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22 September 2020 – “Speaking with the Stars”: The Autumnal Equinox occurs this morning at 8:31 A.M. CDT. This is when the Sun crosses the equator heading south for the season. Our day star rises due East & sets due West today. Equinox” comes from the Latin words “equi” meaning “equal” & “nox” meaning “night.” This implies that there will be equal amounts of daylight & darkness, however that is not exactly the case. If the Sun were a point of light & Earth had no atmosphere, everyone would get 12 hours of sunlight & 12 hours of darkness. But the presence of air & the finite size of our star make today 10 minutes longer than 12 hours. This year, the sun will rise at 6:46am CDT on the equinox & will set at 6:56pm.
An actually ‘exact’ equal day & night won’t happen until September 25 with sunrise as 6:42 am CDT & sunset at 6:42 pm CDT. This day is known as the equilux! –“Lux” being Latin for light.
Coincidentally, every year when summer turns to fall, Deneb takes over from brighter Vega as the zenith star around the time when twilight fades into night

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Tonight after sunset, spend some time in Draco the Dragon, who sits high in the north. One of the largest constellations, Draco contains numerous deep-sky objects, including the Cat’s Eye Nebula & the Spindle Galaxy. The Cat’s Eye is a planetary nebula formed by a dying Sun-like star; you’ll find it roughly halfway between Delta (δ) & Zeta (ζ) Draconis.

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While you’re in the region, make sure to glance at Thuban, Draco’s alpha star. This luminary once served as Earth’s North Star, when our planet’s axis of rotation (which wobbles over time) pointed toward it instead of Polaris, our modern-day guidepost.

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Now Is the Pilgrim Year Fair Autumn’s Charge — John Byam Shaw. This rather mysterious painting, seems to show the personification of autumn leading the grey-clad pilgrim to a boat. In the background is the figure of Time or Death (Saturn to us). Love in the form of Cupid, turns back, perhaps to look at the season just gone.  A huntress, Diana, is the only figure to look boldly out at us. Flora and Ceres appear to be resting on the banks of this river and holding Autumn’s train. Most mysterious of all is Mist, rising from the river…

At the Autumnal Equinox – the wheel of the year turns & we find ourselves moving into the time of the harvest.  In the tropical zodiac, at equinox, we say the Sun is crossing the celestial equator, moving from Virgo into Libra, the sign of the scales – a time to take stock. Are the scales balanced? Do they tip & spill? Are they full? What has ripened? Do we know what to harvest & what to plow under? Can we identify & cut away outworn habits & emotional baggage that can choke our growth?

But in sidereal astrosophy we see the Sun in relation to the actual constellations as they are now, with the Sun actually appearing in the crown of stars in the constellation of the Virgin. When we use the tropical zodiac, the 4-foldness of the Equinoxes & Solstices form The Cross, which reminds us of an event that occurred only once in history, at the time of the incarnation of Christ. Then, the start of Spring was at 0 degrees of Aries, the Ram – the 1st sign in the zodiac.

At the Equinoxes we have the horizontal beam, a balance of light & darkness. At the Solstices we have the vertical beam, an opposition of light & dark. At Autumn Equinox the Sun is balanced, which then marks the transition from light to dark. This is a threshold, a gateway between the upper chakras & the lower chakras. In the upper signs, from Aries thru Virgo we have a memory of the cosmic human being before it was formed on Earth. From Libra to Pisces, the human form meets the physical world. So we can look at the upper half of the zodiac as being related to our past cosmic creation by the ‘gods’ & the lower half of the zodiac as our human journey of ‘The fall’ & then hopefully our redemption out of our own ego forces.

The Sidereal zodiac shows us the vernal point has moved thru the ‘procession of the equinoxes’, so that it is now descending thru the lower half of the zodiac, taking humanity along on its evolutionary journey.

