~I expand out
To my star-self
Like a wild reed
Brushing the clouds with seeds-
A solid stalk in the rising humidity of humanity
As light spews
Thru misting vapors
& the fruit of my striving ever ripens…
Thoughts from this year’s study of THE FOUR SEASONS AND THE ARCHANGELS, GA 229, Lecture 4. The St. John Imagination
We can cultivate imaginative perception into the depths of the Earth at St. John’s-tide, opened to us by Uriel, the Archangel of Summer, pointing up the crystalline forms in the Earth that can be read – an interweaving activity, colored thruout with deep blue, the imprint of our human soul forces on Mother Earth.
Above, we can imagine the golden illumination of the heights in the power of the white Dove thru Uriel’s eyes, directing our gaze into the silver-sparkling blue below. Arising from the depths of the Earth, is gathered into a picture the Earth-Mother in her blue mantle.
Let us behold the outcome of the working together of Spirit-Father with Earth-Mother, bearing so beautifully within itself the harmony of the earthly silver & the gold of the heights. Between the Father & the Mother we behold the Son. And a vivid picture of the Trinity arises, which is the St. John Imagination.
Mysteries to which the Spirit-Father points, sends our spirit-eye upward; the Mysteries to which the Spirit-Mother points, leads us downwards; these Mysteries are united by the Christ, though the working together of the Spirit-Father & the Spirit-Mother, standing directly before the human soul as the sustaining Cosmic Spirit.
I am working to create this imagination of the crystalline forms – the blue lines of our human activity in the Earth, shown to us by Uriel, connecting us with the realm of the Mothers – pulsing in the Earth Mother.
Can we merge this picture of our human deeds with the Father Ground of the World shining in from the depths & the golden heights to prepare the future crystalline Age of Archangel Metatron with Holy Spirit Mother Sophia?
Uriel is admonishing us like John the Baptist to make straight the path, to meet & apply the Christ impulse – to enkindle connections with the Trinity – infusing our Imagination with Inspiration.
For those willing to investagate the World situation in the light of Spritual Science I highly recommend reading ‘Deepening Anthroposophy’.
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23 June 2022 – “Speaking with the Stars”: Like a peacock spreading its feathers, the solar system’s five brightest planets will fan out in a beautiful display at dawn through early July. Standing under the spread will feel like looking out the window of spaceship Earth at our place in the cosmic order. Use this sunrise calculator to plan your outing. One of the most auspisious mornings to view them will be June 24th, The Feast of St. John the Baptist, when a striking crescent Moon joins the crew. As the Moon passes through, we’ll see successive conjunctions or appulses. ~skyandtelescope.com
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
Here we are on the eve of the Feast of St. John the Baptist
Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day(RSarchives)
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
2006 – the Deathday of Rene Querido, General Secretary of the Anthroposophical Society in America, pupil of W.J.Stein, teacher, & writer – my favorite of his works: “The Golden Age of Chartres”: The Teachings of a Mystery School and the Eternal Feminine.
Friday 24 June 2021 – St. Johns-Tide Bon-Fire & Prep-Stir Social Gathering
7 pm CT Pot-Luck Dinner at the Home of Hazel Archer & Chuck Ginsberg
Join Rev. Jeana Lee in a St. John’s contemplation by the fire
Please Bring Food & Drink to Share in Community
This is an offical ‘Merry Prepstir‘ synchronized application,
linking us to Biodynamic workers around the world,
so that ‘The Earth May Be Healed’.
We will be working with BD 500 Horn Manure & 501 silica
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|The Holy Grail Study Group with the CRC
The Mysteries of the Holy Grail: From Arthur and Parzival to Modern Initiation
July 6, 2022 – 7:15 pm Central (8:15 pm Eastern)
“We may describe the astral body as an egotist. This means that every path of development that aims to liberate the astral body must recognize the interests of humanity by expanding and becoming progressively wider in scope. Indeed…it must become interested in the whole earth and all humanity.”~ from Chapter 17
Focus of the July 6 meeting: Rudolf Steiner,The Mysteries of the Holy Grail, Chapter 16 “The Word in Chains,” excerpts from Steiner’s lecture given at Dornach on 11 March 1923 (GA 222, lecture I)
Chapter 17 “Balancing the Soul,” excerpts from Steiner’s lecture given at The Hague on 26 March 1913 (GA 145, lecture VII).A transcript of the entire lecture for chapter 16 can be found on the RS Archive by clicking this link.A transcript of the entire lecture for chapter 17 can be found on the RS Archive by clicking this link. *
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The Central Regional Council of the Anthroposophical Society in America invites you to join our ongoing study conversation. The study has been divided among two volunteers who will summarize their section to rebuild it as a foundation for our conversation. Please familiarize yourself with the lecture if possible so you will feel comfortable sharing your reflections and thoughts with the group.
This collection of lectures has been republished by Rudolf Steiner Press under the title: “The Mysteries of the Holy Grail: From Arthur and Parzival to Modern Initiation.” The book was compiled and edited by Matthew Barton, published by Rudolf Steiner Press in 2010.
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7:15 Welcome and Introductions
7:25 Study led by volunteers
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Stefano – chapter 16
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8:28 Close with verse
Deepening the Grail: Our Parzival Quest and Question
Workshop & Annual Meeting with The Central Regional Council of the Anthroposophical Society in America
Saturday 16 July 2022
In-person at the Rudolf Steiner House in
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& then for the AGm from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm ET
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The Parzival Quest, is calling to humanity at this time of the Consciousness Soul. Explore aspects of this Quest through art, and movement, via embodiment processes and sensing gestures in the tangible and intangible sheaths of being human. Inspired by devout anthroposophist, artist Michael Chekhov, and guided by CRC member, Chekhov master teacher Lisa Dalton.
Then stay for supper and for the Central Region’s ‘Annual Meeting’—we haven’t had one since 2019, so it’s about time to fill you in on what’s happening!
Alberto Loya is stepping down from the CRC. He’s been with the Council since 2009—thank you for your many contributions, Alberto! We look forward to sharing memories and tributes during the meeting.
And Mary Mertz who has been working with the CRC for the last year will be offically inducted onto the Council.
2:00 pm ET– Welcome, singing, Chekhov movement, biography work
3:30 – 3:45 pm ET– Break
3:45 – 5:00 pm ET – Our Parzival Quest and Question
5:00 pm ET – Be our guest for dinner
6:30 – 7:30 pm ET – AGM – We will be bidding farewell to Alberto Loya & welcoming Mary Mertz, as well as giving reports on 2020 and 2021.
The CRC: Hazel Archer-Ginsberg, Lisa Dalton, Alberto Loya,
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Jul 16, 2022
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