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Free Lady Liberty

4th of July 2019 – “Speaking with the Stars”: No holiday better epitomizes summer in the United States than Independence Day. And the season’s namesake asterism — the Summer Triangle — will be on prominent display as fireworks ring out across the land. The trio’s brightest member, Vega in the constellation Lyra the Harp, stands nearly overhead in late evening. The asterism’s second-brightest star, Altair in Aquila the Eagle, then lies about halfway from the southeastern horizon to the zenith. Deneb, the luminary of Cygnus the Swan, marks the Summer Triangle’s third corner. Although it is this asterism’s dimmest star, it’s the brightest point of light in the northeastern sky.

If you ever thought the Sun’s distance controlled temperatures here on Earth, today should convince you otherwise. At 5 p.m. CDT, our planet reaches its most distant point from the Sun during 2019 – aphelion. The Northern Hemisphere’s warm temperatures at this time of year arise because the Sun passes nearly overhead at noon; during winter, the Sun traces a low path across the sky.

From Steve Hale:
Sign Sidereal Dates Tropical Dates Calendar of the Soul
Aries April 15– May 15 March 21– April 20 April 14 – April 30
Taurus May 16– June 15 April 21– May 20 May 1 – June 15
Gemini June 16– July 15 May 21– June 20 June 16 – July 20
Cancer July 16– Aug 15 June 21– July 22 July 21 – August 3
Leo Aug 16– Sept 15      July 23– Aug 24 Aug 4 – Sept 7
Virgo Sept 16– Oct 15      Aug 25– Sept 22             Sept 8– October 12
Libra Oct 16– Nov 15      Sept 23– Oct 22          Oct 13 – Nov 9
Scorpio Nov 16– Dec 15      Oct 23– Nov 21            Nov 10 – Nov 30
Sagittarius Dec 16– Jan 14       Nov 22– Dec 21            Dec 1 – Jan 4
Capricorn Jan 15– Feb 14       Dec 22– Jan 20               January 5– Feb 8    
Aquarius Feb 15– March 14    Jan 21– Feb 19          February 9– March 8
Pisces March 15– April 14 February 20– March 20 March 9– April 13


Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day


1054 – A supernova, called SN 1054, is seen by Chinese Song dynasty, Arab, & Amerindian observers near the star Zeta Tauri. For several months it remains bright enough to be seen during the day. Its remnants form the Crab Nebula.

1776 – American Revolution: The United States Declaration of Independence of the 13 States is adopted by the Second Continental Congress

1807 – Birthday of Giuseppe Garibaldi, Italian general and politician

1826 – Thomas Jefferson, 3rd president of the United States, dies the same day as John Adams, 2nd president of the United States, on the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. (see article below)

1855 – The first edition of Walt Whitman’s book of poems, Leaves of Grass, is published In Brooklyn.

1862 – Lewis Carroll tells Alice Liddell a story that would grow into Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & its sequels.

1872 – Birthday of Calvin Coolidge, lawyer & politician, 30th President of the United States

1886 – The people of France offer the Statue of Liberty to the people of the United States.

1902 – Deathday of Vivekananda, Indian monk & saint

1914 – The funeral of Archduke Franz Ferdinand & his wife Sophie takes place in Vienna, six days after their assassinations in Sarajevo.

1918 – Bolsheviks kill Tsar Nicholas II of Russia & his family

1934 – Deathday of Marie Curie, French-Polish physicist & chemist, Nobel Prize laureate


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THE “AMERICAN” or “THREEFOLD” VERSE by Rudolf Steiner given to Ralph Courtney, a pioneer of Anthroposophy in North America for the Threefold Group in New York City, which later established the Threefold Community in Spring Valley (now Chestnut Ridge). This verse for the American spirit speaks of the inner unity of human beings and of support from the spiritual world for our efforts:

May our feeling penetrate to the center of our hearts –
And seek, in love, to unite with those who share our goals,
And with the spirits who look down benevolently
On our hearts earnest strivings.
Sending us strength from realms of light, to illuminate our love“.


Thomas Jefferson & John Adams were ideological opposites & election rivals, but the two Founding Fathers reconciled late in life—which made their nearly simultaneous deaths on July 4, 1826, all the more meaningful. On the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson uttered his last words, “Is it the fourth yet?” before passing away. Later that same day, Adams also died, but not before saying, “Thomas Jefferson survives,” unaware his dear friend had already passed on.

Five years later, on July 4, 1831, James Monroe, the last presidential Founding Father, died as well. The fifth U.S. president had attempted to write an autobiography, but was unable to complete it as his health slowly deteriorated after his wife died the year before.

Interesting that there has only been 1 president born on the 4th of July – Calvin Coolidge, the nation’s 30th president, in 1872.

Three of the four presidents who have left the scene of their usefulness & glory expired on the anniversary of the national birthday, a day which of all others, had it been permitted them to choose [they] would probably had selected for the termination of their careers,” wrote the New York Evening Post the day after Monroe’s death.

Adams served as the second president from 1797 to 1801, followed by Jefferson, who served until 1809. But long before the 13 colonies had won their independence, Adams & Jefferson played vital roles in creating the document that declared men were created equal & entitled to “life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness.

Adams, in a letter to a friend in 1822, recalled how Jefferson was placed on the committee to write the document. “Mr Jefferson came into Congress in June 1775 and brought with him a reputation for literature, science, and a happy talent at composition. Writings of his were handed about, remarkable for the peculiar felicity of expression,” Adams wrote.

