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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)
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
TGIF Recital: Santa Fe Community Coll... | May 3 | Santa Fe Reporter
June Sailo

Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

stm12

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.

Julia Stege

Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Arif Turan

World Bee Day – Birthday in 1734 of Anton Janša, the pioneer of beekeeping. The purpose of this international day is to acknowledge the role of bees & other pollinators for our eco-sytem

First Council of Nicaea | Description, History, Significance ...

325 – The First Council of Nicaea is formally opened, starting the first ecumenical council of the Christian Church. Its main accomplishments were settlement of the Christological issue of the divine nature of God the Son & His relationship to God the Father, the construction of the first part of the Nicene Creed, & establishing uniform observance of the date of Easter, & the promulgation of early canon law.

John Cabot - Route, Facts & Explorer - HISTORY

1497 – John Cabot sets sail from Bristol, England, on his ship Matthew looking for a route to the west.

Vasco da Gama's Historic Voyage | On Point

1498 – Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama discovers the sea route to India when he arrives at Calicuta India.

Typus Orbis Terrarum.: Geographicus Rare Antique Maps

1570 – Cartographer Abraham Ortelius issues Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, the first modern atlas.

Thomas Thorpe Issues the First Edition of Shakespeare's Sonnets ...

1609 – Shakespeare’s sonnets are illicitly published in London, by Thomas Thorpe.

The siege and massacre of Magdeburg | History of Sorts

1631 – The city of Magdeburg in Germany is seized by forces of the Holy Roman Empire & most of its inhabitants massacred, in one of the bloodiest incidents of the Thirty Years’ War.

Transition from Ming to Qing - Wikipedia

1645 – Yangzhou massacre: the 10-day massacre of 900,000 residents of the city of Yangzhou, part of the Transition from Ming to Qing.

1802 - Wikipedia

1802 – By the Law of 20 May 1802, Napoleon Bonaparte reinstates slavery in the French colonies, revoking its abolition in the French Revolution.

1813 – Napoleon Bonaparte leads his French troops into the Battle of Bautzen in Saxony, Germany, against the combined armies of Russia and Prussia. The battle ends the next day with a French victory

May 20, 1862: President Abraham Lincoln Signs the Homestead Act ...

1862 – U.S. President Abraham Lincoln signs the Homestead Act into law

1883 eruption of Krakatoa - Wikipedia

1883 – Krakatoa begins to erupt; the volcano explodes three months later, killing more than 36,000 people.

Kinetoscope - Wikipedia

1891 –The first public display of Thomas Edison’s prototype kinetoscope.

May 20, 1902: Cuba gains independence from the United States ...

1902 – Cuba gains independence from the United States.

Auschwitz: Key Dates | The Holocaust Encyclopedia

1940 –The first prisoners arrive at a new concentration camp at Auschwitz.

The Newsletter for America's Atomic Veterans

1956 – In Operation Redwing, the first United States airborne hydrogen bomb is dropped over Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean

NEW U.S. REPORT NAMES VIRUS THAT MAY CAUSE AIDS - The New York Times

1983 – First publications of the discovery of the HIV virus that causes AIDS in the journal Science by Luc Montagnier.

Tiananmen Square: How the 'Goddess of Democracy' became a symbol ...

1989 – The Chinese authorities declare martial law in the face of pro-democracy demonstrations, setting the scene for the Tiananmen Square massacre.

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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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Great Diamond - Wikipedia

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?

The New Jerusalem by Beatus Facundus

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

Siege of Jerusalem (1099) - Wikipedia

Siege of Jerusalem, May 7, 1099 by Godfrey of Bouillon, a medieval knight who was one of the leaders of the First Crusade.  He became the first ruler of the Kingdom of Jerusalem. Instead of the title of King, Godfrey preferred the title of Advocatus Sancti Sepulchri = Advocate of the Holy Sepulchre. He is also known as the “Baron of the Holy Sepulchre” or the “Crusader King”.

On May 7, 1915, less than a year after World War I (1914-18) erupted across Europe, a German U-boat torpedoed & sank the RMS Lusitania, a British ocean liner on route from New York to Liverpool, England. Of the 1,900 passengers & crew members on board, 1,100 perished. Nearly two years would pass before the United States formally entered World War I, but the sinking of the Lusitania played a significant role in turning public opinion against Germany, both in the United States & abroad.

Death-day in 973 of Otto the great. Otto inherited the kingship of the Germans, unifying all German tribes into a single kingdom & greatly expanded the king’s powers at the expense of the aristocracy. Otto transformed the Roman Catholic Church in Germany to strengthen the royal office & subjected its clergy to his personal control.

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.

