Well dear friends it appears that the Epic of Gilgamesh is living, not just in our Anthroposophical community at large, but is also resonating in the greater etheric realm of humanity. Check out this report that came out today 3 January 2022 on the radio show ‘Hear and Now’ – ‘Alaska student finds inspiration in an ancient text’
Dear friends – I have been in a state of dis-ease as of late…Interesting that instead of reading ‘Fall of the Spirits of Darkness’ which I was routing for, our Wednesday Study Group has decided, (from Rosemary McMullen’s recommendation) to take up Steiner’s lectures on Pastoral Medicine (found these days under the title ‘Broken Vessels’) So yes, perhaps there’s hope for me yet, a chance for a rescue from those adversarial demons I am always wrestling with.
So now, today I have been thinking about how Illness always seems to appear at the intersection where the astral meets the physical. We are healthy when the etheric & physical fully express the spirit at work within us. If the spirit is interfering too much – or too little – we take on a dis-ease…
Underlying the ailment is the way our various levels of being interact, & these are most certainly affected by the many societal influences. Our current historic, karma-induced situation becomes our individual challenge. And it’s an open mystery why one person gets sick while another doesn’t, even though their living conditions are the same.
The relationship between individual illness & the destiny of humanity is addressed by Rudolf Steiner in his lecture to physicians of 18 April 1921. (Illness and Therapy: Spiritual-Scientific Aspects of Healing: Nine Lectures Given to Physicians and Medical Students in Dornach Between 11 and 18 April 1921) There he also describes a future situation, arising from materialism, where the cosmic forces will no longer automatically be available to the physical human form. A variety of epidemics & deformities appear as a consequence.
Yet, & here’s where the hope comes in, Rudolf Steiner points to the objective forces of imagination, inspiration & intuition as practiced in the 6 Basic Exercises, The 8-Fold Path, & eurythmy therapy for instance, which has a way of balancing out this deforming quality seeking to overtake our formative forces.
Steiner also calls attention to the freedom we each have when it comes to developing our individual well-being…
RUDOLF STEINER’S CALENDAR OF THE SOUL
translated (with added titles) by Roy Sadler
ALL HALLOWTIDE III
World Nemesis? Or Resurrection…
v33 (the Ahrimanic deception)
And so I come to feel the world,
which left without my soul’s communion
would be just frosty, empty life
and powerless to resurrect in souls,
wherein it could arise anew in self-creation,
would in itself alone find only death.
This is one of the 4 transition verses in the Soul Calendar’s square quartet.
Each one is a challenge, facing us with a new step we must take as we transition
into a new season.
This is a quote from Eloise Krivosheia in anthroposophyla.org. (with inspiration from her sister in the spiritual world).
‘The creation of the world by the gods is complete.
Future world creation/transformation requires the conscious participation
of human beings. We want to undersdtand how human soul destiny is united
with the destiny of the world. Christ gave us the power to build ourselves
and in this we can save Earth from death. We can build what we have taken in
in the summer, but without our consciousness and our soul forces creating new
self substance (as in verse 32) Earth is bereft, unable to rebuild/transform itself.
In line 5 we intuit how Earth will feel life anew in human souls who creating self
anew are what will bring resurrection for Earth itself. Without such human work
on the self, death can only result.’
Ok folks buckle your seats belts. I posted this Steiner quote years ago, but now in light of current events it seems we are meant to revisit this stark reality with open eyes & hearts.
From: GA 346 The Apocalypse, by Rudolf Steiner, 18 Lectures, September 5-22, 1924 – Lecture (lucky) 13, given in Dornach to the Priests, on September 17, 1924
“…The trumpet sounds go back to about the age of the Crusades. You will be able to connect the stages which are described in the Apocalypse’ with outer events. For instance, when Copernicanism takes hold and when materialism sets in, one third of the human beings are killed, that is, they stop developing their full spirituality. And the plague of locusts which is described in the Apocalypse is really very shocking. Here one comes to something which one does not like to talk about, although of course it belongs to the things that priests must deal with. This plague of locusts is with us in a very prominent way from a purely consciousness standpoint. Of course such things should not be discussed when we speak in a theoretical way or when we speak to humanity in general, where cures for sick conditions can always occur. But if it is a question of priestly activities, then of course one must know with whom one is dealing, just as one has to know this for normal humanity.
