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Second-Order Thinking: What Smart People Use to Outperform

How we Think has consequences – in our actions – in relation to others – to nature, to ourselves, & in the course of human evolution…

Is there a way that human beings can see, & be, in & with, the world, so that we can take hold of the process of becoming in such a way that it constantly develops anew, thru this seeing & being – A seeing that becomes a cognition of the heart; a way of being that develops a moral life?

Ethics and Morality – On Art and Aesthetics

To be moral is to be in right relationship.

Runaway Rant: A Problem with Morality and Art – Art & Crit by Eric Wayne
Terrence Blackhold

This is a living expression of spiritual reality – the essence behind the workings of this world. This kind of reality which we can seek to unveil for each other – which we can envision in every human being – is needed for us to become active co-creators – unfolding a reality of transformation – a humanizing – in all its relation-ships.

Opinion | The Morality of Selfism - The New York Times
Earnest Quenttan

Rudolf Steiner advanced a quest for knowledge that sought & recognized the power of our personal development in the meeting with the world & thru the meeting with others. The act of knowing, becomes participation in these often challenging relationships, creating a wise perspective that is open to tolerance, developing interest, which can manifest Love.

The only way is ethics: what are the moral obligations of a graphic  designer?
Vin Blaxor

Understanding ‘the other’ as a free human being, poses the difficult trial of understanding them thru their own concepts. Not always an easy thing, since we have to put our own opinions & judgement aside.  According to Steiner in his “Philosophy of Freedom”: “…We must take over into our own spirit those concepts by which the other determines themselves.

How Optical Illusions Help and Protect Your Thinking – You Must Get Healthy

It is mutuality that enables knowing, which leads to empathy & understanding.  Then a shared space can arise which not only has a center, but which is formed from the relationship of both “focal points.”

~hag

A list of mutual aid funds and volunteer groups to help Pittsburghers in  need | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper

Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

International Kissing Day - US

International Kissing Day

The Prophet Isaiah: “More an Evangelist than a Prophet” - Royal Doors

Feast Day of the 1st Prophet – Isaiah 7:14 “Therefore the Lord shall give you by itself a sign; Behold, a virgin shall be with child and will bear a son and shall call his name Emmanuel”

Patron Saint Who? | Under the Tuscan Thumb

Feast Day of Saint Romulus of Fiesole. Like the Romulus of ancient Roman legend, the story goes he was also abandoned, suckled by a wolf, & captured, raised & baptized by Saint Peter

Jan Hus | Bohemian religious leader | Britannica

1415 – Deathday of Jan Hus, considered the first Church reformer, since he lived before Luther, Calvin & Zwingli. Hus was a key predecessor to Protestantism. He was burned at the stake for heresy on this day.

Execution of Sir Thomas Moore

1535 – Sir Thomas More is executed for treason against King Henry VIII of England

Marc Chagall (1887-1985) | Autoportrait | 1940s, Paintings | Christie's

1887 – Birthday of Marc Chagall, Belarusian-French painter & poet

Homestead Strike | Summary & Significance | Britannica

1892 – 3,800 striking steelworkers engage in a day-long battle with Pinkerton agents during the Homestead Strike, leaving ten dead & dozens wounded

Face | Frida kahlo portraits, Portrait, Frida kahlo

1907 – Birthday of Frida Kahlo

Battle of Aqaba - Wikipedia

1917 – World War I: Arabian troops led by Lawrence of Arabia capture Aqaba from the Ottoman Empire during the Arab Revolt

Dalai Lama Net Worth 2020: Age, Height, Weight, Girlfriend, Dating,  Bio-Wiki | Wealthy Persons

1935 – Birthday of the 14th Dalai Lama

Timeline: Key moments, milestones in Jackie Robinson's life

1944 – Jackie Robinson refuses to move to the back of a bus, leading to a court-martial

Half-Century Mystery Of The Hartford Circus Fire - YouTube

1944 – The Hartford circus fire, kills approximately 168 people &injures over 700

Soviet AK47 and AK 74 Automatic Rifles – Functional Differences – THE  SANGHA KOMMUNE

1947 – The AK-47 goes into production in the Soviet Union.