The irascible Adams also described why he insisted that Jefferson write the draft: “Jefferson proposed to me to make the draught. I said I will not; You shall do it. Oh No! Why will you not? You ought to do it. I will not. Why? Reasons enough. What can be your reasons? Reason 1st. You are a Virginian, and Virginia ought to appear at the head of this business. Reason 2d. I am obnoxious, suspected and unpopular; You are very much otherwise. Reason 3d: You can write ten times better than I can. ‘Well,’ said Jefferson, ‘if you are decided I will do as well as I can.’”

The importance of July 4 might have surprised some Founding Fathers. The Continental Congress declared freedom from Britain on July 2 & approved the Declaration on Independence on July 4. Most members signed the document in August.

Adams thought Americans would remember July 2 as their “Day of Deliverance” from Britain. In a letter to his wife, Abigail, he wrote, “It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.

While Adams & Jefferson represented their states in the Continental Congress, a teenage Monroe dropped out of college in 1776 to fight in the Revolution, enlisting in the 3rd Virginia Regiment, where he rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel. Many historians consider Monroe the last president from the Founding Fathers.

Adams & Jefferson would live to see the country expand well beyond the original 13 states. Adams was 90 when he died of a heart attack. Jefferson had been in declining health for years before dying at 83.

“People interpreted their deaths in a religious manner,” said Michael Meranze, a U.S. history professor at UCLA. “It was clearly taken symbolically as both the birth and growth of the early republic.”

In 1826, for instance, Rep. Daniel Webster of Massachusetts delivered a two-hour-long eulogy in Boston suggesting their deaths were a sign that God was protecting the nation.

As their lives themselves were the gifts of Providence, who is not willing to recognize in their happy termination, as well as in their long continuance, proofs that our country and its benefactors are objects of His care?” Webster said.

~ Peace ~Hazel Archer Ginsberg


‘It’s a small world after all’

3 July 2019 – “Speaking with the stars”: Arcturus, the brilliant yellow-orange star high in the southwest after dark, is the leading light of Bootes the Cowherd. The constellation’s brightest stars form a kite shape extending up from Arcturus. The kite is rather narrow, bent a bit left at the top, about two fists at arm’s length.

Moon, Mercury, Mars, Pollux, Castor very low at dusk, July 3-4, 2019

While evening twilight is still fairly bright, the thin waxing crescent Moon guides the way to the low line of Mercury, Mars, Pollux, & Castor disappearing into the sunset, .

Tomorrow, the 4th of July 2019, the Earth is at aphelion, its farthest from the Sun for the year.


 Looking at the past to see the present, co-creating the future:

Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day 


Those who work with the Original indications in the Calendar of the Soul know that Rudolf Steiner lists the birth & death days, as well as other significant occurrences of various individualities, along with the dates in the calendar.  He said of this: “What is presented here can be useful to those who wish to follow the path of mankind’s spiritual development” ~Rudolf Steiner

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Deathday of Cornelius – a Roman centurion who is considered to be the first Gentile to convert to the faith. Cornelius receives a vision in which an angel who instructs Cornelius to send the men of his household to Joppa, where they will find Simon Peter.

The conversion of Cornelius comes after a separate vision given to Simon Peter (Acts 10:10–16) himself. In the vision, Simon Peter sees all manner of beasts & birds being lowered from Heaven. A voice commands Simon Peter to eat. When he objects to eating unclean animals, the voice tells him not to call unclean that which God has cleansed. When Cornelius’ men arrive, Simon Peter understands that through this vision the Lord commanded the Apostle to preach the Word of God to the Gentiles.

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283 – Deathday of Anatolius. Prior to becoming one of the great lights of the Church, he enjoyed considerable prestige at Alexandria, & was credited with a rich knowledge of arithmetic, geometry, physics, rhetoric, dialectic, & astronomy. He was one of the foremost scholars of his day in Aristotelean philosophy.

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Deathday of St. Norbert of Xanten, who avoided ordination to the priesthood & even declined an appointment as bishop. One day as he rode to Vreden, a thunderbolt struck him off his horse. After this near-fatal accident, his faith deepened, he renounced his appointment at Court & returned to Xanten to lead a life of penance. St Norbert was a great devotee of the Eucharist & Our Lady.

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1035 – William the Conqueror becomes the Duke of Normandy

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1863 – The U.S. Civil War Battle of Gettysburg, PA, ended after three days. It was a major victory for the North as Confederate troops retreated

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1940 –In order to stop the ships from falling into German hands the French fleet is bombarded by the British fleet causing the loss of three battleships, 1,200 sailors die.

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1944 –Minsk is liberated from Nazi control by Soviet troops during Operation Bagration

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1988 – United States Navy warship USS Vincennes shoots down Iran Air Flight 655 over the Persian Gulf, killing all 290 people aboard.

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1988 – The Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey is completed, providing a connection between Europe & Asia over the Bosphorus.


As the power of ‘Independence’ reverberates in our collective consciousness…Can we rise in our thinking to meet “Freedom, Equality, & Fraternity”…While imagining that the “bombs bursting in air” are beautiful, gentle fireworks of realization & enlightenment, going off like light bulbs in American minds…

Working towards a Global Interdependence Independence Day. A mutual dependency upon the independence of every nation & its people…Imagine everyone celebrating our differences with great admiration & respect…

We have all heard of Betsy Ross right? I just love this enterprising woman who led a very interesting life. She was actually disowned as a Quaker because she married an Episcopalian, who was later ironically killed while guarding a munitions dump. So here she was a young widow, telling George Washington that she thought the 5 pointed Star would look much better on the flag then his idea of having 6 pointed stars, true story.

I can just picture her sitting in the back room of the small upholstery business she ran by herself, with this mighty symbol that she helped design, laid out on her sweet lap, sewing away.