Adoring this great cross, formed from the 4 Cardinal Points of the Equinoxes & Solstices, are the 7 Festivals: Michaelmas, Advent, Christmas, Easter-tide, Ascension, Whitsun & St. John’s-tide. These festivals are the 7 Cosmic Roses unfurling from the center of The Cross.

So today on this Autumnal Equinox, we can contemplate & celebrate this solar moment of equality & balance, experienced by everyone around the globe. We can also think about how the world has changed, how the constellations have moved on, how The Christ has united with the Earth, & is now working in us to redeem our evolution.

We can take our initiation in hand when we consciously co-create the festivals in the solar-cycle of the year, working to unfold the 7 Roses of transformation within, & out in the world.

And so it is my friends, that we begin our journey, like Persephone, into the dark of the year…feel your power go within like the seed planted deep within the darkness of the Earth…We must be initiated into these dark mysteries before we can truly celebrate life’s renewal…

The apples fall from the tree, the corn & grain are gathered in, the grapes are crushed for wine…

The Sun God is sacrificed to the night & the fertile Mother assumes the face of the Wise Crone – the Harvest Hag challenging us to face our shadow…

Balanced Blessings

~Hazel Archer Ginsberg 

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Mabon (an ancient Celtic name for the Autumnal Equinox)

A salmon swallows the nut of wisdom
And leaps from the river’s dark depths –
A bright flash of silver in the bent rays of light

A hawk wheels in the eye of the Sun,
His elongated shadow moves
Over an ancient green mound

A fox gleams gold and russet there at the fringe of the forest
Her eyes glinting secrets
From the coming twilight realm

A Maiden sits silent
Clasping two crossed swords
In elegant equipoise

On his knee the King muses by a deep pool…

Soul tied to the wheel
Crystalized in the last shock of corn
Pierced by the oblique sun lit spear

With eyes that see
Down into the root
Where autumn grain waits
To Be
Easter-Tides’ Seed

The death of bedazzled day
And the dawn of focused night
Meet in symmetry

Thru the cycle
We enter the return

Sail West Beloved Sun King
We follow You
Into the Dawning Dark



The Central Regional Council Invites ALL to our Michaelmas Festival: ‘Courage Born of Wisdom’ – Wednesday 23 September 2020 –On ZOOM – 7:15 pm CDT – 8:30 pm

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1st CRC performs a telling of a tale from ancient Chaldea where EA gives birth to Marduk, precursor to Michael.

Wisdom, Proverbs 9:1-6
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then “Wisdom Built herself a house*”…7 members of the various sections of the Anthroposophical Society will stand as Wisdom’s 7 Pillars to share how Courage was born from Wisdom leading to their work in the world.

Pedagogical Section –Michael Holdrege
Youth Section – Stephan Ambrose
Medical Section –Drs. Molly & Quentin McMullen
Eurythmy – Barbara Richardson
Social Science Section – Doug Wylie
BioDynamic Agriculture – Rand Carter
Three-Folding – Dorothy Hinkle-Uhlig

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Michaelmas 2020: Joan d’Arc – PURIFYING FIRE: The Power behind the Will –Date: Saturday 26 Sept. 2020

*PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE: Doors open at 9 am for Potluck Breakfast, Coffee, Bagels & Fruit provided. Donations Encouraged.

Festival: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm – Leave for Zinniker Farm Prep Day* (details below)

In-Person at: Elderberries Biodynamic Outpost & Cultural Hub in Chicago – The ‘Have Seeds House’ in LA –  ‘The Arc’ in Atlanta

& Online Meeting ID: 979 5592 0156

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Lucien Dante Lazar– Ring the Iron Bell – Welcome (10 minutes)

Group Singing: Michaelmas Time Song (5 Minutes)

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Angela Foster – 1. Social Sculpture: The Purifying Fire  (10 minutes) (for those joining on zoom, supplies needed for decoupage: votive or prayer candle, tissue paper, images of Joan, magazines, glue)

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2. Leading Thoughts, & ‘Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc – Preface’ (10 minutes)

