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Wesak Moon

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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.”

Astrologer Bill Attride Radio Show, 2018 – The Full Moon in ...

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
Soyolmaa Davaakhuu
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.

Scopes Trial - Definition, Results & Significance - HISTORY

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

To The Lighthouse - Broadview Press

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

25 Mind-Twisting Optical Illusion Paintings By Rob Gonsalves
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,

Beholding Natura

Plate IV
Black Board drawing by Rudolf Steiner

Dear Friends – In the “Four Seasons and the Archangels,” Dr. Steiner describes the out breath of the Earth in Spring – how the activity of the Ahrimanic beings, whose desire to enslave lives in the limestone, & is strongest, especially in March. Most of the time, the Ahrimanic beings gain very little from the earth, instead they must rely on the human being for their astral sustenance. Yet, in the Springtime, these beings, due to the attraction of the vitality of the limestone, seek to draw down an “astral rain from the cosmos, blowing around the world an astral wind, with the hope of ensouling the earth’s limestone, into a world of pain.”

Plate III
Black Board drawing by Rudolf Steiner

The Luciferic beings also strive in the Spring thru the carbonic acid, carrying phosphoric, sulfuric, volatile substances, rising up higher out of the earth thru the breathing of the plants. They desire to kick the non-breathing etheric substance of human beings. Together, this would create the possibility of a rising etheric mist that would suffocate human breathing, but would grant Luciferic beings the etheric bodies they do not have. The volatilizing sulfur process, bound to the oxygenation of cells in the body, would be lifted away in a suffocating outbreath of the carbon dioxide, vegetative process. “That is what the Luciferic spirits strive and hope for, when the end of March comes on. They hope to change the whole Earth into a delicate shell of this kind, wherein they, densified through the etheric nature of man, could carry on their own existence.”

Of the Ahrimanic beings, Steiner says that if they could realize their hopes, “the whole of humanity would gradually be dissolved into the Earth:” into a matrix of Ahrimanic singularity. “The transition to this enslavement with the Earth would consist in this: man in his whole organism would become more and more like the limestone. He would blend the limestone with his organism and become more and more calcified. In this way he would transmute his bodily form into one that looked quite different – a sclerotic form with something like bat’s wings. This form would then be able to merge gradually into the earthly element, so that the whole Earth, according to the Ahrimanic idea, would become a dead Earth being.”

We are living in an age where the Ahrimanic threat stands before us, striving to make our soul capacities of thinking, feeling & willing depend entirely on the genetically modified food we digest (rather than on cosmic nutrition). “For Ahriman hardens man, while Lucifer wishes to dissolve and evaporate him through his breathing. In all this, the forces that make for illness reside.”

Free Angel Reading with the The Archangel Raphael

The healing medicine of the Spring Archangel Raphael is vitally needed, & available to all right now. We can rise in our thinking to meet this energy, which helps us resist fixed, artificial, poisonous systems, especially those that distance us from our human community, that prevent us from overcoming the illness of our time, severing human evolution from the Earth evolution.

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Black Board drawing by Rudolf Steiner

Together with the mighty being Michael, spiritual emissaries empower us with true nourishment, & Mother Nature’s artistic, living learning, that, thru our beholding of ‘Natura’, unveils the healing, cosmic spirit.

Ok so, friends, go out & get some sunshine! Take a deep breath, put your feet on the earth & use your thinking to engender gratitude for all the helpful elemental beings aligned with love & light waiting to be redeemed thru our loving attention, thru our willing devotion. xox

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2 May 2020 – “Speaking with the Stars”: Here is a must read article from Astrosopher Jonathan Hilton of the Astrosophy Center

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Goddess as The Caduceus | Sculpture, Angel statues, Mythology

Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

1519 – Death Day of Leonardo da Vinci, Italian painter, sculptor, & architect.

