Greetings on the New Moon in Leo. Tomorrow, August 15th is the Feast of the Assumption of Mary.
This mysterious event, which represents the 1st fruits of the resurrection, comes during what the ancients called the season of Lammas or Loaf-mass, the Cross-Quarter between, the Summer Solstice (St. John’s) & the Fall Equinox (Michaelmas).
Now the grain is cut down to make our bread, a time of sacrifice, of death, in service to life, a time when we leave the sleepiness of summer, to begin the conscious work of harvest.
August 15th, 2015, at 2:22 pm CDT, also brings us the inferior conjunction of the planet Venus with the Sun –
Which means that Venus, goddess of love and beauty, moving backward in a retrograde loop, comes to the same position in the zodiac as the Sun.
Picture Venus coming in-between the Earth & the Sun. Hiding in the heart of Leo the Lion, Venus, as Evening Star, will be engulfed by the light of the sun,
so we won’t be able to see her, until she is resurrected once again, as the Morning Star, as Isis-Sophia, guiding & offering protection as we awake from our Summer dream, from nature consciousness, to look with self-consciousness to the earth, where the dragon within stirs, waiting to devour what we carry from the cosmos to the elementals.
We see here a connection with the ‘woman clothed with the sun’ from St. John’s Apocalypse.
Also at this cross quarter time we experience the Perseid meteor showers – our wake-up call – so we can begin to force the iron in our blood for the battle that takes place at Michaelmas.
It has come to me clearly this year that, Michaelmas is a reversed Easter festival.
Easter reveals 1st: the mystery of death, (conscious sacrifice) -then resurrection, (transformation).
Michaelmas, a festival of the future, now, gives us 1st: a resurrection of our soul forces, thru the awakening of our heart-thinking – then a conscious death, the courage to make a conscious sacrifice; to give up nature consciousness to achieve self-consciousness & ultimately to sacrifice the self – “Not me, but Christ in me” to gain spirit consciousness.
And the Feast of the Assumption is a symbol of this sacrifice, a conscious death, the transformation that makes it possible to go into the spiritual world in a conscious way – The life & death of the 2 Mary’s show us a way to live a life that prepares us for a worthy death, which is really just a transformation, like the sacrifice the caterpillar makes to become a butterfly.
A conscious death in the physical world, is a resurrection into the spiritual world.
So today, in the dark of the New Moon, on the eve of the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, as Venus seemingly dies/disappears in the radiant light of the sun, with cosmic iron showering our blood; we have an opportunity to remember that thru our work with anthroposophy, individually & in community, we too can re-emerge like the morning star enlivened by the sun, fortified by iron from the stars, ready to work with Michael and the being of Anthroposophia, in full wakefulness.
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