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Open-Minded. Whole-Hearted. Hands-on-Faith

Greetings Friends, on this Chinese New Year of the Rat. –

As you can imagine I am still all aglow from the 2020 Christian Community Winter Youth Conference. My daughter Ultra-Violet & I arrived a day early to meet my dear friend Lori Kulik, who lives in Bethesda (think healing fountain) Maryland (land of Mary). We took a nature walk by the Potomac River; explored Washington National Cathedral; & took a nighttime tour of the memorials, glowing like beacons in the cold dark. And to my hearts delight, the next morning we drove to Alexandria Virginia (think ancient Egypt meets the Virgin) for a tour of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial. This prequel was the perfect foundation for my presentation on Columbia as the Spirit of America.

The 35 young people from all over, many who are veterans of the Summer Camp, created an instant bond thru music & games. Rev. Carol Kelly’s inspired leadership added to & harmonized the youthful enthusiasm. Rev. Paul Newton introduced the theme: THE COURAGE TO LOVE THE WORLD THAT WE’RE IN – WHAT DO YOU LOVE? -WHAT IS IN NEED OF YOUR LOVE?

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Anna Silber brought the powerful biography of George Washington Carver. Ultra-Violet Archer taught a song she composed with 4 part harmony that the young people picked up right away. Rev. Kelly’s Close of Day sermons, weaving leading thoughts in with the activities of the day (‘there are no others’) were the perfect spiritual food to take into sleep each night.

Priest in training Samuel Parker was a godsend, driving 1 of the vans (Anna drove the other) back & forth each day from our lodgings (20 girls in a 3 bedroom with 2 baths!)  

Sharing the song Requiem by Eliza Gilkyson, written in response to the tsunami in Indonesia, which took over 260,000 lives, as part of the Sunday service was very powerful. It was heartwarming to see Margaret Dancey; and wonderful to commune with Tina Daub face to face.

Working with biodynamic grounds keeper Michael Judge, the young folks cleaned up the waterways around the Church, where they came across a dead beaver & a discarded handgun, among the usual trash.  

Sunday afternoon I shared my offering which was called by many names: ‘Let Freedom Ring’ was the working title; also referred to as ‘Columbia Calls’ or ‘Reclaiming the Wisdom of America’. I began by invoking our dear Richard Dancey, & bringing in the concept of light & warmth as the essential components to our understanding of the Divine, before telling the story of Phillis Wheatley, which led us to George Washington & the American Revolution.

All the while the Being of Columbia was reclaimed as the true colossus She is meant to be in the hearts & minds of us all, calling us to develop our will to Love in Freedom. The art exercise which followed the presentation challenged the young folks to envision their ideal of the Spirit of America.  My fav. was the picture of the eagle looking at himself in the reflecting pool only to see that he was a Dove!

Then Ultra-Violet taught them a chant that became an ear-worm for us all:

‘Let the freedom dove fly.
Shout unity to the sky.
Let war & greed die.
Claim justice on high.

Open-Minded.
Whole-Hearted.
Hands-on-Faith’

The talent show that night was a blast -the MC’s were hilariously brilliant, & everyone’s sharing, a true gift.

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On MLK’s Day we were on the road in the bitter cold before dawn. We sang at the Lincoln Memorial as the sun rose, & made our way to Dr. King’s memorial to offer our humble voices in songs of praise. Then we went to an inspiring program at the Folgers Shakespeare Theatre with original poems, & readings of MLK’s letters written while he was in prison. The closing was his ‘I Have a Dream Speech’.  

I was blessed to connect with Martha Loving Orgain, who cast mine & Ultra’s natal charts using Astrosophy. I stayed on an extra day with Lori where I was able to explore more of the District of Columbia, including a tour of the Capital Building where the ‘Apotheosis of Washington’ is displayed in the dome of the Rotunda, on the 1st day of the impeachment trial!

My friends, Columbia is in-deed Calling. Will we respond?

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To the Edge ... and Beyond

25 January 2019 – “Speaking with the Stars”: Is your night sky dark enough for you to see the winter Milky Way? In mid-evening it runs vertically up & across the zenith: from Canis Major low in the southeast, up between Orion & Gemini, through Auriga & Perseus almost straight overhead, & down through Cassiopeia, Cepheus, & Cygnus to the northwest horizon.

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Today, the 1st day of the New Moon, is the Chinese New Year of the Metal (White Gold) Rat, the first zodiac sign in the Chinese zodiac cycle. According to the ancient tale, in the competition held by the Jade Emperor to decide the zodiac animals, the quick-witted rat asked the diligent ox to take him on a ride to cross the river & jumped down before the ox crossed the finish line, so the rat won the race & became the first of the zodiac animals.

Rats are resourceful, & smart, with sharp skills of observation & rich imaginations. And as the original tale tells, they can take advantage of various opportunities well.

In Chinese culture, rats represent a thrifty, diligent worker; so people born in the year of the Rat are often wealthy & prosperous.

Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, is China’s most important festival, a celebration that brings a weeklong public holiday.

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Moon Rock Window of the National Cathedral

Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

The Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul on the road to Damascus.  Before this, he was known as Saul, “a Pharisee of Pharisees”, who “intensely persecuted” the followers of Jesus.

The Acts of the Apostles says that Paul was on his way from Jerusalem to Syrian Damascus with a mandate issued by the High Priest to seek out & arrest followers of Jesus, with the intention of returning them to Jerusalem as prisoners for questioning & possible execution. The journey is interrupted when Paul sees a blinding light, & communicates directly with a divine voice.

Acts 9 tells the story as a third-person narrative: As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone. Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything. Acts 9:3–9, NIV


Ananias Restoring the Sight of St. Paul (c.1631) by Pietro da Cortona.

The account continues with a description of Ananias of Damascus receiving a divine revelation instructing him to visit Saul at the house of Juda on the Street Called Straight & there lay hands on him to restore his sight. Ananias is initially reluctant, having heard about Saul’s persecution, but obeys the divine command: Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, and after taking some food, he regained his strength. Acts 9:13–19, NIV


Paul on trial before Agrippa (Acts 26), as pictured by Nikolai Bodarevsky, 1875.

Acts’ second telling of Paul’s conversion occurs in a speech Paul gives when he is arrested in Jerusalem.[Acts 22:6-21] Paul addresses the crowd & tells them of his conversion, with a description essentially the same as that in Acts 9.

Acts’ third discussion of Paul’s conversion occurs when Paul addresses King Agrippa, defending himself against the accusations of antinomianism that have been made against him. [Acts 26:12-18] This account is more brief than the others. The speech here is again tailored for its audience, emphasizing what a Roman ruler would understand: the need to obey a heavenly vision,[Acts 26:19]  & reassuring Agrippa that Christians were not a secret society.

The conversion of Paul, in spite of his attempts to completely eradicate Christianity, is seen as evidence of the power of Divine Grace: “no fall is so deep that grace cannot descend to it” & “no height so lofty that grace cannot lift the sinner to it.” It also demonstrates “God’s power to use everything, even the hostile persecutor, to achieve the divine purpose.”

The transforming effect of Paul’s conversion influenced the clear antithesis he saw “between righteousness based on the law,” i.e. the letter of the law, which he had sought in his former life; & “righteousness based on the death of Christ,” which he describes, for example, in the Epistle to the Galatians.

Interesting that in rural England, the feast day celebrated on 25 January, functioned much like Groundhog Day does in our modern-day US. With prophecies ranged from fine days predicting good harvests, to clouds & mists signifying pestilence & war in the coming months.

1366 – Deathday of Henry Suso, a German Dominican friar & mystic, the most popular r writer of the 14th century. He is also notable for defending Meister Eckhart’s legacy after Eckhart was condemned for heresy. Suso also studied philosophy in Strasbourg, where he would have come into contact with Meister Eckhart, Johannes Tauler, both celebrated mystics.

Suso was esteemed as a preacher, in the cities of Swabia, Switzerland, Alsace, & the Netherlands, speaking with individuals of all classes who were drawn to him by his attractive personality, & to whom he became a personal director in the spiritual life.

Suso was reported to have established among the Friends of God a society which he called the Brotherhood of the Eternal Wisdom. The so-called Rule of the Brotherhood of the Eternal Wisdom is a free translation of a chapter of his Horologium Sapientiae, which did not make its appearance until the 15th  century. Suso was beatified in 1831 by Pope Gregory XVI.

