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Vreede’s Star

“The stars bear for us the traces of the Deeds of the Gods which lead
through the Beings of the hierarchies to the frontiers of Divinity
Itself.” ~Elisabeth Vreed

Elisabeth Vreede

Greetings friends – Today in 1943 was the Death day of Elisabeth Vreede.

She was born in Holland, at The Hague, on 16 July 1879. She was the second child of a mother, devoted to charitable work & her father, who was a lawyer,. She was a thoughtful sensitive person, very much her own person. After meeting Rudolf Steiner she
played an important part in the Anthroposophical life in Holland
.

Elisabeth Vreede came into contact with Theosophy in her home growing up. She was interested early on in the starry sky, & while learning French, she read the works of Camille Flammarion, a French astronomer & author. Because of his scientific background, he
approached Spiritism & reincarnation from the viewpoint of the scientific method, writing, “It is by the scientific method alone that we may make progress in the search for truth. Religious
belief must not take the place of impartial analysis. We must be constantly on
our guard against illusions
.”

At the University of Leyden she studied mathematics, astronomy, Sanskrit, & philosophy (especially Hegel). She was also actively involved in student life, founding a boat club & was a council member of the students’ union.

The first meeting with Rudolf Steiner took place early on at the Theosophical Congress in London in 1903. Her parents were also theosophists. Rudolf Steiner made a huge impression on her. A year later at the Congress of the Federation of European Sections of the Theosophical Society at Amsterdam in 1904, she heard a lecture on ‘Mathematics & Occultism’ that Steiner gave. The next European Congress was in 1906, where Steiner held a cycle of 18 lectures.

After receiving her diploma in 1906, she gave instruction at a higher girl’s school in mathematics until 1910. Then she lived in Berlin, worked on her dissertation, while also working as a secretary for Rudolf Steiner. In April 1914, she moved to Dornach to help in the building of the first Goetheanum & was often found there carving wood.

During the War years (1916/17) Elisabeth Vreede broke off from her residence in Dornach in order to work in Berlin as a coworker of Elisabeth Rotten, a Quaker, peace activist & educational progressive, looking after prisoners of war. She was very much aware of the life & sufferings of her contemporaries.

After the War, Rudolf Steiner developed his idea of the threefold social order & she too had an intense interest in this initiative & work. She was the first to bring this idea of a threefold social order to England.

Around 1918, Dr. Vreede began to construct the library & archive at the Goetheanum. Using her own means, she purchased the expensive lecture transcripts as soon as they were typed from notes. In 1920 she moved to Arlesheim, Switzerland, where she had built a little house for herself. It was the second house for which Steiner had given the model in 1919.

In 1924, Steiner appointed her to head the Mathematical-Astronomical Section of the School of Spiritual Science of the recently reestablished Anthroposophical Society, as well as standing in the Vorstand of the general Anthroposophical Society from 1925 to 1935.

Rudolf Steiner saw her in connection with the Platonic stream, & had indicated that she had incarnated earlier than planned in order to meet him on Earth.

Dr. Vreede gave a lecture on 3 January 1926, which was first publish in the Anthroposophical Movement in Vol. 6, Nos. 42 to 46, called The World of the Stars and Human Destiny. In it she addressed the appropriate use of Astrology in our time:

You will now understand to what purpose we have a horoscope, and that it is not there in the first instance for our own sake. You will understand that when a horoscope is made for a person’s satisfaction, there is always a certain amount of egoism connected with it; for he does not possess it for this purpose! And if you take the passages in our literature where Dr. Steiner speaks about Astrology (there are passages in many of the cycles and lectures) you will find how he emphasizes again and again that Astrology must be something social, which pays no attention to the individual but has social aims. In a true Astrology only what is universally human is considered and not the satisfaction of the egoism of the human being. By considering it egoistically, that deed of Michael is undone whereby other beings ought to be saved from plunging into the abyss.

When Dr. Steiner asked the position of the stars at the moment of a birth, it was always with reference to children who lacked one or other of the forces just described. It was then possible to learn from it which of these forces was not there in the right sense; thus it could be gathered what this human soul lacked before birth. And then it might be possible under certain circumstances to find a cure. Here we see how the matter is carried away from what is egoistic and into the social, when such abnormal children may in this way find a cure, which otherwise might perhaps not be possible. But in those children in whom certain forces were not brought in at birth these influences
remain present. …Thus we see how Astrology can be used when it is kept in Michael’s sense, and not in the sense in which it is so often practiced today.”

