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The outbreath of Summer advances. And as the physical power of the Sun intensifies, & as we move thru the month of June, we are anticipating the Solar eclipse on the New Moon – the image of a dragon crawling closer & closer, ready to swallow the sunlight. Its maw open to inhale the ‘evil’ fumes that will rise up from the unbridled desires of humanity. The dragon’s coils have already grabbed Mercury in its grip, seeking to corrode the metal of healing, & confuse our thinking & communication…
Rudolf Steiner explained that during a Solar Eclipse the soul substance of human will infused with ‘evil’ is expelled out in the cosmos. And since a New Moon is about starting a new cycle this has the effect of laming the will for the entire eclipse cycle.
The Sun is in Gemini whose task, when unimpeded, is about creating balance & connection – putting polar realities in communication with each other – an opportunity for change.
Something that I am beginning to learn, is that eclipses always fall on one of the ‘nodes’ – points of intersection between the orbit of the Moon & the path of the Sun in the ecliptic. The Sun, the Moon & the Earth can be perfectly aligned only when the luminaries are sitting on one of the nodes. Otherwise we would have an eclipse every month!
10 June brings us a North Node eclipse. In medieval astrology the nodes were called the Head & Tail of the Dragon.
The North Node is the Head of the Dragon & was considered similar to a “little Jupiter” with its tendency to increase & expand things. The positive side of this is the beneficent king, but the negative side can be seen like an explosion. We can relate this to what Steiner says about a solar eclipse as being a safety valve that lets the often unconscious ‘evil’ impulses living in the astral body of the human being, which are usually mediated by the sun, explode out into the cosmos.
So get ready friends – we will soon experience sudden & unpredictable impulses expanding out from the unbridled will of the human being, growing rapidly – compulsively & instinctively – a Highlighting of our collective shadow.
This eclipse involves Gemini’s ruling planet – Mercury – in a tight conjunction with the Sun & the Moon at the time of the eclipse.
Mercury is literally in front of the Sun & the Moon – this is called an ‘inferior conjunction’. (In a ‘superior conjunction’, Mercury would be beyond the Sun) This is significant because not only the Moon, but also Mercury is going be affected by the solar eclipse –bringing out the shadow side of the messenger of the gods – the thief, the con-artist, the deceiver, the liar – associated with the vice of Envy.
I share these thoughts so that we can live into the phrase: to be forewarned is to be forearmed…
Ephesians 6:10-18: Be forewarned and forearmed in your spiritual conflict:
“In conclusion be strong—not in yourselves but in the Lord, in the power of his boundless resource. Put on God’s complete armour so that you can successfully resist all the methods of attack from evil. Our fight is not against any physical enemy: it is against organizations and powers that are spiritual. We are up against the unseen power that controls this dark world, and spiritual agents from the very headquarters of evil. Therefore you must wear the whole armour of God that you may be able to resist evil in its day of power, and that even when you have fought to a standstill you may still stand your ground. Take your stand then with truth as your belt, righteousness your breastplate, the Gospel of peace firmly on your feet, salvation as your helmet and in your hand the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God. Above all be sure you take faith as your shield, for it can quench every burning missile the enemy hurls at you. Pray at all times with every kind of spiritual prayer, keeping alert and persistent as you pray for all people.”
Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day(RSarchives)
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY (Rudolf Steiner’s orginal Calendar of the Soul, Wikipedia Commons)
331 – According to Rudolf Steiner’s Calendar of the Soul, today is the birthday of Julian the Apostate. This individuality is spoken about many times by Steiner. Most notably in the Easter Paradox lecture of 23 April 1924: “By Roman times the Star Wisdom had been lost. The Roman Emperor Julian the “Apostate” tried to re-introduce it, but it was not meant to be, & he was murdered. The advent of Christ brought the ancient Star Religion to life again- but in a new form- teaching that the Sun God now had his place on the Earth, accessible to all humanity, not just the initiates. But those in power denounced this as superstition. People were only expected to believe in the external, historical life of Jesus in Palestine. Consequently the Church became the supreme authority in how & what people should think, which ignored the whole cosmic setting of the Easter event.”
In the Karmic Relationship lecture Vol. 4 lecture 6 he speaks about his other incarnations as Herzeloyde, & Tycho Brahe.
1861 – Deathday of Camillo of Cavour, an Italian statesman & a leading figure in the movement toward Italian unification, throughout the Second Italian War of Independence & Garibaldi’s campaigns. After the declaration of a united Kingdom of Italy, Cavour took office as the first Prime Minister of Italy; he died after only three months in office. Cavour put forth several economic reforms in his native region of Piedmont in his earlier years, & founded the political newspaper Il Risorgimento. In Karmic Relations vol. 1 lecture 4 Steiner speaks of him as an initiate from Alsace.
1882 – More than 100,000 inhabitants of Bombay are killed when a cyclone in the Arabian Sea pushes huge waves into the harbor
1889 – The Great Seattle Fire destroys all of downtown Seattle.
1892 – The Chicago “L” commuter rail system begins operation
1934 – New Deal: The U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Securities Act of 1933 into law, establishing the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
1944 – D-Day -155,000 Allied troops land on the beaches of Normandy in France, beginning the liberation of Western Europe from Nazi control during World War II.
1961 – Deathday of Carl Jung, Swiss psychiatrist & psychotherapist
1968 – Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, Democratic Party senator from New York, brother of 35th President John F. Kennedy, dies from gunshot wounds inflicted on June 5
1982 – The Lebanon War begins. Forces under Israeli Defense Minister Ariel Sharon invade southern Lebanon
2002 –A near-Earth asteroid estimated at ten meters in diameter explodes over the Mediterranean Sea between Greece & Libya; estimated to have a force of 26 kilotons, more powerful than the Nagasaki atomic bomb
1875 – Birthday of Thomas Mann, German novelist, short story writer, social critic, philanthropist, essayist, & the 1929 Nobel Prize in Literature laureate. His highly symbolic & ironic epic novels are noted for their insight into the psychology of the artist & the intellectual. His analysis & critique of the German soul used modernized German & Biblical stories, as well as the ideas of Goethe, Nietzsche & Schopenhauer.
RUDOLF STEINER’S CALENDAR OF THE SOUL
translated (with added titles) by Roy Sadler
For Consecration Of The Soul
To summer’s heights
the sunlight’s being rises;
it lifts my human feeling far and wide
and into the sublime, the cosmic harmony
wherein a dawning vision’s intimating faintly,
‘in future you will know:
a holy being felt you now’.