Mind the gap

Graeme Stevenson

Dear Friends –

One of my beloved ‘practice buddies’ & I had a check-in with the need to express the anxiety that is living in the world & in us – which feels like an attack on our soul forces. We placed the Time Spirit Michael in a leminscate between us – activating the sword of discernment – & picturing his shield as a ribcage around our heart.

The eurythmy gesture for the constellation of Cancer, which houses the Bee Hive Cluster & rules the ribcage, came to heart & mind. 

Remembering that we are in the Season of Lent, we handed over everything that was too overwhelming to carry, into the arms of Mother Mary, in an imagination that these ongoing astral attacks can & must be transformed, passing from Her hands into the Sacred Heart of Christ, transformed by the Holy Spirit, & held by the “Father Ground of the World” as a healing impulse in “Depths of Worlds Begetting Life”.

Then later, at 2nd breakfast, with my husband – another dear practice buddy, we talked about how the adversarial powers are working really hard. They are highly intelligent, & have a systematic, long term plan.

So what about us? What is our plan?

Of course on a personal level we know we need to work on our own individual inner development thru the basic essential exercises etc…But what about the Anthroposophical Society as a world-wide movement? Can we, will we, as an association of members, create some sort of Michaelic plan of action?

It’s great that many of us are stepping up our Eurythmy & Meditation practice, offering these up to the world. And, yes, we are really good at “Spirit-Recalling”, remembering the past – folks are gearing up for the 100 year anniversary of the laying of the New Foundation Stone of Love into the hearts of the 800 members at the Christmas Conference in 1923-24, right now.

Many of us strive to focus in with “Spirit-Sensing”- aligning with “World rhythms bestowing grace upon souls” – Working to bring awareness of the etheric Christ encircling us.


And I believe the impulse for the ‘Sophia Rising Convergence’ is truly what is needed as a herald to our “Spirit-Beholding” – which is calling to be unveiled & activated NOW. The dimension of Wisdom must be engaged if we are to light the way to the New-Isis & our future incarnation with the Maitreya Buddha, to embody Manichaeism in order to redeem evil.

Of course the elephant in the room in dealing with the Anthroposophical Society still trumpets with the residue of the chaos in the Society, that has always sort of been there, but which was exasperated after Steiner’s death. (which, BTW, had to do, in part, with not taking up the karmic task of bridging the “2 Streams” which led to the compromising of the principles of truth & freedom –under the political pressures of Nazi authorities)

Can each of us honestly say we have rooted out the residue of divisiveness lurking within, expressed thru antipathies & misplaced sympathies – Stamped on us thru our vaccine status? Fear & defensiveness, one-sided othering – blame & shame – Our refusal to see the other – as a karmic mirror – our aversion to those in the ‘other stream’ who think differently than us…

Friends, Let’s open the door. How can we work together to create true unity with all that we have been given thru Rudolf Steiner & Anthroposophy? Will we, as a collective, respond to the necessity coming from all worlds, out-pictured in the global situations? We must put our spiritual world-view into practice, creating a chalice that offers the healing medicine, in the Wisdom of Love & freedom.

Stay tuned dear intrepid souls – the Spiritual World is asking for us to tune in together as we make our way toward the 100 year Jubilee of the Re-Founding – & NOW as we stand in the reflection of the burning of the 1st Goetheanum in 1922 an initiative is wanting to be born at Whitsun 2022 to unite us…

Will the tongues of fire speak your name in the upper room of our true Becoming?



22 March 2022 – “Speaking with the Stars”: In a very dark sky, the realistic stick figure of Canis Major is fairly plain to see — the Big Dog is seen in profile prancing to the right on his hind legs, with Sirius on his chest as his shiny dog tag. But for many of us, only his five brightest stars show well through the light pollution. These form the unmistakable Meat Cleaver.

Sirius and Murzim (to its right) are the wide top end of the Cleaver, with Sirius sparkling on its top back corner. Down to Sirius’s lower left is the Cleaver’s other end including its short handle, formed by the triangle of Adhara, Wezen, and Aludra. The Cleaver is chopping toward the lower right.

The waning gibbous Moon rises in the early hours of Wednesday morning, among the stars of upper Scorpius. Best view: just before the first glimmer of dawn Wednesday, about 1½ hours before sunrise. The Bella Luna is due south then, hanging above the orange-red supergiant Antares.

Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day


1828 – Birthday of Fercher von Steinwand, an Austrian poet. From Rudolf Steiner in THE RIDDLE OF MAN, GA 20, Pictures from the Thought-Life of Austria

“I learned to know him at the end of the 1880’s in Vienna and for a short time associated with him personally. He was sixty years old at the time: a true figure of light, even externally; an engaging warmth shone from his noble features, eloquent eyes, and expressive gestures; through tranquil clarity and self-possession, this soul of an older man still gave the effect of youthful freshness. And when one came to know this soul better, its particular nature and creations, one could see how a feeling life instilled by the Carinthian Mountains united in this soul with a contemplative life in the power of the idealism in German world views. This contemplation (Sinnen) was already entirely native to his soul as a poetic world of pictures; this contemplation pointed with this world of pictures into the depths of existence; it confronted world riddles artistically, without the originality of artistic creation paling thereby into thought-poetry; one can observe this kind of contemplation in the following lines from Fercher von Steinwand’s Chorus of Primal Dreams:

Out of all regions
Ever ascended,
Wanders an ether in far-radiant arches;
Travel the billows to
Depths ever silent.
There with our all-seeing
Will as their cargo,
Wending their way through the fog go our ferries;
Sail between wonderful
Banks new arising.
There before all-warming
Eyes of soft mildness
Winding and turning we fashion our patterns
Out all around dreaming
Regions of star-fields.
There to misfortune we
N’er are indebted,
There we constructed our fortresses hovering, And tribulations we
Joyfully shattered.
He who would paint you with
Most holy features,
Highest abode of our contemplative urgings:
Wait for the swiftest
Servants of love!

The following verses seek to portray how the soul, in thinking-waking daydreams, lives in far-away starry worlds and in immediate reality; then the poet continues:

No matter what careful
Powers accomplish,
Only on dreaming’s own wide-spreading pinions
Can what is mighty be
Gained now forever.
Every o’erpowering greatness of action,
All of the angels who guard what was planted
Are given counsel by
Dreams that inspire them.

Fercher von Steinwand then sings further about the penetrating of thinking, spiritualized to the point of dreaming, into the depths of the world, and about the penetrating of that kind of dreaming which is an awakening out of our ordinary waking state into those depths where the life of what is spiritual in the world can make itself tangible to the soul:

Life that our pulsating
Hearts have perceived,
Life that our struggling hearts have ascended
To all the welcoming
Cries of the spirits:

And then Fercher von Steinwand lets sound forth to the human spirit what the beings of the spirit realm speak to the soul that opens itself to them in inner contemplation:

Healed ones, now be here by
Loving encircled!
What you were seeking in uplifting hours,
Here, you selected ones,
Is it disclosed;
Here in the grandeur of
Halls of the Godhead,
Where to the heart other hearts are so pleasing,
Where buried voices are
Sounding forth newly
Where now the care-worn are
Royally striving,
Radiant souls now in smiles are all wreathed,
Round all the wrecks of the
Wheels of the ages —
Only the blinded ones,
Earth-bound and foolish,
Were for the gulf of destruction begotten,
Lost to the worlds of
Spirit perfection!
Weal to the sens’tive one
Round whom we hover,
Whom we enliven to bloss’ming existence,
All without weaving in
Fugitive shadows!

In the literary works of Fercher von Steinwand there then follows upon this Chorus of Primal Dreams his Chorus of Primal Impulses:

In the distances unbounded
Of our ancient mother Night.
Hark — to be in inward conflict
Seems the deep mysterious might!
Do we hear present’ment striding?
Is our longing wide awake?
Was a spirit-lightning lit?
Are our dreams through spaces gliding?
How now are powers by powers enraptured,
Blessed exchanges!
Now sudden hastenings.
Then quiet lingerings,
Reveling listenings
Change into beckonings
Marveling fearings!
Charm of desiring
Mounts, and sinks down,
Sinks into hatred.
Faced with the pallid
Picture of embracing
Cannot clasp hatred.
Ramifications dim,
Inclinings burgeoning,
Send forth their tendrils.
Ponderous inklings
Dawn and go faltering
O’er the wide spaces,
Seem to give counsel
Or to give guidance.
What they’re preparing
Is it the sowing
Of immense actions,
Of radiant ages?
Who felt the furrows
To be creative!
Who wandered through them
Blissfully savoring,
Or disentangling,
Grandeurs discovering!
Yonder the stir is like spirits embracing
We are enwarmed
And are receiving,
Seeking, and thinking,
See ourselves lifted,
Woven in joy with
Highest beginnings.
You wafting ‘round us,
In us arising:
“You are ideas! —”