In 1928 she invited Willi Sucher to come to Dornach & collaborated with him in working out the death asterograms of historical personalities, which was part of his substantial historic research, & which he further worked out in the late 30’s & 40’s, doing the charts & therapeutic research of special needs children in England & Scotland.

In 1935 the separation within the Anthroposophical Society took place & she was expelled from the executive council, her section passed to other leadership. She was excluded, along with her long-time friend & co-member, Dr. Ita Wegman, from Vorstand. She was also cut off from the observatory & archives that she herself helped assemble.

Rudolf Steiner is reputed to have said that Dr. Vreede understood his work more deeply than anyone else.

On the anniversary, in 1943, of Rudolf Steiner’s death, she spoke to the circle of friends & co-workers at the Ida Wegman clinic. They wanted to commemorate not just Rudolf Steiner but the many others who were leading Anthroposophists but were no longer known to most. She spoke in a devoted way about Edith Maryon, who also died in 1924, & Alice Sauerwein. She portrayed Count Keyserlingk & Louis Werbeck, Caroline von Heydebrand & Eugen Kolisko.

At the beginning of May 1943 she spoke once more on the 400th anniversary of the death of Copernicus. At the lecture it was noticed that only by exceptional exertion could she keep herself upright. Just a few days later on 6 May, she had to take to her bed. She had never been ill nor depended on people until that point. Thanks to the devoted care of Frau Schunemann,
she was treated at home until her passing on 31 August 1943 in Ascona.

The Initiative to Rehabilitate Ita Wegman and Elisabeth Vreede was accomplished during the 2018 Annual General Meeting in Dornach. 75 years after her death.

The Spiritual Science of Rudolf Steiner has bequeathed to us a cosmology of Spirit which gives man once again a place within the world-picture and links Heaven and Earth together in unity.
~Elisabeth Vreede

“Fräulein Vreede,” said Rudolf Steiner, “is among those individuals who best understand my lectures.”

Sixty-six years after Elisabeth Vreede’s death, the Ita Wegman Institute published a monograph that bore witness to the greatness of her individuality, a greatness that was evident even when she was confronted their a tragic failure to understand her. The monograph contains many previously unpublished documents.

Rudolf Steiner once said of Elisabeth Vreede: Frl. Dr. Vreede is tirelessly active in bringing anthroposophy into the field of the mathematical sciences….She unites rigorous anthroposophical insight with an outstanding clarity about how anthroposophy should be brought into the various fields of knowledge.

http://www.rsarchive.org/RelAuthors/VreedeElizabeth/Anthro_Astro.php

Matthias Grünewald | John the Baptist (from the Isenheim Altarpiece) |  MutualArt

See here the connections ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day

Feast Day of Joseph of Arimathea & Nicodemus. Rudolf Steiner speaks about these individualities as initiates many times. Here are a few examples: http://www.rsarchive.org/Search.phphttp://wn.rsarchive.org/Lectures/GA103/English/AP1962/19080525p01.html

1528 – Deathday of  Matthias Grünewald a German Renaissance painter of religious works who ignored Renaissance classicism to continue the style of late medieval Central European art into the 16th century. Only ten paintings—several consisting of many panels—& thirty-five drawings survive, all religious, although many others were lost at sea in the Baltic on their way to Sweden as war booty. His largest and most famous work is the Isenheim Altarpiece

1740 – Birthday of Johann Friedrich Oberlin, mystic, philanthropist, social Christian. Rudolf Steiner spoke about him in his lectures on Occult History http://wn.rsarchive.org/GA/GA0126/19101227p01.html

1803 – Meriwether Lewis & William Clark start their expedition to the west

1869 – Deathday of Mary Ward, Irish astronomer & entomologist, killed when she fell under the wheels of an experimental steam car built by her cousins. She was the world’s first person known to be killed by a motor vehicle

1997 – Deathday of Diana, Princess of Wales, her companion Dodi Fayed & driver Henri Paul die in a car crash in Paris

Alina Morozova

With the Sun in my I
See me rise above the crescent Moon
To mingle with the seven stars
Our speaking –
Beyond mechanistic cyphers & spells that bind
A living conversation
Communicating the past & future into today
~hag

So are you coming?

