Dear Friends – I am waking up with many thoughts from our First Class Lesson last night which have ripened thru night school. And as I grow older, more & more I see that how we use our soul forces has consequences – in our actions – in relation to others – to nature, to ourselves, & in the course of how human evolution will unfold…And I ask myself:
Is there a way that human beings can see & be, in & with the world, so that we can take hold of the process of becoming in such a way that it constantly develops anew, thru this seeing & being – A seeing that becomes a cognition of the heart; a way of being that develops a moral life? To be moral is to be in right relationship.
How can we be a living moral expression of spiritual reality – Manifesting the essence behind the workings of this world? This kind of reality which we can seek to unveil for each other – which we can envision in every human being – is needed for us to become active co-creators – unfolding a reality of transformation – a humanizing – in all its relation ships.
Rudolf Steiner advanced a quest for knowledge that sought & recognized the power of our personal development in the meeting with the world, & thru the meeting with others. The act of knowing, becomes participation in these often challenging relationships, creating a wise perspective that is open to tolerance, developing interest, which can manifest Love – which, together with Freedom, is the goal of our humanness.
Understanding ‘the other’ as a free human being, poses the difficult trial of understanding them thru their own concepts. According to Steiner in his Philosophy of Spiritual Activity …”We must take over into our own spirit those concepts by which the other determines themselves.”
It is mutuality that enables knowing, which leads to empathy & understanding. A shared space arises in the relationship which not only has a center, but which is formed from the relationship of both ‘focal points’, an ability to see the point & the counter-point.
We can extend that center to include what Spiritual Science calls the 12 worldviews, with an emphasis on mutually enhancing polarities. If we learn to understand the 12 senses as put forth by Steiner, perhaps that can help us see the value of this idea of striving to see all perspectives out-pictured in these 12 archetypes.
Thru a sort of alchemical transfiguration, the distinct capacities of thinking, feeling, & willing – each emphasized by their respective worldviews – have the potential to be etherized into a new Earth-Sun, the center of a new zodiac – where the opposition between spirit & matter is overcome, so that human consciousness can be raised & transubstantiated by the power of the Christ in me – Christ in us.
See you in the Center
RUDOLF STEINER’S CALENDAR OF THE SOUL
translated (with added titles) by Roy Sadler
SAINT JOHNSTIDE IV
The Spirit’s Gift
I feel, as if enchanted in the glory of the world,
the weaving of the spirit in appearance;
it’s veiled my own life
in drowsiness of sense
to give to me the strength
that in my narrow compass I
am powerless to give myself.
The Sun enters midway between Castor and Pollux in Gemini this week.
“In Greek myth, Pollux, the immortal and Castor, the mortal twin, symbolized higher and lower rank. But with Christ, as seen in the ‘washing of the feet’, the spiritual and the physical, the higher and lower, come together in brotherhood. As the twins have also represented Lucifer and Ahriman, the mid-July Sun between them carries a further spiritual gift —the Christ Sun putting Himself between Lucifer and Ahriman giving our “I” the power to be in balance—the power to know ourselves as an “I” between Lucifer and Ahriman…”
Eloise Krivosheia in Calendar-of-the-Soul-Verse-15.pdf (anthroposophyla.org)
this week’s mirror verse
The Spirit Child
I feel the spirit child set free
from spell in womb of soul;
in heart’s bright radiance
from seed of holy Cosmic Word
the heaven’s fruit of hope
is growing into farthest worlds
rejoicing from my being’s ground of God.
11 July 2021 – “Speaking with the Stars”: Bright Venus and tiny Mars come to conjunction low in the western twilight, as the crescent Moon stands watch. On the other side of the sky, Saturn and Jupiter rise after dark. And before moonlight comes back, delve the deep sky in Scorpius and Sagittarius. ~ skyandtelescope.org
Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day (RSarchives)
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY (Rudolf Steiner’s original Calendar of the Soul; The Present Age, Alchetron, The Free Social Encyclopedia)
The feast day of Nertha, ancient Germanic Goddess of the Earth
1767 – Birthday of John Quincy Adams, 6th President of the United States. He began his diplomatic career as the U.S. minister to the Netherlands in 1794, and served as minister to Prussia during the presidential administration of his father, the formidable patriot John Adams. After serving in the Massachusetts State Senate and the U.S. Senate, the younger Adams rejoined diplomatic service under President James Madison, helping to negotiate the Treaty of Ghent (1814), which ended the War of 1812. As secretary of state under James Monroe, Adams played a key role in determining the president’s foreign policy, including the famous Monroe Doctrine. John Quincy Adams went on to win the presidency in a highly contentious election in 1824, and served only one term. Outspoken in his opposition to slavery and in support of freedom of speech, Adams was elected to the House of Representatives in 1830; he would serve until his death in 1848. ~history.com
1864 – Birthday of Peter Deunov, Bulgarian spiritual master and teacher of esoteric Christianity in the early 20th century, is also known for his inspired musical compositions and as the inventor of the Paneurhythmy, a sacred dance of the Universal White Brotherhood. Beinsa Duono is his Bulgarian spiritual name.