Now I’m not much for nationalism with all its borders & power over others kind of patriotism, but I must admit I love to see a well-made flag flapping in the breeze. All flags are cool – Crests with their ancient symbols, & especially those colorful banners you see on the porches of houses, shaped like butterflies or autumn leaves. I’m just a sucker for a glyph in the wind.

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We all know what we’re talking about when we say ‘the 4th’ right…But when was the last time you stopped to think about what ‘the 4th’ is really all about. When I looked on the internet it gave me hit after hit on picnic ideas, & recipes for apple pie, hints on BBQ techniques, free patriotic screen savers, many downloadable versions of the “rockets’ red glare” with animated fireworks displays; & yet somehow they forgot to mention the fact that fireworks were a Chinese invention, an ancient art form that we took & made into gun powder. I’m serious, is baseball & burnt wieners all there is?

Does anyone want to give us some history here, or a brief overview of the meaning of Independence Day? I was never much good with all the details, the dates & names & such, so history isn’t my strong point, but I’m always able to get the big picture, & it seems to be about freedom from oppression… ‘No taxation without representation’…& all that…the center point being the Declaration of Independence.

When was the last time you read this important document of our countries origin? You can print it off the net. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all people are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are, Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…

The rest of the document goes on to give a laundry list of the crimes against the colonists by the king of Great Britain, whose name happens to be George the 3rd…(who says history doesn’t repeat itself, many of these same crimes were perpetrated not so long ago by George Bush & his dynasty)

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Have we gained independence from one tyranny all those years ago, only to allow it to happen again on a world scale? Maybe it’s time to open our eyes & read the fine print of our birthright, reclaim our rights & go forward as a united community of World people, in peaceful justice, in equity, in reason, with compassion, having come through so much pain, to really start to, not just declare our independence, but to really live it…As individuals, as well as with the united community of the whole planet…

We have a strong voice…this is our world…our sacred space & we can sing any reality we want to…& I don’t know about you, but I’d rather sing ‘America the Beautiful’, or even something like, ‘It’s A Small World After All’, then the war worshiping ‘Star Spangled Banner’ any day…

America Guided By Wisdom, 1815 (litho) engraved by Benjamin Tanner (1775-1848)

So for our next song, I’ll get off the soap box, & let the power of our united heart-beats, our collective rhythm be our anthem…to bring healing & forgiveness to the old wounds & hope for the future… blessed be…

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We can rise with the fire of freedom
Truth is the fire that burns our chains
& you can stop the fire of destruction
Healing is the fire running through our veins’.

Peace ~Hazel Archer Ginsberg


Solar Eclipse +

Light workers, ready, set, go: July 2019 is coming in strong – with solar & lunar eclipses, several tense oppositions in Cancer-Capricorn, & Mercury Retrograde conjunct Mars!

Steiner speaks about the fact that an eclipse has a ‘malignant effect’’ – one that is necessary, as a safety valve, to ‘avert danger, to provide an outlet for something’.

A solar eclipse provides an opportunity for ‘the evil which is willed on earth’ to flow out into universal space. All the unbridled impulses of humanity surge out into the cosmos. When there is no eclipse, these evil impulses of will which are sent out into the cosmos by human beings are burned up & consumed by the rays of the sun, so that they can injure only humanity itself, & can do no universal harm.

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’.

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It seems that sometimes humanity needs to blow off stream, sending out our built up impulses into the cosmos at the solar eclipse. And with a lunar eclipse it’s the cosmos’ turn to stream toward the human being – in an ‘exchange of evil.  This is important for humanity to know, so that we can be conscious of what is happening, & step up.

Antoine Caron

2 July 2019 – Total Solar Eclipse in Cancer, a the North Node eclipse which is  about embracing the new.

This total solar eclipse will be visible in parts of Chile & Argentina just before sunset. Some regions in the Pacific & in South America, including locations in Ecuador, Brazil, Uruguay, & Paraguay will see a partial solar eclipse.

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Since we are dealing with an eclipse of the Sun, it would be important to remember how Michael remained on the Sun as the ruling power of the great cosmic kingdom of the Christ & guardian of the Christ-mysteries in the cosmos.

The Michael Meditation is a powerful imagination that can help us bring into focus the cosmic & earthly Michael-Mystery for our time, pointing up our responsibility as Anthroposophers to take on the task of our Time-spirit.

MICHAEL MEDITATION from Rudolf Steiner’s last lecture

Springing from Powers of the Sun,
Radiant Spirit-powers, blessing all Worlds!
For Michael’s garment of rays
You are predestined by Thought Divine.
He, the Christ-messenger, reveals in you —
Bearing mankind aloft — the sacred Will of Worlds.
You, the radiant Beings of Æther-Worlds,
Bear the Christ-Word to Man.
Thus shall the Herald of Christ appear
To the thirstily waiting souls,
To whom your Word of Light shines forth
In cosmic age of Spirit-Man.
You, the disciples of Spirit-Knowledge,
Take Michael’s Wisdom-beckoning,
Take the Word of Love of the Will of Worlds
Into your souls’ aspiring, a c t i v e l y !

Jenny Wright

Another thought I had was to also work with this ‘Heart-Meditation’ given to Ita Wegman’s mother, Henriette Wegman for her 73rd birthday by Rudolf Steiner (from Peter Seleg’ book: The Ensouled Sun of Man: A Heart Meditation)

Center your attention in your heart. Imagine there is a small, transparent globe at the center of your heart. Then slowly expand this globe, allowing it to widen through your body, the room, and onward out and out. Keep its shape as it expands, through and around the Earth. Let it expand slowly beyond the Earth, through each planetary orbit: Moon, Mercury, Venus, Sun, and farther to the outer planets until it reaches the fixed stars of the Zodiac. Let it rest there, feeling held by the periphery and the powers that stream from it toward the Earth. Then, slowly, contract this globe again, so it passes back through all the spheres, until it is within your own heart again.  ~Rudolf Steiner

This speaks to the spiritual nature of the human heart in connection with the cosmic heart in our Day-Star – this is the work of Michael since the mystery of Golgotha- it gives us an imagination of the modern path to Christ.

