May 28, 2016
585 BC – 1st prediction of a solar eclipse by the Greek philosopher & scientist Thales of Miletus, occurring while Alyattes is battling Cyaxares in the Battle of Halys, leading to a truce. This is one of the cardinal dates from which other eclipse dates can be calculated.
1696 – Birthday of Leopold Gyorgy Rakoczy, also known as Comte de St. Germain
1805 – Deathday of Luigui Boccherini composer
1972 – Deathday of Edward, Duke of Windsor who abdicated his throne as King Edward VIII for love, in 1936.
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In thinking about: “The Working of the Spirit” by Michael Burton & Marke Levene. Part 3 (program for the Chicago reading)
For instance, I was struck with the idea in scene 2, that a Guardian Angel could be influenced by the lower double. This concept has me wrestling with the notion of the ‘fallen angel’. Can these retarded beings actually be someone’s Guardian Angel? Or is it more about the stage of evolution of the human being? It certainly rings true that as the anthroposopher continues to strive & grow, so too does their Guardian Angel & their double.
This pivotal scene of “The Working of the Spirit” depicts the loving relationship between Capesius & his angel, acknowledging how they have evolved together thru thick & thin over many lifetimes. The exchange like a dance, is so powerful. The image of the angel offering the silver cup, which will empower Capesius to be a greater help to others in the world, depicts the reward of an initiatory achievement to be used in future lives, is a blessing.
Then the double enters. Can we endure the pain of self-truth? Are we willing to see the times when we missed the mark, the patterns, the connections, the habits, the archetypes, the karma? Can we see clearly as to what is behind these things, enabling us to name the forces that work thru us, from the hierarchies to the adversarial powers?
Marie says: “Healing comes in stages slowly to the wounded heart. Whole lives are spent making amends. But one who looks with courage on the errors of the past, enduring all the pain self-knowledge brings, takes on such tasks as work to heal the Earth.” This opens the way for her soul forces, Astrid, Philia, & Luna to enter, bringing their blessings to the striving souls of Johannes & Capesius.
Next we meet the spiritual crisis of Felix, who in working to overcome his antipathy to the world of the senses, has become the janitor in Hilary’s factory. He mourns the loss of his spiritual sight, (which also happened to Theodora after she married Strader in Steiner’s 2nd mystery drama “The Guardian of the Soul”) We recognize this loss as a compensation, a step on the path that brings the opportunity for new growth, calling once again on the mysteries gifts of Felicia’s storytelling to bring a healing balm.
Tomorrow we look deeper into the struggle to bring Hilary’s factory into a new social form.
Blessings and Peace ~Hazel Archer Ginsberg