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Autumn Morrison

Project Thought-Seed (Egregore 10:10)

“When I think light, my soul shines,
When my soul shines, the earth is a star,
When the earth is a star, then I am, a true human being”. 
~Herbert Hahn

Dear Friends – Our Good Will becomes a cosmic energy field for healing; actual “Seed ideas in the group mind of humanity”, to co-create our highest intentions for the evolution of humanity – that the Earth may become a Sacred Planet – a Sun – and every Human Being a Star. “What is sown in our highest thought will grow and bear seed.” It only takes the square root of any number of people to create change.

As we shine out from the Earth, Divine Spiritual Beings take notice, we are seen. We become lightning rods for their protection & power. We become super charged catalysts for change. The light that is eternal is the future flowing into the now.

This verse can be an anchor for a group Thought-Form created by our Willed Visualization– to be conceived each day at 10:10 AM, (&/or PM)wherever you are, so it moves like a wave across the globe. Here is the Seeed verse said in reverse:

I am a true human being,
When the Earth is a Star.
The Earth is a Star
When my soul shines.
My soul shines
When I think light.

We must become spiritual warriors, and endeavor to take up the practice of building up positive imaginations on the inner planes as a counterforce to the adversarial forces working in the world. This is a “key-call” to the Spiritual Powers aligned with love and light, to enlist their aid.

See you, dear friends, in the ethers every day 10:10 AM, (&/or PM) (10 is the number of completion, but please don’t worry if you can’t tune in at 10:10, 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)

PLEASE SHARE THE GOOD WORD (& Let me know if you are taking on the project)

“When 2 or more are gathered…”

~hag

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Science Source - The four humours, 16th century artwork

“The ideas, feelings and so on which transform the astral body during a long life will produce a marked change in the etheric body only in the next life. Thus if someone wants to be born in his next life with good habits and inclinations, he must try-to prepare these as much as possible in his astral body. If he makes the effort to do good, he will be born in his next life with the tendency to do good and that will be a characteristic of his etheric body. If he wants to be born with a good memory, he must exercise his memory as much as he can; he must practise looking back over the separate years of his life and over his life as a whole. In this way he will engender in his astral body something which will become a characteristic of his etheric body in his next life — the foundation for a good memory. A man who simply hurries through the world will find in his next life that he cannot stick at anything. But if anyone lives in intimate sympathy with a particular environment, he will be born with a special predilection for everything that reminds him of it.

We can trace the various temperaments, also, back to a previous life, for they are qualities of the etheric body.

The choleric man has a strong will, is bold, courageous, with an urge to action. Alexander the Great, Hannibal, Caesar, Napoleon, for example, were cholerics. This type of character shows itself even in childhood, and a child with this temperament will take the lead in childhood games.

The melancholic man is very much occupied with himself and hence is apt to keep himself to himself. He does a lot of thinking, particularly about the way in which his environment affects him. He withdraws into himself, tends to be suspicious. This temperament, too, is apparent in childhood: a child of this type does not like to display his toys; he is afraid something will be taken away from him and would like to keep everything under lock and key.

The phlegmatic man has no real interest in anything; he is dreamy, inactive, lazy, and seeks sensuous enjoyment.

The sanguine man, on the other hand, gets easily interested in anything but he does not stick to it; his interest quickly fades; he is continually changing his hobbies.

Melancholic temperament: Specifications and lifestyle - Tehran Times

These are the four basic types. Generally a man is a mixture of all four, but we can usually discover the fundamental one. These four temperaments express themselves in the etheric body, and so there are four main types of etheric body. They have differing currents and movements, and these impart a particular basic colour to the astral body. This does not depend on the astral body; it only reveals itself there.

The melancholic temperament is karmically determined if a man in his previous life was compelled to lead a narrow, restricted existence and to be much alone; if he was always preoccupied only with himself and unable to Make much interest in anything else. If, however, a man has learnt a great deal from experience but has also had something of a hard struggle, if he has encountered many things and has not merely looked on at them, he will become a choleric. If, again, he has had a pleasant life without much struggle or toil, or if he saw and passed by many things, but only as an onlooker, all this will work karmically into the etheric body of his next life: he will become a phlegmatic or a sanguine type”. ~Rudolf Steiner, At the Gates of Spiritual Science, LECTURE SEVEN

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November's young moon and December's Jupiter-Saturn conjunction | Tonight |  EarthSky

20 November 2020 – “Speaking with the Stars”: Shortly after sunset, you can observe the two largest planets in the solar system — Jupiter & Saturn — glowing between the Teapot of Sagittarius & the stars of Capricornus in the southwest. The crescent Moon is nearby, shining near the center of the Sea Goat.

Sunrise*: 6:51 P.M.
Sunset: 4:40 P.M.
Moonrise: 12:19 P.M.
Moonset: 10:11 P.M.
Moon Phase: Waxing crescent (36%)

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Laura Summer

 Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day 

The best Anthroposophists are those who take what is said as a stimulus in the first place, and then place it at the service of life, so as to prove it by life itself.” ~Rudolf Steiner, ‘The Mission of the Folk Souls’ lecture 11

 ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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1805 – Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio, premieres in Vienna.