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Mary Spalding – ‘Courage Dear Hearts’ Biography of Jeanne d’Arc (10 minutes)

Bending Birches: Eurythmy weekend

Copper Rod Eurythmy: (10 minutes)

Frank Agrama & Dottie Zold – A Michaelic Will:  Joan of Arc, Sophie Scholl, Saint Odilie and Jesus of Nazareth. (20 minutes) ‘We are dealing here with a superhuman entity, a being who lived in the spiritual world and heard humanity crying out in misery, calling out to the spiritual worlds for help. This being prepared to receive the Christ Being.’ ‘Humanity cried out in pain and torment, and its cries rose up to that spirit being, who responded by seeking permission from the Sun Spirit to become imbued with Christ.’ 

Frank Agrama and Dottie Zold, of Elderberries and Have Seeds community, will look at the biographies of these individuals who developed the quality and capacity to work out of ‘a culture of selflessness’ in their community, and the impact this had on the world as young people becoming.  We can understand these individuals’ path of sacrifice, as a reflection of the archetype of Jesus of Nazareth, during his growing and seeking years as spoken of in Rudolf Steiner’s Fifth Gospel.

Michael is a being of Strength, Courage and Will. He is Sun spirit. He wishes to be regarded.’ 

Group Singing: Firmly on the Earth I Stand (5 minutes)

Quote/s of the Day – 30 May – The Memorial of St Joan of Arc (1412-1431) –  AnaStpaul

Biography Work in Break out Groups – Sharing a story of courage from our lives: Each person takes 3 minutes to tell their tale. (15 minutes)

Harvest from the break out groups – Large Group Sharing (5-10 minutes)

‘The Passage’ by Lucian Dante Lazar (15 minutes)

Impressions, Q’s from the piece – Large Group Sharing (5-10 minutes)

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The Mars / Saturn Square (10 minutes)

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Everyone takes a turn Ringing the IRON, Rudolf Steiner’s ‘Verse for the Michaelic Age’ given at his ‘Last Address’ (5 minutes)

Group 1: Springing from Powers of the Sun,
Radiant Spirit-powers, blessing all Worlds!
For Michael’s garment of rays
We are predestined by Thought Divine.

Group 2: Michael, the Christ-messenger, reveals in us
Bearing humankind aloft — the sacred Will of Worlds.
You, radiant Beings of Ether-Worlds,
Bear the Christ-Word to human beings.

Group 1: Thus shall the Heralds of Christ appear
To our thirstily waiting souls.
Your Word of Light shines forth to us
In the cosmic age of the Spirit-Human.

Group 2: We, disciples who would know the spirit,
Follow Michael’s beckoning Wisdom,
To take the Word of Love, Willed by Worlds,
Into our highest aims of soul-work; actively!

Chicago Event | Reverse Ritual

12:30 pm – Goodbye – Thank you – Off to Zinniker Farm –

*From Petra Zinniker: Our fall preparation making will take place on September 26th at 1:30pm, here at the farm. We will be making 3 preparations this year: Horn manure, Chamomile and Dandelion preparations, and have a potluck dinner with a campfire afterwards.

*Please bring a dish to pass and a lawn chair for the potluck*

Please RSVP! Space is limited. Although this is an outdoor event we want to make sure everyone can find the space they need. Dress for the weather!

Petra Zinniker – Zinniker Farm N7399 Bowers Rd. Elkhorn, WI 53121 –

Saturday, 9/26 @9:30 am – 12:30 pm Meeting ID: 979 5592 0156


Dear How We Will friends, We will make our beginning for ALIANT Alliance, in the United States/North America, sister to ELIANT, on Michaelmas, September 29th, 2020. If you’d like to join us for our seed blessing please email Frank and Dottie at . If you have already sent us a message to join we will make sure you are on the zoom list. (Please see the zoom information below.)