Caspar David Friedrich - Wikipedia

Death-day in 1840 of Casper David Fredrich, a German Romantic landscape painter, considered the most important artist of his generation. He came of age during a period when, across Europe, a growing disillusionment with materialistic society was giving rise to a new appreciation of spirituality. This shift in ideals was often expressed through a re-evaluation of the natural world, as a “divine creation, to be set against the artifice of human civilization”.

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

Wesak Moon

Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month 2020 ...
Invitation to (Re)search during these exceptional times from the Youth Section of the Goetheanum

What is the world like now and what will the world be like after the current pandemic?
Can each of us in this unique time, set impulses that could bear fruits in the near future?  
Dear friends of the Youth Section worldwide,   The current events taking place in the world call us to question the status quo of our lives and our society. It is now clearer than ever how interconnected the world’s processes are, how dependent we are on one another, and what effects and consequences an epidemic has on our lives in various aspects.

We are seeing in individual and societal responses to this situation both light and shadow: from a lack of trust and fear, to genuine acts of solidarity and commitment for others. In these, we can experience how our actions are changing and creating reality, how possibilities for action take endless different shapes.

Here with we invite you to start a process of envisioning the future you wish for and finding actions in order to shape it!

Our invitation is for you to engage in the process of asking yourself these questions and then share your experiences with us. Your responses will contribute to the ongoing research process, which will result in a new publication at the end of this year.

We suggest the following questions, which ideally can be posed every day or on a regular basis:

1. Take a moment to review the past few months: can you describe what has taken place around you? how has life been affected or transformed by the present events taking place around the world? If you want, you can choose one aspect that has changed or been transformed and describe it in detail.

2. Now take another moment to look within yourself: can you find a gift or a present, that you would like to give to the world today? Something that planet, people and all beings could benefit from? What would this gift be?

3. Imagine that this gift is immediately active everywhere as if by magic: what changes or transformations do you see taking place in the world?

4. Coming back to the present moment: what would you actually have to do today to make the changes you envision a reality?

TIP: If you get stuck in the process of reflection, try inviting a friend or family member to help you by asking you the questions. You could also interview them and note the differences and similarities in your answers!   These questions are a guidance for you to enter a process of inner dialogue and reflection. We invite you to let your mind and heart wander through the images, thoughts and ideas that come up during exercise. Explore, become your own (Re)searcher…!

On the 3rd of June from 17:00 – 18:30 Swiss time we would like to meet with those who want to follow-up on this invitation and exchange reflections on the impact of living with these questions. You are very welcome to invite friends to this proposed experiment!

Please let us know by May 15th if you will be part of it.   We are very much looking forward to hearing from you! For questions please mail ioana@youthsection.org
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5 May 2020 – “Speaking with the Stars”: This evening, draw a line from the almost full Moon thru Spica to her lower left. Continue the line on at least twice as far, & you’re more or less at Corvus, the springtime Crow. Its four brightest stars have always been described in astronomy guides as “sail-shaped.”

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TONIGHT is the Eve of the Full BUDDHA Moon – Sun in Taurus, Moon in Scorpio

The Buddha (whose name means: *The Awakened One* or *One who Knows*) is regarded as the ninth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. He was born in 563 BC.

Traditionally, Buddha’s Birth/death day is known as Wesak or Visakah Puja (Buddhas Day).

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Wesak, the major Buddhist festival of the year, celebrates the birth, enlightenment & death of the Buddha on one and the same day, when the Sun is in Taurus, & the Moon is in Scorpio.

Buddha Moon — Diana Quinn ND

This ‘Buddha Moon’ is a mystically auspicious time – it is considered to be the greatest moment of spiritual contact for the entire year. Great polarities are said to be synthesized & consequently united at this festival. Hope is revived in the world, & great seeds of beauty, truth, & goodness are planted within us — qualities needed for the unity of humankind.

How to Celebrate Wesak – I AM University
Ty Lyn

Ancient Wisdom asserts that there will be a new coming of the World Avatar & those beings who assist them. But the reality set forth & embedded within this festival, is that WE, as a living unit called humanity, are to be that World Avatar, when we can live as “Christ in me”…

Movie evening about Wesak | TS Adyar
Belliooeu Quuinerr

The Wesak Festival provides us each year with a reception of the tools of love & wisdom, to fulfill this ancient prophecy. What all the higher beings have done, we can do also, taking up our responsibility as the 10th hierarchy to radiate the Christ Impulse out to all the kingdoms of Earth -becoming like little suns – emanating rays from the very core of our “I”, through the vehicle of our bodies, from our purified hearts, & specifically from our forehead, where our third eye is located. This is the Bulls Eye of Taurus – the Sun of May – & the mystery of the transformative Scorpio Moon.

The Full Buddha Moon will be exact at 5:45 am Wednesday 6 May 2020. We will see it rise over the Great Inland Sea of Chicago at 5:52 pm tonight. & it will rise tomorrow at 7:09 pm.

