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Buddha meets Medusa

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The Buddha (whose name means: *The Awakened One* or *One who Knows*) was born in 563 BC on the Full Moon of May. Traditionally, Buddha’s Birthday is known as ‘Wesak’, the major Buddhist festival of the year. It celebrates the birth, enlightenment & death of the Buddha on one & the same day.

This year we will experience a total lunar eclipse of Buddha’s Moon beginning in the stars of Libra (quickly moving into Scorpio) opposite the Sun in line with the star Algol, Medusa’s forehead in the constellation of Perseus, above Taurus.  Sun & Moon will form a T square relationship with Saturn, still in the stars of Capricorn (Same as during the great conjunction of 2020)

This eclipse will occur in the Descending/South Lunar Node, Cauda Draconis—the tail of the dragon, in the stars of Libra. The lunar nodes are connected to karma & past lives. The descending node carries the unconscious karmic forces & patterns from the past which often appear in life as destructive forces.

In the heavens the constellation most associated with Michael is Libra, the Scales. Libra stands between the cosmic Sophia/Virgo & the Dragon/Scorpio, defending the Sophia against the dragon who seeks to devour the Child she is birthing. This picture comes from the Revelation of John. So, we can see in Libra, the imagination of Michael, holding the sword of truth & the scales of justice, the defender of cosmic intelligence who earnestly awaits our efforts to unite with the redemption of the fallen earthly intelligence.

Libra is the constellation of the threshold in the human being in the region of the hips, the realm of balance, which is the boundary between the upper & lower human being; the threshold into the lower will – the more unconscious realm.

How does Rudolf Steiner speak of eclipses? In ‘Human Questions and Cosmic Answers‘, he describes the lunar eclipse: “…Now the earth comes between the sun and the moon; hence we see the shadow cast upon the moon by the earth. That is the physical explanation. But a spiritual reality is behind the physical fact. When there is an eclipse of the moon, thoughts stream through darkness down upon the earth; and such thoughts have a closer relationship with the subconscious life than with the conscious life of the human being…”

Steiner continues to describe these eclipses as necessary – provided by the higher beings as “safety valves”, as a kind of needed outlet that helps keep cosmic order.

The lunar eclipse exists for the purpose of allowing the evil thoughts which are present in the cosmos to approach those human beings who are desirous of being possessed by them. In matters of this kind people do not, as a rule, act in full consciousness, but the facts are nevertheless real.”

So, we have this picture of the lunar eclipse as allowing the evil thoughts in the cosmos to stream into human beings – taking place in the the dragon’s tail, carrying the untransformed forces from past karma. The Moon is in the stars of Libra, the stars of the powerful being Michael, on the threshold between the higher & lower in us. The Sun is blocked by the earth, standing at the beginning of the stars of Taurus, the constellation of the ‘Word’ in its macrocosmic aspect. Above Taurus in the constellation of Perseus (a Michael figure), is the star Algol, which is eye or forehead of Medusa, a beautiful gorgon maiden who became a dark creature, with serpents for hair, whose gaze turned all who looked upon her to stone.

In one story Medusa was the mother of Pegasus when she was a beautiful maiden. In another version it is told that from her decapitation by Perseus, Pegasus arose from her blood. In either case, there is this fascinating relationship between the gaze that turns all things to stone – a type of a thinking that kills living thought – & the winged intelligence of Pegasus.

Algol, in astronomy, is a binary star- two stars that rotate around each other, one larger & brighter than the other, so that it appears to “wink” in the sky, going brighter then dimmer in a cycle lasting about 3 days. This has been called the Winking Demon. Its name Algol, comes from the Arabic, Al Ghul which literally means: a mischief-maker, but later came to mean the Demon’s Head. The Hebrews knew it as “Rosh ha Satan”, Satan’s Head. The Chinese name for Algol meant “piled up corpses” It has been viewed by astrologers throughout history as the most evil & dangerous star in the heavens, often associated with violence, brutality & sudden death or murder. (Star Names: Their Lore and Meaning, Richard Hinckley Allen)

To add to this Saturn’s stand at a 90-degree square during the eclipse, creating the bottom line of the T. This square aspect is a Martian aspect of war,  confrontation, aggression, as well as materialism.

Saturn is the bearer of world karma, the memory of all the past, & how it must be taken up. It is the realm of the Father, the will of the Divine Plan for evolution, from which we have wandered, but which must be reckoned with, which is the purpose of karma, to bring us again in line with our higher plan, both as world & individual karma.

So, at this precise moment the Moon, Earth & Sun line up in a lunar eclipse in a square with Saturn in Capricorn, where it was at the Great Conjunction of 2020, the constellation of initiation & catharsis.

Here we have a cosmic statement to humanity. We are being challenged by this word: “Come to terms with the consequences of the past, the descent into materialism, the darkness and destruction that have resulted from our failure to awaken to the spiritual realities!” This word rings out in many manifestations which are clearly visible in our world today.

The binary demon star & the darkened Moon in the stars of the threshold, are in a square, a confrontation with world karma. Without anthroposophy & the knowledge of Michael – Sophia – Christ, this is a dark & violent configuration. But by Being forewarned we are forearmed. We can consciously meet this eclipse so that the new thinking, the living winged intelligence can be born. This can lead to inspiration & christened thoughts that can meet the dark will impulses streaming in. If this is done even by only a few, it will have power over the many who seek the darkness.

In the Gospel of John, Chapters 15 – 16, Christ is speaking to his disciples at the last supper about the promise of the coming of the Holy Spirit; about the suffering & attacks that will come, & how he must leave them so that the Holy Spirit can descend – so that they can experience the Christ within themselves. “In the world you have much hardship and tribulation, but take courage, I AM has overcome the world.”

We are in the 40 days between Easter & Ascension when the risen Christ gave the Disciples His most esoteric teachings, to make them ready to receive the awakening of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.

We can enkindle the purifying fire of the Holy Spirit & bring that light into the night of this eclipse. We can read Chapter 16 of John & meditate on the ever present help of Michael.