1945 –Trials against 24 Nazi war criminals start at the Palace of Justice at Nuremberg

1962 – Cuban Missile Crisis ends: In response to the Soviet Union agreeing to remove its missiles from Cuba, U.S. President John F. Kennedy ends the quarantine of the Caribbean nation

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1910 – Deathday of Leo Tolstoy, Russian author & playwright

“In 1828, Leo Tolstoy is born in a family of Russian counts about which he himself says that the family immigrated originally from Germany. Then we see Tolstoy losing certain higher goods of life. Hardly he is one and a half years old, he loses the mother, the father in the ninth year. Then he grows up under the care of a relative who is, so to speak, the embodied love, and from her spiritual condition, the marvellous soul condition had to flow in his soul like by itself. However, on the other side, another relative who wants to build up him out of the viewpoints of her circles, out of the conditions of time as they formed in certain circles influences him. She is a person who is completely merged in the outward world activity which later became very odious to Tolstoy and against which he fought so hard. We see this personality striving from the outset to make Tolstoy a person “comme il faut,” a person who could treat his farmers in such a way, as it was necessary in those days, who should receive title, rank, dignity, and medals and should play a suitable role in the society.

Then we see Tolstoy coming to the university; he is a bad student as he absolutely thinks that everything that the professors say at the University of Kazan is nothing worth knowing. Only oriental languages can occupy him. In all other matters, he was not interested. Against it the comparison of a certain chapter of the code of Catherine the Great (1729–1796) with The Spirit of the Laws (1748) by Montesquieu (Charles de Secondat, Baron de M., 1689–1755) attracted him. Then he tries repeatedly to manage his estate, and we see him almost getting around to diving head first into the life of luxury of a man of his circles, diving head first into all possible vices and vanities of life. We see him becoming a gambler, gambling big sums away. However, he has hours within this life over and over again when his own activities disgust him, actually. We see him meeting peers as well as men of letters and leading a life, which he calls a worthless, even perishable one at moments of reflection. However, we also see — and this is important to him who looks with pleasure at the development of the soul where this development manifests in especially typical signs — particular peculiarities appearing with him in the development of his soul which can disclose us already in the earliest youth what is, actually, in this soul.

Thus, it is of immense significance, what a deep impression a certain event makes on Tolstoy at the age of eleven years. A friendly boy once told him that one has made an important discovery, a new invention. One has found — and a teacher has spoken in particular of the fact — that there is no God that this God is only an empty invention of many human beings, an empty picture of thought. Everything that one can know about the impression that this boy’s experience made on Tolstoy shows already how he absorbed it that in him a soul struggled striving for the highest summits of human existence.” ~ Rudolf Steiner, Where and How Does One Find the Spirit? Tolstoy and Carnegie, Berlin, 28th January, 1909

see also Origin and Goal of the Human Being, Lecture V, Theosophy and Tolstoy  

Considera - Developing Agriculture

1976 – Deathday of Lili Kolisko, remembered for her pioneer work in anthroposophy, attending lectures by founder Rudolf Steiner starting in 1914. She developed the Capillary Dynamolisis method (Steigbildmethode), testing the idea that not only the moon, but the other planets as well, have an influence over earthly fluids. To test this, she dissolved metals classically associated to each planet & observed the pictures left by their absorption over a filter paper. She noticed consistent differences of the patterns according to the position of the planets in relation to sun & earth. Lilly Kolisko also worked on the development of a remedy for foot and mouth disease & methods for assessment of food quality from an anthroposophic standpoint. She was married to Dr. Eugen Kolisko.

Lily Kolisko: Workings Of The Stars In Earthly Substances by Allan Balliett

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May we all answer to our highest calling…

Blessings dear friends

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Acrylic Canvas Waxing Crescent Moon Goddess Original with Gold | Etsy
Brandy Cuppler

POD (Poem Of the Day)

~I rise above the waxing crescent moon
Gentling the horns with peat moss & beeswax,
Rounding up to the stars reaching
Beyond numbers that bind minds into boxes –
Let the vultures gobble the sin with the flesh…
Thru me the past flows like blood
Renewed in the heart convulsing –
A formula forthcoming
A blueprint unfolding gold

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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:

Video Conference Details:
Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82715186258
Meeting ID: 827 1518 6258


Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kclU2SSTF

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

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

24 December 2020 – 5 January 2021

International online gathering on the Theme of the Divine Feminine. 

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

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

stay tuned for details

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

Joan’s Epiphany 6 January 2021 ‘What Joan of Arc Calls for Today’ 2 pm – 4 pm CT

In-person at Elderberries Chicago & online

Today on the Birthday of Joan of Arc we welcome special Guest Nancy Poer

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

Social Sculpture: “The Passage” with Luicen Dante Lazar – Eurythmy

Singing & Eurythmy

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The Ancestors Stir

Spooky Halloween art show from Long Island kids | Newsday
Tim Felter

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

Celestial Forces | Questions & Answers | Earth Haven Farm
Bonnie Melvin

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

Biodynamics - Waldorf Watch
Tonya Wright

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

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

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

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

Vanessa Lemen.

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

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

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

All Souls Election Night Vigil

7 pm – 9 pm CT. Tuesday 3 November 2020

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Dusee Aeye

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

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

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

Welcome – Anne Nicholson

Verse – Deborah Rogers

The Art of Goethean Conversation – Hazel Archer-Ginsberg

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

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

Break-Out Session – groups of 3 for 15 minutes

Michael-Star Movement – Lucien + Nancy Melvin + ALL

Singing + Verse – Elizabeth Kelly

In-person at Elderberries Chicago & online

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

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

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

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A.J. Pontarelli

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

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

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Arnold Böcklin

1 November 2020

Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day 

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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Wassily Kandinsky

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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1838 –Birthday of Khedrup Gyatso – 11th Dalai Lama

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Carrie Ann Baade

POD (Poem Of the Day)

