Part 4 in: A Summary of THE ST. JOHN IMAGINATION, from ~the Four Seasons and the Archangels, Lecture 4, by Rudolf Steiner
Like the call of conscience from John the Baptist, the need arises to let the light of the Higher Ego shine into our being, knowing that the union of creator & created is affected by any disharmony from our imperfect deeds; & also enhanced by our acts of Good Will.
Rudolf Steiner tells us that in spiritual observation there can appear, as a kind of culmination, this picture of Uriel’s eyes, mixed with the image of a white Dove. Then we feel how “the silver-sparkling blue below, which arises from the depths of the Earth, bound up with human weaknesses & error, is gathered into a picture of the Earth-Mother (blue). Whether she is called Demeter or Mary, the picture is of the Earth-Mother”.
So it is that we can bring together in Imagination “all those secrets of the depths which go to make up the material Mother of all existence; while in all that is concentrated in the flowing form above we feel & experience the Spirit-Father of everything around us”.
How can we “behold the outcome of the working together of Spirit-Father with Earth-Mother, bearing so beautifully within itself the harmony of the earthly silver, with the gold of the heights”?Between the Father & the Mother we behold the Son. This is an image of the Trinity, a true St. John Imagination.
At midsummer the Trinity reveals itself out of the heart of cosmic activity.
Steiner suggests that all that is living in these weaving pictures can only truly be expressed by the human being thru the power of music.
Like a vaulted background to this living picture reverberating as sound in the ethers, we feel the creative, admonishing gaze of Uriel, prompting the human being to sing & create music with the stars. Then the cosmic Mystery of St. John can speak directly to our head, hands & hearts.
“The silver-shining that rays up from below, and is revealed in the form-giving beauty of the light above, must be expressed at St. John’s-tide through appropriate musical instruments”.
What would it be like to explore through these musical harmonies, our own inner harmony with the cosmos? Will we endeavor to sing the secrets of our cosmic life? Can we give voice, to the improvisation living in this moment that unites us to the eternity of the Trinity?
“For in them the secret of man’s living together with the cosmos at St. John’s tide would have to sound forth. All this would have to be given voice in the music, so that in looking up to the heights we would be looking at the weaving gold of the cosmos, and would see the glowing form of Uriel emerging from the light-filled gold and directing his gaze and his gesture down to the Earth…All this would have to be not in any fixed form, but in living movement. That would be one motif, a heavenly motif through which humanity can feel united, with the shining Cosmic Intelligence”.
Tomorrow: The Weaving
Blessings and Peace ~Hazel Archer Ginsberg
Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
14 June, 2020 – “Speaking with the Stars“: Venus – the brightest planet – becomes the ‘morning star’ once again – after her journey into the underworld – lost in the sun’s glare for the first week of June. Then Venus (occult Mercury) danced in front of the sun (at inferior conjunction) on June 3, 2020, to transition out of the evening sky & into the morning sky. Look for the goddess of love to reappear in the eastern dawn starting TODAY. She rises 5 minutes earlier each morning & is visible low in the northeast. Be sure to view her with Bella Luna on the eve of the Summer Solstice on June 19. Continue to watch her rise higher in the sky at the same time each morning as Aldebaran & Hyades appear thru the morning twilight. At month’s end she begins an interval of greatest brightness.
Friday 19 June 2020 – Front Range Anthroposophical Café presents:
‘RING of FIRE’ with Hazel Archer-Ginsberg
- What is the Spiritual Significance of a Solar Eclipse on Summer Solstice?
- How do we stand wakefully within the sublime mysteries of the Summer-Tide, to consciously embody ‘the spiritual wisdom of the gods’?
We look forward to seeing you on Friday 19 June 2020 shortly before 6 pm (Pacific), 7 PM (Mountain) 8 pm (Central), 9 pm (Eastern).
Here is the link to our Anthroposophical Café and all you need to do to join us is click on it: https://zoom.us/j/294724669.
Warmly, Karen vann Vuuren, Tom Altgelt, Jamie York, and our growing circle of Café Friends – It’s better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.
7 pm Summer Solstice 20 June 2020 Bio-Dynamic Prep-Stir
The Merry Prep-Stirs of Chicago invite you to work with us just a few hours before the Solar eclipse on the longest day.
Bring whatever you want to eat & drink.For more info. contact Hazel Archer-Ginsberg
‘Flag Day’ 1777 – The Stars & Stripes is adopted by Congress as the Flag of the United States
1789 – Mutiny on the Bounty survivors including Captain William Bligh & 18 others reach Timor after a nearly 4,600 mile journey in an open boat
1791 – Birthday of Tobias Gottfried Schroer, Rudolf Steiner’s teacher’s father, he writes about him in Karmic Relationships Vol. 4. Lec. 10 as being the individuality know as Socrates.
