The essence of bravery is being without self-deception

8 November 2018 – “Speaking with the Stars”: A thin crescent Moon hangs very low over Jupiter during bright twilight. Fainter Mercury is off to their left.


Alison Lee

 Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day 


1308 – Deathday of John Duns Scotus, Scottish priest, Scholastic philosopher, & academic, considered to be one of the three most important philosopher-theologians of the High Middle Ages (together with Thomas Aquinas & William of Ockham),

1674 – Deathday of John Milton, English poet & philosopher. He wrote at a time of religious flux & political upheaval, & is best known for his epic poem Paradise Lost (1667), written in blank verse.

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1892 – The New Orleans general strike begins, uniting black & white American trade unionists in a successful four-day general strike action for the first time.

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1895 – While experimenting with electricity, Wilhelm Röntgen discovers the X-ray.

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1901 – Gospel riots: Bloody clashes take place in Athens following the translation of the Gospels into demotic Greek.

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1917 – The first Council of People’s Commissars is formed, including Vladimir Lenin, Leon Trotsky & Joseph Stalin.

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1923 – Beer Hall Putsch: In Munich, Adolf Hitler leads the Nazis in an unsuccessful attempt to overthrow the German government.

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1933 –New Deal: US President Franklin D. Roosevelt unveils the Civil Works Administration, an organization designed to create jobs for more than 4 million unemployed.


POD (Poem Of the Day)

~Now I seize
Darkness by its arms & shake it…
The souls of ancient swallowed women fall out
From the belly of obscurity…
The old She, the few, the many, the forgotten
Walk back into being
With me...


James Christensen

Empathy is the most radical of human emotions,” says activist Gloria Steinem.

What does she mean by “radical”? I think the word implies audacity, fierceness, & extreme courage. It connotes a revolt against the status quo, a transcendence of what’s normal & habitual. And that’s exactly the spirit we can bring to our expression of empathy in the near future  – an extravagant ability to feel what others are feeling.

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“As soon as you concern yourself with the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ of your fellows,” said Morihei Ueshiba, founder of the martial art of aikido, “you create an opening in your heart for maliciousness to enter.  Testing, competing with, & criticizing others weakens & defeats you.”

Can we proceed according to the theory that we can feed our strength & power & freedom by accepting other people just the way they are?

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Assume that one of the surest ways to be happy & successful is to judge no one –  including ourselves. Yet: “The essence of bravery is being without self-deception.” Will we, in freedom, take up the Anthroposophical task to “Know Thy Self”!

Be rigorous as you uncover any lies you’ve been telling yourself; knowing that Cosmic fortune will bless you if you are like an elemental force that unapologetically obeys the laws of your own highest nature.

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And to end these thoughts for today: “The future is already here,” says science fiction writer William Gibson. “It’s just not very evenly distributed.”

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Our job, my friends, is to locate hotbeds of Good Will where the future is concentrated, & put ourselves in the midst of them. It’s time for us to escape from the false, sludgy places where the past is masquerading as the present.

Are you ready to thrive on the purposeful activation of the new?



The Changing Nature of Childhood Health & Illness
Lecture: Dr. Thomas Cowan, M.D.

Nov 15, 2018 — Morning Lecture
10:30am—12noon; Location: 4251 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL 60618 (Elderberry Cafe, next to Rudolf Steiner Branch); childcare available for additional $5 cash donation at day of event as needed. Click link below for tickets and more info.…

Nov 15, 2018 — Evening Lecture

7:00 pm—8:30pm; Location: 2135 W. Wilson Ave. Chicago, IL 60625 (The Christian Community Church) Click link below for tickets and more info.…

Tickets are $12. No tickets sold at the door. A rare opportunity to hear Dr. Cowan in Chicago. This event will sell out.�

Please join us in welcoming world-renowned doctor and author Dr. Thomas Cowan, M.D. from San Francisco, CA as he describes his research and experience with today’s children and their health, based on his newest book, Vaccines, Autoimmunity and the Changing Nature of Childhood Illness.We are providing two opportunities to hear Dr. Cowan speak. We will provide childcare for the morning session in an adjoining space to the lecture, to help parents of young children attend. Childcare will not be available for the evening lecture.