FEATURE: The Musical Big Bang: Why John Lennon and Paul McCartney's First  Meeting Is the Most Important Moment in Music — Music Musings & Such

1957 – John Lennon & Paul McCartney meet for the first time, as teenagers at Woolton Fete, three years before forming the Beatles

William Faulkner presentation

1962 – Deathday of William Faulkner, Nobel Prize laureate

Sedan (nuclear test) - Wikipedia

1962 – As a part of Operation Plowshare, the Sedan nuclear test takes place

Louis Armstrong, jazz legend, dies in 1971 - New York Daily News

1971 – Deathday of Louis Armstrong

Piper Alpha - Wikipedia

1988 – The Piper Alpha drilling platform in the North Sea is destroyed by explosions & fires. 167 oil workers are killed

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Frida Kahlo: “The Little Dear” (1946) | Famous Mexican Artists
quote-nothing-is-absolute-everything-changes-everything-moves-everything-revolves-everything-frida-kahlo-51-11-54  | Girl of 1000 Wonders
women in art podcast — Melanie LaBarge

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August 8-18 ‘Classroom Alive’ Youth Open-Source Learning in Chicago

UVA

We’re starting up with Culture in our community – join young people here in Chicago for a 10 day walking journey – Classroom Alive Chicago!

Exploration & experiencial learning all over Chicagoland, starting at at Elderberries 3-Fold Bio-dynamic Outpost & Cultrual Hub 4251 N. Lincolon Ave. Chicago, IL. 60618

for more info. contact Ultra-Violet Archer, or Frank Agrama

Details TBA #ClassroomAliveChicago2020

Thank you for forwarding this flier for any interested young people –

Co-sponsored in part by The Rudolf Steiner Branch Chicago Hazel Archer-Ginsberg, Festival & Program Coordinator

August 20-23, 2020 Questions of Courage Youth Conference at Elderberries

Frank Agrma

Questions of Courage 2020 in Chicago – August 20-23 Elderberries Biodynamic Outpost and 3Fold Cultural Hub 4251 N. Lincolon Ave. Chicago, IL. 60618

August 20: Check-in, share conversation, build the ground for the journey together.

August 21-22: Travel to Wisconsin Move together towards the land, link up with Farmer John and Haidy Angelic Organics Biodynamic Farm, and also with Dana and Phil Burns at Healing Traditions and Alizur farm. Connect with the land, plants, animals, and one another, through creative explorations and “roughin’ it” type amendments. Sleep under the stars or indoors.

August 23: Return to Chicago Enter back into the metropolitan context, into the social questions of urban life, and close the gathering together at Elderberries, setting the ground for future work out of questions of courage that are present.

Other locations and collaborators are currently in dialogue, and will be updated here.

The gathering is essentially about stepping into the living natural element, step by step, making an integral connection, with one another, ourselves, and the elements that support us here on the Earth…”

registration: https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSdY7KXHkjUPV2h9UD…/viewform

Thank you Elderberries for giving us an anchor to build our heartland gathering around!

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August 27-30, HOW WE WILL 2020

~hag

At Elderberries 3-fold Bio-Dynamic Outpost

for more info. contact Frank Agrama or Dottie Zold

Details TBA Co-sponsored in part by The Rudolf Steiner Branch Chicago -Hazel Archer-Ginsberg, Festival & Program Coordinator

Independence Eclipsed

Eclipse Season Finale: July 4 Full Moon Eclipse Astrology - Crystal B.  Astrology
Barry Frank

Dear friends, if you go out at around 10 pm on the 4th of July, & gaze at Bella Luna & if you are observant, you will notice something strange happening on the moon – a partial penumbral eclipse – the last of 3 eclipses of this eclipse season.

July 2020: Welcome Jupiter & Saturn - Sky & Telescope - Sky & Telescope

This July full moon – the Thunder / Buck Moon will shine on the sky’s dome among the stars of Sagittarius, near Jupiter, whose 12 year cycle gives us insights into the dimension of space, & Saturn – god of Time. These Beings of Space & Time are now at their best. Later this month, Earth will pass between each of these worlds & the Sun, so that both Jupiter & Saturn reach their oppositions, Jupiter on July 13-14 & Saturn on July 20.

疫情日记1】我不在风暴中心- Matters
Sea of Time & Space – William Blake

A lunar eclipse can only happen at full moon, but more often than not the full moon swings above or below the Earth’s shadow. Astronomers say the moon is full when it’s precisely 180 degrees opposite the Sun. Since this kind of eclipse is very subtle, we will have to apply our imaginative cognition to call up the cosmic mysteries available – a means of slipping thru Time & Space to gather deep insights from the starry script –unveiling the secrets of the Beings of the stars. Not only can you be a witness to these mysteries you can   be part of the conversation inscribing into the realm of the Stars, not only your own personal hopes & dreams, but taking up if you will, the responsibility of holding the light for all of humanity during this obscure Summer-time eclipse.

