The New Sun

Irma Stropeni

Here is the podcast for Easter Sunday on ‘I Think Speech’

Easter is a spiritual event that takes place on the stage of humanity. The physical body of Jesus of Nazareth was the mediator through which the powers of the cosmos were united with the Earth. With the sacrifice on Golgotha, when the life-blood of the Cosmic Heart penetrated the Earth & its forces flowed down, even to the very core, the Earth became illuminated from within. The Resurrection took place, 1st at the gates of the underworld for the souls of the dead who had lost their divine nature. And with the dawn on Easter Sunday, the opportunity was then given to every single human individuality to experience this light within the self.

And the seed was planted for the reunion of Sun & Earth.

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The Mystery of Golgotha is the pivotal event of the whole divine process of creation, of the whole process of human evolution from its beginnings in the womb of the Spirit, to its consummation in humanity as the 10th hierarchy.

The Christian Festivals were never meant to be merely the commemoration of great historical events or simply truths of the Christian revelation, as great as these are. The Festivals in themselves, are, each year, spiritual events, carrying a significance that grows & deepens with the developing phases of human evolution, ever evolving as we do.  This is especially true of the Easter Festival, with its answer to humanity’s deepest needs, its quickening of our highest hopes; with its message of the victory of good over evil, of light over darkness, of life over death.

Again & again, from all points of view, Rudolf Steiner spoke about the deep meaning of the Easter Festival in the eternal working of the divine worlds upon humankind, in the prefiguring myths & symbols of the ancient Mystery religions, in its relation to the world of nature & the cosmic universe, in which the date of this moveable feast contains a unique mystery. For it is determined by a cosmic alignment. It contains a call to humanity to lift ourselves up to the worlds beyond the earth; to once again speak with the stars. It contains a promise, that in the course of world-history, it will be possible, thru the working of the Christ Impulse, for humanity to once again be united with the cosmos, in the New Jerusalem. It is for this that we strive when we celebrate the Easter Fest. 

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Mary Vewel

Its consequence, must be looked for in all human history, in the arts, in human thinking, in all social relationships, & even in the materialistic triumphs of modern science.

In the New Mysteries we follow the path of Rosicrucian/Christian initiation through Holy Week. With every step, from the recognition of the old atavistic Sun on Palm Sunday, thru to the meeting of the Saturn-Spirit & The Harrowing of Hell, we sow healing seeds, sprouted in the blood of Christ, that spark the rising of the New Sun of Easter, within ourselves & in the Universe. Each of these steps thru the planetary spheres leads to a conquest of a corresponding layer in the interior of the earth. The Beatitudes are the spiritual weapon we must wield to fortify the development of self-determination in the human ego led by Christ, giving us the strength to make the darkness transparent. Like Christ, we must descend to ascend.  

Every year we have a chance to recapitulate the original Easter event. We rest on the Sabbath, Saturn-day – In Christo morimur – This is the Mystic-death or temple sleep of the initiate; remembering that In the Garden of Gethsemane – the midpoint of the earth, the epicenter of the cosmos – between the rocky hill of Golgotha, part of the lunar Mount Moriah, & it’s polar opposite the Solar Mount Zion, there was a New Tomb where the body of Christ rested, & yet it was the Oldest Tomb, for it was formerly a primal fissure, a gorge splitting Jerusalem in two, called by some Adam’s Grave –known as the gate to the underworld.  The earthquakes of Good Friday & Holy Saturday tore open the original fissure.  The veil of the Temple “was rent in twain”. Vistas were opened into the interior of the earth. “He was lowered into the grave of the earth’, & so it was, that The Christ went into the Earth’s Interior, His blood becoming the medicine for our continued evolution. The darkness of Saturn is lit up from within by the Resurrected Sun. The Easter garden begins to bloom, so that our soul can behold, like the Magdalana before us, The Risen One as the gardener of the New Jerusalem. 

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In ‘The Birth of a New Agriculture: Koberwitz 1924’ , we learn that the earth underwent a change through the deed of redemption on Golgotha, a transformation of the unruly Mars powers of rusty iron into the silvery light of Mercury. This transforming of iron thru the sacred mystery of the Christ-blood is a determining factor in the transformation of earthly substance, which will later be carried over into the transubstantiation of the earth. The spirit radiates from the heights & yet is also carried to us by the eternal divine world of the depths. ‘May there ascend from the Depths the prayer that is heard in the Heights’.  We can send our prayer to the Christ-heart in the earth’s depths, to help overcome & redeem the adversarial powers that hold sway in the nine layers of the earth’s interior. The agricultural course was a stepping stone to this ultimate aim. 

Spiritual science tells us that when the blood flowed into the earth from the cross on Golgotha, a new Sun-globe was born in the interior of the earth. This golden earth-center is the legendary land of Shambhalla, hidden away, yet waiting to be re-discovered by the seeking, Christ-guided human soul.  