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1586 – Deathday of Lucas Cranach the Younger, German painter.

1742 – Deathday of Edmond Halley, English astronomer, geophysicist, mathematician, meteorologist, & physicist. He was the second Astronomer Royal in Britain.

From an observatory he constructed on Saint Helena, Halley recorded a transit of Mercury across the Sun. He realized a similar transit of Venus could be used to determine the size of the Solar System. He also used his observations to expand contemporary star maps. He aided in proving Isaac Newton‘s laws of motion, & funded the publication of Newton’s influential Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica. From his September 1682 observations, he used the laws of motion to compute the periodicity of Halley’s Comet in his 1705 Synopsis of the Astronomy of Comets. It was named after him upon its predicted return in 1758, which he did not live to see.

Beginning in 1698, he made sailing expeditions & made observations on the conditions of terrestrial magnetism. In 1718, he discovered the proper motion of the “fixed” stars.

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1881 – Thomas Edison & Alexander Graham Bell form the Oriental Telephone Company.

1882 – Birthday of Virginia Woolf, English novelist, essayist, short story writer, & critic

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1890 – Nellie Bly completes her round-the-world journey in 72 days.

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1915 – Alexander Graham Bell inaugurates U.S. transcontinental telephone service, speaking from New York to Thomas Watson in San Francisco.

1918 – The Ukrainian People’s Republic declares independence from Bolshevik Russia.

1999 – A 6.0 Richter scale earthquake hits western Colombia killing at least 1,000.

2011 – The first wave of the Egyptian revolution begins throughout the country, marked by street demonstrations, rallies, acts of civil disobedience, riots, labor strikes, & violent clashes.

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Preta Blute

POD (Poem Of the Day)

~Sun spots flaring…
Thunder daring down…
Electo-magnetic dancers wearing a solar crown…
Lucid dragons lucky round
Mischief mask so profound
Thrill you, will you, make a sound
…?
~hag

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30 Jan. – 2 Feb. 2020 Prep-makers conference at Michael Fields Institute

Fellowship of Preparation Makers Gathering

BD 501 and 508 – Tools to bring the cosmic light into the earth.

January 30th  – February 2nd, 2020 

Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, N8030 Townline Rd, East Troy, WI

The mission of the Fellowship of Preparation Makers is to ensure that good quality biodynamic preparations are available now and into the future throughout North America.

Schedule: Thursday, January 30th

10—10:30 am   Registration for Chromatogram Intensive

10:30am   Chromatogram Intensive – All levels welcome. Presenter: Ryann Herring

12 —1pm  Lunch on your own

1-3pm  Chromatogram Intensive

3—5pm  Registration and Social Time

5-6:30pm  Supper

7-8:30pm   Welcome from Perry Brown, and Candlemas Festival with Hazel Archer Ginsberg

Friday, January 31st 7:30-8:30am   Registration, Breakfast and Social Time

8:30– 10 am   History of Fellowship of Prep Makers, and Introductions.

10-10:30am  Morning Break

10:30–12:30pm  Why Biodynamics? Presenter: Mac Mead

12:30-1:45pm Lunch

2-3:30pm  How the cosmic works in the earth? Presenter: Hugh Courtney

3:30-4pm Afternoon Break

4-6pm  Different ways to make and use BD501 & BD508. Practical hands on session with Marjory House and Lloyd Nelson

6-7:30 pm Supper

7:30-9pm  The Journey of a Prep Maker,  A history circle, Facilitator: Brian Wickert

Saturday, February 1st 7:30-8:30 Registration, Breakfast and Social Time

8:30-10am  History of Silica on Man’s Evolution (Lamuria to today) Presenter: Mac Mead

10-10:30am  Morning break

10:30– 12pm  Silica and the Human Presenter: Dr. Mark Kamsler

12-1:30pm Lunch

1:30-3pm  Interpretation of Chromatograms  Presenter: Ryann Herring

3-3:30pm  Afternoon Break

3:30-5pm  Kolisko Institute  Presenter: Dr. Mark Kamsler

5-7pm  Supper

7-8:30pm  Quality Comparison of BD501 & 508  Show and tell how you make and use the preps. Facilitator: Wali Via

8:30 pm  Evening Social/Brew City Drifters

Sunday, February 2nd 7:30-8:30 am  Breakfast & Social Time

8:30-10am  Round Table Discussion: Peppering for Pests and Weeds Panel: Mac Mead and Hugh Courtney

10-1-:30  Morning Break

10:30– Noon  Fellowship presentations, evaluations and closing circle.

Noon  Lunch

Registration and Lodging Full Conference Fee $250, Single Day $125, Single Talk $25, Single Meal $15, Chromatogram Intensive $25

Homestays Available, Airport pickup from MKE available

REGISTER ONLINE HERE

Questions: Allison Pratt-Szeliga apszeliga@michaelfields.org 262-642-3303×107

Home stay  and airport transportation arrangements will be handled by:
Petra Zinniker petrazinniker@gmail.com 262-581-7574

We will work to provide home stays for everyone who requests one. Some homes will be free and others may have a cost. Please contact Petra with your requests. Home stays will be reserved on a first come first served basis.

Local accommodations are also listed below:
Quality Inn & Suites (1.8 miles away)
2921 O’Leary Ln, East Troy, WI 53120•(262) 684-2183

Alpine Valley Resort (1.6 miles away)
W2501 Co Rd D, Elkhorn, WI 53121•(262) 642-7374

BD 501 and 508 preps for quality comparison:
If you have them, please bring or send BD 501 and BD 508 preps for quality comparison and closing ceremony. Preps can be mailed to Petra Zinniker, N 7399 Bowers Rd, Elkhorn, WI 53121

Presenters: Hazel Archer-Ginsberg, Mac Mead, Hugh Courtney, Marjory House, Lloyd Nelson, Dr Kamsler, Ryan Herring, Wali Via

Sponsors: Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, Demeter, Biodynamic Association

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The Karma Project – The Karma of Anthroposophy
February 5, 2019 – 7:15 pm CST (8:15 pm EST)
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Now the fact that karma has united a very wide range of different souls in the anthroposophical movement, from such varying antecedents and prior circumstances, makes this movement into a Michael movement in the true sense — a movement which truly renews Christianity.  This lies in the karma of the anthroposophical movement.  But it also lies in the karma of many individuals who sincerely enter the Anthroposophical Society.  It is the particular task of the anthroposophical movement to carry into the world this Michael impetus, which can be grasped and realized more specifically in this way.  many signs and reminders of this impetus can still be found here on earth today, for instance when one sees the wonderful play of nature around the ruins of Arthur’s castle.  As the centuries pass this impetus must increasingly enter civilization if the latter is not to degenerate entirely.”

~Rudolf Steiner, The Karma of AnthroposophyChapter 10Christ of the Elements, Christ in the Heart”, Torquay, 21 August, 1924 … focus of the February 5 meeting.

The Central Regional Council of the Anthroposophical Society in America invites you to join our ongoing  study conversation.  The study has been divided among four 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 Karma of Anthroposophy.”  These lectures corresponds to GA 237, and were included in the series titled “Karmic Relationships“, Volume III, published in English by Rudolf Steiner Press in 1977.

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://zoom.us/j/583606003
Option 2.  Call in using your telephone.
United States: +1 669 900 6833  or +1 646 558 8656
Access Code: 583-606-003
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.
 
Please join us!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 – pp 134 – 137
          Christine – pp 138 – 141
          Stefano – pp 142 – 145
          Chris – pp 146 – 149
8:05  Conversation
8:25  Identify volunteers for our next study call: March 4
8:28  Close with verse

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KNOW THYSELF – Karma and Anthroposophic Psychology — an Easter-Tide Retreat 9 -12 April 2020,

Karma and Anthroposophic Psychology –  An Easter-Tide Retreat 

April 9 – 12, 2020 – Rudolf Steiner Branch 4249 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL

AAP: James A. Dyson, M.D., Roberta Nelson, Ph.D., and David Tresemer, Ph.D. with Susan Overhauser, Ph.D.

CRC: Marianne Fieber, Alberto Loya, Hazel Archer-Ginsberg, David Howerton, Lisa Dalton

Eurythmist: Mary Ruud

A popular view of karma is cause and effect or tit-for-tat. Karma, however, is so much more complex, interesting, and important. The soul work of karma has to do with the unfolding of our individuality through the elements, through the ethers, and very much through relationships.

