The 5th Element

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Listen on “I Think Speech’

Spirit is a song…animating the center we all share…
Everywhere & nowhere, here & there
Spirit is a song…Find your center & sing along
Everywhere & nowhere, here & there
Spirit is a song…you sing your whole life long
Everywhere & nowhere, here & there
Spirit is your eternal song…One in time, Beyond time, for All time
Everywhere & nowhere, here & there
Sing your spirit song…Stir the life-force & you can’t go wrong
Everywhere & nowhere, here & there
With the 4 we’ve squared the circle…But to be the 5-pointed star you must add spirit
Everywhere & nowhere, here & there
What does spirit look like to you?
Where do you feel your connection to Spirit?
Open your center & find your line to source
Sing your own divine love song…& call it spirit by all Her many names
Sing your own divine love song…& call it spirit by all His many names
Sing your own divine love song…& call it spirit by all your many names
Everywhere & nowhere, here & there
We are all the container for spirit
If it has tools beyond our own bodies, minds & souls, they are circles, knot-workings, pentacles & all manner of interwoven connections to the love force…energy…pure…
Everywhere & nowhere, here & there
What song does spirit sing to you?…What song does spirit sing thru you…?
What song will you sing to spirit?
Everywhere & nowhere, here & there
By Spirit is Peace & love attained, & through spirit both are shared
Everywhere & nowhere, here & there
O the mystery of Spirit…The Divine All
The Fifth Element,
The above & the below
Creator of the dark & the light
Open us to your wisdom
Embrace us, surround us
Move within, dance out
Teach us, change us, transform us !
Spirit is a song
& in Spirit we all belong

Welcome Spirit…Blessed Be…


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M. Rossuoli

Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day


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12 Friday 2021 – “Speaking with the Stars”: Orion stands his highest in the south by about 7 pm CST. Under Orion’s feet, & to the right of Sirius now, hides Lepus the Hare. This is a constellation with a connect-the-dots that really looks like what it’s supposed to be. He’s a crouching bunny, with his nose pointing lower right, his faint ears extending up toward Rigel (Orion’s brighter foot), & his body bunched to the left.

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“Gong hei fat choy” is the most common Chinese New Year greeting in Cantonese, which is spoken in parts of southern China & Hong Kong. It directly translates to “wishing you great happiness and prosperity.” In Mandarin, the same greeting is “gong xi fa cai” (pronounced gong she fa tsai)

新年快乐 – Happy Chinese New Year. …
春节快乐 – Happy Spring Festival. …
身体健康 – Good Health. …
祝您新年快乐,身体健康 – Wish You a Happy New Year and Good Health. …
年年有余 – Surplus & Abundance Year After Year.

2021 is the Year of the OX. Oxen – a staple in an agricultural society back in the day – a symbol of diligence, persistence, & honesty. In Chinese culture, Ox is a faithful friend that makes great contributions to the development of the society. Like the ox, people born in the Year of the Ox are said to be industrious, cautious, hold their faith firmly, & always glad to offer help.

From the first day of the Lunar New Year (the day of the new moon-last night) to the 15th day (next full moon 26 Feb. ), Lunar New Year celebrations abound. Each day holds a special significance that varies according to local traditions. But first, before the arrival of the new year, homes are thoroughly cleaned to sweep away ill fortune & to welcome good luck. On New Year’s Eve, families traditionally gather to celebrate & enjoy sumptuous traditional feasts, & to greet the new year with fireworks at midnight.

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In the days that follow, festive dance parades are usually held featuring colorful dragons or lions, ceremonies are held to pay homage to deities and ancestors, children receive money in red envelopes, gifts are exchanged, extended family members visit each other, & there’s more traditional feasting.

The Lunar New Year celebration traditionally culminates on the 15th day with the Lantern Festival. On this night of the full moon, families mingle in the streets carrying lighted lanterns, often creating a beautiful light display.

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There are several variations on the mythology behind Lunar New Year celebrations. Most are based on the story of an ugly, bloodthirsty monster named Nian that would emerge on the last night of each year to destroy villages & eat people. A wise elder advised villagers to scare the monster away with loud noises. That night, they set fire to bamboo, lit fireworks, & banged their drums. The monster, afraid of the loud noises & lights, ran away to hide in its cave. In another version of the myth, an old man persuaded Nian to turn its wrath on other monsters, not the villagers. Before he was seen riding away on Nian, the old man, actually a god, advised the people to hang red paper decorations in their homes & set off firecrackers on the last night of the year to keep Nian away.