Independence Day Painting by Clare Radigan | Saatchi Art
Clare Radigan

How interesting that it should come on July 4th! Can we hold the true values of Independence Day during this darkening? Can we envision an Interdependence during this current pandemonium, that brings the countenance of humanity together in the light of Freedom & Love…???  

Sweatlodge / Temazcal - THE NATURE WITHIN
J. Buie

From almost everywhere worldwide, the moon will appear plenty full to the eye on the nights of July 4-6. That’s because, for several days around full moon, the moon remains more or less opposite the Sun, & appears in Earth’s sky for most hours of the night. The ancient mystery schools celebrated the Full Moon for 3 days, starting on the Eve – which is TONIGHT.

Voracious dawn Painting by Hans Wallner | Saatchi Art
Hans Wallner

Look for Bella Luna to appear low in your eastern sky around sunset. She will climb highest up for the night around midnight & will shine low in your western sky at dawn. In other words, look for the Moon to light up the sky from dusk till dawn.

Coin Ninja News
Ben Libber

In North America, we call the July Full Moon the Buck Moon, Thunder Moon or Hay Moon. At this time of year, buck deer begin to grow velvety antlers, while farmers are working to put hay in their barns, & trying to avoid the summer season’s frequent thunder showers.

hay moon | Journeying to the Goddess
Bobby Fanterling

Global Event: Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

Local Type: Penumbral Lunar Eclipse, in Chicago

Begins: Sat, Jul 4, 2020 at 10:07 pm

Maximum: Sat, Jul 4, 2020 at 11:29 pm -0.644 Magnitude

Ends: Sun, Jul 5, 2020 at 12:52 am

Duration: 2 hours, 45 minutes

renaissance-art: Giulio Romano c. 1532-1534 The Assembly of Gods Around  Jupiter's Throne Sala dei Giganti | Renaissance art, Classic art, Art
Guilio Romano

I think my thought.

And, I am a thought; thought by the Hierarchies of the cosmos.

My eternal being consists in this: That the thought of the Hierarchies is eternal. And when I have been thought out by one sphere of the Hierarchies, then I am passed on—just like the thought of the teacher is passed on to the pupil—from one Being to another, in order that each choir of angels may ponder me in my eternal, true nature.

And so it is; that I feel myself within the thought-world of the Cosmos.

May I make of myself a fit food for the gods – That I may add to the body of Anthroposophia, working consciously with Michael & The Christ in me…

~hag

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

Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Study Theology, Even If You Don't Believe in God - The Atlantic

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

Cornelius the Centurion | For All the Saints
Gerbrand van den Eeckhout

 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.

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.

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.

1035 – William the Conqueror becomes the Duke of Normandy

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

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.

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

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

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

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The Image of God and the Present Culture War - Rev. Peter M Preble | Rev.  Peter M Preble

Not being able to travel to present my Spiritual Research, I made a little page to share some recorded offerings. Please tune in & freely pass them on…Thanks…xox

As of September 2020 I am ready to bring my Festivals, Lectures & Programs to your community once again! 

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August 8-18 ‘Classroom Alive’ Youth Open-Source Learning in Chicago

UVA

We’re starting up with Culture in our community – join young people here in Chicago for a 10 day walking journey – Classroom Alive Chicago!

Exploration & experiencial learning all over Chicagoland, starting at at Elderberries 3-Fold Bio-dynamic Outpost & Cultrual Hub 4251 N. Lincolon Ave. Chicago, IL. 60618

for more info. contact Ultra-Violet Archer, or Frank Agrama

Details TBA #ClassroomAliveChicago2020

Thank you for forwarding this flier for any interested young people –

Co-sponsored in part by The Rudolf Steiner Branch Chicago Hazel Archer-Ginsberg, Festival & Program Coordinator

August 20-23, 2020 Questions of Courage Youth Conference at Elderberries

Questions of Courage 2020 in Chicago – August 20-23 Elderberries Biodynamic Outpost and 3Fold Cultural Hub 4251 N. Lincolon Ave. Chicago, IL. 60618

August 20: Check-in, share conversation, build the ground for the journey together.