Since the Moon briefly blocks out the rays of the Sun during a solar eclipse, the will impulses streaming out from humanity find their way into the spiritual world without being “mediated” by the spiritual influences of the Sun during the shadow time.

What should we do during a total solar eclipse? Practice ‘Good Will’. Feel the beauty. Think the truth. Be creative, kind, generous in your reverence – Call in your Higher Self. And stand with Michael, holding the sword & shield of the Sun, as a true human being.

3 July 2019 – Venus Enters Cancer

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8 July, 2019 – Mars is conjunct Mercury, & then a few hours later, Mercury goes retrograde

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9 July 2019 – Chiron in Aries Goes Retrograde

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Also on 9 July 2019 – Sun Conjunct North Node, Opposite Saturn & South Node in Cancer opposite Capricorn.

11 July 2019 – Mars in Leo Square Uranus in Taurus

12 July – hag’s natal return!

14 July 2019 – Sun in Cancer Opposite Pluto in Capricorn

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16 July 2019 – Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn, a South Node Lunar Eclipse, which is about releasing the old.

From Rudolf Steiner: And again, when there is an eclipse of the moon, the man of today merely says: “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 in this case also the old initiate knew that a spiritual reality was behind the physical fact. He knew that when there is an eclipse of the moon, thoughts stream through darkness down upon the earth; and that such thoughts have a closer relationship with the subconscious life than with the conscious life of the human being. The old initiates often made use of a certain simile when speaking to their pupils. It is; of course, necessary to translate their words into modern language, but this is the gist of what they said: “Visionaries and dreamers love to go for rambles by moonlight, when the moon is full. There are, however, certain people who have no wish to receive the good thoughts coming to them from the cosmos, but who, on the contrary, are desirous of getting hold of evil, diabolical thoughts. Such people will choose the moment of a lunar eclipse for their nocturnal wanderings”

Eclipses of the sun and moon, recurring as they do in the course of every year, may really be looked upon as “safety-valves.” A safety-valve is there to avert danger, to provide an outlet for something or other — steam, for instance — at the right moment. One of the safety-valves which makes its appearance in the cosmos and to which we give the name of a solar eclipse, serves the purpose of carrying out into space in a Luciferic way, the evil that spreads over the earth, in order that evil may work havoc in a wider, less concentrated sphere. The other safety-valve, 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. people do not, as a rule, act in full consciousness, but the facts are nevertheless real — just as real as the attraction of a magnet for small particles of iron. Such are the forces at work, in the cosmos.” ~Human Q’s & Cosmic A.

19 July 2019 – Mercury Retrograde Re-enters Cancer. Mercury Retrograde is about RE. Re-doing, re-searching, re-viewing, re-examining, re-inventing, re-thinking, re-scheduling…

21 July 2019 – Venus in Cancer Opposite Pluto in Capricorn. Some call this is a “femme fatale” aspect.

Also 21 July 2019 – Mercury in Retrograde Conjunct Sun in Cancer

22 July– Sun Enters Leo

28 July 2019 – Venus Enters Leo

29 July 2019 – Sun in Leo Square Uranus in Taurus

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Michelle Knight

The Astrology of July features the return of Eclipse Season, with both a Solar Eclipse in Cancer TODAY on the New Moon July 2nd, & a Lunar Eclipse on the Full Thunder-Buck Moon, in the Sun’s opposite sign of Capricorn, which takes place on July 16th with the Moon also conjunct transformative Pluto.

These lunations are big astrological news, but as we saw above, there’s more. July also contains a full 3 weeks of Mercury in retrograde, through the signs of Leo, & then Cancer, & with the start of this retrograde period slated to be quite an intense moment because, as Mercury begins to move backward through early Leo, it will be in close conjunction with feisty Mars & in square with the startling trickster energy of Uranus!

There are the usual suspects as well: Saturn with Pluto, a close parallel, Jupiter with Neptune, in square, & prominent Chiron in semi-sextile aspect to Uranus. With all this outer planet activity, the transformational beat continues, as we can clearly see in our own lives & as well in the trending of the surrounding zeitgeist.

Most astrologers feel that the triple conjunction of Jupiter, Saturn, & Pluto that comes up in mid-November 2020 will be the peak of massive societal change, & that we are in stage 3 or 4 of this major transition. And every one of us might in fact be going through a similar transformative cycle during these pivotal years leading up to 2020, depending on how vigilant we may have been. We will all want to recognize that this is the time to tune in ‘as above so below, as within so without’.

And remember: The effects of an eclipse are said to last 6 months!

These kinds of challenging alignments call us to be awake, in our “Speaking with the stars”. An eclipse, an opposition, a retrograde, or a square admonishes us to take action.

When we consciously join the cosmic conversation & work with these intense energies, we are able to co-create the flow with awareness & intention, instead of spending our energies combating or swimming against the tide.


Jeremy Bolt

Click to read a revision of my pageant for a solar eclipse “From Light thru Darkness into New Light”


Tornado Watch

28 June 2019 – “Speaking with the Stars”: As evening grows late, even the lowest star of the Summer Triangle shines pretty high in the east now. That’s Altair. It’s a good 3 or 4 fists at arm’s length below or lower right of bright Vega. A marker for Altair is its little buddy Tarazed (Gamma Aquilae), above or upper left of it by about a finger’s width at arm’s length. Look left of Altair, by hardly more than one fist, for compact little Delphinus, the Dolphin. And above the midpoint between Delphinus & Altair look for even smaller, dimmer Sagitta, the Arrow.

