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EURYTHMY: AN EXPERIENCE OF CONTENTMENT, The Dance Thinker, Issue #15

HOPE AS AN ORGAN OF PERCEPTION

“It is precisely in physical life that we need hope, for everything is upheld by hope and without it nothing can be done. The forces of hope, therefore, are connected with our last sheath as human beings, with our physical body. What the forces of faith are for our astral body, and the love-forces for the etheric, the forces of hope are for the physical body. Thus a man who is unable to hope, a man always despondent about what he supposes the future may bring, will go through the world with this clearly visible in his physical appearance. Nothing makes for deep wrinkles, those deadening forces in the physical body, sooner than lack of hope.

Hope Faith Love Painting by Susan Cooke Pena
 Susan Cooke Pena

The inmost kernel of our being may be said to be sheathed in our faith-body or astral body, in our body of love or etheric body, and in our hope-body or physical body; and we comprehend the true significance of our physical body only when we bear in mind that, in reality, it is not sustained by external physical forces of attraction and repulsion — that is a materialistic idea — but has in it what, according to our concepts, we know as forces of hope. Our physical body is built up by hope, not by forces of attraction and repulsion. This very point can show that the new spiritual-scientific revelation gives us the truth.

Ayse Domeniconi

What then does Spiritual Science give us? By revealing the all-embracing laws of karma and reincarnation, it gives us something which permeates us with spiritual hope, just as does our awareness on the physical plane that the sun will rise to-morrow and that seeds will eventually grow into plants. It shows, if we understand karma, that our physical body, which will perish into dust when we have gone through the gate of death, can through the forces permeating us with hope be re-built for a new life. Spiritual Science fills men with the strongest forces of hope. Were this Spiritual Science, this new revelation for the present time, to be rejected, men naturally would return to earth in future all the same, for life on earth would not cease on account of people’s ignorance of its laws. Human beings would incarnate again; but there would be something very strange about these incarnations. Men would gradually become a race with bodies wrinkled and shriveled all over, earthly bodies which would finally be so crippled that people would be entirely incapacitated. To put it briefly, in future incarnations a condition of dying away, of withering up, would assail mankind if their consciousness, and from there the hidden depths of their being right down into the physical body, were not given fresh life through the power of hope.

Hope - Abstract Flower Art Poster by Ann Powell

This power of hope arises through the certainty of knowledge gained from the laws of karma and reincarnation. Already there is a tendency in human beings to produce withering bodies, which in future would become increasingly rickety even in the very bones. Marrow will be brought to the bones, forces of life to the nerves, by this new revelation, whose value will not reside merely in theories but in its life-giving forces — above all in those of hope.” ~ Rudolf Steiner, ‘Faith, Love, and Hope: The Third Revelation.’

"Under the Tree of Hope" - Painting by Allison Massari
Allison Massari

Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Month of July: Facts, Quotes, and Trivia

July 1 is the 182nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. 183 days remain until the end of the year.

astrolocherry 🍒 ☿ ♄ - Mars in Pisces ♓
AstroloCherry

1 July 2020 – “Speaking with the Stars”: Mars rises around midnight tonight, & the red planet is a great morning target, shining in southwestern Pisces the Fish. The best time to view the Red Planet is in the hour before dawn, when it’s about above the southeastern horizon.

Jim Leasure

POD (Poem Of the Day)

~I speak the story
As I walk in the legend…
May I meet myself
In every tree & rock
Quickened by tendrils of light…
Holy & perfect is the search
Which lives by fire in the embrace of spirit…
Watch as I burst into flames
Scattering my ashes to feed the Earth

~hag

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Dear friends – Not being able to travel to present my Spiritual Research, I made a little page to share some recorded offerings. Please tune in & freely pass them on…Thanks…xox

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The Karma Project – Manifestations of Karma Study Group
July 1, 2020 – 7:15 pm Central
 (8:15 pm Eastern)

“Thus we see that there is a certain relationship between karma and the animal kingdom, although we must not confuse matters by likening what the animal experiences as its fate with human karma. But if we consider the whole earth development, and what had to come about for the sake of humanity and its evolution, we will see that we can indeed speak of a relationship between the karma of humanity and the animal kingdom.”
~Rudolf Steiner, Manifestations of Karma, Chapter 2, “Karma and the Animal Kingdom”, Hamburg, 17 May, 1910 … focus of the July 1 meeting.

The lecture can be found online at the RS Archive (eLib) by clicking this link: https://wn.rsarchive.org/Lectures/…/Hamburg/19100517p01.html

The Central Regional Council of the Anthroposophical Society in America invites you to join our ongoing study conversation. The study has been divided among five 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: “Manifestations of Karma.” This book is a translation from German of Die Offenbarung des Karma (Ga 120), published in English by Rudolf Steiner Press in 1996.