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

~hag

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Saturday 7 November 2020,

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

3 pm – 5 pm CT

‘Connections Revealed’

with Lelan Harris, Mary Ruud & Hazel Archer

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

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

Group Eurythmy with Mary Ruud

Break out Sessions

Online hosted by Anne Nicholson on Zoom

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

Hilma af Klint

Dear Friends, my site was down for a few days so I missed sharing this essay on the birthday anniversary 26 October in 1862 of this amazing spiritual artist :

Hilma af Klint was a Swedish artist, mystic, Theosophist turned Anthroposophist, whose work can be understood in the context of the Modernist search for new forms in artistic, spiritual, political, & scientific systems at the beginning of the 20th century. There was a similar interest in spirituality by other artists during this same period, including Wassily Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian, Kasimir Malevitch, & the French Nabis, in which many, like Hilma af Klint, were inspired by the Theosophical Movement. However, the artistic transition to abstract art & the nonfigurative painting of Hilma af Klint came thru her without any contact with these contemporary modern movements. She was truly the first Western ‘Modern Abstract Artist’.

On the Cover: A Portrait of Swedish Painter Hilma af Klint | June 2020 |  Visual Art | Hudson Valley | Chronogram Magazine

The works of Hilma af Klint are deeply esoteric, & her artistic work is a consequence of this.

She became interested in the Theosophy of Madame Blavatsky & the philosophy of Christian Rosenkreutz.

No form can come into objective existence — from the highest to the lowest — before the imaginal ideal of this form — or, as Aristotle would call it, the privation of this form — is called forth. Before an artist paints a picture every feature of it exists already in his imagination; to have enabled us to discern a watch, this particular watch must have existed in its imaginal form in the watchmaker’s mind. So with future men”. (Blavatsky, Isis Unveiled 1:310)

In 1908 she met Rudolf Steiner, the founder of the Anthroposophical Society, who was on a visit to Stockholm.

Steiner introduced her to his own theories regarding the Arts, which had an influence on her paintings later in life. Several years later, in 1920, she met him again at the Goetheanum in Dornach. Between 1921 & 1930 she spent long periods at the Goetheanum.

The Guggenheim Museums and Foundation


Until recently very little was known about Hilma af Klint & her mystical paintings. She was born outside of Stockholm in 1862 to an upper-middle-class family. After the death of her younger sister, an 18-year-old Hilma turned to esoteric spiritual movements like Theosophy & Rosicrucianism, which attempted to reconcile what are usually seen as diametrically opposed belief systems: Christianity & Eastern philosophies commingled, with science & religion reinforcing—instead of contradicting—each other.

She regularly began to host séances to communicate with the dead. All the while she studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm & became an accomplished landscape & portrait artist in her early years. This was her public art & how she earned her living. She was successful & talented enough to graduate from the academy with honors, & the school provided her with a shared studio right in the heart of the city’s art scene. The building also housed a salon, which, later in 1894, exhibited works by up-and-coming artist Edvard Munch.

It was sometime after the death of her sister in 1880, that Hilma af Klint formed a group called “The Five” or “The Friday Group.” This was an occult gathering of women who had ‘spirit world’ leaders, or ‘High Masters,’ called ‘Gregor, Clemens, Ameliel, Ananda & Esther’ among others inspiring their art. According to Hilma, in 1904, Ananda’ told her to begin producing paintings from the Astral Plane. This, she was informed, would follow a period of preparing to mediate a message. Many of Hilma af Klint’s works were the expression of these sessions in which she said she channeled symbolic messages from the Masters.

Hilma af Klint Artworks & Famous Paintings | TheArtStory

The pictures were painted directly through me, without any preliminary drawings and with great force. I had no idea what the paintings were supposed to depict; nevertheless, I worked swiftly and surely, without changing a single brushstroke”.

The Masters tasked the women with a special mission that would ultimately transform the trajectory & very purpose of Hilma af Klint’s life: to convey the spiritual world through painting, & to design a temple to house the resulting works. The other members of the group declined the charge, cautioning that such a prolonged, intense engagement with the spirit realm could lead to madness. But on January 1, 1906, af Klint promised the ‘Master Amaliel‘ that she would undertake this “great commission.”

In 1888 Hilma af Klint joined the Theosophical Society & became interested in the work of Annie Besant & Charles Leadbeater, & read Thought Forms, their ground-breaking book that discussed how thoughts could be seen as colored forms carrying the intent of the sender. She also met Rudolph Steiner & studied his Rosicrucian, Theosophical, & later Anthroposophical teachings, though Steiner was concerned about Hilma af Klint’s involvement with mediumship, warning her to at least take dietary precautions to ensure her health. All of these encounters informed her spiritual development & influenced her esoteric practices.

Group 3 Painting by Hilma af Klint

Hilma af Klint’s early works were direct translations of what she saw on the spiritual plane; later she took charge of interpreting her messages. This evolution in her approach could be considered as the progression of an initiate to that of an advanced pupil or adept who learned how to manage her spiritual teachings. “Mediumship is the opposite of adeptship; the medium is the passive instrument of foreign influences, the adept actively controls himself and all inferior potencies” (Isis Unveiled 2:588).

Hilma af Klint considered the works she produced during her mediumship experiences as a “commission,” the fundamental idea being “to convey knowledge about the unity of all existence, which lies hidden behind the polarized, dual world in which we live” (Hilma af Klint: A Pioneer of Abstraction). Her first painting series of the commission, was called The Temple (1907-1915)

The Universe According to Hilma af Klint | The New Republic

before she started she underwent rituals of purification. For about 10 months, Hilma af Klint prepared for her artistic task by adopting a vegetarian diet & working on her self-discipline. She began “The Paintings for the Temple” in 1906, &, even with several periods of rest (as mandated by the spirit guides), by 1908, she had completed the first 111 pieces in a monumental cycle that would come to encompass 193 works on canvas & paper by 1915. She also kept obsessively detailed notebooks about her working processes with notes & sketches, giving clues to the symbolism & spiritual ideals she embedded in her works. As she noted in her journals, “It was not the case that I was to blindly obey the High Lords of the Mysteries but that I was to imagine that they were always standing by my side.”