And we can remember that The Full Moon in May is a mystically auspicious time – This ‘Buddha Moon’ is considered to be the greatest moment of spiritual contact for the entire year. Great polarities are said to be synthesized & consequently united at this festival. Hope is revived in the world, & great seeds of beauty, truth, & goodness are planted within us — qualities needed for the unity of humankind.

The Wesak Festival provides us each year with a reception of the tools of love & wisdom, to fulfill this ancient prophecy. What all the higher beings have done, we can do also, taking up our responsibility as the 10th hierarchy to radiate the Christ Impulse out to all the kingdoms of Earth – becoming like little suns – emanating rays from the very core of our “I”, through the vehicle of our bodies, from our purified hearts, & specifically from our forehead, where our third eye is located. This is the Bulls Eye of Taurus – to reclaim the Sun of May & redeem the winking demon in the mystery of transformatation.

~hag

With thanks to Astrosopher Jonathan Hilton for his many insights quoted here. astrosophy.com

May 15-16, 2022 Lunar Eclipse - coverage map

Visit Timeanddate.com to get an exact timing of the eclipse from your location.

EVENTUTC TIMETIME IN CHICAGO*VISIBLE IN CHICAGO
Penumbral Eclipse beginsMay 16 at 01:32:05May 15 at 8:32:05 pmYes
Partial Eclipse beginsMay 16 at 02:27:52May 15 at 9:27:52 pmYes
Full Eclipse beginsMay 16 at 03:29:03May 15 at 10:29:03 pmYes
Maximum EclipseMay 16 at 04:11:28May 15 at 11:11:28 pmYes
Full Eclipse endsMay 16 at 04:53:55May 15 at 11:53:55 pmYes
Partial Eclipse endsMay 16 at 05:55:07May 16 at 12:55:07 amYes
Penumbral Eclipse endsMay 16 at 06:50:49May 16 at 1:50:49 amYes
The Moon is above the horizon during this eclipse, so the entire eclipse is visible in Chicago

Visit Timeanddate.com to get an exact timing of the eclipse from your location.

Laura Summer

RUDOLF STEINER’S CALENDAR OF THE SOUL
translated (with added titles) by Roy Sadler
EASTERTIDE V
The Resurrection of the Soul
v5

In light, whose fertile weaving
from depth of spirit into blossoming
reveals the beauty of the gods’ creating,
the being of the soul is shining, widening,
enlivened in the presence of the world
and resurrected
from narrow selfhood’s inner power.

Karl König describes this as the voice of the Tenor,
uniting with the spirit through the senses.
It is part of the Light quartet.
The mirror verse is the voice of the Alto,
intuitive love at the full moon in Leo
(Rudolf Steiner’s birthday week).
LENT III
The Light’s Awakening Of Love
v48

In light, whose flowing from the heights
would be the world’s empowering of soul,
let shine the certainty of cosmic thought
that solves soul riddles
and focusing its radiant power
in human hearts
awakens love.

The opposite verse is the voice of the Soprano,
the inspired will for the spirit’s birth.
ALL HALLOWTIDE II
The Ripening Of Creative Powers
v31

The light from spirit depths
strives outwards like the sun,
becomes life’s strength of will
and shines in senses’ dullness
to free the forces
that ripen creative powers
in human work the soul initiates.

The mirror of this is the voice of the Baritone,
incarnating spirit with imaginative power.
AUTUMN PRELUDE II
The Ripening Of Self
v22

The cosmic light 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.

Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day (god bless the RSarchives)

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY (Sourced from RSarchives, Wikilinks, astronomy.com)

According to T.H. Myer & the ‘Present Age’ TODAY in 1922 – there was a ‘Nationalist’ assault on Rudolf Steiner as he was giving a public lecture in Munich.

Yoram Raanan

Announcing an exciting Event on Ascension Thursday, May 26th   7 – 8:30 pm Eastern time.

Climbing Jacob’s Ladder – Celebrating the Festival of Ascension with Hazel Archer-Ginsberg

“In heavy clouds let Him ascend
And so also let Him downward tread.
In cooling streams let Him be sent,
In flames of fire blaze His descent,
In air & essence, sound & dew
To permeate our whole earth thru” ~Novalis

Ascension is a Festival of the Elements, & of the Hierarchies, it relates to the Transfiguration & the fulfillment of the promise of the ‘Second Coming’. Together we will explore the mystery of ‘As Above so Below’.

            Hazel Archer-Ginsberg is a trans-denominational minister, essayist, lecturer, performer, and poet. She writes and curates ‘Reverse Ritual, Understanding Anthroposophy Through the Rhythms of the Year’ and the ‘I Think Speech’ podcast. Hazel’s been the Cultural Events and Festivals Coordinator for the Rudolf Steiner Branch in Chicago for over 10 years. She is a member of the Central Regional Council, the School for Spiritual Science, the Esoteric Youth Circle, and the General Council of the Anthroposophical Society in America.

                  Register by contacting Diane McGary, mcgary.family@comcast.net, by Sunday, May 22nd. You will receive an email with the zoom link on Tuesday May 24.

Hope to see you there!! – YES! Please feel free to spread the word!

Yours, Diane McGary, mcgary.family@comcast.net, for the the Eastern Region

A Whitsun Festival of United Soul Endeavor & Spirit Community

with the Eastern, Central and Western Regional Councils of the Anthroposophical Society in America

Sunday 29 May 2022 – 3 – 4:30 pm PT, 4-5:30 MT, 5-6:30 pm CT, 6-7:30 pm ET

We will be working with Rudolf Steiner’s THE FIFTH GOSPEL GA 148, Lecture II, 2 October 1913, Oslo

The Whitsun Festival highlights one of the greatest challenges of being human: placing our individual gifts, our individual “I”, in right relationship within the social realm. This challenge is strongly felt during this time of the consciousness soul age. Our groups striving to know Spiritual Science must work together as a community, to have the possibility to create this type of culture, and the opportunity is here for each of us to meet, human to human, where a sacrament is possible in every encounter. Our individual strength comes from our personal development and is enhanced by weaving our gifts together with others, knitting our social world in conscious community.

