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POD (Poem Of the Day)
~Today I invoke:
The Lady of the pyre –
Lady of the heat who burns up transgression
Her flame is sharp, Her fingers are orange sparks
She speaks with a tongue of far-reaching flame
Her hands are quick; She burns flesh into ash & light
She is beyond necessity,
She is the power of Freedom reborn…
Today I am Hers…
“For if it were impossible for man to sink into the abyss of evil, he would not have been able to attain what on the one hand we call love and on the other freedom; since to the occultist freedom is inseparably connected with the idea of love.
It would be impossible for man to develop either love or freedom without the possibility of sailing down into the abyss. A man unable, of his own free decision, to choose good or evil, would be a being who would only be led on a puppets-string to a good which must be attained of necessity and who had no power to choose the good of his own fully purified will, by the love which springs from freedom.
If it were impossible for man to follow in the trail of the monster with the two horns, it would also be impossible for him to follow God out of his own individual love.
It was in accordance with a wise Providence to give the possibility of freedom to the humanity which has been developing through our planetary system, and this possibility of freedom could be given on no other condition than that man himself has to make the free choice between good and evil.“ ~Rudolf Steiner, The Apocalypse of St. John, Lecture XII https://wn.rsarchive.org/GA/GA0104/19080630p01.html
The Dark Moon has gone into the underworld, invisible to our eyes, & hits her New Moon phase exact at Midnight tonight.
In 1382 Nicolas Flamel uses a secret word for Morning Star, Maranatha, which is an old alchemical allusion to Mercury. Maranatha (Aramaic: מרנאתא; Koinē Greek: Μαρανα θα, romanized: marana-tha, lit. ‘come, our lord!’ It occurs in the New Testament -1 Corinthians 16:22. And the last chapter of the Book of Revelation makes use of the same concept as מרנא תא “marana tha” by the Greek ἔρχου κύριε Ἰησοῦ (Revelation 22:20 NA28) “erchou kurie Iesou”, “Come, Lord Jesus“.
I have spoken many times about the reversal that occurred between Venus & Mercury at the time of the Copernican Revolution, & I have often wondered why – to what purpose? This question ever lingering came into focus again today with a new clarity as I read the piece about Maranatha. It all came together with the phrase ‘Come, our lord‘ – the lightbulb flashed that the code revealed in the reversal was our clue to merge the wisdom of Hermes, communicator & messenger of the gods/ the healing caduceus of Mercury’s Staff, with the Goddess of Love & Beauty, so that we can call forth these words of invocation into the etheric realm where the Being of Christ waits for us to receive the formative forces of his healing love.
The recitation of Maranatha as “the ideal Christian mantra”, repeated as four equally stressed syllables Ma-ra-na-tha: “Not only is this one of the most ancient Christian prayers, in the language Christ Jesus spoke, but it also has a harmonic quality that helps to bring the mind to silence. The Lord is Coming! Our Lord has come! Come, Lord! Our Lord, Come! O Lord, come! or Our Lord Comes!
Calling forth in times of need for the comforter, the councilor is a Sophiatic deed that brings us to this etheric vision.
President Jimmy Carter the “good communicator” teaching at the Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains Georgia
Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
“If you want to change the world, you have to change the metaphor.” ~Joseph Campbell
1825 – Birthday of Karl Julius Schroer, professor of German literature & language. Teacher of Rudolf Steiner. Political developments in 1860 forced Schröer to leave Hungary for Vienna. In the following years, Schröer researched the folklore of the ethnic Germans, or Danube Swabians, of Hungary. As part of his research, Schröer discovered a Medieval cycle of Danube Swabian mystery plays in Oberufer, a village since engulfed by the Bratislava’s borough of Ružinov. Schröer collected manuscripts, made meticulous textual comparisons, & published his findings in the book Deutsche Weihnachtspiele aus Ungarn (“The German Nativity Plays of Hungary”) in 1857/1858. Several scholars later extended this work.
In Vienna, Schröer became a major figure in Goethe scholarship. He was a founding member of the Goethe Society of Vienna in 1878 & edited the society’s official publication, “Die Chronik”, from 1886 to 1894.
