Don’t kill the Messenger

Terry Bentley

~In my retro dance with the Messenger
I meet the guardian on the horizon of the abyss
& become the falcon that flies between them…
In the sigh of night & in the bark of morning
I gain passage to hidden things…
The Spirit of the Law, Truth, Memory & Time are
My sails & rudders
Taking me thru the ‘Spirit’s Ocean Being’,
Deep with activated purpose …
Leading me to what 2022 must do…
~hag

15 January 2022 – “Speaking with the Stars”: Overview of the Mercury (occult Venus) Signature for January.

  • Jan 2, 2022 : Mercury enters Aquarius
  • Jan 14, 2022 : Mercury turns retrograde at 10° 20′ Aquarius
  • Jan 23, 2022 : Sun ( 3Aqu22) Conjunct [ 3Aqu22] Mercury
  • Jan 26, 2022 : Mercury enters Capricorn
  • Jan 29, 2022 : Mercury [26Cap51] Conjunct (26Cap51) Pluto

MERCURY RETROGRADE FROM AQUARIUS TO CAPRICORN from Roberto Corona
Aquarius is the zodiac sign of humanitarian ideals. Whereas Capricorn is a realist and pessimistic sign, that focuses on survival. So we can interpret the Mercury passage from Aquarius to Capricorn as a moment that may cause our mind to second-guess our ideals, in favor of a more practical approach.

This is not necessarily a bad thing, if we consider that Jupiter in Pisces is bringing new inspirations in this regard. Governments (Saturn in Aquarius) brought a form of change that goes against the population (Uranus in Taurus). This struggle needs to end, in order to create space for new spiritual impulses to emerge (Jupiter).

But before doing that we need to process all the media manipulation and the lies that we have suffered so far. The mind (Mercury) goes back (retrograde) to lies of the past (Pluto) in order to process them and to unveil the truth.

In general, this transit involves not only lies, omissions, but also power dynamics and manipulation—which are all Plutonic significations. This being said, in order to consciously process the transit we can ask ourselves:

*Are our ideals attainable?
*Do we have enough power to make them happen?
*Are we using them not to hide behind, to not face reality?
*Where has fighting for our ideals led us so far?
*What are the lies they have told us / we’ve been telling ourselves?

Joy Lenitean

Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day 

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

1929 – Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.

1969 – Deathday of Maria Röschl-Lehrs – Member of the Esoteric Youth Circle. Maria Röschl was the daughter of a financial officer from Vienna. Her mother was a native of the Polish landed gentry, so she grew up multilingual. The family moved to Vienna in 1895. From a very young age she was a very serious, & reserved.

After leaving school, Röschl took painting lessons & planned an artistic career, but finally decided to study at the University of Vienna to teach German philology, classical philology, art history & philosophy. Since she was interested in the importance of sleep for the human soul, she wrote her dissertation on the ‘Dream of Goethe’. In the course of her research she was found Rudolf Steiner’s Work “How to know higher worlds”, & was deeply impressed.

After completing her studies, Röschl initially gave private lessons & then taught German, Latin & Greek for five years at a Viennese girls’ grammar school.

In 1918 she met Karl Schubert, who introduced her to the Anthroposophical Society in Vienna & in 1920 she became a member. Through Schubert’s mediation, she discovered the Waldorf School in Stuttgart & began teaching Latin, Greek & took over the free religious education there from 1922. In March 1923, together with Herbert Hahn & Karl Schubert, she was able to hold Rudolf Steiner’s “sacrificial ceremony” for senior high school students & became Steiner’s personal student. After the Christmas Conference in 1924, she was appointed director of the youth section of the newly founded Free School of Spiritual Science & held this position until the spring of 1931.

Following the death of Rudolf Steiner in 1926, Röschl organized a two-year introductory course in anthroposophy together with young doctors & scientists in Dornach. Increasingly, however, their work was hampered by the ever-increasing crisis within the General Anthroposophical Society. Therefore, she decided in 1931 to return as a teacher to the Stuttgart Waldorf School. In 1935 she took over the management of the teacher training.