Decoding the Spiritual Symbolism of Artist Hilma af Klint | AnOther

Spirals & snails depict the spiral of evolution, & the tendril, as seen in plant growth, represents the consciousness that embodies life & seeks to grow. Inspired by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Theory of Colours (1810) She wrote:  “white is the ‘holiest of all colours’, blue ‘the colour scale of powerful, real nature, the faithful’, and yellow, ‘the splendid colour of light, of the foundation of knowledge’.” Yellow also represents the masculine, blue the feminine, & green the merging of the two. Words & letters also have significance in her work. The letters AO & WU respectively represent spiritual evolution & the duality of spirit & matter. The word avonwener written across the top of one of her paintings means “those who try to shed light on the earthlings” (Hilma af Klint, p. 42).

The Swan Posters and Prints | Posterlounge.co.uk

Many of Hilma af Klint’s paintings (specifically in the Swan series) were the result of her study of polarities, as shown in her use of color, male & female figures, & the dual concepts of above & below (the connection between humanity & the universe), the stages of life, & the evolution humanity.

Paintings for the Temple | Hilma af klint, Art deco posters, Automatic  drawing

The last group of paintings in The Temple series consists of three large paintings that are called altar pieces. They were painted at the end of 1915. These works depict Anthroposophical concepts of spirit descending into matter (involution) & matter ascending into spirit (evolution) — an unending cycle, the universal dimensions of time & space without beginning or end represented by the circle.

Hilma af Klint's Altarpiece, No. 1, Group X – 20x200

The first painting, Altar Piece No. 1, may also depict the teachings of the seven rays as discussed in Blavatsky’s, Isis Unveiled (1:514): “The Rosicrucian theory, that the whole universe is a musical instrument, is the Pythagorean doctrine of the music of the spheres. Sounds and colors are all spiritual numerals; as the seven prismatic rays proceed from one spot in heaven, so the seven powers of nature, each of them a number, are the seven radiations of the Unity, the central, spiritual SUN.”

Hilma af Klint: A timely message from the beyond - Two Coats of Paint

When Hilma af Klint had completed the works for the Temple, the spiritual guidance ended.

File:Hilma af Klint Svanen.jpg - Wikimedia Commons

Following The Temple series, Hilma af Klint’s work became very geometric through the years 1916-1920. At the tail end of the 19th century, a string of scientific developments were radically altering prevailing ideas about the world. Darwin’s evolutionary theories, while not yet entirely accepted in academic circles, matriculated into almost every sphere of popular culture. The discovery of subatomic particles, radioactivity, & the X-ray confirmed for spiritualists that there was, in fact, a godly, invisible realm of existence. Yet there was another compelling reason for Hilma af Klint to seek out these groups. While mainstream art circles were wary of female talent & participation, movements like Theosophy & Anthroposophy were very heavily run by women. These were areas of society where women were leaders. During this time she painted the Parsifal & Atom series, & a set of paintings on the great religions of the world.

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After meeting with Rudolph Steiner again in 1920, Hilma af Klint joined the Anthroposophical society & became immersed in the literature. These teachings influenced her to give up geometric abstraction & she started to paint watercolors. These later works focused on showing the unconscious life of plants in a soft, flowing veil of colors. Her later paintings are significantly smaller in size. She painted among others, a series depicting the stand-points of different religions at various stages in history, as well as representations of the duality between the physical being & its equivalence on an esoteric level. As Hilma af Klint pursued her artistic & esoteric research, we can clearly perceive the inspiration she gathered from the artistic theories developed by the Anthroposophical Society from 1920 onward.

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Through her life, Hilma af Klint would seek to understand the mysteries that she had come in contact with through her work. She produced more than 150 notebooks with her thoughts and studies.

Mjältens kraft by Hilma af Klint on artnet

Hilma af Klint never dared to show her abstract work to her contemporaries. On the recommendation from Rudolf Steiner, her major works, dedicated to the Temple, should not be distributed yet, as that would negatively affect her health. Hilma af Klint drew the conclusion that her time was not yet ready to understand them. More than 1200 paintings & drawings were carefully stored away in her atelier, waiting for the future.

Hilma af Klint – A Beginning Anthroposophical Commentary

Hilma af Klint died in Djursholm, Sweden in 1944, nearly 82 years old, in the aftermath of a traffic accident, having only exhibited her works a handful of times, mainly at spiritual conferences and gatherings. Her works were given in trust to her nephew, requesting that they not be publicly revealed until at least 20 years after her passing.

Hilma af Klint | 100+ ideas on Pinterest in 2020 | hilma af klint,  abstract, abstract art

The world is often not ready to accept what pioneers working on the spiritual plane have discovered in their lifetime, & some things must wait to be revealed. In 1986, 42 years after her death, a small collection of Hilma af Klint’s remarkable paintings were publicly shown in “The Spiritual in Art,” Maurice Tuchman’s ground breaking exhibit held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

HILMA AF KLINT: ARTIST, RESEARCHER, MEDIUM - (KLINT, HILMA AF) Text by  Ernst Peter Fischer, Ylva Hillström, Milena Hoegsberg, Anne Sophie  Joergensen, Caroline Levander, Hedvig Martin, Iris Müller-Westermann, Tim  Rudboeg | Arcana:

It was not until 2013 that the first major exhibition of her work was shown at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm (they rejected her work for many years) The museum curated more than 1000 paintings & 125 notebooks. These works were unpacked from mysterious trunks, some of which had never been opened, & included her thoughts, mediumship experiences, & notes about her paintings.

