TODAY on this Indigenous People’s Day – which also happens to be 10.10 ;I thought to share a little 10:10 Testament from our Thought-Seed Project to bring light in around our continued intention to visualize the human being as a Star & the Earth as a Sun; co-creating an ‘Egregore’ – our collective ‘Thought-Form’ of Good Will – our “key-call” to the powers on the Inner Planes, to enlist their aid – Everyday at 10:10 am / pm, in your time zone, wherever you are.
Our positive egregore grows between the material & spiritual worlds, connected to both, like a rainbow bridge in the etherial realm bringing the pot of gold to those who would look for it.
Folks have been asking for more insights into how to actually do the 10:10 Thought-Seed Experiment. Well friends, there is no right or wrong. It can be as simple as picturing yourself as a being of light; radiating wholeness, sharing truth, activating Will, blending colors, with all the other human souls aligned with love & light, shining together, to permeate the atmosphere with good will – illuminating the whole Earth. Short & sweet, you can do this anywhere, anytime.
If you wish to elaborate, you may want to build an imagination to help you “Think Light”. Sometimes I like to use these Steiner verses as a lead in: In purest outpoured light Shimmers the godhead of the World In purest love toward all that lives Outpours the godhood of my soul I rest within the godhead of the world There shall I find myself Within the godhead of the world (Repeat, knowing you are shimmering along with the godhead)
Or this verse: More radiant than the sun Purer than the snow Subtler than the ether Is the Self The spirit within my heart I am that Self That Self am I
And of course our go-to verse from Waldorf Teacher & Esoteric Circle member Herbert Hahn, is the anchor for the Thought-seed for me every day:
“When I think light, my soul shines, When my soul shines, the Earth is a Star, When the Earth is a Star, then I Am, a true human being”.
in reverse: I am a True Human Being The Earth is a Star My Soul Shines I Think Light.
To extend this concept into the rest of our soul forces of Feeling & Willing, we wrote these verses to mirror Hahn’s idea.
For Feeling: When I feel warmth, my heart sings When my heart sings, the Earth resounds When the Earth resounds, I am a true I AM.
I Am a True I Am The Earth Resounds My Heart Sings I Feel Warmth
For Willing: When I will life, my hands help When my hands help, the Earth heals When the Earth heals, I Am a free human being
I Am a Free Human Being The Earth Heals My Hands Help I Will Life
You might want to picture Mighty Spiritual Beings noticing our shining. Then we become a beacon which calls for a response. Powerful forces reply, by sending their protection & energy to us on Earth. Then we can work with them to collectively surround any disharmony, embracing with compassion all discord, bringing every dis-ease into the light of healing wholeness…
Every day is different; you may want to feel into the sense of what is needed, for yourself, & for the world in that moment.
Lately before saying the verse, I have been setting the stage by creating Thought-pictures using my guardian angel as an energy enhancer. I invoke the angelic presence into my thinking, inviting this being to work with me to purify my astral forces, so that I may be a fit vessel for the light. I say this Steiner verse: Spirit Triumphant Flame thru the weakness of my faint-hearted soul Consume my self-seeking Burn up my egoism Enkindle compassion That selflessness That living stream in humanity May flow as a well-spring of Spiritual Re-birth.
I also picture the guardian angels of the all of you out there shining with me.
I can continue to build circles within circles, expanding out from the human, to the angelic; & then I bring in the Archangelic forces, which I picture as Columbia, the Being of America; joining in harmony with all the other Folk Spirits of the various national cultures, going beyond borders, into the universality of our unique humanness.
This then opens the threshold to the Archai, The Time-Spirit who holds the zeitgeist of the Age – Michael, who beckons us to work with him & the Being of Wisdom, The Sophia, to redeem the Cosmic Intelligence.
Of course we could keep going up the ladder of the 9 Angelic realms to build higher circles of light by rising in our thinking – all the way – to meet the godhead in the Trinity.
And then gathering & contracting that energy back down into the Earth, & into ourselves, to empower us in our becoming – the 10th Hierarchy of Freedom & Love – And the Earth – a sacred planet, a Star – the Sun of the New Jerusalem.
How do you do 10:10?
~Together we create a circle of protection & light In the Christic center Which has its eternal point within our heart – Ever reflecting out to the periphery of eternal becoming. ~hag
10.10.22 – “Speaking with the Stars”: Fomalhaut, somtimes called “The Autumn Star”, is by far the brightest star in its constellation Piscis Australis, and is one of the brightest stars in the night sky. The dim constellations of Aquarius and Capricorn are close by. While known as the “Loneliest Star,” you can see that Fomalhaut has two relatively close and bright visitors this year: Jupiter and Saturn!