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On the first day of the new year, the villagers celebrate, greeting each other with the words Guo Nian, which mean “survive the Nian.” That tradition that has continued to this day, with Guo Nian now meaning “celebrate the new year.”

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1804 – Death day of Immanuel Kant, German anthropologist, philosopher, & academic. “…all that the Critique of Pure Reason attempts to show can be summed up as follows: Mathematics and pure natural science are a priori sciences; from this it follows that the form of all experiences must be inherent in the subject itself. Therefore, the only thing left that is empirically given is the material of sensations. This is built up into a system of experiences, the form of which is inherent in the subject. The formal truths of a priori theories have meaning and significance only as principles which regulate the material of sensation; they make experience possible, but do not go further than experience. However, these formal truths are the synthetical judgment a priori, and they must — as condition necessary for experience — extend as far as experience itself. The Critique of Pure Reason does not at all prove that mathematics and pure science are a priori sciences but only establishes their sphere of validity, pre-supposing that their truths are acquired independently of experience. Kant, in fact, avoids discussing the question of proof of the a priori sciences in that he simply excludes that section of mathematics where even in his own opinion the a priori nature is open to doubt; and he limits himself to that section where he believes proof can be inferred from the concepts alone.” ~Rudolf Steiner, Truth and Knowledge: Kant’s Basic Epistemological Question

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1809 – Birthday of Charles Darwin, English geologist & theorist. “…Arabism spreads abroad in the spiritual life. And along this undercurrent of history, Tarik bears what he originally bore into Spain on the fierce wings of war. The aim of the Arabians in their campaigns was most certainly not that of mere slaughter; no, their aim was really the spread of Arabism. Their tasks were connected with culture. And what a Tarik had carried into Spain at the beginning of the 8th century, he now bears with him through the gate of death, experiencing how as far as external history is concerned it runs dry in Western Europe. And he appears again in the 19th century, bringing Arabism to expression in modern form, as Charles Darwin.

Suddenly we shall find a light shed upon something that seems to come like a bolt from the blue — we find a light shed upon it when we follow what has here been carried over from an earlier into a later time, appearing in an entirely different form.

It may at first seem like a paradox, but the paradox will disappear the more deeply we look into the concrete facts. Read Darwin’s writings again with perception sharpened by what has been said and you will feel: Darwin writes about things which Tarik might have been able to see on his way to Europe! — In such details you will perceive how the one life reaches over into the next.” ~Rudolf Steiner, Karmic Relationships: Esoteric Studies – Volume I, lecture 10

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1809 – Birthday of Abraham Lincoln, American lawyer & politician, 16th President of the United States


Weaving a non-gendered Feminist Reality with Hazel Archer-Ginsberg*

Friday 5 March 2021 – 6:30 am – 8 am Central Time as part of the The International Youth Initiative Program Initiative Forum

What are the qualities of the Divine Feminine? How can we use them to empower an innovative way of thinking, feeling & willing, to create a new world, where the human being is free?

Have paper & colored pencils at the ready for this hands-on workshop.

*Hazel Archer-Ginsberg – Founder of Reverse Ritual: Understanding Anthroposophy through the Rhythms of the Year & the ‘I Think Speech’ Podcast. Trans-denominational Minister, Essayist, Lecturer, Poet, Anthroposopher – working as the Festivals Coordinator of the Chicago Rudolf Steiner Branch, & the Central Regional Council of the Anthroposophical Society. Past Video Recordings

While this wasn’t exactly what we first envisioned, moving online means
that this forum will be more accessible than perhaps ever before.
The program will be designed to accommodate people from different time zones
all over the globe, and we look forward to transcending restrictions and limitations by joining together in community with folks for whom travelling is not an option.

In addition to interactive workshops, lectures, open spaces, performances & more, there will be plenty of space within the program for fostering connection
and conversation. At the Initiative Forum, we hope you will laugh a lot
(wait till you see what our arts & culture team is cooking up!), listen deeply,
be truly heard, and experience the power of community,
which no distance can dull. We can’t wait to meet you!

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The 8-Fold Path to the Easter Elementals

Holy Week 2021 (March 28 – April 4): Starting on Palm Sunday then thru-out Holy Week including Easter Morning, we will meet every day on Zoom at 10:10 am (Central Time) to create together a Thought-Seed Egregore based on the Herbert Hahn Verse

When I think light, my soul shines,
When my soul shines, the earth is a star,
When the earth is a star, then I am, a true human being

& then we will take turns sharing the indications for that day from Rudolf Steiner / The Buddha’s 8 –fold Path, known as the ‘Weekday Exercises’ (let me know if you would like to lead one of the days? (5 min) Holy Week  chart

Resolves or ‘RIGHT JUDGMENT.’ having been formed independently of sympathies and antipathies.