Rudolf Steiner School NYC doing Eurythmy in honor of Hilma af Klint at the  Guggenheim Museum - YouTube

And of course the 2019 exhibit “Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future,” at the Guggenheim, broke world records for attendance. Anthroposophers even staged a eurythmy flash mob on the spiral stairs to honor her work.

Hilma af Klint - 26 artworks - painting

Hilma af Klint’s last known paintings were completed in 1932. They were visionary maps foretelling the London blitz & the naval battle in the Mediterranean during World War II. On October 9, 1944, she wrote her last journal entry which seems to tell us that her work on earth was done, but would carry on elsewhere: “You have mystery service ahead, and will soon enough realize what is expected of you” (Hilma af Klint: A Pioneer of Abstraction, p. 279)

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31 October, 1 pm – 3 pm CT ​​​​​​​

‘Soul to Soul’ on-line Festival

with the Central Regional Council

& Special Guests

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

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

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

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

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

Eurhythmy Halleluiah

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

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

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

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All Souls Election Night Vigil

7 pm – 9 pm CT. Tuesday 3 November 2020

(new zoom codes)

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

In-person at Elderberries Chicago & online

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

Welcome – Anne Nicholson

Verse – Deborah Rogers

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

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

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

Break-Out Session – groups of 3 for 15 minutes

Michael-Star Movement – Lucien + Nancy Melvin + ALL

Verse – Elizabeth Kelly

In-person at Elderberries Chicago & online

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

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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

Freyja’s Day

October's Planets on Parade: How and When to See Them | Space

2 October 2020 – “Speaking with the Stars”- Regulus was a bit below Venus at dawn.

2020, October 2-3: Moon, Mars Together | When the Curves Line Up

And at sunset, The counterpart to Venus – Mars & Bella Luna make a striking pair. Later in the night, watch as they slowly draw farther apart.

Pin by Captain Ardulafae on Vikingar | Freya goddess, Goddess symbols, Freya

Happy Friday dear friends –

Friday is sacred to the goddess Venus & named after Freyja, Old Norse for “The Lady”. In Norse mythology, she is associated with love, beauty, fertility, sex, war, gold. Freyja is a member of the Vanir, a group of gods associated with health, fertility, wisdom, & the ability to see the future. Many tales tell of her using ‘Seidr’, (pronounced “SAY-der”) = cord, string, web” – a form of pre-Christian Norse magic or shamanism concerned with discerning the course of fate & working within its structure to bring about change, which was done by weaving new events into being.

File:Freyja and the Necklace by James Doyle Penrose, 1890.jpg - Wikimedia  Commons
James Doyle Pemrose

Like Thor with his Hammer called Mjöllnir, Freyja wears the necklace Brísingamen, a brilliant golden torc created by the dwarves, the master craftsmen of the Norse cosmos. The first part of the name Brísingamen is “brísing” – a poetic term for fire or amber, gleaming like the sun – the dwarves that made the necklace were from the Brísinga tribe. The second part, “amen” means necklace of torc or metal.

Freyja and the Dwarves 1908 Patten Wilson | Illustration, Norse, Mythology

Here is the story of how she came to possess Brísingamen:

Being a goddess of beauty, Freya naturally was very fond of glittering adornments, and, of precious jewels. One day, while wandering through Asgard, she came to the borders of Svartalfheim, the underground kingdom of the dwarves. There she was greeted by Dvalin and his three brothers. Little did she know, they had laid a trap for her – they had set up their forge in the opening of a deep, wide, rocky cave and were fashioning the most wonderful necklace of gold that was ever seen. “Do you like it?” said Dvalin, “this is Brisingamen, the Brising Necklace – it is the morning star, the rainbow, the moon and the fruitfulness of earth.”

Beside herself, with the beauty of what lay before her – for it sparkled like fire – she stopped, transfixed, to watch them at their work, until the necklace was finished there in her viewing.

“Will you sell me that necklace for a treasure of silver?” she asked, “for, indeed, I have never seen a fairer one, and I know I cannot live without it!”

“No!” answered the dwarves, “all the silver in the world would not buy from us the Brisingamen!” Stunned and desperate she cried, “Will you sell it to me for a treasure of gold?” “No!” barked the dwarves; “All the gold in the world could not buy it from us!”

Heartbroken, Freya pleaded “Well, is there any treasure in the world for which you would sell me that necklace, for now that I have seen Brisingamen, life without it is not to be endured!”

“Yes!” chimed all four dwarves, “there is a treasure for which we would sell Brisingamen – you can buy it from each of us – that treasure is your love. To each of us you must be wedded for a day and a night – for of such space is a marriage among the Dwarves of Svartalfheim – and then Brisingamen shall be yours.”

Gwent: Brisingamen by Kasia Krzysztofowicz : ImaginaryWitcher
Kasia Krzysztofowicz

Silently and listening to a deep certainty never known to her before, feeling as if in a dream, she said, “Yes! For Brisingamen I will wed even with you!” So, the four dwarfish weddings were held in distant Svartalfheim.

