The Perseid meteor showers are starting to launch – heralding the season of Michael. These shooting stars awaken us. This dose of cosmic iron is the perfect medicine for our on going world-corona crisis. But we must take it in consciously to strengthen our Michaelic impulse for the spiritual battle ahead.
“…And when in high summer, from a particular constellation, meteors fall in great showers of cosmic iron, then this cosmic iron, which carries an enormously powerful healing force, is the weapon which the gods bring to bear against Ahriman, as dragon-like he tries to coil round the shining forms of men. The force which falls on the earth in the meteoric iron is indeed a cosmic force whereby the higher gods endeavour to gain a victory over the Ahrimanic powers, when autumn comes on. And this majestic display in cosmic space, when the August meteor showers stream down into the human shining in the astral light, has its counterpart — so gentle and apparently so small — in a change that occurs in the human blood. This human blood, which is in truth not such a material thing as present-day science imagines, but is permeated throughout by impulses from soul and spirit, is rayed through by the force which is carried as iron into the blood and wages war there on anxiety, fear and hate. The processes which are set going in every blood-corpuscle when the force of iron shoots into it are the same, on a minute human scale, as those which take place when meteors fall in a shining stream through the air. This permeation of human blood by the anxiety-dispelling force of iron is a meteoric activity. The effect of the raying in of the iron is to drive fear and anxiety out of the blood.
And so, as the gods with their meteors wage war on the being who would like to radiate fear over all the earth through his coiling serpent-form, and while they cause iron to stream radiantly into this fear-tainted atmosphere, which reaches its peak when autumn approaches or when summer wanes — so the same process occurs inwardly in man, when his blood is permeated with iron.
We can understand these things only if we understand their inner spiritual significance…” ~ Rudolf Steiner, The Four Seasons and the Archangels Lecture I: The Michael Imagination http://wn.rsarchive.org/Lectures/GA229/English/RSP1968/19231005p01.html
Perseus, the radiant point of this shower, is a starry imagination of Michael. He stands with sword of iron raised in one hand & in the other the decapitated head of Medusa with her serpent hair, & eyes that turn all who gaze upon her to stone. Perseus has rescued Andromeda, the chained princess, from the approaching sea monster Cetus. From the forehead of Andromeda springs the constellation Pegasus, the winged intelligence. This entire narrative contains deep imaginations of the work of Michael in the human being rescuing the threatened human soul from the destructive forces rising from the unconscious, & from the outmoded past, seen in the imagination of the sea monster – & also representing the deadening forces of Ahriman’s cold intellect in the gaze of Medusa.
A study of ‘The Michael Mystery’ by Steiner can be a helping guide during this time. In it he gives us our task: “Hearts must begin to have thoughts; that is the new way of thinking – with the heart.” It is Michael’s intention that in the future, intelligence will flow thru human hearts, & with ‘Spirit Recalling’, reconnect to the same divine spiritual forces that created the human in the beginning of time.
If we look for, or even use our imaginative cognition to picture inwardly this cosmic offering, we can carry the thought of Michael/Perseus in our heart-thinking, to consciously align with our Time-Spirit.
And let us make the intention to be awake to the power of the Christ-Sun in the Earth; & the enlivening impulse of Anthroposophia within; which through our thinking hearts becomes enlightened by Wisdom, helping us overcome the darkness with love.
8 August 2021 – “Speaking with the Stars”: New Moon – exact at 8:50 a.m. CDT
Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
Islamic New Year begins at sundown
1170 – Saint Dominic, founder of the Dominicans
1576 – The cornerstone for Tycho Brahe’s Uraniborg observatory is laid on the island of Hven.
1876 – Thomas Edison receives a patent for his mimeograph.
1879 – Deathday of Immanuel Hermann Fichte, German philosopher and academic
1908 – Wilbur Wright makes his first flight at a racecourse at Le Mans, France. It is the Wright Brothers’ first public flight.
1929 – The German airship Graf Zeppelin begins a round-the-world flight.
1946 – First flight of the Convair B-36, the world’s first mass-produced nuclear weapon delivery vehicle, the heaviest mass-produced piston-engined aircraft, with the longest wingspan of any military aircraft, and the first bomber with intercontinental range.
1974 – President Richard Nixon, in a nationwide television address, announces his resignation from the office of the President of the United States effective noon the next day.
RUDOLF STEINER’S CALENDAR OF THE SOUL
translated (with added titles) by Roy Sadler
To Sheathe The Newly Conceived
Mysteriously to sheathe
my life’s new seed with memory
be now my striving’s further aim
that strengthening it shall awake
my own true force within me
and in becoming give me who I am.
This is the last summer verse.
Its mirror is the first winter verse.
To Feel Old Treasure Re-enlivening
Mysteriously to feel
with newly risen sense of who I am
old treasure re-enlivening within me
shall rouse a tide of cosmic forces
that pouring into my endeavour for the world
will in becoming print me into that which is.
2 thoughts on “Gorgon’s Gear”
It is interesting that August’s New Moon on the 8th, in early morning, yields the beginning of the Islamic New Year by sunset. Only the barely slightest indication of a faint waxing crescent could possibly be seen by the keen eye of the Islamic astronomer.
Yet, this is the fixture, along with the mounting Perseid Meteors. I find this the interesting dichotomy. We here in the west look to the Perseid’s for cosmic iron needed by the blood, and Islam looks for a New Year. The same could be said for Jerusalem and how it accounts for its festivals. What is lacking in both these cultures is the fact of Christ. In today’s world, both these cultures would declare their religious beliefs to be superior in every way to Christianity. They both see Christianity as a product of Roman imperialism, which eventually migrated to the West, i.e., America. As such, for them, Christianity is nothing more than the veneer for a superior attitude based on materialism, and its external power to control the world.
Steiner gave a pivotally important lecture here which pinpoints the situation:
Lacking time to explain it, the beauty is that it explains itself so cogently from the first paragraph to the last. It gives many answers to the current dilemma of religious beliefs from Judaism to Islam to Buddhism. As such, Christianity does not try to pound anything home. It merely is the fact of the future if one wants to proceed.
Our Sunday study group began working with ‘The effects of Esoteric Development’ & in the prologue of the book, which is actually the 1st lecture Steiner gave after the ousting from the Theosophical Society, he says: “spiritual movements have their time & day, & that, just as a day has its morning & its evening, spiritual movements, too, have their morning & evening in the history of humanity’s development.”
The Christ Impulse is a now & future dawning that transcends religion