“…We know how Leonardo worked at the “Last Supper”. He often went and sat on the scaffolding and brooded for hours in front of the wall, then he would take a brush and make a few strokes and go away again. Sometimes he only went and stared at the picture and went away again. When he was painting the Christ Figure, his hand trembled. Indeed, if we put together all that we can find concerning this subject we must say that neither outwardly nor inwardly was Leonardo happy when painting this world-renowned picture. Now there were people at that time in Milan who were displeased with the slow progress of the picture, for instance a Prior of the monastery, who could not see why an artist could not paint such a picture quickly, and complained to the Duke. He too thought the affair had lasted too long. Leonardo answered: “The picture is to represent Jesus Christ and Judas, the two greatest contrasts; one cannot paint them in one year; there are no models for them in the world, neither for Judas nor for Christ”. After he had been working at the picture for years, he said he did not know whether he could finish it after all! Then he said that if finally he found no model for Judas he could always use the Prior himself! It was thus extraordinarily difficult to bring the picture to a conclusion but within himself Leonardo did not feel happy. For this picture showed the contrast between what lived in his soul and what he was able to represent on the canvas. Here it is necessary to bring forward a hypothesis of Spiritual Science, which may be reached by anyone who studies what can by degrees be learned about this picture.” ~Rudolf Steiner, Leonardo da Vinci, His Spiritual and Intellectual Greatness, At the Turning Point of the New Age

1611 – The King James Version of the Bible is published for the first time in London, England, by printer Robert Barker

1729 – Birthday of Catherine the Great of Russia, the longest-ruling female leader of Russia. The Catherinian Era, is often considered the Golden Age of the Russian Empire & the Russian nobility. She enthusiastically supported the ideals of The Enlightenment, thus earning the status of an enlightened despot. As a patron of the arts she presided over the age of the Russian Enlightenment, a period when the Smolny Institute, the first state-financed higher education institution for women in Europe, was established.

1772 – Birthday of Novalis, the pseudonym & pen name of Georg Philipp Friedrich Freiherr von Hardenberg, poet, author, mystic, & philosopher of Early German Romanticism. His study of mineralogy & management of salt mines in Saxony, was often ignored by his contemporary readers Novalis concerned himself with the scientific doctrine of Johann Gottlieb Fichte, which greatly influenced his world view, transforming Fichte’s Nicht-Ich (German “not I”) to a Du (“you”), an equal subject to the Ich (“I”). This was the starting point for Novalis’ Liebesreligion (“religion of love”) dedicated to his beloved Sophie who died of tuberculosis.

“…When we consider the life of Novalis, what an echo we find there of the Raphael life for which Hermann Grimm had so fine an understanding! His beloved dies in her youth. He is himself still young. What is he going to do with his life now that she has died? He tells us himself. He says that his life on Earth will be henceforth to “die after her”, to follow her on the way of death. He wants to pass over already now into the super-sensible, to lead again the Raphael life, not touching the Earth, but living out in poetry his magic idealism. He would fain not let himself be touched by Earth life.

When we read the “Fragments” of Novalis, and give ourselves up to the life that flows so abundantly in them, we can discover the secret of the deep impression they make on us. Whatever we have before us in immediate sense-reality, whatever the eye can see and recognise as beautiful — all this, through the magic idealism that lives in the soul of Novalis, appears in his poetry with a well-nigh heavenly splendour. The meanest and simplest material thing — with the magic idealism of his poetry he can make it live again in all its spiritual light and glory.

And so we see in Novalis a radiant and splendid forerunner of that Michael stream which is now to lead you all, my dear friends, while you live; and then, after you have gone through the gate of death, you will find in the spiritual super-sensible worlds all those others — among them also the being of whom I have been speaking to you today — all those with whom you are to prepare the work that shall be accomplished at the end of the century, and that shall lead mankind past the great crisis in which it is involved.” ~Rudolf Steiner, The Individuality of Elias, John, Raphael, Novalis – The Last Address – Dornach, Michaelmas Eve, 1924

1933 – Gleichschaltung: Adolf Hitler bans trade unions

1945 –Fall of Berlin: The Soviet Union announces the capture of Berlin & Soviet soldiers hoist their red flag over the Reichstag building

1952 – The world’s first ever jet airliner, the De Havilland Comet 1 makes its maiden flight, from London to Johannesburg

1972 – In the early morning hours a fire breaks out at the Sunshine Mine located between Kellogg and Wallace, Idaho, killing 91 workers.