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:

Video Conference Details:

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If you have questions, please contact Alberto Loya aloyavaca@utexas.edu

Agenda for our Study Call

7:15 Welcome and Introductions
7:18 Verse
7:25 Study led by five volunteers
Note: CRC team will ID volunteers
Laura – pg. 26 to 29
Chris – pg. 29 to 34
Rosemary – pg. 34 to 38
Marianne – pg. 38 to 42
Alberto – pg. 42 to end
8:05 Conversation
8:28 Close with verse

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August 8-18 ‘Classroom Alive’ Youth Open-Source Learning in Chicago

UVA

We’re starting up with Culture in our community – join young people here in Chicago for a 10 day walking journey – Classroom Alive Chicago!

Exploration & experiencial learning all over Chicagoland, starting at at Elderberries 3-Fold Bio-dynamic Outpost & Cultrual Hub 4251 N. Lincolon Ave. Chicago, IL. 60618

for more info. contact Ultra-Violet Archer, or Frank Agrama

Details TBA #ClassroomAliveChicago2020

Thank you for forwarding this flier for any interested young people –

Co-sponsored in part by The Rudolf Steiner Branch Chicago Hazel Archer-Ginsberg, Festival & Program Coordinator

August 20-23, 2020 Questions of Courage Youth Conference at Elderberries

Questions of Courage 2020 in Chicago – August 20-23 Elderberries Biodynamic Outpost and 3Fold Cultural Hub 4251 N. Lincolon Ave. Chicago, IL. 60618

August 20: Check-in, share conversation, build the ground for the journey together.

August 21-22: Travel to Wisconsin Move together towards the land, link up with Farmer John and Haidy Angelic Organics Biodynamic Farm, and also with Dana and Phil Burns at Healing Traditions and Alizur farm. Connect with the land, plants, animals, and one another, through creative explorations and “roughin’ it” type amendments. Sleep under the stars or indoors.

August 23: Return to Chicago Enter back into the metropolitan context, into the social questions of urban life, and close the gathering together at Elderberries, setting the ground for future work out of questions of courage that are present.

Other locations and collaborators are currently in dialogue, and will be updated here.

The gathering is essentially about stepping into the living natural element, step by step, making an integral connection, with one another, ourselves, and the elements that support us here on the Earth…”

registration: https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSdY7KXHkjUPV2h9UD…/viewform

Thank you Elderberries for giving us an anchor to build our heartland gathering around!

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August 27-30, HOW WE WILL 2020

At Elderberries 3-fold Bio-Dynamic Outpost

for more info. contact Frank Agrama or Dottie Zold

Details TBA Co-sponsored in part by The Rudolf Steiner Branch Chicago -Hazel Archer-Ginsberg, Festival & Program Coordinator

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Poultice

Thomas Kainaroi

People today have a tremendous hunger for pictures. This hunger is a symptom of the fact that man, through the destiny of our time, is being urged towards the sphere of imaginative perception. We satisfy this hunger creatively if we let eye and heart dwell in active contemplation on works of art which have themselves arisen out of some measure of imaginative perception, and which can thus help to prepare the soul for this same inner sight. So ‘looking at pictures’ can help to meet a deep need peculiar to the present day. ~Emil Bock, The Apocalypse of St. John

Bettina Müller

Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Taurus, the Determined #taurus #zodiac #astrologyart #margotdeniseart  #digitalart #digitalpainting #bull #venus #tau… | Taurus art, Astrology  taurus, Taurus tattoos
Tara Lerry

30 June 2020 – “Speaking with the Stars”: Venus (occult Mercury) is high in the east an hour before sunrise, in the constellation Taurus the Bull, near the Hyades star cluster. Venus sits northwest of Aldebaran, the Bull’s golden-hued eye. Look above the planet of love to spot the 7 Sisters – sparking Pleiades

Uranus (Urano) Painting by Fabrizio Gavatorta | Saatchi Art
Fabrizio Gavatorta

While it’s still dark, you can also try your hand at spotting Uranus, glowing in the constellation Aries. You’ll find it due west of Venus.

Mercury (occult Venus) is at inferior conjunction at 10 P.M. CDT.

Asteroid Day aims to raise awareness of catastrophic 'planet killers' | WBFO

Today is also the sixth-anniversary celebration of Asteroid Day, which was founded to raise awareness about asteroids & their importance in our solar system’s past, present, & future.

Celestial Event | Reverse Ritual | Page 12

The World Power Conference was conceived by the Scotsman Daniel Nicol Dunlop, a entrepreneur & Theosophist who later joined Rudolf Steiner’s Anthroposophical Society. He organized the first meeting which took place in London on 30 June 1924 & attracted 1,700 attendees from 40 nations. It was deemed so successful that the conference was established as a recurring event. In the beginning, the World Power Conference convened on a regular schedule every six years.

9783907564226: D. N. Dunlop. Ein Zeit- und Lebensbild by Thomas Meyer; Owen  Barfield - AbeBooks: 3907564227

D.N. Dunlop was a pioneer of modern community building—in two areas in particular: industry & economics, & the sphere of the free spiritual life. In 1924 he founded the World Power Conference, opened by the Prince of Wales in London that year. This was the first international conference to invite engineers & industrialists from all over the world (including Germany & Russia, two former World War adversaries), with the purpose of establishing a basis for co-operation & co-ordination in the production & technological use of energy resources within a modern world economy.