August 21-22: Travel to Wisconsin Move together towards the land, link up with Farmer John and Haidy Angelic Organics Biodynamic Farm, and also with Dana and Phil Burns at Healing Traditions and Alizur farm. Connect with the land, plants, animals, and one another, through creative explorations and “roughin’ it” type amendments. Sleep under the stars or indoors.

August 23: Return to Chicago Enter back into the metropolitan context, into the social questions of urban life, and close the gathering together at Elderberries, setting the ground for future work out of questions of courage that are present.

Other locations and collaborators are currently in dialogue, and will be updated here.

The gathering is essentially about stepping into the living natural element, step by step, making an integral connection, with one another, ourselves, and the elements that support us here on the Earth…”

registration: https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSdY7KXHkjUPV2h9UD…/viewform

Thank you Elderberries for giving us an anchor to build our heartland gathering around!

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August 27-30, HOW WE WILL 2020

At Elderberries 3-fold Bio-Dynamic Outpost

for more info. contact Frank Agrama or Dottie Zold

Details TBA Co-sponsored in part by The Rudolf Steiner Branch Chicago -Hazel Archer-Ginsberg, Festival & Program Coordinator

Witness to the Light

File:Domenico Ghirlandaio - Preaching of St John the Baptist (detail) - WGA8865.jpg
Domenico Ghirlandaio

Who is this John the Baptist? (continued)

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

Piero, battesimo di cristo 04.jpg
Piero della Francesca



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

The Beheading of St. John the Baptist, 1869 - Pierre Puvis de Chavannes
Pierre Puvis de Chavannes



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

Why is John the Baptist Shown in Many Icons with Wings? - The Catalog of  Good Deeds

The spirit, or angel, of John the Baptist, becomes the guardian of the apostles, appearing especially after the “rich young man”, Lazarus underwent the first initiation in the ‘New Mysteries’, accomplished thru Christ Jesus, achieving the name John.

Baptism Of Christ Artwork By Pietro Perugino Oil Painting & Art Prints On  Canvas For Sale - PaintingStar.com Art Online Store
Pietro Perugino

Instead of being performed in the secret inner sanctum of the temple, as it was in the past, this new initiation was done as an example, out in plain sight. It is not coincidence that they both take on the name John, because Johannes E-O-Ah is a powerful title sounding a high stage of initiation.

Crucifixion with the Virgin, Mary Magdalen and St John the Evangelist  Painting by Cornelis Engebrechtsz



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

Saint John the Evangelist Writing the Book of Revelation Painting | Carlo  Dolci Oil Paintings
Carlo Dolci


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

JESUS BAPTISED BY JOHN THE BAPTIST - WHAT HAPPENED?

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

Tomorrow I will try to bring a synthesis to this theme

Blessings & Peace ~Hazel Archer Ginsberg

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Maps | Vilayet of Adana | Dörtyol | Religion | Festivals :: Houshamadyan -  a project to reconstruct Ottoman Armenian town and village life

Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Horoscopes for the Full Moon in Leo - February 2020 ~ Chani Nicholas

26 June 2020 – “Speaking with the Stars”: Bella Luna, almost at first quarter, shines in the dim hind feet of Leo this evening. Above the Moon you’ll find brighter, Denebola, Leo’s tail tip.

The Spring Triangle | Space

Denebola forms an almost perfectly equilateral triangle with brighter Spica off to the left, & Arcturus, brighter still, above them.

Venus and stars low in the dawn, late June 2020

Venus (occult Mercury) as Morning Star, is getting a little higher & easier to spot in the east-northeast as dawn brightens.

Antique Print - JULIAN THE APOSTATE-ROMAN EMPEROR-HERETICS-DE HOOGHE after  ARNOLD - 1701 · Pictura Antique Prints

363 – Julian the Apostate murdered. Rudolf Steiner speaks a lot about him as Tycho Brahe, astronomer, astrologer & alchemist & Herzeloyde, Percival’s mother, in Karmic Relationships Vol. 4 Lec. 5

Saint of the Day - 26 June - Saint Vigilius of Trent - Saint of the Day

405 – St. Vigilius murdered in Rendena Valley, Italy, where he had been preaching against the worship of the god Saturn. Vigilius said Mass & overturned a statue of the god into the River. As punishment, he was stoned to death. Ironically, a statue of the god Neptune stands in front of Vigilius’ shrine in Trent today.

