Greetings Friends – Esoteric – Inner – Cosmic – Christianity is the living schooling of the Risen Christ, which for us today is looking to be applied as a practical Resurrection – reaching into every level of our humanity – espeically in our thinking. Dead thoughts must be awakened to life in the form of moral impulses. This is my work.
During the 40 days between the Resurrection & the Ascension, Christ, living on Earth now in his etheric body, taught many things to his disciples. Some of these esoteric teachings can be found in what are refered to as the Gnostic Gospels – the The Gospels of Thomas, Philip & especially in The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, as well as the ‘Pistis Sophia’- Giving us many extensive dialogues between the Risen Christ & Isis-Mary-Sophia – Opening for us occult (hidden, secret)views into our divine cosmology, mission & the future tasks of a conscious humanity.
There are many levels of communication in the various Gospels. For instance, when the Christ spoke in parables, he used a picture language, like that of the Buddha, which everyone could understand. Then, when alone with his disciples, Christ explained these parables in a language similar to that of Socrates, appropriate for those who had developed a sufficient intellectual culture to understand it.
The Gnostic writings come out of a more metaphysical rendering which the Roman Catholic Church suppressed.
In his time Rudolf Steiner took the greatest Mystery of All Time, to the next level; into the Consciousness Soul, which will extend into the 43rd Century. Which means that with our willingness to work actively with Spiritual Science, the relevance of the ideal of Anthroposophy will continue to grow for at least another 2,000 years.
So here we are friends, at this strange juncture in world history. Yet ever held by the cycle of the seasons with its Festival milestones; a sacred landing where we can stand upright in our true place in the universe.
So as the Easter-Tide continues, I feel a calling to be open to, & live into, the esoteric teachings of the Risen Christ – Working to digest the truth of the Resurrection into my physical body – Moving like the clouds, toward the Ascension, enlivening my etheric body – Preparing & purifying my astral body to receive the Holy Spirit; tongues of fire resting on my head, enlightening my heart to live into the great mission – Christ as the meaning of the Earth. May we become ever worthy to serve AnthropoSophia, in a perpetual communal Pentecost.
Together we co-create a Social Sculpture in all realms.
14 April 2023 – “Speaking with the Stars“: occult Venus is still between Aldebaran and the Pleiades. Watch the Pleiades sink farther down away from Venus day by day.
“Everybody should be reminded by the Easter festival, that there will be the resurrection of the spirit out of the present darkened nature of the human being”. ~Rudolf Steiner, The Riddles of the World and Anthroposophy
Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
Orthodox Good Friday
215 – Birthday of Mani the prophet & founder of Manichaeism – see Rudolf Steiner’s lectures GA 104 & 113
1126 – Birthday of Averroes, a medieval Spanish polymath. He wrote on logic, Aristotelian & Islamic philosophy, theology, the Maliki school of Islamic jurisprudence, psychology, political & Andalusian classical music theory, geography, mathematics, & the mediæval sciences of medicine, astronomy, physics, & celestial mechanics. Averroes was a defender of Aristotelian philosophy against Ash’ari theologians led by Al-Ghazali.
1561 – On Good Friday, around dawn there was a mass sighting of celestial phenomena over Nuremberg, residents of Nuremberg saw what they described as an aerial battle, followed by the appearance of a large black triangular object & then a large crash outside of the city. According to witnesses, there were hundreds of spheres, cylinders & other odd-shaped objects that moved erratically overhead.
A broadsheet news article was printed later that month, describes objects of various shapes including crosses, globes, two lunar crescents, a black spear & tubular objects from which several smaller, round objects emerged & darted around the sky at dawn.