For more info. contact Hazel@ReverseRitual.com

Topic: All Regions Whitsun

Time: May 29, 2022 05:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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The Holy Grail Study Group with the CRC
Mysteries of the Holy Grail – from Arthur and Parzival to Modern Initiation
June 1, 2022 – 7:15 pm Central (8:15 pm Eastern)
“Anyone who approaches these mysteries today must feel that they are confronting and challenging themselves by striving for the virtues of Parzival, while knowing that — because of modern conditions — they are in fact someone else also, the wounded Amfortas. Today we bear this divided nature within us: aspiring Parzival, wounded Amfortas. That is what self-knowledge must lead us to feel. From this recognition will flow the forces which make a unity again of this duality, and will thus advance us a little further in world evolution.”~ from Chapter 15,  Rudolf Steiner, The Mysteries of the Holy GrailChapter 15 “Acknowledging Amfortas,” excerpts from Steiner’s lecture given at Berlin on 7 February 1913 (GA 144, lecture IV), will be the focus of the June 1 meeting.

A transcript of the entire lecture can be found on the RS Archive by clicking this link. Please consider giving to the development and maintenance of the digital library of Rudolf Steiner’s work.  Scroll to the bottom of this message to read more about the RSArchive.org and SteinerLibrary.org
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This collection of lectures has been republished by Rudolf Steiner Press under the title: “The Mysteries of the Holy Grail — from Arthur and Parzival to Modern Initiation.”  The book was compiled and edited by Matthew Barton, published by Rudolf Steiner Press in 2010.

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There is a knighthood of the 21st century
whose riders do not ride through the darkness
of physical forests as of old,
but through the forest of darkened minds.
They are armed with a spiritual armor
and an inner sun makes them radiant.
Out of them shines healing,
healing that flows from the knowledge
of the human being as a spiritual being.
They must create inner order, inner justice,
peace and conviction in the darkness
of our time. ~Karl Konig

Agenda for this meeting (CST)
 7:15  Welcome and Introductions        
7:18  Verse
7:25  Study led by volunteers
Note: CRC team will ID volunteers
          Mariarosa – pages 117-123b
          Marianne – pages 123b-129
7:50  Conversation
8:25   ID volunteers for next meeting
8:28  Close with verse

Retro Messenger

10 May 2022 – “Speaking with the Stars”: Mercury (occult Venus) stands stationary against the background stars of Taurus today, then the Messehger of Love & Healingwill begin moving retrograde, continuing this “backwards” motion until its next standstill late on June 2.

Mercury has been pulling away from the Pleiades, it stands roughly equal with Aldebaran in the Northwest. Catch your last few looks at the planet now; by the 21st, it will reach inferior conjunction with the Sun and remain out of sight until June.

Look also for Comet C/2021 O3 (PANSTARRS), still high an hour after sunset. Although it is now fading, the comet is still relatively easy-to-find above Mirfak, Perseus’ 2nd-magnitude alpha star.

Sunrise: 5:50 A.M.
Sunset: 8:04 P.M.
Moonrise: 2:01 P.M.

John william waterhouse

~i awake
to walk in a wonder
of flowers & sweet smelling herbs…
i am
lifted from the fretful earth
as green life lifts clods of dirt to the sky…
the sun pours
its grace upon my head
its luster an oil falling from a red jar
to meet the water of my skin…
~hag

‘Let Freedom Ring – Reclaiming the Wisdom of Columbia – Folk Soul of America’.

For the Greater Washington Branch of the Anthroposophical Society

A zoom presentation with Hazel Archer-Ginsberg, Featuring Chekov Master Teacher Lisa Dalton, & Eurythmist Maria Ver Eecke – With poems read by Richard Swerling, Desmond Clark & Lark Bergwin-Anderson

Saturday 14 May 2022

1 pm ET – 2:30 pm Eastern Time, NOON Central

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Hazel Archer-Ginsberg – Founder of Reverse Ritual: Understanding Anthroposophy through the Rhythms of the Year & theI Think Speech’ Podcast. Trans-denominational Minister, Essayist, Lecturer, Poet, Anthroposopher – working as the Cultural Events & Festivals Coordinator of the Chicago Rudolf Steiner Branch, & as the Central Regional Council representative on the General Council of the Anthroposophical Society in America. Past Video Recordings

Emailasgwb.dc@gmail.com with any questions

Yoram Raanan

Announcing an exciting Event on Ascension Thursday, May 26th   7 – 8:30 pm Eastern time.

Climbing Jacob’s Ladder – Celebrating the Festival of Ascension with Hazel Archer-Ginsberg

“In heavy clouds let Him ascend
And so also let Him downward tread.
In cooling streams let Him be sent,
In flames of fire blaze His descent,
In air & essence, sound & dew
To permeate our whole earth thru” ~Novalis

Ascension is a Festival of the Elements, & of the Hierarchies, it relates to the Transfiguration & the fulfillment of the promise of the ‘Second Coming’. Together we will explore the mystery of ‘As Above so Below’.

            Hazel Archer-Ginsberg is a trans-denominational minister, essayist, lecturer, performer, and poet. She writes and curates ‘Reverse Ritual, Understanding Anthroposophy Through the Rhythms of the Year’ and the ‘I Think Speech’ podcast. Hazel’s been the Cultural Events and Festivals Coordinator for the Rudolf Steiner Branch in Chicago for over 10 years. She is a member of the Central Regional Council, the School for Spiritual Science, the Esoteric Youth Circle, and the General Council of the Anthroposophical Society in America.

                  Register by contacting Diane McGary, mcgary.family@comcast.net, by Sunday, May 22nd. You will receive an email with the zoom link on Tuesday May 24.

Hope to see you there!!