Now first of all this is not quite correct, because the statistics are based on errors; people usually look at one part of the earth and they do not realize that the other parts of the earth were more densely populated in previous times than they are today. It is not quite correct; however, on the whole it is correct in the sense that there is a kind of a surplus of human beings who are already appearing in our time who have no egos, who are not really human. This is a terrible truth. They walk around and are not incarnations of an ego; they enter into the physical line of heredity and receive an etheric body and an astral body. In a certain way, they are equipped with an Ahrimanic consciousness, and they look human if one does not look too closely, but they are not human beings in the full sense of the word.
This is a terrible truth, which is present, it is a truth, and when the apocalypticer speaks about the plague of locusts during the trumpets epoch he is referring directly to human beings. Here again one can see how good the apocalypticer’s vision is, for such men in their astral body look exactly the way the apocalypticer describes them – like etheric locusts with human faces. One definitely has to think about such supersensible things in this way, and priests must know about such things. For a priest is a minister. Hence he must also be able to find words for
everything that happens in such a soul. They are not always bad souls; they can just be souls who get to the soul stage but are lacking an ego.
One will certainly realize this when one runs into these human beings. A priest has to know this, for after all there is fellowship among men with regard to such matters. People with normal souls suffer through their association with such persons who really go through the world like human locusts.
It is often very difficult to relate to such people because they feel things deeply, they can feel things very deeply, but one notices that there is no real individuality in them. However, one must of course take care to keep the fact that they have no individualities in them, otherwise insanity will necessarily result. But even though one has to conceal this from them, it is a question of arranging things for such souls – after all they are souls, even though they are not spirits – in such a way that these people can develop in the company of others, that they can make connections with others and go along with them, as it were. These human beings display the nature and essence of human beings fairly closely until their 20th year. The intellectual or mind soul only emerges around age 20, and this makes it possible for the ego to live out its life on earth. Anyone who says that one should not act in a sympathetic way to such ego-less, individuality-less people, since they will not incarnate again and because they have no individuality – is very much mistaken. He would also have to say that one should not behave in a sympathetic way towards children. One must decide what is really inside such men in each individual case. Sometimes such men contain posthumous souls, that is, posthumous with respect to the actual or normal human souls that arose at
a particular time in evolution and which incarnate repeatedly as humans. These are souls which remained behind, or they are souls which returned belatedly from other planets, to which almost all human beings went during a certain age. Such souls may be present in such human bodies. Thus we must consciously educate such people like permanent children.
All of this is really secreted in the Apocalypse. And if one takes these ideas in the Apocalypse that are given as Imaginations, they sometimes cut into one’s heart in a terrible way. It is really horrible the way he talks about all kinds of suffering that will befall mankind on earth. With regard to our age, we can only say that a great deal of this is already here as far as the spiritual aspects go...
A great many people should be aware of this trumpet period, since we are living at the time of the 6th trumpet, and you know what the most important effects and characteristics of this trumpet are. We are told that a third part of the people are killed, as I mentioned. Of course this does not happen all at once. But this killing refers to the absence of an ego in those men who had already been prepared previously through their locust forms…
It will be necessary to understand the Apocalypse in a serious way, to the extent that the one whom I called the etheric Christ will make himself visible within humanity...”
We can ask why does St. John the Divine in writing the Apocalypse – The Book of Revelation – call these beings Locusts? What do locust do? They eat everything in sight, they devastate & consume.
Is the Coronas Crisis which leads millions to take an experimental vaccine an invention of these Egoless beings? Whether or not – We are living in the time of the 6th Trumpet.
And so dear friends, how can we be Priestly in regard to this reality? What is our task as Spiritual Scientists striving to embody Anthroposophia…?
May we stand together with the forces of Michael to embody the Christ…
Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day (RSarchives)
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY (Rudolf Steiner’s original Calendar of the Soul; The Present Age, Wikipedia)
7 July 2021 – “Speaking with the Stars”: Antares and the rest of starry Scorpius are at their highest in the south just after these long July twilights finally fade away. The head of Scorpius is the near-vertical row of three stars upper right of Antares.
