Deathday Eve

Dear friends, Today on the 29th of March 2023, the eve of the 98th anniversary of Rudolf Steiner’s Death, I thought to share these insights given by some of his closest associates.

From “Rudolf Steiner, a Biography” by Christoph Lindenberg:

“March 1925 was cold & foggy. It became quite windy in the last week of the month, & then the storms began. From the South & the West, the rain whipped against the walls of the studio. On March 29th, Rudolf Steiner awoke in pain. “No work was done that morning. It was the 1st time. We spoke at length about the pain. There was no reason to be worried. The pains disappeared in the course of the day. He was extraordinarily still & patient that day & gave new suggestions for his care” (Wegman & Nachrichtenblatt 1925)Dr. Margarete Kirchner-Bockholt

Perhaps at this point it would be important to say a few words about Rudolf Steiner’s illness. It has been publicly stated that he died of stomach cancer. (Brugge) In light of the way his illness progressed, such an assumption is fully understandable. But one of Ita Wegman’s closet colleagues, Dr. Margarete Kirchner-Bockholt vehemently rejected this conjecture.

And Dr. Ita Wegman had reported that Rudolf Steiner’s etheric body was no longer able to work in the digestive organs in the appropriate manner. “The result was that these organs were subjected too strongly to the physical forces, which are forces of degeneration.” (Wegman & Nachrichtenblatt 1925)

In his recollections of Rudolf Steiner D.N.Dunlop recalled, “A few weeks before his final illness, during the summer conference in Torquay, I spoke to him about my concerns for his physical health. He drew me aside, vigorously but with infinite friendliness, & made me aware that his situation could not be explained in terms of our usual notions of disease”. (Meyer)

Albert Steffen, who visited Rudolf Steiner regularly throughout his illness, recalled this time: “I visited him March 28th at 5 pm  in the afternoon in his studio, where he lay in his sickbed. It was a tall room with skylights. Nothing of the earth looks in: no tree, no mountain, no house, only the light of the heavens. Sculptural & architectural models that he has made himself stand on the shelves along with some busts he has sculpted; at the foot of his bed, the noble statue of Christ, carved by his own hand, soars high above him. All around him are tables covered with books & manuscripts…Up to the last day of his life, his interest was for the entire world. In his studio, which he had not left for half the year, he had collected an entire library” (Goetheanum, 1925)

According to Ita Wegman’s report, Rudolf Steiner was very still sad & silent. She recalled, “It seemed to me as though he had a very difficult problem to solve. The forces of light in his eyes appeared weaker than usual”.

He wrote the last “Letter to the Members” that day! This last missive is like a preview of what was to come in the 21st Century. It is titled “From Nature to Sub-Nature.” In it, Rudolf Steiner characterizes the dangers of the technological age & the task that has arisen for humanity through the technological developments, which rob humans of a direct experience of nature & place themselves in its stead.

At 4 pm on MARCH 29th, the pain returned. Yet Rudolf Steiner asked again if the adjoining studio was ready for him to work on the model for the 2nd Goetheanum. Both doctors, Wegman & Noll, kept watch throughout the night”.

More tomorrow, 30 March – Rudolf Steiner’s DeathDay.

His last thoughts were of the work to which he had in love dedicated himself” ~Rudolf Steiner, from the last act of the 4th Mystery Drama.

May we take up his work with the same love in which he freely gave it.


~Ninetta Sombart

“Lazarus – Come Forth” – Through The Word & Eurythmy w/ Rev. Jeana Lee, Mary Ruud & Hazel Archer-Ginsberg

Starting at Sundown Friday 31 March 2023
7 pm – 8:30 pm CT at the Christian Community 2135 W. Wilson

Leading Thoughts & Close of Day with Rev. Jeana Lee – Vesper singer – Ultra Violet Archer

Continuing on Lazarus Saturday 1 April 2023
10 am – 12 noon CT at the Rudolf Steiner Branch Chicago 4249 N. Lincoln Ave

Night School Check-in w/ Hazel Archer – Eurythmy w/ Mary Ruud – Music w/ Ultra-Violet Archer

$10 more or less
Please bring a potluck dish to share for the luncheon after the Festival

For more info. contact Cultural Events & Festivals Coordinator

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Mary Magdalene & the Women at the Tomb – A Festival of Recognition with Hazel Archer-Ginsberg, Song-Circle with Velsum Voices = Lucien Dante Lazar & Ultra-Violet Archer 