YES! Please feel free to spread the word!

Yours,

Diane McGary, mcgary.family@comcast.net, for the the Eastern Region

The Holy Grail Study Group with the CRC
Mysteries of the Holy Grail – from Arthur and Parzival to Modern Initiation
June 1, 2022 – 7:15 pm Central (8:15 pm Eastern)
“Anyone who approaches these mysteries today must feel that they are confronting and challenging themselves by striving for the virtues of Parzival, while knowing that — because of modern conditions — they are in fact someone else also, the wounded Amfortas. Today we bear this divided nature within us: aspiring Parzival, wounded Amfortas. That is what self-knowledge must lead us to feel. From this recognition will flow the forces which make a unity again of this duality, and will thus advance us a little further in world evolution.”~ from Chapter 15,  Rudolf Steiner, The Mysteries of the Holy GrailChapter 15 “Acknowledging Amfortas,” excerpts from Steiner’s lecture given at Berlin on 7 February 1913 (GA 144, lecture IV), will be the focus of the June 1 meeting.

A transcript of the entire lecture can be found on the RS Archive by clicking this link. Please consider giving to the development and maintenance of the digital library of Rudolf Steiner’s work.  Scroll to the bottom of this message to read more about the RSArchive.org and SteinerLibrary.org
The Central Regional Council of the Anthroposophical Society in America invites you to join our ongoing  study conversation.  The study has been divided among two 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: “The Mysteries of the Holy Grail — from Arthur and Parzival to Modern Initiation.”  The book was compiled and edited by Matthew Barton, published by Rudolf Steiner Press in 2010.

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

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There is a knighthood of the 21st century
whose riders do not ride through the darkness
of physical forests as of old,
but through the forest of darkened minds.
They are armed with a spiritual armor
and an inner sun makes them radiant.
Out of them shines healing,
healing that flows from the knowledge
of the human being as a spiritual being.
They must create inner order, inner justice,
peace and conviction in the darkness
of our time. ~Karl Konig

Agenda for this meeting (CST)
 7:15  Welcome and Introductions        
7:18  Verse
7:25  Study led by volunteers
Note: CRC team will ID volunteers
          Mariarosa – pages 117-123b
          Marianne – pages 123b-129
7:50  Conversation
8:25   ID volunteers for next meeting
8:28  Close with verse

What is the Veil?

Within the aura of the Solar Eclipse energy on this Walpurgisnacht – what is being revealed to me more & more as the distillation process continues from the Sophia Rising Convergence is that: The unveiling of the New Isis-Sophia is not an abstract concept – it is not some convenient pet phrase to be bantered about without doing the work. We have to live it.

We have to be willing to pull back the curtain – to reveal the Wizard of Oz – who is, after all, a human being just like us. We don’t have to pretend we are all powerful & have all the answers, or think that we are unworthy to lift the veil. It is enough to be like Johannes in the Mystery Dramas, or like Faust – ever stumbling & striving to live in freedom & in Love.

Naming the forces that seek to divide us, that work to keep us in the dark, breaks the spell of concealment in which the adversarial powers lurk. If we use the courage of Michael to lift our own veil, allowing the vulnerability we seek to hide to become transparent, we are more able to do the practical work of revealing our karma & destiny, opening the way to healing & growth for ourselves & in the Social Sphere.

Sharing provides a valuable teaching moment. Putting our process into words helps us see what is working behind our own biographies & also provides an example to others that says yes, we are all in the same boat, the life boat of humanity & we can work together to keep it a-float when we have honest constructive communication. And of course I realize that this meeting of the other has to be done with consent & met in freedom when the time is ripe, it cannot be imposed or one-sided, & that takes patience on my part, which I am still learning to practice.

Janet Morgan

Naming the helpers, the times when our higher self is shining, as well as the hindrances that appear as obstacles on our path, makes conscious what is often kept behind the veil.  When we employ the courage of Michael, to pierce thru that veil of shame, that veil hiding our true Self, that veil of protection, we can access the wisdom of the Sophia, & thru the Being of Love we can become the Parzival on a quest for the Holy Grail which is the unveiling of our true destiny.  

I am feeling the need to take the digesting deeper, but 1st I want to acknowledge the initiator of the spark that set many hearts ablaze for the Sophia – How the impulse that was living in so many of us was ignited by one person’s initiative. Laura Scappaticci had the idea to invite folks to announce a conversation theme for each of the lunch tables, during the AGM in 2019. She then casually put out the word that anyone who was interested could come to a Lunch table with the intention to talk about The Sophia – and before we knew it we had to add another table then more chairs & then more, for the 40 folks who answered the call. That impulse became The Sophia Circle, where a group of us met on zoom all thru the corona-crisis, taking turns sharing our Sophia Biographies; which then morphed into the Sophia Community Circle monthly webinar sharing, which went on for a year – all leading up to our Sophia Rising Convergence.  I am so grateful for Laura’s initiative which lives on in each of us. This feels like only the beginning of this work which will continue to be unveiled & blossom forth in the world.

Before I leave off, I wanted to mention how powerful it was to have such a presence of the arts there in Santa Fe. Besides the ArtActs that we wove into everyday, there was a collage and card-making room filled with delightful scraps to work with. We were left free to decorate the notebooks which every participant was given, or make cards for the Prison Outreach Program. In that room there was also an Art Dispersal hosted by Free Columbia, organized by Patricia Homan Lynch; & an Altar made by Applied Anthroposophy coordinators Jordan Walker & Angela Foster, featuring a ‘Honey Clock’.

The podium became our Nature Altar which folks added to all weekend. And the Hotel Library was our official ‘Sanctuary Room’, a quiet space perfect for meditation, & contemplation. I also spent a lot of time in the exhibitor’s room, where John-Scott Legg had the SteinerBooks set up. The evocative cover art by Eyahnna DalBo was part of the silent auction & went home with many Art Dispersal paintings to loving homes.    