~Autumnal vapours hover over the magic world of sense… Within the shining pageant of the light mingles a softening veil of mist… i see afar on fields of space the wintry sleep of fall… The Summer that is gone has given Herself to my call… ~hag
Clear your mind of what fills it now & live into the Word…Make yourself comfortable, as we open to the light & share the air…taking a deep breath…filling your belly…Thrilling your lungs…Let your body sink deep & Relax, letting the light enter thru your breath…Set the rhythm with your heart-beat…& as your awareness is internalized, fully connected with the Breath of Life, gently moving thru the light into you…make all your senses alert to this life force…Enjoy its power & perfect simplicity…feel the sustaining energy behind every spark of light in every breath…Feel the life force coursing thru your cells & thoughts…& when you are ready – become a vessel, a channel, a chalice – open to the abundant potency pouring into this planet from the Heart of the Sun that we all share…Feel the honey-gold radiance of the Sun infusing your Will with the power to manifest Loving Thoughts, Words & Deeds…Reach out with your Heart-Self, & let your Light-filled thinking attract & connect with the radiant-golden healing energy of our Day Star, as its power merges with your ripening heart…
Feeling balanced, imagine the crown of your head receiving this cosmic energy, letting it pour into every cell of your body, & out thru your feet – imagine thick limber roots pulling this pure illuminated Love deep into the core of our Earth, infusing all life with the brilliance of this connective intelligence…healing all fear, hate, & doubt…oxidizing all dis-ease in the root rays of the Solar power – harmonizing with our Earth – made sacred…Glowing like a Sun…
Remember that you are unique in the light that fuels your gifts…& when we all add our divine sparks together, we fuel the fires of transformation to create positive change…As we find ourselves intertwined in this circle of life, forming wholeness in the Sun-Heart, beating in rhythm with the pulse of our Mother Earth…we know we are all beacons of this vivid starburst of evolution…
Look around this amazing world with your mind’s eye, & see the fields, ripe with the end of Summer’s abundance…Find yourself in the center of this richness holding a large willow basket, eager to begin your autumn harvest…Step first into an expanse of sweet corn…See the tall, regal, green & yellow stalks…
Observe a ripe golden ear which seems to be reaching out to you…Under its wispy silk, kernels sparkle like precious gold, shining thru the husk…Let it remind you of your own riches, both tangible & intangible…Reach out & pick this ear of corn & put it into your basket…
Leave the corn field, & enter an apple orchard…See the beauty of these trees…these majestic symbols of the Great Goddess Herself…Feel the fullness of her boughs…the ripeness of her ruby red apples, the fruit of knowledge…Reach up, way up, & pick two…Put one in your basket & eat the other…Taste & enjoy this perfect fruit…For in this gracious garden, tasting the fruit of knowledge is never forbidden…
Move now toward an onion field, which beckons to you…Once green, now browning spikes, point up to you, tempting you to dig below…Pull gently & the ground gives birth to an iridescent, opal bulb, full of body & character & strength…A vegetable with the power to make you feel the beauty of your tears of joy…Add this to your growing harvest…
Notice ahead thick bushes of ripened raspberries, Sharp brambles protecting their precious, succulent garnets…The juicy nectar of these berries reminds you of your humanness, your ability to feel, express, & extend all that is sweet & loving & honest to others…Take your time here, & pick plenty of these supple jewels for your basket…
Step away now & look around you…Find a patch of fruits or vegetables that calls to you…Enter it, admire its offerings, select a precious jewel of your own to harvest…Choose a ripened resource that will sustain you in the upcoming time of cold & darkness…glean some warmth & light, & savor its presence…
With your arms now laden, your basket full of bountiful treasures, it is time to rest…Take your harvest to a clover covered knoll – just beyond – in the still warm rays of the Sun, to sit & bask in the glory of its healing warmth…Rest in contentment knowing you have gathered in all that you need, to give you strength & balance, peace & nourishment in the Winter nights to come…
Put yourself back in the sky now – Become the Sun again & yet again…Shine down upon yourself & your hardy harvest…Absorb the energy of the fruits of your labors. Bless the seeds you planted in the Spring, & nurtured to fruition thru the Summer…
Become One with the Spiritual Sun…Shine down upon all that is good & giving…Spread the light of hope & peace, love & understanding, to all you shine upon…Everything you have touched with your luminous rays is vibrating in harmony, in the eternal truth of your authentic self…
Work to integrate & cultivate these blessings received…opening to the vision of your Divine-Self, in the wholeness of your heart-soul…
Dear friends, Know in truth that we can resolve to act on our own unique life-purpose & make it ever more real…ever more whole…Joining our gifts together to make the light ever stronger, ever more healing & whole…
Feeling this reality – gradually bring your experience to the present once again – to the here & now…Feel your body refreshed & renewed – here & now – in your room, in your sacred space…know you are sacred…Know you are here for a reason…
And gently, joyfully, when you are ready, open your cosmic & earthly senses – to see & be the unity of your community…Know in your heart-of-hearts that the journey we have taken together, whether near or far, in the flesh, or thru the net, is full of effulgent effective power which we manifest for ourselves & for our Earth – a healing harvest of love’s light…
Lately I have been finding it hard to live the life of a consistent, focused meditant. Summer often has that effect on my concentration. Although every day I try to tune into the10:10 Thought-Seed Meditation, even if it’s just for a few minutes. My work with the 6 ‘Basic Exercises’ has been more general, on a ‘as needed’ basis lately (O equanimity my old elusive friend don’t leave me now 😉
My Circle Meditation is more structured, which helps me keep a good grounded rhythm. These powerful mantras done 3x’s a day, given by Rudolf Steiner to the Youth 100 years ago this October, connect me with the Michaelic forces, ever enlivened by the seasonal energies, to combine personal development with the social & cultic aspects of Spiritual Science. More & more as I get older (yep during this St. John’s-Tide I experience my natal return every year) I am feeling the need to essentialize – to use the doubled-edged sword of my thinking to cut away what does not serve. All the unhealthy patterns can no longer be tolerated.