1986 –The City of Chernobyl is evacuated six days after the disaster

1998 – The European Central Bank is founded in Brussels in order to define & execute the European Union’s monetary policy

2000 – President Bill Clinton announces that accurate GPS access would no longer be restricted to the United States military

2008 – Cyclone Nargis makes landfall in Burma killing over 138,000 people & leaving millions of people homeless

2008 – Chaitén Volcano begins erupting in Chile, forcing the evacuation of more than 4,500 people.

2011 – Osama bin Laden, is killed by the United States special forces

2014 – Two mudslides in Badakhshan, Afghanistan, leave over 2,500 people dead

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POD (Poem Of the Day)

GUARDIAN OF THE PORTAL TO OTHER DIMENSIONS ~ 3 by DAGAIZM on ...

~The portals of perception
Raw & cluttered await
The revealing –
It is my Self I see –
A 1000 colors swirling in liquid light
A star covered in rising clouds
Hung by a thread from its ocean Moon
Hail Self
Traversing eternity
In moral steps of time
Where the Guardian beckons
~hag

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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, born on May 2nd, 1772 — Happy birthday to him!

East to West

Nicholas Roerich

Greetings friends –

Thank you for making our CRC Easter Festival ‘The Three Days’ such a powerful event, with folks from all over the world sharing & adding to this joyful community gathering.

Here is the recording of our presentation for Good Friday, & here is the script from our artistic offering: ‘Love’s Sacrifice’.

This is a link to our CRC Holy Saturday offering, with the script toPersephone as Queen of the Underworld’

Easter Sunday recording you need a password for this one: P9^L.*5^ And here is what we shared

These are the art images we shared

Here is contact info. for Eurythmist Mary Ruud

Barkley Ventex

And now dear friends we enter the most esoteric time of year; when the secret teachings of the meaning of our human evolution are revealed, in the time between the Resurrection & the Ascension, 40 days later, leading to Pentecost-when The Sophia brings her gifts on Whitsunday at 50 Days.

Join us 1st for the

MORE INFORMATION

The Connection between Epidemics, the souls of the Dead, and the Spiritual World on Saturday 18 April 10:45 am – 12:15 am CDT (11:45 am-1:15 pm EDT, 8:45 am – 10:45 am PDT)

& on Sunday 19 April 12:15 pm – 1:45 pm CDT (1:15 pm – 2:45 pm EDT, 10:15 am – 11:45 am PDT): Festivals for the Dead, the Unborn and the Evolution of Earth -Then and Now with Hazel Archer-Ginsberg

And then god-willing, join us in person (or look for an online SOPHIA event)

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Lifting the Veil of The New Isis -Sophia, a Telling of the New Isis Myth, with Leading Thoughts, on the Being of Anthroposophia, w/ Hazel Archer-Ginsberg

Friday, 29 May 2020, 7:30 – 9:30 pm at Groh Farm, 135 Temple Rd, Wilton, NH

$10 suggested donation – RSVP deb@anthroposophy.org – Sponsored by the Anthoposophical Society in NH

Our dear Dr. Steiner said: ‘It is not the Christ we lack, but the knowledge of Christ, the Sophia of Christ, the Isis of Christ we are lacking.’ In ‘Ancient Myths and the New Isis Mystery: Their Meaning and Connection with Evolution’ Lecture 3; given in Dornach, 6 January 1918, by Rudolf Steiner; we hear how the power of ‘The Word, the power of The Logos’, must be resurrected through our striving to activate the Wisdom of Anthroposophia within each of us. Join Hazel Archer-Ginsberg for a powerful presentation Lifting the Veil of the New Isis-Sophia, to bring Light to Love.

Jo Jayson

~Vitae Sophia~A Whitsun Festival of United Soul Endeavor with Hazel Archer-Ginsberg Saturday, 30 May, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm Groh Farm, 135 Temple Rd, Wilton, NH

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?

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’?

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.  

$30 suggested donation at the door, with potluck lunch to follow
(please bring a dish to share) RSVP deb@anthroposophy.org Sponsored by the Anthroposophical Society in New Hampshire

Whitsun 2020 Vitae Sophia

as part of the tour 

Cantinho dos Deuses | Arte deusa, Arte visionária, Arte espiritual

3 June 2020 – a Round Table Discussion 7 pm – 9 pm on ‘The Sophia’ with John Bloom, Joan Sleigh, Hazel Archer-Ginsberg & Carrie Schuchardt  at The House of Peace in Ipswich, MA. 

