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a Winter Metanoia

Matt Whitney

In Sidereal Astrosophy, we look to the wisdom revealed in the position of the star-beings present now in the dome of the sky. During the 4 weeks of Advent (the 1st Sunday of Advent begins today November 29th 2020) the Sun is passing through the stars of Scorpio. The term “Advent” – is Latin for ‘that which is coming’. So this is the time of preparation, of waiting in the dark, for the return of the light, at Winter Solstice, & it is deeply connected with the challenge of the Scorpion. – Can we overcome the consequences of error & evil that has separated us from our true divine nature? Advent can be seen as the time of transforming the fallen parts of our souls, so we can truly meet the Christmas birth. It is a Winter Metanoia – a reflection of the Summer-tide call for repentance by John the Baptist, born opposite the Christ child on the wheel of the year.

Here in the Northern Hemisphere, the darkness & death of nature mirror the descent of humanity from the light into the darkness of matter at the Fall. This time of Advent, reflects our journey away from the Divine Sun into the lower realm as represented by Scorpio – in the course of the rebellion called the ‘War in Heaven’ with the later infusion of Luciferic tendencies upon the human astral body. 

Rudolf Steiner describes this rebellion in Occult Science: An Outline, & from another perspective in, The Spiritual Hierarchies and their Reflection in the Physical World: “Beings from the sphere of the Mights (Dynamis), to put it tritely, were detached; they were placed in the course of evolution so as to bring about obstacles instead of acting as progressive influences. We have come to know this as the War in Heaven….[later in Lemurian times]..The beings who stayed behind, whom we call Luciferic beings approached the human astral body –they were unable to reach the “I” – and injected into the astral body the results of the War in Heaven…humans now had been given the possibility of error and evil, but at the same time also received the capacity to rise above error and evil through their own strength…Thus we can see that only because the Dynamis were given adverse orders did humans receive the possibility of reaching their goal by means of their own powers, something that even the Seraphim cannot attain through their own endeavors. That is the crucial fact…Humans have to fulfill a completely new mission in the world, the mission we have just characterized, and  descended into the earthly world in order to accomplish it.  Christ came into the world as man’s free helper; not as a God working from above, but as the first-born among many.”

Advent is that time of the year when we can come to terms with the consequences of the error & evil that is in our own astral nature, reflected in our society so strongly today, as well as doing the work to develop the strength to overcome these tendencies, so that we might prepare the way for the birth of Christ in us at Christmas-tide. This is our activity now for every human being during Advent.  It is in this confrontation & transformation of evil in our lives, in our time, that we can begin to renovate the stars of Scorpion, to offer back to the divine what has fallen away, out of freedom.

Advent is a true festival of our current time in world evolution – a karmic call for humanity to awaken to our path of spiritual development with its focus on the confrontation with evil.

The transformation of the Scorpion, not this time into the eagle, but into the dove, this must be our work –  Opening to the Christ flame, the true I Am, born anew in the chalice of the heart at Christmas.

Full Moon November 2020 – Gemini Lunar Eclipse – Astrology King

Also interesting to note that tomorrow 30 November 2020, is a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse! What is seeking to be born from the shadow? What is longing for deliverance?

The Christian Community reading for this week speaks of this turbulent time:

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1st Advent – Luke 21:25-36

“And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars; and upon the earth, the nations will be constricted with anxiety and doubt with the advent of these spiritual revelations, as before a roaring sea and waves. And men will lose their inner strength of soul out of fear and foreboding of what is coming over the living earth: for the dynamic powers of heaven will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud, in the sphere of life, with dynamic power and great radiant glory.

And when these things begin to happen, stand upright and lift up [raise] your soul to the spirit, for your deliverance draws near.

Amen, the truth I say to you: this present age of Man’s being shall not pass away until all has happened. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. Guard yourselves lest the perceptive power of your hearts be smothered by an excess of food and drink and by over-concern with the cares and worries of life, and the light of these spirit events break upon you suddenly like a snare…for it will come upon all who dwell upon the face of the whole earth. So be awake in the spirit at all times, praying, so that you may have the strength to live through all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man”.

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We celebrate Advent to awaken our connection with the cosmic purpose in the Universe. Can we use this time to become more aware of the way in which we are disconnected from our source?  Can we strive to awaken our purpose, as we work to remember our Divine origin.

Sri Aurobindo

I think of the Mother God gestating the emergent body of Jesus within her. Every breath she takes, every beat of her heart, every thought in her mind, devoted to forming the perfect human being capable of holding the divine.

I think of the approaching soul of Jesus, the pure, innocent Nathan soul, described in Luke’s Gospel, preparing to enter into this immaculate body – This soul which has never incarnated into a human being before.

I can’t help comparing that original purity & dignity of humanity with the way people treat each other now-a-days – so much derision, disrespect & hatred, all the discrimination, how can these lies appear to so many as truth, a selfishness that they are willing to kill for?

Then I try to think about how this is part of some great plan to wake us up, to divide the wheat from the chaff, so that we can reclaim our place in the universe as conscious, Christened human beings.

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During this time, we deepen our relationship to the world around us by recognizing & celebrating the strength & beauty of all four kingdoms of the natural world.

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During the first week, we pay tribute to the mineral world.

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During the second week, we focus on the plant kingdom.

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In the third week, we celebrate the kingdom of animals.

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And the fourth week speaks to the human being, & our destiny as Angel Beings.

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As we pass through these weeks, it moves us toward a deeper understanding of our place in the universe, of all that supports us, & all that we aspire to, as well as all that needs our care & protection.

The four candles represent many four-fold wonders, such as the four seasons of the year or the four virtues of Peace, Faith, Hope, and Charity.  

Rudolf Steiner’s Calendar of the Soul, , translated by Roy Sadler, helps:

v35, Advent,
Can I absorb true being
that it may find itself anew
within my soul’s creative urge?
I feel a power trusting me
to make myself with modesty
a member of the Cosmic Self.

v35 and its mirror, v18, are the only question verses.
If we rise to the Advent challenge and become a member of the Cosmic Self
the Spirit Child can be born in us in a month’s time at Christmas.
Six weeks later the Soul Calendar has a unique line, its only trochaic one.
Rudolf Steiner describes the iambic rhythm as the meditative movement
the soul requires to relate to the world. But at Candlemas just one line,
‘Eingedenk vollzogener Geistgeburt’, balances all the other Soul Calendar lines.
If we can become a member of the Cosmic Self at Advent, feel the Spirit Child
set free from womb of soul at Christmas & are mindful of the Spirit’s Birth fulfilled
at Candlemas, Easter can arise in our souls and what follows progress.

v44, Candlemas,
And when I grasp the senses’ new allure
the clarity of soul,
mindful of the spirit’s birth fulfilled,
imbues the world’s bewildering, sprouting growth
with my creative will of thinking.

The Candlemas mirror at Whitsuntide,
and the verse for the southern hemisphere now,
v9,
And when I let my own will go
life’s cosmic warmth, the summer’s herald,
will fill my soul and spirit being;
my spirit vision is commanding me
to lose myself in light, and ardently
my foresight’s calling, ‘lose yourself
to find your Self’.

Advent Sunday’s mirror at Lammastide
as the soul becomes pregnant with the Spirit Child,
v18,
Can I make wide my soul
that she unite with seed
of Cosmic Word conceived?
I feel my foresight asking me
to find the strangth my soul will need
to form her spirit garment worthily.

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Full moon, faint eclipse, November 29-30 | Tonight | EarthSky

29 November 2020 – “Speaking with the Stars”: Bella Luna comes Full at 3:30 a.m. Monday morning CST. She shines between Aldebaran below, & the Pleiades above. Aldebaran is easier to see through the moonlight than the 7 Sisters are.

Lunar & Solar Eclipses in 2020 and How They Affect Your Life | Allure

A penumbral eclipse of the Moon happens early Monday morning for North America. The Moon’s north side will skim through the penumbra, the pale outer fringe, of Earth shadow. The Moon will be deepest into the penumbra at mid-eclipse, at 3:43 a.m. Monday morning CST. WE may see a trace of shading on the Moon as much as 45 minutes before & after that time.

