6 September 2016 – Astro-Weather: As summer approaches its end, Vega becomes the zenith star around the end of twilight. And Arcturus, shines moderately low in the west.
Distant Uranus rises around 10 pm CDT & climbs above the eastern horizon by midnight, in Pisces. Uranus glows bright enough to see with the naked eye under a dark sky.
The Moon reaches apogee, the farthest point in its orbit around Earth, at 1:45 pm CDT. It is then 251,689 miles from Earth’s center.
We are never real historians, but always near poets, and our emotion is perhaps nothing but an expression of a poetry that was lost. ~ Gaston Bachelard
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
3114 BC – According to the proleptic Julian calendar the current era in the Maya Long Count Calendar started
Deathday of Albinus a Platonist philosopher, who lived at Smyrna, pupil of Gaius the Platonist & teacher of Galen. A short tract by him, entitled Introduction to Plato’s dialogues, has survived. After explaining the nature of the Dialogue, which he compares to a Drama, he goes on to divide the Dialogues of Plato into four classes, logical, critical, physical, ethical, & mentions another division of them into Tetralogies, according to their subjects. He advises that the Alcibiades, Phaedo, Republic, & Timaeus, should be read in a series
Deathday of Magnus of Füssen, a missionary saint in southern Germany, also known as the Apostle of the Allgäu, a contemporary of Saint Gall & Saint Boniface
1522 – The Victoria, the only surviving ship of Ferdinand Magellan’s expedition, returns to Spain, becoming the first ship to circumnavigate the world
1620 – The Pilgrims sail from Plymouth, England, on the Mayflower to settle in North America
1628 – Puritans settle Salem
1729 – Birthday of Moses Mendelssohn, a creative & eclectic thinker whose writings on metaphysics & aesthetics, political theory & theology, together with his Jewish heritage, placed him at the focal point of the German Enlightenment for over three decades
1847 – Henry David Thoreau leaves Walden Pond & moves in with Ralph Waldo Emerson & his family in Concord, Massachusetts
1860 – Birthday of Jane Addams, sociologist & author, Nobel Prize laureate
My POD (Poem Of the Day)
~Today I am
A dusky grape
Ripening in the oblique rays
Of our westering daystar…
Preparing for Michaelmas:
I watch the shadows lengthen. The angle of the sun, like the lance of Michael, a sunlit spear piercing awake my sleepy summer eyes, banishing the sulphur, activating the iron in my blood. Am I ready to do battle with the dragon within?
If spiritual science is allowed to live in us & extend its transforming influence to our heart-space, what enters us as thoughts, is then changed, into the substance of light, into the purest light of thought. And in the living enthusiasm of the heart, this light of thought then rays out from our hearts into the macrocosm, as light of the redeemed intelligence of Michael; as enlivened human thought, which can be re-united with the world-thoughts of the gods.
Heart-Thinking is the essence of Michaelmas, as the festival of Enlightenment; where we can learn to experience an unfolding of our inner initiative & a free, strong, courageous will, opposing our love of ease. Yes, it’s easy this time of year, to want to get cozy on the couch, to snuggle up with the dragon, flipping thru the channels, fighting over the remote…
But it is our job to strive to complete the never ending story, with the new Michaelic mysteries put forth by Rudolf Steiner, a true emissary of Michael, teaching us to count the human being as the 10th hierarchy. And so, work we must, as we stand once more on the edge of autumn.
See you there…