It was an honor to be part of the ASA team working with our new Programs Director Tess Parker who seamlessly took up the mantel of Laura’s work & has made it uniquely her own – these kinds of meaningful events are serving the members in a deep impactful way – as well as opening the Anthroposophical Society to a whole new generation of Michaelites. What a delight to be with so many young people whose insights always enlighten me. I look forward to future Convergences with the Sophia & with all of you…

Thanks to everyone who have been participating in this debriefing conversation, the research & unveiling continues…

~hag

30 April 2022 “Speaking with the Stars”: From Human Questions Cosmic Answers by Rudolf Steiner: “An eclipse of the sun is due to the fact that the moon comes between the sun and the earth, cutting off the rays of the sun.

At the time of a solar eclipse, for instance, something totally different takes place in the part of the earth affected from what is happening when there is no eclipse. When we know that on the one hand the rays of the sun penetrate down to the earth and on the other hand the forces or rays of will stream out to meet the sun.  At an eclipse, these forces radiate into the darkness, and there ensues a period of time, short though it may be, in which all that is of the nature of will upon the earth flows out into universal space in an abnormal way. It is different altogether from what takes place when there is no eclipse. Ordinarily, the physical sunlight unites with the radiations of will streaming towards it. When there is an eclipse, the forces of will flow unhindered into cosmic space.

The old initiates knew these things. They saw that at such a moment all the unbridled impulses and instincts of humanity surge out into the cosmos. And they gave their pupils the following explanation. They said: Under normal conditions the evil impulses of will which are sent out into the cosmos by human beings are, as it were, burned up and consumed by the rays of the sun, so that they can injure only man himself, but can do no universal harm. When, however, there is an eclipse of the sun, opportunity is given for the evil which is willed on earth to spread over the cosmos. An eclipse is a physical event behind which there lies a significant spiritual reality.”

Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day 

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Margarita in Faust, by Fritz Roeber

Walpurgis Night, In Germanic folklore Walpurgisnacht, also called Hexennacht, literally “Witches’ Night” – the eve of the feast day of Saint Walpurga, an 8th-century abbess in Francia.  In Goethe’s Faust we see 2 scenes: ‘Romantic Walpurgis Night’ the night of a witches’ meeting on the Brocken, the highest peak in the Harz Mountains, a range of wooded hills in central Germany; and later in Part 2 a ‘Classical Walpurgis Night’ is featured.

65 – Seneca, teacher of Nero, murdered

1789 – On the balcony of Federal Hall on Wall Street in New York City, George Washington takes the oath of office to become the first elected President of the United States.

1812 – Birthday of the enigmatic Kaspar Hauser

1877 – Birthday of Alice B. Toklas, an American-born member of the Parisian avant-garde of the early 20th century. Life partner of American writer Gertrude Stein

1885 – The Niagara Reservation becomes New York’s first state park, ensuring that Niagara Falls will not be devoted solely to industrial & commercial use

1939 – The 1939-40 New York World’s Fair opens

1945 – Adolf Hitler commits suicide

1963 – The Bristol Bus Boycott is held to protest the Company’s refusal to employ Black or Asian bus crews, drawing national attention to racial discrimination in the United Kingdom

This is the Eve of Beltane or May Day. Beltane, the old Celtic name for May Day, means bright fire or fire of Bel, the name of the Solar force, whose feast marks the beginning of the 2nd half of the year.

Wood from 9 sacred trees is gathered, & the great Bel-fire is built & ritualistically ignited by the High priestess or Arch-Druid. People would jump these ‘need-fires’ for fertility, healing & protection.

Torches lit from it were carried home to re-light the hearth fires. The folk would walk their animals in-between them to ensure a productive season – this is the mating season after all for man & beast.

There were other May Day customs, like walking the circuit of one’s property, repairing fences & boundary markers, processions of all kinds, archery tournaments, Morris dances, sword play, & of course making merry with music & drinking.

May morning is a time when the veil between the worlds can easily be pushed aside; but instead of the spirits coming into our realm from the other side, which is the case with Halloween, the polar opposite of Mayday on the wheel of the year -the fairies can enchant us over into their mystical realms.

This is a magical time, perfect for gathering ‘wild’ water, especially the May morning dew, or water from hidden wells & springs. These wild waters were collected & used to bath in for beauty, or to drink for health.

May Day is considered the start of summer – the time of milk & honey. This sensuous fertile energy is totally universal, & can be applied on many different levels. When we acknowledge these creative forces in the dance of our lives, it takes us to our own personal, modern-day version of dancing around the maypole, where we weave & combine the opposing energies within ourselves, blending them into one balanced source.

So yes, whether you know it or not, there will be at least one song that plays in your sub-conscious head on this eve of the 1st day of May, when you become perhaps, the Queen of the May, or Jack-in the Green. Our body like the body of the earth instinctively knows its Beltane, the time of vitality & passion & new growth. And the wisdom of our spirit seeks the natural union of polarities that occur at this time, giving us the opportunity for integration, in the alchemical dance of our souls…

Because under all the sexual innuendo & frivolity, it’s really all about the inner mystic marriage, the union of fire & water -opposites complimenting each other, to become one, bringing all the elements into balance.

You’ll just have to go dancing naked in the forest preserve on your own time…

For now, let’s work to unify the polarities of our being, by sparking the new fire of creative fertility & passion, & marrying it with the beautiful, healing waters of compassion & pure love. So we can truly celebrate the marriage feast of our lives, with a grounded, mindful joy.

So if it is your will – light your Bel-fire, marry it to the water, by floating it in the chalice of your choice. Take the time you need there…To do or not, what you will…Whisper your marriage vows into the water…or dance the 1st dance…or smash the glass…whatever your ceremony calls for…short simple or silent…it doesn’t matter…a 3 day bacchanal, with dancing puppets…it’s all good…cause it’s all about what’s inside…

~hag

Wednesday May 4th 7 pm PDT on ZOOM for the Sacramento Faust Branch

From Necessity to Freedom – The Evolution of Human Consciousness

From the vaporous cleft of Mount Parnassus, and the birth place of Greek Philosophy, to Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, and the Holy Grail – From Prophesy to Warning, from Fate to Karma, From Destiny to Free Will.