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Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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1898 – Birthday of C.S. Lewis, one of the Inklings

Eugen Kolisko a small biography

1939 – Deathday of Eugen Kolisko, an Austrian-German physician & educator, born in Vienna. He studied medicine at the University of Vienna, & in 1917 became a lecturer of medical chemistry. Eugen Kolisko is remembered for his pioneer work in anthroposophy. He was introduced to anthroposophy through his classmate, Walter Johannes Stein. In 1914, he first attended lectures given by Rudolf Steiner. Consequently, he became a member of the Anthroposophical Society, & in 1920 was invited as an instructor to the newly established Waldorf School at Stuttgart by Emil Molt.

Kolisko specialized in preventative medicine, & at the Waldorf School he worked with other teachers in creating a curriculum that focused on the spiritual & physical development of school children. He was instrumental in construction of several artistic therapies, such as anthroposophic music therapy & eurythmy. During the 1930s, he left the Waldorf School in Stuttgartbecause of the Nazi’s, relocating to England in 1936, where he undertook the establishment of a private educational institute. Kolisko died of cardiac failure outside London.

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Wed. 2 December 2020 – 7:15 pm – 8:30 pm CT

The Karma Project with the Central Regional Council…We can understand that someone who goes to a place where he may succumb to an infection will have been driven there under the influence of a certain level of karmic consciousness…”

~Rudolf Steiner, Manifestations of KarmaChapter 6“Karma in Relation to Accidents”,
link: https://wn.rsarchive.org/Lectures/GA120/English/RSP1984/19100521p01.html

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Meeting ID: 827 1518 6258

For more info. contact Alberto Loya aloyavaca@utexas.edu

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Thursday’s Dec. 3/10/17 for Advent 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm CT

Johannine Painting Circle with Nancy Melvin

At Elderberries Urban 1st Aid – Art as Medicine 4251 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago

Urban First Aid – Art As Medicine is initiating a Johannine Painting Circle that will begin on Thursday, December 3rd at the Elderberries space on Lincoln Avenue, next to the Rudolf Steiner Branch of Chicago. Nancy Melvin will be our instructor during the season of Advent.

Calling all wistful painters who long to explore but are afraid for lack of skill.

We will work very simply. Not painting an image, rather an exercise in perception, a meditation using simple brush work to develop a keen eye for relationships, worked in silence with the finest of watercolor paints and papers. 

Immersing ourselves in the flow of the year, we open ourselves to the Advent season.  The richest botanical colors of the year have flared and now passed.  Bold yellows and sharp puce, flaming reds, dark burgundies and deep blue greens dominated our vision just last week.  Let us come together to find color on our paint brushes and immerse ourselves in the elementary color exercises given to First Graders at a Waldorf School.  

Angela Lord’s book, Color Dynamics is a practical workbook that you can purchase from Hawthorn Press to augment our sessions if you’d like.  After attending the first session to learn the set up, practice and clean up, you can miss our group and still do the work at home with your own materials and join us when you can.   Socially distant tables with paints and paper provided.

There are no paywalls. You are invited to make a contribution that will help the cost of supplies and initiative. A sliding scale from $0 to $15. If you’d like to gift a higher amount this will support others who are unable to contribute financially.~Nancy Melvin

Nancy Melvin is a watercolor, lazure, natural dye and textile artist who is married to a trompe l’oeil muralist who also specializes in signage, oils, gold leaf and woodblocks.  They run Melvin Studio together and raised two Waldorf students. Nancy taught at Chicago Waldorf and Great Oaks Waldorf School before founding MADE HERE, her clothing line currently at Union Handmade, 3860 N. Lincoln Ave and Buddy in the Chicago Cultural Center.   

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Sunday 20 December 2020, 2 pm – 3pm CT

‘Awakening to the Light in the Darkness’: A Christmas Contemplation with Rev. Craig Wiggins. In-Person at The Rudolf Steiner Branch Chicago & online

Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/7052931041?pwd=ai94YmhnS1k3cWN3TFFlL3ozTDgxdz09 Meeting ID: 705 293 1041 – Passcode: Peace

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For more info. contact Hazel Archer hag@rschicago.org

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Wednesday 23 December 2020 – 7:15 pm – 8:30 pm CT

Unwrapping our Cosmic Gift: Thoughts on the Christmas Conference 1923

with the Central Regional Council. Themes inspired by Prokofieff’s book: May Human Beings Hear it! include: Turning Points of Time; Christ, Sophia and Michael; Foundation Stone Meditation.

Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83533262486

for more info. contact Alberto Loya aloyavaca@utexas.edu

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A Rose by Any Other Name Painting by Mary Benke


24 December 2020 – 5 January 2021, 11 am – 11:30 am CT

ASA Holy Nights 2020-21 “A Rose By Any Other Name…”

International online gathering on the Theme of the Divine Feminine. 

Hosted by Laura Scappaticci & Tess Parker, featuring the Sophia Working Group.

27 December – Leading Thoughts by ~hag

29 December – with Ultra-Violet Archer calling in on the Full Moon from Sweden

For more info. contact Tess Parker tess@anthroposophy.org

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Masked ball Painting by Marcel Garbi | Saatchi Art

Thursday 31 December 2020-21 Our Annual Conscious NYE Gathering 8 pm-1 am CT

In-Person at Elderberries Bio-dynamic Outpost & The Rudolf Steiner Branch Chicago

This Year’s Theme is a Masked Ball – Live Music, Folk Dancing, Potluck, Mask-making with Lucien Dante Lazar, more TBA

$20 per person http://donate.rschicago.org/

Stay tuned for details. For more info. contact Hazel Archer hag@rschicago.org

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Nancy Poer

Wednesday 6 January 2021, 2 pm – 4 pm CT

Joan’s Epiphany ‘What Joan of Arc Calls for Today’

In-Person at Elderberries Bio-dynamic Outpost & The Rudolf Steiner Branch Chicago & online Today on the Birthday of Joan of Arc we welcome special Guest Nancy Poer

We will also explore ‘The Destinies of Individuals and of Nations’, Lecture 5, ‘The Nature of the Christ Impulse and the Michaelic Sprit Serving It’ by Rudolf Steiner with Leading Thoughts by Hazel Archer-Ginsberg

Social Sculpture: “The Passage” with Luicen Dante Lazar, + Singing & Eurythmy

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For more info. contact Hazel Archer hag@rschicago.org

Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/7052931041 Meeting ID: 705 293 1041

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Thought Experiment

Fortune, Dion – Occult World

Shortly after Christian Qabalist Dion Fortune came to Glastonbury, around 1920, she received psychic communications from a group of excarnate monks of its famous abbey, who called themselves the “Company of Avalon“. They told her that London was the head center of England, & Glastonbury was its heart; that the Isle of Avalon was the site of a “College of the Inner Initiates” & a “great center of the druidic faith” in pre-Christian times. She learned that this area had always been a place of spiritual regeneration where successive generations of initiates maintained contact with inner plane powers over the centuries – the door between the worlds has always been more open there than at any other place in Britain:

“There has never ceased to be a Mystery Lodge at Glastonbury. The succession has never failed; there has never been darkness there. The Tor has never lacked its Hermit. There has always been an Upper Chamber within the bounds of the circle of the marshes, where one soul in solitude meditated upon the mysteries. Those who have functioned in this way have kept the channels open by their concentrated thought, leaving the thinnest veil, like a psychic parchment, to protect the power behind it from those that would use it selfishly.”