Rudolf Steiner named his core mission as bringing karma and reincarnation to the West; his teachings deserve interpretation and practical enlivening. The Central Regional Council has been exploring this theme for many months. Anthroposophic Psychology gives a unique contribution to the soul work of karma. For this conference the CRC is partnering with the Association for Anthroposophic Psychology (AAP of North America) to present ideas and experiences concerning karma—and how it impacts upon personal psychology.

Conference Fees (includes 1 meal per day & art supplies):

  • $190 Supporter Level
  • $140 Standard Rate
  • $60 Youth Rate (Age 35 and under)

Limited scholarships available. Click here to apply.

Tentative Schedule (subject to change)

Thursday April 9

Noon: Registration & Group Lunch (provided)

2:00-3:15Welcome and ArtActs (Interactive Artistic Activity)

3:30-5:30Star Wisdom and Karma – David Tresemer, Ph.D.

5:30-7:00 Dinner (on your own)

7:00-9:00 (Evening Presentation) “The Karma Exercises” – Susan Overhauser, Ph.D.

Friday April 10

9-10:15 ArtActs

10:30-12:30Living into Karma—through the Senses —James A. Dyson, MD.

12:30-2:00 Lunch (on your own)

2:00-3:15 ArtActs

3:30-5:30How to Find the Self in a Sea of Karma – Roberta Nelson, Ph.D. This is part 1 of a deep inquiry into finding one’s self.

5:30-7:00 Group Dinner (provided)

7:00-9:00Unfolding the Enigma of the Saturn path — James A. Dyson, MD.

Saturday April 11

 9-10:15 ArtActs

10:30-12:30How to Find the Self in a Sea of Karma – Roberta Nelson, Ph.D. This is part 2 of a deep inquiry into finding one’s self.

12:30-2:00 Lunch (on your own)

2:00-3:15 ArtActs

3:30-5:30The Gesture of Karma – David Tresemer, Ph.D. Guest to this presentation will be Lisa Loving Dalton.

 5:30-7:00 Group Dinner (provided)

 7:00-9:00 PAGEANT: ‘Know Thyself’ by Hazel Archer-Ginsberg, the CRC, and consultant Margot Hodgson, LPC

Sunday April 12

Easter SunriseSongtrail at the Lake with Marianne Fieber

At the Christian Community 2135 W. Wilson Ave · Chicago, Il 60625

9:30 Children’s Stories

10:00 Children’s Service

10:30 Adult Easter Service

11:30 Potluck Feast

12:30LEADING THOUGHTS: Christ as Lord of Karma—how do I access this in terms of my personal psychology? – James Dyson, MD.

1:30Gatheringexperiences and reflections.

2:30CRC business

3:00Closing

CRC: Marianne Fieber, Alberto Loya, Hazel Archer-Ginsberg, David Howerton, Lisa Dalton

AAP:

  • James A. Dyson, MD, Senior Faculty, Assoc. for Anthroposophic Psychology (AAP), North America; Faculty Member, English International Training in Anthroposophic Medicine
  • Roberta Nelson, Ph.D., licensed addiction and clinical counselor; Faculty Chair for Assoc. for Anthroposophic Psychology (AAP), North America. Contributor to The Counselor … as if Soul and Spirit Matter.
  • Susan Overhauser, Ph.D., licensed psychologist, California; Associate Presenter for Assoc. for Anthroposophic Psychology (AAP), North America.
  • David Tresemer, Ph.D., President, Assoc. for Anthroposophic Psychology. Editor and contributor, The Counselor … as if Soul and Spirit Matter; editor, Slow Counseling; column in Lilipoh for the last seven years. Author of Star Wisdom & Rudolf Steiner.

About AAP: The foundation course in the Association for Anthroposophic Psychology (AAP) is a three-year (three times a year) training, starting up again in April 2021. See www.AnthroposophicPsychology.org

P.O. Box 2180, Boulder, Colorado 80306

E: Admin@AnthroposophicPsychology.org

Web: AnthroposophicPsychology.org

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The Sacred Gateway: Conscious Living, Conscious Dying, and the Journey Beyond 2020

04/16/2020 – 2:00 PM – 04/19/2020 -1:00 PM PT

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER! 

April 16 – 19, 2020
Detroit Waldorf School, Detroit, MI

  • Bring a new consciousness to your own life and death
  • Support those who are crossing and who have crossed over 
  • Expand your practice and knowledge of working with the dying

Through interactive workshops, triad sharing, keynote discussions with Rev. Patrick Kennedy, Sandra LaGrega and Jennifer Fox, Dr. Melinda Toney, and Hazel Archer-Ginsberg,  and more, as well as experiential and artistic activities, we will consciously explore the spiritual and practical aspect of human life and death. 

Conference Fees:

  • $280 Supporter Level
  • $195 Standard ASA Member Rate
  • $215 Non-Member Rate 
  • $60 Youth Rate (Age 35 and under)

Limited scholarships available. Click here to apply.

Click Here to Join the ASA!

Conference Schedule 
(Note: Workshops Subject to Additions/Minor Changes)

Pre-conference Activities: 

Thursday, April 16  

2 pm Tour of Brightmoor Maker’s Space  

4 pm  Screening of short film The Art of Natural Death Care  Detroit Waldorf School Auditorium- By Donation  

7pm Screening of a Will For The Woods Detroit Waldorf School Auditorium- Open to the public!  $10 Suggested Donation 

Friday, April 17

10:00-1:00p Registration Opens 
10:00-12:00p Choose from two pre-conference activities at the Detroit Waldorf School 

  • Exploring the Beauty of home funerals and green burial: Photo essay and Q&A with Merilynne Rush, MS, End-of-Life Doula Trainer and Home Funeral Guide (Open to the public. Donation accepted at the door) 
  • The Story of Detroit: A Walking Songtrail (Meet in the school playground. Approx. two mile walk)

12:00p Bag Lunch (For Purchase) 
1:00p  Conference Opening 
1:45-3:00p  Keynote Discussion with Rev. Patrick Kennedy: Befriending Death 
3:00-3:30p Break
3:30-5:00p  Three-Day Themed Workshops (Chosen on site. Choose one theme and attend Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) ALL WORKSHOPS CHOSEN ON SITE  
Fuller descriptions coming soon! 

  • From Loss to Connection Through the Arts: Reading, Writing and Drawing with Marianne Dietzel and Maureen Flannery
    Together we will invite our loved ones across the threshold to join us in experiencing practices thet connect and heal. We will read to the dead, write prose and poetry, and draw from gestures of nature.
  • BIOGRAPHY: GIFTS OF REVIEWING LIFE AND CONNECTING TO LIFE AFTER DEATH     Sandra LaGrega and Jennifer Fox
  • A HOME DEATH CARE STORY: CONSCIOUS DYING AND THE HOME VIGIL~BASED ON DYING OF WAYNE TONEY    Dr. Melinda Toney, Carole Schoaf, and Katherine Blackburn 
  • MULTI-CULTURAL APPROACHES: ANCIENT AND MODERN/ SACRED AND ESOTERIC: FESTIVALS FOR THE DEAD. THEN AND NOW. RENEW OR CREATE YOUR OWN TRADITION  Hazel Archer-Ginsberg, Julia Torres and Guests 

5:30-6:30 Choose: Eurythmy (Movement), Singing, or Poetry 
6:30 Evening Appetizer Reception (Included in registration fee) 
7:30-9:00 Evening Performance 

Saturday April 18 – All workshops chosen on site/Saturday Lunch and Dinner for purchase 

8:00 Coffee/Tea/Breakfast Snacks (Included in Regisration Fee) 
8:30-9:15 Choose: Eurythmy (Movement), Singing, or Poetry 
9:30-11:00 Three-Day Themed Workshops   
11:00-11:30 Break
11:30-12:30 Vigil Room Experience  
12:30 – 2:00  Lunch and Table Conversations 

2:15 – 3:45 Topic Workshops
    Workshop Choices Coming Soon! 

3:45-4:15 Break

4:15-5:45 Story Space: Death & Healing 

5:45-7:00 Dinner With Your Dinner Table Groups 

7:30-9:00 Evening Performance with Sarah Putnam: Little Gidding by TS Elliot followed by Memento Mori Ritual  

Sunday, April 19 – All workshops chosen on site

8:00 Coffee/Tea/Breakfast Snacks (Included in Registration Fee) 

8:30-9:15 Choose: Eurythmy (Movement), Singing, or Poetry 

9:30 – 11:00 Three Day Themed Workshops 

11:30-1:00 Green Burial Ceremony and Closing 

Full conference: 
$280 Supporter (This level provides scholarships for other attendees!)
$195 Standard ASA Member Rate/$215 Non-Member Rate/$60 Youth 
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER! 

