14 April 2019 – “Speaking with the Stars”: The gibbous Moon shines upper right of Regulus this evening. The huge, bright Winter Hexagon still fills the sky to the southwest at the end of twilight. Start with brilliant Sirius in the Hexagon’s lower left corner. High above Sirius is Procyon. From there look even higher for Pollux & Castor, then to Menkalinan & bright Capella, lower left from there to Aldebaran, lower left to Rigel way down at the bottom of Orion, & back to Sirius.
“Everybody should be reminded by the Easter festival, that there will be the resurrection of the spirit out of the present darkened nature of the human being”. ~Rudolf Steiner, The Riddles of the World and Anthroposophy
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
215 – Birthday of Mani the prophet & founder of Manichaeism – see Rudolf Steiner’s lectures GA 104 & 113
1126 – Birthday of Averroes, a medieval Spanish polymath. He wrote on logic, Aristotelian & Islamic philosophy, theology, the Maliki school of Islamic jurisprudence, psychology, political & Andalusian classical music theory, geography, mathematics, & the medieval sciences of medicine, astronomy, physics, & celestial mechanics. Averroes was a defender of Aristotelian philosophy against Ash’ari theologians led by Al-Ghazali.
On this day in 1561 it was Good Friday – Around dawn there was a mass sighting of celestial phenomena over Nuremberg, residents of Nuremberg saw what they described as an aerial battle, followed by the appearance of a large black triangular object & then a large crash outside of the city. According to witnesses, there were hundreds of spheres, cylinders & other odd-shaped objects that moved erratically overhead.
A broadsheet news article was printed later that month, describes objects of various shapes including crosses, globes, two lunar crescents, a black spear & tubular objects from which several smaller, round objects emerged & darted around the sky at dawn.
“In the morning of April 14, 1561, at daybreak, between 4 and 5 a.m., a dreadful apparition occurred on the sun, and then this was seen in Nuremberg in the city, before the gates and in the country – by many men and women. At first there appeared in the middle of the sun two blood-red semi-circular arcs, just like the moon in its last quarter. And in the sun, above and below and on both sides, the color was blood, there stood a round ball of partly dull, partly black ferrous color. Likewise there stood on both sides and as a torus about the sun such blood-red ones and other balls in large number, about three in a line and four in a square, also some alone. In between these globes there were visible a few blood-red crosses, between which there were blood-red strips, becoming thicker to the rear and in the front malleable like the rods of reed-grass, which were intermingled, among them two big rods, one on the right, the other to the left, and within the small and big rods there were three, also four and more globes. These all started to fight among themselves, so that the globes, which were first in the sun, flew out to the ones standing on both sides, thereafter, the globes standing outside the sun, in the small and large rods, flew into the sun. Besides the globes flew back and forth among themselves and fought vehemently with each other for over an hour. And when the conflict in and again out of the sun was most intense, they became fatigued to such an extent that they all, as said above, fell from the sun down upon the earth ‘as if they all burned’ and they then wasted away on the earth with immense smoke. After all this there was something like a black spear, very long and thick, sighted; the shaft pointed to the east, the point pointed west. Whatever such signs mean, God alone knows. Although we have seen, shortly one after another, many kinds of signs on the heaven, which are sent to us by the almighty God, to bring us to repentance, we still are, unfortunately, so ungrateful that we despise such high signs and miracles of God. Or we speak of them with ridicule and discard them to the wind, in order that God may send us a frightening punishment on account of our ungratefulness. After all, the God-fearing will by no means discard these signs, but will take it to heart as a warning of their merciful Father in heaven, will mend their lives and faithfully beg God, that He may avert His wrath, including the well-deserved punishment, on us, so that we may temporarily here and perpetually there, live as his children. For it, may God grant us his help, Amen”. Art by Hanns Glaser, letter-painter of Nurnberg