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In her mystic visions, Dion Fortune could see the spiritual force that fuels this sacred landscape as a constant downpouring of the Holy Spirit, flowing unceasingly from a crystal chalice high above Glastonbury Tor. Inspired by these messages & by the numinous energy of the area, she acquired a plot of land that was once part of an old orchard at the foot of the Tor, where she set about forming a spiritual community. In 1924 a cluster of huts were hastily erected, & ‘Chalice Orchard‘, as she named it, came into being, serving both as a pilgrimage center or “hostel for Grail seekers,” & a sanctuary for meditation & ritual work. Here she gathered a small group, the Community of the Inner Light, which was to develop into one of the most influential magical orders of the 20th century, & is still in existence today under the name of the Society of the Inner Light. Dion Fortune called Glastonbury “Avalon of the Heart” & immortalized this term in a passage from her book of the same name:

“It is to this Avalon of the Heart the pilgrims still go – Some in bands, knowing what they seek -Some alone, with the staff of vision in their hands, awaiting what may come to meet them on this holy ground. None go away as they came.”

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Dion Fortune took frequent walks up to the summit of the Tor, which she called, “the Hill of Vision.” One of her visions up there was of a glorious parade out of Avalon’s mythic past winding through the landscape below:

Through the valleys of Avalon moves an invisible pageant in an endless procession. The darkness before the dawn is shot through by the magic of Merlin the Atlantean. The dark, wild men of the mare go past, fierce eyes gleaming under matted hair. After them come the white-robed Druids, with their golden sickles, bearing the holy mistletoe, and the sacred herbs destined for the sacrificial niche in the Holy Well. Then comes the bowed figure of old St. Joseph, frail and solitary, bearing the Cup. King Arthur rides forth, a strong man in his strength, about his neck the crystal cross which was given him by the Mother of God at Beckary, Excalibur by his side. Guinevere rides behind him in her beauty, her golden hair flowing over her shoulders…Behind them follows the Lady of the Lake, seen as if through deep water, waiting the time when Arthur shall return to her after the last battle, borne in the black barge, watched by the weeping queens, and Excalibur shall come back into her hands, lost to men forever.”

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Dion Fortune’s experiences in Glastonbury led her to develop a magical system which included three paths, symbolized by three colored rays, each pertaining to a particular strand of the Western Mystery Teachings:

The Orange Ray is the path of Magical Knowledge, the Hermetic way. It has an intellectual emphasis & focuses on working with symbolism & patterns, thru visualized or ceremonial forms. It was inspired by Dion Fortune’s explorations of the Arthurian mythos, which has seeped into the ancient stones of Glastonbury.

The Green Ray is the path of Elemental Power, which has a feeling life emphasis, & is focused on Earth magic, including nature spirits, elementals & faeries. Inspiration for the Green Ray arose out of her experience of living at the foot of the Tor, with the chthonic power of the Underworld below & the forces of wind, Sun & storm above.

The Purple Ray is the path of the Devotion of Will, focused on direct communion with the Divine. The influence of Glastonbury Abbey & its pervading air of sanctity which still lingers throughout the area like the faint fragrance of incense provided the inspiration for this branch of the Mysteries.

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Although she felt herself to be more suited temperamentally to the Hermetic Ray, Dion Fortune found herself called to take a leadership role in service of the Purple Ray. She fulfilled this through a branch of her order called the Guild of the Master Jesus, later known as the Church of the Graal. This branch embodied an esoteric Christianity influenced in part from her early involvement with Theosophical teachings, & Rudolf Steiner’s writings.

The illuminating power of the Christ is the redemptive force that harmonizes the pairs of opposites in the Cosmos; & in the individual unites the pairs of opposites, the higher & lower nature in the exaltation of consciousness.

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The central symbol of the Guild was the Grail as the vessel of the Christ-force.

The risen Christ was held to be more important than the crucified Christ, & the role of the cross assumed its rightful place in the Christian Mysteries of Life-Death-Rebirth by symbolizing the suffering & sacrifice that preceded the Resurrection. Emphasis was on the eventual triumph of Spirit in the life of Jesus, & in the life of the initiates of these Mysteries, who followed in His footsteps.

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Yet the inner mysteries of the Church of the Graal went further than the traditional imitatio Christi. “Behind the Master shines the Light of the Graal, and the Sophia brings us the Graal. Therefore take for your symbol – for your concentration – the Graal, which enshrines the Christian power – and then shall come the fuller illumination.”

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Barbara Kilmova

Fortune emphasized that the cup was to be the sacred symbol of the Guild because it was the vessel that could receive the divine influence of the Holy Spirit:

The Graal is the Cup into which the power of the Holy Sophia is drawn, and in the Graal symbolism you find the esoteric significance of Christianity.”

The Church of the Graal was based on Dion Fortune’s concept of the “ancient Keltic Church” which although no longer present in the physical world is “eternal in the heavens.” It was seen as having its origins in Glastonbury, “the holiest earthe in Englande” which enshrines the legend of the Grail brought there by Joseph of Arimathea. This was the Grail seen as the cup Christ drank from at the Last Supper, & in which Joseph had collected Christ’s blood at the deed on Golgotha. In Dion Fortune’s version of the legend she described Joseph as an old man coming to Glastonbury with his eleven companions & building a humble church of reeds from the marshes in which to house the Grail. The twelve men dwelt in simple circular huts which surrounded the central shrine. Here they kept guard over the Holy Cup; “inscribing paths into the earth with their feet as they circled in meditation, to resemble the starry belt of the heavens where the Sun moves in his circle”.

In Dion Fortune’s retelling of the Grail legend, when a time of evil befell the world, angels came to take the cup away into safety. They gave it into the keeping of the Fisher King where it was guarded by three maidens. When the Fisher King died of his incurable wound, darkness fell more deeply on earth, & the angels then removed the Grail to the “heavenly Jerusalem.”

True to the tenets of the original church of the early Celts, the Church of the Graal encouraged the autonomy of each individual, man or woman, who sought God. Services were centered around a form of the Eucharist called, “the Ritual of the Cup,” in which the Christ-force was invoked thru “the calling down of power into a receptacle, that receptacle being the soul of man.” The service depended not only on the minister or celebrant, but on the active participation & full engagement of each member of the congregation. Through their focused visualization & intense concentration on a single theme, which included a “mighty Chalice of golda higher group-mind, or egregore, was formed, in order to “build up thought-forms upon the astral which shall serve as channels for the spiritual forcethat each individual member of the group is then filled with the force in such measure as he is capable of receiving.”

The Training & Work Of An Intiate by Dion Fortune

For those wishing to embark upon an initiatory path, Dion Fortune also provided a training system. Three courses marked the stages on what was called the “Way of the Graal.” Candidates were known as, Seekers, Servers, &, lastly, Watchers.

On the successful completion of the third course, the initiate became a “Watcher of the Graal,” a priest in his or her own right, & could work with these mysteries autonomously, for “The Church of the Graal . . . is built by thought, eternal in each man`s heart. Each man is his own priest, and lifts therein the Cup of the Graal, and calls down the Flame of Fire, which is the Holy Spirit.”

Among his or her daily devotions, the priest was instructed to build the inner Church of the Graal thru the intensive formulating of an imagination, to establish its reality on the astral plane.

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Ok, yes, Dion Fortune was a fav. of mine as a young woman, I read every single one of her many books. But the reason I am giving this report is because I believe that as Anthroposophers we must become spiritual warriors, & endeavor to take up the practice of building up positive imaginations on the inner planes as a counterforce to the adversarial forces working in the world. Let her story continue & you will see a powerful example of what I am saying:

Immediately following Britain’s declaration of war in 1939 she began a series of regular letters to members of her community. With enemy planes rumbling overhead, she organized a series of visualizations to formulate “seed ideas in the group mind of humanity”, archetypal visions to invoke angelic protection & uphold British morale under fire. “The war has to be fought and won on the physical plane, but before physical manifestation can be given, we must create archetypal ideals. What is sown in our highest thought will grow and bear seed.”

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Wartime conditions made it impossible for people to assemble in one place; so she sent out a weekly letter, containing a lesson; & besides a Grail imagination, there was a detailed description of the Rose-Cross Meditation to be built up on the inner planes.

An hour was set when, no matter where they were, everyone involved, focused on this symbol as a “key-call” to the powers of the Inner Planes, to enlist their aid in England’s greatest time of crisis.

These imaginations were at the center of what can be called powerful ‘Thought Experiments’.

