Shake it but don’t break it

O look – another veil has dropped – a fresh insight has emerged – a challenging crossroad has appeared…Now what?

Head down & plodding I could easily miss it – open to adventure I may choose to take the road less traveled – or perhaps I’ll just sigh & say, nah, too much trouble – no – it feels like an obstacle – a trap – a turn for the worst – a chance to get lost…

But maybe – I am – fully prepared to ford the ravine – to scale the…um… well, maybe not the mountain, but surely a good sized mole-hill – to bump into wonder – Then I can stand on this milestone of the moment – in the tickling triumph of discovery – wrought thru with little breadcrumb clues & simple surprises…Knowing –  I am – taking every step – with reverence – in awareness – that at every turning point, there is often a stumbling – into opportunity – disguised as a problem…

Yep I had a break thru in my thinking last night, & nope it wasn’t very pretty – Enlightening? Hell Yes. Still processing? Always Yes…And I know that this trans-personal revelation – this knowing of myself – this practical Anthroposophy which has lead me once more to the Threshold of the abyss to meet the Guardian – who sends me once again to stand in front of the Seraphim with the flaming sword – So…OK – I won’t be jumping up & running hither & thither, cause I’m not sure what to do with this break thru, with this explanation, this excuse..?

Sooo…I will – let it steep before I leap – Be  4 – I can – take my time – Be cause – I know – a magic twisty rise – will arise – up into a fresh future –  And so…I engage in another wrestling match with my angel – a reckoning with my past – accompanied by a slap in the face from the future.

Happy Sun Day.


Chart via John Jardine Goss/ EarthSky.

5 March 2023 – “Speaking with the Stars”: You’ll find the moon shining near Regulus in Leo the Lion & the backward question mark shape of the Sickle on the evenings tonihgt & tomorrow. The glowing waxing gibbous moon may wash out fainter stars, as it reaches full phase on the morning of March 7. You can see the Bella Lina & Leo thru the night until around sunrise.

translated with added titles by Roy Sadler

This week’s verse is the birthday verse of Rudolf Steiner even though this year it begins 8 days after his birth date. In 1861 Easter was on March 31st, so preparing for the transition to the Lentan lunar calendar v44 & v45 would have been in the same week: the new moon was on its Saturday, February 9th, leading to the full moon in v48, in Virgo in front of the stars of Leo whose eurythmy gesture is Enthusiasm, on Monday February 25th when Steiner was born with enthusiasm for the power of cosmic thought to awaken love.
Light’s Awakening Of Love

In light, whose flowing from the heights
would be the world’s empowering of soul,
let shine the certainty of cosmic thought
that solves soul riddles
and focusing its radiance in human hearts
awakens love.

The verse is part of the Calendar’s light quartet, and as Rudolf Steiner lectured to young doctors on Nov.30 1919, “with every breath of air, we take not only air but also light into ourselves, and we transform this light within us and make it our own as we do any other substance: we digest it, we make it an integral part of our self.”

It is a climax verse, the 7th mention of the heart and the 3rd of love, their last appearance till next winter, the heart at the Solstice and love at Epiphany.

The mirror verse, with a free translation here of its first part, is my birthday verse. I encountered the Soul Calendar in a eurythmy class nearly 50 years ago I am grateful now to be sending my translations here and would appreciate any comments as I work on them with hope to publish them.

Easter V
Soul Resurrection

In light, whose fertile weaving
from depth of spirit into blossoming
reveals the beauty of the gods’ creating,
the being of the soul is shining, widening,
enlivened in the presence of the world
and resurrected
from narrow selfhood’s inner power.

Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day

The Categories of Aristotle – a process of contraction…
Is there a path to expansion…..?


Friday 24 March 2023 – Lecture 7 pm CT – 8:30 pm – Purchase tickets at the door or pay online

Saturday 25 March 2023 – Workshop – 9 am CT– (10:30 am 1/2 hour break – 11 am) 12:30 pm CT CT– Purchase tickets at the door or pay online $50

The Categories of AristotleA process of contraction…exploring a path to expansion

Does one have to be a philosopher of great erudition to approach Aristotle’s gift to humanity……his Categories?

Perhaps , YES! But an initial acquaintance with them can lead out of the confinement of the intellectual concept to an experience of expansion supported by Eurythmy.