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Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day 


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), which means the feast of the Sacred Heart falls nineteen days after Pentecost Sunday. 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.

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

1831 – Birthday of Joseph Joachim, Austrian violinist, composer, & conductor; friend of Herman Grimm.

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1914 – Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria & his wife Sophie are assassinated in Sarajevo; this is the casus belli of World War I.

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

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1950 – Korean War: Suspected sympathizers are executed in the Bodo League massacre.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.


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…


Andrea Kowch

Summer-Tide is a time of relationships & harmony…Showing us how we are connected to the cosmos, to nature & its rhythms…with the longer days the pineal gland receives more light & we feel creative power shining in on us.

Here is a little guided meditation for this time of year:

Make yourself comfortable…as we share the air…taking a deep breath… filling your belly…thrilling your lungs…Let your body sink deep & Relax…

As your awareness is internalized, connect with the Breath of Life, gently moving through you…Make all your senses alert to the breath…Enjoy its power & simplicity…Feel the sustaining energy behind the breath…Feel the life force coursing through your cells & thoughts…

Direct your inner vision to a large field, a field of glorious, full, sunflowers…It the dawning of a new day…a perfect Summer morning, with a white-cloud-dotted clear sky,& a warm sun beginning to dazzle the world with its light…The sunflowers are tall & abundant, swaying in the warming breeze blowing across the field…Listen to the rustle of their music, dancing in the harmony of the elements together…Their beautiful, rich color casting a golden glow all around you…

There is a path ahead, meandering through the flowers, many much taller than you are, magnificently facing the sun absorbing its rays…You follow this path, slowly & leisurely, feeling every part of your feet making contact with the fertile earth…The sunflowers lining the path acknowledge you, every step of the way, whispering of riches & abundance, of the golden prosperity of your soul…

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 Eugeny Khara

You look down to your right & see a large patch of St. John’s Wort in full bloom…Receiving permission from the plant spirit, you begin to harvest the bright yellow blossoms, putting them reverently into the pouch at your hip…

Thanking the glorious medicine of this spirit you move on down the path, feeling the heat rising with the sun, inflaming your souls purpose…

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You stop to drink from a clear stream…& as you begin to stand, you notice a patch of pennyroyal…You commune with its magic, gathering the fragrant leaves into your pouch…Feeling enlivened & in rhythm with the height of summer, you are lead to wisteria & roses…Fields of thyme & mugwort & chamomile…

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This is where the plant fairies dance & play in the lengthening shadows…You are called to look up to the sky, & you see the first pink traces of dusk approaching… As you come to the end of this path, your heart is at peace…

A little way ahead there is an opening…You make your way there, seeing that it is a small mound with magnificent oaks & a pristine pond… Under one of the oak trees, on the edge of the pond there is a blazing campfire crackling as the sky turns orange-crimson…You are at home here…Your fire is born of oak & fir tree branches…The flames call out to you, whispering your secret name…You offer up the harvest pouch you filled with love & summer herbs, casting it into the blue core of the flames…throwing in with it all thoughts of negativity…all obstacles…all pain…all worries, into its hot light of transformation…& as it burns free…take in the rising fragrance of your healing harvest…feeling cleansed…& energized

The twilight lingers, Our Day Star-Sun Takes its time to set triumphantly in the west…The sky is a canvas, & Mother Nature is expressing all her creativity…

Her grand design is reflected on the still pond at your feet…When you look at the pond, you see that it is a perfect reflection of your life, & on its surface you are able to see or experience all parts of who you are…What you are…What you will to become…

Your soul’s beauty, vastness & great love blend, with the sunset colors, & the pond’s liquid shimmer…As the light fades, a soft breeze ripples across the pond, & the colors are set into motion. There is a sweet music in the air of flutes, & harps, bells & drums…a light begins to surface from the pond…you see a form crystallizing…You realize this is the spirit of Mother Earth come to dance with you…She hovers over the pond & in a sublime voice speaks to you…

“I have come, for you have honored me, by honoring yourself…I have come, for many do not know of Me…I have come through you…Your life & mine are the same…Your welfare & mine are the same…What is good for you is good for me…When you feel love, I feel love…So won’t you share your goodwill with others? Won’t you share your goodwill with the planet? Won’t you share your goodwill with yourself? I ask, for I see you are willing & able…I see you are a bright power…You are full of courage & light…You are a transformer of reality…Transform the reality that no longer serves you…& as you do, link with others who know Me, & recognize the family of Life…When you recognize in someone, what you know inside to be true, seek to expand that truth…for as light is shared & love is grown, so shall the world change…You are my feet & hands, my eyes & voice…You do not live alone…The world is yours to craft as you choose…Choose freedom…Choose the way that creates the best for all; children, women, men, bodies of water, mountains, the land, all life…I gift you with Life & the ability to care for it…Embrace this gift.”

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Take a moment now & pledge to the Mother what you will do to help the world, the environment; to help others; & to help yourself.

Cultivate the blessings received & the vision of your Divine-self in your heart-soul…Resolve to act on your life-purpose & make it real…

Gradually bring your experience to the present once again, to the here & now…Feel your body refreshed & renewed, here & now, in time & space, in your own sacred space…know you are sacred… know you are here…& Gently, joyfully, when you are ready, open your eyes…to see the unity of the cosmic community to which you belong…& say – Blessed be…



29-30 June 2019 Biography Work. Your Unique Life, Your Unique Path by Thania Keppel Coaching LLC

Everybody’s life is UNIQUE!