Please Note: Cancellation fee of $35 before April 9. No refunds after April 10. 

**Scholarship applications open. Click here to complete your application by March 30!** 
We will get back to you by either March 15th or 30th, depending upon your application date. 

Transportation and Lodging 

Transportation
The nearest aiport is the Detroit Metro airport, which is 30 minutes away. Please take Uber/Lyft/Taxi to our site. 
Click here for a general transportation FAQ.

Lodging
Rooms reserved at the following: 

Comfort Inn Detroit at 1999 E Jefferson Ave has a block of rooms available for us. Please go to this link for the $124.00 nightly rate. Breakfast is included, as well as shuttle rides to and from the Detroit Waldorf School. You can also call 313-567-8888 and say that you are with the Sacred Gateway group. 

Want to share a ride or room? You can post your request or respond to requests at our shared room/ride board here. 

Festivals for the Dead. Then & Now. Renew, or Create Your Own Tradition.

with Hazel Archer-Ginsberg – Founder of Reverse Ritual Understanding Anthroposophy through the Rhythms of the Year. Essayist, Lecturer, Poet, Trans-denominational Minister, ‘Anthroposopher’, working as the Festivals Coordinator & Council Member of the Chicago Rudolf Steiner Branch, The Traveling Speakers Program, & the Central Regional Council of the Anthroposophical Society.

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~Vitae Sophia~ A Whitsun Festival of United Soul Endeavor

Northeastern Tour May 2020

For more info. Contact Deb Abrahams-Dematte deb@anthroposophy.org

Eurythmy: AUM = A – I stand for myself, U- I stand for humanity, M – I stand for Life

Social Sculpture: Steiner’s ‘Blue Dot Exercise’- Through Art, the bridge between science & spirit, we warm the ‘I’, to open the heart, in support of healthy community.

What are my gifts-What are my tools? How can I place them in right relationship within the social realm? How can I hone them to strengthen and enhance the world?

Enter the Labyrinth of Vitae Sophia – Human hearts, once warmed, can rise up to meet the source of wisdom, like flowers turning toward the sun.  

Living into the Foundation Stone of Love  – How can we take our individual Inner Whitsun & expand it, into what Steiner calls the “World Festival of Knowledge” a path leading from ‘Sprit Recollection’, to ‘Sprit Sensing’, to ‘Sprit Beholding’?

Hazel Archer-Ginsberg – Founder of Reverse Ritual Understanding Anthroposophy through the Rhythms of the Year. Essayist, Lecturer, Poet, Trans-denominational Minister, ‘Anthroposopher’, working as the Festivals Coordinator & Council Member of the Chicago Rudolf Steiner Branch, The Traveling Speakers Program, & the Central Regional Council of the Anthroposophical Society.

Whitsun 2020 Vitae Sophia

The Reversal of Mercury & Venus…& the Crescent Moon Dance


29 October 2019 – “Speaking with the Stars”: Our solar system’s 2 inner planets cozy up
near each other in the early evening sky. Tonight, Mercury slides south (lower left) of
Venus. You can find the pair with the help of a two-day-old waxing crescent Moon.
Bella Luna stands high just after sunset with Venus, Goddess of Love, on Her lower right;
Mercury, messenger of the gods & psycho-pomp carrying the souls of the dead across the
threshold, directly below our beloved satellite.  


The question then becomes: How do we think of Venus & Mercury? When the Copernican
revolution brought human thinking into a materialistic modern science, changing from a
Geocentric to a Heliocentric model, Mercury & Venus were switched!

It is up to us now in our speaking with the stars to discover the occult reasons for this
reversal. Now, as we develop the spiritual science of Astro-Sophy, we must learn to know,
& use these planets correctly.  



Venus is that sphere which wants to bring about the reintegration & harmonizing of
humanity with each other & with the spiritual realm, particularly thru the heart forces of
feeling & devotion.  In a traditional sense Venus is the planet of love.  But how can we see
this out of spiritual science?  Since the deed of Christ, Venus has become the
sphere of the new mysteries. 

And what is the essence of the new mysteries? Simply stated: Not I but Christ in me. 
Or , “there is no greater love than that one lays down one’s life for a friend”. 
The relation of Venus to the new mysteries comes out of this new transformational deed of love in which the greatest has become the servant to the least.   


Willian Blake

Of course there is the other side of Venus in its relation to Lucifer & the illusions of self-love
& the semblance & glamour of the light.  It is the opposite gesture of the love of Christ,
of the master becoming servant.  



Mercury is the closest sphere to the Sun & can work, if taken up consciously by human
beings, in a Michaelic way to redeem fallen earthly intelligence & re-unite it with the Sun.
Mercury weaves between Earth & Sun as a kind of messenger from Sun & stars to Earth,
& from Earth to Sun & stars, a glorious loop.  It is a planetary sphere that wants humanity
to participate in the redemption of intelligence.  It is also a sphere that works in the social
realm of groups, nations, folk as it is the sphere of the Archangels.

 

Soon we will have a chance to have a conversation around the Transit of Mercury
with the Sun, on the very auspicious occasion of 11/11/19 – when we have an
opportunity to ponder the mystery of 11:11, & the connections between, Martinmas,
MLK, The Journey of the Soul, Armistice Day, & The laying of the Foundation Stone
by Rudolf Steiner. More on that to come…(or join me in Atlanta)  

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POD (Poem Of the Day)

Pablo Picasso

~Closer than your breath & older than death…
It speaks like a mountain, laughs like a river,
Prays like the sun, & sings the way the animals think…
Plus – It’s always as fresh as the beginning of time…
What am I?  

See, Now
I call myself
My own,
Irradiating the night of Time, with Space –
An inborn gleam…
While nature dreams, my soul is called, to stay awake
Suffusing Sun fire into the inundating dark…
Do you recognize me…?  

I circle the heads of women dancing
My cryptic feathers tremble in their hypnotic fans…
Let the fire that banks in my heart
Flare out, to heat the sacred space,
Melting in the Autumn mist
To revel your true face…
~hag

Wednesday, 30 October 6:30-7:30 pm
Free webinar on the Festival of All Souls with Hazel Archer-Ginsberg.
  
We will explore the Journey of the Soul Between
Death and Rebirth with indications from Rudolf Steiner.
 
In the realities that Spiritual Science brings us, we glean the importance of working with the
‘so called dead’ and the angelic worlds, for both our own and their development, as well as
for the future evolution of the Earth.
 
CLICK HERE for your log-in link to join us live. Just one simple step! 

Can’t join us live? No problem. A recording of the webinar will be emailed to you within
24 hours of the live session. 

Warmly, Laura Scappaticci, Program Director for the Anthroposophical Society in America

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Patti Liyn

Thursday 31 October 2019 – 7 pm – 9 pm
Halloween at the Theosophical Society in America 
1926 North Main Street, Wheaton, IL 60187
  
“The Descent of the Goddess’ with Hazel Archer Ginsberg
Together, we will explore the origins and purpose of “Halloween,” honor our beloved
dead, and experience a ritual performance where we will journey to meet Inanna,
Queen of Heaven and Earth, and her sister Ereshkigal, Goddess of the Underworld.
  
$10 nonmembers, $5 members  FREE Live Webcast

For more info. or to carpool contact Hazel@ReverseRitual.com
 
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Darla Banna

Our Annual All Souls Festival: Meeting our Ancestors at the Threshold  
7 PM – 9 PM Friday 1 November 2019 
at the Rudolf Steiner Branch 4249 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago
  
*What can we learn from Spiritual Science about working with the ‘so called dead’
and the  ‘unborn’? with Hazel Archer-Ginsberg
*Eurythmy
*Artistic Exploration with Nancy Melvin
*Circle of Remembrance
  
$10 Donation & Snacks to Share Encouraged
For more info. contact Hazel@ReverseRitual.com
 
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Chris Bodame
Dear Friends – “Our hearts must become Michael’s helpers in conquering,

in taking hold of the intelligence that has fallen from heaven to earth. 
Just as, in the old traditions, Michael had to trample the serpent underfoot,
so now the intelligence of Michael that has become the serpent must be spiritualized. 
And wherever it surfaces as counter-force — not raised to spirit yet ahrimanized
as intellect — we must perceive it in the right way through attentiveness of
anthroposophical spirit that has been tempered in the Michaelic stance.”

