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Be a Ladder

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Banksy

We should be grateful to people if they treat us badly, because then we can exercise our tolerating forces. We should try to love these people anyway, and we’ll then notice that this is the right thing to do”. ~Rudolf Steiner – GA 266 – From the Contents of Esoteric Classes – Part II – Munich, 10 January 1912

Ok, yes, I am trying. I am striving to put the good Dr.’s advice to work in my life. Love is a verb, a force in motion, not a noun-a static place. Love is a daily practice.

Hands Of Time Painting by Andrew Judd
Andrew Judd

I agree with Goethe: ‘The Time is at hand’ to give a big thank you kiss to all the people & things that I have labeled obstacles, which over time have become little voices in my head. I can start with the crabby, reactive naysayer that’s forever on the lookout for insults to my dignity, however tiny or unintentional. O & the worry-wart that wakes me up in the middle of the night to pester me with fears & doubts. Grrr…that monkey mind constantly churning is so annoying – & Gosh that bully who always says it’s hopeless, needs another hug. And the scared little girl who holds resentment like a security blanket, wants another cookie.

Can I Love all the little voices in my head? Not just the still, small voice that’s always ready to provide encouragement & deep research questions that lead me to find a treasure trove of more questions & even a few inspirations & revelations. Yes! I can celebrate the voices in all their variable vitality, their persistence, their attentiveness, like an alarm clock warning: WAKE UP! I have to remember that I am lucky to have such a zealous group of advisors & karmic helpers. And then ultimately I must stand in Christic balance with the Representative of Humanity as the middle pillar, which is the path of love.

LIFE'S ULTIMATE ADVENTURE – Galerie Michael
Galerien Michelle

And today during the morning 10:10 Thought-Seed, I was thinking of this quote:

We may picture to ourselves that by uniting in brotherliness in working groups, something hovers invisibly over our work, something like the child of the forces of the Spirit Self” ~Rudolf Steiner, 15 June 1915.

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Then right after, A.A. Milne kids’ story ‘Winnie-the-Pooh’ practically landed on my head as I was walking past a bookshelf. I opened it to read: “Piglet was so excited at the idea of being useful that he forgot to be frightened any more…”

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Sally Nettly

So I am taking that little voice, in all it’s synchronistic forms, & making it my prescription for how to evade the worrisome illusions that are nipping at us all right now.

Эгрегоры человеческого мира | Врата в гармонию
Gergor Wixten

Remember friend, we have a job to do – an engaging & important labor of love, so don’t forget to invite yourself to attend to our 10:10 calling. We need to heed – to be heard.

P.S. Here’s what Rumi advises: Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder.”

& Meet me there. ~hag

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Leonid meteor shower radiant

16 November 2020 – “Speaking with the Stars”: As the world is forced yet again to new lockdown restrictions we need face-time with the stars more than ever. The Leonid meteor shower presents an opportunity to participate in a cosmic conversation with Comets emanating from the heart of the Lion.

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

The Karma Project
Manifestations of Karma Study Group
December 2, 2020 – 7:15 pm Central (8:15 pm Eastern)

… We have now learned that it is possible to seek out accidents or other causes of illness due to karmic effects. In due course we will deal with the details of such processes, such as the way in which the forces in deeper levels of consciousness work within the human being, or to what extent our ordinary consciousness may avoid such accidents. 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 consciousness; in like manner we must be able to understand how it is that human beings take certain measures to render such infections less and less effective; in other words, that through our ordinary consciousness we are able to avert certain consequences by means of hygiene.

~Rudolf Steiner, Manifestations of KarmaChapter 6Karma in Relation to Accidents”, Hamburg, 21 May, 1910 … focus of the December 2 meeting.

The lecture can be found online at the RS Archive (eLib) by clicking this link: https://wn.rsarchive.org/Lectures/GA120/English/RSP1984/19100521p01.html

The Central Regional Council of the Anthroposophical Society in America invites you to join our ongoing  study conversation.  The study has been divided among four volunteers who will summarize their section to rebuild it as a foundation for our conversation. Please familiarize yourself with the lecture if possible so you will feel comfortable sharing your reflections and thoughts with the group.

This collection of lectures has been republished by Rudolf Steiner Press under the title: “Manifestations of Karma.”  This book is a translation from German of Die Offenbarung des Karma (Ga 120), published in English by Rudolf Steiner Press in 1996.

This will be a “Zoom” conference call allowing us an opportunity to see one another while conversing (or audio only if you prefer).  To connect to the audio/video-conference:

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If you have questions, please contact Alberto Loya aloyavaca@utexas.edu
Agenda for our Study Call
 
7:15  Welcome and Introductions        
7:18  Verse
7:25  Study led by five volunteers
Note: CRC team will ID volunteers
          Laura – pg. 106 to 110
          Ana – pg. 111 to 115
          Camille – pg. 116 to 120
          Alberto – pg. 121 to end
8:05  Conversation
8:28  Close with verse

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Holy Nights 2020-21 “A Rose By Any Other Name” The many faces of The Sophia

24 December 2020 – 5 January 2021 (with NYE as the Hidden Holy Night)

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

Everyday 9 am – 9:30 am ET, 10 am – 10:30 am MT, 11 am – 11:30 am CT, 12 pm – 12:30 pm ET

International online gathering on the Theme of the Divine Feminine. 

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Our Annual Conscious NYE gathering 8 pm 1 am

In-Person at Elderberries Bio-dynamic Outpost & Cultural Hub & The Rudolf Steiner Branch Chicago 4249-51 N. Lincoln Ave. 60613

This Years Theme is a Masked Ball 

Live Music, Folk Dancing, Potluck, Mask making with Lucien Dante Lazar, more TBA

$20 per person

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Epiphany 6 January 2021 What Joan of Arc Calls for Today 7 pm – 9 pm CT

In-person at Elderberries Chicago & online

Today on the Birthday of Joan of Arc we will 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 – Eurythmy

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Battle For The Soul

Ha'azinu: Between Heaven and Earth | Morning Meditations
Kenneth Wimble

Dear friends – I have been wrangling once again with my role as lightning rod, which is not a pleasant part to play, & yet it seems to be my karma to rattle the cage; – a constant call for me to work out all my shadow pieces, which get reflected back in the karmic group around me. I am working hard to let go of the need to be on the defensive. I want to repent; & cease perpetuating reactive scenarios. I strive to soften my bluntness thru compassion. I pray to forgive myself, & those that have trespassed against me. I beg my angel to help me release the sadness & resentment of feeling misunderstood or unappreciated, that I may stand upright in humble equanimity – Constantly speaking The Lord’s Prayer & this verse:

Spirit triumphant!
Flame through the weakness of my fainthearted soul!
Burn up my false egoism,
Enkindle compassion,
So that selflessness
The life-stream of humanity,
May flow as the wellspring of spiritual rebirth
!”
~Rudolf Steiner

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Darion Leon

I think about karma & delve into spiritual scientific research:

In 1924, the final full year of his life, Rudolf Steiner gave a series of urgent, sometimes impassioned, talks to members of the Anthroposophical Society regarding our karma & its relationship to the culture of the time, referring in particular to the vital task of renewing civilization & preserving it from the threat of decline. Steiner’s words characterize vividly a great spiritual battle – of forces gathering to fight for the soul of humanity itself. He presents a striking panorama in which anthroposophers are compelled to broaden our vision; to see true esoteric anthroposophical work as a live yeast that can set all culture rising.