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Join us at the Rudolf Steiner Branch in Chicago 

  • 1st make sure you are registered at https://www.anthroposophy.org/fallconference and have indicated that you will be attending in person at the RSBranch Chicago.
  • Then Register by October 1st with the Chicago Branch using PayPal (this requires that you have a PayPal account of your own).

OR

  • Register and write a check and it mail by October 1st to: Rudolf Steiner Branch, Attn: Jenny Doty 4249 N Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL 60618

OR

Details for the in-person conference:

  • $75 will cover the expenses for facilities, 3 lunches and 3 dinners, snacks, and printing.

You will enjoy a pre-AGM dinner on Thursday Oct. 7 Doors open at 5 pm (AGM starts promptly at 6:3opm CT)
Lunch and Dinner on Fri.and Sat.
and Lunch post-conference on Sunday.
As well as Snacks/Coffee-Tea during the breaks.

  • $40 will cover only the bare expenses – no meals
  • Be a Master Builder Patron for $100 or more, to help pay for the tech costs!

Registration Link

Hey friends, Maybe you didn’t get this far in the post. If you did – Please help support the Anthroposophical Prison Outreach DANCE-A-THON 2021

Greetings kindred souls – This year for the APO fund raiser I plan to hold a Dance-A-Thon & Biodynamic Prep-stir on Friday 24 September 2021 at the Rudolf Steiner Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in America – Chicago

DJ’s TBA – It’s a potluck community gathering, so please bring food & drink to share – Along with your donation to this amazing program.

We also plan to read some poetry from some of the inmates who are working with Anthroposophy!

If you live out of town you can dance in your neck of the woods in solidarity with us. Please show your generous support…

Xox ~hag, hazel@reverseritual.com

Donate here https://secure.anthroposophy.org/…/anth…/campaign.jsp…

Craig Wiggins

Festival Gathering: Tuesday 28 September on the eve of Michaelmas with Rev’s Jeana Lee & Victoria Capon

Potluck at 5:30
Talk at 7pm

At the Rudolf Steiner Branch, 4249 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

Meeting The Dragon With Our Four Fold Being – A talk and collaborative sculptural creation

Bring Food & drink for the potluck & a found objects to help build the dragon!
Then our inspiration can come to life through our collaboration.

Jeana Lee was recently ordained as a priest of the Christian Community Movement for Religious Renewal and sent to the congregation in Chicago.  Previously she taught chemistry and math at Green Meadow Waldorf high school.  She enjoys swimming in the lake and is interested in questions of sin and redemption.

Victoria Capon hails from the east coast and is new to Chicago. Before attending seminary she taught at the Waldorf School of Cape Cod. Now she is happily settling into serving the chicago CC congregation and exploring the Windy City

Poultice

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Always Free:

Here is the recording of our Experiential Festival for St. John’s Tide: ‘The Forerunner & Uriel’

Listen on the ‘I Think Speech’ podcast

Who is this John the Baptist? (continued)

Before JB baptizes Jesus, opening the way for the cosmic Christ, he brings about an opening for many people, preparing them for their roles as disciples of Christ. By baptizing with water, JB brought about an initiatory near death experience, loosening the etheric body, so they could remember their life as a spiritual being. Into this experience of the past, John spoke his mighty admonition:Change your hearts and minds!”

After the dove descended on Jesus & He became the Christ, & John the Baptist said, “He must increase and I must decrease’” JB was in prison until his beheading. Then his role changed from that of the “voice of one calling in the wilderness“, to a more inward voice, heard in the stillness of the soul.

Herod who had made him prisoner is haunted by this inner voice. Herod’s wife is also affected & wants to silence this uncomfortable voice, so she has John the Baptist beheaded.

The spirit, or angel, of John the Baptist, becomes the guardian of the apostles, appearing especially in the “rich young man”, Lazarus continuing his mighty task thru him. It is Lazarus, who undergoes the first initiation in the ‘New Mysteries’, accomplished thru Christ Jesus, achieving the name John. But Instead of being performed in the secret inner sanctum of the temple, as it was in the past, this new initiation was done as an example, out in plain sight. It is not coincidence that they both take on the name John, because Johannes E-O-Ah is a powerful title sounding a high stage of initiation.