However, since the circumstances in Germany became unacceptable for her after the seizure of power by the National Socialists in 1933, she emigrated to Clent, a village in the English county of Worcestershire. In the Summer of 1933, Röschl & her husband traveled to Spring Valley NY in America as keynote speakers for the 1st Summer school at the Threefold Center.

In 1935 she accepted a job as private tutor in Costa Rica. After a stopover in Arlesheim, Röschl returned to England, where she married Ernst Lehrs another Waldorf teacher & anthroposopher, who had also emigrated to England. In 1940 she took the anthroposophic work to Scottish Aberdeen along with her husband, & Charles King. At that time she also worked with Ita Wegman as editor of the First Class School of Spiritual Science.

After the Second World War, Röschl worked in teacher training in Gloucester. In 1952 she finally returned to Germany with her husband & worked until her death in 1969 as a lecturer at the curative education seminar in Eckwälden.

From: “Into the Heart’s Land” – where Henry Banes mentions Maria Roeschl 

“It was 1933. The Threefold Farm, on Hungry Hollow Road in Spring Valley, New York, had celebrated its seventh birthday. The Rudolf Steiner School was five years old. Eurythmy was an established presence. Dr. Christoph Linder was building a practice based on the principles of anthroposophically extended medicine, which was also served by the Weleda pharmaceutical initiative. Anthroposophy was indeed beginning to put down roots, even though these were primarily focused in and around New York City.

At this time, Ralph Courtney and the Threefold Group undertook an initiative that was to have far-reaching consequences. Three distinguished representatives of the anthroposophical movement in Europe were invited to participate in the first anthroposophical summer school, to be held at the Threefold Farm that July.

Two of the three speakers were members of the faculty of the original Waldorf school in Stuttgart. The third was the young scientist destined to play a decisive role in the further evolution of Anthroposophy in America. Maria Roeschl and Ernst Lehrs were the teachers, later united in marriage while they lived in England after the Waldorf school closed in 1938 and the outbreak of World War II. Maria Roeschl was Austrian by birth; a woman of great erudition, a classical scholar, and a doctor of philosophy. But she was also an individual of inborn spirituality, deepened and disciplined through her years as a personal pupil of Rudolf Steiner. Ernst Lehrs was a teacher of science, a man of keen intelligence, and a personal pupil of Dr. Steiner. Both Roeschl and Lehrs taught the older students in Stuttgart. Maria Roeschl was a member of the circle of teachers who carried the “free religious instruction” and the services, inaugurated by Rudolf Steiner in response to the requests of parents of the School. At the time of the Christmas Foundation, Roeschl had been asked by Steiner to lead the “Section for the Spiritual Striving of Youth,” part of the newly inaugurated School of Spiritual Science (see chapter fifty-nine).

The young scientist Ehrenfried Pfeiffer was, in a very real sense, a protégé of Rudolf Steiner. Pfeiffer was thirty-four at the time of the first summer school conference. Ralph Courtney’s initiative, wholeheartedly backed and supported by Charlotte Parker and the Threefold Group, as well as by Henry Monges and the society’s council, was a real inauguration deed. This was subsequently confirmed by the fact that every following summer, without interruption, the Threefold Community hosted one, or more, conferences presenting one aspect or another of anthroposophical activity and research. ~ by Henry Barnes, The First Summer School

Applied Anthroposophy Course Accepting New Participants

One never knows what to expect from the unfolding of a new year.  But we can choose to engage ourselves in communities that support our positive becoming.  

Now in its second successful year, the online Applied Anthroposophy Course (AAC) had over 180 people participate in the first semester.  By popular request we are opening the second semester for new participants to join us.