To awaken the members of the Society to the dimensions of their task, Steiner saw it as essential that we begin to understand the many different karmic threads from which the movement is woven. This recognition of unity, as well as difference – can give the strength of diversity which, if unconscious & unrecognized, easily leads to division.

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William Rankin

Steiner speaks of the need of 2 specific groups of souls within the anthroposophical movement to reconcile: the Platonists & the Aristotelians. In the karmic background lies a conflict of approaches, but the task today calls for a unity based on love & the wisdom to work with Michael, Christ & The Sophia; in the face of Ahriman, materialism & the possibility of civilization collapsing into decadence. Given the challenges faced by humanity today, it has never been more urgent for those of us who ally themselves with Rudolf Steiner’s work to study, take to heart & practice the central task of anthroposophy: ‘a renewal of human karma in community from out of the spirit’. In ‘Awakening to Community’ Steiner speaks of an ‘awakening of the human being in the spiritual and soul qualities of the other.’

Steiner remarks about the conditions applying to such a higher awakening: We have to see the other as their highest Self. Blaming, & shaming brings in the adversarial beings. ‘Spiritual beings interpose themselves between us as we meet’.

What kind of Being are we creating in our interactions?

The Hedge Mason: Egregore of the Freemasons
Charlotte Vywinne

The individual who finds himself within the Anthroposophical Movement should begin to feel something of the peculiar karmic position which the impulse to Anthroposophy requires. If such authentic souls, such willing anthroposophists can be found, then an upward movement and dynamic will arise. If such souls are not willing to do the hard work of living into the uncomfortable karmic balancing, then decadence will take its inexorable downward course...It is most necessary for the anthroposophist to know his karma will be harder to experience than it is for other men. From the very outset those who come into the Anthroposophical Society are predestined to a harder, more difficult experience of karma than other men. And if we try to pass this harder experience by — if we want to experience our karma in a comfortable way — it will surely take vengeance on us in one direction or another. We must be anthroposophists in our experience of karma too. To be true anthroposophists we must be able to observe each other and our own experience of karma with constant wide-awake attention, without reproach. If we do not, then our denial, or rather our desire to experience it so — will find expression and take vengeance in physical illnesses, physical accidents and the like…Today humanity stands before a great crisis: either it will see all civilization collapsing into the abyss; or else spirituality will raise civilization up by the power of the Michael impetus, through which the Christ impetus works, thus continuing, enriching and sustaining it” ~Karmic Relationships: Esoteric Studies – Volume III

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Bernard Lievegoed advises in his deathbed testimonial in, The Battle For The Soul: “The consciousness-soul develops itself especially in the sometimes difficult cooperation with others”.

The following quote is from a letter written by Elisabeth Vreede right before she was expelled from the Society: “The being of Anthroposophy—I myself have always felt it as a spiritual being newly created by Dr. Steiner, as it were the first hierarchical Being that men have begotten, quite young and still under-developed, as is the case with a child—a Being that must now begin to develop further through our common work as a ‘community of Love and Wisdom’, and with the cooperation of its creator from the spiritual world. Just for this reason I find it so painful when attacks are continually made against part of the active members such as to exclude them from the work, from creating together the Being of Anthroposophy.”

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In relation to the Mystery Dramas, Hans Pusch states the following: “It is a clear sign of genuine relationship to Anthroposophy, if the forces of destiny become more and more active, even though they may be disturbing and uncomfortable. The spirit of our time is an awakener, a conscious troublemaker, and a dis-illusioner. Anyone who feels inner turmoil as a necessary tribute to the forces of progress will be prepared to see how our trials help us to understand and have compassion for one another. Sometimes it’s indeed a daily, almost hourly inner battle with oneself to say ‘Yes’ to what destiny throws in our path.

In these four plays we see the characterizing of people towards the inevitability of fate that unites them, and the consequences of their interrelationship. Steiner intended to show how spiritual development manifests in a karmically-intertwined group of people – how they must support one another, for the good of all. If one in the group is not upheld, they all suffer; showing the driving forces of destiny, events, openly and consistently on the stage.

Words of the initiate character Benedictus in the first drama The Portal of Initiation sound as the leitmotif that echoes on through all four dramas: ‘Here in this circle a knot forms out of the threads that karma spins in world becoming’. (Scene 3) In this ‘karmic knot of destiny’ lies the ‘seed’ of the karmic task of this particular group of people.

 They have the possibility of creating something new if they can gradually take hold of their karmic ties from the past and transform the threads of destiny that have bound them together in a ‘knot.’ Those who are ripe to awaken to their karmic tasks with respect to one another, must ultimately unravel the karmic knot. Only free deeds of love performed in the name of Christ can fully redeem past karma, it is revealed. Few of the characters have the inner strength and courage to do this fully. They are continually pitted against the forces of evil in their soul life, that would draw them away from doing this — often with tragic consequences for the whole group. But every little step taken in this direction by one or the other helps in the gradual realization of their karmic task – which, in the case of this particular group of people, is to lay the foundations for a modem mystery centre. Through conscious acts of sacrifice certain individuals can take it upon themselves to share in the karma of another person or, as in the case of Benedictus, even the karma of the whole group. But each is called upon in his own way to awaken to his particular karmic task within the group. One is reminded of the apocalyptic words of the old Man with the Lamp in Goethe’s fairy-tale The Beautiful Lily and the Green Snake (1795) – a work that was the major source of inspiration for the Mystery Dramas: The old Man looked up to the stars, and then began to speak: ‘We are assembled at the propitious hour; let each perform his task, let each do his duty; and a universal happiness will swallow up our individual sorrows, as a universal grief consumes individual joys.’

We are called to live the Mystery Dramas both in our own personal lives and in our lives together as a group. We have to face the same kind of trials and temptations as the characters in the drama. We have had, from time to time, to take on the role of Benedictus for one another, in our attempt to awaken to ‘the knot of destiny’ that seemed to have bound us together to do the work. It has been a challenge not to lose sight of the ‘star’ that had originally brought us together. The powers of darkness do all that they can to lead us astray. We feel the tragedy of our own times. But through honest experiences and ordeals we find new powers of hope that will lead us on into the future.

