7 May 2018 – Astro-Weather: Last-quarter Moon tonight (exact at 9:09 pm. CDT). La Bella Luna rises around 2 am. By early dawn Tuesday morning, it’s far left of Saturn & Mars.
Read the latest post from Johnathan Hilton of the Astrosophy Center
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
351 – The Jewish revolt against Constantius Gallus breaks out. After his arrival at Antioch, the Jews begin a rebellion in Palestine.
558 – In Constantinople, the dome of the Hagia Sophia collapses. Justinian I immediately orders that the dome be rebuilt.
680 – Deathday of Caliph Muawiyah, who Rudolf Steiner talks a lot about in Karmic Relationships: “In Dornach recently I was able to call attention to another connection of karma, one which caused me repeatedly during the War, and especially at the end of the War, to warn people against allowing themselves to be blinded by a certain outstanding figure of modern times. This was because the connection between Muawiyah,, a follower of Mohammed in the 7th century, and Woodrow Wilson, was clear to me. All the fatalism which characterised the personality of Muawiyah, came out in the otherwise inexplicable fatalism of Woodrow Wilson — in his case, fatalism of will. And if anyone wants to find corroboration, to discover the origin of the well known Fourteen Points, he has only to turn to the Koran. Such are the connections. These things must be kept absolutely free from sympathy or antipathy; it is not a question of criticism but only of the purest objectivity. But this very objectivity leads from one point in history at which a soul has appeared, to another such point. When humanity out steps in some degree the still surviving heritage of materialism, people will be willing to listen to such things and observe for themselves. And then they will feel quite differently about their place in modern civilisation because they will be able to see it not in a dead but in a living setting. That is the important point. The whole process of historical development will be imbued with life. And if man is to get beyond the blind alley in which he is now standing in his civilisation, he needs the living spirit and not the dead spirit of abstract concepts and ideas.” ~ Volume V, Prague, 5th April, 1924
1274 – In France, the Second Council of Lyon opens to regulate the election of the Pope.
1664 – Louis XIV of France begins construction of the Palace of Versailles.
1697 – Stockholm’s royal castle (dating back to medieval times) is destroyed by fire. It is replaced in the 18th century by the current Royal Palace.
1718 – The city of New Orleans is founded by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville.
1794 – French Revolution: Robespierre introduces the Cult of the Supreme Being in the National Convention as the new state religion of the French First Republic.
1824 – World premiere of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in Vienna, Austria. The performance is conducted by Michael Umlauf under the composer’s supervision
1840 – The Great Natchez Tornado strikes Natchez, Mississippi killing 1317 people. It is the second deadliest tornado in United States history.
1846 – The Cambridge Chronicle, America’s oldest surviving weekly newspaper, is published for the first time in Cambridge, Massachusetts
1895 – In Saint Petersburg, Russian scientist Alexander Stepanovich Popov demonstrates to the Russian Physical & Chemical Society his invention, the Popov lightning detector—a primitive radio receiver. In some parts of the former Soviet Union the anniversary of this day is celebrated as Radio Day.
1930 – The 7.1 Mw Salmas earthquake shakes northwestern Iran & southeastern Turkey with a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent). Up to 3000 people were killed.
1946 – Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering (later renamed Sony) is founded with around 20 employees.
1812 – Birthday of Robert Browning, English poet & playwright
1833 – Birthday of Johannes Brahms, German pianist & composer
1861 – Birthday of Rabindranath Tagore, Indian author & poet, Nobel Prize laureate
2007 – Israeli archaeologists discover the tomb of Herod the Great south of Jerusalem.
POD (Poem Of the Day)
To the stony place hidden
In the nook of a willow
By the great inland sea
It has the shape of memory
In its fragrance
My weeping unfurls
Into the earth
To be taken
Up by the thirsty laurel
Which bursts into bloom
With the souls of the dead
Like pale yellow flowers yet to come
Again like Spring
Ascension Part 3:
The Christ-Revelation ‘coming in the clouds’ is here- Showing us the bridge that brings a harmonizing spring-dialogue between the worlds.
At the Ascension Christ becomes “Lord of the heavenly forces upon earth”.