When I look across at the parallels to this phase in my life with my 1st 7 years, it is as if my heart is being transplanted into the Sun. I feel the Sun is within me, like my heart-sense is becoming a cognitive organ; & that those joined in good will are shining out with it. When I can heal the Sun-spots, my true Sun-Self becomes an eye, an ear, as well as an organ of warmth. “We stand within the light, we touch spirit-beings with our light-organs.” * Then we not only feel part of the Sun, we perceive ourselves “on the other side of the Sun”. * This then allows us to experience the whole universe within our being. And we become the human center point for the joining of the Earth with the Sun.
Dear friends, there is a powerful esoteric call for us to support the creation of a New Sun-Earth. Not a me first earth. This is how the secret of the Grail can be revealed – as Christian Morgenstern says: “I lift my heart to you as a true vessel of the Grail …”* It is an experience of being totally imbued with the Spirit of eternity which fills the receiving soul of the Grail at the Sun-altar. Here Spirit, & the Soul Forces of Thinking, Feeling & Willing, unite. This is the Sophianic / Michaelic reality that we can build – a Temple in the New Jerusalem of the Heart, where the Amfortas in us is healed.
Annual General Meeting with the Central Regional Council of the Anthroposophical Society in America Saturday, July 16 in person at the Rudolf Steiner House in Ann Arbor & on zoom 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm PT / 5:30-6:30 CT / 6:30-7:30 pm ET /
We hope all ASA members in the Central Region can attend the AGM portion. We will be bidding farewell to Alberto Loya, dedicated CRC member since 2009, & welcoming Mary Mertz onto the Council, as well as giving reports on 2020 and 2021.
Before the AGM, on Saturday afternoon, ALL members & Friends are warmly invited to Join us for:
Deepening the Grail:Our Parzival Quest and Question – An Experiential Workshop with The Central Regional Council In-person at theRudolf Steiner House in Ann Arbor& on Zoom
11:00 am – 2:00 pm PT / 1:00 – 4:00 pm Central / 2:00 – 5:00 pm Eastern /
NO COST for attendees
The Parzival Quest is calling to humanity at this time of the Consciousness Soul. Explore aspects of this Quest through narrative, biography work and movement, including techniques developed by artist and devout anthroposophist Michael Chekhov, with Lisa Dalton and the CRC crew.
Then be our guests for supper, and join us for the Central Region’s Annual General meeting.
Doors & Zoom Room open at 1:45 pm ET (all times are Eastern Time) – 2:00 pm – Welcome, singing, Chekhov movement, biography work 3:30 – 3:45 – Break 3:45 – 5:00 – Our Parzival Quest and Question 5:00 – Catered Dinner at the Rudolf Steiner House in Ann Arbor 6:30 – 7:30 PM ET – Annual Meeting – bring a memory of Alberto to share!
The CRC: Hazel Archer-Ginsberg, Lisa Dalton, Alberto Loya, working with Mary Mertz, and Michael Gratsch
Please RSVP to Mary Mertz email@example.com Let us know whether you’ll be attending in person or via Zoom.
10 July 2022 – “Speaking with the Stars“: As Bella Luna waxes from gibbous to full, it crosses Scorpius and Sagittarius.
RUDOLF STEINER’S CALENDAR OF THE SOUL translated (with added titles) by Roy Sadler SAINT JOHNSTIDE III The Chalice of the Senses v14 Completely open to the senses’ revelation I lost my own impulse; thought’s dream seemed, numbing me, to rob me of myself, but waking now there comes in all the senses’ glory cosmic thought.
This is the first verse of the Soul Calendar’s second quarter that Karl König describes as the voice of the Baritone, who will now be incarnating spirit with imaginative insight. His final verse is at Michaelmas, after which in his mirror verses the Soprano will be inspired to birth the Spirit Child at Christmas. This week’s mirror verse is her final one.
NEW YEAR The Chalice of the Spirit v39 Completely open to the spirit’s revelation I win the light of cosmic being; thought’s clarifying power grows to give me who I am and waking in me from thinking’s power Selfhood’s feeling flows.
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY (Rudolf Steiner’s original Calendar of the Soul; The Present Age, Wikipedia)
Nikola Tesla Day
138 – Deathday of Emperor Hadrian, Roman emperor from 117 to 138. Hadrian is known for building Hadrian’s Wall, which marked the northern limit of Britannia. He also rebuilt the Pantheon & constructed the Temple of Venus & Roma. An admirer of the Greeks, he is considered by some to have been a humanist, & he is regarded as one of the Five Good Emperors.