Awakening to the reality of reincarnation and karma is perhaps one of the greatest challenges in our time — something that concerns the whole of humanity. Through such an awakening we will be able to find the moral forces that will be needed if we are to lay the foundations for human community in the future.

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Harry Collison: “Within one’s present incarnation, there are deeds to perform to help rectify misdeeds, before the death of the body. We all have knots to loosen and unbind in our individual destinies. In daily life, it is the suffering in destiny situations, which leads to soul-growth. Present states of mind may hold the clues to understanding past misdeeds. Likewise does heightened consciousness assist in planting seeds of service for the future of humankind”.

Friends, if you have taken any of this to heart, I would love to hear your thoughts

Blessings & Peace –

~hag

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Jacqueline Page

15 November 2020 – “Speaking with the Stars”: New Moon

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Petra Lengle

 Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day 

 ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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Fredrich Walther

1280 – Death & Feast Day of Albertus Magnus, a German Catholic Dominican friar & bishop, theologian, & philosopher, one of the founders of Scholasticism. Canonized as a saint, one of the 36 Doctors of the Catholic Church. He was known during his lifetime as Doctor Universalis & Doctor Expertus.  

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Francesco Paolo Hayez

Albertus was the first to comment on virtually all of the writings of Aristotle, making them accessible to wider academic debate. The study of Aristotle brought him to take an interest in the teachings of Muslim academics, notably Avicenna & Averroes.

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Albertus took part in the General Chapter of the Dominicans at Valenciennes together with Thomas Aquinas establishing a program for the Dominicans that featured the study of philosophy. This innovation initiated the tradition of Dominican scholastic philosophy put into practice, for example at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, the “Angelicum

Albert’s writings went to 38 volumes, displaying his prolific habits & encyclopedic knowledge of topics such as logic, theology, botany, geography, astronomy, astrology, mineralogy, alchemy, zoology, physiology, phrenology, justice, law, friendship, & love. He digested, interpreted, & systematized the whole of Aristotle’s works, gleaned from the Latin translations & notes of the Arabian commentators. Most modern knowledge of Aristotle was preserved and presented by Albertus.

According to legend, Albertus is said to have discovered the philosopher’s stone & passed it on to his pupil Thomas Aquinas, shortly before his death.

Among the last of his labors was the defense of the orthodoxy of his former pupil, Thomas Aquinas, whose death grieved him deeply.

Albertus is known for his commentary on the musical practice of his times. Most of his written musical observations are found in his commentary on Aristotle’s Poetics

“Essentially speaking, the task of the time which lies between the fourth and the fifteenth century was, therefore, the development of a technique of thinking. This thinking activity has now adopted a definite attitude in regard to man’s cognitive faculty towards the contents of the world. We may say: Spirits such as Albertus Magnus and Thomas Aquinas have set forth the position of man’s thinking activity towards the contents of the world in a manner which was, at that time, quite incontestable.

How do their descriptions appear to us?

Thinkers such as Albertus Magnus and Thomas Aquinas had dogmatically preserved truths which originated from old traditions, but their meaning could no longer be grasped. To begin with, these truths had to be protected as contents of a supernatural revelation, which at that time was more or less equivalent to a super-sensible revelation. The Church preserved these revelations through its authority and teachings, and people thought that the dogmas of the Church contained the revelations connected with the super-sensible worlds. They were to accept what was offered in these dogmas, they were to accept it as a revelation which could not be touched by human reason, that is to say, by the human intellect. The Dual Form of Cognition During the Middle Ages and the Development of Knowledge in Modern Times” ~ A Lecture By Rudolf Steiner, Dornach, August 5, 1921, GA 206

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Alexander Schad

1630 – Deathday of Johannes Kepler, German astronomer & mathematician

“Johannes Kepler was as much a natural scientist of an earlier time as of a later one. He drew his thoughts from external observation, but in his inner experience he had an absolute feeling that spiritual Beings are there when man is receiving his thoughts from Nature. Kepler felt himself to be partly an Initiate, and for him it was a matter of course that he experienced his abstract building up of the universe artistically”. ~Rudolf Steiner, The Younger generation

“It cannot be denied that such spirits formerly imparted their oracular sayings to men through idols and oak-trees, out of groves and grottoes, through animals and so on; and sooth-saying from the flight of birds was not merely an art of deceiving the weak. Those spirits were active in guiding the birds through the air, and by this means, with God’s permission, much was intimated to men in former times. Even today we hear stories of fateful birds, such as owls, vultures, eagles, ravens, but the more such stories are despised, the rarer they become. For these spirits cannot bear being despised, as according to the law of God and Christian teaching, they certainly deserve to be: they prefer to fly away and keep silent. From the beginning the lying Tempter was allowed to speak through animals: he spoke to Eve through the serpent and thus he led the human race astray. That was always the way of these spirits from then onwards: whenever they could speak to men through the bodies and movements of animals, through voices or portents, they misused this power, appropriating for themselves the reverence due to God and misleading unhappy men. And now, although Christ came to destroy the work of the Devil, and imposed silence on these spirits, and although they lost their temple-statues, their groves and their caves and the earth they had so long possessed, yet they are always here still in the empty air, and with God’s permission they utter their scattered cries. Often they are God’s scourges; often he allows certain things to be announced through them to men.”

The author of these words gives a gentle indication of how the spiritual revelations come to be permeated by Christ, for he writes in a frame of mind that can truly be called Christ-filled. In 1607 he spoke thus of the changes that had come about in the spiritual world. Who is this man? Is he someone who has no right to speak, someone we can leave unheard? No, for without him we should have no modern Astronomy or Physics: he is Johannes Kepler. And one would like to advise those who call themselves materialists or monists and look to Kepler as their idol — one would like to advise them to consider carefully, just for once, this passage in Kepler’s writings. The greatest astronomical laws, the three Kepler laws, which dominate present-day Astronomy, are his. Yet you have heard how he speaks of the new influence which gradually enters into Earth evolution with the fifth post-Atlantean epoch. We must all again get accustomed by degrees — having thoroughly absorbed the new influence — to recognise something of the spiritual activities connected with the stars. ~Rudolf Steiner,Christ and the Spiritual World: The Search for the Holy Grail

On February 4, 1600, Kepler met Tycho Brahe, he stayed as a guestin his observatory, analyzing some of Tycho’s observations of Mars; Tycho guarded his data closely, but was impressed by Kepler’s theoretical ideas & soon allowed him more access. Through most of 1601, he was supported directly by Tycho, who assigned him to analyzing planetary observations . Tycho secured him a commission as a collaborator on the new project he had proposed to the emperor. Two days after Tycho’s unexpected death on October 24, 1601, Kepler was appointed his successor as imperial mathematician with the responsibility to complete his unfinished work. The next 11 years as imperial mathematician would be the most productive of his life.

