The amazing painting by Botticelli called ‘Primavera’ – was the perfect way to engage us in an AAP presentation with Vincent Roppolo & Laurie Schmiesing where we got to ‘Experience the Soul Forces & the Observer Self through Art’.
Thinking – past –judgment – Can we lift it up & just witness? Then in thinking we can know ourselves.
Feeling – present –an inside / outside experience where sympathies & antipathies are like a wave in our emotional life. Can we live in the now with equanimity?
Willing – future –action – Say yes & then the future unfolds.
In the spiritual world: Thinking comes from the Fixed Stars – Feeling from the Wandering stars – & Willing, from the Inner Earth.
We looked at the ‘Primavera’ painting by Botticelli – specifically The 3 Muses – Thinking of them as the representations of the 3 Soul Forces portrayed thru Eurythmy in Rudolf Steiner’s Mystery Dramas – Which one is Philia, what posture does Luna hold, & Astrid…?
We got into groups of 3 & mimicked the poses – the arms the feet, the tilt of the head, the gaze. It wasn’t as easy as it sounds. We danced around & traded places – A fun informative way to live into the gesture of the Soul. Each group shared their experience.
Which one is which for you? Which of the 3 do you most resonate to…? What a delightful way to live into these concepts.
We are left asking: Are my soul forces able to dance in harmony?
22 August 2022 – “Speaking with the Stars
RUDOLF STEINER’S CALENDAR OF THE SOUL
translated (with added titles) by Roy Sadler
Transition from Summer to Autumn
The Nemesis Of The Lower Self
So I begin to feel my being, I,
who far from universal being
would perish, I who self-confined,
developing from me alone,
This week’s Soul Calendar quartet is unique. It is the square quartet,
the only one with the words of death (v20 & v33) and threatening
(v7 & 46). They are verses testing the soul, and to me they appear
as initiation verses preparing for a new season.
The astronomical seasons begin at the equinoxes and solstices;
the meteorological ones on month dates, Autumn in September.
I think these verses, often described as corner verses, can be felt
as transitions to new seasons, requiring new soul developments.
Autumn this year then in the soul calendar would begin next week.
The summer’s expanded soul with a new seed of consciousness
must now surrender its lower self, pass through death for a new life,
or else her potential higher self will die.
The mirror verse presents the need for new human work on ourselves
to save our Earth. Communing with Her… may a new world arise!
ALL HALLOWTIDE III
Transition from Autumn to Winter
World Nemesis, Or Resurrection?
And so I come to feel the world,
which left without my soul’s communion
would be just frosty, empty life,
and powerless to resurrect in souls,
arise anew in human self-creation,
would in itself alone find only death.
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
“The aim of science is to discover and illuminate truth. And that, I take it, is the aim of literature, whether biography or history… It seems to me, then, that there can be no separate literature of science.” ~Rachel Carson
Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary & the Queenship of Mary– a logical follow-up to the Assumption, now celebrated on the octave day of that feast
392 –Birthday of Eugenius elected – the last Roman Emperor to support polytheism
476 – Birthday of Odoacer a soldier became the first King of Italy. His reign is commonly seen as marking the end of the Western Roman Empire
565 –Birthday of Columbaa, Christian saint -one of the ‘Twelve Apostles of Ireland’ reports seeing a monster in Loch Ness, Scotland
1241 – Deathday of Pope Gregory IX, established the Papal Inquisition
1849 – The first air raid in history. Austria launches pilotless balloons against the city of Venice
1864 – Twelve nations sign the First Geneva Convention
1862 – Birthday of Claude Debussy
1902 – Cadillac Motor Company is founded
1902 – Theodore Roosevelt becomes the first President to ride in an automobile
1913 – 1st performance of Rudolf Steiner’s 4th Mystery Drama: The Souls’ Awakening
1932 – The BBC begins television broadcasting using John Logie Baird’s system
1941 – World War II: German troops begin the Siege of Leningrad
1944 – World War II: Holocaust of Kedros in Crete by German force
1947 – Deathday of Francis Delaisi, French social economist spoken of by Rudolf Steiner in ‘Fall of the Spirits of Darkness’ Lecture 14 Dornach, 28 October 1917 (see except below)
1961 – Ida Siekmann dies attempting to cross the Berlin Wall
1962 – The OAS attempts to assassinate French president Charles de Gaulle
1971 – J. Edgar Hoover & John Mitchell announce the arrest of 20 of the Camden 28, a group of “Catholic left” anti-Vietnam War activists who executed a raid on a Camden, New Jersey draft board
2006 – Russian passenger plane crashes over eastern Ukraine, killing all 170 people on board
~i am the word
before it’s utterance
i am a thought
in the throat of god –
She spits me out
in a belly laugh
& thought finds it’s form