Lazarus John, ‘the disciple whom Jesus loved’, is the only one who is able to remain mindful thru the events of Passion Week. He is there in full consciousness on Golgotha at the “Turning Point of Time” with Mary the Mother. And, along with Mary Magdalene, he is able to behold the Risen Christ on Easter Sunday.

Will Corderio

Lazarus John, who we now call St. John the Divine, becomes the writer of the Gospel of St. John, the most spiritual book in the New Testament. He lives a long life, taking Mother Mary with him to the island of Patmos in Greece, where he is able to receive the prophetic vision of the Book of Revelation, with help from John the Baptist & other heavenly sources, bringing us a vision of the future destiny of humankind.

And the voice of John the Baptist can still be heard today, reminding us to, ‘Make Straight the path’.

~hag

28 June 2021– “Speaking with the Stars”: After nightfall, look for the Big Dipper hanging straight down high in the northwest. Its bottom two stars, the Pointers, point lower right toward modest Polaris, the end of the Little Dipper’s handle. ~EarthSky

Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day(RSarchives) 

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY (Rudolf Steiner’s original Calendar of the Soul; The Present Age, Wikipedia)

The Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Latin: Sollemnitas Sacratissimi Cordis Iesu) is a solemnity in the liturgical calendar of the Roman Catholic Church. In the Catholic Church, the month of June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This great feast in the Church is always celebrated on the octave day of Corpus Christi, the feast which celebrates the Body & Blood of Christ. Corpus Christi falls on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday (which itself falls on the Sunday after Pentecost). The following day is the feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, so these two devotions to the hearts of Jesus and Mary are side-by-side on the liturgical calendar.

Feast of Saint Vitus, a Christian saint from Sicily. He died as a martyr during the persecution of Christians by co-ruling Roman Emperors Diocletian & Maximian in 303. Vitus is counted as one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers of medieval Roman Catholicism. Saint Vitus’ Day is celebrated on 28 June on the Gregorian Calendar.

In the late Middle Ages, people in Germany & countries such as Latvia celebrated the feast of Vitus by dancing before his statue. This dancing became popular & the name “Saint Vitus Dance” was given to the neurological disorder Sydenham’s chorea. It also led to Vitus being considered the patron saint of dancers & of actors, comedians, dancers, of entertainers in general a& epileptics. He is also said to protect against lightning strikes, animal attacks & oversleeping.

1712 – Birthday of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Swiss philosopher & polymath

1914 – Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria & his wife Sophie are assassinated in Sarajevo; this is the casus belli of World War I. “…in a Western newspaper of January 1913, the statement appeared that the Archduke Franz Ferdinand was to be murdered in the near future for the well-being of European humanity. What I mean to say is that we may go back as far as the actual murder, but we may also go back to the notice of it that appeared in a Western newspaper in January 1913…That was printed in a so-called occult almanac for 1913; printed, therefore, in the autumn of 1912. Moreover, in the same almanac for 1914, printed in 1913, the same remark was repeated (Note 96) because obviously the attempt on Emperor Franz Josef’s life had miscarried in 1913. When these things are seen more clearly, the connection will someday be discovered that exists between what actually happens externally and what is cooked up by hidden, dark sources. Many will recognize the threads that lead from public life into this or that brotherhood, and how stupid it is for other brotherhoods continually to declare that silence should be maintained regarding certain mystery truths. Such people may be as innocent as children, in spite of the fact that they may be old members of this or that brotherhood of Freemasons which lay claim to secret sources. Nevertheless, they further intensify the obscurity and darkness that is already present among human beings.” ~Rudolf Steiner, The Karma of Vocation

1919 – The Treaty of Versailles is signed, ending the state of war between Germany & the Allies of World War I.

1950 – Korean War: Suspected sympathizers (between as many as 100,000 to 200,000) are executed in the Bodo League massacre.

1950 – Korean War: Packed with its own refugees fleeing Seoul & leaving their 5th Division stranded, South Korean forces blow up the Hangang Bridge in an attempt to slow North Korea’s offensive. The city falls later that day.