Schröer was especially devoted to Faust scholarship, editing the work & providing a commentary in a two-volume edition of that play. In 1884 he published one of his most well-known works, a text dedicated to Goethe’s biography, manner of poeticizing, & relation to women: “Goethe und die Liebe” (Goethe and Love). Schröer also edited a six-volume edition of Goethe’s dramas. He campaigned for the erection of a Goethe monument in Vienna, which was approved in 1894 with a design by Edmund Hellmann. Schröer died on 16 December 1900, one day after the monument was unveiled.
Karl Julius Schroer was Rudolf Steiner’s professor & the son of the educator & writer Tobias Gottfried Schröer. Steiner speaks about these 2 individualities in their former incarnations. Tobias as Socrates & Karl as the nun Hroswitha & Plato. See Karmic Relationships, Volume IV: Lecture X
Greetings Friend, Now that the Holy Nights have passed I have time to offer Lectures, Festivals, full day or weekend workshops, on any topic that interests your community.
(I don’t charge a fee; just travel expenses, & room & board; as everything I do is given freely, in service to Anthroposophia. I have my own Zoom account, but if we expect more that 100 we would need to use yours)
Here are a few samples of my programs caught in Video:
Below is short list from my library of work:
What is Anthroposophy? An Experiential Discourse
What can the human being (anthropos) of today do to recognize our inherent wisdom (sophia) to access the source of spiritual knowledge, for our own inner development, and for the evolution of the earth and all of humanity?
What would it be like to support each other in community, as we strive to penetrate the mystery of our relationship with the spiritual world?
How does this ‘Spiritual Science’ built on the research of Rudolf Steiner, speak to the riddles of existence: our artistic needs, the truth of karma, the mystery of evil, life after death and so much more?
The Spiritual Guidance of the Individual and of Humanity’ An Experiential Three Part Workshop
(Workshops can be taken as a whole or individually)
Session #1 – 10 am – 12 noon:
• The divine wisdom working in the human being in the 1st three years of life.
• Through inner striving we can contact again and consciously build on this wisdom which is connected to the Christ impulse.
• Activity- Biography work: Our 1st conscious memory – a preview of the “I”.
Noon – 1:30 pm – Lunch
Session #2 – 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm:
• The childlike condition of humanity in ancient times, directed by higher spiritual beings.
• A look into the evolution of these guiding spirits –progressive as well as regressive –
• Revealing the necessity of the ‘two kinds of evil’.
• The importance of Spiritual Science to avoid error.
• Activity – Labyrinth Walk
3:30 pm – 4 pm – Break
Session #3 – 4 pm – 6 pm:
• A survey of the Post-Atlantean age, our present epoch.
• The Christ connection with the progressive spiritual beings
• Modern science as the work of the regressive spiritual beings
• A peek into the future
• Activity – The Golden Legend & The Rose Cross Mediation: An artistic rendering
‘Preparation, Illumination & Initiation’ – The Rosy Cross
Incorporating ‘The Golden Legend’, & the Plant vs. Human Kingdoms, To enliven our work with ‘The Rose Cross Meditation’.
Using our head, hands & heart we will enact this powerful Rosicrucian tool given to us by Rudolf Steiner, as a soul path of initiation, using imaginative cognition to build spiritual etheric forces; a Metamorphoses of Self & of World.
Lifting the Veil: ISIS Redeemed – an interactive multi-media presentation of the New Isis Myth
From Necessity to Freedom – The Evolution of Human Consciousness, Social Sculpture & Experiential Discourse
How can I Co-Create with Destiny, to spin the thread of my life with integrity, to heal and clear the collective karma, & achieve my True Becoming?
From the vaporous cleft of Mount Parnassus, and the birth place of Greek Philosophy, to Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, and the Holy Grail – From Prophesy to Warning, from Fate to Karma, From Destiny to Free Will.
What is YOUR life Question?
10 am – Doors Open
10:30 am – Explore the legends of The Greek Moirae and the Nordic Norns, the Orphic Hymn and the Prose Poem Edda
11:30 –Song Circle – To call in and to cut away
12:15 pm – Lunch
1:30 pm – Scrying with the Sibyls – The Prophets and the Sistine Chapel…The evolving human consciousness…
2:30 pm – Socratic Questioning – You have to ask the right question to get the right answer
3:15 pm – Break
3:30 pm – Once Upon A Time NOW – The new story
4 pm – Weaving Past, Present and Future
4:30 pm – Rudolf Steiner’s poem: DESTINY
5 pm – End
Cain and Abel: Building a Bridge between the ‘Two Streams’
Recognizing where we stand as individuals in the interrelationship between the two main groups of souls found in the Anthroposophical Movement, is a call connected with Rudolf Steiner’s core mission, his deed at the Christmas Conference, and our further work with the Etheric Christ as Lord of Karma.