We are all at different stages in our lives and we are all unique individuals. That’s why there is no “one size fits all” solution to our issues.

We all have the frustrating experience of events in our lives that keep repeating themselves (challenging personal or professional relationships, accidents, failures, illnesses, etc.) That’s because the school of life doesn’t allow us to skip important lessons. Only when we have completed our “homework” or overcome a certain challenge will we be able to move to the next level.

In this two-day Biography workshop you’ll learn how to live in harmony with yourself. You’ll develop a personal roadmap to your life through immersion into the rhythms and cycles of your life, supported by hands-on activities. You’ll understand how to best connect with those around you: Your clients, your spouse, your partner, your children, your employees and the entire community!

If you are tired of going in circles and are ready to take control of your life this workshop is for you!

register here


In The Now Sessions at the Elderberry Cafe

4251 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago Saturday 29 June 2019 from 8 p-m – 11 pm with Sibu Joseph

The In the Now Sessions gather people with two Intentions. First that we enter the Now without restricting what manifests. And second that we do so for the good of All. The Rhythms provided by the Dog Beach Drummers will aid in our group resonance and the drum circle is open to all who wish to play. If your passion is the visual arts please bring your gear and paint with us, some materials will be on site for use. And if your passion is dance bring your heat and let’s get down in a space where all of our creative energies have the opportunity to manifest our highest Intentions.

The entrance fee is 10 dollars but no one will be turned away for financial reasons. This is a no smoking and alcohol free venue so please respect the space. There is plenty of street parking in the area and easily accessible by public transportation.

May the Unity and Love that emerges when we gather to share our passions shine throughout the universe. Namaste


‘Southern Tour’

10 July 2018 – Astro-Weather:

Venus & Regulus are in conjunction, 1° apart in the western twilight. Watch for Regulus coming into view just to Venus’s lower left.

Last occultation of Aldebaran. Early Tuesday morning, the thin waning crescent Moon will occult 1st-magnitude Aldebaran for parts of Canada & the uppermost Midwest.

“The brightest star (other than the Sun) that can be occulted by the Moon will be occulted one last time during the current series, for observers in the western Great Lakes region. It will be a good event, with the crescent Moon only 11% sunlit, so those with clear skies might see the reappearance [of Aldebaran on the Moon’s dark limb] even without optical aid. But the Moon will be low; you will need an unobstructed horizon in the east-northeast where the Moon will rise.”

Not until 2033 will we get another good Aldebaran occultation.

If you have a dark enough sky, the Milky Way now forms a magnificent arch high across the eastern heavens after nightfall is complete. It runs all the way from below Cassiopeia in the north-northeast, up & across Cygnus & the Summer Triangle in the east, & down to the south behind Saturn &the spout of the Sagittarius Teapot.

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Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day 


138 – Deathday of Roman Emperor Hadrian, thought by TH Meyer to have reincarnated as Ludwig Polzer-Hoditz see his book published by Tempe Press.

1212 – The most severe of several early fires of London burns most of the city to the ground.

1509 – Birthday of John Calvin, French pastor & theologian

1856 – Birthday of Nikola Tesla, a Serbian-American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist,& futurist who is best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system, but also for his mystical application of magnetism, advocacy of wireless solutions & much more…

1871 – Birthday of Marcel Proust, French novelist, critic, and essayist

1875 – Birthday of Mary McLeod Bethune, an American educator, stateswoman, philanthropist, humanitarian & civil rights activist best known for starting a private school for African-American students in Daytona Beach, Florida. It later continued to develop as Bethune-Cookman University. She also was appointed as a national adviser to president Franklin D. Roosevelt as part of what was known as his Black Cabinet. She was known as “The First Lady of The Struggle” because of her commitment to gain better lives for African Americans.

Born in Mayesville, South Carolina, to parents who had been slaves, she started working in fields with her family at age five. She took an early interest in becoming educated; with the help of benefactors, Bethune attended college hoping to become a missionary in Africa. She started a school for African-American girls.

She was president of the college from 1923 to 1942, and 1946 to 1947. She was one of the few women in the world to serve as a college president at that time.

Bethune was also active in women’s clubs, which were strong civic organizations supporting & other needs, becoming a national leader. After working on the presidential campaign for Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1932, she was invited as a member of his Cabinet. She advised him on concerns of black people & helped share Roosevelt’s message & achievements with blacks, who had historically been Republican voters since the Civil War. At the time, blacks had been largely disenfranchised in the South since the turn of the century, so she was speaking to black voters across the North. Upon her death, the good doctor.”

1921 – Belfast’s Bloody Sunday: Sixteen people are killed and 161 houses destroyed during rioting and gun battles in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

1925 – Meher Baba begins his silence of 44 years. His followers observe Silence Day on this date in commemoration.

1925 – Scopes Trial: In Dayton, Tennessee, the so-called “Monkey Trial” begins of John T. Scopes, a young high school science teacher accused of teaching evolution in violation of the Butler Act.

1966 – The Chicago Freedom Movement, led by Martin Luther King, Jr., holds a rally at Soldier Field in Chicago. As many as 60,000 people attend.

1975 – Deathday of Eurythmist Marie Savitch : ihr Leben und Wirken für Rudolf Steiners eurythmischen Impuls

1985 – The Greenpeace vessel Rainbow Warrior is bombed and sunk in Auckland harbour by French DGSE agents, killing Fernando Pereira.

1991 – Boris Yeltsin takes office as the first elected President of Russia.

1992 – In Miami, former Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega is sentenced to 40 years in prison for drug and racketeering violations.

1998 – Catholic Church sexual abuse cases: The Diocese of Dallas agrees to pay $23.4 million to nine former altar boys who claimed they were sexually abused by Rudolph Kos, a former priest.