~Rudolf Steiner, The Karma of AnthroposophyChapter 5“Hearts Inscribed in the
Michael School”, Arnhem, 20 July, 1924 … focus of the November 6 meeting!

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: “The Karma of Anthroposophy.”  This lecture corresponds to GA 240, and was
included in the series titled “Karmic Relationships“, Volume VI, published in English by
Rudolf Steiner Press in 1971.

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://zoom.us/j/121703166
Option 2.  Call in using your telephone.
United States: +1 669 900 6833  or +1 646 558 8656
Access Code: 121-703-166
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.
 
Please join us! Agenda for our Study Call
 
7:15  Welcome and Introductions        
7:18  Verse
7:25  Study led by six volunteers
Note: CRC team will ID volunteers
          Travis – Pages 84 to 67
          Lisa G – pages 88 to 90
          Wayne – pages 91 to 93
          Hazel – pages 94 to 96
          Mary – pages 97 to 100
8:05  Conversation
8:25  Identify volunteers for our next study call: Dec 4
8:28  Close with verse
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How about a Road-Trip? 
Take the Journey of the Soul in the Life Between Death & Rebirth 
in the warm hospitality of our Branch Buddies in the South:

11/11/19, in Atlanta GA. 10 am – 12 noon On this auspicious day we will gather
to look at the mystery of the 11:11, & the connections between, Martinmas, MLK,
The Journey of the Soul, Armistice Day, The laying of the Foundation Stone,
& a Rare Cosmic AlignmentThe Transit of Mercury across the Sun

Speaking with the Stars’ with Hazel Archer-Ginsberg, 
Storytelling 
with Jolie Luba, 
Art 
with Angela Foster

$10-$20 or pay what you will, For more info. contact Angela Foster
 
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  ALL SOULS JOURNEY – Exploring the Life between Death & Rebirth

7 pm – 9 pm – Friday 15 November 2019, Auburn Alabama
for more info. contact Helena Burkart

10 am – 2 pm, Saturday 16 November 2019 in Nashville TN
Community Potluck lunch – Please Bring a dish to Share – 
Suggested Donation $20-$50 or pay what you will – 
For more info. contact Cathy Green  Or Barbara Bittles 

1 pm – 5 pm, Sunday 17 November 2019 Knoxville TN
Community Potluck Dinner – Please Bring a dish to Share – 
Suggested Donation $20-$50 or pay what you will – 
For more info. contact Bill Rogers

Your Wedding Day

1 May 2019 – “Speaking with the Stars”: This week provides skywatchers with their final opportunity to get a good view of Sirius, the night sky’s brightest star, before evening twilight swallows it. This scintillating luminary gleams in the southwestern sky.

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Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

The feast of ‘Joseph The worker’ Joseph was a “tekton,”, this is often translated as carpenter, but woodworker, craftsman, handyman, or even day laborer, are all good translations. Jesus worked as a “tekton” for upwards of 18 years.

Origins of the Workers May Day

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1776 – Establishment of the Illuminati in Upper Bavaria, by Jesuit-taught Adam Weishaupt.

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1786 – In Vienna, Austria, Mozart’s opera The Marriage of Figaro is performed for the first time.

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1884 –At its convention in Chicago the Federation of Organized Trades & Labor Unions resolved that “eight hours shall constitute a legal day’s labour and that we recommend to labour organisations throughout this jurisdiction that they so direct their laws as to conform to this resolution.” Albert Parsons, head of the Chicago Knights of Labor, with his wife Lucy Parsons & two children, led 80,000 people down Michigan Avenue, Chicago, in what is regarded as the first modern May Day Parade, with the cry, “Eight-hour day with no cut in pay.” In support of the eight-hour day. In the next few days they were joined nationwide by 350,000 workers who went on strike at 1,200 factories, including 70,000 in Chicago, 45,000 in New York, 32,000 in Cincinnati, & additional thousands in other cities. Some workers gained shorter hours (eight or nine) with no reduction in pay; others accepted pay cuts with the reduction in hours.

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1885 – The original Chicago Board of Trade Building opens for business

1893 – The World’s Columbian Exposition opens in Chicago.

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Caravaggio 

1930 – The dwarf planet Pluto is officially named.

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1931 – The Empire State Building is dedicated in New York City.

1942 – Deathday of Gustav Steiner, Rudolf Steiner’s handicapped brother

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1945 –Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels & his wife Magda commit suicide in the Reich Garden outside the Führerbunker. Their children are also killed by having cyanide pills inserted into their mouths by their mother, Magda

Also on May 1, 1945, hundreds of people committed mass suicide in the town of Demmin, Germany. The suicides occurred during a mass panic that was provoked by atrocities committed by soldiers of the Soviet Red Army, who had sacked the town the day before. It is acknowledged to be the largest mass suicide ever recorded in Germany.

Nazi officials, the police, the Wehrmacht & a number of citizens had left the town before the arrival of the Red Army, while thousands of refugees from the East had also taken refuge in Demmin. The retreating Wehrmacht had blown up the bridges over the rivers, which enclosed the town trapping the remaining civilians. The Soviet units looted & burned down the town, & committed rapes & executions.

Over 2, 500 inhabitants & refugees then committed suicide, with many families committing suicide together. Most bodies were buried in mass graves, & after the war, discussion of the mass suicide was tabooed by the East German Communist government.

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1961 – The Prime Minister of Cuba, Fidel Castro, proclaims Cuba a socialist nation & abolishes elections.

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1987 – Pope John Paul II beatifies Edith Stein, a Jewish-born Carmelite nun who was gassed in the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz.

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2009 – Same-sex marriage is legalized in Sweden.

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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 (remember when?)
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…

Blessings & peace –
~hag

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Tuesday 7 May 2019 in Ann Arbor Michigan

& also

Sat. 25 May 2019 –  7 pm – 9 pm in Chicago

Climbing Jacobs Ladder: Celebrating the Feast of Ascension

Leading Thoughts original art-collage projections with Hazel Archer-Ginsberg

Eurythmy with Mary Ruud

Social Art with Nancy Melvin

$10 Donation & Snacks to Share Encouraged

Read about this year’s interesting ‘Easter Paradox’ – A Cosmic Wake Up Call: The Easter Paradox of 2019

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The Karma Project 
A Western Approach to Reincarnation & Karma
May 8, 2019 – 7:15 pm CST (8:15 pm EST)View this email in your browser
The Central Regional Council of the Anthroposophical Society in America invites you to a presentation on the psychological understanding of karma, with special guests Drs. Roberta Nelson and David Tresemer.

Guidance – and challenge – from Rudolf Steiner (August 3, 1924): “If we want to experience our karma in a comfortable way — it will surely take vengeance on us in one way or another … to be anthroposophists we must be able to observe our own experience of karma with constant wide-awake attention.”
Roberta Nelson is Faculty Chair in the 3-year programs offered by the Association for Anthroposophic Psychology (AAP). She has a doctorate in Counselor Education that qualifies her to supervise, educate, and counsel. In addition, Roberta is dual licensed as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) as well as a Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC) in the state of North Dakota. She has other trainings and certifications in Psychosynthesis, EMDR, NVC, and other modalities.
 
David Tresemer is President of AAP. He has a doctorate in psychology from Harvard. He has written about various aspects of anthroposophy applied to issues in our world, the most relevant for this webinar being contributing to and editing of The Counselor: As If Soul and Spirit Matter (to which Roberta Nelson was a major contributor) and Slow Counseling, as well as quarterly columns in Lilipohmagazine.

Our approach on May 8: An anthroposophic psychology must take seriously the different functions of body, soul, and spirit. Spirit—light, freedom, beyond time and space; Physical Body—vehicle for experience and expression; Soul—the mediator. Karma—held as precious in Spirit, stamped into the Physical Body, and worked in Soul. Whereas the Spirit sings in light and freedom, the Soul learns through darkness and constraints, through struggles. The anthroposophic notion of karma helps us understand how we can wrestle with our own being, transforming through experience.
 
Audio-video: We will have some images on screen, though we will describe these to those who join by telephone.

PREPARATION: Please have a pen and blank paper. If you have chalk-based pastels, please have those ready as well.