The Iborō people and En no Gyoja – 飯母呂衆と役行者 - BKRBUDO

699 – En no Ozuno, a Japanese mystic said to have supernatural powers, regarded as the founder of the folk religion Shugendō, is banished to Izu Ōshima.

Coat of arms of Poland - Poland.pl

1295 – Przemysł II crowned king of Poland. The white eagle is added to the Polish coat of arms.

Grand Master of the Teutonic Order - Wikipedia

1407 – Ulrich von Jungingen becomes Grand Master of the Teutonic Knights.

Beginning of the Great Western Schism | Reformation 500

1409 – Western Schism: Three men simultaneously claimed to be the true pope. Driven by politics rather than any theological disagreement, the schism was ended by the Council of Constance.

NPG 148; King Richard III - conservation research - National Portrait  Gallery

1483 – Richard III becomes King of England

1510 – Michelangelo completes his painting of Jeremiah on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.  Michelangelo once remarked that “In painting, the idea is an image that the intellect of the painter has to see with interior eyes in the greatest silence and secrecy”. That’s why the prophet Jeremiah has his mouth covered & finger extended in the ‘signum harpocraticum’, an ancient gesture of silence signifying profound esoteric knowledge. Origen, Christianity’s first theologian, states that you will not understand the prophet’s wisdom “if you do not listen in a hidden manner”. Jeremiah’s books in the Old Testament, like all scripture & art, require an esoteric interpretation.

(For Fuji) 1927 – The Cyclone roller coaster opens on Coney Island

1945: The San Francisco Conference | United Nations

1945 – The United Nations Charter is signed by 50 nations

On This Day in 1963, JFK Gives His Best Anti-Communism Speech in Berlin

1963 – U.S. President John F. Kennedy gave his “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech, underlining the support of the United States for democratic West Germany shortly after Soviet-supported East Germany erected the Berlin Wall

Pope to make pilgrimage to Fatima for child saints-to-be - Business Insider

2000 – Pope John Paul II reveals the third secret of Fátima

Legal Battle Over Gay Marriage Hits The Supreme Court Tuesday : It's All  Politics : NPR

2015 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled, that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marriage under the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution

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Iryna Fedasiuk

POD (poem Of the Day)

~On that afternoon
As the grapes were flowering
I stood in my garden & heard death fingering his lyre among the wild violets…
8 was the # of his song
12 gods, 1 note dividing, harmony returning…
I laid aside my troubles, gathering what I knew
I dressed in the skin of a priest
& hurried toward the light
Bearing the light
I am
Heading toward the unknown…

~hag

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Friday 26 June OR Sunday 28 June, 2020 Goethe’s Primordial Plant Workshop with Victoria Martin 

Urpflanze Magic Art Workshop with Victoria Martin – Create your own Totem Plant Portrait on 8 x 32 Archival Canvas.

$15 – $25 (or pay what you will) includes Tuition & All Materials. Space is limited to 10, so please reserve your spot. Each session is a stand alone event.

2 opportunities to Create:

Friday 26 – Doors open 4:30pm, Lecture, Demo & Art Making: 5 pm – 6:30 pm, Critique & Soiree 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

OR

Sunday 28 – Doors open: 2:30pm, Lecture, Demo & Art Making: 3 pm – 4:30 pm, Critique & Soiree: 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Please bring Paleo Snacks to share. RSVP by Thursday June 25 Contact viccimartin@gmail.com or call 312-961-3380.

~Rudolf Steiner Branch of Chicago Festivals & Programs Coordinator Hazel Archer-Ginsberg

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Sat. 27 June 2020 Werbeck Singing workshop 9 am – 5 pm

9 am – 3:30 pm Sat. 27 June 2020 with Alicia Burns at Elderberries 3-Fold Bio-dynamic Outpost & Cultural Hub 4251 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL. 60618

$25-$65 or pay it forward

…the human voice needs no training, it is already there, finished and perfect as an entity. What the voice is waiting for is liberation. We should speak of freeing the voice, or better yet uncovering the voice, and not voice-training. ~ Valborg Werbeck-Svärdström, creator of the Werbeck Singing Method

Details TBA. for more info. contact Frank Agrama

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August 8-18 ‘Classroom Alive’ Youth Open-Source Learning in Chicago

We’re starting up with Culture in our community – join young people here in Chicago for a 10 day walking journey – Classroom Alive Chicago!