“In the morning of April 14, 1561, at daybreak, between 4 and 5 a.m., a dreadful apparition occurred on the sun, and then this was seen in Nuremberg in the city, before the gates and in the country – by many men and women. At first there appeared in the middle of the sun two blood-red semi-circular arcs, just like the moon in its last quarter. And in the sun, above and below and on both sides, the color was blood, there stood a round ball of partly dull, partly black ferrous color. Likewise there stood on both sides and as a torus about the sun such blood-red ones and other balls in large number, about three in a line and four in a square, also some alone. In between these globes there were visible a few blood-red crosses, between which there were blood-red strips, becoming thicker to the rear and in the front malleable like the rods of reed-grass, which were intermingled, among them two big rods, one on the right, the other to the left, and within the small and big rods there were three, also four and more globes. These all started to fight among themselves, so that the globes, which were first in the sun, flew out to the ones standing on both sides, thereafter, the globes standing outside the sun, in the small and large rods, flew into the sun. Besides the globes flew back and forth among themselves and fought vehemently with each other for over an hour. And when the conflict in and again out of the sun was most intense, they became fatigued to such an extent that they all, as said above, fell from the sun down upon the earth ‘as if they all burned’ and they then wasted away on the earth with immense smoke. After all this there was something like a black spear, very long and thick, sighted; the shaft pointed to the east, the point pointed west. Whatever such signs mean, God alone knows. Although we have seen, shortly one after another, many kinds of signs on the heaven, which are sent to us by the almighty God, to bring us to repentance, we still are, unfortunately, so ungrateful that we despise such high signs and miracles of God. Or we speak of them with ridicule and discard them to the wind, in order that God may send us a frightening punishment on account of our ungratefulness. After all, the God-fearing will by no means discard these signs, but will take it to heart as a warning of their merciful Father in heaven, will mend their lives and faithfully beg God, that He may avert His wrath, including the well-deserved punishment, on us, so that we may temporarily here and perpetually there, live as his children. For it, may God grant us his help, Amen”. Art by Hanns Glaser, letter-painter of Nurnberg
1759 – Deathday of G.F. Handel – composer
1865 Abraham Lincoln is shot in Ford’s Theatre by John Wilkes Booth; Lincoln died the next day
1900 – The Exposition Universelle – a world’s fair held in Paris, France, from 14 April to 12 November 1900, to celebrate the achievements of the past century & to accelerate development into the next. The fair, visited by nearly 50 million, displayed many machines, inventions, & architecture that are now nearly universally known, including the Grande Roue de Paris Ferris wheel, Russian nesting dolls, diesel engines, talking films, escalators, & the telegraphone (the first magnetic audio recorder)
1912 – The sinking of the Titanic
1935 – Exclusion from the General Anthroposophical Society of Ita Wegman, Elisabeth Vreed & other members – along with 2 national societies
1939 – The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck is first published
2010 – Over 2,700 are killed in a magnitude 6.9 earthquake in the Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture
2014 – 276 schoolgirls are abducted by Boko Haram in Chibok, Nigeria
POD (Poem Of the Day)
~To the sky, I am a thing, of bone & earth;
To the earth, I am, born of sky…
The Mystery of Ascension with Hazel Archer-Ginsberg
This course is available on Zoom. You will be emailed a Zoom link closer to the time of the class. The course will be recorded and you will receive a link to watch it. Go to the Infinity Foundation web site to enroll
Course Number 231154 / Zoom
Date: Thursday, May 11
Time 7:00 – 8:30 PM CST
Cost $33/23 payment 10 days in advance
When we tune into the Cycle of the Seasons, we experience that as the Earth breathes out in the Springtime, the beings of nature reach upwards towards the heights. The longing of the human soul also strives to meet this mood of ascension, which attunes all life to the cosmic expanses.
Together we will gain insights in how to rise up to our Higher Self by participating in this harmonizing spring-dialogue between the worlds.
This reconnection between heaven & earth was prefigured in the story of Jacob’s ladder from the Old Testament. Through his dream of the ‘stairway to heaven’, Jacob gave us a prophecy in the picture of a golden ladder on which choirs of Angels traverse between the ‘Above & Below’. The Mystery of the Ascension of Christ, 40 days after the Resurrection at Easter, fulfilled Jacob’s Prophecy. Christ as the Being of Love became the living bridge connecting us to the eternal.
Through this workshop we will learn how humanity will also be transfigured in the fullness of time. The company of the Angelic Hierarchies wait for us, their younger siblings, to ascend, first of all in our thinking, to meet them in fellowship, as they work all the while by our sides.
~Vitae Sophia~A Whitsun Festival of United Soul Endeavor with Hazel Archer-Ginsberg, Velsum Voices & Eurythmy
Saturday 27 May 2023 on zoom
We are called to redeem the ether spheres to create an Ecclesia, a chalice for The Sophia. Then the spirit flame can spread out to become what Steiner called a “World Whitsun”, which began in earnest at the Christmas Conference. The Whitsun Festival highlights one of the greatest challenges of being human: placing our individual gifts, in right relationship within the social realm. This challenge is especially strong now during this ‘pandemic’. Our groups striving to know Spiritual Science must work together as a community, to have the possibility to create a new culture where a sacrament is possible in every encounter. Our individual strength is enhanced by weaving our gifts together, kindling our social world in conscious community.