1950 – Korean War: North Korean Army conducts the Seoul National University Hospital massacre. Over 900 doctors, nurses, patients & wounded soldiers, were killed. The Korean People’s Army shot or buried the people alive. The civilian victims alone numbered 1900.

1964 – Malcolm X forms the Organization of Afro-American Unity.

1969 – Stonewall riots begin in New York City, marking the start of the Gay Rights Movement.

1973 – Elections are held for the Northern Ireland Assembly, which will lead to power-sharing between unionists & nationalists in Northern Ireland for the first time.

Samantha Vance

POD (Poem Of the day)

~I am the mud
Between the toes of the Beloved…
Make of me a poultice for the healing,
That from our commingling
The lotus may take root –
A strong foundation
For the blossoming…
~hag

art by Zosia Nowak

                                                               Exciting news!
The Rudolf Steiner Branch in Chicago will be one of 6 Hybrid Host Centers
for this years AGM & Conference of the Anthroposophical Society in America!*

There will be a meeting for those who would like to be part of
the Hospitality Committee on Tuesday 29 June 2021,
potluck at 5:30pm – meeting 6:30 – 7:30pm CDT.

Live in the area? Come on by in person 4249 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL. 60618

Think you might want to come in for the confernece & want to help?
Join us on zoom for the meeting

Jenny Doty is the Chair of the Chicago Hosting Committee. You can reach her at jenny.meyer17@gmail.com

Hazel Archer is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: AGM Hosting Meeting
Time: Jun 29, 2021 06:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/7052931041?pwd=NWMxUS9ORWtnWks2T3htdCtWUmlzUT09
Meeting ID: 705 293 1041 – Passcode: Temple

Or Dial by your location – Meeting ID: 705 293 1041 – Passcode: 767319
Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/a961qZZhF

*The AGM & Conference for the Anthroposophical Society in America has traditionally been hosted by the various regions in one place. Last year it was completely vitual. The Central Regional Council has the honor of planning for this year, & we are going to create a hybrid event with the theme:
Building the Temple of the Heart” 7-10 October 2021
There will be 6 HUBS from the Central Region bringing in Rudolf Steiner’s 6 Basic Excersies, as the foundation for our Temple; as well as 6 Hybrid Host Centers around the country to make participation & travel more convenient.

6BE HUBS

  • NOLA – Thinking
  • Austin – Will 
  • Twin Cities- Equanimity/Feeling
  • Northern Michigan – Positivity
  • Ann Arbor- Open-Mindedness
  • Chicago/Youth- Harmony

 6 Hybrid HOST Centers (in person & on-line):

  • North Carolina
  • Portland
  • Sacramento
  • LA
  • NY
  • Chicago

Key-note speakers include: Dr. Michaela Glockler, Michael Lipson, and Brian Gray. Featuring Biography Art, Eurythmy, Speech, Singing…Class Lesson #11, & a grand ‘Pageant’ on Sunday.

More info. coming soon

In Truth & Beauty

Travis Henry

“At the core of Rudolf Steiner’s Threefold Commonwealth is the quality of human relationships. And those relationships have three key facets. One is our capacity to recognize each other as unique spiritually free human beings who showed up on earth at this time with a purpose. Two is to understand that we have to find a way to create social equity in how we create our agreements, including contracts, policies, laws, and governance. Third is to be awake enough to others’ material needs that we find a way to meet those needs not by working for ourselves but rather by working on their behalf.” ~John Bloom https://secure.anthroposophy.org/…/viewOnlineEmail.jsp…

Chart: 4 positions of moon near planets on nearly horizontal line of ecliptic.
EarthSky

30 May 2021 – “Speaking with the Stars”: On the mornings of May 30 to June 2, 2021, watch for the threesome – Bella Luna, Saturn and Jupiter – along the path that the sun and moon travel across your sky. They’ll be visible just before dawn.