In this experiential workshop we will enact a ‘Mystery Pageant’ exploring the karmic streams. Are you a Shepherd or a King; Vita Contemplativa or Vita Activa; Platonist or Aristotelian…?
Together we can unite the streams, to fulfill the Foundation Stone, and create a ‘Wellspring of Spirit Reborn’.
“Let Freedom Ring’ – Reclaiming the Wisdom of Columbia – Folk Soul of America Presentation, Eurythmy, Art Exercise, Group Singing
Christian Rosenkreutz & the Mission of Gautama Buddha on Mars
Encountering the Inner Layers of the Earth as a Rosicrucian Christian Initiation, in relation to the Beatitudes and the 9 fold human being.
An overview, which is meant to tie together the seemingly diverse subjects of:
- The Interior of the Earth,
- A map of the Modern path of Initiation,
- The practical application of the occult meaning of The Sermon on the Mount,
- And a picture of the 7 & 9 fold Human Being
The Chymical Wedding: Christian Rosenkreutz: ‘Granum Pectori Jesu Insitum’ Interactive Art Projections & Lecture
Festivals of the Year:
Holy Week & Easter/Spring:
- The Mystery of Golgotha – Then & Now
- A Path to the Dawning
Ascension: Climbing Jacobs Ladder – a lecture bringing into focus:
- The ascension of the soul of the earth as it breathes out in the springtime
- The mystery of the Ascension of Christ, Who is the Spirit of the Earth, is renewed – Christ as ‘Lord of Karma’
- The return of the earth back into the community of the stars
- Our connection to the elementals
- The Archangel Raphael
- The true meaning of death
- The relationship of the Ascension with the Transfiguration, & Whitsun with the Baptism
- A connection to Goethe’s Fairy Tale – The Green Snake & the Beautiful Lily
WHITSUN: The festival of United Soul Endeavor – a lecture revealing connections to:
- Shavuot, the Jewish Grain celebration
- Pentecost, the Greek tradition
- Festival of Flowers from the ancient mysteries
- The creation of our Free Individuality
- From Summer Solstice to St. John’s-Tide
Cosmic Rapture Grounded in Jubilant Hearts
Come join our Initiatory Workshop to discover the New Mysteries of St. Johns-Tide.
To pass the test of Summer we will explore many questions:
*Who is the mysterious Archangel of Summer?
*Who is John the Baptist? What do his sayings “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” And “He must increase, but I must decrease.” really mean?
* What is the secret to healing the ‘soul-fever’ so prevalent in society today?
*What is the mystery of the Dragon-fly, & other elemental beings?
* How can we understand the ‘Cycle of the Year as Breathing Process of the Earth’?
Together we will work to strengthen our true “I”, enlivening our will forces with various social-artistic exercises:
Questions to the Universe
- ‘He must Increase, but I must Decrease’ – Who is John the Baptist?
Lectures for Michaelmas or on the Being Michael:
- “Iron Sharpens Iron”
- ‘The Fiery Thought King of the Universe; Michael Beckoning’
- Michaelmas and the Horn of Plenty – Fall Festivals Then and Now
- Michael and the Soul Forces
- Fall festivals: “Bringing in the Sheaves” a look at harvest traditions on the wheel of the year
All Souls Festivals: on the life between death & re-birth including:
- Soul to Soul – a history of our relationship with the dead
- The Mystery Schools of ancient Sumeria
- The secret festival of Thesmophoria
- the Eleusinian mysteries
- Orpheus, Pythagoras, Plato, Socrates
- Spiritualism & Mediumship
- How to communicate with the dead according to Rudolf Steiner
- Earthly Death / Cosmic Life
Who we have been, Who we are, Who we are becoming, & where we are going…
What are the origins & purpose of “Halloween”…?