Exploration & experiencial learning all over Chicagoland, starting at at Elderberries 3-Fold Bio-dynamic Outpost & Cultrual Hub 4251 N. Lincolon Ave. Chicago, IL. 60618

for more info. contact Ultra-Violet Archer, or Frank Agrama

Details TBA #ClassroomAliveChicago2020

Thank you for forwarding this flier for any interested young people –

Co-sponsored in part by The Rudolf Steiner Branch Chicago Hazel Archer-Ginsberg, Festival & Program Coordinator

August 20-23, 2020 Questions of Courage Youth Conference at Elderberries

Questions of Courage 2020 in Chicago – August 20-23 Elderberries Biodynamic Outpost and 3Fold Cultural Hub 4251 N. Lincolon Ave. Chicago, IL. 60618

August 20: Check-in, share conversation, build the ground for the journey together.

August 21-22: Travel to Wisconsin Move together towards the land, link up with Farmer John and Haidy Angelic Organics Biodynamic Farm, and also with Dana and Phil Burns at Healing Traditions and Alizur farm. Connect with the land, plants, animals, and one another, through creative explorations and “roughin’ it” type amendments. Sleep under the stars or indoors.

August 23: Return to Chicago Enter back into the metropolitan context, into the social questions of urban life, and close the gathering together at Elderberries, setting the ground for future work out of questions of courage that are present.

Other locations and collaborators are currently in dialogue, and will be updated here.

The gathering is essentially about stepping into the living natural element, step by step, making an integral connection, with one another, ourselves, and the elements that support us here on the Earth…”

registration: https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSdY7KXHkjUPV2h9UD…/viewform

Thank you Elderberries for giving us an anchor to build our heartland gathering around!

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August 27-30, HOW WE WILL 2020

At Elderberries 3-fold Bio-Dynamic Outpost

for more info. contact Frank Agrama or Dottie Zold

Details TBA Co-sponsored in part by The Rudolf Steiner Branch Chicago -Hazel Archer-Ginsberg, Festival & Program Coordinator

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Preparing the Upper Room

"Woman Alone"
Alyson Guy

Dear friends – As seekers on the path, have you ever felt utterly alone, overwhelmed, or even a bit lost? Perhaps when you 1st began to know anthroposophy? Rudolf Steiner speaks of this in ‘How To Know Higher Worlds’ & in the 5th Gospel, as a sign that we are on the path of initiation.  

Groups — Solace Family Counseling - Annapolis, Maryland
Berry Fenkell

In our time of confinement, we have an opportunity to recognize & acknowledge the isolation that can come from our striving, a mirroring of the experience of the apostles those 10 days between Ascension & Whitsun. That uncomfortable feeling when waiting feels like wrestling – a soul space where inner development can thrive.

The Fountain Of Love Mandala — KATE BEDELL
Kate Bedell

May we join our spirits together in the upper room of our soul, & take to heart these words from Dr. Steiner:

The Truth Shall Set You Free Painting by Amber Hadden
Amy Decker

“In regard to our future growth, the Holy Spirit is for us humans the Spirit of development into a free humanity, into the free human soul. The Spirit of freedom holds sway in that Spirit which poured itself out over the first understanders of Christianity, in the first Christian Pentecostal festival, the Spirit whose most significant characteristic was indicated by Christ Himself: “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free!

Humanity can become free only in the spirit. So long as it is dependent on the bodily nature in which its spirit dwells, so long does it remain its slave. Humanity can become free, only when it finds itself again in spirit, and from out of the spirit becomes lord over that which is in it.

“To become free” presupposes the discovery of oneself as a spirit within oneself. The true spirit in which we can make this discovery is the universal human spirit, which we recognise as the Pentecostal power of the Holy Spirit entering into us, and which we must bring to birth in ourselves and allow to come to manifestation”…

We can believe in the future when in very truth we understand the Whitsun thought. And then there comes before us the mighty picture, with a force that works like a force present in the soul itself. Then do we feel the future, as the first understanders felt it under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, if only we are willing to make alive in our souls that which knows nothing of the boundaries separating the different parts of humanity and speaks a language which all souls, all the world over, can understand. We feel the thought of peace, of love, of harmony, which lies in the Whitsun thought. And we feel this Whitsun thought enlivening our Whitsun festival. We feel it to be a surety for our hope of freedom and eternity. Because we feel the individualised spirit awakening in our souls, there awakens in us the most significant element of the spirit: the endlessness of the spiritual. Through sharing in the spiritual, the human being can become conscious of his immortality and his eternity. And in the Whitsun thought we truly realise the power of those primal words which Initiate after Initiate continued to implant, and which reveal to us the meaning of wisdom and eternity: we feel them as a Whitsun thought, handed on from epoch to epoch, in the words which to-day for the first time sound forth:

