Part 3 in: A Summary of THE ST. JOHN IMAGINATION, from ~the Four Seasons and the Archangels, Lecture 4, by Rudolf Steiner
Can you hear the voice of conscience?
At the fullness of Summer, the light is so bright that it leaves no room for the shadow to hide. High Noon is the hour of judgment – a good time to remember what John said “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
What is this deep longing we can have as human beings, to understand the purposeful Summer gaze of the powerful Archangel Uriel? Looking downward we have the impression we can learn to look with spiritual eyes into the blue, silver-gleaming depths of the Earth in summer. And Steiner tells us that weaving around these silver-gleaming crystalline rays are shapes — he calls them “disturbing shapes, which continually gather & dissolve”. We can come to an imagination that we may perceive these shapes as “human errors which stand out against the natural order of regular crystals here below”.
It is to this that Uriel directs his earnest gaze. Here during the height of summer the imperfections of humankind, in contrast to the regularity of the growing crystal forms, are measured. From Uriel we gain the impression of how human morality becomes interwoven with nature.
Here we see that the moral world-order is not abstract, we see that humanity has an effect in the world, for good or for ill. On the one hand, “all that is in human virtue & human excellence rises up with the silver-gleaming lines & is seen as the clouds that envelop Uriel (red). It enters into the radiant Intelligence, transmuted into cloud-shaped works of art”.
But it is impossible to look towards the increasingly earnest gaze of Uriel, directed towards the depths of the Earth, without also seeing there the human deeds that have missed the mark. To this the Archangel must direct us with: “wing-like arms, raised in earnest admonition, and this gesture by Uriel has the effect of imparting to humankind, what Steiner calls, “the historic conscience”.
This is Uriel’s “warning gesture”, pointing out how shabby humanity’s moral compass has become. And this reality comes as a mighty, living picture into our conscience.
“And now if we have gained the impression of the connection of human morality with the crystalline element below and of human virtues with the shining beauty above, and if we take these connections into our inward experience, the real St. John Imagination will come to meet us”.
Tomorrow we meet Demeter
Blessings and Peace ~Hazel Archer Ginsberg
13 June 2020 – “Speaking with the Stars”: As we count down the last 7 days to the Solstice, the big Summer Triangle shines high & proud in the east after dusk. Its top star is bright Vega. Deneb is the brightest star to Vega’s lower left, by 2 or 3 fists at arm’s length. Look for Altair farther to Vega’s lower right. If you have a dark enough sky, the Milky Way runs across the Triangle’s lower part.
POD (Poem Of the Day)
~I am cloaked in light
Loved & touched & bound by light,
To enter Light…
My heart bares scars to prove I’ve lived
The story of my existence as I live it
As it is spoken from the mouths of gods…
I lift my face to eternity
And am blessed by the kiss of Day…
Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
175 BC – Tobias accompanied by the Archangel Raphael
313 – The Edict of Milan, signed by Constantine the Great and co-emperor Valerius Licinius granting religious freedom throughout the Roman Empire
1231 – Feast Day of Anthony of Padua, Portuguese priest & saint
1381 – The Peasants’ Revolt, also called Wat Tyler’s Rebellion or the Great Rising. The revolt had various causes, including the socio-economic & political tensions generated by the Black Death in the 1340s, the high taxes resulting from the conflict with France during the Hundred Years’ War, & instability within the local leadership of London. Inspired by the sermons of the radical cleric John Ball, & led by Wat Tyler, a wide spectrum of rural society, including many local artisans & village officials, rose up in protest, burning court records & opening the local gaols. The rebels sought a reduction in taxation, an end to the system of unfree labor known as serfdom. King Richard II, then aged 14, retreated to the safety of the Tower of London. On 13 June, the rebels destroyed the Savoy Palace. The following day, Richard met the rebels & acceded to most of their demands, including the abolition of serfdom.
1525 – Martin Luther marries Katharina von Bora, against the celibacy rule decreed by the Roman Catholic Church for priests and nuns
1774 – Rhode Island becomes the first colony to ban the importation of slaves
1864 – Birthday of Rudolf Kjellén a Swedish political scientist & politician who first coined the term “geopolitics”, Rudolf Steiner spoke about him in Karma of Untruthfulness GA 173/174
1865 – Birthday of W. B. Yeats, Irish poet & playwright, Nobel Prize laureate
1886 – Deathday of Ludwig II of Bavaria, patron of Wagner
1886 – A fire devastates much of Vancouver, British Columbia
1966 – The United States Supreme Court rules in Miranda v. Arizona that the police must inform suspects of their rights before questioning them
1971 –The New York Times begins publication of the Pentagon Papers
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
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2 thoughts on ““The historic conscience””
I think you have hit the moral compass on the head here with what you wrote:
“But it is impossible to look towards the increasingly earnest gaze of Uriel, directed towards the depths of the Earth, without also seeing there the human deeds that have missed the mark. To this the Archangel must direct us with: “wing-like arms, raised in earnest admonition, and this gesture by Uriel has the effect of imparting to humankind, what Steiner calls, “the historic conscience”.
AmethJera’s Broom With A View: Uriel, the Flame of God
This is Uriel’s “warning gesture”, pointing out how shabby humanity’s moral compass has become. And this reality comes as a mighty, living picture into our conscience.”
Hazel, this is why Uriel’s “warning gesture” points out the travails experienced by our very own native culture, the last descendants of the Toltecs of Atlantis. Just look at the treatment from the European colonization of the New World, c. 17th century, and it becomes a history of suppression involving the original culture of America.
And hasn’t it really gone downhill from there? The Europeans should have striven to understand the culture they were intruding upon, and try to gain acceptance through the great achievements of the Renaissance and early Enlightenment, seen in Europe. If this had happened, then peace and good will could have been struck, rather than all the violence which caused a culture to be weakened, lamed, and brought to near extinction.
This strikes me as Uriel’s “warning gesture”, and it seems true to our very own culture today. We can’t win the war. We are merely the “House of Cards”, which Steiner told the Russians would happen in time, ref. GA 158, 5 June 1913.
I think that one of the chief features of the St. John Imagination is to envision just how much this native American culture has been undermined over the years with their deep earthly feelings, imagination, and vision. Thus, the “warning gesture” is extended to us Anglo’s. I’m sure you get it, Hazel. Cynicism and criticism is the hallmark of a true anthroposophist today.
Can we turn toward a metanoia to truly transform our hearts & minds. To see what is imperfect without cynicism, but with hope & the humble grace to repent & make straight the path…?