Shahzia Sikander

“One of the unique marks of our humanity is our dignity and our capacity for responsible action. Within the history of consciousness our orientation has shifted from distant divinity to the astronomical use of the stars as fixed points to our own hearts: our actions are now oriented towards our fellow humans. In the Anthroposophical Society’s Foundation Stone Meditation we find three appeals to the human soul: to know oneself to be part of an existing world from which the soul itself arises; to know oneself to be constituted by one’s connectedness with the world and with others, and to know oneself to be gifted with freedom in one’s will. It is an appeal – or The Appeal – to human dignity. The knowledge sought in the School of Spiritual Science requires us to learn to relate to the world and to our fellow human beings out of a sense of existential connectedness and responsibility. The divine is no longer outside us: it is realized in the other person and from there it asks questions to which we can respond by actively recognizing their dignity.” ~Constanza Kaliks, Leader of the Youth Section at the Goetheanum and was recently nominated to the Vorstand.

3 positions of crescent moon among labeled stars of the Winter Circle.

1 September 2021 – “Speaking with the Stars”: Summer is drawing to a close for us in the Northern Hemisphere. Although it’s still hot outside across much of northern Earth, our days are rapidly shortening now, and our nights getting longer. And yet, a major sign of winter looms large now in the predawn sky, as it does every year at this time. The waning crescent moon can guide your eye to this large lasso of stars – the Winter Hexagram.

Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day


1667 – Deathday of Henry More, Platonist Philosopher

1926 – Birthday of Rene Querido, General Secretary of the ASA for many years. He wrote 2 of my fav. books: The Golden Age of Chartres, & The Mystery of the Holy Grail.

1939 – The Second World War begins with the German invasion of Poland.

Illustrated Legends of the Kitano Tenjin Shrine (Kitano Tenjin engi emaki)

~Hear, then, the lyric word
The ringing of speech in purposeful limbs
As the heart marks the scroll
With a harvest of truth
And the lungs sing the ions of its own vibration
To stir my thought-songs into spirit

Greetings Friends –
As part of our prep for the ‘Building the Temple of the Heart‘ Conference
7-10 October, 2021 with the ASA, The Central Regional Council has taken up
the theme of the Holy Grail. We Meet monthly on the 1st Wednesday
to study together. It’s FREE & All are Welcome!

The Holy Grail Study Group with the CRC – 

‘Mysteries of the Holy Grail’ – from Arthur and Parzival to Modern Initiation
September 1, 2021 – 7:15 pm Central (8:15 pm Eastern)

A sublime and wonderful phenomenon was unfolding here behind the scenes of world history. From the West, pagan Christianity, Arthur Christianity, which also appeared under other names and in other guises, was advancing. And from the East, Christ was passing westwards in human hearts. These two converged: the actual Christ who had descended to earth encountered His image, flowing towards Him from West to East. This convergence and encounter occurred in 869.”~Rudolf Steiner, The Mysteries of the Holy GrailChapter 3“From Arthur to Parzival”, excerpts from Steiner’s lectures given at Torquay on 21 and 27 August, 1924 and Chapter 4“The Grail as Human Potential”, an extract from Chapter 6 of Occult Science .. focus of the September 1 meeting.

These chapters from the book can be found online at the CRC’s website by clicking this link
A transcript of the 1924 Torquay lectures can be found on the RS Archive by clicking this link
The complete Occult Science chapters can be found on the RS Archive by clicking this linkThe Central Regional Council of the Anthroposophical Society in America invites you to join our ongoing  study conversation.  The study has been divided among three volunteers who will summarize their section to rebuild it as a foundation for our conversation. Please familiarize yourself with the lecture if possible so you will feel comfortable sharing your reflections and thoughts with the group.This collection of lectures has been republished by Rudolf Steiner Press under the title: “The Mysteries of the Holy Grail — from Arthur and Parzival to Modern Initiation.”  The book was compiled and edited by Matthew Barton, published by Rudolf Steiner Press in 2010.

This will be a “Zoom” conference call allowing us an opportunity to see one another while conversing (or audio only if you prefer).  To connect to the audio/video-conference:

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Agenda for this meeting (CST)
7:15  Welcome and Introductions        
7:18  Verse
7:25  Study led by volunteers
Note: CRC team will ID volunteers
          Leon – pg. 23 to 26
          Mary – pg. 26 to 29
          Anne – pg. 30 to 31
8:05  Conversation
8:28  Close with verseThere is a knighthood of the 21st century whose riders do not ride through the darkness of physical forests as of old, but through the forest of darkened minds. They are armed with a spiritual armor and an inner sun makes them radiant. Out of them shines healing, healing that flows from the knowledge of the human being as a spiritual being. They must create inner order, inner justice, peace and conviction in the darkness of our time. ~Karl Konig

So are you coming?

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Join us at the Rudolf Steiner Branch in Chicago 

  • 1st make sure you are registered at and have indicated that you will be attending in person at the RSBranch Chicago.
  • Then Register by October 1st with the Chicago Branch using PayPal (this requires that you have a PayPal account of your own).


  • Register and write a check and it mail by October 1st to: Rudolf Steiner Branch, Attn: Jenny Doty 4249 N Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL 60618


Details for the in-person conference:

  • $75 will cover the expenses for facilities, 3 lunches and 3 dinners, snacks, and printing.

You will enjoy a pre-AGM dinner on Thursday Oct. 7 Doors open at 5 pm (AGM starts promptly at 6:3opm CT)
Lunch and Dinner on Fri.and Sat.
and Lunch post-conference on Sunday.
As well as Snacks/Coffee-Tea during the breaks.

  • $40 will cover only the bare expenses – no meals
  • Be a Master Builder Patron for $100 or more, to help pay for the tech costs!

Registration Link

Hey friends, Maybe you didn’t get this far in the post. If you did – Please help support the Anthroposophical Prison Outreach DANCE-A-THON 2021

Greetings kindred souls – This year for the APO fund raiser I plan to hold a Dance-A-Thon & Biodynamic Prep-stir on Friday 24 September 2021 at the Rudolf Steiner Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in America – Chicago

DJ’s TBA – It’s a potluck community gathering, so please bring food & drink to share – Along with your donation to this amazing program.

We also plan to read some poetry from some of the inmates who are working with Anthroposophy!

If you live out of town you can dance in your neck of the woods in solidarity with us. Please show your generous support…

Xox ~hag,

Donate here…/anth…/campaign.jsp…

Craig Wiggins

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

Bring Food & drink for the potluck & a 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 Capon 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

2 thoughts on “Capacity

  1. Unfortunately am not able to join you for the Holy Grail study group tonight, as it conflicts with our weekly study group, but appreciate your giving us the closing Verse by Karl Konig. Every word of it is so prophetic – we live amongst many “darkened minds” today. I’d just add that if we’re to bring the inner order, justice, peace and conviction he speaks of, we must somehow win over the will of those with darkened minds – we can’t force these things down their throats. They must want them for themselves.

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