Holy Saturday 8 April 2023

1 pm – 3pm CT hybrid event 

in-person at the Rudolf Steiner Branch 4249 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618 (map)

& on zoom

Meeting ID: 705 017 4041

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The Mystery of Ascension with Hazel Archer-Ginsberg

This course is available on Zoom. You will be emailed a Zoom link closer to the time of the class. The course will be recorded and you will receive a link to watch it. Go to the Infinity Foundation web site to enroll

Course Number 231154 / Zoom
Date: Thursday, May 11
Time 7:00 – 8:30 PM CST
Cost $33/23 payment 10 days in advance

Gerald Shepherd

When we tune into the Cycle of the Seasons, we experience that as the Earth breathes out in the Springtime, the beings of nature reach upwards towards the heights. The longing of the human soul also strives to meet this mood of ascension, which attunes all life to the cosmic expanses.

Together we will gain insights in how to rise up to our Higher Self by participating in this harmonizing spring-dialogue between the worlds.

This reconnection between heaven & earth was prefigured in the story of Jacob’s ladder from the Old Testament. Through his dream of the ‘stairway to heaven’, Jacob gave us a prophecy in the picture of a golden ladder on which choirs of Angels traverse between the ‘Above & Below’. The Mystery of the Ascension of Christ, 40 days after the Resurrection at Easter, fulfilled Jacob’s Prophecy. Christ as the Being of Love became the living bridge connecting us to the eternal.

Through this workshop we will learn how humanity will also be transfigured in the fullness of time. The company of the Angelic Hierarchies wait for us, their younger siblings, to ascend, first of all in our thinking, to meet them in fellowship, as they work all the while by our sides.

Nancy Poer

~Vitae Sophia~A Whitsun Festival of United Soul Endeavor  with Hazel Archer-Ginsberg, Velsum Voices & Eurythmy

Saturday 27 May 2023 a Hybrid event in person* & on zoom

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.

Zoom: Meeting ID: 836 6336 6670 / Passcode: 397593

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9 thoughts on “Deathday Eve

  1. appreciating his wisdom..His immortal guidance…

    Layalat al qadr=night of power=more than 1000 months praying.
    1000 months=83years…beyond human reach seems true…..
    coming out from tailbone/sacrum ???
    people talk of kundalini powers etc..???

    if mr x/adam/mr yogi took @45 years of yoga not coming
    eve =Kundalini not adams physical wife but food related human constitution..
    kundalini must be killed all must go air awakening beyond human reach
    yogis wife had her own dna..not eve..she is outsider of yogi..

    lilith seems anima awakening inner male/female anima/animus….
    thus adam/yogis rib must make a room..male has X and Y dna..

    Jesus/mary are far away…holy spirit is a dream…quran seems true 83 years…
    right from genesis bible theme is born again jesus shows way..

    we are humans..spine fusion is limitation..lilith is inner feminine birhting again..
    cosmic feminine is also a dream..

    please add more verses..e.g.jesus and 10 angles lamps..entire bible refers born again
    most people say born again lol many yoga followers live in dreams…
    we are civilized humans..
    presently we are passing through month of ramadan and this night is due to come..

    please correct me/guide me further this discussions opens me up more and more delights,new ways thoughts..patterns..
    many thanks,
    palms together,mkyogi

  2. “In his recollections of Rudolf Steiner D.N.Dunlop recalled, “A few weeks before his final illness, during the summer conference in Torquay, I spoke to him about my concerns for his physical health. He drew me aside, vigorously but with infinite friendliness, & made me aware that his situation could not be explained in terms of our usual notions of disease”. (Meyer)

    Rudolf Steiner’s situation could not be explained in “terms of our usual notions of disease” because he had been poisoned on the afternoon of January 1, 1924, at the social gathering after the conclusion of the Christmas Conference of 1923/1924. Thus, when Margarete Bockholt rejected the notion that he had died from stomach cancer, she was correct. Yet, it was related to the actual cause.

    “And Dr. Ita Wegman had reported that Rudolf Steiner’s etheric body was no longer able to work in the digestive organs in the appropriate manner. “The result was that these organs were subjected too strongly to the physical forces, which are forces of degeneration.” (Wegman & Nachrichtenblatt 1925)”

    This is further proof of Steiner’s poisoning on the afternoon of January 1, 1924. Wegman would eventually clarify that he had starved to death due to the damage to his esophageal-stomach passageway. His method for eradicating the caustic poison ingested was to vigorously vomit it out, which caused severe damage to the effected system for ingestion and metabolism.