Freya Driving Her Cat Chariot - Triptic Garbed version Digital Art by Dani  Kaulakis
Dani Kaulakis

Freyja, is often depicted in a cloak of falcon feathers, riding a chariot pulled by two cats, accompanied by the boar Hildisvíni. Freyja rules over her heavenly field, Fólkvangr, where she receives half of those who die in battle. The other half go to the god Odin’s hall, Valhalla. Within Fólkvangr lies her hall, Sessrúmnir. Freyja assists other deities by allowing them to use her feathered cloak, in matters of fertility & love.

The Goddess Freyja – Lesson Four Part 2a – The Crow's Fjord

Freyja is attested to in the Poetic Edda, compiled in the 13th century from earlier traditional sources; & in several Sagas of Icelanders; in the short story “Sörla þáttr”; in the poetry of skalds; & on into the modern age in Scandinavian folklore.

Frigg | Wiki | Norse Amino

Freyja & the goddess Frigg ultimately stem from a single goddess common among the Germanic peoples; connecting her to the Valkyries, female battlefield choosers of the slain; & put her relation to other figures in Germanic mythology, including the thrice-burnt & thrice-reborn Gullveig/Heiðr, & the 1st century CE “Isis” of the Suebi. Freyja’s name appears in numerous place names in Scandinavia, with a high concentration in southern Sweden.

Primrose - Cowslip - Primula veris seeds - Select Seeds

Various plants in Scandinavia once bore her name, but it was replaced with the name of the Virgin Mary during the process of Christianization. Cowslips (Primula veris) were traditionally associated with Freya, as was their domestic cousin Primrose (Primula vulgaris). Two old names for the Cowslip flower were “Lady’s Keys” or “Password”, as they could be used to travel magically to her hall, Sessrumnir, & get you in the door.

FREYJA-FREYA-FREJA, Norse Goddes of Love | Norse goddess, Norse goddess of  love, Norse pagan
Dora Keltz

Rural Scandinavians continued to acknowledge Freyja as a supernatural figure into the 19th century, & Freyja inspires various works of art even today.

So dear friends, Perhaps now on Friday’s you may think on her & receive a blessing.

~hag

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Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Mehregān (Persian: Mithra Festival) is a Zoroastrian & Persian festival, celebrated since the Zoroaster era, celebrating the Persian god Mithra (an earlier incarnation of Michael), & to honor the Yazata of “Mehr” which is responsible for friendship, affection & love. It is also widely referred to as Persian Festival of Autumn. Mehrgān was celebrated in an extravagant style at Persepolis. Not only was it the time for harvest, but it was also the time when the taxes were collected. Visitors from different parts of the Persian Empire brought gifts for the king all contributing to a lively festival.

If the gift-giver needed money at a later time, the court would then return twice the gift amount. Kings gave two audiences a year: one audience at Nowruz & another at Mehregān. During the Mehregān celebrations, the king wore a fur robe & gave away all his summer clothes.

Nowadays for this celebration, the participants wear new clothes & set a decorative, colorful table. The sides of the tablecloth are decorated with dry marjoram. A copy of the Khordeh Avesta (“little Avesta”), a mirror & a sormeh-dan (a traditional eyeliner or kohl) are placed on the table together with rosewater, sweets, flowers, vegetables & fruits, especially pomegranates & apples, & nuts such as almonds or pistachios. A few silver coins & lotus seeds are placed in a dish of water scented with marjoram extract.

A burner is also part of the table setting for kondor/loban (frankincense) & espand (seeds of Peganum harmala, Syrian rue) to be thrown on the flames.

At lunch time when the ceremony begins, everyone in the family stands in front of the mirror to pray. Sharbat is drunk & then—as a good omen—sormeh is applied around the eyes. Handfuls of wild marjoram, lotus & sugar plum seeds are thrown over one another’s heads while they embrace one another.

International Day of Non-Violence 2020 is being observed on 2nd October.

The International Day of Non-Violence

Mahatma Gandhi's experiments with food and the lessons we can learn | The  Times of India

1869 – Birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, Indian activist & philosopher – referred to in India as Gandhi Jayanti, a national festival celebrated in India to mark the occasion of the birthday of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the “Father of the Nation”. It is one of the three national holidays of the country

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Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels, Catholics set up altars in honor of guardian angels as early as the 4th Century, & local celebrations of a feast in honor of guardian angels go back to the 11th Century

The Amazing and Forgotten Victory at Molodi

1552 – Conquest of Kazan by Ivan the Terrible, The Grand Prince of Moscow. His conquests transformed Russia into a multiethnic & multicontinental state spanning almost one billion acres. Ivan managed countless changes in the progression from a medieval state to an empire & emerging regional power, & became the first ruler to be crowned as Tsar of All the Russias.

Historic sources present disparate accounts of Ivan’s complex personality: he was described as intelligent & devout, yet given to rages & prone to episodic outbreaks of mental instability, that increased with his age, affecting his reign. In one such outburst, he killed his groomed & chosen heir Ivan Ivanovich. This left the Tsardom to be passed to Ivan’s younger son, the weak & intellectually disabled Feodor Ivanovich.

Ivan’s legacy is complex: he was an able diplomat, a patron of arts & trade, founder of the Moscow Print Yard, Russia’s first publishing house, a leader highly popular among the common people (see Ivan the Terrible in Russian folklore) of Russia, but he is also remembered for his paranoia && arguably harsh treatment of the Russian nobility. The Massacre of Novgorod is regarded as one of the biggest demonstrations of his mental instability & brutality

You Won't Believe How Samuel Adams Recruited Sons of Liberty - Journal of  the American Revolution

1803 – Deathday of Samuel Adams, American philosopher & politician

October 2,1925 – John Logie Baird performs the first test of a working  television system. | London pictures, Baird, Pictures

1925 – John Logie Baird performs the first test of a working television system

Opus Dei - Wikipedia

1928 – The Opus Dei, is founded by Josemaría Escrivá.