Meeting on Zoom, we have participants from all over the world’s time zones and with a wide variety of availability in their schedules. There are two different registration options:

Weekly “Seed Series” Presentations include a list of world class faculty.  The calendar has the dates of the Second Semester presentations.  All the video recordings from semester one are available as well. 

The Full Program includes the weekly Seed Series as well as six themed Chrysalis Small Groups that meet each week. Full Program registrants are able to participate in as many themed groups as they like and are able. 

What all AAC participants have in common is the intention to apply the transformative insights of Spiritual Science to their lives.  

Please consider this opportunity to join us as we encourage each other’s meeting of the contemporary world with a sense of practical wonder. . . like a butterfly emerging into the light, transformed by all that took place in the depths of the chrysalis.

Second Semester Dates: January 26 – May 25, 2022.  

Registration for new participants is between January 8th – 18th.

Full Program Tuition: $400

Seed Series Only: $200

Additional Youth and Equity Discounts available for the BIPOC community, anyone who has lost their livelihood, is undergoing hardship, or lives in a country where the local currency is very low against the dollar.

Visit appliedanthroposophy.org for all the latest information.  

Still have a question?  

Don’t hesitate to contact us at emerge@appliedanthroposophy.org.

Applied Anthroposophy Course Accepting New Participants

One never knows what to expect from the unfolding of a new year.  But we can choose to engage ourselves in communities that support our positive becoming.  

Now in its second successful year, the online Applied Anthroposophy Course (AAC) had over 180 people participate in the first semester.  By popular request we are opening the second semester for new participants to join us.

Meeting on Zoom, we have participants from all over the world’s time zones and with a wide variety of availability in their schedules. There are two different registration options:

Weekly “Seed Series” Presentations include a list of world class faculty.  The calendar has the dates of the Second Semester presentations.  All the video recordings from semester one are available as well. 

The Full Program includes the weekly Seed Series as well as six themed Chrysalis Small Groups that meet each week. Full Program registrants are able to participate in as many themed groups as they like and are able. 

What all AAC participants have in common is the intention to apply the transformative insights of Spiritual Science to their lives.  

Please consider this opportunity to join us as we encourage each other’s meeting of the contemporary world with a sense of practical wonder. . . like a butterfly emerging into the light, transformed by all that took place in the depths of the chrysalis.

Second Semester Dates: January 26 – May 25, 2022.  

Registration for new participants is between January 8th – 18th.

Full Program Tuition: $400

Seed Series Only: $200

Additional Youth and Equity Discounts available for the BIPOC community, anyone who has lost their livelihood, is undergoing hardship, or lives in a country where the local currency is very low against the dollar.

Visit appliedanthroposophy.org for all the latest information.  

Still have a question?  

Don’t hesitate to contact us at emerge@appliedanthroposophy.org.

3 thoughts on “Don’t kill the Messenger

  1. Appreciated the update on the Mercury cycle; it’s good to be aware of these influences happening. With Mercury as my “ruling planet” I’ve noticed the slight shifts in emphasis in my own experience. Also enjoyed reading about Roeschl. Thanks Hazel.

      1. Planetary retrograde is a phenomenon involving the Earth as it passes the other planets. It occurs as a function of the respective planet approaching conjunction with the Sun. In the case of both Venus and Mercury, wherein each achieves inferior conjunction with the Sun in January 2022, it becomes a matter of both these planets becoming “Morning Stars”. This seems to be the important factor in this year’s Epiphany celebration. Both possess inherent qualities of what we need now in this year for love and healing to be the dominant influences. This article is really good for explaining the real nature of planetary retrogrades, both inferior and superior.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apparent_retrograde_motion

        With Venus and Mercury it centers on inferior solar conjunction, and always with the Earth passing the planet with a kind of nod of recognition, which causes the planet to pause and reflect back. This is the seeming retrograde, but only for a very short time. Then, it resumes prograde movement. Thus, for example, Mercury never actually goes back from Aquarius to Capricorn, but only in the apparent sense. It is an optical phenomenon, and the short duration proves it.

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