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In 1929 a worldwide assessment of raw materials & energy resources was published in book-form with the title Power Resources of the World. The WPC gave birth to a permanent institution—the World Energy Council—that has its headquarters in London & has since held regular congresses in different capital cities throughout the world. The website of this private international organization records a short history of the institution which focuses on the profiles of five leading figures, beginning with Dunlop: ‘Shortly after World War I, Scotsman Daniel Dunlop, a visionary working in the British electricity industry, decided to bring together leading energy experts for a World Power Conference to discuss current and emerging energy issues. In 1923, he began working with countries around the globe to establish national committees that would stimulate attendance and prepare for technical participation at such a conference. The First World Power Conference was held the next year, 1924, in London and attracted 1,700 delegates from 40 countries. The meeting was so successful that those attending decided to establish a permanent organisation to continue the dialogue begun at the conference.

Nature Spirits and the Spirits of the Elements by D.N. Dunlop

Within the spiritual-cultural sphere, Dunlop was a pioneer of the ‘summer school’—an idea which he actively pursued and brought to practical realization during his theosophical phase. Dunlop maintained that the ‘summer school’ was not in conflict with pure individual striving, but could potentize it— offer it fulfillment. For true individualism, if developed far enough, is exactly what socially conscious communities need if they are to progress.

The Present Age - Perseus Verlag

To a large extent these summer schools were gatherings of ‘communities of free spirits’. Following his encounter with Rudolf Steiner in 1922, Dunlop organized the great summer schools of Penmaenmawr &Torquay. According to Rudolf Steiner, these were ‘recorded in the Golden Book of the Anthroposophical Movement’. Steiner himself characterized Dunlop as a ‘far-seeing’ anthroposophist with visionary goals, endowed with clear and delicate perception, and remarkable human sensitivity & tact’. Despite Steiner’s very high public regard for him—Dunlop chose to remain in the background of events.

Daniel Nicol Dunlop met Rudolf Steiner in person in 1922. It was the Dutch manager Joseph van Leer who brought them together. They sat at the table together – Rudolf Steiner who spoke no English & Daniel N. Dunlop who spoke no German. Joseph van Leer stepped in as translator but what he didn’t see was that Rudolf Steiner took the hand of Daniel Dunlop & held it, under the table, during the whole of the conversation. In 1934, during one of his famous summer schools, Dunlop shared the memory of this with his friend Walter Johannes Stein. He made an even more interesting statement, that Rudolf Steiner on this occasion said to him, ‘We are brothers.’

Download Erinnerungen an Rudolf Steiner und D. N. Dunlop  (Europäer-Schriften) PDF - JakeMarlowe

Eleanor Merry, also an active member of the early British Anthroposophical Society, worked intensively with Dunlop for the last 14 years of his life during which time he told her that Rudolf Steiner gave him an insight into a former life of his where he, Dunlop, had been a member of the innermost circle of the Order of the Knights Templarconnected to all the ancient mysteries’ and had also worked within a secret society among the Templars’. Dunlop’s most deeply rooted intention was to serve the supra-personal goals of humanity, thereby sacrificing all personal & trivial motives & deeds.

NATURE-SPIRITS & the SPIRITS of the ELEMENTS by D.N. Dunlop(이미지 포함)
Nature spirits by D.N. Dunlop

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POD (Poem Of the Day)

Painting... | Papaya art, Art, Pop art
Darlene Fevftor

~i am the mud
between the toes of the Beloved…
make of me a poultice for the healing,
that from our commingling
the lotus may take root –
a strong foundation
for the blossoming…
~hag

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The Karma Project – Manifestations of Karma Study Group
July 1, 2020 – 7:15 pm Central
 (8:15 pm Eastern)

“Thus we see that there is a certain relationship between karma and the animal kingdom, although we must not confuse matters by likening what the animal experiences as its fate with human karma. But if we consider the whole earth development, and what had to come about for the sake of humanity and its evolution, we will see that we can indeed speak of a relationship between the karma of humanity and the animal kingdom.”
~Rudolf Steiner, Manifestations of Karma, Chapter 2, “Karma and the Animal Kingdom”, Hamburg, 17 May, 1910 … focus of the July 1 meeting.

The lecture can be found online at the RS Archive (eLib) by clicking this link: https://wn.rsarchive.org/Lectures/…/Hamburg/19100517p01.html

The Central Regional Council of the Anthroposophical Society in America invites you to join our ongoing study conversation. The study has been divided among five 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: “Manifestations of Karma.” This book is a translation from German of Die Offenbarung des Karma (Ga 120), published in English by Rudolf Steiner Press in 1996.