Being is ranged by Being in the widths of Space,
Being follows on Being in the courses of Time,
If you remain only in widths of Space, in courses of Time,
Then, 0 human being, you are in the passing world alone.
But above us with power our soul itself upraises
With divining or knowing, we behold what passes not;
Beyond the widths of Space, beyond the course of Time
In the light of Wisdom eternal!

Wesen reiht sich an Wesen in den Raumesweiten,
Wesen folgt auf Wesen in den Zeitenläufen.
Verbleibst du in Raumesweiten und Zeitenläufen,
Bist du, 0 Mensch, allein in Gebiete der Vergänglichkeit.
Über sie aber erhebt deine Seele sich gewaltiglich,
Wenn sie erahnend oder wissend schaut das Unvergängliche
Jenseits der Raumesweiten und jenseits der Zeitenläufe!

https://wn.rsarchive.org/Lectures/AscenPent/19100515p01.html

(Thanks to Steve Hale for promoting dialogue on Freedom!)

Candle Illuminates Flowers Painting by Derek Gollaher
Dale Lambert

Friends, when we gather to redeem the ether spaces & co-create our Whitsun Fest together 31 May 2020, please consider lighting a candle, or placing a plant, or fresh cut flowers next to your computer, to help strengthen the life-forces during our Zoom gathering.

Rudolf Steiner

~Vitae Sophia~ A Whitsun Festival of United Soul Endeavor with Hazel Archer-Ginsberg

During our time together we will work with the Whitsun imagination to creatively explore how we may engage in the lifting out of the ‘me’ into the ‘we’, out of opinion into wisdom; warming the I, to open the heart, in support of healthy community – to find the ‘we’ in ‘me’. We will endeavor to strengthen our individual soul forces to give birth to Anthroposophia & collectively open the portal into the Spirit worlds.

 Online Whitsunday, 31 May 2020 from 9 am – 10:15 am CDT (7 am – 8:15 am Pacific, 8 am – 9:15 am Mountain, 10 am–11:15 am EDT, ) Zoom Call

*Join Zoom Meeting on computer https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85927907854 

Meeting ID: 859 2790 7854

or Dial in by phone: Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbEIk8kgk1 Meeting ID: 859 2790 7854

Hazel Archer-Ginsberg – Founder of Reverse Ritual Understanding Anthroposophy through the Rhythms of the Year. Essayist, Lecturer, Poet, Trans-denominational Minister, ‘Anthroposopher’, working as the Festivals Coordinator of the Chicago Rudolf Steiner Branch, The Traveling Speakers Program, & the Central Regional Council of the Anthroposophical Society.

Sponsored by the Anthroposophical Society in New Hampshire

For more info. contact deb@anthroposophy.org

Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

National Paper Airplane Day

604 – Deathday of St. Augustine of Canterbury

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

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

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

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

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

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

1976 – Deathday of German Philosopher Martin Heidegger

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Nom Kinnear King

POD (Poem Of the Day)

~Under the Clouds
The Robins nod & bow & walk & fly…
All birds
Of the ethers spin
In countless exhaled breaths…
We are growing, remembering, forgetting, Becoming…
We are the many…
One face changing expression..
~hag

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After Image

Francene Hart

Ascension Sunday – an afterimage from “Crowning“:

If we start to follow our thinking in a state of tranquil contemplation, with attention centered within the heart, a message may begin to unfold.

The spiritual center of our earthly existence resonates as subtle currents in the form of a Being of Light, which can continue to work towards its own transformation.

The lifelines of this emerging form collect at the base of the spine & become a bearer of this eternal grace, moving dynamically into the heart-center, where, in a system of vibratory circles, all the forces intersect & concentrate themselves. This center is the source of the inner fire of unending love.

We are the gold at the end of the rainbow, a radiant aura of Light & color, able to receive the powerful beam of currents from the cosmos. We rise in our thinking & Spirit descends – strikes the center & directly generates a harmoniously vibrating spiritual body-field.