165 – Deathday of Felicitas of Rome is a saint numbered among the Christian martyrs. A legend presents her as the mother of the seven martyrs: Alexander, Vitalis, Martialis, Januarius, Felix, Philip, Sylvanus. In Rudolf Steiner’s original Calendar of the Soul we see listed for today the Fairy Tale The Seven Ravens (Sieben Bruder) by Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm
1212 –London burns to the ground
1509 – Birthday of John Calvin, an influential French theologian & pastor during the Protestant Reformation
1778 – American Revolution: Louis XVI of France declares war on the Kingdom of Great Britain
1832 – U.S. President Andrew Jackson vetoes a bill that would re-charter the Second Bank of the United States
1856 – Birthday of Nikola Tesla, a Serbian American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, & futurist best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system
1871 – Birthday of Marcel Proust, French novelist, critic, & essayist
1921 –‘Bloody Sunday’: 160 people are killed & 161 houses destroyed during rioting & gun battles in Belfast, Northern Ireland
1923 – Rudolf Steiner invites L. Polzer-Hoditz to Belin to discuss Threefolding
1925 – Scopes Trial: the so-called “Monkey Trial” – a young high school science teacher accused of teaching evolution in violation of the Butler Act.
1938 – Howard Hughes sets a new record by completing a 91-hour airplane flight around the world
1962 – Telstar, the world’s first communications satellite, is launched into orbit.
1966 – The Chicago Freedom Movement, led by Martin Luther King, Jr., holds a rally at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. As many as 60,000 people come to hear Dr. King as well as Mahalia Jackson, Stevie Wonder, & Peter, Paul and Mary.
1975 – Deathday of Marie Savitch – One of eurythmy’s pioneers, Marie Savitch was director of the Goetheanum stage group for many years and oversaw much of the early development of eurythmy.
1991 – Boris Yeltsin takes office as the first elected President of Russia.
Roots and Renewal – An online series hosted by the Regional Councils of the Anthroposophical Society in America
Join us for an exciting series where we will turn our attention toward the 100-year renewal and celebration of anthroposophy. On July 21 we will kick off the series and begin to mark significant milestones of this 100-year jubilee! We hope you will join the Eastern, Central, and Western Regional Councils as they host this engaging program.
What: An online series marking significant milestones in the 100-year renewal of anthroposophy
Where: Online through Zoom. Recordings will be shared via email.
When: July 21, 2022 at 3pm PT/ 4pm MT/ 5pm CT/ 6pm ET
Future dates are September 16 and October 16, 2022 *More details below
Contribution: Free! All donations are gratefully accepted to support the work of the regional councils.
SESSION 1: From Artemis to the Representative of Humanity and Beyond
July 21, 2022 at 3pm PT/ 4pm MT/ 5pm CT/ 6pm ET
Join the Regional Councils of the ASA to explore the connections between the burning of the Temple of Ephesus, the birth of Alexander the Great on 21 July 356 BC., and the burning of the 1st Goetheanum 100 years ago in 1922. This session will be enlivened with group eurythmy, singing, and break-out sessions. This session will be recorded and emailed after the live presentation.
We will be working with a compilation of Rudolf Steiner’s insights from these lectures:
SESSION 2: 100 years with the ‘Movement for Religious Renewal’16 September 1922 – 2022
A panel of Christian Community Priests from the Regions, including Rev. Craig Wiggins
September 16, 2022 at 3pm PT/ 4pm MT/ 5pm CT/ 6pm ET
SESSION 3: The Founding of ‘The Esoteric Youth Group’16 October 1922 – 2022
A snapshot into the biographies of the original members of the Circle. From The Esoteric School – Esoteric Lessons 1913-1923, in the collected works of Rudolf Steiner
October 16, 2022 at 3pm PT/ 4pm MT/ 5pm CT/ 6pm ET
“You know that among the many clichés which became current in the nineteenth century, it was said that the great pioneer of the nineteenth century closed his life by calling out to posterity: “More light!” As a matter of fact Goethe did not say “More light!” He lay on his couch breathing with difficulty and said: “Open the shutters!” That is the truth. The other is the cliché that has connected itself with it. The words Goethe really spoke are perhaps far more apt than the mere phrase “More light”. The state of things at the end of the nineteenth century does indeed arouse the feeling that our predecessors have closed the shutters. Then came the younger generation; they felt cramped; they felt that the shutters which the older generation had closed so tightly must be opened. Yes, my dear friends, I assure you that although I am old, I shall tell you more of how we can now attempt to open the shutters again.” ~ Rudolf Steiner – GA 217 – THE YOUNGER GENERATION – Lecture 1 – Dornach, 3 October 1922
Renewing the Mysteries:The Founding of The Christian Community & the Burning of the First Goetheanum
Spring Valley, NY – August 8-13, 2022 REGISTER NOW!* lectures * artistic workshops * conversation * evening performances I will be offering a program on Tuesday 9 August for the Free Initiative2:30 -3:30 pm ET
Many anthroposophists have understood the 1923/24 Christmas Foundation Conference as constituting a renewal of the Mysteries. Nine months after the Christmas Conference, speaking to the priests of the Christian Community, Rudolf Steiner pointed to a sequence from the founding of the Christian Community in September 1922 to the burning of the Goetheanum at the end of that year to the Christmas Conference.In this 100th anniversary year of both the founding of the Christian Community and the burning of the Goetheanum, can an exploration of these events help us to understand the nature of the New Mysteries?