In the evening lecture Claudia will introduce the life of the Categories before they became concepts – Bringing the symbols in a sequence of sounds  (called the Evolutionary Sequence ) out of their conceptual form, to life, supported by Eurythmy and examples of poetry.

During the workshop we will enter into the movement of the poetry presented  during the lecture. This will be accessible to Eurythmists as well as to anyone interested in the life of language, poetry and our alphabet.

at the Rudolf Steiner Branch of The Anthroposophical Society
4249 North Lincoln Avenue. Chicago, IL 60618 (map)

For more info contact Cultural Events & Festivals Coordinator
Hazel Archer-Ginsberg

Claudia Fontana saw a Eurythmy performance when still a teenager. Unbeknownst to her at the time, that performance was the gate to her destiny path. Soon thereafter she studied Eurythmy in Vienna and subsequently spent fourteen years as a performer with the Dornach, London and Stuttgart Eurythmeum ensembles. Teaching became the next challenge which she happily met in the United States, Europe. Before Covid, she spent seven years teaching all levels in Thailand, Malaysia and China. She resides in Ann Arbor, MI still performing and teaching.

Mary Magdalene & the Women at the Tomb – A Festival of Resurrection

with Hazel Archer-Ginsberg,

Song-Circle with Velsum, 

Eurythmy – & an artistic break out session

Holy Saturday 8 April 2023

1 pm – 3pm CT hybrid event in-person at the Rudolf Steiner Branch Chicago & on zoom

Meeting ID: 705 017 4041

For more Info. contact Cultural Events & Festivals Coordinator
Rudolf Steiner Branch 4249 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618 (map)


The Mystery of Ascension with Hazel Archer-Ginsberg

This course is available on Zoom. You will be emailed a Zoom link closer to the time of the class. The course will be recorded and you will receive a link to watch it. Go to the Infinity Foundation web site to enroll

Course Number 231154 / Zoom
Date: Thursday, May 11
Time 7:00 – 8:30 PM CST
Cost $33/23 payment 10 days in advance

Gerald Shepherd

When we tune into the Cycle of the Seasons, we experience that as the Earth breathes out in the Springtime, the beings of nature reach upwards towards the heights. The longing of the human soul also strives to meet this mood of ascension, which attunes all life to the cosmic expanses.

Together we will gain insights in how to rise up to our Higher Self by participating in this harmonizing spring-dialogue between the worlds.

This reconnection between heaven & earth was prefigured in the story of Jacob’s ladder from the Old Testament. Through his dream of the ‘stairway to heaven’, Jacob gave us a prophecy in the picture of a golden ladder on which choirs of Angels traverse between the ‘Above & Below’. The Mystery of the Ascension of Christ, 40 days after the Resurrection at Easter, fulfilled Jacob’s Prophecy. Christ as the Being of Love became the living bridge connecting us to the eternal.

Through this workshop we will learn how humanity will also be transfigured in the fullness of time. The company of the Angelic Hierarchies wait for us, their younger siblings, to ascend, first of all in our thinking, to meet them in fellowship, as they work all the while by our sides.

Nancy Poer

~Vitae Sophia~A Whitsun Festival of United Soul Endeavor 

with Hazel Archer-Ginsberg, Velsum Voices & Eurythmy

Saturday 27 May 2023 a Hybrid event in person* & on zoom

We are called to redeem the ether spheres to create an Ecclesia, a chalice for The Sophia. Then the spirit flame can spread out to become what Steiner called a “World Whitsun”, which began in earnest at the Christmas Conference. The Whitsun Festival highlights one of the greatest challenges of being human: placing our individual gifts, in right relationship within the social realm. This challenge is especially strong now during this ‘pandemic’. Our groups striving to know Spiritual Science must work together as a community, to have the possibility to create a new culture where a sacrament is possible in every encounter. Our individual strength is enhanced by weaving our gifts together, kindling our social world in conscious community.