- A Journey Through the Planetary Spheres –
Starting on earth at the grave, we follow the life of the soul after death, thru Kamaloca, & the 7 wandering stars, into the fixed Zodiac & Devachan, then at the ‘Midnight Hour’ back into incarnation. (This can be a lecture alone or combined with an actual experiential journey)
- A performance of ‘The Descent of Inanna’– a Modern Myth from Sumeria
- The Connection Between Epidemics, the Souls of the Dead, and the Spiritual World with Hazel Archer-Ginsberg and Raven Garland, Eurythmist VIDEO RECORDING HERE
- Festivals for the Dead, the Unborn and the Evolution of Earth – Then and Now with Hazel Archer-Ginsberg and Eurythmist Raven Garland VIDEO RECORDING HERE
A series of Holy Nights offerings.
Including: “…When the Two Become One…The Greatest Story Ever Told” A comparison of the Luke & Matthew Gospels in story form – Group Art project: Turning the inside out, & the outside in.
A series of talks on Eclipses of the Sun & Moon, Including a Pageant: “From Light Through Darkness into New Light”
Invoking the Practical Alchemy of the Celtic Triple Goddess Brigid – To Purify, Awaken, & Galvanize Your Head, Heart, and Hands
A series of Guided Meditations:
- Ostara and The April Fool
- Cosmic Heart
- Grounding Tree
- A piece of the puzzle
- The Inner Sanctum
- Spring Equinox
- Summer Solstice
This is just a partial list. I am open to hearing your thoughts & suggestions
One of my areas of expertise, besides the Wheel of the Year as seen from various cultural perspectives, is creating custom events for every milestone, & Rites-of-Passage ceremonies. My web site & blog give a good indication of this work.
Thank you for this opportunity to serve.
Hazel Archer-Ginsberg – Founder of Reverse Ritual Understanding Anthroposophy through the Rhythms of the Year. Essayist, Lecturer, Poet, Trans-denominational Minister, Anthroposopher – working as the Festivals Coordinator of the Chicago Rudolf Steiner Branch, The Traveling Speakers Program, & the Central Regional Council of the Anthroposophical Society.
10 thoughts on “Maranatha”
By Advent my inner-image of that vortex had become something gentle and delicate. A soul-understanding born of Light-Wisdom, carried forever within now, with Love. This is Mary to me.
Life blossoms into each moment
Be every blossoming moment
The vortex that must have roots deep in the dark night of the soul which gives it the strength to spiral up & out like a flowering tree to give us shelter & sweet fruit
Hi Les and Hazel,
The lecture, “The Relationship of Earthly Man to the Sun”, is one of those essentials that describes how the original plan of earth evolution was changed from one in which complete divinity was to take place from beginning to end, to one in which the so-called “Fall” occurred. As such, we humans had no part in this decision to change the course of events.
The entire first chapter of Genesis is about God’s creation, and how it was done with perfection in the Mind of God. Especially, looking at the verses 26 to 31, it is clearly indicated that God seeks a divine covenant with his human creation as ‘Man’.
26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” 29 Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you; 30 and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to every thing that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food”; and it was so. 31 God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
Now, this ends chapter one of Genesis, and so if we go immediately to chapter two, we find that God finalizes His creation on the seventh day, and rests within it as a Virgin birth. Steiner would call it a “manvantara”, as a kind of technical term meaning “interval” before the next stage, which is to come here when the Lord God is first indicated, beginning in chapter two, verse 4:
4 This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made earth and heaven. 5 Now no shrub of the field was yet in the earth, and no plant of the field had yet sprouted, for the Lord God had not sent rain upon the earth, and there was no man to cultivate the ground. 6 But a mist used to rise from the earth and water the whole surface of the ground. 7 Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. 8 The Lord God planted a garden toward the east, in Eden; and there He placed the man whom He had formed. 9 Out of the ground the Lord God caused to grow every tree that is pleasing to the sight and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
So, what does all this mean? Why do we have a God, and then a Lord God in the next chapter? “In the Beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was a God.” The Gospel of John, chapter 1.
Who is this Lord God? From a spiritual-scientific perspective we know a great deal about this Being, and yet, what had God said about, “let Us make Man in Our Image and according to Our Likeness”? Answer: He left the Likeness part for the Lord God to do, and this is a very complicated process because it involves a material manifestation to occur over great aeons of duration, which eventually becomes the Time that we now know. Spiritual Science exists as the educational and cultural imperative that wants to make this very clear in this day and age.