 Audioconference Details
 
Option 1.  Click link below if you wish to connect through your computer (a headset is recommended): https://zoom.us/j/689514145
 
Option 2.  Call in using your telephone.
United States: (646) 558-8656 or: (669) 900-6833
Access Code: 689-514-145
 
Please join us!Agenda (Central Time)
 
7:15  Welcome and introductions
7:18  Verse
7:20  Introduce guest speaker
7:25  Guest Speakers: Drs. Roberta Nelson & David Tresemer (45 minutes)
8:10  Q&A – Please state your name, location before asking a question
8:28  Close with verse

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Sunday 19 May 2019, 2 pm – 4 pm- Social Sculpture Workshop around the ‘URPFLANZE’ with Victoria Martin. More details to follow

$20 for art supplies + Snacks to Share Encouraged 

for more info. contact Hazel Archer-Ginsberg

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Whitsun: A Festival of United Soul Endeavor with Hazel Archer-Ginsberg

Sunday 2 June 2019 at the Branch 2 pm – 4 pm

also

10 am – 1 pm Saturday 8 June 2019 -4804 Sewanee Road, Nashville, TN 37220. for more info. contact Cathy Green cgreen@grasslandaquatics.com

also

12 Noon Potluck, Program 1 pm -4 pm Whitsunday 9 June 2019, In Knoxville, TN. for more info. contact William Rogers wmerogers@gmail.com

also

7 pm – 10 pm 11 June 2019, Ashville, TN. for more info. contact Marnie Muller 

Eurythmy: AUM = A – I stand for myself, U- I stand for humanity, M – I stand for Life

Social Sculpture: Steiner’s ‘Blue Dot Exercise’: Through Art, the bridge between science & spirit, we warm the ‘I’, to open the heart, in support of healthy community.

Leading Thoughts with Hazel Archer-Ginsberg*

What are my gifts-What are my tools? How can I place them in right relationship within the social realm? How can I hone them to strengthen and enhance the world?

Enter the Labyrinth of Vitae Sophia: Human hearts, once warmed, can rise up to meet the source of wisdom, like flowers turning toward the sun.

Living into the Foundation Stone of Love: How can we take our individual Inner Whitsun & expand it, into what Steiner calls the “World Festival of Knowledge” a path leading from ‘Sprit Recollection’, to ‘Sprit Sensing’, to ‘Sprit Beholding’?

*Hazel Archer-Ginsberg is the founder of the website and blog Reverse Ritual – Understanding Anthroposophy through the Rhythms of the Year (www.reverseritual.com)She is an Essayist, Lecturer, Poet, Trans-denominational Minister, and “Anthroposopher.” She works as the Festivals Coordinator & Council Member of the Chicago Rudolf Steiner Branch as well as with the Traveling Speakers Program, and she serves on the Central Regional Council of the Anthroposophical Society.

Read about this year’s interesting ‘Easter Paradox’ – A Cosmic Wake Up Call: The Easter Paradox of 2019

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Hear the Lyric Word

27 December 2018 – “Speaking with the stars”:  Mercury reaches inferior conjunction, passing between the Sun & Earth, at 5 a.m. CST. The innermost planet will return to view before dawn within a week. Fomalhaut is “southing” (crossing the meridian due south, which it does around 7 p.m. this week), the first stars of Orion are just about to rise above the east horizon. And the Pointers of the Big Dipper stand upright low due north, straight under Polaris.

 Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day 

 ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

What is presented here (in the original Calendar of the Soul) can be useful to those who wish to follow the path of Humanity’s spiritual development” ~Rudolf Steiner

The Feast Day of St. John, author of the Gospel of St. John.

1571 – Birthday of  Johannes Kepler, German mathematician, astronomer/astrologer

1830 – St. Catherine Labouré experiences a Marian apparition. She is believed to have relayed the request from the Blessed Virgin Mary to create the famous Miraculous Medal of Our Lady of Graces worn by millions of people around the world

1944 – Deathday of Peter Deunov, also known by his spiritual name Beinsa Douno–  a Bulgarian philosopher & spiritual teacher who developed a form of Esoteric Christianity known as the Universal White Brotherhood. In 1914 he gave his first public lecture, Behold, the Man! (Ecce Homo in Latin), published later in the series Power & Life. Deunov began to give regular Sunday lectures which were based on the elaboration & explanation of a Biblical passage. He developed Paneurhythmy exercises: a sequence of exercises performed to music, to achieve inner balance & harmonization. This practice promotes the processes of self-perfecting, expanding of the consciousness & attaining of virtues. The circle dance, is a conscious interchange between human beings & the forces of living nature. Each movement is the expression of a thought. In 1921 the community Izgrev (Sunrise) was established, he initiated two new streams of specialized lectures, & began delivering “morning talks” on Sunday mornings before dawn. The themes of the different lecture streams were wide-ranging & encompassed, among others: religion, music, geometry, astrology, philosophy and esoteric science.

1948 – Deathday of Marie Steiner-von Sivers, the wife of Rudolf Steiner & one of his closest colleagues. She made a great contribution to the development of anthroposophy, particularly in her work on the renewal of the performing arts (eurythmy, speech & drama), & the editing & publishing of Rudolf Steiner’s literary estate. Marie von Sivers was born of an aristocratic family in Wloclawek, Poland, then part of Russia. She was well educated & fluent in Russian, German, English, French & Italian. She studied theater & recitation with several teachers in Europe. Marie von Sivers “appeared one day” at one of Rudolf Steiner’s early lectures in 1900. In the autumn of 1901, she posed the question to Rudolf Steiner, “Would it be possible to create a spiritual movement based on European tradition and the impetus of Christ?” Rudolf Steiner later reported: “With this, I was given the opportunity to act in a way that I had only previously imagined. If the question had been put to me now, according to spiritual laws, I could begin to answer it”. Marie von Sivers collaborated with Rudolf Steiner for the rest of his life & carried his work beyond his death in 1925 to her own death. She accompanied him & helped him as secretary, translator, editor & organizer of his lecture tours & other public activities. She assisted Rudolf Steiner’s work with her own resources. On December 24, 1914, Marie von Sivers married Rudolf Steiner. Starting in 1912, the art of eurythmy was developed by Rudolf Steiner. Under Marie Steiner-von Sivers’ guidance, it developed in three directions, as a stage art, as an integral part of Waldorf pedagogy, & as a therapeutic method. Under her direction, two schools of eurythmy were founded, in Berlin, Germany & in Dornach, Switzerland. She gave introductory poetry recitals at Rudolf Steiner’ lectures & assisted him in the development of the four Mystery Dramas (1910¬1913). With her help, Rudolf Steiner conducted several speech & drama courses…

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1978 – In San Francisco, city mayor George Moscone & openly gay city supervisor Harvey Milk are assassinated by former supervisor Dan White.

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POD (Poem Of the Day)

~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
~hag

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art by William-Baziotes

TODAY, dear friends, Let’s ask ourselves: Am I brave enough & ingenious enough to re-interpret history?

It’s high time to find the redemption glimmering in the dark.

When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves,” said Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl. His advice is just what we need to hear right now, especially when we think about how we have struggled, yes, mostly fruitlessly, to change a stagnant situation. There is a locked door that we have  been banging on, to no avail…Perhaps if we redirected our attention…to Reclaim the energy we have been expending on closed-down people & moldering systems. Instead, let’s work on the unfinished beauty of what lies closest at hand: ourself.

What would it be like to take an inventory of all our inner voices, noticing both the content of what they say & the tone with which they say it. Some of them may be chatty & others shy; some blaring & others seductive; some nagging & needy & others calm & insightful. Can we welcome all the voices in our head & let them be heard, can we allow them to come into the spotlight of our alert attention? Let’s ask them to step forward & reveal their agendas.

Then perhaps we may learn the real reason the tortoise beat the hare…why two of the three blind mice weren’t really blind, & the juicy truth about the relationship between Cinderella’s fairy godmother & the handsome prince.

Myths will be mutating…Nursery rhymes will scramble & fairy tales will fracture. Thor, the god of thunder, may make a tempting offer to Snow White. The cow’s jump over the moon could turn out to be faked by the CIA. An ugly duckling will lay an egg that Chicken Little claims is irrefutable proof that the question is Love & Love is the answer!…

See you in the question

~hag

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Friday 30 November 2018 – 7 – 9 pm 

HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT:  THE MYSTERY OF THE APOCALYPSE with Margaret Shipman

‘Apocalypse’ today almost always means war, but its primary definition is REVELATION.  the Book of Revelations seems warlike until we begin to delve into the messages, seals, trumpets and bowls as stages of initiation!  We will explore the complexities of this amazing book of the Bible by taking a journey through the 7-pointed star and the Apocalyptic Seals of the 1907 Munich Conference.