Hazel Archer-Ginsberg – Founder of Reverse Ritual: Understanding Anthroposophy through the Rhythms of the Year & the ‘I Think Speech’ Podcast. Trans-denominational Minister, Essayist, Lecturer, Poet, Anthroposopher – working as the Cultural Events & Festivals Coordinator of the Chicago Rudolf Steiner Branch, & as the Central Regional Council representative on the General Council of the Anthroposophical Society in America. Past Video Recordings

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‘Let Freedom Ring – Reclaiming the Wisdom of Columbia – Folk Soul of America’.

A zoom presentation with Hazel Archer-Ginsberg For the Greater Washington Branch of the Anthroposophical Society

1 pm ET – 2:30 pm ET Saturday 14 May 2022

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Hazel Archer-Ginsberg – Founder of Reverse Ritual: Understanding Anthroposophy through the Rhythms of the Year & theI Think Speech’ Podcast. Trans-denominational Minister, Essayist, Lecturer, Poet, Anthroposopher – working as the Cultural Events & Festivals Coordinator of the Chicago Rudolf Steiner Branch, & as the Central Regional Council representative on the General Council of the Anthroposophical Society in America. Past Video Recordings

Ever Weaving

The Convergence was an amazing blend of Head, Hands & Heart – a True modern Rosicrucian experience of Art, Science & Spirit – something for everyone. It was very full, especially the Saturday program which went from 8:30 am till almost 11 pm.

Many folks commented that the Soul Journey would be even more potent as a stand-alone weekend retreat…Something to think about – Let me know if you would like to co-create that with me to bring it to your community…(I still have a few ‘scripts’ available or a PDF if you prefer)

Weaving Color’ followed the Soul Journey, another time to explore the Self artistically, as well as continuing the Dante theme by ‘Invoking Natura: Sensing the Cosmic within the Earthly’ with pastels, a favorite medium of artist Helen-Ann Ireland. Many folks went outside to let the natural world be their source of inspiration. ‘Weaving Stories’ with Tess Parker followed, a chance to go into small triads to share milestones in our biography relating to The Sophia.

After a dinner on our own, the ‘Weaving Community’ Sharing Stage was a big hit, hosted by Lucien & Ultra; warming the space with their amazing original acapella harmonies – opening the way for so many diverse offerings from the community. Even though it had been a long day no one wanted to leave because the acts were such a blast; from comedic singing with Dick Halford, to storytelling with Farmer John Peterson, to a Shakespeare sonnet by John-Scott Legg & so much more. A cornucopia of talent, warm heartedly presented & received by all.

Orthodox Easter Sunday gave us the most precious gift in the 8 am ‘Weaving Light’ session. All the light was blocked out & the ingenious creation made by Helena Hurrell & Lisa Edge was set in front of a window. When the drape was removed we were bathed in the natural warmth & harmony of the metal gold infused glass sculpture that transferred the sunlight to us in a powerful color light therapy experience, inspired by the glass windows at the Goetheanum. WOW. I can still see it in my mind’s eye & feel it working in my etheric heart.

Michele Mariscal’s Heart math was the perfect opening for Carrie Schuchardt’s ‘Weaving Fire’ lecture which brought elements of the past thru the Celtic triple Goddess Brigid to the Nagasaki Madonna – The ‘Wounded Madonna’ was returned to the Urakami Cathedral in Nagasaki City on Easter day, the 23rd of April 2000, inspiring Carrie & all the lives she touches at the House of Peace to this day.

After another delicious meal provided by the hotel restaurant, we gathered for the ‘Weaving Water & Wholeness’ closing ceremony lead by Joyce Reilly from indications given to her from Michael Lipson. We moved water, adding salt, & gathered the ‘Soil Stir’ from our opening with Angela Foster to take home in little handmade envelopes along with a paper rose inscribed with the foundation Stone Meditation – Bringing the potency of Sophia Rising back home to our prospective spirits of place. And so it is that Anthroposophia is ever rising from the center to the periphery & on & on…

More tomorrow…

~hag  

29 April 2022 – “Speaking with the Stars”: Tomorrow’s New Moon on April 30th (exact at 3:30 p.m. CDT) brings a partial solar eclipse in Taurus where Venus (occult Mercury) is standing strong. Steiner speaks about an eclipse of the Sun as allowing our unconscious will forces, which are usually mediated by the Beings of the Sun to flow out in an abnormal way into the Universe affecting especially our beloved dead. So being forewarned we can hold the light of the 2nd hierarchy in our sun-filled hearts holding the Michaelic sword of keen thinking & the shield of protection & discernment during this time.

1:45 p.m. CDT the eclipse begins. The maximum eclipse happens a couple of hours later, at 3:41 p.m. CDT. The eclipse will end at 5:37 p.m. CDT. We won’t see it here, but we can still hold the intention to hold the light…  

Wednesday May 4th 7 pm PDT on ZOOM for the Sacramento Faust Branch

From Necessity to Freedom – The Evolution of Human Consciousness

From the vaporous cleft of Mount Parnassus, and the birth place of Greek Philosophy, to Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, and the Holy Grail – From Prophesy to Warning, from Fate to Karma, From Destiny to Free Will.