While Steiner does, indeed, reveal that Karl Julius Schroer, his mentor, was the reincarnated Plato, nowhere is Tobias Gottfried Schroer indicated as the reincarnation of Socrates. What this lecture indicates of extreme importance is how a certain young artist at the time of the elderly Plato would reincarnate as Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
“Now I already spoke at this place some time ago of a young artist who grew up while Plato was still living, not exactly in Plato’s School of the Philosophers but under Plato’s influence. Indeed I mentioned this matter already many years ago. Having passed through other incarnations in the meantime this individuality was reborn, not out of the Platonic philosophy but out of the Platonic spirit. He was reborn as Goethe, having karmically transformed in the Jupiter region what came to him from former incarnations, and notably from the one in which he partook of the Platonic stream, so that it became that kind of wisdom which does indeed permeate all the contents of Goethe’s work. Thus we can indeed turn our gaze to a noble and pure relationship between Plato and this — I will not say “disciple” — but follower of Plato. For as I said, he was not a philosopher but an artist in that Grecian incarnation. Nevertheless Plato’s eye did fall upon him and perceived the infinite promise that lay within this youth.”
~ (This can be… or combined with an actual experiential journey) ~
How actual? Intriguing. You offer so much of yourself, so much Love, to life.
Hazel it really is fun, you writing blogs, and then me reading them a bit later to find out why I’m feeling the way I do each day. I’ve been roasting in the transgression fire for 36 hours. He must decrease, and he must increase. She must as well, but I’m he this lifetime.
And this: ~ …by the good of our own fully purified will, by the love which springs from freedom. ~ I read this, and an iron band snapped and sprung from around my heart. I had been feeling trapped since last night, a bit too much heat, and could not breath.
Thank you Minister Archer-Ginsberg.
It is a contraction & expansion, this we must remember when we are feeling trapped or snapped.
a Circle ever swirling, a DNA helix ever climbing.
Together we can’t get lost
~ a Circle ever swirling, a DNA helix ever climbing ~
This is the image and new understanding that first came to me beginning this past summer-autumn, time and time and time again. I have seen, with help from my spirit-physical teachers, that I am moving, singing, dancing, swirling ever-upwards into new existence, in every moment. A vortex of Creation in continuous motion and birth. And I an eternal part of it All, flowing, streaming Light, weaving golden threads, releasing, letting go, burning off my transgression karma, creating karma anew.
As you can see and thank you Minister H A-G, I am learning, understanding that this is the process, and that these lower-self transgressions are my evolution, my ever-becoming. Without which the ever-birthing miracle cannot happen. My Judas and my Christ, the Passion Play of my Soul. I Love them both.
Thank you for assisting in my ever-becoming. It is a great and rare soul-honour, to be helped and taught and supported in another’s Higher Love and Wisdom.
We reflect & support each other when we see the unity to which we all contribute…
Thanks for being on the merry-go-round with me!
Hi Hazel. One thought from your excerpt from The Apocalypse of St. John, where Steiner states that “man himself has to make the free choice between good and evil.” When Creator gave man the choice between the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (there was no prohibition placed on the tree of life as there was on the other), I’m convinced Creator knew that “man” would choose the tree that brought death, for the simple reason that “man” has a nasty streak of disobedience and rebellion that must be dealt with. I only learned this recently after noticing a verse from Paul in Romans 11:32: “For God has committed them all (all nations of men) to disobedience, that He might have mercy on all.” Paul may have got this thought from Daniel: “To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, though we have rebelled against Him.” (9:9). Why else would those two trees specifically be mentioned? Why did “man” not choose life rather than choosing the one they were told not to eat of? We always joke about people doing exactly the thing they’re told not to, but the above truth is clearly evident.
One other thought, which is more of a question, because this idea of the Mercury – Venus reversal is new to me – does it have to be a reversal? Is there any possibility it could be a marriage? Could wisdom and love become one, as we see in the great mystery of husband/wife? As I say, I’m not familiar with Steiner’s position on this, if he has put forth one.
Hi Les, wonderful thoughts here, thank you.
The way i see the creation story is that we just ate of the tree too soon, we were meant to wait until we had gained the ability to make a good choose, byt like a baby we were tempted to put everything in our mouth…And Like Spiritual Science says the adversarial powers are there for a reason to help us evolve, But everything in its season…
And yes, actually in the podcast i say the same thing, it is a marriage, i totally agree. I’m glad to see that we are figuring these things out for ourselves, because Steiner did not go into it that way, He left it a mystery for us to grow into