The keynote speaker is Daniel Hafner, priest of the Christian Community. He will address this theme with a particular focus on the colored windows of the First Goetheanum.
The Act of Consecration of Man will be celebrated during the week and there will also be a Class Lesson for members of the School of Spiritual Science.
Venue: SPRING VALLEY, NY, Threefold Community, and The Christian Community
10:10 Thought-Seed Meditation as antidote to the madness
Clear your mind of what fills it now & live into the Word…Make yourself comfortable, as we share the air…taking a deep breath…filling your belly…Thrilling your lungs…Let your body sink deep & Relax…Set the rhythm with your breath…& as your awareness is internalized, fully connected with the Breath of Life, gently moving through you…Make all your senses alert to this life force…Enjoy its power & perfect simplicity…feel the sustaining energy behind every molecule of oxygen in every breath… Feel the life force coursing through your cells & thoughts…& when you are ready, become a channel open to the abundant potency pouring into this planet from the Heart of the Sun that we all share…feel the honey-gold radiance of the Sun infusing your will with the power to manifest Love…Reach out with your Heart-Self & let your thoughts attract & connect with the radiant-golden healing energy of our Day Star, as its power merges with your ripening heart…
Feeling balanced in this loving energy, let your feet sprout thick limber roots that pull this pure illuminated Love deep into the core of this planet, infusing all life with the brilliance of connective intelligence, healing all hate…oxidizing all dis-ease in the root rays of the solar power harmonizing with our planet made sacred…
Remember that you are unique in the light that fuels your gifts…& when we all add our divine sparks together, we fuel the fires of transformation to create positive change…as we find ourselves intertwined in this circle of life, forming the wholeness in the Sun-Heart beating in rhythm with the pulse of our Mother Earth…we know we are all beacons of this vivid starburst of evolution…Look around this amazing world with your mind’s eye, & see the fields, ripe with the end of summer’s abundance…
Find yourself in the center of this abundance holding a large willow basket, eager to begin your autumn harvest…Step first into an expanse of sweet corn…See the tall, regal, green stalks…
Observe a ripe golden ear which seems to be reaching out to you…Under its wispy silk, kernels sparkle like precious gold shining through…Let it remind you of your own riches, both tangible & intangible…Reach out & pick this ear of corn & put it into your basket…
Leave the corn field, & enter an apple orchard…See the beauty of these trees…these majestic symbols of the Great Goddess Herself…Feel the fullness of her boughs…the ripeness of her ruby red apples, the fruit of knowledge…Reach up, way up, & pick two…Put one in your basket & eat the other…Taste & enjoy this perfect fruit…For in this gracious garden, tasting the fruit of knowledge is never forbidden…
Now move toward an onion field, which beckons to you…Once green, now browning spikes, point up to you, tempting you to dig below…Pull gently & the ground gives birth to an iridescent, opal bulb, full of body & character & strength…A vegetable with the power to make you feel the beauty of your tears of joy…Add this to your growing harvest…
Notice ahead thick bushes of ripened raspberries, Sharp brambles protecting their precious, succulent garnets…The juicy nectar of these berries reminds you of your own sensuality, your own ability to feel, express, extend all that is sweet & loving & honest to others…Take your time here, & pick plenty of these supple jewels for your basket…
Step away now & look around you, Find a patch of fruit or vegetables that appeals to you…Enter it, admire its offerings, select a precious jewel of your own to harvest…Choose a resource that will sustain you in the upcoming time of cold & darkness…glean some warmth & light & savor its presence…
With your arms now laden with this basket of bountiful treasures, it is time to rest…Take your harvest to a clover covered knoll in the still warm sun, just beyond, to sit & bask in the glory of its healing heat…Rest in contentment knowing you have gathered in all that you need, to give you strength & balance, peace & nourishment in the winter days to come…
Put yourself back in the sky now…Become the Sun once again…Shine down upon yourself & your hardy harvest…Absorb the energy of the fruits of your labors, bless the seeds you planted in the Spring & nurtured to fruition through the Summer…
Become One with the Spiritual Sun…Shine down upon all that is good & giving…spread the light of hope & peace, love & understanding, to all you shine upon…Everything you have touched with your luminous rays is vibrating in harmony, in the eternal truth of our authentic self…
Begin to integrate & cultivate these blessings received…opening to the vision of our Divine-Self, in the wholeness of our heart soul, we can Resolve to act on our own unique life-purpose & make it ever more real…ever more whole…
Gradually bring your experience to the present once again, to the here & now…Feel your body refreshed & renewed, here & now, in your room, in your sacred space…know you are sacred…know you are here for a reason…
& Gently, joyfully, when you are ready, open your senses…to see the unity of your community… know in your heart of hearts that the journey we have taken together, whether near or far, in the flesh, or thru the net, is full of effulgent effective power which we manifest for ourselves & for the planet, a healing harvest of love’s light…
RUDOLF STEINER’S CALENDAR OF THE SOUL translated (with added titles) by Roy Sadler MICHAELMAS Michaelic Firepower v26 Natura, in the being of my will I bear thy soul of motherhood and in my will enkindled firepower my spirit impulses are tempered, steeled, that feeling of the selfhood formed from them bear I in me
The Michaemas movement from v26 to 27 is the Soul Calendar’s second mirror point.