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:

Video Conference Details:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88284010264

Meeting ID: 882 8401 0264

One tap mobile
+13017158592,,81116556762# US (Germantown)
+13126266799,,81116556762# US (Chicago)

Dial by your location
+1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
+1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
+1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
Meeting ID: 882 8401 0264

Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kclU2SSTF

If you have questions, please contact Alberto Loya aloyavaca@utexas.edu

Agenda for our Study Call

7:15 Welcome and Introductions
7:18 Verse
7:25 Study led by five volunteers
Note: CRC team will ID volunteers
Laura – pg. 26 to 29
Chris – pg. 29 to 34
Rosemary – pg. 34 to 38
Marianne – pg. 38 to 42
Alberto – pg. 42 to end
8:05 Conversation
8:28 Close with verse

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August 8-18 ‘Classroom Alive’ Youth Open-Source Learning in Chicago

UVA

We’re starting up with Culture in our community – join young people here in Chicago for a 10 day walking journey – Classroom Alive Chicago!

Exploration & experiencial learning all over Chicagoland, starting at at Elderberries 3-Fold Bio-dynamic Outpost & Cultrual Hub 4251 N. Lincolon Ave. Chicago, IL. 60618

for more info. contact Ultra-Violet Archer, or Frank Agrama

Details TBA #ClassroomAliveChicago2020

Thank you for forwarding this flier for any interested young people –

Co-sponsored in part by The Rudolf Steiner Branch Chicago Hazel Archer-Ginsberg, Festival & Program Coordinator

August 20-23, 2020 Questions of Courage Youth Conference at Elderberries

Questions of Courage 2020 in Chicago – August 20-23 Elderberries Biodynamic Outpost and 3Fold Cultural Hub 4251 N. Lincolon Ave. Chicago, IL. 60618

August 20: Check-in, share conversation, build the ground for the journey together.

August 21-22: Travel to Wisconsin Move together towards the land, link up with Farmer John and Haidy Angelic Organics Biodynamic Farm, and also with Dana and Phil Burns at Healing Traditions and Alizur farm. Connect with the land, plants, animals, and one another, through creative explorations and “roughin’ it” type amendments. Sleep under the stars or indoors.

August 23: Return to Chicago Enter back into the metropolitan context, into the social questions of urban life, and close the gathering together at Elderberries, setting the ground for future work out of questions of courage that are present.

Other locations and collaborators are currently in dialogue, and will be updated here.

The gathering is essentially about stepping into the living natural element, step by step, making an integral connection, with one another, ourselves, and the elements that support us here on the Earth…”

registration: https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSdY7KXHkjUPV2h9UD…/viewform

Thank you Elderberries for giving us an anchor to build our heartland gathering around!

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August 27-30, HOW WE WILL 2020

At Elderberries 3-fold Bio-Dynamic Outpost

for more info. contact Frank Agrama or Dottie Zold

Details TBA Co-sponsored in part by The Rudolf Steiner Branch Chicago -Hazel Archer-Ginsberg, Festival & Program Coordinator

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Rise Up

Annael

The festival of Ascension is a mystery not only of the forces of the macro-cosmic kingdom of the Son, into Earth-existence, but also the connection that opens us to the forces proceeding from the sphere of the Father.

Monday of Jubilate: You will see Me, because I go to the Father ...

The gospel of mark tells us: ‘Then the Lord, after He had spoken to them, was taken up into the heavenly spheres & sat down at the right hand of the World-Father as the fulfiller of His deeds’. 

As a result of the conversations over the 40 days with the presence of The Risen Christ, the apostles were able to receive the primal sources of a new imaginative clairvoyance – removing the veil hiding the true image of death which is really a facet of the Father-God in the aspect of Creator – what is born must die, but thru Christ death becomes life.

The scene of the ascension brought to manifestation the inner content of death as a revelation of man’s higher, imaginative consciousness, which has its source in the kingdom of the divine Father.

Ascension Day [Eastertide 2018] — Tamara Hill Murphy | A ...
Tamara Hill Murphey

According to the 5th gospel, the Ascension was for Christ Himself an event which is comparable only with death in human life, where the human becomes a fully spiritual being again.  –  At that moment the true meaning of death was made manifest to the apostles, they beheld it with their own eyes to be a process of union with the world of the Divine.

Ascension" New Original Abstract 24" x 36" Painting Print Unframed ...
Fredrick Jenttop

From that ‘turning point of time’ onward, Rudolf Steiner tells us that, one of the 1st experiences of every human being after death, is a contemplation of Christ’s Ascension, which can reveal to the person’s soul, the true picture of death & its connection to the spiritual world that lies closest to the earth, & with the highest sphere of the Father. 

Mondernist paintings by Teofan Sokerov in the Patriarchal … | Flickr
Teofan Sokerov

For the person who on earth worked to understand the mystery of Golgotha, this picture of the ascension after death becomes an affirmation, but for the soul that has not worked towards true spiritual knowledge, it is a picture of reproach.  Helping us seek in freedom to understand this mystery in our next life.