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The working began with the formulating of the Rose-Cross, carefully built up on the astral planes each week. It developed thru a series of changes, in a clear sequence – to make sure that the inner powers had been contacted & were responding. This is what Spiritual Science must do. The Rose-Cross was pictured as being situated in a cavern deep beneath Glastonbury Tor. The figures of the ‘Seven Masters’ & the Master Jesus then appeared around it. Later these were joined by the figure of the Virgin Mary, & the heavenly Isis, bearing the Grail.

More & more levels were revealed within the Tor. The cavern was at the lowest level in the roots of the Tor. Above it, reached by a spiral staircase, appeared a great library, the Hall of Learning. And above that was the Chapel of the Graal. The highest level was called the Watchtower, the inner equivalent of St Michael’s Tower. This was guarded by a mysterious shrouded figure, The Guardian of the Threshold, & was considered too perilous for the uninitiated to visit. During these workings, many of the meditators experienced a profound & brilliant spiritual illumination in the Grail Chapel, & they gaged their individual progress with the outer happenings involving the war.

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From her book The Magical Battle of Britain Dion Fortune says:  “Let us meditate upon angelic Presences, red-robed and armed, patrolling the length and breadth of our land. Visualise a map of Great Britain, and picture these great Presences moving as a vast and powerful form along the coasts, and backwards and forwards from north to south and east to west, keeping watch and ward so that nothing alien can move unobserved”.

As the war developed, not only national, but also international accord was promoted. With unswerving optimism she guided her fraternity through the dark days of the London Blitz, continuing her weekly letters even when the bombs came thru her own roof.

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And according to reports, the night that ‘Operation Sea Lion’ – Nazi Germany’s code name for the planned invasion of the United Kingdom during the ‘Battle of Britain’, was due to launch, the community did a large group meditation completing the working of the Rose-Cross, setting up a shield around the British isles, that the bred repulsion of the British Navy in the psyche of the Nazi’s, which so overwhelmed them on the eve of the invasion that they changed their minds & stayed home. And so as history tells us ‘Operation Sealion’ sank.

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Dear friends –Tomorrow on Election Night, folks will gather in person at the Rudolf Steiner Branch in Chicago & also on zoom, for a vigil, where thru Goethean conversation, art, song, eurythmy, & with the help of the so-called-dead, we will create a ‘Thought Experiment‘ a positive, protective, ‘Egregore‘; building a ‘Cone of Power’ with our collective cognitive imaginations, to counteract any adversarial forces, & join forces with the strength of the spiritual powers aligned with love & light. And even if you can’t join us on zoom during election night, join us in your heart-thinking as we build imaginations for a future that includes initiatives like the Three-Fold Social Order. We can also visualize the forces of love & light pervading the consciousness of all of humanity EVERY DAY. Let’s share the fruits of our labors, gleaned from our Spiritual Science, to dispel fear & illness, to create imaginations that will reshape our world in the image of Christ as the meaning of the earth. 

~hag

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All Souls Election Night Vigil

7 pm – 9 pm CT. Tuesday 3 November 2020

In-person in the Upper Room of the Rudolf Steiner Branch Chicago 4249 N. Lincoln Ave.

& also online Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/7052931041 Meeting ID: 705 293 1041

Through Social Sculpture, we will hold space with each other, connect with our Angel, the ‘so called dead’, the Being of America…etc…to bring healing on both sides of the Threshold, during Election Night 2020, & on into the future which we are committing to consciously co-create.

Welcome – Anne Nicholson

Verse – Deborah Rogers

The Art of Goethean Conversation – Hazel Archer-Ginsberg

Metamorphosis – Lucien Dante Lazar. Through a 5-point artistic metamorphosis that will weave throughout the evening we will rise in our thinking, & engage our will, to work with the beings of color, form & gesture from point to periphery.   

Intermingling: Initiatives for NOW – The 3-Fold Social Order & ALIANT Alliance – Elderberries  + ALL

Break-Out Session – groups of 3 for 15 minutes

Singing + Verse – Elizabeth Kelly

Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/7052931041 Meeting ID: 705 293 1041

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Saturday 7 November 2020,

On-line https://zoom.us/j/7052931041 Meeting ID: 705 293 1041

3 pm – 5 pm CT

‘Connections Revealed’

with Lelan Harris, Mary Ruud & Hazel Archer

The Connection Between Epidemics, the Souls of the Dead, & the Spiritual World – Leading thoughts by Hazel Archer-Ginsberg based on Spiritual Scientific research & indications from Rudolf Steiner

Inspirations by Lelan Harris – the executive director of Wise Cosmos Educational Initiative (WiseCosmos.org).  Lelan is a healer, teacher, and leader with over 40 years of experience in vocational roles such as pastor, professor, and Waldorf school administrator.  He offers developmental mentoring, spiritual training, and energy healing in order to raise up new generations of leaders in service at all levels to humanity, Earth, and cosmos.

Group Eurythmy with Mary Ruud

Break out Sessions

Online hosted by Anne Nicholson on Zoom

https://zoom.us/j/7052931041 Meeting ID: 705 293 1041

The Ancestors Stir

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Tim Felter

It was an eerie Halloween in the hood last night. The usually packed streets were relatively clear. Folks put out special tables or passed candy thru PVC pipes to the trick-o-treaters. A lot of neighbors had house parties. Revelers called out Happy Halloween to each other, looking into your eyes with hope, & the joy of connection. Everyone wanted it to be a regular celebration, but despite (or perhaps because of) the usual high rate of alcoholic spirits, there was a pallor over the cheer. The wind was high & the sky had strangely beautiful rippling cloud formations that danced across the Full Blue Blood Moon.

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Bonnie Melvin

We made a bon-fire with a few friends, & did a 500 biodynamic prep stir for the ancestors, in conjunction with performing the Halleluiah in eurythmy & singing songs to the ‘so-called-dead’. After an hour, some kids helped us distribute the ‘holy water’ in-between their main task of hunting for houses that were open to them as treaters. The land & the spiritual beings soaked it up. O so thirsty are the spirits for interaction with human intention.

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Tonya Wright

At the CRC Soul to Soul online gathering earlier, it was clear that the dead are with us, wanting to commune, hoping to co-create with us a world of light.

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My grandmother always said that the spirits of the dead wander from sunset until midnight on All Hallows. After midnight – on November 1, All Saints’ Day – the ghosts are said to go back into the light.

But the October 31 date for Halloween has been fixed by tradition. The true astrological cross-quarter day falls on November 7. So we can see that All Souls is really a season lasting until Advent.

In early times, the forbearer of Halloween, (or as my Celtic ancestors called it, Samhain) happened on the night that the Pleiades star cluster culminated at midnight – In other words, when the 7 sisters climbed to its highest point in the sky at midnight on or near the same date as this cross-quarter day. Because of the precession of the Equinoxes, this now occurs on November 21.

Vanessa Lemen.

This morning the wind was howling so much & the spirits so restless I was up at 3 am, with a message from my dearly departed friend Joe G. which I got up to write down, but then I realized it was really 2 am, cause we are told to set our clocks back today (All Saints Day).  

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Fall Back they say. Usually this finagling with time bothers me. How dare ‘they’ just decide to change time, which plays havoc with our waking & sleeping rhythm. But for some reason this year, with everything else that’s shifting, I am thinking of it as a wakeup call, a reminder to not be complacent, taking time for granted – A prompt to see Time as relative, touching what is eternal.  

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And, of course, on top of all this, in 2 days time it is Election Day. Dear friends, don’t get caught up in the anxiety & fear that is already swirling in the media. Turn off the tv & Come join us instead, in creating a sacred space in person & online, to envision our true human destiny, thru Goethean Conversation, & Art, amidst the astral chaos:

All Souls Election Night Vigil

7 pm – 9 pm CT. Tuesday 3 November 2020

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Dusee Aeye

In-person in the Upper Room of the Rudolf Steiner Branch Chicago 4249 N. Lincoln Ave.

& also online Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/7052931041 Meeting ID: 705 293 1041

Through Social Sculpture, we will hold space with each other, connect with our Angel, the ‘so called dead’, the Being of America…etc…to bring healing on both sides of the Threshold, during Election Night 2020, & on into the future which we are committing to consciously co-create.