Kepler slowly continued analyzing Tycho’s Mars observations—now available to him in their entirety—& began the slow process of tabulating the Rudolphine Table.

In October 1604, a bright new evening star appeared, but Kepler did not believe the rumors until he saw it himself. Kepler began systematically observing the nova. Astrologically, the end of 1603 marked the beginning of a fiery trigon, the start of the about 800-year cycle of great conjunctions; astrologers associated the two previous such periods with the rise of Charlemagne (c. 800 years earlier) & the birth of Christ (c. 1600 years earlier), & so expected events of great portent, especially regarding the emperor. It was in this context, as the imperial mathematician & astrologer to the emperor, that Kepler described the new star two years later in his De Stella Nova. The birth of a new star implied the variability of the heavens. In an appendix, Kepler also discussed the recent chronology work of the Polish historian Laurentius Suslyga; he calculated that, if Suslyga was correct that accepted timelines were four years behind, then the Star of Bethlehem—analogous to the present new star—would have coincided with the first great conjunction of the earlier 800-year cycle

In 1611, the growing political-religious tension in Prague came to a head. Emperor Rudolph—whose health was failing—was forced to abdicate as King of Bohemia by his brother Matthias. However, it was clear that Kepler’s future prospects in the court of Matthias were dim.

In 1615, Kepler’s mother Katharina was accused of witchcraft.

Kepler’s laws of planetary motion were not immediately accepted. Several major figures such as Galileo and René Descartes completely ignored Kepler’s Astronomia nova. Epitome of Copernican Astronomy was read by astronomers throughout Europe, & following Kepler’s death it was the main vehicle for spreading Kepler’s ideas. In the period 1630 – 1650, this book was the most widely used astronomy textbook, winning many converts to ellipse-based astronomy. This culminated in Isaac Newton’s Principia Mathematica (1687), in which Newton derived Kepler’s laws of planetary motion from a force-based theory of universal gravitation.

Kepler’s self-authored poetic epitaph:

I measured the skies, now the shadows I measure

Skybound was the mind, earthbound the body rests

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1670 – Deathday of John Amos Comenius, Czech bishop, philosopher, & educator.

“Our task is to appeal to those forces which we have as a replacement for the ancient way of grasping the spiritual. There are two ways of doing this. One way is to continue to propagate tradition and many secret societies arose from being satisfied with the propagation of what the ancient said through tradition. However, there were people who attempted to reckon with the new soul forces which came in as replacements for it. They attempted to translate that which came in from the ancient way in the form of pictures, of direct perception into the form of intellectual power, this intellect which is bound to the physical body of our 5th post-Atlantean period. One of the people who tried to do this was Amos Comenius.

Very few people today know that Amos Comenius was the actual founder of the modern pedagogy and that he founded the primer in the 16th, 17th century…

The whole way of writing children’s books rests upon Amos Comenius. He was connected with many secret brotherhoods all over Europe and he wanted to establish what he called his “Pan Sophia”. In the beginning of our period, in the 16th, 17th century, we have in Amos Comenius a human being who knew that now is the time for a sudden change, that one must transmute all the knowledge from earlier times into the form of external intellect. You do not simply continue it in the form of the ancient tradition. This tradition rests upon that which was the Temple architecture. Amos Comenius had as his task translating in his “Pan Sophia” everything which worked in the 5th post-Atlantean period and he says the following: “Why should the Temple of Pan Sophia be erected according to the ideas, directions and laws of the higher architect Himself? Because we have to follow the primal picture of the totality; measure, number, position and the goal of the paths according to the wisdom of God, Himself, when, indeed, He instructed Moses to erect the Tabernacle, then Solomon to erect the Temple and finally Ezekial to reestablish the Temple. The structure materials of Solomon’s Temple were very precious stones, metals, marble and sappy, good smelling trees like spruce and cedar.” And so we want to establish a school of wisdom, a universal wisdom, a “Pan Sophia” wisdom so that one can say that that which is in Goethe’s Wilhelm Meister, which was represented in the Wander Years, is a continuation of what Amos Comenius wanted.” ~Rudolf Steiner, Things in Past and Present in the Spirit of Man

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Patrick Dennsey

1738 – Birthday of William Herschel, German-born British astronomer, the founder of sidereal astronomy for the systematic observation of the heavens. He discovered the planet Uranus, hypothesized that nebulae are composed of stars, & developed a theory of stellar evolution. He was knighted in 1816.

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1741 – Birthday of Johann Kaspar Lavater, a Swiss poet, writer, philosopher, physiognomist & theologian. Goethe was a dear friend for many years, but later had a falling out with him, accusing Lavater of superstition & hypocrisy.

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1887 – Birthday of Georgia O’Keeffe, American painter & educator

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1893 – Rudolf Steiner’s Philosophy of Freedom (Spiritual Activity) 1st appears

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Bollo Zenti

POD (Poem Of the Day)

~A glimmer caught
My eye I
Turned to see the primal warmth
In the fires of perhaps
A beacon of human possibility
Etched in the bones of my skull
At the edge of
Peripheral vision
That I might
Re-collect my Self
Divine
~hag

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

The Karma Project
Manifestations of Karma Study Group
December 2, 2020 – 7:15 pm Central (8:15 pm Eastern)

… We have now learned that it is possible to seek out accidents or other causes of illness due to karmic effects. In due course we will deal with the details of such processes, such as the way in which the forces in deeper levels of consciousness work within the human being, or to what extent our ordinary consciousness may avoid such accidents. 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 consciousness; in like manner we must be able to understand how it is that human beings take certain measures to render such infections less and less effective; in other words, that through our ordinary consciousness we are able to avert certain consequences by means of hygiene.

~Rudolf Steiner, Manifestations of KarmaChapter 6Karma in Relation to Accidents”, Hamburg, 21 May, 1910 … focus of the December 2 meeting.

The lecture can be found online at the RS Archive (eLib) by clicking this link: https://wn.rsarchive.org/Lectures/GA120/English/RSP1984/19100521p01.html

The Central Regional Council of the Anthroposophical Society in America invites you to join our ongoing  study conversation.  The study has been divided among four volunteers who will summarize their section to rebuild it as a foundation for our conversation. Please familiarize yourself with the lecture if possible so you will feel comfortable sharing your reflections and thoughts with the group.

This collection of lectures has been republished by Rudolf Steiner Press under the title: “Manifestations of Karma.”  This book is a translation from German of Die Offenbarung des Karma (Ga 120), published in English by Rudolf Steiner Press in 1996.