Find a collection of the many RECORDINGS of Presentations, Programs & Festivals HERE
11 thoughts on “The Meaning of the Earth”
On the exclusion of members of the anthroposophical society in 1935,
In the dust….
Smash the idolater’s
May we learn from our past
Your POD reminded me of a phrase that’s remained in my memory; it originated, I believe, from a recent reading in Steiner’s Gospel of St. John, and I’m paraphrasing: that a birth into this world is a death in the spiritual world, and a death in this world is a birth into the spiritual world.
Also, regarding Christ’s appearing in an etheric form now on Earth, another phrase from Mark’s Gospel has remained with me; from Mark 16:12, shortly after appearing to Mary as a young man whom she mistook to be the “gardener”, we read “After that, he appeared IN ANOTHER FORM to two of them as they walked …(emphasis mine)”. What I like in this phrase is that he’s able to appear in varying forms, which causes me to wonder … have I come across him as he appears “in another form”? The etheric Christ seems to have the ability to appear in whatever form enables him to blend in with everyday citizens, and we don’t recognize him, until he calls us by name, as he did with Mary, or until he breaks the bread for us, as he did for those travelling to Emmaus.
Beautiful. Yes, we have this theme throughout time of the divine appearing amongst us thru various phenomena & thru our fellows.
‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers,6 you did it to me.’ Part of The Final Judgment in Matthew 25:31–46
The key is that when He Speaks, you hear it in your etheric form. After that, you will never forget it again. It is a transcendence that is beyond belief, but real enough. This is the Etheric Christ from the Astral World.
Yes, & that is exactly what the Gospel of Mary gives us…
It is her experience of this
& we can have this experience too
it is happening for those who have ears to hear…
In my case, it took place when a dormant mountain began to erupt out of nowhere. This was at the Vernal Equinox of 1980. The Sun, in the sign of Pisces, was able to shine down with a special intensity on a mountain range south of my home. Mount Saint Helen. It involved frequent earthquakes in which the sixth layer of the earth’s interior was opened, the Fire Layer. Thus, the air was permeated by this fire element, and it became the breathing in of the Etherization of the Blood over a period of 40 days. So, while the “ears to hear” is fine, it takes even more for something like this to take place. It is the kind of Karma in which one has to be in a position to be called at that very moment. Matthew, chapter 22 expresses it very well:
Parable of the Marriage Feast
Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying, 2 “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son. 3 And he sent out his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding feast, and they were unwilling to come. 4 Again he sent out other slaves saying, ‘Tell those who have been invited, “Behold, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and my fattened livestock are all butchered and everything is ready; come to the wedding feast.”’ 5 But they paid no attention and went their way, one to his own farm, another to his business, 6 and the rest seized his slaves and mistreated them and killed them. 7 But the king was enraged, and he sent his armies and destroyed those murderers and set their city on fire. 8 Then he *said to his slaves, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. 9 Go therefore to the main highways, and as many as you find there, invite to the wedding feast.’ 10 Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered together all they found, both evil and good; and the wedding hall was filled with dinner guests.
11 “But when the king came in to look over the dinner guests, he saw a man there who was not dressed in wedding clothes, 12 and he *said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without wedding clothes?’ And the man was speechless. 13 Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 14 For many are called, but few are chosen.”
Only the Father knows when to make the choice. Chapters 14 to 17 of the Gospel of John explain this very well. This was Christs’ testimony to His beloved disciples, and even Judas was held in His Heart.
In my case I came in with it, which has been a blessing & a curse…
Thanks for sharing dear Brother…
I had to experience the wound of Amfortas first, and for many years it was like a knife attacking the wound day after day. And, I only wanted to make my father proud of me and give the mutual respect that I felt I deserved as his first-born son. Yet, what was inflicted could also have been a bestowal. I know that I entered the Path of the Grail at eight years of age. And, to find the Grail requires receiving the wound. Ref. GA 144, lecture of 7 Feb. 1913.
Yes, on the Christ path the wounds are part of the trails
Yes, that is what I wanted to convey. I have had many years to think about it in doing my biography review, which is a recognized anthroposophical exercise. The considerations only intensify over the years, with ever greater insight. Yet, closure has been denied me. Maybe you get it in some form at AAP, Kimberton, PA.
Good for you, and thanks again for this blog, which is especially important this year. Just 14 days to May Day, which is a Cathartic milestone.