25 February 2020 – “Speaking with the Stars”: At twilight, look far below Venus for the thin crescent Moon.
1861 – Birthday of Rudolf Joseph Lorenz Steiner.
Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day (his Birthday!!!)
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
138 – The Roman emperor Hadrian adopts Antoninus Pius, to be his successor
777 – Deathday of Saint Walpurga The earliest representation of Walpurga, in the early 11th-century Hitda Codex, made in Cologne, depicts her holding stylized stalks of grain. The grain attribute represents the older pagan concept of the Grain Mother. Peasant farmers fashioned her replica in a corn dolly at harvest time & told tales to explain Saint Walpurga’s presence in the grain sheaf. St. Richard, when starting with his two sons on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, entrusted Walburga, then 11 years old, to the abbess of Wimborne. Walpurga was educated by the nuns of Wimborne Abbey, Dorset, where she spent 26 years as a member of the community. She then travelled with her brothers, Willibald & Winebald, to Francia to assist Saint Boniface, her mother’s brother, in evangelizing among the still-pagan Germans. Because of her rigorous training, she was able to write her brother Winibald’s vita & an account in Latin of his travels in Palestine. As a result, she is often called the first female author of both England & Germany. Walpurga became a nun in the double monastery of Heidenheim am Hahnenkamm, which was founded by her other brother, Willibald, who appointed her as his successor. Following his death in 751, she became the abbess
1631 – François de Bassompierre, a French courtier, is arrested on Richelieu’s orders
1841 – Birthday of Pierre-Auguste Renoir, French painter & sculptor
1848 – Provisional government in revolutionary France, by Louis Blanc’s motion, guarantees workers’ rights
1856 – A Peace conference opens in Paris after the Crimean War
1861 – Birthday of Dr. Rudolf Steiner.
1870 – Hiram Rhodes Revels, a Republican from Mississippi, is sworn into the United States Senate, becoming the first African American ever to sit in the U.S. Congress
1901 – J. P. Morgan incorporates the United States Steel Corporation.
1921 – Tbilisi, capital of the Democratic Republic of Georgia, is occupied by Bolshevist Russia
1932 – Adolf Hitler obtains German citizenship by naturalization, which allows him to run in the 1932 election for Reichspräsident
1948 – The Communist Party takes control of government in Czechoslovakia & the period of the Third Republic ends
1956 – In his speech On the Cult of Personality & Its Consequences, Nikita Khrushchev, leader of the Soviet Union denounces the cult of personality of Joseph Stalin
1968 –135 unarmed citizens of Hà My village in South Vietnam’s Quảng Nam Province are killed & buried en mass in the Hà My massacre
1986 – People Power Revolution: President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos flees the nation after 20 years of rule; Corazon Aquino becomes the Philippines’ first woman president
1991 – The Warsaw Pact is declared disbanded
1992 – Khojaly massacre: About 613 civilians are killed by Armenian armed forces during the conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan
1994 – Mosque of Abraham massacre: In the Cave of the Patriarchs in the West Bank city of Hebron, Baruch Goldstein opens fire with an automatic rifle, killing 29 Palestinian worshippers & injuring 125 more before being subdued & beaten to death by survivors
February 23–March 1: Fasching/Fasnacht – a German carnival season, celebrations, dances, & parades in the nights leading up to Ash Wednesday
POD (Poem Of the Day)
~Hail architect of Freedom
Grant me thoughts of power
That I may create myself with sharpened tools
For the becoming…
Sacred Gateway: Conscious Living, Conscious Dying, and the Journey Beyond April 16-19, 2020 in Detroit, MI.