This will be a “Zoom” conference call allowing us an opportunity to see one another while conversing (or audio only if you prefer).  To connect to the audio/video-conference:

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If you have questions, please contact Alberto Loya aloyavaca@utexas.edu
Agenda for our Study Call
 
7:15  Welcome and Introductions        
7:18  Verse
7:25  Study led by five volunteers
Note: CRC team will ID volunteers
          Laura – pg. 106 to 110
          Ana – pg. 111 to 115
          Camille – pg. 116 to 120
          Alberto – pg. 121 to end
8:05  Conversation
8:28  Close with verse

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Holy Nights 2020-21 “A Rose By Any Other Name” The many faces of The Sophia

24 December 2020 – 5 January 2021

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

Everyday 9 am – 9:30 am ET, 10 am – 10:30 am MT, 11 am – 11:30 am CT, 12 pm – 12:30 pm ET

International online gathering on the Theme of the Divine Feminine. 

stay tuned for details

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Our Annual Conscious NYE gathering 8 pm 1 am

In-Person at Elderberries Bio-dynamic Outpost & Cultural Hub & The Rudolf Steiner Branch Chicago 4249-51 N. Lincoln Ave. 60613

This Years Theme is a Masked Ball 

Live Music, Folk Dancing, Potluck, Mask making with Lucien Dante Lazar, more TBA

$20 per person

Stay tuned for details

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Epiphany 6 January 2021 What Joan of Arc Calls for Today 7 pm – 9 pm CT

In-person at Elderberries Chicago & online

Today on the Birthday of Joan of Arc we will 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 – Eurythmy

Singing & Eurythmy

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After-Image: Alpha & Omega

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The after-image:

Dear friends a powerful seed of light was cultivated during our Election Night Vigil. It is already rooting itself out of the spiritual world, working thru the souls of our beloved dead & the powerful Spirit Beings that guide us in our human destiny.

I awoke the morning after, as I often do with the image of the Earth as a body of light – a Sacred Star – but this day I knew that the light must shine out from human hearts, like a sea of little Suns, radiating together with warmth & light.

I shared this with my beloved husband Chuck while we were having our morning tea: Another affirmation that this image of the ‘Corona’ which has settled like a collective shadow over humanity, is a global call to create a counter-image – the Crowning of creation – the human being as a Star.

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Chuck shared that he has been working with Steiner’s Occult Science, & this powerful image of how the Thrones experienced bliss in the pouring forth of Will from themselves. This then allowed the Spirits of Wisdom to unite their Life-Body with this outpouring of Will. Next the Spirits of motion added their lowest body, their astral body. This combination allowed Old Saturn to become an ‘ensouled being’, which gained the ability to reflect life out into cosmic space. This allowed the Spirits of Form to become active, creating a differentiation in this ensouled being; Steiner gives the image of a blackberry (the beginnings of humankind). Then the Archai, from the periphery, who were having their human incarnation, were able to reflect their “I” to these ‘Saturn Beings’ & have their life reflected back to them, to see who they are.

Why does Steiner give us this cosmic picture of the beginnings of life? – To give us a role-model. – For WE are to become the creators of a new universe – the New Jerusalem. And this turning point which we are currently experiencing is our time to begin this work in earnest. We must awaken to the fact that everything we Will (our thoughts, words & deeds) pours out from us, & is reflected back to us from the physical world; & this shows us who we are. A lot of what pours forth from our will is unconscious, & so we are often blindsided or appalled by what is reflected back to us in the world. How can we awaken our Will to consciously create the world as a reflection of our Highest Self? And what can come of it when we join our collective Good Will together?

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This set off a lightbulb in my thinking. It became clear that what we are called to do is contemplate the Alpha & the Omega – to imitate the sublime offerings of the hierarchies, & with our conscious free will, pour out thru our heart-thinking an imaginative cognition of the ultimate human destiny – The Earth & all of humanity as a shining Star – the Sun of a new Christ-centered universe – This must become our collective Thought-Form.

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After breakfast when I checked my email I saw a response to my blog on Building the Watchtower, & Thought-Forms about Dion Fortune, from Steve Hale, who mentioned a few biographical insights about her, so I followed the link he sent & read to my surprise that she was initiated into the “Rosicrucian Order of Alpha et Omega”! hmmm, perhaps she is sending us a message.

Still in the after-glow, I went off to our Wednesday Karma Study, & many friends who were at the vigil were there, so we talked about our experience: The importance of Goethean Conversation so gracefully brought to us by Angela Foster; the power of our personal metamorphosis thru Social Artistry offered thru Lucien Dante Lazar’s drawing exercise; The warmth & enthusiasm of the group…And Deborah Rogers shared how it only takes the square root of any number of people to create change. So out of a million people, you only need 1000, to turn the tide. Tom McGuire mentioned The ‘Tipping Point’, a book by Malcolm Gladwell as an example of this principle.

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Yes, it’s true we Anthroposophers are relatively small in number, but with the help of Rudolf Steiner & all that Spiritual Science brings, we have great capacities to generate change from the inner world out, but only if we join our forces together. Then we can become a beacon for others; & this powerful Thought-Form of the Alpha & the Omega can grow & become the antidote we all seek.

Then Elisabeth Swisher shared a beloved verse by Herbert Hahn, which she wrote down for me on the back of one of her drawings from the vigil:

Erst wenn ich Lichtes denke leuchtet meine Seele,
Erst wenn meine Seele leuchtet ist die Erde ein Stern,
Erst wenn die Erde ein Stern ist bin ich wahrhaft Mensch!

~Herbert Hahn

Only when I think light my soul shines,
Only when my soul shines is the earth a star,
Only when the earth is a star am I truly a human being.

“The transformation of thought into living activity in meditation and prayer carries living light into the etheric world!…In meditative work that connects with a truth- thinks light- we create a quality of light for the etheric world….” (Matthias Gierke, MD in an article about “Earth as spiritual star” in Lilipoh magazine.

WOW, how perfect, thank you angels! I got shivers, such a powerful affirmation working thru our community. And we all agreed that perhaps this could be an anchor for our Thought-Form – to be conceived each day at noon.

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This morning the thought came to suggest we tune in at 12:12 pm every day with this verse as the seed for a short meditation (even 1 minute)whereever you are, so that the imagination can move like a wave covering the whole earth.

Dear Ones, if this idea resonates with you – Please pass it on to your friends -Talk about it with your family, discuss it with strangers at the park – spread the good word, that:

WE, as Anthroposophia, in service to Humankind, & to our Mother Earth, CAN initiate change, thru positive Thought-Forms, by consciously rising in our thinking, every day at 12:12 pm, meditating the Steiner verse:

Only when I think light my soul shines,
Only when my soul shines is the earth a star,
Only when the earth is a star am I truly a human being.

to collectively build a cogitative imagination of a healing, ‘protective egregore’, a ‘Guardian Watcher’ to work with our highest intentions for the evolution of humanity – & the ever present help of the Spiritual World – that the Earth may become a Star.