The Tomb becomes the altar, a sacred place to commune with the gods – with the souls of the departed as our intermediaries. The tomb becomes the Round table, & the Parsifal question leads us to find Christ in the etheric.  

Also working with us from the time of the Vernal Equinox is the Archangel Raphael, who holds the staff of Mercury, offering us the healing power of the Caduceus through the grace of the living Christ, who stands as the middle pillar within us all.

Before the mystery of Golgotha, the task of evolution was that the cosmos would become human, after this turning point, the human becomes cosmos -The New Sun -The imperishable resurrection-body uniting with the Cosmic- Sophia. 

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Sarah O’Rorke

Anthroposophy itself must become like an inner festival of Resurrection for the human soul. It must bring an Easter mood into man’s world-conception.” – Rudolf Steiner, The Easter Festival in relation to the Mysteries.

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RUDOLF STEINER’S CALENDAR OF THE SOUL
translated (with added titles) by Roy Sadler
and his poem to accompany todays Zoom Meeting,
Human Bee-ing at Easter Time” (find link below)
EASTER
In Unison With Light

v1
When streaming from the cosmic spheres
the sun is speaking to the human senses
and joy from depths of soul
is with the light as one in seeing,
then drawn from sheath of self
thoughts rise to far horizons
and dimly bind
the human being to the spirit’s presence.

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Karen Tarlton

WITH SENSE OF BEES
Oh let this sonnet sound with sense of bees whose dancing learns the music light composes.
They coalesce in darkness and so eas-ily one waggles, turns exact degrees, shapes lemniscates and there, where sunspace lives, she charts saliva of the stars*, the nectar
discovered… danced for… gathered for the winter and condensed to summer scented octaves’ remembrance, every sestet heaven’s droplet men have prayed, climbed for. But our own light lapses.
Our poison spreads with ease: disease collapses the colonies we’ve cared for. What last couplet
foretells our bond with nature… left… in silence… or kept, dark songs’ light… learnt? Our sustenance…

  • expression for honey
    by Pliny, 1st century Roman
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TODAY on EASTER SUNDAYwe complete our journey on the 8-Fold Path to Easter at 8 am PT / 9 am MT/ 10 am CT / 11 am ET / 3 pm UT / 4 pm CET for 30 minutes,

4 April 2021 – In Lucien Dante Lazar’s Contemporary Easter contemplation we will explore the birth of the Cosmic Child in the heart, bringing an etherization to the head to ignite the Divine Sophia which opens a living knowledge & Resurrection of  the human “I” – Self.

*For the artistic part  please have paper & color pencils

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“Human Bee-ing at Easter Time”

Easter Sunday 4 April 2021, at 12 pm PT/1 pm MT/ 2 pm CT/ 3pm ET / 7 UT / 8 pm CET

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Keynote with Ines Katharina Kinchen who makes her home at the , a small biodynamic initiative nestled in the in the Appalachian Mountains of eastern Tennessee, surrounded by the Cherokee National Forest. Here she lives with her son Marquise, tends to the bees, the animals and the land, and facilitates workshops.

Ines is a Resonance Medicine practitioner, a kindergarten teacher at the Asheville Waldorf School, and the founder of the Honeybee Habitat Project.

What can the bees teach us about consciously engaging with the Earth and deepening our inner festival life? And how does this inner festival life affect the beings all around us?

Let us discover the tasks of our time and journey with the Bee into her connection to the Earth,
the Cosmos, and the Human Soul… during the Easter expansion.

This small ceremony will include artistic and meditative activity. Please have ready: some real honey and a spoon, a beeswax candle and matches, paper and colored pencils.

Zoom Host – Lisa Dalton

Easter verse with Geoffery Norris

Welcome – Hazel Archer

Dottie Zold – On the Buddha’s 8-Fold Path

Group Eurythmy with Mary Ruud working with the Mystery Drama fairytale ‘Rock Spring Wonder’

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7 thoughts on “The New Sun

  1. Hi Hazel, Sue, and Roy. Blessed be this day because 2021 is the beginning of a Resurrection in Truth, after the dark cloud of 2020. Maybe hindsight-foresight was a stumbling block imposed by those forces that either want a “new normal”, or the plea to “Wake Up”. I think we see the latter position because we have been striving toward it for years now.

    Every year on Easter, I recommit myself to studying the Calendar of the Soul faithfully on a week-by-week basis, and back in 2012, on the 100th anniversary of when Rudolf Steiner first presented these 52 verses, on April 7, 1912, I started a special study of how to align the verses to the four seasons as an added focal point.