Dr Thomas Cowan M.D. is board-certified in anthroposophic medicine. He is a founding board member of the Weston A Price Foundation and is author ofThe Fourfold Path to Healing,a companion book to Nourishing Traditionsby Sally Fallon. He writes the “Ask the Doctor” column in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts. He is author of Human Heart, Cosmic Heart(A Doctor’s Quest to Understand, Treat and Prevent Cardiovascular Disease). He has three grown children and currently practices medicine in San Francisco where he resides with his wife Lynda Smith Cowan.

This series is presented and sponsored by:

Waldorf Learning Support

Arcturus Rudolf Steiner Education Program

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Friday 16 November COMMUNITY MEETING: 7 pm – 9pm
Money as ‘New Mystery’ facilitated by Chuck Ginsberg
Continuing of discussions on Steiner’s 3-fold Social Organism, we will delve into the economic sphere



Friday 30 November 2018 – 7 – 9 pm 
‘Apocalypse’ today almost always means war, but its primary definition is REVELATION. the Book of Revelations seems warlike until we begin to delve into the messages, seals, trumpets and bowls as stages of initiation! We will explore the complexities of this amazing book of the Bible by taking a journey through the 7-pointed star and the Apocalyptic Seals of the 1907 Munich Conference.

Saturday 1 December 2018 – 10 am – noon 
How can we begin to understand the importance of The Christmas Conference of 1923/24? Can it be understood as so profound to consider it a second turning point of time?
We will take a journey with the foundation stone, beginning with the laying of the first stone, a physical one, for the first Goetheanum, in 1913. Then — through the phoenix experience of the 1922/23 fire, and its journey back to earth a year later—we find it again, as a foundation stone meditation planted into our hearts. The introduction of The Foundation Stone Meditation was a central focus of the Christmas Conference week. It was one of three great gifts which Rudolf Steiner brought at this time as powerful spiritual tools for human evolution.

Margaret Shipman has been a member of the Anthroposophical Society for 30 years and considers the work of Rudolf Steiner to be the core of her life. In 2002 she started a national study group for anthroposophy – ‘Geographically Engaged Members Studygroup’, or G.E.M.S. She is also a cellist and pianist and spent 36 years repairing and making instruments of the violin family. She co-authored the book titled Violin Restoration with her mentor, Hans Weisshaar, who was in the second-ever Waldorf class and met Rudolf Steiner as a child.

For more info. contact Hazel Archer Ginsberg


Wed. 5 December 2018 CRC Zoom Call 7:15pm – 8:30pm – Reincarnation & Karma 
with special guest: Dr. Ross Rentea: “A presentation from the karma and the work together of Rudolf Steiner and Ita Wegman”

Steiner considered I. Wegman a true “friend”, companion over many incarnations, and invaluable helper. In her incarnation in the 20th century she collaborated with him in writing a book, asked decisive questions that led to the Christmas Foundation Conference, the First Class, and more. We will look especially at their working together on the “Fundamentals of Therapy” a work on which R. Steiner put finishing touches until hours before crossing the threshold.

Ross Rentea, MD, has been practicing anthroposophical medicine in Chicago for 35 years. He is a member of the Anthroposophical Society(1972), the First Class of the School for Spiritual Science(1974), the Physicians Association for Anthroposophic Medicine (1984) and the Christian Community (1976). He has served on the Board of the American College of Anthroposophic Medicine. He has lectured nationally and internationally, and published and written numerous scientific research articles and recently (2017) the book “Childhood Illnesses and Immunizations”. Besides anthroposophical medicine his current interests are in better understanding the seven Rhythms of the Foundation Stone. He is a co-founder of the True Botanica Company and the Lili Kolisko Institute for Anthroposophical Medicine .

For more info. contact Hazel Archer Ginsberg


Rudolf Steiner Branch of The Anthroposophical Society, 4249 North Lincoln Avenue. Chicago, IL 60618 (map) Check out our Web site! Chicago, IL (Anthroposophical Society in America)

The newly renovated (& lazured) Elderberries 3-Fold Space is currently available for rental on PEER SPACE for classes, events, meetings, retreats, art exhibits, family parties, etc…


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