As we continue to live & move & have our being during this St. John’s-Tide, here in the Heartland we have been experiencing great thunder storms to rival & wash away the spent fire-crackers in the streets, & another mass shooting, this time in Highland Park IL. a wealthy N.W. suburb of Chicago.
The storms sweep across my soul as well, highlighting my personal weather systems – The lightning flashing in to reveal the crack in the godhead made by human hands – Calling for a metanoia that often comes into my life thru karmic relationships. I am reminded of what Christ said to those gathered in judgement, “Let them who are without sin amongst you cast the first stone.”
How many stones have we all witnessed flying around, especially these last few years? If we don’t seek the source of these flying missiles, the force behind the antipathy, the fear that becomes scorn, the hate that becomes revenge – Then the cry of John the Be-headed goes unheard: “Change your mind, change your ways.”
Our thinking needs to be ripened anew, so that we might find a true understanding of one another & of the events happening thru us in the world. We are all stone throwers, except when the Christ is in us. Spiritual Science arouses the need to cultivate this impulse of compassion & courage for the truth, in an honest endeavor to get to the heart of things.
And yet many folks find it difficult to look into the shadows to uncover what is driving the situation. Even when the darkness bursts out into plain sight, it is often mislabeled, mis-directed, re-shrouded – becoming grist for the ever active stone pile.
Anthroposophy asks us to seek out what is lurking in the shadows of our dead thinking. Steiner speaks about the mission of evil & the forces at work against human evolution. How can we start that work within ourselves, softening the stone within our own heart, so that it can be transformed from a weapon – into a force for love…
The good news is the stones don’t let us fall asleep; they help keep us ever striving…
6 July 2022 – “Speaking with the Stars”: First Quarter Moon occurs at 9:14 pm CDT
Sunrise: 5:38 A.M.
Sunset: 8:32 P.M.
Moonrise: 12:49 P.M.
Moonset: 12:29 A.M.
Moon Phase: Waxing crescent (46%)
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
International Kissing Day
Feast Day of the 1st Prophet – Isaiah 7:14 “Therefore the Lord shall give you by itself a sign; Behold, a virgin shall be with child and will bear a son and shall call his name Emmanuel”
Feast Day of Saint Romulus of Fiesole. Like the Romulus of ancient Roman legend, the story goes he was also abandoned, suckled by a wolf, & captured, raised & baptized by Saint Peter
1369 – 1415 – Birthday & Deathday of Jan Hus, considered the first Church reformer, since he lived before Luther, Calvin & Zwingli. Hus was a key predecessor to Protestantism. He was burned at the stake for heresy on this day.
1535 – Sir Thomas More is executed for treason against King Henry VIII of England
1887 – Birthday of Marc Chagall, Belarusian-French painter & poet
1892 – 3,800 striking steelworkers engage in a day-long battle with Pinkerton agents during the Homestead Strike, leaving ten dead & dozens wounded
1907 – Birthday of Frida Kahlo
1917 – Arabian troops led by Lawrence of Arabia capture Aqaba from the Ottoman Empire during the Arab Revolt
1935 – Birthday of the 14th Dalai Lama
1944 – Jackie Robinson refuses to move to the back of a bus, leading to a court-martial
1947 – The AK-47 goes into production in the Soviet Union.
1957 – John Lennon & Paul McCartney meet for the first time, as teenagers at Woolton Fete, three years before forming the Beatles
1962 – Deathday of William Faulkner, Nobel Prize laureate
1962 – As a part of Operation Plowshare, the Sedan nuclear test takes place
1971 – Deathday of Louis Armstrong
1988 – The Piper Alpha drilling platform in the North Sea is destroyed by explosions & fires. 167 oil workers are killed
|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
Camille – chapter 17
8:25 ID volunteers for next meeting
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
Ann Arbor & on Zoom
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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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|Renewing the Mysteries:The Founding of The Christian Community
& the Burning of the First Goetheanum
Spring Valley, NY – August 8-13, 2022
REGISTER NOW!* lectures * artistic workshops * conversation * evening performances
I will be offering a program on Tuesday 9 August for the Free Initiative 2:30 -3:30 pm ET
|Many anthroposophists have understood the 1923/24 Christmas Foundation Conference as constituting a renewal of the Mysteries. Nine months after the Christmas Conference, speaking to the priests of the Christian Community, Rudolf Steiner pointed to a sequence from the founding of the Christian Community in September 1922 to the burning of the Goetheanum at the end of that year to the Christmas Conference.In this 100th anniversary year of both the founding of the Christian Community and the burning of the Goetheanum, can an exploration of these events help us to understand the nature of the New Mysteries?
The keynote speaker is Daniel Hafner, priest of the Christian Community. He will address this theme with a particular focus on the colored windows of the First Goetheanum.
The Act of Consecration of Man will be celebrated during the week and there will also be a Class Lesson for members of the School of Spiritual Science.
Venue: SPRING VALLEY, NY, Threefold Community, and The Christian Community
*REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED TO ATTEND THIS EVENT: A conference on the scale currently planned requires that a minimum number of participants register by July 20th.
INFO OR QUERIES: Rev. Paul Newton firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsored by The Christian Community Spring Valley Area and the Threefold Branch of the Anthroposophical Society