Welcome – Anne Nicholson

Verse – Deborah Rogers

The Art of Goethean Conversation – Hazel Archer-Ginsberg

Metamorphosis – Lucien Dante Lazar. Through a 5-point artistic metamorphosis that will weave throughout the evening we will rise in our thinking, & engage our will, to work with the beings of color, form & gesture from point to periphery.   

Intermingling: Initiatives for NOW – The 3-Fold Social Order & ALIANT Alliance – Elderberries  + ALL

Break-Out Session – groups of 3 for 15 minutes

Michael-Star Movement – Lucien + Nancy Melvin + ALL

Singing + Verse – Elizabeth Kelly

In-person at Elderberries Chicago & online

Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/7052931041 Meeting ID: 705 293 1041

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Calendar of the Soul by Rudolf Steiner, Translated by Roy Sadler

It’s the third verse of the Light Quartet this week,
the voice of the Soprano’s inspired will for the spirit’s birth,
v31
The light from spirit depths
strives outwards like the sun,
becomes life’s strength of will
and shines in dullness of the senses
to free the forces
that ripen creative powers
in human work the soul initiates.

Its mirror verse is the voice of the Baritone,
incarnating spirit with imaginative power
in the first week of September,
v22,
The light from far and wide
lives on with inner power,
becomes the light of soul
and shines in depths of spirit
to free the fruits of cosmic self
that from them in the course of time
the human self will ripen.
Its opposite verse is the voice of the Tenor,
uniting with the spirit through the senses
in the last Easter verse, the week before Ascension,
a verse for life in the southern hemisphere now,
v5,
In light, whose fertile weaving into space
from spirit depths
reveals creative work of gods,
the being of the soul is shining, widening,
enlivened in the presence of the world
and resurrected
from narrow selfhood’s inner power.
Its mirror of the opposite, the complementary verse,
is the voice of the Alto, intuitive love uniting with the world
at the full moon in Leo (Rudolf Steiner’s birthday week),
v48,
In light, whose flowing from the heights
would be the world’s empowering of soul,
let shine world thought, the cosmic certainty
that solves soul riddles, and focusing
its radiant power in human hearts
awakens love.
This is a climax verse, fulfillment of thinking after human thought’s
first mention in v28 three weeks ago; and the last mention
of the heart (the 7th) and of love (the 3rd) until the heart appears
again at the winter solstice, v37, and love at Epiphany, v40.

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A.J. Pontarelli

The All Souls webinar put out the Anthroposophical Society, last year. Here is a link to the video recording https://zoom.us/…/2TH4VfAFaaXl75T9UgSHwxat-CKtdappGNmvyxdz1…

Also last year on Halloween I did a presentation at the Theosophical Society, called ‘The Descent of Inanna” with a different approach to the theme, centering on the origins, & a performance in eurythmy of the ancient Sumerian Myth. You can watch the video here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5J80cpOiJQ

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Arnold Böcklin

1 November 2020

Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day 

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

All Saints Day II by Wassily Kandinsky - Oil Painting Reproduction
Wassily Kandinsky

ALL SAINTS DAY “After this I had a vision of a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation, race, people, and tongue. They stood before the throne and before the Lamb, wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands…. [One of the elders] said to me, ‘These are the ones who have survived the time of great distress; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb” (Revelation 7:9,14)

The earliest observance of a feast in honor of all the saints is an early fourth-century commemoration of “all the martyrs.” In the early seventh century, after successive waves of invaders plundered the catacombs, Pope Boniface IV gathered up some 28 wagonloads of bones & reinterred them beneath the Pantheon, a Roman temple dedicated to all the gods. The pope rededicated the shrine as a Christian church. According to Venerable Bede, the pope intended “that the memory of all the saints might in the future be honored in the place which had formerly been dedicated to the worship not of gods but of demons” (On the Calculation of Time).

The Anglo-Saxon theologian Alcuin observed the feast on November 1 in 800, as did his friend Arno, Bishop of Salzburg. Rome finally adopted that date in the ninth century.

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The Massacre of the Innocents, part of the El Dia de los Muertos celebration, honors the biblical account of infanticide by Herod. According to the Gospel of Matthew, Herod ordered the execution of all young male children in the vicinity of Bethlehem, so as to avoid the loss of his throne to a newborn King of the Jews whose birth had been announced to him by the Magi, understood as the fulfillment of an Old Testament prophecy: “Then was fulfilled that which was spoken through Jeremiah the prophet, saying, ‘A voice is heard in Ramah, mourning and great weeping, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because her children are no more”.

1512 – The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, painted by Michelangelo, is exhibited to the public for the first time.

1570 – The All Saints’ Flood devastates the Dutch coast, breaking the dikes. The total number of dead in the tens of thousands, 100,000 people became homeless. Livestock was lost in huge numbers. Winter stocks of food & fodder were destroyed.

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1604 – William Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello is performed for the first time, at Whitehall Palace in London

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1611 – Shakespeare’s play The Tempest is performed for the first time, at Whitehall Palace in London

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1755 – In Portugal, Lisbon is totally devastated by a massive earthquake & tsunami, killing 90,000 people

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1838 –Birthday of Khedrup Gyatso – 11th Dalai Lama

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1870 – In the United States, the Weather Bureau (later renamed the National Weather Service) makes its first official meteorological forecast

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1911 – The first dropping of a bomb from an aircraft in combat, during the Italo-Turkish War

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1918 – Malbone Street Wreck: The worst rapid transit accident in US history occurs under the intersection of Malbone Street & Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, with 202 deaths

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1941 – American photographer Ansel Adams takes a picture of a moonrise over the town of Hernandez, New Mexico that would become one of the most famous images in the history of photography. Secretary of the Interior Harold Ickes hired Adams for six months to create photographs of lands under the jurisdiction of the Department of the Interior. Adams was accompanied by his young son Michael & his best friend Cedric Wright on a long road trip around the west. They came upon the scene while traveling through the Chama River valley toward Española in late afternoon on November 1.

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1948 – Off southern Manchuria, 6,000 people die as a Chinese merchant ship explodes & sinks

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1950 – Pope Pius XII claims papal infallibility when he formally defines the dogma of the Assumption of Mary

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1951 – Operation Buster–Jangle: 6,500 American soldiers are exposed to ‘Desert Rock’ atomic explosions for training purposes in Nevada. Participation is not voluntary

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1952 – The United States successfully detonates Ivy Mike, the first thermonuclear device, at the Eniwetok atoll. The explosion had a yield of ten megatons TNT equivalent

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1955 – The bombing of United Airlines Flight 629 occurs near Longmont, Colorado, killing all 39 passengers & five crew members aboard. Blown up with dynamite placed in the checked luggage by Jack Gilbert Graham to kill his mother as revenge for his childhood & to obtain a large life insurance payout. Within 15 months of the explosion, Graham—who already had an extensive criminal record—was tried, convicted, & executed for the crime

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1956 – The Springhill mining disaster in Springhill, Nova Scotia kills 39 miners; 88 are rescued

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1960 –John F. Kennedy announces his idea of the Peace Corps

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Carrie Ann Baade

POD (Poem Of the Day)

~Today I am
The thought of myself
In my Mothers forehead…
May I listen to the voice of the messenger
Bringing her song up from the dead –
A silver star bruised & hanging on a cloud
As I roll gold into life
Like the scarab
A Sinner marching with the Saints
I stretch canvas & continue
Practicing

~hag

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Saturday 7 November 2020,

On-line https://zoom.us/j/7052931041 Meeting ID: 705 293 1041

3 pm – 5 pm CT

‘Connections Revealed’

with Lelan Harris, Mary Ruud & Hazel Archer

The Connection Between Epidemics, the Souls of the Dead, & the Spiritual World – Leading thoughts by Hazel Archer-Ginsberg based on Spiritual Scientific research & indications from Rudolf Steiner

Inspirations by Lelan Harris – the executive director of Wise Cosmos Educational Initiative (WiseCosmos.org).  Lelan is a healer, teacher, and leader with over 40 years of experience in vocational roles such as pastor, professor, and Waldorf school administrator.  He offers developmental mentoring, spiritual training, and energy healing in order to raise up new generations of leaders in service at all levels to humanity, Earth, and cosmos.