‘World Chocolate Day’ – today marks 466 years since chocolate was introduced to Europe
1207 – Feast Day of Saint Elizabeth a princess of the Kingdom of Hungary, Landgravine of Thuringia – the town of St. Germain of the the Rakoczy family. She was an early member of the Third Order of St. Francis, & is honored as its patroness. Elizabeth is perhaps best known for her miracle of the roses which says that while out taking bread to the poor in secret, she ran into her husband Ludwig on a hunting party, who, in order to quell suspicions of the gentry that she was stealing treasure from the castle, asked her to reveal what was hidden under her cloak. In that moment, her cloak fell open & a vision of white & red roses could be seen, which proved to Ludwig that God’s protecting hand was at work.
Rudolf Steiner speaks about this in ‘Christianity in the Evolution of Mankind – Leading Individualities and Avatar-Beings’ GA 109, Berlin February 15, 1909. “St. Frances of Assisi, was one of those who had a copy of the astral body of Jesus of Nazareth inwoven. Because of this he was able to accomplish just what he did accomplish, and many of his adherents from the Order of Franciscans, had similarly such copies interwoven with their astral bodies.
All that was in Francis of Assisi was wholly sentient soul of Jesus of Nazareth, so to speak. Wholly sentient soul of Jesus of Nazareth was contained in that remarkable personality whom you will follow biographically with the soul when you know the secret of her life: Elizabeth of Thüringen, born in 1207. Here we have a personality who had a copy of the astral body of Jesus of Nazareth woven into the sentient soul. The riddle of the human being is solved for us by means of just such knowledge.”
1834 – In New York City, four nights of rioting against abolitionists began.
In the Americas & Western Europe, abolitionism was a movement to end the Atlantic slave trade & set slaves free. In the 17th century, English Quakers and evangelical Protestants condemned slavery as un-Christian. By that time, most slaves were Africans, but thousands of Native Americans remained enslaved.
In the 18th century, as many as six million Africans were taken to the Americas as slaves. At least a third of the newly enslaved Africans were carried on British ships.
1911 – The United States, Great Britain, Japan, & Russia sign the North Pacific Fur Seal Convention banning open-water seal hunting, the first international treaty to address wildlife preservation issues
1928 – Sliced bread is sold for the first time (on the inventor’s 48th birthday) by the Chillicothe Baking Company
1930 – Industrialist Henry J. Kaiser begins construction of Boulder Dam
1930 – Deathday of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes
1946 – Mother Francesca S. Cabrini becomes the first American to be canonized.
1947 – The Roswell incident, the (supposed) crash of an alien spaceship near Roswell in New Mexico
1957 – Deathday of Walter Johannes Stein – a major figure in the early anthroposophical movement. A close pupil of Rudolf Steiner’s, he also wrote an important books of original historical research: ‘The Ninth Century and the Holy Grail’, & ‘The Death of Merlin, Arthurian Myth and Alchemy’. Stein was born & grew up in Vienna, & his mother was an anthroposophist. At age 21 he found Steiner’s book “Occult Science” on his mother’s desk & started reading it. He was immediately fascinated by the contents & wanted to know more about the anthroposophical movement. Towards this goal he attended a conference where he met Rudolf Steiner, & later had a private audience. Stein was occupied with the questions of the nature of consciousness & of epistemology in his university studies, & from Rudolf Steiner he received indications for how to proceed in his research. His studies were interrupted by the First World War, in which he fought for Austria on the eastern front. He experienced the full horrors of the modern battlefield & survived. Shortly after the end of the war he completed his Ph.D. in philosophy & was called to teach history at the first Waldorf School in Stuttgart where he established the high school history curriculum under Rudolf Steiner’s guidance.
Steiner’s death in 1925 was difficult for everyone connected to Anthroposophy, & in 1928 Stein ceased teaching at the Stuttgart Waldorf School due to disagreements with other Anthroposophists about his lecturing activities.
As the Nazi party rose to power in Germany, Stein, who had a Jewish background, moved to London in 1933. He would remain in England until the end of his life in 1951, though he continued to travel widely, lecturing on Anthroposophy.
Among some interesting high points of his life was his collaboration with Belgium’s King Leopold on a plan to avert the Second World War through the implementation of the Threefold Social Order.
Another time, when traveling in Turkey, Stein arranged an audience with Kamel Ataturk where he lectured the founder of modern Turkey on the anthroposophical worldview.
Stein also experienced his past life as a result of his dedication to meditative exercises.