Hazel Archer-Ginsberg – Founder of Reverse Ritual: Understanding Anthroposophy through the Rhythms of the Year & the ‘I Think Speech’ Podcast. Trans-denominational Minister, Essayist, Lecturer, Poet, Anthroposopher – working as the Cultural Events & Festivals Coordinator of the Chicago Rudolf Steiner Branch, & as the Central Regional Council representative on the General Council of the Anthroposophical Society in America. Past Video Recordings

We appreciate your support of the ongoing work of The Faust Branch in making these offerings available. Admission for lectures: Faust Branch members $5, non-members $10. No one excluded for lack of funds. Admission fees may be made via PayPal

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Let Freedom Ring – Reclaiming the Wisdom of Columbia – Folk Soul of America

with Hazel Archer-Ginsberg for the Greater Washington DC. Branch

Saturday 14 May 2022ZOOM & other Details coming soon

                     

Recapitulation

Shiloh Sophia McCloud

Sophia Rising: Unveiling the Wisdom of Being Human, a recapitulation

The inscription of the New Isis: “I am, the Past, the Present & the Future, every mortal should lift my veil” was a living motif for our Convergence – an invitational undercurrent that layered in with the overlay of Orthodox Holy Week, which I pointed out was being celebrated in places like the Ukraine – A reflection also of the 3 panels of the Foundation Stone Meditation.

The 18 ‘Soul Journey’ leaders got to meet & rehearse in the ‘Kiva Room’, early on Orthodox Maundy Thursday, warming & sanctifying the space. We came together for the 1st time as a group in person under the enlivening direction of Lisa Dalton. We set the 123 chairs into a mandala that formed a 4-fold elemental cross with an encircling center & an open periphery. Thru speech, eurythmy & the dramatic arts we worked to activate the energy which became the heart of the Convergence.

Maria Ver Eecke leading us in Eurythmy gestures

That evening in a soft opening thru the warmth of Tess Parker‘s welcoming, we continued the mood of a true recapitulation of Maundy Thursday, giving us the new Sacrament. We came together, in our case to receive a bountiful dessert reception sweetening the ‘ArtActs’ which were revealed for the 1st time & then built-up thru out the time together in preparation for our ‘Soul Journey’ – Singing, with former Waldorf Teacher Jill McCormick, who was recommended by local Micky Leach – Eurythmy, with Maria Ver Eecke, therapeutic eurythmist for the School of Eurythmy, Spring Valley, NY – And Speech Recitation with Lisa Dalton, master teacher in the Michael Chekhov Technique. These ‘ArtActs’called in the future while bringing us fully into the present.   

Orthodox Good Friday gave us the morning to explore the many sacred sites in Santa Fe. It was like being at summer camp seeing so many Anthroposophists out & about, meeting in synchronistic karmic ways around town. 

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After lunch we gathered our diverse experiences into a communal present moment thru our official opening with Tess.

UVA & the Sangre de Cristo Mountains

Micky Leach wove in the past to help us attune to the Spirit of Place, which was an ever present Being among us.  Santa Fe’s unique blend of Spanish & Native Cultures against the majesty of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains & the spectacular sunsets over the Jemez range, have made a deep imprint into my soul. The early Native American inhabitants called Santa Fe “Dancing Ground of The Sun“; while the founding frontiersman at the turn of the 20th century referred to it as “The City Different.” During our early planning team meetings we took to dubbing it Saint Fae to honor the elementals, or The Iron (fe) of the Divine Feminine…

Tess & Angela

Then Angela Foster led us in ‘Weaving Earth’ with a ‘soil stir’ inviting everyone to mix in the soil they brought from their holy grounds. How perfect to begin our journey grounded on the Earth, honoring the Mother who holds us all on Earth Day. I contributed some horn silica made on the oldest Biodynmaic Farm in America by Petra & Mark Zinniker.

Soil Stir
HeartMath Institute Science

The ‘Heart Math’ sessions that Michele Mariscal brought thru out our time together, always helped center us in the present.

EclipseWise - Eclipses During 2022

Mary Stewart pointed up the eclipse picture questioning & connecting the past cycles with what is to come, in our ever present responsibility to join the cosmic conversation in our “Speaking with the Stars’.

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The evening ‘Fireside Chats‘ gave folks a chance to be in the present thru sharing & informative conversation.

Holy Saturday, holding the imprint of ‘The Harrowing of Hell’ started early with ‘Weaving Ether’ thru the ‘ArtActs’. (23 April was also the last day of Passover; Shakespeare’s Birth & Deathday; the Feast of St. George; in 215 BC – A temple dedicated to Venus Erycina is completed in Rome; & in 1879 Notre Dame burns)

The wildfires were beginning to redden the air with smoke as the winds howled outside, dust devils swirling.

Stephanie Georgieff streaming in from Bulgaria took us deep into the past with the history of Our lady of Guadalupe, revealing also her connection to the starry worlds with indications she received from Astrosopher Brain Gray.

In our ‘Weaving Stories’ session led by Tess Parker, we touched into all 3, tracing our relationship to the Sophia from early childhood, into the now, with a chance to inform the future.  

I gave a ‘prelude’ to the ‘Soul Journey’ to set the stage for Anthroposophia:

Prelude .:. A 100 years ago in 1922 Rudolf Steiner was bringing Spiritual Science to public audiences of 3000 or more. Many of the lecture themes involved the impulse for a renewal in the social sphere, emphasizing the transition from old to new methods of inner development. Steiner was attacked many times by the old guard, & his life threated by Nazi factions, for bringing to the public what was considered secret teachings before the New Michael Age. But Steiner knew that at the beginning of the 20th Century the spiritual world was calling for a renewal of the Mysteries, to foster the mission of the Consciousness Soul in the New Michael Age…Steiner called it the ‘New Mysteries’.

We are about to enter the very heart of our Sophia Convergence, & you are invited to step into a deeply intensive experiential Soul Journey into these New Mysteries…What do we mean with this phrase ‘New Mysteries’? Well, in the old mysteries the human being was like a passive vessel thru which the gods worked. The spiritual powers overshadowed the unconscious soul forces of the human being…The gesture was a pouring in – like a triangle pointing down – symbol for water. The New Mysteries, empower us with the opposite gesture – a rising up – like the symbol of fire – the triangle rising up – like the tongues of fire rising up from the heads of the apostles.