All is weaving, pulsating rhythm, enshrined in the circle, the logo of infinity.

The sign of unity is accomplished 1st in the vertical, meeting the horizontal at the crossroads, which then births the center – the spiritual heart, the true “I”, where we must cultivate the offering of the 7 Roses, whose fragrance wafts out, feeding all worlds -a new garden – a verdant network of subtle being – fresh formative forces of light, thru which harmony unfolds, blossoms & ripens.

All is striving movement – intuitive, Wisdom-filled transformation, on a plane that is free of the sleep of the unexamined life.

The result is that the field of inner, heart-vision can be extended toward others & the world.

If we contemplate these energies, these imaginations, these thoughts, in reverent, open minded love, we can create a conscious transition – from slave to sovereign – from shroud to crown – from a matter-bound human being in space, to a Being of Light – We become: Anthroposophia – in time out of time, NOW.

(dedicated to Jordan Walker of ‘Wisdom Working’ & Angela Foster of ARC & Anthroposophy Atlanta)

Francene Hart

In my heart,
Sun-strength shines,
In my soul,
World-warmth works.
I will breathe,
The strength of the Sun,
I will feel,
The warmth of the world.
Sun-strength fills me,
World-warmth penetrates me.

~Rudolf Steiner, Mantric Sayings, GA 268

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Francene Hart

Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Mare Cognitum & Spectral Lore - Pluto (The Gatekeeper) Part II ...
Jane Kendell

24 May 2020 – “Speaking with the Stars”: Open your inner senses to ‘observe’ the distant dwarf planet Pluto this morning. Rising higher with each hour after midnight. Picture this planet of revolutionary change meeting up in the west with the benevolent King -bright Jupiter. to the east the father god of Time Saturn joins them.

Bella Luna passes south of Mercury in the dawn twilight, north of asteroid Vesta, both meeting blocked by the rising Sun.

Nicolaus Copernicus by Alexander Mak (2018) : Painting Acrylic on ...
Alenander Mak

1543 – Death-day of Nicolaus Copernicus

Robert Cecil (1563–1612), Earl of Salisbury, Alumnus of St John's ...

1612 – Death-day of Sir Robert Cecil, Secretary of State for King James. 

What God hath wrought. | Creative Control

1844- 1st telegraph message by Samuel Morse “What hath God wrought?”

Goddess Isis an original energy drawing by Saskia Art & Healing
ISIS by Saskia

POD

From the dream last night:

~My double motioned toward a door
That opened from air into air.
With her eyes she asked
“Does your heart know the name of this gate?”
“Being” I said
“And the lands on either side?”
“Now & then”
“Pass then, she smiled & see now the New Isis”
I stepped thru & nothing changed,
Yet I had entered heaven.
And in the distance a jackal howled at the stars.

~hag

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Art Print: Isis Altarcropped Goddess Art Healing | Etsy
Shari Landau

~Vitae Sophia~ A Whitsun Festival of United Soul Endeavor with Hazel Archer-Ginsberg

 Online Whitsunday, 31 May 2020 from 10 am–11:15 am EDT Zoom Call*

Through leading thoughts and conversation we are called to redeem the ether spheres to create an Ecclesia, a chalice for The Sophia. Then the spirit flame can spread out to become what Steiner called a “World Whitsun”, which began in earnest at the Christmas Conference. The Whitsun Festival highlights one of the greatest challenges of being human: placing our individual gifts, in right relationship within the social realm. This challenge is especially strong now during this ‘pandemic’. Our groups striving to know Spiritual Science must work together as a community, to have the possibility to create a new culture where a sacrament is possible in every encounter. Our individual strength is enhanced by weaving our gifts together, kindling our social world in conscious community.

*Join Zoom Meeting on computer https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85927907854 

Meeting ID: 859 2790 7854

or Dial in by phone: Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbEIk8kgk1 Meeting ID: 859 2790 7854

Hazel Archer-Ginsberg – Founder of Reverse Ritual Understanding Anthroposophy through the Rhythms of the Year. Essayist, Lecturer, Poet, Trans-denominational Minister, ‘Anthroposopher’, working as the Festivals Coordinator of the Chicago Rudolf Steiner Branch, The Traveling Speakers Program, & the Central Regional Council of the Anthroposophical Society.

Sponsored by the Anthroposophical Society in New Hampshire

For more info. contact deb@anthroposophy.org