The Forgotten Parsley Massacre Still Plagues Dominican-Haitian Relations –  Repeating Islands

1937 – Dominican Republic ‘strongman’ Rafael Trujillo orders the execution of the Haitian population living within the borderlands; approximately 20,000 are killed over the next five days

P. D. Ouspensky - Wikipedia

1947 – Deathday of P. D. Ouspensky, a Russian mathematician & esotericist known for his expositions of the early work of the Greek-Armenian teacher of esoteric doctrine George Gurdjieff, whom he met in Moscow in 1915. He shared the (Gurdjieff) “system” for 25 years in England & the United States, having separated from Gurdjieff in 1924 personally, for reasons he explains in the last chapter of his book In Search of the Miraculous, a recounting of what he learned from Gurdjieff during those years. After Ouspensky broke away from Gurdjieff, he taught the “Fourth Way”, as he understood it, to his independent groups.

Gurdjieff proposed that there are three ways of self-development generally known in esoteric circles. These are the Way of the Fakir, dealing exclusively with the physical body, the Way of the Monk, dealing with the emotions, & the Way of the Yogi, dealing with the mind. What is common about the three ways is that they demand complete seclusion from the world. According to Gurdjieff, there is a Fourth Way which does not demand its followers to abandon the world. The work of self-development takes place right in the midst of ordinary life. Gurdjieff called his system a school of the Fourth Way where a person learns to work in harmony with his physical body, emotions & mind. Ouspensky picked up this idea & continued his own school along this line.

He finally gave up the system in 1947. (“A Record of Meetings”, published posthumously) “you must make a new beginning” after confessing “I’ve left the system”

Marcel Duchamp Finds a Home in Washington D.C.

1968 – Deathday of Marcel Duchamp, French painter & sculptor

1990 – Xiamen Airlines Flight 8301 is hijacked & lands at Guangzhou, where it crashes into two other airliners on the ground, killing 128

1996 – The Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments are signed by U.S. President Bill Clinton

1996 – Aeroperú Flight 603, a Boeing 757, crashes into the Pacific Ocean shortly after takeoff from Lima, Peru, killing 70

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All Souls Festival:

The Connection Between Epidemics, the Souls of the Dead, & the Spiritual World – Leading thoughts by Hazel Archer-Ginsberg.

With Group Eurythmy, Singing & 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.

& On-line (details coming soon)

2 pm – 4 pm CDT Sunday 8 November 2020

from there to here

Exploding the Mithras Myth : Strange Notions

Michael as Mithras

Ahura Mazdah spake to Zarathustra: “When I created Mithras, who possesses the cosmic intelligence, I created him to be as venerable, as praiseworthy as Myself: Ahura Mazda”.

Zarathustra looked into the brilliant light & declared: “Him, the powerful Yazata (= worthy of worship or veneration), the mighty Mithras towering above all creatures, I shall honor Him Who owns the wide fields of the intelligences, Who knows the right sayings, Who is silent,  yet earnest, Who has a thousand ears, Who is fair, Who has ten thousand eyes, Who stands on a broad rampart, Who is mighty and sleepless and vigilant.

Mithras "deo sol invictus" = god of the invincible sun. | Gods and  goddesses, History, Ancient history

Mithras we look to: Him Who owns wide fields of eternity, the vigilant one, Whose dwelling is as wide as the universe. It is built within matter. It is spacious, exposed to no needs, radiant, and offering shelter all around. Eight helpers of Mithras are dwelling as his spies on all the mountains, on all the ramparts. …

Mithras, the owner of wide fields of light, drives around raising His arms for the sake of safety. He guides His fair chariot, able to withstand all dangers and encrested with golden ornaments, to the radiant House of Praise. The chariot is drawn by four white steeds which are immortal and enjoy the nourishment of the spirit. Their front hoofs are fashioned of gold, their hind ones of silver.”

The story of the Roman God, Mithras, is similar to the tale of Jesus Christ  and his resurrection. Born at the winter solstice and re… | Roman gods,  History, Deities

Then are enumerated the hosts accompanying Mithras at the right and left as he descends. The story goes on: In the chariot of Mithras, who owns wide fields of universe, there are a thousand bows…Moving through the air they fly on the head of the Devas. In the chariot of Mithras, who owns wide fields of intelligences, there are a thousand arrows, golden-pointed, furnished with vulture feathers, set with barbs, beautifully fashioned…Moving through the air, they fly on the heads of the Devas. (The same is said of spears, axes, daggers, clubs, and clubs with a hundred studs.)

Ancient World History: Persian Myth

Sorely afraid is the evil-doing Anra Mainyav (=Ahriman) and all the other evil beings. Ahriman shivers in fear declaring: “Let us in no wise expose ourselves to the blows of Mithras, who owns wide fields of light, waxing and working earnest for our despair. Mayest thou not, O Mithras, wax furious and send blows against us, thou, who art the most valiant of the Yazata and ownest wide fields of light.”

– From the Avesta, the primary collection of religious texts of Zoroastrianism.