For more info. contact Hazel Archer Ginsberg

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Saturday 1 December 2018 – 10 am – noon

THE CHRISTMAS CONFERENCE

How can we begin to understand the importance of The Christmas Conference of 1923/24?  Can it be understood as so profound to consider it a second turning point of time?

We will take a journey with the foundation stone, beginning with the laying of the first stone, a physical one, for the first Goetheanum, in 1913.  Then — through the phoenix experience of the 1922/23 fire, and its journey back to earth a year later—we find it again, as a foundation stone meditation planted into our hearts.  The introduction of The Foundation Stone Meditation was a central focus of the Christmas Conference week.  It was one of three great gifts which Rudolf Steiner brought at this time as powerful spiritual tools for human evolution.

Margaret Shipman has been a member of the Anthroposophical Society for 30 years and considers the work of Rudolf Steiner to be the core of her life.  In 2002 she started a national study group for anthroposophy – ‘Geographically Engaged Members Studygroup’, or G.E.M.S.  She is also a cellist and pianist and spent 36 years repairing and making instruments of the violin family.  She co-authored the book titled Violin Restoration with her mentor, Hans Weisshaar, who was in the second-ever Waldorf class and met Rudolf Steiner as a child.

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For more info. contact Hazel Archer Ginsberg

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Wed. 5 December 2018 CRC Zoom Call 7:15pm – 8:30pm – Reincarnation & Karma

with special guest: Dr. Ross Rentea: “A presentation from the karma and the work together of Rudolf Steiner and Ita Wegman”

Steiner considered I. Wegman a true “friend”, companion over many incarnations, and invaluable helper. In her incarnation in the 20th century she collaborated with him in writing a book, asked decisive questions that led to the Christmas Foundation Conference, the First Class, and more. We will look especially at their working together on the “Fundamentals of Therapy” a work on which R. Steiner put finishing touches until hours before crossing the threshold.

Audioconference Details  Option 1.  Click link below if you wish to connect through your computer (a headset is recommended): https://zoom.us/j/254748557

Option 2.  Call in using your telephone. United States: (646) 558-8656 or: (669) 900-6833 Access Code: 254-748-557

Ross Rentea, MD, has been practicing anthroposophical medicine in Chicago for 35 years. He is a member of the Anthroposophical Society(1972), the First Class of the School for Spiritual Science(1974), the Physicians Association for Anthroposophic Medicine (1984) and the Christian Community (1976). He has served on the Board of the American College of Anthroposophic Medicine. He has lectured nationally and internationally, and published and written numerous scientific research articles and recently (2017) the book “Childhood Illnesses and Immunizations”. Besides anthroposophical medicine his current interests are in better understanding the seven Rhythms of the Foundation Stone. He is a co-founder of the True Botanica Company www.truebotanica.com and the Lili Kolisko Institute for Anthroposophical Medicine www.koliskoinstitute.org .

For more info. contact Hazel Archer Ginsberg

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Friday 7 December 2018 Doors open at 6:45pm 

Dr. Ross Rentea: “The Rhythms of the Foundation Stone Meditation and Its Connection to the Stars” 7 pm – 9 pm

 Rudolf Steiner expresses during the Christmas Conference that these rhythms “should never leave us again”. How can we understand these Rhythms better so that we may truly incorporate them with their high significance into our daily lives? We are being urged in the Foundation Stone Meditation to “practice, practice, practice” how can we do that with the Rhythms?

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For more info. contact Hazel Archer Ginsberg

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HOLY NIGHTS at the Rudolf Steiner Branch Chicago 2018-19

24 December 2018, 7 pm – 9 pm – “…When the Two Become One…” The Mystery of the Two Jesus Children: Part 1 –The ‘Nathan Jesus’. Renaissance Art & Discourse with Hazel Archer Ginsberg

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 26 Dec. 7 pm – 9 pm – Group Study: According to Luke by Rudolf Steiner

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27 Dec. 7 pm – 9 pm – The Dream Song of Olaf Asteson with Debra Barford & Mary Tom

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28, 29, 30 Dec. 7 pm – 9 pm – Group Study: According to Luke by Rudolf Steiner

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31 Dec. Our Annual NYE Gathering 8 pm – 1 am – In Elderberries 4251 N. Lincoln Ave. Folk Dancing with Jutta & the Hi-Dukes, Crafting, Lead Casting, Biography Work, ‘Out with the Old’ Ceremony, Labyrinth Walk, Please bring food & drink to Share. $20 or pay what you can (½ goes to the band ½  to the artists)

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1 – 5 January 2019, 7 pm – 9 pm – Group Study: According to Luke by Rudolf Steiner

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6 Jan. Epiphany 2 pm – 4 pm – “…When the Two Become One…” The Mystery of the Two Jesus Children: Part 2 –The ‘Zarathustra Jesus’ & the 3 Magi.  Renaissance Art &Discourse with Hazel Archer Ginsberg  + Storytelling with Ann Burfiend

$10 & Snacks to Share Encouraged

 For more info. contact Hazel Archer Ginsberg

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Rudolf Steiner Branch of The Anthroposophical Society, 4249 North Lincoln Avenue. Chicago, IL 60618 (map

Check out our Web site!  (Anthroposophical Society in America)

The Elderberries 3-Fold Space & the Flex Space are available for rental on PEER SPACE for classes, events, meetings, retreats, art exhibits, family parties, etc..

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“America! America! God mend thine every flaw, Confirm thy soul in self-control, Thy liberty in law”

Dear friends –

It’s not for nothing that American Elections are always held right around the time of the Cross- Quarter, between Autumn Equinox & the Winter Solstice, when the Sun enters the sign of the Scorpion – The darkening of year when we celebrate Halloween & All Souls & The Day of the dead…etc…

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Rudolf Steiner gave many indications about the work of the ‘dark brotherhoods’ who enslave the dead, harnessing the forces of these deceased human beings, who were so materialistic in life that they are able to be held back from entering the light, kept in the sphere around the earth so that these immoral occult groups, who are in turn working with powerful adversarial beings, can pervert & use them for their own selfish purposes, with the goal of hindering the course of true human evolution.

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Let those on the side of light call to our beloved dead to send a counter force of love & support from the spiritual world to inspire & activate the good for all.

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Let us rise in our thinking to meet the true Folk-Spirit of America, Columbia, whose name comes from the word “columba” meaning “Dove of Peace” – to dethrone the false Uncle Sam with his war mentality.

 

Today, & every election day, I ask Her to guide us & empower us, inspiring us to re-member our true human heritage in this time of muddled ethics & selfish falsehoods.

How I wish Her statue was still behind the Speaker’s chair in the House of Representatives. We need the virtues She represents, now more than ever, to remind us to strive towards our highest ideals.

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Personifying values in the form of goddess has a long history; Libertas, goddess of liberty, among others. Our own Statue of Liberty, actually entitled Liberty Enlightening the World, is directly modeled on classical depictions of Libertas.

“…Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
‘ With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
~These words, written by Emma Lazarus, are engraved inside the statue of Columbia Liberty.

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The UK was represented as Brittannia, France as Marianne, & Switzerland as Helvetia.

The Statue of Freedom atop the dome of the Capitol combines symbols of Liberty & Columbia: she wears a classical gown & a helmet topped with the distinctively American eagle. Unifying the two, atop the legislative heart of American government, is a statement that these ideals are the pinnacle of what it means to be American.

Whether you think of her as an archetype, a Folk-Spirit, or an old goddess with a new name, Columbia is the personified ideals of liberty & freedom in America. She represents virtues that the best of humanity can unselfishly strive toward.

But have we as a people lost sight of these values? Has she left us? Have we deserted her?

America as goddess, with its personalization of the emerging nation of the United States was founded before the Revolutionary War. She was represented in simple Native American garb, standing in contrast to the Old World’s overly grand caricature.

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Another patriot leader, Thomas Paine, included Her in his poem, the “Liberty Tree,” referring to Her as “The Goddess of Liberty.