An excerpt from: Buddha and the Mission of INDIA, by Dr. W. J. Stein
In the legend of Buddha it is said that when the Bodhisattva descended to his last birth, he had received from Gods and man all the gifts which predestined him to become a king over the whole world. But the greatness and deep significance of this Bodhisattva-—who in his twenty-ninth year ascended to the level of Buddha—was that although he possessed the power fitting him for world-rulership, he transformed it. The more deeply we study the mission of India in the evolution of mankind as a whole, the more clearly do we realize that the task of India is to transform the impulse of war and conquest into a healing love, into the impulse of compassion, love and sacrifice. The secret of India is that it is part of her mission to awaken men to this ideal.
Rudolf Steiner has described the evolution of man in the post-glacial age by indicating how the first epoch of civilization in India has its rise, and he called our attention to the fact that the seven cities ‘which are in Asia,’ to which the Letters in the Apocalypse are addressed, represent the seven epochs of civilization. Thus the first letter to the Church at Ephesus must be thought of as referring to the Indian epoch of civilization. If we apply this conception to Indian history, we can say that in the spiritual sense India is an Ephesus and that the mission of this spiritual Ephesus is to transform the impulse of conquest and of power into that of healing love.
The attitude of soul that is characteristic of Buddhism is ‘christianized’ in a most wonderful way in Francis of Assisi. Rudolf Steiner indicated this in his lectures entitled Anthroposophical Ethics. In the early part of his life Francis of Assisi was bold and prodigal, full of warlike impulses. As the outcome of a great and impressive vision he transmuted these qualities of his being and became a healer. Rudolf Steiner also told us that leprosy—a disease so widespread in Europe during the Middle Ages—is to be traced to the chronic state of fear aroused in the peoples by the Mongolian invasions. And it was precisely Francis of Assisi who brought forces of healing into these conditions. We see forces working in him which are the direct opposite of the forces of Mars. Francis of Assisi bore within him the healing forces of love which we may call the Mercury-forces.
1959 – Venus occults the star Regulus. This rare event is used to determine the diameter of Venus & the structure of the Venusian atmosphere
1987 – Public testimony at the Iran-Contra hearing began
1994 – Amazon.com, Inc. was founded in Seattle, Washington under the name “Cadabra.”
gods in the body of god
Setting a light in the darkness
Truth & Love is our destiny
What will we do
Today to make
The world something beautiful?
Dear friends – What a powerful session in Night School – permeated with the energies of the eclipse of the Buddha Moon.
I was standing in a vast crater with a group of people dressed in white eurythmy gowns. My friend Johanna, who crossed the Threshold on Whitsun, looking full & vital, was there leading us in the Halleluiah. A strange kind of Light-Being was there singing; & what the tone conveyed to me was the feeling of levity. I knew that since we were in the spiritual world we couldn’t be affected by the lunar eclipse which brings the forces of the dragon into the sub-consciousness of earthly humans. And yet the song was also reminding us that when the solar eclipse comes in June – that will be the time to protect the dead – since the unbridled astral baggage from human & adversarial forces working on earth escapes into the cosmic realms. Those of us in the circle were to learn the song, in order to sing it from earth during the solar eclipse, so that the sound vibration can act as shield deflecting that contagion from those newly in the spiritual realm.
I woke up from the dream at the midpoint of the eclipse of the Buddha Moon around 4:30 am with the thought that the Wesak Festival – the high point of the spiritual year – when Buddha’s forces of enlightenment ﬂow from the higher worlds into the mind of humanity – extends until the next Full Moon in June, therefore these energies will be there helping with the solar eclipse energy that will occur on June 10th at New Moon.
Wesak, which marks the birth, enlightenment & death of Gautama Buddha, is a living event. At the exact moment of the Taurus-Scorpio Full Moon, the Buddha is said to return to earth. We can create an imagination of the Christ standing before the Buddha receiving the wisdom of peace on behalf of all humanity – radiating out this blessing thru-out the earthly realms.
The Buddha known as ‘The great Revealer’, brings a calm clarity of thinking that helps us see the reality of our Oneness. Using dispassion & discernment helps to sweep away all that hinders recognition of this truth. Before we can truly see, we have to free ourselves from the many forms of illusion & desire that veils our sight.
A new world is now being conceived – & when the Bulls eye of the soul is opened, the seed of light which was planted on Holy Saturday starts to radiate from the Earth herself. The month of Wesak is a blessing that plays a crucial role in the generation of that light, thru us…
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Today’s ‘I think Speech’ podcast
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
National Paper Airplane Day
604 – Deathday of St. Augustine of Canterbury
1293 – An earthquake strikes Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan, killing about 30,000
1521 – Luther outlawed. Called for the burning of his books and called for his arrest. Frederick the Wise of Saxony protected Luther by hiding him in Wartburg Castle. Luther worked tirelessly on a complete translation of the Bible into German. Luther answering charges of heresy before the Diet of Worms in 1521.