May duration grow accustomed
To what urge has conjured up;
May adorning and appeasement
In creation’s stream prevail.
Sweetest light! in noble ringing
Mounts my heart aloft to you:
Linger at your western gate;
Help to crown the deed of love!
Risen from all earthly bonds is our impulse Soul — resurrected!
But what is ripened
Ruling, and valid
Proves to be spirit!
All that is circling,
All earth foundations,
All heavenly kindlings are
Self-made in spirit,
Came forth from spirit,
Work through the spirit
Powerful freedom from chaos did fashion
Space for good fortune!
Cloaked, with the dew of its deep-breathing mildness, Forest and field!
Cared that the dew and the light be companions,
Forming the hem of deep transfiguration —
Cared that each droplet should float at the threshold
of Spiritual radiance!

In Ferchervon Steinwand’s Complete Works (published by Theodor Daberkow in Vienna), there are also several indications about his life given by the poet himself when pressed by friends on the occasion of his seventieth birthday, He wrote, “I began life on March 22, 1828 upon the heights of the Steinwand above the banks of the Möll in Carinthia (Kärten); that means, in the midst of a defiant congregation of mountains with their heads held high, beneath whose domineering grandeur burdened human beings seem continuously to grow poorer,”
Since, in his Chorus of Primal Impulses, we find the world view of German idealism cast in the form of a poetic creation, it is interesting to see how the poet, on his paths through Austrian spiritual life, receives impulses from this world view already in his youth. He describes how he enters the university in Graz: “With my credentials — which of course consisted only of my report cards — held tight against my chest, I presented myself to the dean. That was Professor Edlauer, a criminologist of high repute. He hoped to see me (he said) industriously present in his lecture course on natural law. Behind the curtain of this innocent title he presented us for the whole semester, in rousing lectures, with those German philosophers who, under the fatherly care of our well-meaning spiritual guardians were banned and kept from us: Fichte, Schelling, Hegel, and so on — heroes, therefore; that means men who founded and fructified all areas of pure thinking, who gave the language and created the concepts for all the other sciences, and who, consequently, are illustrious names shining from our street comers today and seeming almost strange there in their particular diamond clarity. This semester was my vita nuova!”

Whoever learns to know Fercher von Steinwand’s tragedy Dankmar, his Countess Seelenbrand, his German Tones from Austria, and other works of his will be able through this to feel many of the forces that were working in the Austrian spiritual life of the second half of the nineteenth century. And everything about Fercher von Steinwand testifies to the fact that one receives out of his soul a picture from this spiritual life in clarity, truth, and genuineness. The amiable Austrian poet in dialect Leopold Hormann felt rightly when he wrote the words:

Far from all baseness
All avarice and meanness;
Foe of publicity,
That loathesome false lady;
German in soul,
Strong yet with kindness
Great in his thinking,
No faltering and wavering,
Proof against all objections: —
Fercher von Steinwand!

1832 – The DeathDay of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe – who Steiner names as a ‘sculptor & follower of Plato’ in Karmic Relations Vol 4 Lecture 10

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5 thoughts on “Mind the gap

  1. A thought-provoking post today Hazel. A couple of comments regarding thoughts that were stimulated:

    You ask if the A.S. can create some sort of Michaelic plan of action? You’ve been promoting the New Emerging Astrology, and they mention as one of their points that there is meaning in the movement of the planets. Didn’t Steiner say that the activities on Earth are a reflection of what’s happening in the Cosmos? My question is, has humanity lost the ability to deduce from the constellations and the planets what will take place on Earth? We had that ability once upon a time, but perhaps have lost it. It’d be a helpful resource for making this action plan if we had some indications of what to expect in future.