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And for those that want to take the imagination further & use the image of the Alpha & the Omega: We can think on the Power of The Word – the first & last letters of the Greek alphabet, (with all the vowels & consonants in-between & the mystery of Golgotha in the middle) to be The Word of God, The Christ, revealed in the Book of Revelation.

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“This is Alpha: the Saturn human being, the warmth human being living in wonderment…If we proceed in this way through the whole alphabet, we proceed through the world. After gradually taking into himself everything that is world, and filling his whole being with it, when he arrives at Vulcan the Omega having united with himself the whole content of the world, of this great All to which he belongs, the human being will have become the one he was at the beginning of the Saturn condition plus the whole world. He will be Alpha and Omega, man who unites in himself everything that is world. By saying ‘I am Alpha and Omega’ in the way John’s Book of Revelation does, we have designated what the human being will be at the end of the Vulcan condition. At the end of the Vulcan condition the human being, too, will be permitted to say: I am Alpha and Omega…In the beginning was the Word—this means the same as when Christ says ‘I am the Word’, or ‘I am Alpha and Omega’. ~Rudolf Steiner, “I am Alpha and Omega”: The Book of Revelation and the Work of the Priest. Lecture 3, Dornach, 7 September 1924

I would love to create a dialogue with those that are willing to take on this Thought-Experiment in earnest. Using the above verse (or another of your choosing) as the foundation of our visualization can be enough; but it could be you will want to elaborate, or the spiritual world will send you imaginations & inspirations; please do share.

See you dear friends, in the ethers every day at 12:12 pm.  (Please don’t worry if you can’t be there at 12:12 pm, just do it whenever you think of it, which may be many times a day, or perhaps only occasionally, don’t stress it, just do what you can with a loving heart-mind)

Yours in full faith

~hag

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5 November 2020 – “Speaking with the Stars”: When night arrives, the Great Square of Pegasus is still balanced on its corner high in the southeast. But within two hours it turns around to lie level like a box high in the south.

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Paul Klee

Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

1872 – Imme von Eckardstein posed the question of the cycle of the year, which brought thru Rudolf Steiner the “Calendar of the Soul” in 1912/13

1910 – D.N. Dunlop opens the Blavatsky Institute

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SATURDAY 7 November 2020,

3 pm – 5 pm CT

Connections Revealed

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

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 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

Zoom Meeting hosted by Anne Nicholson
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‘Right Word’

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Under the heading: ‘How to ride the Corona-Coaster’:

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When the Corona 1st started crowning, my dear friend Angela Foster, who hosts The ARC (Anthroposophical Resource Center in Atlanta, GA) started a Six Basic Exercise Practice Group online. We call it 6B. A small group of us met for 6 months every weekday for 15 minutes to practice – A short sweet way to engage in this time of zoom burn out. On Friday’s folks can stay on for an additional 15 minutes to converse together on our experience. After the recent AGM, students from the ‘Applied Anthroposophy Program’ were invited to join. And last week Angela, who is always popping with ideas & initiatives, asked if I wanted to take Monday’s to offer a sharing; perhaps something on Speaking with the Stars, or a leading thought from the RR blog.

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Melissa Demmwiddle

After taking this idea into my sleep for 3 days, I received a big YES! And the 1st thing that popped into my head was that it should be called ‘Monday Musings’. The 2nd thing was that I needed to honor the fact that it was Moon day, which is when I try & practice ‘Right Word’ part of the ‘Weekday Exercises’.

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Being a writer, The Word, which opens me to ‘The Logos,’ means a lot to me. But I often struggle with how I use my words in speech. Thank goodness I am practicing the 6B, which for me, works hand in hand with Rudolf Steiner’s 8-fold Path – a renewal of Buddha’s ‘Noble 8-fold Path to Enlightenment’ – an outline that pulls together all the Buddha’s teachings, given in his first sermon after his enlightenment. In Guidance in Esoteric Training, they are also called the Weekday Exercises – with the 8th being a SUMMARY that is done every Day.

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MONDAY – Right Speech or Right Word – When Talking, or having a conversation, to keep in mind that: ‘Only what has sense & meaning should come from the lips of one striving for higher development’. All talking for the sake of talking – to pass the time – is ‘harmful’. The usual kind of conversation, ‘a disjointed medley of remarks, should be avoided’. This doesn’t mean shutting ourselves off from others; but instead, we should come together with intention: for communications of significance -To ‘never talk without cause — to be gladly silent’. Can we be mindful of not talking too much, or too little? Can we recognize & counter our propensity to one or the other. Can we adopt a thoughtful attitude to every speech, every answer, taking all aspects into account? Can we practice 1st quiet listening; then, as we reflect on what has been said, wait, for the spirit to speak thru us.

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This is Goeathean conversation. Group Moral Artistry, as Marjorie Spock calls it. She reminds us that ‘Conversing, as Goethe conceived it, is the Art of Arts’. Many of you may know a key scene of his fairy tale, The Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily, where the four kings enthroned in the subterranean mystery temple are roused to the dawning of a new Age for humanity when the serpent, made luminous by the gold she swallowed, penetrates with her light into their dark sanctuary. The golden king asks her: “Where have you come from?” “Out of the clefts where gold dwells,” reply’s the serpent. “What is more precious than gold?” asks the golden king “Light!” says the snake. “What is more quickening than Light?” is his next question, “Conversation!” reply’s the wise snake.

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So dear friends, on Monday’s, (even though the Musings will change each week) we can practice the exercise which may be called: ‘RIGHT WORD.’

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And what of this idea of SUMMARY, which we are called to do Every Day? What would it be like to turn our gaze inwards, even if only for five minutes, at the same time every day..? – To carefully ‘take counsel with ourselves’, to test &, review, & form our principles of life, to run thru in thought, our knowledge — or lack of it — to weigh up our worldview, & our life duties; to think over the contents & true purpose of life; to ‘feel genuinely pained by our errors & imperfections’…In a word: We are meant to ‘labor to discover the essential’, the enduring, spiritual essence of life; & to earnestly aim at goals in accord with our highest destiny. For instance asking ourselves: What virtues do I need to acquire, what do I need to work on in myself. This exercise is called: ‘RIGHT EXAMINATION.’

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Beth Knoell

*The ARC (Anthroposophical Resource Center in Atlanta) is inviting you to a Six Basic Exercise Practice Group

Time: weekdays 11am CT / 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Each weekday you are invited to join in a 15 minute practice group focusing on Rudolf Steiner’s foundational exercises.  We begin the time each day with a 5 minute leading thought focusing on one aspect of the practice. We will follow that with a 5 minute period in which we turn off our cameras and practice on our own. After the five minute bell, we take 1-2 minutes to journal about our experience, and end the call with a 3 minute closing thought. Come when you can, and leave when you must.   