POD (Poem Of the Day)

Susan Seddon Boulet.

~O Soul of an ancient creature
Come here to drink at our great inland sea
Let me caress your velvet horns of sense & reason
Implanted in your forehead like lightning rods to the sky…
O King, your dusty hoofs tramp a new trail
Worn smooth by my ritual dance to you



Dear Friends – I am just now landing back in Chicago after a magical family road trip which we have dubbed our ‘Southern Tour’. I will attempt thru this little travel-loge to re-acclimatize, digest & share this amazing journey. (Friends- please fill in any details I may have neglected)

It started out being a pilgrimage to visit our daughter Ultra-Violet’s godfather Papillion De Boar, & his family, who live in Asheville NC. Of course, whenever I travel I always reach out to try & connect with other Anthroposophers along the way. I remembered that Barbara Bittles lived in Nashville, since I almost drove out there when Margret Shipman came in to do a workshop there a while back. So, I sent Barbara an email,  & the next thing I knew she was inviting me to come do a program for St. John’s.

Her friend Charlotte Brakebill & her husband Don were going to drive up from Maryville, but then asked if I would come out there instead to offer the program to her long standing group as well. What a blessing!

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So interesting how destiny works, I have been envisioning that when my daughter went off to college, I might start to do more touring with the intention of sharing my spiritual scientific research, lectures & festivals…& here it was, already happening!

Our 1st stop was Fox Hollow, a thriving Organic & Biodynamic farm, in Crestwood, KY. We were met by Maggie Keith, co-founder with her mother Janey Newton who call themselves 3rd & 4th generation land stewards. And even though it was 90 degrees in the late afternoon, Maggie graciously took us on a personal tour, since Janey was away attending the Renewal workshop.  Maggie’s love of literature & mathematics landed her a degree in business, & thru her efforts the farm has become sustainable.

Folks were coming in to pick up produce from the four ASA’s run by farmers who lease parts of the land to grow their own crops, as well as interns learning the biodynamic protocols.

Butterflies & bees, birds & cows were everywhere. Along with the pastures & plots of growing veggies, here & there on various sacred spots over the 1300 acres stand these amazing stone sculptures, intense & upright, like hewn acupuncture needles enhancing the power of the land. Thru workshops over the years folks have worked with anthroposophical sculptor Marco Pogacnik to create these inspiring mineral lightning rods to the spirit.

I could write a whole post on this working paradise, but to save time, I encourage you to checkout their website for yourself.

After exploring the prep barn; the grounds where they hold concerts; the cultural center & library; we went into Louisville to sample some food grown at Fox Hollow, featured at a local restaurant. We arrived just in time to avoid a wild thunder-storm that cut the electricity for a bit. After dinner we ran across the street to take in some great Jazz music from a local band. When we emerged, we were greeted by a rainbow.

The next morning we drove to Nashville, where it was 100 degrees! What a joy to be welcomed into the home of Barbara Bittles. She shared with us the story of how two days after Margret Shipman had done a program there a few years back, a tree was struck by lightning, which fell on the house & burnt it to the ground! We reflected at how powerful the Hierarchies are, which was the subject of the program! She can tell the story with awe & wonder, since after the fire she was able to build a house, which is a suitable home to so many anthroposophical endeavors, including services for the Christian Community.

We had a little time, so we took a field trip to see ‘The Parthenon’, which is a full-scale replica of the original Temple in Athens, & all I can say is WOW. Alan LeQuire’s 1990 re-creation of the Athena Parthenos statue is the focus of the Parthenon in the ‘Athens of the South’ just like it was in ancient Greece.

So even though I was hot & hungry,  I was super charged: 1st by the rainbow in Louisville; & of course Barbara’s story of the lightning struck house, with its rising from the ashes; & then the powerful image of Athena. I felt touched by the gods.

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I love how karma & destiny unfolds. I was now set to bring in the New Mysteries of St. Johns-Tide for the Nashville group.

Soon about 20 local folks gathered for a potluck before our Festival. My dear friend Lori Kulik drove all the way in from DC with her friend Marlisa for the program, & to visit another friend in the area. Cathy Green brought a song, so we began in the parlor to hear the Calendar of the Soul verse & sing together; then we went into the library for the Festival.

Such a wonderful diverse group; some folks like Martha Bartles, who played music for the eurythmists in Stuttgart, have been working with Anthroposophy for over 50 years! Everyone was so present & willing to participate, & join in on the lively discussions. We ended with a song led by my daughter Ultra-Violet about fire-flies; then a delightful story from “The Wind in the Willows” shared by Cindy Turner, & a spirited question & answer time.

Since my family & I had never been to Nashville before, a group of us went out afterwards to take in the local night life.

The next morning, I awoke just before dawn – it was the 4th of July – & there shining in from the window was the bright red Being of Mars calling me to the day!

And what a glorious fiery day it was, heating up to over 100 degrees. Before we set out, we got to have a great conversation over coffee with Barbara, where she shared a bit of her biography. These are the kind of interactions that are so heart-warming & important for human connection. If it wasn’t for the holiday we could have talked all day!

We made our way to Broadway before the crowds, to celebrate Independence Day – or as I like to call it our Inter-dependence Day! We took in band after band of everything from funk & rock, to good ol’ Country music, the atmosphere teeming with a joyful festive atmosphere. In the evening after it cooled down a hair we took in another show & I danced & danced with the sheer joy of Summer.

I won’t even go into all the great food we sampled in ‘Music City USA’, before we hit the road to Asheville NC the next day.