Nico Westerdale - About Me
Nico Westerdale

Rudolf Steiner tells us: ‘It is the Christ-impulse that works on after death; it is this impulse under whose influence man frees himself from the Moon-sphere, penetrates the starry Sun-sphere & from the impulses given to him by beings of the starry world, is there able to work upon the forming of the physical organism for his next earthly life’. Dornach 15 Sept. 1922

Nietta Sombart

Christ takes our Moon-Karma upon Himself, enabling our soul to find the path of the true Ascension, which leads to the world of the fixed stars.

In the scene of the Ascension we have an indication of the all-encompassing influence of the Christ Being, as the Lord of Karma, upon the life of the human soul after death. 

Tonight: more layers will be reveled

Until soon

~Hazel Archer Ginsberg

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“…Like an evening vapor after the sunset…”
A FREE Live online Ascension Festival with the Central Regional Council
May 21, 2020 7 pm – 8:15 pm CDT (8pm – 9:15pm EDT)
 
Ascension Thursday – May 21, 2020
7pm – 8:15pm CDT 

Join the Central Regional Council and special guests Geoffrey Norris, Mary Ruud and Nancy Melvin on an artistic exploration of the Mystery of Ascension.  We will offer leading thoughts, intermingled with poetry and Eurythmy, to be followed by open conversation.

In the clouds, between the depths of earth and heavenly heights, in the sphere of the etheric realm, we see the primal image of metamorphosis.

Is this global pandemic entreating us to ‘Practice Spirit Beholding‘ to awaken to the etheric realm we all share in common with the earth?

We can ‘Practice Spirit Recalling‘ to remember we received our etheric body on Old Sun.

In practicing ‘Spirit-Sensing‘ we may feel perhaps the Coronavirus is an admonition for us to reconnect to the sun-forces now imbued with The Etheric Christ, waiting to be recognized and engaged in the current evolving conditions.

This is an invitation for all of humanity to rise to a higher stage of initiation – a global Coronation.

The fulfillment of the secret promise of the Ascension is the Second Coming.  Will we choose to participate?

FREE – ALL are Welcome – find below Zoom Call details.
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:Option 1.  Click link below if you wish to connect through your computer (a headset is recommended)
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Option 2.  Call in using your telephone.
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For more info. contact Alberto Loya aloyavaca@peoplepc.com

May Hope Spring Eternal –

The CRC – Marianne Fieber, Alberto Loya, Hazel Archer-Ginsberg, Lisa Dalton
EurythmystMary Ruud
Speech Artists: Geoffrey Norris and Nancy Melvin
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June Sailo

Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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21 May 2020 – “Speaking with the Stars”: The Eve of the New Moon. Mercury cozys up to Venus in conjunction overnight. The best time to view the pair is immediately after sunset. Look Northwest. It’s one your last chances to view Venus for a while; she will continue her journey into the underworld, out of view earlier & earlier each night, while Mercury will begin to climb higher.

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Gerald Shepherd

Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day 

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

The Ascension of Jesus — Nathan Mark Phillips
Nathan Mark Phillips

Ascension Thursday 2020

El Greco

Birthday of Mary Magdalene, sister of Martha & Lazarus.The Gospels of Luke & Mark say 7 demons were cast out of her by Jesus. She became one of Jesus’ most celebrated disciples. Within the four Gospels she is named at least 12 times, more than most of the apostles. She is most prominent in the narrative of the crucifixion of Jesus, John 19:25–26 notes that she stood by the cross, near the Virgin Mary & the Apostle whom Jesus loved. According to all 4 Gospels,[Matthew 28:1–8] [Mark 16:9–10] [Luke 24:10] [John 20:18] she was, either alone or as a member of a group of women, the 1st to testify to the resurrection of Jesus. John 20 & Mark 16:9 specifically name her as the first person to see Jesus after his resurrection.

“…As the Spiritual Soul is the principle in which the Spirit Self develops, this principle is called the “mother of Christ,” or, in the occult schools, the “Virgin Sophia.” Through the fertilisation of the Virgin Sophia the Christ could be born in Jesus of Nazareth. In the occult school of Dionysius, the Intellectual Soul was called “Mary,” and the Sentient Soul “Mary Magdalene.” ~Rudolf Steiner, Gospel of John (Basle): Lecture V

Andrea Schimboeck

1265 – Birthday of Dante – according to Rudolf Steiner “…Dante became a seer at the age of thirty-five”. “…All leaders of mankind, who were aware of how the higher spiritual life of man arises out of his lower nature, have comprehended the significance of Easter. Dante therefore described his awakening — in his Divine Comedia — as taking place on Good Friday.”

“…Dante had a friend and teacher Brunetto Latini, who, as I think you will recognise from what we shall presently say, may be described as an Initiate in the true sense of the word.