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 of the Chicago Rudolf Steiner Branch, The Traveling Speakers Program, & the Central Regional Council of the Anthroposophical Society.

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Holy Hell

Sirius Painting by Acchi Aya Sanchez
Aaron Mosse

11 April 2020 – “Speaking with the Stars”: As the stars are coming out an hour or so after sunset, look southwest for dazzling Sirius, the departing Winter Star. It’s the brightest point in the sky after the bright Venus (occult Mercury, bringing the healing power of Love) in the West.

Vasily Kafanov

Now turn & look East for Arcturus, the arriving Spring Star. It’s shining at the same height as Sirius. These are the two brightest stars in view right now. But Capella is a very close runner-up to Arcturus! Spot it high in the northwest, about two fists at arm’s length to the upper right of Venus (occult Mercury).

Dear friends –

Below is my offering for Holy Saturday 2020. Join the CRC for our community online gathering ‘The Three Days’ today 3 pm CDT to ‘see’ the performance. (Bring paper & colored pencils as we will take a journey into the Underworld thru the rendering of a labyrinth!)

Prophetic Art painting, abstract cross art with heart and circles ...
Vashi Vant

For those who would like to view the recording of our Good Friday offering, here is the link

Stephanie Pui-Mun

Persephone as the Queen of the Underworld by Hazel Archer-Ginsberg

SOUND: Rainstick

Once upon a time, before the ‘Turning Point of Time’, Zeus, the King of the Gods, was in courtship with the goddess of the harvest, Demeter. They conceived a beautiful goddess named Persephone, who was loved by all for her lighthearted kindness.  

Demeter was very protective of her daughter, keeping her naive to the ways of the world and dressing her as a child, even as she grew into a woman. She meant to keep her innocent and virginal forever, always by her mother’s side.

Sound: flute

But the winds of change were gusting up in all worlds. And one day Persephone was out with her nymphs gathering flowers in a meadow; roses and crocuses and beautiful violets, irises also and hyacinths, but what took her breath away was the narcissus, which Earth made to grow at the will of the King of the gods, to be a prompt for the bloom-like girl to ripen.

Persephone reached out with both hands to take up the inviting blossom. Just then, SOUND (tambourine shake and clap) the wide-pathed earth yawned open, there in the plain of Arabia, and Hades, the god of Hell, sprang out.

It was Hades’ job to judge the souls of the dead, but the underworld was a dark, isolated place, and he had grown lonely and cold as he carried out his duties over the centuries.

The other gods had grown to fear him, and the mortals hardly dared to utter his name.  

But as he observed Persephone, he felt new life stirring in the cold depths of Hell itself. SOUND rainstick and ting shaw

An echo resounding: the time was now right for her initiation.  

And yet Hades knew Demeter would never allow this, so he decided to spirit Persephone away. SOUND chimes

Shaken to the core, her breath no longer dreamy, she descended into Hell. And so, the innocent maiden was thrust into an ancient trial.

Demeter quickly noticed her daughter was gone and searched frantically for help. Eventually she discovered that the wise crone Hecate had witnessed it all.

Not knowing what to do, and finding no help from the gods, Demeter grew livid, vowing that the ground would never produce a stalk of wheat until Persephone was returned.

Down in the Underworld, Persephone was working through her trials, taking up the mysteries of the Underworld. Hades was a fair, but exacting task master, yet when she excelled, he showered her with gifts. (SOUND: shimmer chime) It was so different from her leisurely life before, and Persephone often missed Demeter, her mother, and the bright world above.

Hades was patient. He put Persephone’s throne next to his and, unlike the other gods, allowed her equal rule alongside him.

When Persephone suggested that the finest mortals be released from eternal bondage, and another realm be made for them to journey outward, Hades softened by love, made it for her. It was called Elysium–the spiritual world of heaven. SOUND – chime shimmer

Persephone grew in wisdom. She noticed and appreciated that Hades was the only one who had ever treated her like the Goddess she was. Feeling her power grow, Persephone matured in her role as Queen.