MICHAELMAS II Soul Springtime v27 To fathom my depths of being arouses longing, ardently divining, that I, Self-contemplating, find myself as gift the summer sun’s bequeathed my autumn mood as warming seed of germinating soul force.
Here are some notes edited from Eloise Krivosheia (Calendar-of-the-Soul-Verse-27-2020.pdf (anthroposophyla.org).
At Easter the soul turned to outer nature and the cosmos. Turning inwardly now it longs to know itself in its spiritual depths, arousing “Ahnung” (that I always translate with an “ah”, sound for the future, felt as a presience of the divine). In warm attentiveness to the summer’s sun-gift the soul is able to recognize the summer’s secrets, which as a seed will germinate will forces. Now with the powerful gift of the summer sun the spiritual sun can consciously expand within my inner being all through the autumn.
Karl König descibes how the spirit-germ of the self is a reflection of the Michael being, which illumined by the Sun of Christ begins to develop and grow in Christ light. “The more conscious this seed is of itself, the more graciously will the Sun of Christ shine upon it. For it is in the growing darkness of autumn and winter that the dawning of His Spirit-Sun begins. The self of man, which has now arisen, has to find it.”
508 BC – Deathday of Lucretia an ancient Roman woman whose fate played a vital role in the transition of Roman government from the Roman Kingdom to the Roman Republic. She committed suicide after being raped by an Etruscan king’s son was the immediate cause of the anti-monarchist rebellion that overthrew the monarchy. As a result of its sheer impact, the rape itself became a major theme in European art & literature
Deathay of Jarius. The record of the daughter of Jairus is a combination of miracles of Jesus in the Gospels (Mark 5:21–43, Matthew 9:18–26, Luke 8:40–56) The story immediately follows the exorcism at Gerasa. Jairus, a patron or ruler of a Galilee synagogue, had asked Jesus to heal his 12-year-old daughter. As they were traveling to Jairus’ house, a sick woman in the crowd touched Jesus’ cloak & was healed of her sickness. Jesus turned round to the woman & says: “Take heart, daughter,” your faith has healed you. Go in peace.” Moments later, a messenger arrived with the news that Jairus’ daughter had died, & he was advised not to trouble Jesus any further. However, Jesus responded: Be not afraid, only believe. (Mark 5:36) Jesus continued to the house, where he informed all those present that the girl was not dead but asleep. He then went upstairs & restored the little girl to life. In Mark’s account, the Aramaic phrase “Talitha Koum” (transliterated into Greek as ταλιθα κουμ meaning, “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”) is attributed to Jesus
Deathday of Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite, a Syrian Christian theologian & philosopher of the late 5th to early 6th century, the author of the set of works commonly referred to as the Corpus Areopagiticum or Corpus Dionysiacum, portraying himself as the Athenian convert of Paul of Tarsus mentioned in Acts 17:34 (Some of the people became followers of Paul and believed. Among them was Dionysius, a member of the Areopagus) This attribution to the earliest decades of Christianity resulted in the work being given great authority in subsequent theological writing in both East & West. His works are mystical & show strong Neoplatonic influence. For example he uses Plotinus’ well-known analogy of a sculptor cutting away that which does not enhance the desired image.
In a letter addressed to Polycarp, pseudo-Dionysius asks “What have you to say about the solar eclipse which occurred when the Savior was put on the Cross? At the time the two of us were in Heliopolis and we both witnessed the extraordinary phenomenon of the moon hiding the sun at the time that was out of season for their coming together…. We saw the moon begin to hide the sun from the east, travel across to the other side of the sun, and return on its path so that the hiding and the restoration of the light did not take place in the same direction but rather in diametrically opposite directions.…” This is illustrated in an astronomical fresco in the main gallery of the Escorial Library, near Madrid, Spain, which shows Dionysius the Areopagite observing an eclipse at the time of Christ’s crucifixion.
Luke, 23-45 (It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness came over all the land until the ninth hour. 45The sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was torn down the middle) We can notice a quadrant & an astrolabe in the hands of the amazed men!