O & don’t forget to think outside the box – It’s Mercury Retrograde

The Gospel of St. John -

Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day (RSarchives) The Gospel of St. John, Lecture 10, THE EFFECT OF THE CHRIST IMPULSE WITHIN HUMANKIND. Lecture 11, The Christian Initiation 30 May 1908

Joan of Arc - Maid of Heaven - Joan Burning Postcard | Joan of arc, Saint  joan of arc, St joan

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY (Rudolf Steiner’s orginal Calendar of the Soul, The Present Age magazine, Wikipedia Commons)

I turn to history not for lessons but to confront my experience with the experience of others and to win for myself a sense of responsibility for the state of the human conscience“. ~ Zbigniew Herbert  (Poet) 1924 – 1998

Jeanne dArc by François Nicolas Chifflart on artnet
Jeanne dArc by François Nicolas Chifflart

1431 – Deathday of Joan of Arc, French martyr & saint, burnt at the stake by the British under Duke of Bedford.

1593 – Deathday of Christopher Marlowe, English poet & playwright

Peter the Great (1672 - 1725) Biography - Life of a Tsar of Russia

1672 – Birthday of Peter the Great Czar of Russia.  He led a cultural revolution that replaced some of the traditionalist & medieval political systems with ones that were modern, scientific, based on The Enlightenment.

1778 – Deathday of Voltaire, French philosopher & author. Rudolf Steiner speaks of him as being a former pupil of the mysteries in Karmic Relationships Vol. 2.

1806 – Future U.S. President Andrew Jackson kills Charles Dickinson in a duel

1935 – Deathday of Daniel Nicol Dunlop , a Scottish entrepreneur, founder of the World Power Conference & other associations, a theosophist-turned-anthroposophist. Thought to have been a Templar in a former life. Dunlop saw Rudolf Steiner for the first time when he was still General Secretary of the German Section of the Theosophical Society, both of them expressed their intimate spiritual connection &respect for one another.  Dunlop started the anthroposophical “Human Freedom Group & anthroposophical Summer Schools. In 1928 he organized the first & only World Conference on Anthroposophy & in 1929 he was elected General Secretary of the Anthroposophical Society in Great Britain. He had a deep friendship with Eleanor Merry, who supported his work, especially after the death of his own wife, Eleanor in 1932. As a result of conflicts & power struggles within the General Anthroposophical Society, leading to its splintering in April 1935, Dunlop was expelled together with a number of other leading members. He died shortly afterwards of an appendicitis. Dunlop enlisted the help of fellow anthroposophist Walter Johannes Stein in the hope of founding a World Economic Organization, but his death prevented this.

Ludwig Graf Polzer-Hoditz - Sophia Institute

1936 – Ludwig Polzer-Hoditz resigns from the General Anthroposophical Society on the 1 year anniversary of his friend D.N. Dunlop’s death, in protest after many of his contemporizes were expelled from the Society.

Memorial Day, 1937

1937 – Memorial Day massacre: Chicago police shoot & kill 10 labor demonstrators

1989 –The 33-foot high “Goddess of Democracy” statue is unveiled in Tiananmen Square by student demonstrators

Allegory of Truth and Beauty Painting by Felix Fossey
Allegory of Truth and Beauty by Felix Fossey

A Pentathlon Chant
In Truth & Beauty I Stand
Athena Your Wisdom Lights My way
In Truth & Beauty I stand
Centered In Strength & Purpose
In Truth & Beauty I Stand
To Carry the Torch of Victory!
In Truth & Beauty I Stand
In-between Heaven & Earth I Am
In Truth & Beauty I Stand
Upright & Reverent I Wear the Crown
In Truth & Beauty I Stand
To Carry The Torch of Victory!
~hag

Sophia Community Circle – WEDNESDAY 2 JUNE 2021

We are She – She are We – Embodying Love in Wisdom with Hazel & Ultra-Violet Archer

9:30 am PT / 10:30 am MT / 11:30 am CT / 12:30 pm ET / 5:30 pm GMT / 6:30 pm CET

St. John's Tide | Reverse Ritual

Sunday 27 June 2021 on Zoom 11 am – 12:30 pm PT / 12 – 1:30 pm MT / 1 pm -2:30 pm CT / 2 – 3:30 pm ET / 7 – 8:30 pm London Time / 8 – 9:30 pm CET

St. John the Baptist and Uriel the Archangel of Summer

A Festival for the Rudolf Steiner Branch of Chicago with the Central Regional Councilof the Anthroposophical Society in America.

