness

1914 – Deathday of Pope Pius X. particularly devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary under the specific title of Our Lady of Confidence; his papal encyclical Ad diem illum expresses his desire through Mary to renew all things in Christ, which he had defined as his motto. He promoted Thomas Aquinas as the principal philosophical method to be taught in Catholic institutions. After the 1908 Messina earthquake he filled the Apostolic Palace with refugees, long before the Italian government acted. He rejected any kind of favors for himself or his family

Das Goetheanum

1921 – 1st publication of the weekly Das Goetheanum

Leon Trotsky | The Kaiserreich Wiki | Fandom

1940 – Deathday of Leon Trotsky, murdered on Stalin’s orders

1942 – World War II: The flag of Nazi Germany is installed atop the Mount Elbrus, the highest peak of the Caucasus mountain range

1942 – World War II: The Guadalcanal Campaign: American forces defeat an attack by Imperial Japanese Army soldiers in the Battle of the Tenaru

1957 – The Soviet Union successfully conducts a long-range test flight of the first intercontinental ballistic missile

1959 –President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs an executive order proclaiming Hawaii the 50th state of the union

1963 – Xá Lợi Pagoda raids: The Army of the Republic of Vietnam Special Forces vandalizes Buddhist pagodas across the country, arresting thousands & leaving hundreds dead

1968 – Deathday of Margareta Morgenstern, anthroposophist & wife of poet Christian Morgenstern

1986 – Carbon dioxide gas erupts from volcanic Lake Nyos in Cameroon, killing up to 1,800 people

1988 – The 6.9 Mw Nepal earthquake shakes the Nepal–India border leaving 1,450 people killed & thousands injured

1991 – Latvia declares renewal of its full independence after the occupation of Soviet Union

2013 – Hundreds of people are reported killed by chemical attacks in the Ghouta region of Syria

Festival Gathering: Tuesday 28 September on the eve of Michaelmas with Rev’s Jeana Lee & Victoria Capon

Potluck at 5:30
Talk at 7pm

At the Rudolf Steiner Branch, 4249 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

Meeting The Dragon With Our Four Fold Being – A talk and collaborative sculptural creation
and then transformation – Bring your found objects to help build the dragon!
Then our inspiration can come to life through our collaboration.

Jeana Lee was recently ordained as a priest of the Christian Community Movement for Religious Renewal and sent to the congregation in Chicago.  Previously she taught chemistry and math at Green Meadow Waldorf high school.  She enjoys swimming in the lake and is interested in questions of sin and redemption.

Victoria hails from the east coast and is new to Chicago. Before attending seminary she taught at the Waldorf School of Cape Cod. Now she is happily settling into serving the chicago CC congregation and exploring the Windy City

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8 thoughts on “Blue Moon-Tide

  1. Steiner etched a certain configuration in the twelve Calendar of the Soul depictions of the signs of the Zodiac. He used roman numerals in order to make it even more obscure. This, for the most part, has been entirely ignored over the years, but I think its time has come. The Sun does not take a generalized “tropical” movement through the constellations, nor do astrological signs convey what modern-day astrologists perceive.

    Hazel, you wrote:

    “Then, just nine hours after the Full Moon, the Sun moves on from Leo to Virgo. This shifts our focus away from being seen, & toward being of service. We’ll be less concerned with how others are perceiving us, & more interested in aligning with our own integrity.”

    Steiner indicated in his small inscription in the Leo depiction of the Calendar of the Soul that the Sun moves through the sign of Leo from August 4 to September 7. This is written just to keep the integrity of it all. This is also why Steiner refrained from modern astrology. He saw the larger picture, which was from Pisces through Aries.

      1. Yet, Steiner wanted to be precise about these dates; otherwise, he would not have taken the time to etch the sun’s movement through the signs as he did.

        I only bring it up because you hold to the outer, i.e, Tropical, standard. This is where most of the present-day notions exist, but if they extended into the actual dates of the sun’s movement, then the inner dimension of the verses is revealed.

        So, we should look at these actual dates in which the sun moves through the twelve signs:

        Pisces – March 9 to April 13
        Aries – April 14 to April 30
        Taurus – May 1 to June 15
        Gemini – June 16 to July 19
        Cancer – July 20 to August 3
        Leo – August 4 to September 7
        Virgo – September 8 to October 12
        Libra – October 13 to November 9
        Scorpio – November 10 to November 30
        Sagittarius – December 1 to January 4
        Capricorn – January 5 to February 8
        Aquarius – February 9 to March 8

        I don’t necessarily see that we need both, but rather the inner over the outer seems more prevalent. We work together.

          1. Indeed, the inner should meet the outer, and I thought actually giving those twelve dates in which the Sun moves in accordance with the COTS could be useful. The variations are interesting, don’t you think? For example, didn’t you consider yourself a Cancer, born on July 12th, until someone gave you the Steiner dates? Then, you had to deal with being a sanguine soul, born in the sign of Gemini, and you hated sanguines!

            Hazel, these opportunities are what make the world go around. To actually get to write these dates is an important achievement. Thanks.

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