2012 – Astronomers announce the discovery of Styx, the fifth moon of Pluto
“…Pluto is a controversial planet as it is a newcomer, an outsider to the classic solar system. Willi Sucher describes the outer planets in this way: They are something like bystanders and try to speak to human beings about the invisible worlds, of the spiritual worlds of the divine hierarchies, of all that which is of an absolutely nonmaterial, even non-spatial, nature. If these messages are not received by human beings consciously, they can easily wreak “destruction” and thereby bring home the messages of the temporary nature of all Earth-material existence. Thus they would hope to bring humanity to a realization of the spiritual origin of all beings. (The Changing Countenance of Cosmology p.48)
Elsewhere he discusses Pluto as connected to the deepest realm of will forces, those forces with elemental power behind earthquakes, violent revolutions in humanity and even nuclear destruction.
This sphere he also relates to the third adversary spoken of by Steiner, the Asuras, fallen Spirits of Personality/Archai, who are now becoming active in humanity. Steiner states, For these Asuric Spirits will prompt what has been seized hold of by them, namely the very core of man’s being, the consciousness soul together with the ‘I’, to unite with earthly materiality. Fragment after fragment will be torn out of the ‘I’, … What thus becomes the prey of the Asuric powers will be irretrievably lost.
Elsewhere Steiner describes how their ability to work on the materialization and destruction of the human I, is due to the long term consequences of materialism in humanity and our failure to recognize our true spiritual nature.
However Pluto is also connected with the highest spiritual transformation of the will, which can be realized in the distant future as Spirit Man; the transmutation of matter as Christ transmuted matter in the resurrection. Christ-will, working in the human being, will lead to the higher realization of Pluto in humanity.
In these times, this process begins with bringing into the will the force of Christ, permeating it with moral deeds done out of love and service to others…” ~Jonathan Hilton
POD (Poem Of Day)
~While the stargazers are ripening I stand in my pasture –
From a distance I can hear Death
Fingering Her lyre amidst the lilies –
1 note dividing harmony
Clothed in the skin of a Queen Bee
I hurry toward the heat source bearing the light within…
5 thoughts on “Point / Counter-point”
You show that diagram of the 12 psychological outlooks and accompanying seven planetary moods from Steiner’s, “Human and Cosmic Thought”, ref.
And then, and this was very unexpected, you show the array of the 12 senses, which is not depicted in the course. I was very impressed by it. For example: Touch in Cancer and Vision in Capricorn; Speech in Aries and Balance in Libra.
You obviously have an impressive body of literature to work with as well as an astute group of coworkers. This is Esoteric Section work all the way. Chicago Heartland stuff.
The First Lessons always open me up. But this post really stems from the conflict I feel around how one sided people are in their worldview, myself included.
Yes, and by taking the twelve psychological outlooks into consideration, along with the planetary moods, which reflect in the personality, we have the infinity of possibilities for embracing and accepting all viewpoints with care. I admit to trying to hammer this home in another place where the opinions abound.
This might seem like a silly question, Steve and Hazel, but how does one find themselves on this diagram from Human and Cosmic Thought? I did read the series, and even a re-read of the lecture pertaining to this diagram, but I still don’t get how to find ‘one’s place’ in it. It’s a matter of, ‘I could be this, but also that, but I’m definitely not this.. or at least I think so?’
I think the approach is to see the twelve outlooks as mutually inclusive in the same manner as the twelve senses. We possess them all. Here are three alternate depictions of the twelve senses.
We tend to emphasize the five most recognized, but the other seven are equally present and effective. Total sense perception can be raised to a conscious art form. For example, Materialism = Touch, Sensationalism = Life, Phenomenalism = Movement, Realism = Balance, and so on. All encompassing.