Metanoia –  Can you hear the voice of conscience? – Make straight the path, for at the fullness of Summer, the light is so bright that it leaves no room for the shadow, a time to remember what St. John said “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” For zoom details contact Cultural Events & Festivals Coordinator Hazel Archer Hazel@reverseritual.com

Foxglove

Julia Khoroshikh

For my dear kindred Nicolette Genier:

At the edge of a moldy wooden fence, on the shady side of that empty lot, in the cracks of the crooked wall…Look – Listen – there Springs from a rosette of lambs tongues – the floppy dock, basal & soft – & the stunning flowers, purple & tall.

Derdire Blazentizen

Watch the elongated dappled bells sway – no wind – it is the fae at play – Flower lips speckled with purple patches – to coax the bees to nectar – Dappled splashes -the fingerprints of elves – the footprints of sylphs. Go you inside the bell – pass under ripe pollen-laden stamens, whose anthers broadcast the fertile dust thru downward trumpeting blossoms – into ears that will to hear the secrets of Venus – who dare to plumb the deep well of riddles, willing to ponder the ringing conundrums of Natura’s etheric Wisdom…

Foxglove flower fairies
Cicely Mary Barker

Folk’s Glove for the fairy folk, elves, healer-witches & foxes –Her corolla apparel – Goblin Gloves – a finger-hood or thimble – Fairy Caps, a bonny bonnet, socks, petticoat, or mittens…Foxesglofa –worn on paws. Fox bells warn the fox of hunters – symbol for Clan Farquharson in Scotland –

Biennial grace, whose flowers show a lion or dragon’s face…Magical, musical, medicinal, poison – Digitalis for the human heart – An overdose gave Bloody Bells or Deadman’s Fingers – “It can either raise the dead, or kill the living.” – slow down or strengthen the beating chambers.

The Letters of Vincent Van Gogh. The pleasure of reading an artist's… | by  Christopher P Jones | Thinksheet | Medium

Vincent knew. van Gogh’s latter days saw many scenes with yellow rays. His seizures & melancholy affected him in so many ways. Digitalis was given for epilepsy in those days. It might explain his quixotic neurological phase.

Portrait of Dr. Gachet.jpg

He painted Dr. Gachet with a pure white foxglove within his gaze. Digoxin toxicity gives many types of malaise. Xanthopsia brings vision thru a purple haze, & haloes around points of light which blaze. Vincent’s enchanting paintings capture us in O so many ways…Just like the foxglove that we have heretofore given thanks & praise…

A gift & a warning from the Guardian of the Threshold – to protect us in life’s maze…

xox

~hag

Find Hercules between 2 bright stars | Tonight | EarthSky

29 May 2021 – “Speaking with the Stars”: Bright Capella sets low in the northwest fairly soon after dark now. That leaves Vega and Arcturus as the brightest stars in the evening sky. Vega shines in the east-northeast. Arcturus is very high toward the south. A third of the way from Arcturus down to Vega, look for the dim semicircle of Corona Borealis and Alphecca. Two thirds of the way from Arcturus to Vega is the dim Keystone of Hercules, now lying almost level. ~earthsky.org

The Spiritual Foundation of Morality: Frandis of Assisi and the Christ  Impulse (Cw 155)

Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day 29 May 1912 = The Spiritual Foundation of Morality – Francis of Assisi and the Mission of Love – GA 155 – By Rudolf Steiner

Sophia Community Circle – WEDNESDAY 2 JUNE 2021

We are She – She are We – Embodying Love in Wisdom with Hazel & Ultra-Violet Archer

9:30 am PT / 10:30 am MT / 11:30 am CT / 12:30 pm ET / 5:30 pm GMT / 6:30 pm CET

St. John's Tide | Reverse Ritual

Sunday 27 June 2021 on Zoom 11 am – 12:30 pm PT / 12 – 1:30 pm MT / 1 pm -2:30 pm CT / 2 – 3:30 pm ET / 7 – 8:30 pm London Time / 8 – 9:30 pm CET

St. John the Baptist and Uriel the Archangel of Summer

A Festival for the Rudolf Steiner Branch of Chicago with the Central Regional Councilof the Anthroposophical Society in America.