The fulfillment of the secret promise of the Ascension is the Second Coming. It was said to the apostles, “He will come again, in like manner, as you have seen Him go up into the clouds of heaven.” The Ascension is the seed of this Second Coming, & the Second Coming is the fulfillment of the Ascension.
For 40 days after the Resurrection, the apostles received from the risen Christ his esoteric teachings, essentially the contents of the 5th Gospel given to us by Rudolf Steiner. -Then the apostles witnessed The Christ, being received into the clouds, passing out of their sight – an expansion of His being, like a flower unfolding into the universe.
Rudolf Steiner tells us, that at the time of the Ascension the apostles beheld the vivid spiritual reality of what would have happened to earth existence if the mystery of Golgotha had not occurred. – It was revealed to them that human bodies would have so deteriorated that the whole of humanity would have perished.
Our physical bodies have earth-gravity, but our etheric bodies have sun levity, so if Christ’s deed had not taken place our etheric bodies would have left the physical for good & the existence of mankind would have inevitably come to an end, having no formative forces to give them life.
We know that Until the Mystery of Golgotha, the sun was the dwelling place of The Christ. Because Christ’s deed unities his being with the earth, the etheric nature of man, in its upward striving, can unite itself with the power & impulse of Christ in the etheric of the earth.
The human etheric body, which was in danger of being drawn out towards the sun, like clouds, & dispersed –is held together, contained by Christ, thru His cosmic deed, so that we are not dispersed, but can remain individuals.
To read the entire lecture: Ascension: Climbing Jacobs Ladder
Blessings & Peace –
~hag = Hazel ArcherGinsberg
Dear Friends –
Thanks to everyone who came out to host the GC of the ASA. Here are a few pics from that gathering.
Below is one of the things we discussed at the Community Conversation:
Did you know that the Branch holds a hidden gem? That’s right; the back warehouse space is our diamond in the rough. Take a moment to discover it for yourself – Because we are in the midst of transforming it into a ‘Flex Space’ that will attract a tenant, either long-term or more Peerspace clients. These kind of raw industrial loft-style spaces are very desirable in the rental market now. Here are the short term goals for this space:
- Insulate the ceiling
- Install a furnace / air conditioner and related infrastructure
- Perform some light restoration and painting.
Our Treasurer Mihai Rosu, who is an engineer, along with Council President Chuck Ginsberg, & a few folks from the community, have been working most weekends to accomplish these improvements, but we need to buy some supplies.
So here’s Your Chance to Invest in the Future!
The Branch Council is requesting tax exempt donations and/or loans, in order to meet our $7,000 goal for this restoration. The loans are for 2-3 years, simple interest of 5%, paid yearly. More favorable terms are welcome.
You may drop off any checks or mail them directly to the Rudolf Steiner Branch 4249 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago 60618.
If you’d like to support the Branch through service, come by on our ‘Work Party’ Days to help in the renovation. Contact Mihai Rosu
The Rudolf Steiner Branch Council hopes you will support these efforts, as we continue to provide Programs, and Festival Events, Monthly 1st Class Lessons, Study Groups, Library / Bookstore, and weekly Public Open House hours, in one of the few Branch homes in America to own their own building.
(Also, look forward to receiving new information on an improved email communications system coming very soon)
~President – Chuck Ginsberg, Treasurer -Mihai Rosu, Secretary – Mary Ruud, Festivals Coordinator – Hazel Archer-Ginsberg, Programs Director – Andrei Onegin, Kurt Estep
Thursday 10 May 2018 – 7 pm – 9 pm
A Special Study for Ascension Thursday-
“Easter, Ascension, Whitsun and the Essntial Nature of the Foundation Stone of the Christmas Conference” by Sergi O. Prokofieff from his book “The Cycle of the Year as a Path of Initiation”
Friday 18 May 2018, 7pm–9pm,
Whitsun: A Festival of United Soul-Endeavor,
Art Projections & Lecture with Hazel Archer-Ginsberg.
Eurythmy, Experiential Social Art, Foundation Stone Meditation
The Elderberries 3-Fold Space is currently available for rental on PEER SPACE for classes, events, meetings, retreats, art exhibits, family parties, etc…