‘As a Europe-wide platform for anthroposophical initiatives we want to engage in the social, cultural and political discussions of the EU and contribute the experiences and perspectives of Steiner/Waldorf EducationDemeter agricultureanthroposophic medicinecurative education and patients’ initiatives. In this way we will be able to inform European decision makers more directly about the holistic projects and initiatives which so many citizens are participating in and promoting’

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Tuesday, September 29 MICHAELMAS ‘Talisman for Courage’ Art Workshop with Victoria Martin 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

MICHAELMAS ‘Talisman for Courage’ Art Workshop in person at the Rudolf Steiner Chicago Branch 4249 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago. 6:30-8:30 PM Facilitated by Victoria Martin

RSVP –  312-961-3380

6:30 (sunset) Doors open: orientation. Tea, nuts, and fruit are served

7 PM sharp Visual lecture and demonstration

7:15 PM –8:00 PM workshop  – Pastels on flat canvas good for 100+ years (archival materials)

8:00– 8:30 PM discussion – We will learn all about symbols of The Michaelmas: Wings, Iron Meteorites/Stars, Scales of Judgment, Sword of Justice, and the Serpent/Dragon. There will be a wide selection of easy to render visual images in any/all of these 5 categories at each workstation. We will use a black charcoal pencil and the colors red, gold, and turquoise archival pastels on raw canvas size 11” x 11” this Talisman will be suitable for mounting on stretchers or framing (no glass needed).

Limited to 10 participants $15 tuition + $5 materials = $20 or pay what you will. Observers and guests are welcome at no charge, but please bring tree nuts, greens, fruit, or other paleo snacks.

Everyone: wear something RED: Michael’s color!


7 thoughts on “into the root

  1. Hi Larry,

    I had a chance to look at your biographical display here, and could feel the resonances in my own soul. We are just three years apart in age, and I also started with a Swamaji, but it was prefaced by the experience of the Etheric Christ in 1980. I have revealed that experience again recently. What stands out for me in your article is the depiction of Christ on the Cross with the three women on the left, and the raised Lazarus-John on the right. This is a very pivotal moment, expressed in John 19:25, and leads to the Mother being introduced to the new son, and the Son being introduced to the Mother. “And from that hour she entered into his household”.

    I would encourage everyone to read this with interest. For me, its depiction of the incident at the cross when Christ breathes His final words, is hugely important. In fact, it stands as the beginning of the Isis-Sophia Mystery, which appears uppermost today. The Christ had two very important conversations with the mother of Jesus; the first was in chapter two of John, at the marriage in Cana, and then this second one, in chapter 19. This began an evolutionary endeavor which has traversed these past two thousand years. Much of this has been discussed on this blog.

    Isis-Sophia is very much a continuation of Osiris-Isis from the third cultural epoch. You see, in the interim between the 3rd and our present 5th, Christ incarnated on earth and found residence in the body of Jesus of Nazareth, who had a mother who was foretold as a young woman that she would have a son, born of the Holy Spirit. She returns from the spiritual worlds just at the time that her son is about to receive the baptism of John. This begins her important relationship with Christ.

    Now, we know that the fifth cultural epoch is a recapitulation of the third epoch, but on a higher level. Thus, Isis, who had been betrothed to Osiris in the third, and wherein they worked together in forming the nervous system which would serve to bring forth the Intellectual Soul in the fourth cultural epoch, receives all the impulses of the Mother who had conversed with Christ. There can be no other explanation of the various so-called “Marian Apparitions” in the aftermath of the death of John the Evangelist, who died as an old man on the Island of Patmos, then that they were a further continuance of the Christ Impulse working in the world.

    The secret to Isis, who continues to work in the physical world between birth and death, while her husband works on the other side, between death and rebirth, is that she has been given a key, much like the key that was given to Peter by Christ. Thus, her task is to continue to work for the advancement of the cerebral-spinal system in order for it to be able to receive the full power of God’s love. At this point in evolution, the carefully crafted nervous system, which owes its origin to the work of Osiris and Isis in the 3rd cultural epoch, and wherein marriage occurs at Full Moon, and propagation of the offspring occurs at New Moon, i.e., Horus, tells us a grand story that only continues here in our present time-frame.