“In a chariot of light, form the regions of the day,
The Goddess of Liberty came,
Ten thousand celestials directed her way,
And hither conducted the dame.
A fair budding branch from the gardens above,
Where millions with millions agree,
She brought in her hand as a pledge of her love,
And the plant she named Liberty Tree.

The celestial exotic stuck deep in the ground,
Like a native it flourished and bore;
The fame of its fruit drew the nations around,
To seek out this peaceable shore.
Unmindful of names or distinctions they came,
For freemen like brothers agree;
With one spirit endued, they one friendship pursued,
And their temple was Liberty Tree.

Beneath this fair tree, like the patriarchs of old,
Their bread in contentment they ate,
Unvexed with the troubles of silver or gold,
The cares of the grand and the great.

But hear, O ye swains (a tale most profane),
How all the tyrannical powers,
Kings, Commons and Lords, are uniting amain
To cut down this guardian of ours.
From the East to the West blow the trumpet to arms,
Through the land let the sound of it flee;
Let the far and the near all unite with a cheer,
In defense of our Liberty Tree.”

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 As the USA became a nation, Lady Liberty became the official symbol of some of its newly formed states. In addition, Lady Liberty images appeared on coins, paintings, stamps, & in sculptures throughout the land, including the colossal bronze Statue of Freedom, which was commissioned in 1855 & in 1863 set on the top of the dome of the US Capitol building in Washington, DC, where it can still be seen today. As well as the Statue of the Republic, now in Jackson Park, Chicago, formally part of the Columbian Exhibition of 1893.

 

The most famous depictions of the American Freedom Goddess, the Statue of Liberty, was a gift from France to the United States in honor of America’s 100th birthday, designed by French Freemason & sculptor Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi with the assistance of engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel. The head of Lady Liberty’s statue wears a crown with solar rays, similar to the crown on the Colossus of Rhodes, a magnificent monument to the Sun God Helios that once stood astride a Greek harbor & was considered one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. The seven rays on Liberty’s crown represent the seven continents & seven seas. The torch Liberty holds in Her right upstretched hand is the Flame of Freedom, & underneath Her feet are broken chains representing overcoming tyranny & enslavement. The tablet Liberty holds in Her left hand is inscribed with July 4, the date of the signing of the Declaration of Independence & the birth of the USA as a nation. Her flowing gown is similar in design to depictions of Libertas.

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Liberty relies upon itself, invites no one, promises nothing, sits in calmness and light, is positive and composed, and knows no discouragement.” ~From Walt Whitman’s Preface to Leaves of Grass (1855)

Doesn’t this description sound a lot like qualities held by our Time-Spirit Michael?

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What would it be like to rise in our thinking to meet Columbia? To bring Her qualities to bare once again in our great land?

O beautiful for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties, Above the fruited plain!
America! America! God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood, From sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for pilgrim feet, Whose stern, impassioned stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat, Across the wilderness!
America! America! God mend thine every flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control, Thy liberty in law”!

~”America the Beautiful” lyrics by Katharine Lee Bates, music composed by church organist & choirmaster Samuel A. Ward at Grace Episcopal Church in Newark

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As the midterm elections occurs today,  we are called upon to direct the clear shining of Michael’s thoughts, Columbia’s inspiration for Equality, Freedom,  & Sister/Brotherhood, & the transforming Christ Will, into the unconscious realm of the dragon where Venus now meets the poison sting of Scorpion.

The last segment of the Michael imagination can be a meditative force as you make your way to GO VOTE:

Ye, the disciples of spirit knowledge,
Take Michael’s wisdom beckoning,
Take the Word of Love of the Will of Worlds
Into your soul’s aspiring, actively!
~Rudolf Steiner

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The Karma Project – A Western Approach to Reincarnation & Karma – November 7, 2018 – 7:15 pm CST (8:15 pm EST)

“ … something is present in us that is like a more sensible person who gladly turns to the eternal, divine, spiritual powers that live in and animate the world. Then, in our inner life, we become certain of a higher inner individuality existing behind the outer one. Through thought exercises such as these, we become aware of the eternal spiritual core of our being. This is extraordinarily significant. And once again, this is something we can actually do”. ~Rudolf Steiner, A Western Approach to Reincarnation and Karma, Chapter 4, “Knowledge of Reincarnation and Karma through Thought-Exercises”, Stuttgart, 20 February, 1912 … focus of the November 7 meeting!

The Central Regional Council of the Anthroposophical Society in America invites you to join our ongoing study conversation. The study has been divided amongst 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 Anthroposophic Press under the title: “A Western Approach to Reincarnation and Karma”

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://zoom.us/j/320455319

Option 2. Call in using your telephone.

United States: +1 669 900 6833 or +1 646 558 8656
Access Code: 320-455-319
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.

Please join us!
Agenda for our Study Call

7:15 Welcome and Introductions
7:18 Verse
7:25 Study led by six volunteers
Mary – pages 53 to 56
Nick – pages 56 to 60
Hazel – pages 60 to 63
Travis – pages 63 to 65
Alberto – pages 65 to end
8:05 Conversation
8:25 Identify volunteers for our next study call (Chapter 5): January 9
8:28 Close with verse

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Friday 30 November 2018 – 7 – 9 pm
HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT: THE MYSTERY OF THE APOCALYPSE with Margaret Shipman
‘Apocalypse’ today almost always means war, but its primary definition is REVELATION. the Book of Revelations seems warlike until we begin to delve into the messages, seals, trumpets and bowls as stages of initiation! We will explore the complexities of this amazing book of the Bible by taking a journey through the 7-pointed star and the Apocalyptic Seals of the 1907 Munich Conference.
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Saturday 1 December 2018 – 10 am – noon
THE CHRISTMAS CONFERENCE
How can we begin to understand the importance of The Christmas Conference of 1923/24? Can it be understood as so profound to consider it a second turning point of time?
We will take a journey with the foundation stone, beginning with the laying of the first stone, a physical one, for the first Goetheanum, in 1913. Then — through the phoenix experience of the 1922/23 fire, and its journey back to earth a year later—we find it again, as a foundation stone meditation planted into our hearts. The introduction of The Foundation Stone Meditation was a central focus of the Christmas Conference week. It was one of three great gifts which Rudolf Steiner brought at this time as powerful spiritual tools for human evolution.

Margaret Shipman has been a member of the Anthroposophical Society for 30 years and considers the work of Rudolf Steiner to be the core of her life. In 2002 she started a national study group for anthroposophy – ‘Geographically Engaged Members Studygroup’, or G.E.M.S. She is also a cellist and pianist and spent 36 years repairing and making instruments of the violin family. She co-authored the book titled Violin Restoration with her mentor, Hans Weisshaar, who was in the second-ever Waldorf class and met Rudolf Steiner as a child.

For more info. contact Hazel Archer Ginsberg

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Wed. 5 December 2018 CRC Zoom Call 7:15pm – 8:30pm – Reincarnation & Karma
with special guest: Dr. Ross Rentea: “A presentation from the karma and the work together of Rudolf Steiner and Ita Wegman”

Steiner considered I. Wegman a true “friend”, companion over many incarnations, and invaluable helper. In her incarnation in the 20th century she collaborated with him in writing a book, asked decisive questions that led to the Christmas Foundation Conference, the First Class, and more. We will look especially at their working together on the “Fundamentals of Therapy” a work on which R. Steiner put finishing touches until hours before crossing the threshold.

Ross Rentea, MD, has been practicing anthroposophical medicine in Chicago for 35 years. He is a member of the Anthroposophical Society(1972), the First Class of the School for Spiritual Science(1974), the Physicians Association for Anthroposophic Medicine (1984) and the Christian Community (1976). He has served on the Board of the American College of Anthroposophic Medicine. He has lectured nationally and internationally, and published and written numerous scientific research articles and recently (2017) the book “Childhood Illnesses and Immunizations”. Besides anthroposophical medicine his current interests are in better understanding the seven Rhythms of the Foundation Stone. He is a co-founder of the True Botanica Company www.truebotanica.com and the Lili Kolisko Institute for Anthroposophical Medicine www.koliskoinstitute.org .

For more info. contact Hazel Archer Ginsberg

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Rudolf Steiner Branch of The Anthroposophical Society, 4249 North Lincoln Avenue. Chicago, IL 60618 (map) Check out our Web site! Chicago, IL (Anthroposophical Society in America)

The newly renovated (& lazured) Elderberries 3-Fold Space is currently available for rental on PEER SPACE for classes, events, meetings, retreats, art exhibits, family parties, etc…