1805 – Napoléon Bonaparte assumes the title of King of Italy and is crowned with the Iron Crown of Lombardy in Milan Cathedral, the gothic cathedral in Milan.
1828 – Kasper Hauser appears in Nuremberg on Whit Monday “The Child Of Europe”
1830 – The Indian Removal Act is passed by the U.S. Congress; it is signed into law by President Andrew Jackson two days later.
1896 – Nicholas II becomes the last Tsar of Imperial Russia.
1976 – Deathday of German Philosopher Martin Heidegger
POD (Poem Of the Day)
Fallen face down upon the earth
To gain the powers of the stars…
We are She – She are We – Embodying Love in Wisdom with Hazel & Ultra-Violet Archer
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Will the seed
Laid into the void
Progress & grow?
The gods circle round
Hunting for ideas that lie dormant
Spore’s that remain uncultivated
These they plant in the clay of another life
Better able to fill the void
With fertile fruit
“…If you want to grow a plant, you take a tiny seed and lay it in the soil. The whole plant, the whole life of the plant is compressed into this tiny seed. What comes out of this seed? First, the root. The life expands into the root. But then it contracts again and grows, still in a state of contraction, into a stem. Then it expands and the leaves come and then the blossom. Then there is again contraction into the seed and the seed waits until the following year. In the plant, therefore, we see a process of expansion — contraction; expansion — contraction.
Whenever the plant expands, it is the Sun which draws out the leaf or the blossom; whenever the plant contracts (in the seed or the stem) the contraction is due to the forces of the Moon. Between the leaves, the Moon is working. So that when we take a plant with spreading leaves and root, we can say, beginning with the seed: Moon — then Sun — again Moon — again Sun — again Moon, and so forth … with the Moon at the end of the process. In every plant we see Sun forces and Moon forces working in alternation. In a field of growing plants we behold the deeds of Sun and Moon” ~ Rudolf Steiner
May 18, 2021 – “Speaking with the Stars:” This evening Bella Luna hangs in western Leo, below the front of the Sickle. As soon as night is fully dark, look almost two fists at arm’s length below the Moon for the dim head of Hydra. ~Sky&Telescope
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ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY (resourses include The original Calendar of the Soul by Rudolf Steiner, Wikipedia, Skyandtelescope.org)
1048 – Birthday of Omar Khayyám, Persian mathematician, astronomer, & poet
1474 – Birth-day of Isabella d’Este, Regent in Mantua, (a city in Lombardy, Italy) one of the leading women of the Italian Renaissance, a major cultural & political figure. She was a patron of the arts, supporting Raphael, Mantegna, Titian, Leonardo da Vinci, as well as a leader of fashion, whose innovative style of dress was copied throughout Italy & at the French court. She was called: The “liberal & magnanimous Isabella” “supreme among women” “The First Lady of the world”.
1860 – Abraham Lincoln wins the Republican Party presidential nomination.
1896 – The United States Supreme Court rules in Plessy v. Ferguson that the “separate but equal” doctrine is constitutional
1910 – The Earth passes through the tail of Comet Halley.
1951 –United Nations Security Council Resolution 93, adopted after hearing a report that a “prearranged & planned attack ordered by Israel authorities” was “committed by Israel regular army forces against the Egyptian regular army” in the Gaza Strip on February 28, 1951.
The Council condemned this attack as a violation of the cease-fire previsions of UNSC Resolution 54 & as inconsistent with the obligations of the parties under the General Armistice Agreement between Egypt and Israel & under the United Nations Charter.
The Council again called upon Israel to take all necessary measures to prevent such actions & expressed its conviction that the maintenance of the General Armistice Agreement is threatened by any deliberate violation of it & that no progress towards the return of peace in Palestine can be made until both parties comply strictly with their obligations.
Sangraal: A Pentecost Pilgrimage & Whitsun Festival with the Central Regional Council an experiential ‘Pageant’ written by Hazel Archer, taking us on a Quest from The Cauldron of Ceridwen, to The Holy Grail, & into The Sacred Vessel of the Sophia.
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