Haiku’s, ants & worms
Buddha-like the Moon sitting
All have the same face

On Buddha’s birthday
Spring rain beneath a Full Moon,
On Buddha’s Death-day
Enlightenment in the Lake
Another sunset
~hag

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Buddha Of The Moon - Soyolmaa Davaakhuu ~ Dakini As Art
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Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
Cinco de Mayo: How a Small Mexican Battle Became a Major U.S. Holiday

Cinco de Mayo observed to commemorate the Mexican Army’s victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza. The victory of the smaller Mexican force against a larger French force was a boost to morale for the Mexicans.

More popularly celebrated in the United States than Mexico,  the date has become associated with the celebration of Mexican-American culture. These celebrations began in California, where they have been observed annually since 1863. The day gained nationwide popularity in the 1980s thanks especially to advertising campaigns by beer & wine companies. Today, Cinco de Mayo generates beer sales on par with the Super Bowl.

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553 – The Second Council of Constantinople begins –condemned the pre-existence of the soul

1260 – Kublai Khan becomes ruler of the Mongol Empire.

1494 – Christopher Columbus lands on the island of Jamaica and claims it for Spain

1818 – Birthday of Karl Marx

1821 – Deathday of Napoleon

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1877 – American Indian Wars: Sitting Bull leads his band of Lakota into Canada to avoid harassment by the United States Army under Colonel Nelson Miles.

1886 – The Bay View massacre: A militia fires into a crowd of protesters in Milwaukee, killing seven.

1891 – The Music Hall in New York City (later known as Carnegie Hall) has its grand opening and first public performance, with Tchaikovsky as the guest conductor.

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1925 – Scopes Trial: Serving of an arrest warrant on John T. Scopes for teaching evolution in violation of the Butler Act.

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1927 – To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf is first published.

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James Jean

Anthroposophy Atlanta Lunch & Learn (FREE Zoom Call) – Crowning” with Hazel Archer-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.

We are hosting a 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

Viral Truth Serum

Wave of Light Painting by Suzanne King
Byron Melker

Yes, dear friends, it’s gone viral & the next wave is coming…And this time covering your human countenance with a mask won’t help. Some of the first symptoms appear as a profound antipathy toward the mass-media. The tried & true tests like statistical graphs & manufactured death tolls; 5G, ‘tracing’ & mass vaccinations, stock market crashes…etc. now seem to be an illusion, compared with the light you generate.

This new global pandemic brings a sudden flash of clear thinking & compassionate action. It starts off in an innocuous way with the select consumption of bio-dynamic food, & herbal tonics, & then moves into a sharp desire to dance in the sunlight & speak with the stars. Eventually, symptoms can be seen to manifest as an increase in the level of connective consciousness, a strengthening of empathy in the soul forces, accompanied by a complete liberation from fear. Finally, the dis-ease ends in an understanding of karma, an amping up of gratitude, & the sincere expression of unconditional love.

The powers that be – the ‘dark elite’ are fuming – clambering for more zoom meetings with Fauci & Gates, in order to issue a new state of emergency to ramp up the fear motive. Even the text alert sent out by WHO to more than 7 billion citizens of the earth telling us to “‘Shelter in place.’ – Remain in your matrix. – Stay safe in front of your screens.” is just swiped to the left.

Newly christened ‘Freedom Specialists’ focusing on ‘Spiritual Science’ are naming this pandemic the ‘Viral Truth’ – & please know that it is highly contagious. It is recommended that we reach out & connect across the globe with other people who think for themselves & act conscientiously. This ‘Viral Truth’ is suspected of being spread thru good will. The latest in-depth research on the exact means of transmission reveals that it can occur instantly, with an incubation period as fast as the speed of thought. But in order to ‘heighten the curve’ we must work patiently, to foster in a consistent, daily fashion, the evolution of the ‘Viral Truth’, thru our every thought, word & deed.

~hag, Inspired by R. Terniak

The Power of Mercury Retrograde for Self-Healing – Daily Muse

4 May 2020 – “Speaking with the Stars”: Today the messenger of the gods, Mercury (occult Venus) with love & healing in his wings, brings his caduceus to the dark side of the Sun to gather all the memos hidden there; carrying them back to us at the end of June upon his return.

Meteor Shower Calendar 2020

At the same time open to the cosmic iron gifted to us thru the Eta Aquariid Meteor Shower which is at its peak tonight & tomorrow!

And get ready for Buddha’s Birth & Death Day, celebrated as the Spring Wesak Festival at the Full Moon on Wed. 6 may, as pre-figuring of the Ascension.