Group Eurythmy with Mary Ruud

Break out Sessions

Online hosted by Anne Nicholson on Zoom

https://zoom.us/j/7052931041 Meeting ID: 705 293 1041

Lift the Veil

Penny Leggner

On this All Hallows Eve, do you have the courage to look beyond the mask of the material world, into the spirit realm, the place of our beginning, the time of our unborness, the abode of our ending, when we shuffle off this mortal coil, only to begin again & yet again, as we strive toward the eternal…?

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Mat Bouten

Take heart my friends, for every ending is a new beginning. At All Hallows–tide we stand at the Cross Quarter between Autumn Equinox & Winter Solstice, a time when great transformations are possible. Since with the veils between the worlds so thin, the power of all the worlds are available to us.

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Ulrich Osterloh

What is it like to bring awareness to this most important human initiation, this true rite-of-passage? Can we work to consciously “Cross the Threshold”, as we do in meditation, in sleep & ultimately in our life between death & rebirth..?

Katlyn Breene

As far back as ancient Persia, Mesopotamia & Sumeria, we find many initiation myths like the Epic of Gilgamesh, & the Descent of Inanna, that describe communicating with the dead & a journey to the underworld.

Egyptian Book of the Dead (Plus Facts) - Give Me History

In Ancient Egypt we find: The Book of the Dead = ‘Book of Coming Forth by Day’ also called the ‘Book of Emerging Forth into the Light’; an ancient Egyptian funeral text illustrated with vignettes depicting the deceased & their journey in the afterlife. It was placed in the coffin or burial chamber. The Book consists of a number of magic spells intended to assist a dead person’s journey through the Duat, or underworld, & into the afterlife. It was written by many priests over a period of over a 1000 years.

Perhaps since in our time now we are recapitulating this epoch we might gain insight by looking into this text with modern eyes.

From ancient Greece we have the story of Demeter & Persephone, as Queen of the Underworld, connected to the secret festival of Thesmophoria, celebrated exclusively by the women. They dressed in white robes & observed strict chastity before & after the ceremony. According to Greek mythology, Demeter’s daughter, Persephone, was gathering flowers one autumn day when she was taken by Pluto, god of the underworld, to his subterranean kingdom. This was re-enacted as an initiation rite of death & resurrection. The 2nd night the women fasted & lowered wild boar, sacred to the goddess Circe & Hecate, into chasms in the earth as a sacrifice.

Francis Davis Millet

On the 3rd night the bones from former festivals were placed on altars & mixed with seed corn, which was then sown in the fields as a kind of magical fertilizer to ensure a good crop. Then they had a big feast. They would also cast herbs on their beds & sit on the ground to promote the fertility of the corn.

Although this festival was sacred & solemn, there was a lot of rather bawdy jokes in the style of the wild Crone Baubo, the sexually liberated Goddess of Mirth, who jested with Demeter to try & cheer her up after the loss of her daughter, & get her to bring fertility back to the earth again.

Paul Sérusier

The Romans had a similar festival in honor of Ceres. Also with the Eleusinian mysteries, we see initiation rites enacted to gain inspiration from the gods & the ancestors.

October Full Hunter's Moon Painting by Robin Samiljan
Robin Samiljan

The full moon of October is known as the Hunter’s or Blood Moon. And this year it’s a Blue Moon, the 2nd in the month. Traditionally, the hunters would be out in force. After the end of the breeding season, & before the severe weather comes to kill off many of these creatures anyway, they were taken for the cooking-pot, to supplement what might otherwise be a rather meager winter diet.

With all this death around, it is not surprising that people’s thoughts turned to human death.

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The Celtics call All Hallows Eve or Samhain their New Year. Autumn is also the time of the Islamic New Year.  Likewise for the Jewish people, with their New Year Rosh Hashanah; & at the end of the High Holy days Sukkot is celebrated, where they build a hut & invite the ancestors & the elemental beings to come to the feast. When you think about it, it makes sense to let the old year die away like the plant life, during this transition into the dark.

It is also traditional to look toward the future, & to dress up as what you want to Become for the New Year. To ask questions, like: Who have I been? Who am I now? & where am I going…? Who do I want to become?

And these are the kind of questions we can ask our beloved dead.

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Paul Serisr

In Wales the souls of the dead are known as ‘the Silent Company’, but when they are welcomed with bwyd cennad y meinv, “the food for the embassy of the dead.” They become our helpers.

We can think of our ancestral allies in 3 ways:

 1. Ancestors of the Blood – A common ancestral guide is a relative whom you knew & had some kind of positive connection with in this lifetime, quite often a loving grandparent or great-grandparent.

2. Ancestors of the Soul – This is an ancestral guide from a past life who may have been some kind of teacher or mentor to you.

3. Ancestors of Humanity – These were heroes whose lives were dedicated to the service of human evolution, like Casper Hauser or Jeanne d’Arc. They can be called upon in times of crisis, as Dion Fortune & her group called upon King Arthur & Merlin during the 2nd World War. (I will speak more about this as we near election day)

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Terri Fenny

Dear friends, let’s take this opportunity to part the veil – letting go of our sense bound thinking, to consciously work with our spiritual helpers in this time of need. Let us set the table with our intention to join together in communion to celebrate the feast of life in all its aspects; as we build a picture of wholeness on the inner planes, which will ray out into all worlds.  

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Blue Moon and red Mars in late October 2020

31 October 2020 – “Speaking with the Stars”: We have a Blue Moon today on Halloween, but that’s not all – bright red Mars – now just past its closest approach to Earth in two years – will appear in the sky near Bella Luna in her Full Harvest/Hunters costume. Blue Moon. Red Mars.

The Full Moon happens at the instant the moon is directly opposite the Sun (180 degrees from the sun in celestial longitude). This full moon moment comes on October 31, at , 9:49 a.m. CST.

When is the next full moon? What's a Blue Moon? | 13wmaz.com
And don’t forget to set your cloaks back tonight!

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Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Daniel Maclise

All-an-tide (Cornwall)

The first day of All-hallows-tide, observed until November 7 (Western Christianity)

Halloween (Ireland, Canada, United Kingdom, United States etc…)

Hop-tu-Naa is a Celtic festival celebrated in the Isle of Man on 31 October. Predating Halloween, it is the celebration of the original New Year’s Eve (Oie Houney). It is thought to be the oldest unbroken tradition in the Isle of Man

Samhain is a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season & the beginning of winter or the “darker half” of the year. It is the cross quarter between the autumn equinox & the winter solstice.

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The Mound of the Hostages, a Neolithic passage tomb at the Hill of Tara, is aligned with the Samhain sunrise. It is mentioned in some of the earliest Irish literature & many important events in Irish mythology happen or begin on Samhain.

It was the time when cattle were brought back down from the summer pastures & when livestock were slaughtered for the winter. As at Beltane, special bonfires were lit.

Like Beltane, Samhain was seen as a liminal time, when the boundary between this world & the Otherworld could more easily be crossed. This meant the Aos Sí, the ‘spirits’ or ‘fairies’, could more easily come into our world. Offerings of food & drink were left outside for them.

The souls of the dead were also thought to revisit their homes seeking hospitality. Feasts were had, at which the souls of dead kin were beckoned to attend & a place set at the table for them.

Mumming & guising were part of the festival, & involved people going door-to-door in costume (or in disguise), often reciting verses in exchange for food.

Divination rituals & games were also a big part of the festival.

The first day of the Day of the Dead, celebrated until November 2 (Spanish: Día de Muertos) The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings of family to pray for & remember members who have died, & help support their spiritual journey.

Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars called ofrendas, honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, & the favorite foods & beverages of the departed, & visiting graves with these as gifts. Visitors also leave possessions of the deceased at the graves.