    Then, you mention that “the dimension of Wisdom must be engaged”. I completely agree, but think we always need to discern if the wisdom we engage is coming from below, or above. James, in his short epistle, enlightens us on this difference. He says the wisdom from below is “earthly, sensual, demonic,” and that it brings “bitter envy and self-seeking”, while the wisdom from above is “first pure, then peacable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.” Of course we know from Steiner’s teachings which source he recommended drawing from. But we can easily slip into allowing those forces of Wisdom from below to influence our thoughts and behavior; it can happen quite subtly at times – even to those who claim to be “teachers”, such as Nicodemus was. Jesus was surprised that Nicodemus, teacher of the Jews, was unaware of the concept of Spirit, and of spiritual birth. When Nico was broached with the subject, he was at a loss for words, to which Jesus told him “If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things?” We have many calling themselves “teachers” today (not in Antrhoposophy, fortunately) who, unfortunately, don’t even have a grasp of earthly things, let alone heavenly subjects.

    Final comment – you ask “How can we work together to create true unity with all that we have been given thru Rudolf Steiner & Anthroposophy?” To your credit Hazel, you’re doing it already. Your blog is a forum in which you present some themes, and there is the opportunity for others to share some thoughts on those themes. The beauty of this is that all readers can determine for themselves what the spiritual world would like us to know in relation to these themes you bring. I see this happening especially thanks to our Goethean Conversation chrysalis group, where we’ve been practicing and learning how to converse and LISTEN for what the spiritual world wants us to know. I’d have to say it’s had the most meaningful impact of any of my recent studies. Others may be so stuck in their ruts that they can’t appreciate what a wonderful opportunity is being given us here on ReverseRitual, but there’s a wonderful freedom for the sharing of thoughts; a forum where thoughts can truly live and germinate. And where no one is trumpeting their view, saying “This is the only truth; everyone needs to fall in line with it”.

    1. Thank you for taking the time to formulate these thoughts & share your insights.
      I guess I am feeling a call like the 10:10 initiative, that would be taken up by the AS to focus our collective energies on a basic theme like healing karma as we move toward this 100 year anniversary so that this opportunity to engage with these resurrection forces that are pouring in from the Christmas Conference won’t pass us by.

      I’m sure you have seen this verse given to Marie Steiner on the anniversary of their marriage:
      The stars spoke once to man.
      It is world destiny
      That they are silent now.
      To be aware of the silence
      Can become pain for earthly man.
      But in the deepening silence
      There grows and ripens
      What man speaks to the stars.

      So yes, I do see that there have been many clues written in the stars that many have not chosen to heed…for it is our time to once again speak to the stars…

      I guess for me the word Wisdom is always coming from above otherwise it would be called intellect or cleverness…
      For me Wisdom represents the Divine Sophia & how we have to receive the impulse of the Holy Spirit within ourselves to give birth to Anthroposophia.

      Yes, to be open – to listen – & to respond to what the Spiritual world is wanting us to embody is what I live for…
      Thanks for being part of the conversation

      1. I’m in harmony with everything you mentioned. Whatever theme you lead us in, there’ll be life in it I’m sure, life and healing. Thank you for the note on the stars; inspires me to do more speaking to them. Cheers.

  2. While I was in Thailand, I had heard of a monk speaking about the Maitreya. That the Maitreya will come when no one remembers the Sutras. This strikes me as significant. For this reminds me of the poem I shared the other day by Anastasius Grun, Ruins… which paints a time (or region I suppose) when(where) no one knows who Christ is.

    I’m bringing this up, because I don’t feel that things will get much better in the near future. This is not to lose hope, though. But rather, it is important for us to realise that what we do now will effect future incarnations in the Sixth Post Atlantean Epoch. It is the ‘nature’ of what we do now, and how we live our life, and our deeds that will matter the most. It is almost mind boggling what the landscape of the Earth will be like at that time, but most certainly, nothing like how it is now.

    Yes, mind the gap, but the schism is real. And it’s not to shame, but I honestly cannot see an excuse when there is objectifiable truths that are out in plain sight, and still are ignored (and censored) for whatever reasons or prejudices one wishes to hold on to. And ultimately, that does come to the individual. It is the individual’s responsibility to pull themselves up, it has to be… otherwise it is not done voluntarily. And that is a requirement for anyone’s further advancement. The only thing anyone else can do is inspire others and give them a helpful ‘nudge’ when appropriate.

    1. Yes, to try to bring to consciousness now our work in the future with the Maitreya, & also to support & encourage each other now – to do all we can to mind the gap – to bridge – to recognize – & to uphold the truth when all the hardening brings many willingly to their knees

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