The Great Smokey Mountains are breathtaking, with waterfalls & cool mist, a welcome change of climate for sure. Along with our visit with Ultra’s godfather Papi & family, Ko’alani, Oriah & little Waken, I met up with Marnie Muller, a local Asheville Anthroposopher. We spent the afternoon talking Steiner & taking in the sights. Many other Anthro. friends were out of town for the holiday weekend, so I hope to return another time to do a program in beautiful Asheville.

Chuck found an Elderberry tree, which we thought was a good sign. After more music, some clog dancing, & a sprig of St John’s Wort from Ko’alani’s garden, we were on the road again, this time to Knoxville TN, where Bill Rogers met us off the highway, to guide us to their homestead on the peninsula. Bonnie Rogers served us up some iced tea & we all shared how we came to Anthroposophy. Charlotte & Don came by early, & she shared her thoughts on how important communication is, & asked what we can do to bring folks together more effectively in the Anthroposophical Society?

After more biography stories, folks starting come in with loads of food for the potluck. We had a lovely time breaking bread, with intriguing conversations & lots of laughter.

The participation & discussion during, & after the festival was so enriching. Jennifer Stamper spoke to her gratitude in seeing the divine in nature. Gina Tullock shared her insights into the Christ Impulse. Jim Gray gave us the math for the procession of the Equinoxes. Angela Grillingham’s face was glowing whenever we sang. Michael Kull helped hold the singing, read a lot of the quotes & took pictures to capture the event. Charlotte led the question & answer time, & her request got us outside to experience the Halleluiah in eurythmy (Thanks Mary Rudd for your insights which I shared)

After some desert, our family went into Knoxville to experience Market Square; what a great town. During the festival Michael Kull mentioned the amazing coincidence of seeing a mural downtown with the word Metanoia on it along with its definition.  Well, by chance while we were walking around, we ran across it!

A few folks also said there was a mural with dragon-flies there as well, which we also talked about in the presentation! I felt like it was an affirmation from the Spiritual World. Another powerful blessing in deed. (I hope to post my art presentation with the Steiner’s quotes & poems etc. tomorrow)

When we returned, after seeing a red fox on the way, Bill got out some lemon bars that he had forgotten to serve & we had another round of desert, staying up talking till almost midnight. When we finally went to our lovely room, I could hear Ultra playing the ukulele upstairs, sending us off to a good sleep.

Bill was up bright & early the next morning, he set a beautiful table complete with his great grandmother’s colorful china. Bonnie & Bill treated us like the royal family. We had a wonderful breakfast with fruit & home-baked bread, & a delicious egg casserole thoughtfully made ahead of time by Vicki Owenby. And that set us up for the road trip home.

Since highway 65 was under construction we took the scenic route, stopping to visit a goat farm, & made it to Chicago as the sky was turning bright pink & orange – The great inland sea welcoming us home.

Dear Friends, Thank you all for sharing your spirit. I don’t have the words to express my gratitude & the honor I feel having met you. I am a ‘glowworm’ alight with the warmth of all y’all’s generosity & good will. May our connection ever ripen & grow thru many seasons to come.


Here, as promised are the art collages from the presentation…/Summer-2018-Cosmic-rapture


How To Know, Confront, and Work with Evil

A Weekend Workshop with Rev. Bastiaan Baan

At the Christian Community, 2135 W. Wilson Chicago, Il. 60625

Saturday 4 August 2018, 10 am – 8 pm

Sunday 5 August 2018, 11:45am – 5 pm

Fee is a Sliding Scale $25 – $100

Please Rsvp to Rev. Ann Burfeind


by Grace KahnBy Sophia Karris

20 August 2018 ~MORAL MONDAY~ CHICAGO-STYLE: 7 pm – 9 pm 

“When The Trees Melt Away In A Sun Soaked Cotton Dream”

A going away party for the Class of 2018 & an PDF Art Exhibit PDF with PDF Musical Performances from the Youth at Elderberries Chicago 4251 N. Lincoln Ave.

Illustrations by Grace Kahn, & Sophia Karris.

New works by Shanti Rogers, Art booth by Liz Rosu-Rosenberg

Songs from “Beyond Blue and Red” by  Ultra-Violet Archer 

Chance Schneider DJ Grapefruit Effect

$10 Donation –MORE or less (Youth under 21 FREE)


How We Will: Organizing a Bare Bones Threefold Cultural Revolution

Hosted by Urban First Aid – Art As Medicine & The Elderberries 3Fold Café Chicago

Aug 30 at 12 PM to Sep 3 at 2 PM

Elderberries 3fold Cafe 4251 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60618-2953, United States

The Cultural Revolution continues! Organizing for systemic change – a separation of powers into three different spheres of action:
Culture – Economics – Political
Freedom – Kinship – Equality

2018 is a pivotal year in the United States and also around the world. We will step into organizing the three spheres particularly, through what lives already in our community and then seeking beyond to allies and partners.

Step by step organizing strategies and tools will be at the forefront of this bare bones session of How We Will – 3folding our Cultural Revolution. We will strategize together as to how to bring about a community of like-minded organizations working in agriculture, education, medicine, art and more which can open up a conversation on Rudolf Steiner’s work for a threefold consideration.

We will make a beginning state by state to see what is possible. This organizing consideration can be brought about anywhere in the world. As Dr. Barber says for the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival – ‘we’re building a movement not a moment.’ This means we will continue to be connected throughout the year with ideas of implementation and the shared experiences of what we are learning in our own region of the country or world.

Elderberries 3fold Cafe community went from mustard seed to tree this past year. Standing at the forefront of the California Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival we recognize and experience the time is at hand for a systemic change whereby three separate spheres come forth to turn the tide to a more beautiful humanity in all its complexities.

For more info. Contact  Frank Alephagrama