    We had a serious discussion on this back in September/October 2017 on the Anthropopper blog if anyone wants to review the evidence:

    1. Yes, the tea party poisoning took its toll, But the most profound cause of his early death was the lack of consciousness by the members – they were not upholding their responsibility to take up Steiner’s indications in a moral way & so they were like children – dependent – leaning on Steiner – burdening him with their unresolved karma. This made them unable to protect what was theirs – the 1st Goetheanum – With its burning Steiner’s etheric forces were damaged thus allowing the poison to take a stronger effect.

      1. I don’t know why the links couldn’t be opened, but yes, Steiner did write to Marie in October 1924, after his collapse in September, that his illness had its onset with the fire, and how he began to perceive his etheric body going up with the flames. He withdrew into solitude, and with an extreme act of Will forces, he kept what remained of his etheric body intact, and resolved to keep going until the end only made it possible to cross the Threshold without apparently naming a successor. I feel that he could have, and should have survived, and he certainly was expecting it with anticipation day after day. It was a slow recovery.

        1. Steiner forbid Wegman to report the poisoning, and showed her how the poison needed to be laved out by drinking water to bring it up. This action accords with all the various reports of those who were there when it occurred. I don’t know if it was Savitch, or Schubert’s account, but one of them said in their memoir that Marie Steiner could be seen looking very nervous and apprehensive just before Steiner reported the poisoning. Normally, she was very calm, which was a trait that she had learned from her husband early on in their relationship.

          Ita Wegman never spoke directly about Steiner’s poisoning, which means she upheld his code of silence until the end. You see, he wanted nothing to spoil the last day of the CC of 1923, and especially a contaminated piece of strudel. Thus, he trumped the adversarial powers, and went ahead as far as he could. He even went to England in August for the last time. It is called, “taking it to the limit”. Sadly, his death left no successorship, and the movement went into decline almost immediately. Yet, the Master was surveying the situation, and keeping the close association as long as possible. There were many able contributions after Steiner’s death. Yet, the 33 years that represent a generation also proceed.

          1925 to 1958 = 33 years
          1958 to 1991 = 33 years
          1991 to 2024 = 33 years

          There are so few left today that support the original cause that it is pathetic to assume any kind of youth incentive. The EYC has been exposed after a hundred years as being corrupt, which breaks my heart. These matters need to be addressed. What Youth, and where is it?

          1. We are nurturing 2 young people – 2 great beings – here now in Chicago – there are more – they are finding each other mostly outside the ‘society’
            Have you not seen their works? This will grow as they mature
            There is hope. & the time is ripe for the tide to turn…

            1. Yes, I have been following their work, thanks to you. It is a new movement, indeed. But, we still need the old guard in order to buttress the whole system, and keep both the baby and the bathwater. That is my own personal objective. Keeping the Innovations alive and thriving in this seemingly weary world. We are definitely at a turning point, which makes this centennial especially important.

  3. please forgive me ,
    I take this opportunity to share born again experience Anima needed awakening inner feminine what a bible!!
    1 over come Lilith,
    2.Adam”s rib adam must be clean of the space..adam;s rib
    3.Mathew 22 12 17
    Jesus Cleanses the Temple

    12 And Jesus entered the temple[a] and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. 13 He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you make it a den of robbers.”

    14 And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them. 15 But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying out in the temple, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant, 16 and they said to him, “Do you hear what these are saying?” And Jesus said to them, “Yes; have you never read,

    “‘Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies
        you have prepared praise’?”

    17 And leaving them, he went out of the city to Bethany and lodged there.

    JOHN 2:14-17  14 And He found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers sitting. 15 And having made a whip of cords, He drove all of them out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the money changers’ coins and overturned the tables. 16 And to those who sold doves He said, “Take these things away! Do not make My Father’s house a house of trade!” 17 Then His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for Your house has consumed Me.”
    John 2 19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.”
    4 awakening backside lungs yahweh
    4 Sema Tawy,
    best regards,

  4. from link,

    Death may be terrible for the human being so long as he
    remains in the body. But when he has passed through the
    Gate of Death and looks back at his entrance into the
    Spiritual World, it is the most beautiful, the most wonderful,
    and the most glorious event…
    Rudolf Steiner

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