1900 – Hawaii becomes a United States territory
1907 – Norway grants women the right to vote
1919 – The first non-stop trans-Atlantic flight began. Captain John Alcot & Lt. Arthur Brown flew from Newfoundland to Ireland
1951 – “Univac I” was unveiled. It was a computer designed for the U.S. Census Bureau & billed as the world’s first commercial computer
1954 – U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs a bill into law that places the words “under God” into the United States Pledge of Allegiance
1967 – The People’s Republic of China tests its first hydrogen bomb
1986 – Deathday of Jorge Luis Borges, Argentinian author& poet
2002 – Near-Earth asteroid 2002 MN misses the Earth by 75,000
~The eye opens differentiating
Colors in the light
Recalling me in this now
Knowing my name
It watches my heart
Wags my tongue
& Hangs the sky with Moon & Star
Yesterday & tomorrow
A million years traveling
To reach the flowers in my hand
Announcing a New Angelic Organics CSA Site:
The Elderberries Biodynamic Outpost and 3fold Cultural Hub
4251 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago IL 60618 in the Lincoln Square neighborhood.
You Can Choose to Pick Up on Tuesdays or Saturdays
There will be two pickup days at this location:
More about the Outpost
The Elderberries Biodynamic Outpost and 3fold Cultural Hub is inspired by Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner’s myriad indications for agriculture, economics, art, and social life. (Steiner inspired many additional initiatives, such as Waldorf Education, Anthroposophical Medicine, Eurythmy, and Architecture as a Synthesis of the Arts.) It is next door to the Rudolf Steiner Branch-Chicago.
The Outpost will soon be showcasing Biodynamic products with an emphasis on local Biodynamic farms. The Outpost will eventually be sponsoring educational programs to highlight Biodynamics and other Steiner-inspired initiatives. They wish to build a bridge between Biodynamic farmers and the city and to have a space specifically dedicated to those who work out of Biodynamic principles.
They will also be working to build up community and cultural life in Chicago. They will be working with, empowering, and learning from the youth of Thresholds, a live in high school for youth who have aged out of the foster care system.
Young people from around the world come to work, live and intern throughout the year at their Have Seeds House in Los Angeles that works with youth in distressing living conditions and adults who live in special care facilities.
Learn more about the Outpost at their Facebook Page.
Angelic Organics’ Connection to the Elderberries Biodynamic Outpost and 3fold Cultural Hub.
Angelic Organics has been employing Biodynamic practices since the early 90’s, so we are thrilled that there will be an urban impulse to support Biodynamics.
Watch this Biodynamic Farm Montage from the feature documentary film about Angelic Organics, The Real Dirt on Farmer John.
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Thank You, Dottie and Frank
We are most excited that Dottie and Frank are offering you this great new service at The Biodynamic Outpost and 3fold Cultural Hub in Lincoln Square.
4 thoughts on “Summer Motif”
I have to make a remark here on your assertion concerning Tobias Schroer:
1791 – Birthday of Tobias Gottfried Schroer, Rudolf Steiner’s teacher’s father, he writes about him in Karmic Relationships Vol. 4. Lec. 10 as being the individuality known as Socrates.
I don’t think that Steiner referred here to anything other than that Karl Julius Schroer was the reincarnation of Plato. Plato had an interim incarnation as Hroswitha, a saint in the middle ages, and then as Schroer, who was a recognized Goethe scholar, and mentor of Rudolf Steiner. He was the one who recommended and encouraged the young Steiner to write and edit on Goethe’s scientific works, c. 1882.
Now, the identity of Socrates has been associated with Tolstoy, and maybe you have heard of that, but there is also another consideration which has never been exclaimed to this very day regarding the reincarnation of Socrates. It comes to us out of the work of Friedrich Schelling. We can expand on that if it is of interest.
Sure, i’d love to hear all about it, I admire Schelling – his relationship with Goethe is legendary…
I think it is an extraordinary revelation that Venus (occult Mercury) reappears as the Morning Star just as the Old Moon is about to conjunct with the Sun for a total solar eclipse. Now, here I want to draw attention to what Peter says just after the event of Pentecost. He talks of two eclipses; one of the moon and the other of the sun. We have both this month, but seen in the East and not the West. There is probably a good reason for that 🙂
14 But Peter, taking his stand with the eleven, raised his voice and declared to them: “Men of Judea and all you who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you and give heed to my words. 15 For these men are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only the third hour of the day; 16 but this is what was spoken of through the prophet Joel:
17 ‘And it shall be in the last days,’ God says,
‘That I will pour forth of My Spirit on all mankind;
And your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
And your young men shall see visions,
And your old men shall dream dreams;
18 Even on My bondslaves, both men and women,
I will in those days pour forth of My Spirit
And they shall prophesy.
19 ‘And I will grant wonders in the sky above
And signs on the earth below,
Blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke.
20 ‘The sun will be turned into darkness
And the moon into blood,
Before the great and glorious day of the Lord shall come.
21 ‘And it shall be that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’
yes, the signs are there. These harbingers wait for us to wake up – to pay attention – to engage.
We are called to step into the conversation to co-create our reality