Steiner referred to this as the Reverse Cultus or Reverse Ritual, which sounds strange in English, but is a fancy way of saying: We must now do the work, we must choose out of our own free will, to rise up in our thinking to meet the spiritual, in ourselves, in each other & in the world…We are called to take up the indications for inner development given by Spiritual Science to activate Anthroposophia within our soul forces.

And the concept of ritual must also be renewed. Steiner says it is an action of the will, done in reverence. The reversal means we do it with this new gesture of rising up in awakened consciousness.

And of course we don’t want to throw the baby out with the bathwater – we are meant to bring the 2 triangles together to form a 6 pointed star – symbol of the Alchemical Marriage of fire & water Steiner gives us the 6 basic essential exercises to develop this 6 pointed star in our etheric heart.

The lecture which Steiner gave 100 years ago in 1922, on New Year’s Eve, an hour before the fire began burning in the 1st Goetheanum, was called: “THE SPIRITUAL COMMUNION OF HUMANKIND: Spiritual Cognition is a True Communion, the Beginning of a Cosmic Ritual Suitable for the Human Being of the Present Age”. This concept shows that when we spiritualize our thinking we are consummating a new kind of communion.

Steiner gave this concept right at a powerful moment of transition, when the 1st Goetheanum was about to become a burnt offering, sacrificed, & inscribed into the ethers, like the Temple of Artemis, in Ephesus – At this historic moment Steiner talks about the New Mysteries. In it we hear: “The first beginning of what must come to pass if Anthroposophy is to fulfil its mission in the world, is that the human being’s whole relationship to the world must be recognized to be one of cosmic ritual or reverse cultus…”

Here Steiner is referring to the fact that the supersensible Michaelic School must now be enacted here on Earth…Maybe you’ve heard of this Michael School? Maybe you have a remembrance of being there, in the 14th & 15th Centuries in the life between death & rebirth – perhaps with many sitting here today? The idea that we go to school & then just leave those teachings behind doesn’t make sense does it? We are meant to bring those teachings into our lives now on earth.

We know that with the burning, & thru the early death of Rudolf Steiner, the adversarial forces were able to diffuse this important impulse…But now, dear friends, after 100 years, these New Mysteries are calling to be renewed. We are meant to continue Steiner’s work. And this Soul Journey, is our humble attempt to at least begin to ‘follow that good star’ which Rudolf Steiner showed us at the Christmas Conference… And of course, the 1st prerequisite for the New Mysteries is that they must be received in complete freedom.

Ok, that is my little prelude…So now we have our lunch time – a time to not only socialize – but to mentally, physically, & emotionally prepare…For – ‘‘ANTHROPOSOPHIA: OUR ALCHEMICAL SOUL JOURNEY – A UNION OF WISDOM & LOVE”.

More tomorrow…

~hag

Wednesday May 4th 7 pm PDT on ZOOM for the Sacramento Faust Branch

From Necessity to Freedom – The Evolution of Human Consciousness

From the vaporous cleft of Mount Parnassus, and the birth place of Greek Philosophy, to Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, and the Holy Grail – From Prophesy to Warning, from Fate to Karma, From Destiny to Free Will.

Hazel Archer-Ginsberg – Founder of Reverse Ritual: Understanding Anthroposophy through the Rhythms of the Year & the ‘I Think Speech’ Podcast. Trans-denominational Minister, Essayist, Lecturer, Poet, Anthroposopher – working as the Cultural Events & Festivals Coordinator of the Chicago Rudolf Steiner Branch, & as the Central Regional Council representative on the General Council of the Anthroposophical Society in America. Past Video Recordings

We appreciate your support of the ongoing work of The Faust Branch in making these offerings available. Admission for lectures: Faust Branch members $5, non-members $10. No one excluded for lack of funds. Admission fees may be made via PayPal

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27 April 2022 – “Speaking with the Stars”: This is a great week to wake up early and look at the planets all in a line! The crescent Moon will glide by Venus and Jupiter, forming a lovely triangle on Tuesday morning, April 26, and especially Wednesday morning, April 27. Look an hour before sunrise. At the end of the week (Sat, 30th), Venus & Jupiter converge for their big conjunction. See info: Almanac.com/night-sky-april

Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Socrates

470 BC- Birth Day of Socrates; teacher of Plato – “Remember, no human condition is ever permanent. Then you will not be overjoyed in good fortune nor too scornful in misfortune”.~Socrates

399 BC – Death Day of Socrates. The Karma Lectures of Rudolf Steiner (vol. 4/10) indicate that this was his teacher ‘s father G.T. Schroer.

Tariq ibn Ziyad

711 BC –Islamic conquest of Hispania: Moorish troops led by Tariq ibn Ziyad land at Gibraltar to begin their invasion of the Iberian Peninsula…The Karma Lectures of Rudolf Steiner indicate Darwin to be a later incarnation (vol. 1/10)

1777 – American Revolutionary War: The Battle of Ridgefield

1810 – Beethoven composes Für Elise.

1861 – American President Abraham Lincoln suspends the writ of habeas corpus.

1882 – Death day of Ralph Waldo Emerson, an American essayist, lecturer, & poet who led the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. He was seen as a champion of individualism & a prescient critic of the countervailing pressures of society. Emerson wrote on a number of subjects, never espousing fixed philosophical tenets, but developing certain ideas such as individuality, freedom, the ability for humankind to realize almost anything, & the relationship between the soul & the surrounding world. “Philosophically considered, the universe is composed of Nature and the Soul”. He remains among the linchpins of the American Romantic Movement, & his work has greatly influenced the thinkers, writers & poets that have followed him…The Karma Lectures of Rudolf Steiner (vol. 4/10) indicate that he was formerly known as Tacitus – considered to be one of the greatest Roman historians.  He lived in what has been called the Silver Age of Latin literature. He is known for the brevity & compactness of his Latin prose, as well as for his penetrating insights into the psychology of power politics.

1945 – World War II: Benito Mussolini is arrested by Italian partisans in Dongo, while attempting escape disguised as a German soldier.

1950 – Apartheid: In South Africa, the Group Areas Act is passed formally segregating races.