“…When you follow the teaching of the Templars, there at the heart of it is a kind of reverence for something of a feminine nature. This femininity was known as the Divine Sophia, the Heavenly Wisdom. Manas is the fifth principle. the spiritual self of man, that must be developed, for which a temple must be built. And, just as the pentagon at the entrance to Solomon’s Temple characterises the fivefold human being, this female principle similarly typifies the wisdom of the Middle Ages, This wisdom is exactly what Dante sought to personify in his Beatrice. Only from this viewpoint can Dante’s Divine Comedy be understood. Hence you find Dante, too, using the same symbols as those which find expression in the Templars, the Christian knights, the Knights of the Grail, and so on. Everything which is to happen [in the future] was indeed long since prepared for by the great initiates, who foretell future events, in the same way as in the Apocalypse, so that souls will be prepared for these events.” ~ Rudolf Steiner, The Temple Legend

Mimno Frassineti

1860 – Giuseppe Garibaldi begins his attack on Palermo, Sicily, as part of the Italian unification

1907 – Bubonic plague breaks out in San Francisco

1941 – World War II: The German battleship Bismarck is sunk in the North Atlantic killing over 2,100 men

1941 – World War II: U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaims an “unlimited national emergency”

2006 – The 6.4 Mw Yogyakarta earthquake shakes central Java leaving more than 5,700 dead & 37,000 injured.

2016 – Barack Obama is the first president of United States to visit Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park & meet Hibakusha.

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Veil Paintings | Kristin Lee Hager Art
Kristin Lee Hager

POD (Poem Of the Day)

~Steller is the golden seed from which the corn arises,
Earthly is the Sun on the hill from which springs god’s day…
My body nourishes some unfolding time & purpose
My heart lifts like the Moon
& power quivers on the water…
I shine bronze & gold
& silver in the mirror of the unveiled Isis…
Today
The fixed stars & the circling planets are glad

~hag

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Sustainer of Life on Earth

Catch a Buzz With Two New Books About Bugs - The New York Times
Guy Benter

The Honeybee, Sustainer of Life on Earth
Inspired by Gunther Hauk, dedicated to Ines Katharina

Rarely are we aware of the very subtle interrelationships of life, for they are hidden by what we see, or perhaps don’t see, & simply take for granted. As an example: we know that great herds of buffalo provided meat, hides & bones for the American Indians. And yet, these gifts were almost side effects compared to the critical, yet less-seen role that the bison had of building up the deep, rich soil in the prairies, an abiding fertility that was essential in creating the breadbasket of our nation. Our conventional agriculture is still relying on this richness, but depleting it by the year.

When we think of the honeybee, we think of her gifts of pollinating about 3/4 of our daily food, of the honey she prepares out of the nectar of plants, of pollen & propolis. These, too, are minor contributions to life on earth, compared to the far greater importance she holds as sustainer of life. She shares this task with all the stinging insects, the hornets & wasps, the other bee species & the ants.

Sustainer of life on earth? Isn’t this a bit exaggerated? What then do they give us?- Believe it or not, it’s the acids! An organic substance, in homeopathic dilution, which is the basis of all life: DNA, fatty acids, amino acids, peptic acid, uric acid, folic acid, just to name the more familiar ones. Without these acids, no life processes could take place!

In plants it is the oxalic acid that provides the basic life-giving substance. Oxalis clover, rhubarb, & wood sorrel have lots of it, & we can taste the sour acid element more easily than in most vegetables.

In the animal kingdom, specifically in the stinging insects, it is the formic acid that plays a major role. Formic acid (formica = the ant) is the poison we feel when an ant bites us or a wasp or bee stings us. Each of these species produces a variation of formic acid.

As the bees & wasps receive nectar & pollen from the flowers, they are able to take in some of this oxalic acid, but they do not only take, they also provide a gift for the plants. As these insects fly & crawl through nature, they distribute their formic acid.

This formic acid, in finest dilution, wafts through the air & in Spring the germinating seeds & budding perennials receive this formic acid that has been produced the year before & still saturates the atmosphere, as their Spring tonic. So, these stinging insects are the nurturers of life on earth, since plants provide food, directly or indirectly, to all other beings.

Oxalic & formic acid each acts as an invigorator, a booster to the life processes for the other kingdoms. It is with the help of minute quantities of formic acid that the earth’s entire plant life grows & thrives. And, on the other hand, it is the plants’ oxalic acid that stimulates & invigorates all of the animal & human kingdom.

As we eat our spinach, broccoli, chard, carrots, the fruit & berries, we also take up the oxalic acid contained in them. Now a mysterious transformation occurs: we are able to change this acid into our very own formic acid!

“It is an established fact that our entire endocrine processes—governing growth, health, reproduction—function by virtue of minuscule amounts of the secretion created by the pituitary gland. Little, if any, scientific knowledge exists that on the same level of importance, this process of transforming oxalic acid into formic acid lets us live as spiritual beings in a physical body ~Rudolf Steiner, “Bees”.

For our life on Earth we depend on the vast numbers of stinging insects, which enliven the plant kingdom with their formic acid. SO our attitude toward these insects will have to undergo a drastic revision, away from disdain, anger, & fear – toward gratitude & respect, a nurturing, instead of killing.