Talking – ‘RIGHT WORD.’

External actions- ‘RIGHT DEED.’

The ordering of life. – ‘RIGHT STANDPOINT.’


The endeavor to learn as much as possible from life. – ‘RIGHT MEMORY.’ (Remembering what has been learned from experiences).

To pay attention to one’s ideas. – ‘RIGHT OPINION.’

The octave of the New Sun
To turn one’s gaze inwards –

Whoever is holding the leading thoughts for that day will tie it into some 5-10 min. artistic exercise based on the indications

Group sharing (5 min)

We close with the ‘reversed’ Hahn verse.
I am a True Human Being
For the Earth is a Star
The Earth is a Star
When I Think Light
When I think Light
My Soul Shines

Easter Sunday – 4 April 2021, in person at the Rudolf Steiner Branch Chicago & online 2 pm – 4 pm Central Time.

Group Eurythmy with Mary Ruud

Hazel Archer – The octave of the New Sun

Keynote with Ines Katharina (Bee Keeper, Founder of the Biodynamic Emerald Honeybee Sanctuary, Waldorf Teacher) Ines will connect the Easter Thought with the Elemental Beings & the flight of the Queen Bee.

Mary Ruud will give us a performance of ‘Rock Spring Wonder’

We close with singing ‘Now the green Blade Riseth’

Potluck Social Time in the Schreinerei – Please bring food & drink to share

$10 Suggested Donation (can’t make it? or joining us online? please consider supporting this event, Thank you)

*Dear friends, please join the call at 10:05 am to get settled in so we can begin the Thought-Seed promptly at 10:10 am
Topic: The 8-Fold Path thru Holy Week 2021
Time: Starting on Palm Sunday Mar 28 – thru Easter Morning, 2021 10:10 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
Every day, 8 occurrence(s)
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Mar 29, 2021 10:10 AM
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10 thoughts on “The 5th Element

  1. Here it is. Old Moon in the Arms of the New Moon, and it had such an effect on me that I wrote out the entire text from lecture five of GA 254. At the time, i.e., 2007, this lecture was not yet online at the RS Archive and E-Library. It is good to be able to reflect on it again at this time. See if you see two spheres here. I did.

  2. The Moon returns to the evening sky by the week’s end. New Moon occurs on February 11th at 2:05 pm Eastern Standard Time. Try to spot Luna’s hairline crescent during evening twilight on the evening of the 12th. Over the next few evenings look for the phenomenon called “earthshine”, where the part of the Moon’s disc that’s not in direct sunlight reflects light from our home planet. This ghostly blue glow is best seen during the early crescent lunar phases. USNO, 9-16 Feb 2021

    Also known as, “The New Moon in the Arms of the Old Moon”:

    1. What I would like to have everybody do in relation to this image of the “new moon in the arms of the old moon” is to simply look at it for a few moments. Here it is:

      The same effect exists when one looks upon the “old moon in the arms of the new moon”, which occurred for me in real-time back on July 10, 2007, when I was riding the ferry boat home at 1:30 am. I’ll go look for the same kind of image when waning crescent exists. It is also startling. Very foreboding.

      1. I saw it the at the AGM in Arizona, what was it, 4 years ago…?
        but the sliver was actually the chalice underneath.
        That was the day my friend Cynthia Trevillian got shot in a drive by in Chicago.
        A friend called me & I shared the news with the conference. And that mystical configuration was there on her death day – an auspicious, but shocking sacrifice

  3. Forgot to ask earlier – what is a “double Cancer”? I too was born under Cancer, but haven’t heard of this.

  4. Beautiful thoughts today. And a lovely picture to begin, showing all the energy forces both inside and around the body. So much of your song provokes thoughts, but what specially spoke to me were the lines: “Sing your own divine love song…& call it spirit by all Her many names
    Sing your own divine love song…& call it spirit by all His many names
    Sing your own divine love song…& call it spirit by all your many names”.
    Have always enjoyed the saying, “Keep the heart singing”. Maybe you’ll sing it for us?

    1. ha, Yes, I have been know to sing a tune or 2…
      I have thrown in a chant or 2 in the podcasts.
      My daughter is the real singer.
      And the power of sound vibration can move mountains

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