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Here is a link to “The Crowning” Sponsored by Anthroposophy Atlanta Lunch & Learn Hosted by Angela Foster & Jordan Walker of Wisdom Working

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26 October 2020 -“Speaking with the Stars”: Asteroid 471 Papagena, currently located in the constellation Cetus the Whale, reaches opposition at 1 am CDT. At that time, the tiny world is high above the southwestern horizon.

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Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY 

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899 – Deathday of Alfred the Great, King of Wessex

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1800 – Birthday of Helmuth von Moltke the Elder – Who Rudolf Steiner calls ‘a Greek Initiate’ – mentioned in his sons post mortem communications.

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1932 – L. Polzer-Hoditz & Marie Brabinek vow in the St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague, to work for the future of German Slavic harmony.

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1883 – Deathday of Eurythmist IIona Suhubert-Polzer

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Dora Maar

POD (Poem Of the Day)

~my words are forged in star-fire
that i may speak the language of earth
a sacrifice on the altar of angels

~hag

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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

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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

(new zoom codes)

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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

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New date, time, zoom codes & Special Guest

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

Don’t Blink

The Second Coming by W.B. Yeats

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born
?’

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GUSTAVE MOREAU

“…Myth is the secret opening
through which the inexhaustible energies
of the cosmos pour
into human cultural manifestation.
Religions, philosophies, arts, the social forms
of primitive and historic man,
prime discoveries in science and technology,
the very dreams that blister sleep,
boil up from the basic, magic ring of myth…
The latest incarnation of Oedipus,
the continued romance of Beauty and the Beast,
stand this afternoon
on the corner of Forty-second Street and Fifth Avenue,
waiting for the traffic light to change
.”
— Joseph Campbell, The Hero’s Journey

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Marc Chagall

Springing up as oral traditions, Myths are living repositories of collective wisdom, social practice, spiritual transformation, ecological awareness, & psychological insight.

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Myth is deep psyche dressed in imaginative cultural garb – a bridge or fabric of story that connects us to the blueprint of our destiny & through it to Heaven & Earth’s innermost workings, which in the end are the same as our own.

Joseph Campbell often pointed out “Myths are metaphors,” ; that symbolize the perennial, archetypal aspects of human experience. But although the underlying themes are eternal, the images that story them are constantly in motion; Deep rumblings sound below the level of collective consciousness, where vibrantly alive mythic images challenge & evolve us like the qualities of existence they image.

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But mythic beings won’t stay locked out or confined to a grid. In a rationalist, de-sacralized world run by money, force, & hardware, they creep in from the margins & ruptures & edges
disguised as symptoms, nightmares, epidemics, political upheavals, works of art, moods of enchantment, & disturbing dreams.

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An education in mythology fills a gap in the hungering soul with nourishing visions, inspiring narratives, & timeless motifs. When properly digested they become food for the heart & therapy for the imagination. They summon us back to the natural terrains from which they originally sprang & to which all things return…

~hag

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Yeachin Tasi

24 October 2019 – “Speaking with the Stars”: Although the Orionid meteor shower peaked a few days ago, you may still catch stray shower meteors after the Moon has set. The shower’s radiant is in Orion the Hunter.

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Beside him are Gemini the Twins, whose brightest stars Castor & Pollux are easy to spot.

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Look for Sirius, with Rigel, close to Orion’s left knee.

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Jean Fogelberg

Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

1260 – Chartres Cathedral is dedicated in the presence of King Louis IX of France

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1601 – Death day of Tycho Brahe, Danish astronomer & alchemist. Rudolf Steiner speaks about him here in Karmic Relationships, Volume IV: Lecture VI: “We were tracing the thread of evolution which enters into the spiritual life of the present time, and we left off with the individuality of Julian the Apostate. I told you that this individuality was next incarnated in one who is only known by legendary accounts, whose secret is contained in the Parsifal legend, in the name of Herzeleide. In this life as Herzeleide, the soul of Julian the Apostate entered into a far deeper inner life. The soul-life of the individuality was deepened, as was indeed necessary after the many storms and inner moods of opposition which he had undergone in his life as Julian the Apostate.

But this later life of which I told you — this life as Herzeleide — spread itself out over the former life as Julian the Apostate like a warm embalming cloud. Thus the soul grew more intense and deep and inward, and grew richer, too, in manifold impulses of the inner life.

Anselm Kiefer 

Now this soul was among those who had carried over something of the ancient Mysteries. Julian had lived within the substance of the ancient Mysteries at a time when their light was still radiant in many ways. Thus he had received into himself much spirituality of the cosmos. All this had been as it were pressed back during the incarnation as Herzeleide; but it was none the less pressing forth in the soul, and thus we find the same individuality again in the 16th century; we find arising in him once more, in a Christianised form, what he had undergone as Julian the Apostate. For the same individuality reappears in the 16th century as Tycho de Brahe, and stands face to face with the Copernican world-conception which emerges within Western civilisation at that time.”

1911 – Orville Wright remains in the air nine minutes & 45 seconds in a Wright Glider at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.

1926 – Harry Houdini’s last performance takes place at the Garrick Theatre in Detroit. Harry Houdini was born Ehrich Weisz on 24 March 1874 in Budapest, Hungary. The son of a Rabbi, he relocated with his family to America in 1876.  By the age of 17 he was known as Harry Houdini & left his family to pursue his career in magic. Booked for a two-week engagement in Detroit at The Garrick Theatre, he arrived in pain, but decided to perform the opening show on October 24th.  With much difficulty he performed, but cut the show short & was admitted to Grace Hospital.  It had been determined that he had a ruptured appendix. Surgery was not enough to spare Houdini’s life & he died on 31 October 1926 from peritonitis.

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1929 – “Black Thursday” stock market crash on the New York Stock Exchange.

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1945 – Founding of the United Nations.

1946 – Deathday of Emil Grosheintz – dentist who had a practice in Basel, was an early anthroposopher, when the society was still connected to the theosophical movement. Rudolf Steiner loved him because of his sacrificial & conscientious work. His professional career as a dentist allowed him to accompany Steiner on many of his lectures. Like a leitmotiv, his life runs through the fact that he was always present as a witness in important moments of anthroposophy.

In 1906, Emil Grosheintz co-founded the Paracelsus branch in Basel. In 1907 he took part in the Munich Congress & became a member of the German section of the Theosophical Society in 1908.

In 1912, during a visit of Rudolf Steiner to his estate in Dornach, Grosheintz decided to make his land on the Dornach hill available for the construction of the first Goetheanum, & organized the purchase & donation of some further eastern plots.