    You see, Isis receives a huge incentive coming from the mother of Jesus. This incentive is with us every moment today, and why a notion of ritual/reverse ritual actually exists to be achieved.

    Rudolf Steiner brought this forth as the challenge of our evolution in his book, Christianity as Mystical Fact from 1902. Herein, he explains very early how the brain and nervous system still needs the work of Isis in order to be able to tolerate/ withstand/absorb the absolute and unconditional love of God. Agape.

    This is expressed very nicely here on this blog wherein striving upward in a dedicated spiritual practice meets the one who is also dedicated to sending it downward. Luke, chapter 15’s story of the Prodigal Son is an excellent allegory of our present striving, and its opportunity to receive the gift of enlightenment.

    The Prodigal Son

    11 And He said, “A man had two sons. 12 The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the estate that falls to me.’ So he divided his wealth between them. 13 And not many days later, the younger son gathered everything together and went on a journey into a distant country, and there he squandered his estate with loose living. 14 Now when he had spent everything, a severe famine occurred in that country, and he began to be impoverished. 15 So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. 16 And he would have gladly filled his stomach with the pods that the swine were eating, and no one was giving anything to him. 17 But when he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired men have more than enough bread, but I am dying here with hunger! 18 I will get up and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight; 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me as one of your hired men.”’ 20 So he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. 21 And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 22 But the father said to his slaves, ‘Quickly bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet; 23 and bring the fattened calf, kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; 24 for this son of mine was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.’ And they began to celebrate.

    25 “Now his older son was in the field, and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 And he summoned one of the servants and began inquiring what these things could be. 27 And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has received him back safe and sound.’ 28 But he became angry and was not willing to go in; and his father came out and began pleading with him. 29 But he answered and said to his father, ‘Look! For so many years I have been serving you and I have never neglected a command of yours; and yet you have never given me a young goat, so that I might celebrate with my friends; 30 but when this son of yours came, who has devoured your wealth with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him.’ 31 And he said to him, ‘Son, you have always been with me, and all that is mine is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and rejoice, for this brother of yours was dead and has begun to live, and was lost and has been found.’”

    Luke 15: 11-32

  2. Hi Hazel,

    It is good that here you give a certain distinction between sidereal and tropical zodiacal calculation at the point of the autumnal equinox. In reality, which is sidereal, the Sun is in the sign of Virgo from September 8 to October 12. Thus, the true Fall season begins here in this sign. Yet, the apparently more popular ‘Tropical Zodiac’ would have our autumn season begin in the sign of Libra. This is just the kind of offset that creates confusion and chaos, and makes it all a matter of intellectual discernment.

    You give a very good post, with much content for consideration. Keen eyes in the beholding, dear friend. I worry about writing too much but I can’t help it. I love you and your audience. We live at a time in which this is getting serious, of course. Spiritual science was a mandate given some 120 years ago by now. So, we had better listen.

    Just consider what Peter had to say to Christ-Jesus at the end of chapter six of the Gospel of John:

    Peter’s Confession of Faith

    66 As a result of this many of His disciples withdrew and were not walking with Him anymore. 67 So Jesus said to the twelve, “You do not want to go away also, do you?” 68 Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life. 69 We have believed and have come to know that You are the Holy One of God.” 70 Jesus answered them, “Did I Myself not choose you, the twelve, and yet one of you is a devil?” 71 Now He meant Judas the son of Simon Iscariot, for he, one of the twelve, was going to betray Him.

  3. Dearest Hazel
    I treasure your mail each time. But sometimes they just “ring me : like a gong.
    You set me sounding.
    And the salmon ROSE to the HAZEL nut
    with love Caroline

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