Scholars trace the origins of the modern Mexican holiday to indigenous observances dating back hundreds of years and to an Aztec festival dedicated to the goddess Mictecacihuatl. The holiday has spread throughout the world, being absorbed within other deep traditions for honoring the dead.

On this day in 683 AD: The Kaaba, the holiest site in Islam, is burned to  the ground

683 – During the Siege of Mecca, the Kaaba, catches fire & burns down. The literal meaning of the Arabic word ka`bah (كَعْبَة) is “cube”, or “House of God”, considered the most sacred site in Islam, a similar role to the Tabernacle & Holy of Holies in Judaism.

502 years ago, on Oct. 31, 1517, the story goes, that the small-town monk, Martin Luther, marched up to the castle church in Wittenberg & nailed his ‘95 Theses’ to the door, lighting the flame of the Reformation — the split between the Catholic & Protestant churches. Luther’s act is one of the cornerstones of world history, & remains a lasting symbol of resistance.

Nearly all of American history bears the imprint of that act of protest. Luther’s challenge, the protection he obtained, & the reformers he inspired laid the foundation for the establishment of colonial America.

In 1934, an African American pastor from Georgia made the trip of a lifetime, sailing across the Atlantic Ocean, through the gates of Gibraltar, and across the Mediterranean Sea to the Holy Land. After this pilgrimage, he traveled to Berlin, attending an international conference of Baptist pastors. While in Germany, this man — who was named Michael King — became so impressed with what he learned about the reformer Martin Luther that he decided to do something dramatic. He offered the ultimate tribute to the man’s memory by changing his own name to Martin Luther King. His 5-year-old son was also named Michael — and to the son’s dying day his closest relatives would still call him Mike — but not long after the boy’s father changed his own name, he decided to change his son’s name too, & Michael King Jr. became known to the world as Martin Luther King Jr.

Another dynamic measure of the influence of Martin Luther is the quintessentially modern idea of the individual — of our personal responsibility before ourselves & our God, rather than before any institution, whether church or stateThis was as unthinkable before Luther. The contemporary idea of “The People,” along with the democratic impulse that proceeds from it –  The more recent ideas of pluralism, religious liberty, & self-government all entered history through the door that Luther opened.

Luther’s second unyielding act of courage was at the ‘imperial diet’ held in the city of Worms in 1521, when he made it clear that he feared God’s judgment more than the judgment of church leaders in that room.

And suddenly the individual had the freedom & possibility of thinking for themselves.

Martin Luther was not inclined to tilt at papal windmills. In fact, until about 1520 he was a vigorous champion of the church. He desired desperately to help Rome elude the fate it ended up experiencing. In fact, in a case of Oedipusian irony he became the very man who brought about everything he had hoped to avoid. As his story illustrates, it was a sublime & ridiculous decoction of forces that created the perfect storm that burst over the European continent, creating what we now call the Reformation.

Today the Catholic & Lutheran churches are taking the memory of 1517 in hand. Pope Francis joined leaders of the Lutheran World Federation in Sweden to hold a joint service in a spirit of unity after 500 years of division.

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1517 – Deathday of Fra Bartolomeo, Italian artist

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1984 – Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is assassinated by two Sikh security guards. Riots break out in New Delhi & other cities – 4,000 Sikhs are killed.

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Joen Trimmster

POD (Poem Of the day)

~My soul duels with worms
Hidden in the clay of being
That would gnaw the scroll of mythos
Witch I carry in my heart whole
& speak thru the living word…
No worries
I will cut bait & continue singing…

~hag

Look for me there, in the dark…

Homework: Dress up as who you want to be in the coming year

xox

 ~Hazel Archer Ginsberg

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31 October, 1 pm – 3 pm CT ​​​​​​​

‘Soul to Soul’ on-line Festival

with the Central Regional Council

& Special Guests

Soul to Soul’ Festival with the Central Regional Council & Special Guests 1pm – 3pm CDT (2pm – 4pm EDT) All Hallows Eve, Saturday October 31st, 2020

Every culture has a festival celebrating their Beloved Dead. For deep in our bones we know that those who have passed through the gates of death want to work with us on the physical world, reminding us that everything physical is an outer expression of spirit.

During this time of year the veils between the worlds are thin, and the spiritual realm beckons. Having put the iron will of Michael to work in our thinking, we now have the courage to look beyond the veil of the material world into the spirit realm, the place of our beginning and our ending, only to begin again and yet again…for every ending is a new beginning.

We will open with some poetry and music played by Carol Kelly, followed by an enactment of an original script by Hazel Archer-Ginsberg, based on indications from Spiritual Science.

We will go into small breakout groups to explore the theme: “Who do you want to be in the new year”.

Eurhythmy Halleluiah

Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89715703794
Meeting ID: 897 1570 3794

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

The CRC – Marianne Fieber, Alberto Loya, Hazel Archer-Ginsberg, Lisa Dalton

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All Souls Election Night Vigil

7 pm – 9 pm CT. Tuesday 3 November 2020

Interpreting Global Issues Through Picasso's Guernica | Pulitzer Center
Dusee Aeye

In-person at Elderberries Chicago & online

Through Social Sculpture, we will hold space with each other, connect with our Angel, the ‘so called dead’, the Being of America…etc…to bring healing on both sides of the Threshold, during Election Night 2020, & on into the future which we are committing to consciously co-create.

Welcome – Anne Nicholson

Verse – Deborah Rogers

Why an All Souls Election Night Vigil? – Hazel Archer-Ginsberg

Metamorphosis – Lucien Dante Lazar. Through a 5-point artistic metamorphosis that will weave throughout the evening we will rise in our thinking, & engage our will, to work with the beings of color, form & gesture from point to periphery.   

Intermingling: Initiatives for NOW – The 3-Fold Social Order & ALIANT Alliance – Elderberries  + ALL = The Art of Goethean Conversation

Break-Out Session – groups of 3 for 15 minutes

Michael-Star Movement – Lucien + Nancy Melvin + ALL

Verse – Elizabeth Kelly

In-person at Elderberries Chicago & online

Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/7052931041 Meeting ID: 705 293 1041

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Saturday 7 November 2020,

In-person & On-line

3 pm – 5 pm CT

‘Connections Revealed’

with Lelan Harris, Mary Ruud & Hazel Archer

The Connection Between Epidemics, the Souls of the Dead, & the Spiritual World – Leading thoughts by Hazel Archer-Ginsberg based on Spiritual Scientific research & indications from Rudolf Steiner

Inspirations by Lelan Harris – the executive director of Wise Cosmos Educational Initiative (WiseCosmos.org).  Lelan is a healer, teacher, and leader with over 40 years of experience in vocational roles such as pastor, professor, and Waldorf school administrator.  He offers developmental mentoring, spiritual training, and energy healing in order to raise up new generations of leaders in service at all levels to humanity, Earth, and cosmos.

Group Eurythmy with Mary Ruud

Break out Sessions

In-person at Elderberries Biodynamic Outpost & 3 fold Cultural Hub, in conjunction with the Rudolf Steiner Branch Chicago, 4249-51 N. Lincoln Ave.

Online hosted by Anne Nicholson on Zoom

https://zoom.us/j/7052931041 Meeting ID: 705 293 1041

Stay Awake

The Great Reset or the Great Divide? | Alliance For Natural Health

Dear friends – More & more evidence of the wide spread implications of the ‘plandemic’ are emerging, but perhaps like me, you are feeling overwhelmed & can’t read another article, or watch another video. We have our little routines in place that keep us feeling safe; we do our meditations & eurythmy etc…All the while the “Great Reset” is rolling out its strategy, often under the guise of helping.

If we can will ourselves to stay awake & grounded & continue to name the adversarial forces, along with building our light-body thru Love & positivity, we can become our own force for good, attracting the true help we need from the Spiritual world. With that in mind I am called to share 2 (well ok 3) extremely important things to be aware of, so that we don’t let the wolf pull the wool over our eyes:

From the NY Times yesterday 29 October 2020:  ‘The idea of modifying Earth’s atmosphere to cool the planet — solar geoengineering — was once seen as too risky to seriously consider. Now, it’s attracting new money and attention. One expert likened it to “chemotherapy for the planet.”