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Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY – Past/Present/Future:

250 AD – Feast day of St. Florian the patron of Upper Austria, chimney sweeps; soapmakers, & firefighters. The “Florian Principle” (known in German language areas as “Sankt-Florians-Prinzip”) is named after a somewhat ironic prayer to Saint Florian: “O heiliger Sankt Florian, verschon’ mein Haus, zünd’ and’re an”, equivalent to “O Holy St. Florian, please spare my house, set fire to another one”. This saying is used in German much like the English “not in my back yard. The name Florian is considered synonymous with fireman in the German speaking world. In some cases call for a fireman will actually be spoken as calls for Florian.

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1493 – The Division of the world: The Spanish-born Pope Alexander VI decreed in a Papal Bull that all lands west & south of a pole-to-pole line one hundred leagues west & south should belong to Spain. Portugal objected because its status & rights had been omitted & overlooked. King John II of Portugal began negotiations directly with King Ferdinand & Queen Isabella of Spain to push the line west & allow him to lay claim to lands discovered east of it. The result was the Treaty of Tordesillas.

1875 – Birthday of Hermann Beckh a pioneering German Tibetologist & prominent promoter of anthroposophy.

Due to his unusual memory skills, & his many interests & talents, his peers encouraged him towards law. It became clear to him that he was not made out to be a judge when he had to impose a fine on a poor married couple for stealing wood. He paid the couple’s fine out of his own pocket & left his position.

He later took up the study of oriental languages, Indology, & Tibetology. In 1907, he received his doctorate with a thesis on Kalidasa’s poem Meghaduta.

In 1911, he met Rudolf Steiner & Friedrich Rittelmeyer, which led to his intensive study of Steiner’s work. On Christmas Day, 1912, he became a member of the Anthroposophical Society.

In 1916, Beckh was drafted into military service, shortly after he published two volumes about the Buddha & his teachings. Stationed in the Balkans, he was called to work in the Kiel Institute for the World Economy. Due to his task, he learned the Scandinavian languages in addition to: English, French, Italian, Classical Greek & Latin, Hebrew, Egyptian, Sanskrit, Tibetan & Old Persian.

From 1920 onwards, he worked as a lecturer of anthroposophy. In March 1922, he joined the Circle of Priests of The Christian Community & worked until his death as a priest, seminary teacher, lecturer, independent researcher & writer. In 1928, “Mark’s Gospel: The Cosmic Rhythm” was published, in which he related the narration of the gospel of Mark to the path of the sun through the twelve zodiac signs. In Beckh’s exposition, Mark’s gospel could be understood more in connection with the “earthly” signs seen in the planets, & John’s gospel more in connection with the “stellar” zodiac  of the fixed stars. At the time of The Mystery of Golgotha the planets & the constellations were together, not separate as they are now, due to the progression of the equinoxes.  In the Introduction to the sequel, “The Cosmic Rhythm, the Secrets of the Stars & Earth in the Gospel of John” (1930), Beck favorably mentioned Wilhelm Kaiser’s “Die geometrischen Vorstellungen in der Astronomie” (1928), & referred to The Novices of Sais, of Novalis.  Beckh died in Stuttgart, in 1937.

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John Lautermilch

(POD )Poem Of the Day)

~My heart pulses with power
In the balance of the elements
Beatbeatbeat
I am the eagle in the light of the Sun
My wings beat in time to my thoughts…
I am a Taurus Bull in the pleasure glade
Glad am I – the thoughts that love felt
I fly to the far edge of sky
I rest in the deep folds of earth
I am a child of eternity
I am Free

~hag

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Rob Gonsalves

From the Esoteric Lessons Part II: Berlin, October 11, 1911

We know that the physical world is only an inverted mirror image of the astral world.  A very important meditation to make the words “The world is only maya” effective is the following: Everything is really there in reverse. What we see from above downwards is really there from below upwards.

A plant’s root is above and the flower down below.

The starry heavens we have before us is the result of spiritual beings who are really active behind us.

Any sound that’s received by the left ear comes from the right.

We must become familiar with these facts and also with complementary colors. If someone has a lot of red spots imagine that they’re green, or imagine that projecting limbs are cavities. One imagines the green in a plant as reddish purple and a brown root as dark blue.

One should permeate all of these exercises with reverence and devotion. That’s the feeling with which we can hope to approach the world’s Godhead; otherwise God remains an abstraction to mere thinking.

If we glow through our thinking with reverence, devotion and humility, we may hope to penetrate the spiritual world”.  ~Rudolf Steiner

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James Jean

Anthroposophy Atlanta Lunch & Learn (FREE Zoom Call) – Crowning” with Hazel Archer-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.

We are hosting a 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
An On-line Ascension Festival with the Central Regional Council
May 21, 2020, 7pm – 8:15pm CDT (8pm – 9:15pm EDT)

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,