Thinking of the honey bee, the ants, wasps & hornets, we can now understand that our lives depend on them. The honey bee takes a special place among all these formic acid producing insects because they live through the winter as a colony of perhaps 10 -20 thousand individual workers. By the end of March they may have already doubled their numbers & by the Summer Solstice, they reach 40-60 thousand individual worker bees. The vast numbers of honeybees flying already in early Spring not only contribute to the much needed pollination, but to the amount of formic acid released into nature. Now perhaps we can appreciate that our very lives depend on the care of the honeybee, & that we must participate with them in the sustaining of life on earth.

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Doro Vexe

POD (Poem Of the Day)

~To my body I gave the power of my heart
Bee love & create I said
Beat within the grace of the world’s rhythms
A radiant Sun
In tune with the music of becoming
A ferry thru dark churning waves
An oasis flowing with fresh waters
On the high tide of blessings
To open my head
to pure thought unfolded

~hag

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Venus & Mercury are dancing toward each other as we speak. Coming into a tight conjunction in the northwest at evening twilight. Although they look close together, Mercury is on the far side of the Sun from us while Venus is now on the near side.

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Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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Shelley Bain
“…Like an evening vapor after the sunset…”
A LIVE online Ascension Festival with the Central Regional Council
May 21, 2020 7 pm – 8:15 pm CDT (8pm – 9:15pm EDT)
 

Ascension Thursday – May 21, 2020
7pm – 8:15pm CDT 

Join the Central Regional Council and special guests Geoffrey Norris, Mary Ruud and Nancy Melvin on an artistic exploration of the Mystery of Ascension.  We will offer leading thoughts, intermingled with poetry and Eurythmy, to be followed by open conversation.

In the clouds, between the depths of earth and heavenly heights, in the sphere of the etheric realm, we see the primal image of metamorphosis.

Is this global pandemic entreating us to ‘Practice Spirit Beholding‘ to awaken to the etheric realm we all share in common with the earth?

We can ‘Practice Spirit Recalling‘ to remember we received our etheric body on Old Sun.

In practicing ‘Spirit-Sensing‘ we may feel perhaps the Coronavirus is an admonition for us to reconnect to the sun-forces now imbued with The Etheric Christ, waiting to be recognized and engaged in the current evolving conditions.

This is an invitation for all of humanity to rise to a higher stage of initiation – a global Coronation.

The fulfillment of the secret promise of the Ascension is the Second Coming.  Will we choose to participate?

FREE – ALL are Welcome – find below Zoom Call details.
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:Option 1.  Click link below if you wish to connect through your computer (a headset is recommended)
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86998748216?pwd=K3JYa1ZLWis3dzEweFYvQ1VFZVVRdz09
The PASSWORD is:  (not required, password has been removed)

Option 2.  Call in using your telephone.
United States: +1 (346) 248 7799  or +1 (312) 626 6799
Access Code: 869-9874-8216
The PASSWORD is:  (not required, password has been removed)

Option 3. You can use a combination of Options 1 and 2 (computer and phone). If you use the phone, please turn off the audio on your computer to prevent audio feedback.

For more info. contact Alberto Loya aloyavaca@peoplepc.com

May Hope Spring Eternal –

The CRC – Marianne Fieber, Alberto Loya, Hazel Archer-Ginsberg, Lisa Dalton
EurythmystMary Ruud
Speech Artists: Geoffrey Norris and Nancy Melvin

Cross Q

Congratulations Beloved –
& Welcome to Your Royal Wedding Party
Where You marry You…Come on, Say I do…
as you dance to the beat of your laughing heart
around the blazing bonfire in MayDay Jubilation…
Break taboos, buck the rut rote,
& overthrow conventional surface stuff
with your blithe grace & jaunty charm
in your one-of-a-kind Wedding gown…

There are a couple of caveats though:
the beautiful truth won’t always be simple & bright;
a good marriage takes work to gleam & Green…
it can get murky & dense, convoluted, or kaleidoscopic…
the bird song whispering sweet somethings may sound
more like a marching band
pounding out a kinky version of Beethoven’s 5th
than a double flute playing a quaint folk song…
(if you’re lucky)

When you Give Peace & Dance
you’re likely to be quivery & atwitter in your vows
due to encounters with the Great Unknown –
arrivals from beyond the Wild Blue Yonder –
that will blow your mind to recalibrate
your philosophy of life. So Rejoice…
Your appointments with the numinous
are likely to be stirring, awe-inspiring & fire-friendly…

Your old self is the fuel you will use to burn
your old self to the ground…This bonfire will liberate
your new self, which may be trapped
in a gnarly snarl deep inside your old self…
don’t let the flames freak you –
for very quickly a sense of relief & release will predominate…
Then, as the New You commits its way to freedom,
escaping its cramped quarters – flexing its vital force
in mystic union…you will be blessed
with a foreshadowing of your future bliss…
The intoxication that follows will bring you clarity, peace of mind
& a mighty orgasm of communal de-light…
See you there…
Xox

~hag (Today is the actual Cross Quarter for Beltane)

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7 May 2020 – “Speaking with the Stars”: A gigantic asterism you may not know about is the Diamond of Virgo, extending over five constellations. It now stands upright in the south after the stars come out. Start with Spica, its bottom. Upper left from Spica is bright Arcturus. Almost as far upper right from Arcturus is fainter Cor Caroli. The same distance lower right from there is Denebola, the tailtip of Leo. And then back to Spica. The bottom three of these stars, the brightest, form a nearly perfect equilateral triangle. Maybe we should call this the “Spring Triangle” to parallel those of summer & winter?