One morning while Persephone was in the garden of the Netherworld for the rites, Hades offered her a blood red pomegranate, the sacred fruit of the dead. Knowing this was a test, she ate six(Ting)plump (Ting )juicy (Ting)seeds.

Immediately Hermes, the messenger of the Gods, appeared before them. He told Persephone that Demeter had caused the earth to freeze, and that no crops would grow. Mortals were dying in droves, and the only thing that would stop her was Persephone’s return.

Persephone reluctantly allowed Hermes to take her to Mount Olympus, where Zeus and Demeter were having it out, since, after all, the King of the gods had encouraged Hades to take his daughter into initiation, without her mother’s consent.

Persephone tried to convince Demeter that she was flourishing in her new power, and that Hades had been kind to her. But Demeter insisted that  Persephone had to come home, or else she would let every mortal on earth die of famine.

Suddenly the throne room darkened (SOUND – RAINSTICK) and the gods turned as Hades stepped out of the shadows. He was holding the partially eaten pomegranate in his hand.

 “Persephone has eaten the fruit of the Underworld. She must return and rule there with me.”

While Demeter started to protest, Zeus considered Persephone quietly.

“How many seeds did you eat, daughter?” he asked.

Persephone told him, “Six.” Sound: (1Ting) Zeus stood up from his throne and the assembly quieted.

 “Since Persephone has eaten six seeds of the pomegranate, I rule that she will spend six months each year in the Underworld with her husband, and six months tending to the fields of earth with her mother.”

SOUND: Rainstick

Neither Demeter nor Hades were completely happy with this agreement, but the king of the gods had made it so. 

FLUTE: Springy tune

Every year Persephone returns to the fields of the mortals and restores them with Demeter.

And when the Autumn time comes, SOUND (tambourine & clap) Hades comes to escort Persephone back to her throne in the Underworld.

Each time she leaves, Demeter mourns and all vegetation dies.  

And each time Persephone returns, the earth warms and becomes fertile once again.

This is how the Greeks explained the earth’s seasons.

Here also we get a glimpse into the ancient mysteries, and we see how a goddess of life brought light into the Underworld – Making the ground of the human soul fertile to receive a new impulse at the ‘Turning Point of Time’.

Native Flute Interlude

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Asher Teorg

The Three Days” – An online Easter Festival with the Central Regional Council

Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday, All three days: April 10 -12, 2020 from 3 pm – 4:15 pm CDT (4 pm – 5:15 pm EDT)

We will apply Spiritual Research, taking inspiration from the ancient Mysteries, indications from Rudolf Steiner, Emil Bock, and personal vision, to artistically follow the Cosmic Sun on the ultimate path of human initiation, from the Free-Will Sacrifice, through the Harrowing of Hell, to Conquer Death – into the Resurrection of the New Sun.

Please have paper & colored pencils on hand.

Artistic activities include: Speech Work with the Calendar of the Soul, Musical interludes, Drawing exercise, Conscious conversation,

Hygienic Eurythmy,and a Performance with Mary Ruud of the Easter Verse from the Calendar of the Soul.

Special Guest Rev. Craig Wiggins, Lanker for the Christian Community, will join us in the pageant readings. And Dr. David Tressemer of the Association for Anthroposophic Psychology (AAP) will also join us in the readings, as our dear David Howerton is ill. (please send prayers!)

How can we as human beings in community bring a practical understanding to these mysteries?

Join us as we strive to gain the forces needed to do our part in furthering this impulse in world evolution.

FREE – ALL are Welcome – find below Zoom Call details and link to reading materials.

The Central Regional Council of the Anthroposophical Society in America invites you to join our on-line Easter Festival, which replaces the original festival with the AAP which has been postponed to a TBD date due to pandemic precautions.

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/9900117223
The PASSWORD is: 679832

Option 2. Call in using your telephone.
United States: +1 669 900 6833 or +1 312 626 6799
Access Code: 990-011-7223
The PASSWORD is: 679832

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 FieberAlberto LoyaHazel Archer Ginsberg, David Howerton, Lisa Dalton