Zarathustra, Revealing the Sacred Names of Mithras in the fight against Ahriman: “Mayest thou bestow grace upon me, providence and destiny, when I am writing down these first transmitted Mysteries. I am writing them down for my child, Immortality, the Mystic worthy of this our might, which the great God Helios Mithras has given to me at the hands of his Archangel, so that I, an eagle, may enter Heaven and envisage all”. (Then it is said of Mithras:)

Mithras vs Christ

“O Lord, Who hast closed with the spirit-breath the fiery keys of Heaven, thou two-bodied One, reigning over the fire, the light’s creator and guardian, breathing light, invigorated by fire, spirit-radiant, fire-rejoicing, radiantly beauteous, light-dweller, flame-whirler, light-creating, fire-planting, fire-enraged, lightning-swept, light-glorified, light-expanded, light-supporting, star-conqueror: Reveal to me the names that have not been known to mortal nature; the names never pronounced by a human tongue in lucid language, never pronounced by a human sound, or a human voice. Reveal to me the eternally living and reverenced names of you O great servant of Ahura Mazda and of man. – From a Mithras Liturgy of the Avesta.

~adapted by hag

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Mary Gulfleisch

1 October 2020 – “Speaking with the Stars”: The Full Harvest Moon 5:05 pm cdt TODAY! You can watch our beloved satellite clear the horizon & rise in the east just moments after sunset & remain visible in the sky all night. It’s the first of two Full Moons this month — the second -a Blue Moon will occur on All Hallows Eve October 31.

Elongations and Configurations - Solar System Models - NAAP

Mercury reaches greatest eastern elongation (26° from the Sun) at 11 am CDT Today. You can spot the solar system’s smallest planet this evening, in the southwest 30 minutes after sunset, By then, some of the brightest stars should be popping out of the twilight: Arcturus, Vega, Deneb, Altair, and Fomalhaut. Jupiter & Saturn should appear about the same time.

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Harvest Moon - George Heming Mason (1872) in 2020 | Google art project,  Harvest moon, Moon painting
George Mason

“History is a cyclic poem written by time upon the memories of humanity”. ~Percy Bysshe Shelley

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day

286 -Feast Day of Saint Piatus,  a Belgian saint, native of Benevento, Italy, Tradition states that he was ordained by Dionysios the Areopagite. He was martyred under Maximian by having the top of his skull sliced off. He may be recognized in depictions holding the sliced portion of his skull. Some of his relics can be found at Chartres Cathedral

331 BC – Alexander the Great defeats Darius III of Persia in the Battle of Gaugamela

1811 – The first steamboat to sail the Mississippi River arrives in New Orleans

1814 – Opening of the Congress of Vienna, intended to redraw Europe’s political map after the defeat of Napoleon the previous spring

1847 – Birthday of Annie Besant a prominent British socialist, theosophist, women’s rights activist, writer, orator & supporter of Irish & Indian self-rule.

In 1890 Besant met Helena Blavatsky. She became a member of the Theosophical Society & a prominent lecturer. She established the first overseas Lodge of the International Order of Co-Freemasonry, Le Droit Humain. Over the next few years she established lodges in many parts of the British Empire. In 1907 she became president of the Theosophical Society, whose international headquarters were in Adyar, Madras. She also became involved in politics in India, joining the Indian National Congress. When World War I broke out in 1914, she helped launch the Home Rule Leagueto campaign for democracy in India. This led to her election as president of the India National Congress. In the late 1920s, Besant travelled to the United States with her protégé & adopted son Jiddu Krishnamurtiwhom she claimed was the new Messiah & incarnation of Buddha. Krishnamurti rejected these claims in 1929. 

She is thought to be the reincarnation of Giordano Bruno…?

First Thomas Edison Lamp Factory - from Edisonia (1904)

1880 – First electric lamp factory is opened by Thomas Edison

1890 – Yosemite National Park is established by the U.S. Congress

1908 – Ford puts the Model T car on the market at a price of US$825.

From the Archives: The 1910 bombing of the Los Angeles Times - Los Angeles  Times

1910 – Los Angeles Times bombing: by union members belonging to the International Association of Bridge & Structural Iron Workers. The explosion started a fire which killed 21 newspaper employees & injured 100 more.

1918 –  Arab forces under T. E. Lawrence, also known as “Lawrence of Arabia”, capture Damascus

1924 – Birthday of Jimmy Carter, American lieutenant & politician, 39th President of the United States, Nobel Prize laureate

1928 – General Secretary Joseph Stalin of the Soviet Union introduces its First five-year plan, including the creation of “kolkhoz” collective farming systems that stretched over thousands of acres of land & had hundreds of peasants working on them. This essentially destroyed the kulaks as a class, & also brought about the slaughter of millions of farm animals that these peasants would rather kill than give up to the gigantic farms. To meet the goals of the first five-year plan the Soviet Union began using the labor of its growing prisoner population. This disruption led to a famine in Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan as well as areas of the Northern Caucasus.

1957 – First appearance of In God we trust on U.S. paper currency

1961 – The United States Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) is formed, becoming the country’s first centralized military espionage organization

1964 – Japanese Shinkansen (“bullet trains“) begin high-speed rail service from Tokyo to Osaka

1985 – The Israeli Air Force bombs Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) headquarters in Tunis

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Prompt #1642 Visual Prompt of the Week – Riding the Dragon – The Writing  Reader

My POD (Poem Of The Day)

~I looked in
& saw the dragon writhing
In rags of mortality
Spitting the cold fire of fear
Binding & Hardening…
& yet my blood was hot
Pulsing with scintillating sparks
Forged From the sword of the Archai…
Now my tongue flicks flames
Licking the fingers of gods
Knowing I am
Free
~hag

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All Souls Festival:

The Connection Between Epidemics, the Souls of the Dead, & the Spiritual World – Leading thoughts by Hazel Archer-Ginsberg.

With Group Eurythmy, Singing & 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.

& On-line (details coming soon)

2 pm – 4 pm CDT Sunday 8 November 2020