287 AD – Deathday of Saint Candidus. The Golden Legend states that he was a commander of the Theban Legion, which was composed of Christians from Upper Egypt. He opposed Maximian, who had ordered them to harass the local Christians in his name, stating that “we are your soldiers, but we are also servants of the true God. We cannot renounce Him who is our Creator and Master, and also yours even though you reject Him.” Candidus, along with St. Maurice, the other staff officers & 6,600 soldiers, were martyred at the Swiss town of Saint Maurice-en-Valais
1226 – Deathday of Francis of Assisi, Italian friar & saint. Based on a study of the life of Francis of Assisi, Rudolf Steiner shows how the development of morality is based on the belief in the Divine at the bottom of every human soul, on the boundless love that springs from this belief, and on the hope for each human soul that it can find its way back to the Divine. Anthroposophical Ethics…St. Francis, Lecture III
1250 – Deathday of Gilbertus Anglicus. His major work, the Compendium Medicinae, written in Latin, running to seven books, is an attempt to provide a comprehensive encyclopedia of medical & surgical knowledge as it existed in his day. He quotes extensively from Roger of Palma, & acknowledges that his work is indebted to Greek physicians including Galen, Hippocrates & Theophilus Protospatharius, & Arab physicians such as Averroes & Avicenna.
1884 – Birthday of, Paul Foster Case, an American occultist, founder of Builders of the Adytum (B.O.T.A.), original member of Alpha et Omega, an organization that inherited the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.
Paul Foster Case played the organ in the Congregational Church, where his father was a deacon. In childhood, he started working to have lucid dreams. Rudyard Kipling, spurred his interest in their correspondence, confirming that such a phenomenon is possible, & can be developed.
Case became a member of the Order of Alpha et Omega, but he was distrustful of Enochian Magic. He explored certain practical ceremonial magic, with his sometime partner Moina Mathers.
Case was fascinated by the “New Thought” movement, he met William Walker Atkinson, & co-authored the modern literary mystification “The Kybalion”, as one of the anonymous “three wise men”.
Case studied various yoga’s & the karma of past lives, & was said to have worked with “the healer Dr. Fludd” who claimed that the Count Saint-Germain had sent him to be his teacher.
1942 – Spaceflight: The first successful launch of a V-2 /A4-rocket from Test Stand VII at Peenemünde, Germany. It is the first man-made object to reach space.
1952 – The United Kingdom successfully tests a nuclear weapon to become the world’s third nuclear power.
1962 – Project Mercury: Sigma 7 is launched from Cape Canaveral, with astronaut Wally Schirra aboard, for a six-orbit, nine-hour flight.
1963 – A violent coup in Honduras pre-empts the October 13 election, ends a period of reform, & begins two decades of military rule.
1981 – The hunger strike by Provisional Irish Republican Army & Irish National Liberation Army prisoners at the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland ends after 7months & 10 deaths.
1985 – The Space Shuttle Atlantis makes its maiden flight. (Mission STS-51-J)
1986 – TASCC, a superconducting cyclotron at the Chalk River Laboratories, is officially opened
1990 – German reunification: The German Democratic Republic ceases to exist & its territory becomes part of the Federal Republic of Germany. East German citizens became part of the European Community, which later became the European Union. Now celebrated as German Unity Day
1995 – O. J. Simpson is acquitted of the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson & Ronald Goldman
2008 – The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act is signed by President George W. Bush – commonly referred to as a bailout of the U.S. financial system, is a law enacted in response to the subprime mortgage crisis authorizing the United States Secretary of the Treasury to spend up to $700 billion to purchase distressed assets, especially mortgage-backed securities, & supply cash directly to banks
POD (Poem Of the Day)
~have you seen it…? how the fist of order tries to hold back chaos how chaos oozes between the grasp of fingers held without purpose how the sun is born & dies 12 hours later how the weights swing in the scale balanced on the fingertip of a god…? ~hag
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THURSDAY, October 7 – CENTRAL TIME
*Special in-person activities – (*Vendor load in 9 am – 3 pm For those in the pageant: Tech rehearsal – 3 pm)
*5 pm Dinner in the RS Branch ‘Schreinerei’
6:30- 8:00 PM Annual General Meeting (AGM) – Members Meeting (Note: This portion is free and open to all members)
FRIDAY, October 8 – CENTRAL TIME
*9:30 AM In the Upper Room our Class Reader Clark Remington will give Lesson XI for the School of Spiritual Science (Note: There will be no online gathering for the Class Lesson) 11:15 AM Snack Break in the RS Branch ‘Schreinerei’ 11:30 AM What is the School of Spiritual Science? A conversation led by Helen-Ann Ireland, open to all 12 Noon LUNCH in the RS Branch ‘Schreinerei’ 1:00 PM Conference Opening 2:00 PM The Stairway of Surprise: Rudolf Steiner’s 6 Basic Exercises with Michael Lipson 3:00 PM 30-minute Snack Break in the RS Branch ‘Schreinerei’ 3:30 PM Thinking / Clear Thinking with the New Orleans Hub Doing / Right Action with the Austin Hub Musical Interludes by Morgan Vallat 4:30 PM Biography with Janey Newton 5:00 PM 60-minute Break *DINNER in the RS Branch ‘Schreinerei’ 6:00 PM Singing with Dennis Dietzel and the Twin Cities group 6:15 – 7:15 PM Building the Temple through Spiritual Research: Sections of the School of Spiritual Science as Columns of the Temple