Zoom: Meeting ID: 836 6336 6670 / Passcode: 397593

For more Info. contact Cultural Events & Festivals Coordinator
*Rudolf Steiner Branch 4249 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618 (

Find a collection of the many RECORDINGS of Presentations, Programs & Festivals HERE

14 thoughts on “Shake it but don’t break it

  1. Dear Steve,
    I place Steiner’s birth in the Soul Calendar’s Lenten lunar phase. He was born on the day of the full moon 5 weeks before Easter, so his Soul Calendar verse is v48. This is now in front of the stars of Leo. Can you tell me what the sidereal zodiac would have been for the moon on 25/2/1861?
    I date the verses in the solar cycle of the year between Whitsun and Lent so that the Christmas verse is always v38. Your birthday verse for Tuesday August 15 1950, the day of the Feast of the Assumption, was thus v19:
    Mysteriously to sheathe
    my life’s new seed with memory
    be now my striving’s further aim
    that strengthening it shall awake
    my inner power to become
    my real self.
    (in my translation)
    Best wishes,

      1. Steve, what was the sidereal zodiac sign on Steiner’s birthday? – the opposite of which would have been the stars behind the full moon that day.

        1. I would say that it is Aquarius, with the Full Moon in Leo. Steiner made a point of giving dates for the 12 paintings of the COTS. Accordingly, the Sun is in Aquarius from February 9 to March 8, and then moves into Pisces from March 9 to April 13, and then Aries from April 14 to April 30.

  2. Blessings on your natal return Roy!
    Thank you for your deep dedication to the COTS verses which you so generously share with us here on RR. May this next spin around the Sun bring you ever closer to your highest destiny.

    1. I send my kudos to Roy, as well. I’m sure that he would like to know, just as I do, what your break thru experience was about. Could you possibly tell more? In the vernacular of Practical Anthroposophy, this is called: Psychosophy, i.e., what present-moment experiences mean. I too often wrestle with the one who presents me with the picture of Dorian Gray.

    2. My natal return will be in this week’s mirror verse, not now! I was born on Friday 12th May 1944. That year Easter was on 9th April as it will be this year, so v5 will again be my birthday verse, the mirror of Rudolf Steiner’s, a wonderful privilege.

      1. Hi Roy,

        Do you think that Rudolf Steiner’s dating of the Sun’s presence in the 12 Signs, according to the original COTS of 1912, needs to be revised? Hazel had indicated that every 70.5 years, the sidereal dates precess by a number of years. It has been 111 years since the Calendar of the Soul began on April 7, 1912, which was Easter that year, and Steiner was giving the first of only two lecture-courses in Helsinki, Finland, ref. GA 136.

        I have been studying the Sun’s actual movements through the Signs of the Zodiac that populate the oval-shaped Ecliptic since 2011, when I took up the weekly work of an astronomer at the United States Naval Observatory, who was kind enough to give weekly Earth-Sky reports, and I wanted to prove the dates of Steiner’s original formulation. I have come to realize recently that these dates need to be revised. For example, Steiner had indicated that from February 9 to March 8, the Sun is in the sign of Aquarius. On March 9, the Sun moves to Pisces.

        I think a new formulation is in order, but since the Sun’s appearance in the Signs seems to have been the exclusive concern of Rudolf Steiner, maybe a revision is of little merit. The integrity of the COTS remains intact, and the corresponding verses demonstrate that Steiner had the entire year in view, as a breathing process involving the Moon, Sun, and the Earth. Your work has been a useful reminder to stay keen within the parameters of present, past, and future, which serves to give the COTS an expanded focus. Thanks for allowing me to talk with you for the first time.



          1. Hi Roy,

            I know someone very closely who was born on May 12th, and this sign holds a very dynamic and angular relationship to Leo, which is my sign. I was born on August 15, 1950. Hopefully, you will have more to say, and this is also an invitation. The dynamics of the Calendar of the Soul is meant to be seen and realized in all its dimensions. Here is a better viewpoint for those interested in seeing its original aspect in the English language. It even refers to the original dates, which is something I like.


            1. WOW, Steve how interesting that you were born on the Feast of the The Assumption of Mary in 1950 – Pope Pius XII defined it on 1 November 1950.
              that explains your connection to the Marian Apparitions!

              1. Yes. Of course, I have known about this for some time now, and I thank Roy for mentioning it specifically. I guess that is why I find the Papal Bull of November 1, 1950, so curious. C. G. Jung also wondered why the Pope would take away a certain Hope of the Faithful. He felt that belief in the Marian Apparitions was good for the Soul, and why not. We need all the psychological support we can get. Pius XII only explained it by having a vision on three consecutive afternoons while walking in the Vatican Rose Garden. It was a recapitulation of the 5th sign given at Fatima on September 13, 1917; the diminishment of the Sun so that it could be looked at directly.

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