In 1913 he became chairman of the Johannesbauverein. Because of his excellent organizational abilities & his experience, Emil Grosheintz became co-founder of the anthroposophical branch at the Goetheanum on September 12, 1920, & until May 9, 1943, he served as its first chairman &remained honorary chairman until his death

On 24 December 1914, Emil & Nelly Grosheintz-Laval were witnesses at the wedding ceremony of Marie & Rudolf Steiner.

On September 20, 1913, Emil Grosheintz & his wife Nelly Grosheintz-Laval took part in the laying of the foundation stone for the first Goetheanum. In the same year he moved with his wife & the two sons Hansi & Pierre into the Duldeck house designed for him by Rudolf Steiner on the Dornach hill near the Goetheanum.

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1980 – The government of Poland legalizes the Solidarity trade union

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2008 – “Bloody Friday” saw many of the world’s stock exchanges experience the worst declines in their history

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TINA YU

POD (Poem Of the Day)

~Today I AM:
Light behind mist
From the dark vortex of primal fire
Where the 1st light was born
which made the maker of gods & human-kind
Pressing the black world like a blinking eye
Into wakefulness…
~hag

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From Occult History: Lecture 4 
by Rudolf Steiner

During the 16th century, in the year 1546, a remarkable man was born of a noble house of Northern Europe, and in his very cradle, so to speak, everything was laid — including family wealth — that could have led him to positions of great honour in the traditional life of that time. Because, in line with his family traditions, it was intended that he should occupy some eminent political or other high position, he was marked out for the legal profession and sent with a tutor to the University of Leipzig to study jurisprudence. The tutor tormented the boy — for he was still a boy when he was forced to study law — all day long. But at night, while the tutor was sleeping the sleep of the just and dreaming of legal theories, the boy stole out of bed and observed the stars with the very simple instruments he had himself devised. And very soon he knew not only more than any of the teachers about the secrets of the stars but more than was to be found at that time in any book. For example, he very soon noticed a definite position of Saturn and Jupiter in the constellation of Leo, turned to the books and found that they recorded it quite erroneously. The longing then arose in him to acquire as exact a knowledge as possible of this star-script, to record as accurately as possible the course of the stars. No wonder that in spite of all his family’s resistance he soon extracted the permission to become a natural philosopher and astronomer, instead of dreaming his life away over legal books and doctrines. And having considerable means at his disposal, he was able to set up a whole establishment.

This was arranged in a remarkable way. In the upper storeys were instruments designed for observing the secrets of the stars; in the cellars there was equipment for bringing about different combinations and dissolutions of substances. And there he worked, dividing his time between observations carried out on the upper floors of the building and the boiling, fermenting, mixing and weighing which went on in the cellars below. There he worked, in Order to show, little by little, how the laws that are written in the stars, the laws of the planets and fixed stars, the macrocosmic laws, are to be found again microcosmically in the mathematical numbers underlying the combinations and dissolutions of substances. And what he discovered as a living connection between the heavenly and the earthly he applied to the art of medicine, producing medicaments which were the cause of bitter animosity around him because he gave them freely to those he wanted to help. The doctors at that time, intent upon extorting high fees, raged against this man who was accused of perpetrating all sorts of “horrors” with what he endeavoured to bring down from the heavens to the earth.

Fortunately, as the result of a certain happening, he found favour with the Danish King, Frederick the Second, and as long as he retained this favour, all went well: tremendous insight was gained into the spiritual working of cosmic laws in the sense I have just described. This man did indeed know something about the spiritual course of cosmic laws. He dumbfounded the world with things which admittedly would no longer find the same credence to-day. On one Occasion, when he was at Rostock, he prophesied, from the constellation of the stars, the death of the Sultan Soliman, which came true within a few days of the date he had foretold. The news of this made the name of Tycho Brahe famous in Europe. To-day the world at large knows hardly anything more of Tycho Brahe, whose life lies such a short time behind us, than that he was somewhat of a crank and never quite reached the lofty standpoint of modern materialism. He recorded a thousand stars for the first time in the maps of the heavens and also made the epoch-making discovery of a type of star, the “Nova,” which flares up and vanishes again, and described it. But these things are mostly passed over in silence. The world really knows nothing about him except that he was still “stupid” enough to devise a plan of the cosmos in which the earth stands still and the sun together with the planets revolve around it. That is what the world in general knows to-day. The fact that we have to do here with a significant personality of the 16th century, with one who accomplished an infinite amount that even to-day is still useful to astronomy, that untold depths of wisdom are contained in what he gave — none of this is usually recorded, for the simple reason that in presenting the system in detail, out of his own deep knowledge, Tycho Brahe saw difficulties which Copernicus did not see. If such a thing dare be said — for it does indeed seem paradoxical — even with the Copernican cosmic system the last word has not yet been uttered. And the conflict between the two Systems will still occupy the minds of a later humanity. — That, however, only by the way; it is too paradoxical for the present age.

It was only under the successor of the King who had been well-disposed towards him that the enemies of Tycho Brahe arose an all sides. They were doctors and professors at the University of Copenhagen, and they succeeded in inciting the successor of his patron against him. Tycho Brahe was driven from his fatherland and was obliged to go south again. It was in Augsburg that he had originally set up his first great planisphere and the gilded globe on which he always marked the new stars he discovered — finally amounting to a thousand. This man was destined to die in exile in Prague. To this very day, if we turn, not to the usual textbooks, but to the actual sources, and study Kepler, let us say, we can still see that Kepler was able to arrive at his laws because of the meticulous astronomical observations made by Tycho Brahe before him. Here indeed was a personality who again bore the stamp, in a grand style, of what had been great and significant wisdom before his time; one who could not reconcile himself to the kind of knowledge that became popular immediately afterwards in the shape of the materialistic view of the world. Truly it is a strange destiny, this destiny of Tycho Brahe!

And now, placing both personal destinies side by side, think how endlessly instructive it is when we learn from the Akasha Chronicle that the individuality of Julian the Apostate appears again in Tycho Brahe, that Tycho Brahe is, so to say, a reincarnation of Julian the Apostate. Thus strangely and paradoxically does the law of reincarnation take effect when the karmic connection of the single individual are modified by world-historic karma; when the cosmic Powers themselves use the human individuality as their instrument.”

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Dear Friends –
There are many opportunities to Celebrate ‘All Souls’ from various Anthroposophical angles in the Chicagoland area & beyond:


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 + more TBA

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All Souls Election Night Vigil
7 pm – 9 pm CT. Tuesday 3 November 2020

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 (new zoom codes)
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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
3 pm – 5 pm CT Sat. 7 Nov. 2020
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
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