    So, for some reason, I took the 12 CoS paintings as being image-expressions of something very deep and enigmatic. I came to see that while meditating on the weekly verses there is also the element of the painting to take into consideration. As well, the dating of the twelve pictures. This has also proven to be a part of the rationale, and for me, as with Hazel, we look at weekly planetary and star charts from the astronomical sites, like Sky and Telescope, and USNO. Thus, I have been doing this for some ten years now, and yet, I have to admit something. I still tend to forget to read the verses week by week. This is my disciplinary weakness. I start off great, like with this Sunday, April 4th, and the 1st Verse, which I can even remember by now. But, I tend to let other matters intervene, and fall behind.

    This year, I am inspired a great deal by Roy Sadler’s work in looking at the various rhythms within and between the verses. For example, Spring to Summer, isn’t this really about relinquishing our self consciousness and its thoughts from the Winter season over to the outspreading Nature in order to experience a kind of thoughtless nature clairvoyance by Summer; the Midsummer Nights Dream?

    So, I am going to try to make a much bigger effort this year in following the verses week by week. I am a big believer in the idea that New Year’s resolutions can really only begin with the necessary force at Spring-time, where the out-breathing of Spirit really begins.

    Happy Easter to All.

    1. Thank you for this sharing Steve.
      I find it helps to set up a rhythm. For me it is opening & closing our Wednesday study group with the verses. We say the verse in German & then in English to start & then reverse it, saying the English & ending with German. It is of course amazing to paint them weekly. As a group we have daone that over the years here, but not recently.
      Lugigi Morelli is putting out a new book about the COTS based on Karl Koning’s indications & he will be our guest for Ascension.

      Steve you & well everyone is welcome to join us on zoom for the study group on Wed. mornings 9:30 am – 11 am CT. We are just starting ‘True & False Paths in Spiritual Investagation.
      Blessings as we start the cycle anew
      xox

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      1. Hi Hazel,

        I have always felt the need to apologize for not participating in your group meetings via Zoom. I can only write you here as my contribution. I hope I give some measure of same. My current idea concerns the 12 CoS paintings and their dates. This year, Easter occurs on April 4th, and then the next week on April 11th. Thus, Easter occurs in the sign of Pisces, which Steiner held to be from March 9 to April 13, according to the CoS.

        So, if we consider the third week in the CoS this year, Pisces moves to Aries from April 14 to April 30. This covers the third and the fourth week. And then, Taurus from May 1 to June 15, which covers the next six weeks, and on we go. This is the idea I have in mind; to combine the paintings and the dates of the movement of the Sun in this whole procession. I don’t know about Luigi Morelli other than indications of his affiliation concerning the Native Americans from years ago. Maybe Stephen Clarke can help here.

        Thus, we have an organized system here:

        March 9 to April 13 = Pisces
        April 14 to April 30 = Aries
        May 1 to June 15 = Taurus
        June 16 to July 19 = Gemini
        July 20 to August 3 = Cancer
        August 4 to September 7 = Leo
        September 8 to October 12 = Virgo
        October 13 to November 9 = Libra
        November 10 to November 30 = Scorpio
        December 1 to January 4 = Sagittarius
        January 5 to February 8 = Capricorn
        February 9 to March 8 = Aquarius.

        So, we come full circle here. I think the verses gain a stronger semblance when they can be pictured as a riddle, which Steiner conveyed, and then the dates which also helps in perceiving the movements. Of course, the weekly verses represent the stronghold. This is where some of us lose it, myself included. I promise this year to do a better job.

  2. All my life I refused to see Sunday as the first day of the week. I wanted it to start on Monday. I think it is some left over past life habit. During Lent through Easter I have read Bock’s book “The Three Years”. I now finally understand why Sunday is truly the new “Sun-day” . Journeying through Holy Week from Palm Sunday, I have now come to really appreciate the WONDEROUS FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK: The NEW SUN-day.
    Thanks for your wonderful work and may you be richly blessed this Eastertide.

    1. Isn’t it interesting the things that get stuck in our craw, so to speak.
      How marevelous that you have used your will to make a change.
      Emil Bock will make a convert out of any of us. I use his Holy Week indications as inspitation every year. They are the basis for all the Holy Week podcasts
      Thank you for the blessings, I send then back to you 1000 fold
      Good Easter to you

  3. I’m sorry but the line breaks of my sonnet WITH SENSE OF BEES in today’s post
    did not maintain their proper line brakes, so I put it again here.

    WITH SENSE OF BEES
    Oh let this sonnet sound with sense of bees
    whose dancing learns the music light composes.
    They coalesce in darkness and so eas-
    ily one waggles, turns exact degrees,
    shapes lemniscates and there, where sunspace lives,
    she charts saliva of the stars*, the nectar
    discovered… danced for… gathered for the winter
    and condensed to summer scented octaves’
    remembrance, every sestet heaven’s droplet
    men have prayed, climbed for. But our own light lapses.
    Our poison spreads with ease: disease collapses
    the colonies we’ve cared for. What last couplet
    foretells our bond with nature… left… in silence…
    or kept, dark songs’ light… learnt? Our sustenance…

    *expression for nectar
    by Pliny, 1st century Roman

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