Metanoia –  Can you hear the voice of conscience? – Make straight the path, for at the fullness of Summer, the light is so bright that it leaves no room for the shadow, a time to remember what St. John said “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” For zoom details contact Cultural Events & Festivals Coordinator Hazel Archer Hazel@reverseritual.com


Night School session

Sakadawa Full Moon 2020 – Astro Dakini*s
astrodakini

Dear friends – What a powerful session in Night School – permeated with the energies of the eclipse of the Buddha Moon.

I was standing in a vast crater with a group of people dressed in white eurythmy gowns. My friend Johanna, who crossed the Threshold on Whitsun, looking full & vital, was there leading us in the Halleluiah. A strange kind of Light-Being was there singing; & what the tone conveyed to me was the feeling of levity. I knew that since we were in the spiritual world we couldn’t be affected by the lunar eclipse which brings the forces of the dragon into the sub-consciousness of earthly humans. And yet the song was also reminding us that when the solar eclipse comes in June – that will be the time to protect the dead – since the unbridled astral baggage from human & adversarial forces working on earth escapes into the cosmic realms. Those of us in the circle were to learn the song, in order to sing it from earth during the solar eclipse, so that the sound vibration can act as shield deflecting that contagion from those newly in the spiritual realm.

MoonGrahanYoga-1 - AstroUpay.com
Dan Sully

I woke up from the dream at the midpoint of the eclipse of the Buddha Moon around 4:30 am with the thought that the Wesak Festival – the high point of the spiritual year – when Buddha’s forces of enlightenment flow from the higher worlds into the mind of humanity – extends until the next Full Moon in June, therefore these energies will be there helping with the solar eclipse energy that will occur on June 10th at New Moon.

Wesak, which marks the birth, enlightenment & death of Gautama Buddha, is a living event. At the exact moment of the Taurus-Scorpio Full Moon, the Buddha is said to return to earth. We can create an imagination of the Christ standing before the Buddha receiving the wisdom of peace on behalf of all humanity – radiating out this blessing thru-out the earthly realms.

The Buddha known as ‘The great Revealer’, brings a calm clarity of thinking that helps us see the reality of our Oneness. Using dispassion & discernment helps to sweep away all that hinders recognition of this truth. Before we can truly see, we have to free ourselves from the many forms of illusion & desire that veils our sight.

Earth and Sun Energy Original Acrylic Painting Abstract | Etsy
Sue Schlen

A new world is now being conceived – & when the Bulls eye of the soul is opened, the seed of light which was planted on Holy Saturday starts to radiate from the Earth herself. The month of Wesak is a blessing that plays a crucial role in the generation of that light, thru us…

~hag

The sun, the earth, and the moon Painting by Mario Curis
Mario Curis

Here’s the Recording of Sangraal: A Pentecost Pilgrimage with the CRC, as well as other programs for your FREE viewing.

Today’s ‘I think Speech’ podcast

Sun Moon Earth Stars - Folk Art Paintings by Cheryl Bartley
Cheryl Bartley

Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

National Paper Airplane Day

604 – Deathday of St. Augustine of Canterbury

1293 – An earthquake strikes Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan, killing about 30,000

1521 – Luther outlawed. Called for the burning of his books and called for his arrest. Frederick the Wise of Saxony protected Luther by hiding him in Wartburg Castle. Luther worked tirelessly on a complete translation of the Bible into German. Luther answering charges of heresy before the Diet of Worms in 1521.

1805 – Napoléon Bonaparte assumes the title of King of Italy and is crowned with the Iron Crown of Lombardy in Milan Cathedral, the gothic cathedral in Milan.

1828 – Kasper Hauser appears in Nuremberg on Whit Monday “The Child Of Europe”

1830 – The Indian Removal Act is passed by the U.S. Congress; it is signed into law by President Andrew Jackson two days later.

1896 – Nicholas II becomes the last Tsar of Imperial Russia.

1976 – Deathday of German Philosopher Martin Heidegger

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Earl Majeur

POD (Poem Of the Day)
~I have
Fallen face down upon the earth
To gain the powers of the stars

~hag

Sophia Community Circle – WEDNESDAY 2 JUNE 2021

We are She – She are We – Embodying Love in Wisdom with Hazel & Ultra-Violet Archer

9:30 am PT / 10:30 am MT / 11:30 am CT / 12:30 pm ET / 5:30 pm GMT / 6:30 pm CET