1759 – Deathday of G.F. Handel – composer
1865 – Abraham Lincoln is shot in Ford’s Theatre by John Wilkes Booth; Lincoln died the next day
1900 – The Exposition Universelle – a world’s fair held in Paris, France, from 14 April to 12 November 1900, to celebrate the achievements of the past century & to accelerate development into the next. The fair, visited by nearly 50 million, displayed many machines, inventions, & architecture that are now nearly universally known, including the Grande Roue de Paris Ferris wheel, Russian nesting dolls, diesel engines, talking films, escalators, & the telegraphone (the first magnetic audio recorder)
1912 – The sinking of the Titanic
1935 – Exclusion from the General Anthroposophical Society of Ita Wegman, Elisabeth Vreed & other members also 2 national societies
1939 – The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck is first published
2010 – Over 2,700 are killed in a magnitude 6.9 earthquake in the Yushu Tibetan
2014 – 276 schoolgirls are abducted by Boko Haram in Chibok, Nigeria
POD (Poem Of the Day)
& the seed is cooked in salt
As our bones grow roots
In the Earth-Womb…
My continued observations on the Easter Paradox of 2019: Interesting to note that on this Ecclesiastical Palm Sunday that it is snowing here in Chicago; but also there is thunder & lightning! And looking above at the things that happened on this day in history, it is easy to feel their imprint in the etheric realm reverberating on this day.
See this updated link to read a compilation of my Spiritual Scientific Research on the Easter Paradox. Scroll down to read the synopsis I created of the lectures Rudolf Steiner gave on both the Esoteric & Ecclesiastical Easter of 1924 – 1st to the Workers on 13 March, & then to the members of the Society 19-22 April 1924 – very illuminating to hear what he choose to say; speaking 1st to the Shepherds & then to the Magi…
Dear Friends – Between 1905 & 1925, Rudolf Steiner made a number of remarks about Kaspar Hauser to the effect that he was “a higher being who had a special mission on earth,” a being charged with building “a new grail castle for the Fighters of the Spirit” in central Germany. Of his origin, Steiner called Kaspar Hauser “a stray Atlantean”, a carrier of the “Christ Impulse,” a kind of 19th century messiah whose “sacrificial death” was central to the history of Europe.
Rudolf Steiner says that had he lived & not been kidnapped, & then murdered, he would have united Europe; overcoming the forces of darkness to allow the birthing a higher Christianity. The conspirators were able to keep him prisoner so that he was neither fully alive, nor dead, for many years. This kept Kaspar from crossing the threshold where he could not be bound by them.
If the powers of darkness had not prevented Kaspar Hauser from assuming his historical & spiritual role, then, for example, the German Third Reich might never have happened. Hauser’s death in 1833 is connected with the beginning of the Nazi rule in 1933, & with the appearance of The Christ in the Etheric.
Steiner says: “It became apparent for the first time in its true dimensions what has been caused through Kaspar Hauser’s murder by those who commit the sin against the Spirit”. But, as Steiner makes clear, Kaspar Hauser’s death is not just of historical importance; it is truly of cosmic significance: “If Kaspar Hauser had not lived and died as he did, contact between the earth and the spiritual world would have been completely interrupted”. Kaspar Hauser profoundly affected the world; & in Europe everyone knows his name.
Come join us at the Branch during this Ecclesiastical Holy Week as we continue to explore the mystery of Kaspar Hauser:
TODAY: 14 April – Palm Sunday 2 – 4 pm, at the Branch
then Mon. Tues. Wed. Thurs. of Holy Week 15-18 April 7 – 9 pm
Special Event for GOOD FRIDAY 19 April 2019, 7 pm – 9 pm- “O Man (or Woman), Know Thyself: A Glimpse at the Human Double’ an experiential workshop with Paulette Arnold
$10 – or pay what you can + Snacks to Share Encouraged
(1st Class is on Holy Saturday 20 April 2019)
Easter Sunday at the Christian Community 2135 W. Wilson Ave
9:30AM – Story & Song
10:00AM – Sunday Service for the Children
10:30AM – Act of Consecration of Man
11:45AM – Easter
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