The sky over the northeast Pacific area streaked with clouds that form around the particles from ship exhaust. 
from the article: The sky over the northeast Pacific area streaked with clouds that form around the particles from plane exhaust’. Credit…NASA Earth Observatory

WTF! Have you ever known someone who has had Chemotherapy? They get sick as hell, & it often kills them, 1st destroying their god given immune system, depleting their etheric body. Friends, is this another ploy to kill the Christ in the earth’s etheric realm?

Ok, breathe…

Now is the time for a 'great reset' of capitalism | World Economic Forum

Here is an article from Dr. Mercola laying out what this “Great Reset” really is:

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • “The Great Reset” is a new “social contract” that ties you to it through an electronic ID linked to your bank account and health records, and a “social credit” ID that will dictate every facet of your life
  • While the COVID-19 pandemic is being used as a justification for the Great Reset movement, the agenda has nothing to do with health and everything to do with a long-term plan to monitor and control the world through digital surveillance and artificial intelligence
  • The Great Reset and the Fourth Industrial Revolution are rebranded terms for technocracy and the old “New World Order” melded with the transhumanist movement
  • Technocracy is an economic system of resource allocation that revolves around technology — in particular artificial intelligence, digital surveillance and Big Data collection — and the digitization of industry and government, which in turn allows for the automation of social engineering and social rule, thereby doing away with the need for democratically elected leadership
  • While the real plan is to usher in a tech-driven dystopia free of democratic controls, they speak of this plan as a way to bring us back into harmony with nature.
WHO Cautions Lifting Coronavirus Restrictions as Trump Claims Authority to  Reopen U.S. | National News | US News
STORY AT-A-GLANCE (old news, but still important to remember)
  • A report by Dr. Peter Breggin reveals Dr. Anthony Fauci’s ties to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and globalists who have profited from the pandemic measures promoted by him as the leader of the U.S. Coronavirus Task Force
  • Fauci has been the major force behind research activities that enabled the Chinese Communist Party to manufacture lethal SARS coronaviruses, which in turn led to the release — whether accidental or not — of SARS-CoV-2 from the Wuhan Institute of Virology
  • In collaboration with the CCP and the World Health Organization, Fauci initially suppressed the truth about the origins and dangers of the pandemic, thereby enabling the spread of the virus from China to the rest of the world
  • Fauci has supported and praised Director-General of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, a member of a Marxist-Leninist Ethiopian political party with a corrupt past and terrorist ties who has also been accused of covering up cholera outbreaks in Ethiopia
  • Fauci recently published a paper in which he dismisses the possibility that SARS-CoV-2 was created in and released from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, arguing instead for natural mutation. He also uses the pandemic to justify the “green new deal” and the globalist movement known as “the Great Reset”
Gary Frier: Skrik Wakker: fine art | StateoftheART
Gary Frier

Are you still awake? Not sure if you made it this far, but this is what wanted to be said today on this eve of the eve of All Hallows. The question now remains: How can we rise in our thinking, feeling & willing to counteract this Plandemic?

The upcoming All Souls Festivals below are offered to help us answer this question, naming resources, strengthening our resolve, giving us an opportunity to join together as a global community for truth, beauty & peace, with the spiritual powers for good – at this crucial time when the veils between the worlds are so thin. Our beloved ones across the threshold want to work with us to create our highest human destiny, will we be open to receiving their help?

~hag

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Wake up original painting Painting by Sol Luckman
Sol Luckman

Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day

Blessing, 1965 - Abdul Mati Klarwein - WikiArt.org
Abdul Mati Karwein

30 October 2020 Speaking with the Stars:”

Mars is now conspicuous in the east, appearing shortly after sunset as a gleaming red coal in the fading twilight, next to the almost full ‘Blue Harvest/Hunters Moon.’ By the time the sky is fully dark Mars is very easy to spot, rivalling Jupiter for the brightest planet in the evening sky.

Jupiter and Saturn - Forgotten Book Painting by Monika Wisniewska
Monika Wisniewska

Jupiter & Saturn linger in the early evening sky, dominating the southwest view after twilight fades.

Творчество: □ Carl Schweninger jun
Carl Schweninger jun

Venus continues to greet early risers in the glow of gathering morning twilight. This week finds our fair neighbor drifting eastward through the stars of the sprawling constellation of Virgo.

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The Owl and The Scythe Painting by Victor Grasso | Saatchi Art
Victor Grosso

~The Scythe singing against the whetstone
Are my thoughts
Sharpening in the dark

~hag

***

Soul to Soul’ Festival with the Central Regional Council
& Special Guest Rev. Carol Kelly

1pm – 3pm CDT (2pm – 4pm EDT) All Hallows Eve,
Saturday October 31st, 2020

Every culture has a festival celebrating their Beloved Dead. For deep in our bones we know that those who have passed through the gates of death want to work with us on the physical world, reminding us that everything physical is an outer expression of spirit.

During this time of year the veils between the worlds are thin, and the spiritual realm beckons. Having put the iron will of Michael to work in our thinking, we now have the courage to look beyond the veil of the material world into the spirit realm, the place of our beginning and our ending, only to begin again and yet again…for every ending is a new beginning.

We will Honor our Beloved dead through PoetryMusic played by Carol KellyEurhythmy, and an enactment of an original script by Hazel Archer based on indications from Spiritual Science.

We will go into small breakout groups to explore the theme: “Who do you want to be in the new year”.

Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89715703794
Meeting ID: 897 1570 3794

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The CRC – Marianne Fieber, Alberto Loya, Hazel Archer-Ginsberg, Lisa Dalton

All Souls Election Night Vigil 7 pm – 9 pm CT. Tuesday 3 November 2020
In-person at Elderberries 4249-51 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago & online

Through Social Sculpture, we will hold space with each other, connect with our Angel, the ‘so called dead’, the Being of America…etc…to bring healing on both sides of the Threshold, during Election Night 2020, & on into the future which we are committing to consciously co-create.

Welcome – Anne Nicholson

Verse – Deborah Rogers

The Art of Goethean Conversation – Hazel Archer-Ginsberg

Metamorphosis – Lucien Dante Lazar. Through a 5-point artistic metamorphosis that will weave throughout the evening we will rise in our thinking, & engage our will, to work with the beings of color, form & gesture from point to periphery.   

Intermingling: Initiatives for NOW – The 3-Fold Social Order & ALIANT Alliance – Elderberries  + ALL 

Break-Out Session – groups of 3 for 15 minutes

Michael-Star Movement – Lucien +  ALL

Singing + Verse – Elizabeth Kelly

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Saturday 7 November 2020,
On-line 3 pm – 5 pm CT

‘Connections Revealed’
with Lelan Harris, Mary Ruud & Hazel Archer

Friends – We are going through a ‘dark night of the soul’ – a karmic necessity as part of world evolution, so what are we to learn from it? How do we maintain our ability to think independently and clearly through the growing miasma of fear? This Corona-Crisis is a battle for the ′′Crown of Creation” ie. the human being.  We are not only experiencing a political, social, economic or global health crisis; it is the essence of humanity that is being fought for. How do we accept our karma in the face of world events and yet maintain our ability to create our destiny with love in freedom?

The Connection Between Epidemics, the Souls of the Dead, & the Spiritual World – Leading thoughts by Hazel Archer-Ginsberg based on Spiritual Scientific research & indications from Rudolf Steiner

Inspirations by Lelan Harris – the executive director of Wise Cosmos Educational Initiative (WiseCosmos.org).  Lelan is a healer, teacher, and leader with over 40 years of experience in vocational roles such as pastor, professor, and Waldorf school administrator.  He offers developmental mentoring, spiritual training, and energy healing in order to raise up new generations of leaders in service at all levels to Humanity, Earth, and Cosmos.

Group Eurythmy with Mary Ruud

Break out Sessions

Online hosted by Anne Nicholson on Zoom
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Meeting ID: 705 293 1041

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