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Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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By 961, Otto had conquered the Kingdom of Italy & extended his realm’s borders to the north, east, & south. The patronage of Otto facilitated a limited cultural renaissance of the arts & architecture. Following the example of Charlemagne, Otto was crowned Emperor in 962 by Pope John XII in Rome.

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Caspar Friedrich — Fog in the Elbe Valley, 1821, Caspar David...

Friedrich’s paintings characteristically set a human presence in diminished perspective amid expansive landscapes, reducing the figures to a scale that, directs “the viewer’s gaze towards their metaphysical dimension.”

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Two allegorical figures: a skeleton holding a scythe and a ball of ...

POD (Poem Of the Day)

~On that afternoon
As the grapes were flowering
I stood in my garden & heard Death fingering his lyre among the wild violets…
8 was the # of his song
8 gods, 1 note dividing, harmony returning…
I laid aside my troubles, gathering what I knew
I dressed in the skin of a priest
& hurried toward the light bearing the light within
Toward the unknown…
~hag

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Elena Ray

Anthroposophy Atlanta Lunch & Learn (FREE Zoom Call) – Crowning” with Hazel Archer Ginsberg, and Eurythmist Raven Garland – Is this ‘global pandemic’ entreating us to awaken to the etheric realm that we share in common with the earth? Perhaps the coronavirus is an admonition for us to reconnect to the sun-forces now imbued with the Etheric Christ, waiting to be recognized and employed in these current evolving conditions – an invitation for all of humanity to rise to a higher stage of initiation – a Crowning re-birth.

Anthroposophy Atlanta is hosting this mid-day Zoom call to take up spiritual study and offer practical ways to enliven ourselves and our community. While we can’t physically be together for a lunch-time meal, we can gather virtually for a desk-top lunch and benefit from shared attention on Anthroposophy.

For our first call, we have invited our friend from Chicago, Hazel Archer-Ginsberg to share some of her work. To support Hazel’s content, we are thrilled that Raven Garland will lead us in simple, yet powerful eurythmy at the end of the call. Please join us if you are able! It is free-of-charge and everyone is invited.

“Crowning” With Hazel Archer Ginsberg and Raven Garland
Time: May 18, 2020, 11:30 am – NOON CDT – 12:30 pm – 1 pm ET – Zoom link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/77977043476

Meeting ID: 779 7704 3476
Password: HAZEL

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“…Like an evening vapor after the sunset…” ~Novalis –
A free online Ascension Festival with the Central Regional Council –

Ascension Thursday – May 21, 2020
7pm – 8:15pm CDT 
(8pm – 9:15pm EDT)

Join the Central Regional Council and special guest Raven Garland on an artistic exploration of the Mystery of Ascension.  We will offer leading thoughts, intermingled with poetry and Eurythmy, to be followed by open conversation.

In the clouds, between the depths of earth and heavenly heights, in the sphere of the etheric realm, we see the primal image of metamorphosis.

Is this global pandemic entreating us to ‘Practice Spirit Beholding‘ to awaken to the etheric realm we all share in common with the earth? We can ‘Practice Spirit Recalling‘ to remember we received our etheric body on Old Sun. In practicing ‘Spirit-Sensing‘ we may feel perhaps the Coronavirus is an admonition for us to reconnect to the sun-forces now imbued with The Etheric Christ, waiting to be recognized and engaged in the current evolving conditions. This is an invitation for all of humanity to rise to a higher stage of initiation – a global Coronation.

The fulfillment of the secret promise of the Ascension is the Second Coming.  Will we choose to participate?

FREE – ALL are Welcome – find below Zoom Call details.
The Central Regional Council of the Anthroposophical Society in America invites you to join our on-line Ascension Festival
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:Option 1.  Click link below if you wish to connect through your computer (a headset is recommended)
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86998748216?pwd=K3JYa1ZLWis3dzEweFYvQ1VFZVVRdz09
The PASSWORD is:  Ascension

Option 2.  Call in using your telephone.
United States: +1 (346) 248 7799  or +1 (312) 626 6799
Access Code: 869-9874-8216
The PASSWORD is:  Ascension

Option 3. You can use a combination of Options 1 and 2 (computer and phone). If you use the phone, please turn off the audio on your computer to prevent audio feedback.

For more info. contact Alberto Loya aloyavaca@peoplepc.com

May Hope Spring Eternal –

The CRC – Marianne Fieber, Alberto Loya, Hazel Archer-Ginsberg, David Howerton, Lisa Dalton
EurythmystRaven GarlandIn heavy clouds let Him ascend

And so also let Him downward tread.
In cooling streams let Him be sent,
in flames of fire blaze His descent,
In air and essence, sound and dew,
To permeate our whole earth through.
~Novalis