8:00 PM Optional opportunity to attend a ‘Close of Day Serve’ at our local Christian Community Church 2135 W. Wilson Ave. (Walkable)
SATURDAY, October 9 – CENTRAL TIME (*For those in the pageant: Breakfast at 8 am – Tech rehearsal – 9 am)
11:00 AM Eurythmy with Mary Ruud 11:15 AM The Life of the Heart in Space, Time and Eternity with Michaela Glöckler 12:30 PM Biography with Janey Newton 1:00 PM 60-minute Break *LUNCH in the RS Branch ‘Schreinerei’ 2:00 PM Eurythmy with Mary Ruud 2:15 PM Feeling / Equanimity with the Twin Cities Hub Loving / Positivity with the Northern Michigan Hub Opening / Open-mindedness with the Ann Arbor Hub Musical Interludes by Morgan Vallat 3:30 PM 60-minute Snack Break in the RS Branch ‘Schreinerei’ 4:30 PM Exploring the Heart Connections between Chartres Cathedral and Wolfram von Eschenbach’s Parzival with Brian Gray 5:45 PM Biography with Janey Newton 6:15 PM 60-minute Break *DINNER in the RS Branch ‘Schreinerei’ 7:15-8:30 PM Thanking / Inner Harmony / Wholeness with the Chicago / Youth Section Hub
SUNDAY, October 10 – CENTRAL TIME ~Everyone is invited to wear white and black for this capstone offering~(*For those in the Pageant- Breakfast at 8 am – Run Through – 9 am)
11:00 AM Singing with Dennis Dietzel and the Twin Cities group Experiential Pageant: ‘Building the Temple of the Heart- The Royal Art: A Social Pilgrimage of the Soul’by Hazel Archer featuring the 6 HUBS, Friends and Hosts, Dennis Dietzel, Mary Ruud, Katherine Thivierge & YOU 12:15 PM ART ACT with Lisa Dalton- Break – (Timing Subject to change) 1:00-2:00 PM Conversation and Conference Closing LUNCH in the RS Branch ‘Schreinerei’
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POD (Poem Of the Day) ~Fuddling in the muddy puddle I grab onto a Rolly-Polly curled up tight She carries me egg light & silent In the pregnant pause of possibility I meditate With this spiraled-in universe Waiting to expand in her unfurling… ~hag
“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves,” said Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl.
This advice always hits home; begging the question: How can I change a stagnant situation I have perpetuated? What can I do to unlock the door I’ve been banging on for so long that I have forgotten what is on the other side? How can I redirect my attention – to reclaim the energy I have been expending on closed-down thinking & moldering systems of belief? What would it be like to work on the unfinished wisdom & beauty of what is as close as a shadow: MYSELF.
To open that personal, yet universal portal – to consciously cross the Threshold – I find it helps to be awake to the sacred moments just before I fall asleep & right after I wake up.
Those opportune times can become potent rituals in our striving – hallowed moments – when we are poised between the two great dimensions of life.
What would it be like to give special care & attention to these transitions?
Life Hack: I find it extremely helpful to avoid watching TV or surfing the Internet as much as possible, before sleep – which profoundly affects what realm of the spiritual world I inhabit & how I dream. Have you ever had dreams where you are scrolling? – hellish.
And I never leap out of bed to the detonation of an alarm clock. Why would we want to be alarmed when we first awaken from the glories of night school?
To become clued-up to receive special revelations, & ringing epiphanies while inhabiting those in-between states, we must enter consciously – with reverence; perhaps asking a question, or saying a prayer or affirmation, or sending someone a blessing.
Every day I work to be both highly alert & deeply relaxed. Today can I be wildly curious & also serenely reflective? Can I cultivate a hunger to crack open life’s secrets while at the same time, living at the pace of peace – accepting my destiny exactly the way it is in this holy moment..?
We can tune into this as we head into the Michaelmas season. The universe is always conspiring to educate & heal us. Thru the seasons we can receive a steady flow of clues about how to get closer to living our highest destiny.
The best way to prepare for a Big Shift is to cultivate states of being that ripen us to be ready for anything:
* First off we have to employ righteous strategies to help us avoid becoming entrenched in the hypnotic lure of painful emotions, past events, & worries about the future…
* How can we foster a trust in “the ever present help of the spiritual world” to snap us out of our time-worn beliefs & bad habits;
* Let’s sure up our talents & turn up our curiosity full blast – tuning in to the raw veracity of every moment with our beginner’s mind leading the way;
* How about deciding to engage an eagerness to dwell gracefully in the midst of all the interesting ‘What If’s’ that tease & teach us – allowing questions to remain open -interpretation & reinvention to go hand in hand…?
Together, in our own individual way, we can Practice Becoming
In this sacred moment we are prime for an enduring, simmering, steady groove, in the Christ zone – which is here, there & seeks thru us to be everywhere…