I know, I know I have been belaboring this forever, but here it is again: What is it to be on a modern path of initiation into the New Mysteries?
It begins, as it did for Hercules, with the ‘Hero’s Journey’ – But now in our time in full consciousness. Yes, it starts…with a Quest…as Parzival shows us & as Christian Rosenkreutz demonstrated in the Alchemical Wedding. We must first discover the mission we are called to – this involves research & study; then thru heart-thinking we imagine the journey – we contemplate in pictures how we can proceed, using cognitive imagination; & when we can attune our soul forces to be receptive – we will be able to listen & receive guidance from our higher Self thru Inspiration given to us from the spiritual world. Then the goal is to act upon these spiritual directives – to co-create with the spiritual worlds – this is Intuition.
To be an ‘initiate’ we must consciously enact what others do unconsciously – manifesting the blueprint we signed up to outpicture during our life before birth.
To make the conscious intention to embark on the Quest with a heart-felt will – often born thru struggle – opens us to acquire Wisdom.
The gods bring us to the memory of our intention to take up the Quest, but they allow us the freedom to take it up or not – & to conceive it how we will – to choose for ourselves how we will achieve it.
These great spiritual collaborators are glorified when we willingly take up our task – For they learn something thru our unique human journey. The gods are ever helping us along the way, leaving little coded messages that require us to decipher them. All our joys & sufferings are messages, like sign posts that lead us to our individual karma, as well as into the karma of the world – giving us the potential to reach our goal: Freedom thru Love & Wisdom –
What is Love? Selfless compassion, joyful sacrifice, peaceful receiving in gratitude…Christ – the Being of Love – in us…
Who is Wisdom? Uniting our Anthroposophia with the light of the Holy Spirit that allows us to manifest true understanding, so we can embrace Love…
We are all students before we can be novice apprentices – before we can become Adepts – co-creators with the creators. We are all on the path of initiation – to know this gives us great responsibility.
Christ is Love – the meaning of the Earth – Uniting our soul in Love with the Holy Sophia, we cast a light upon this Christ impulse – allowing it to grow & transform us.
And then we become One with the Beloved. This is the Quest of the Holy Grail – The Alchemical Wedding of Christ in the soul with the Holy Spirit.
See you at the Wedding
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10 March 2023 – “Speaking with the Stars”: Don’t miss Bella Luna near Spica, late on the evenings of March 9, 10 and 11, 2023 – look for the waning gibbous moon hanging near the bright star Spica in Virgo the Maiden.
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
According to Steiner’s Original Calendar of the Soul which lists historical events as well as Feast Days, birth & death days…etc…of leaders in humanity, TODAY is: The Conversion of Mary Magdalene. This is described in Pietro Aretino’s 1535 book L’umanità di Cristo; a version of the Gospels widely distributed in Northern Italy at that time. In the legend that inspired the painting, Mary went to a temple where the teachings of Jesus inspired her to convert to a pious life.
The Categories of Aristotle – a process of contraction…
Is there a path to expansion…..?
PUBLIC LECTURE AND EURYTHMY WORKSHOP WITH CLAUDIA FONTANA
Friday 24 March 2023 – Lecture 7 pm CT – 8:30 pm – Purchase tickets at the door or pay online
Saturday 25 March 2023 – Workshop – 9 am CT– (10:30 am 1/2 hour break – 11 am) 12:30 pm CT CT– Purchase tickets at the door or pay online $50
The Categories of Aristotle: A process of contraction…exploring a path to expansion…
Does one have to be a philosopher of great erudition to approach Aristotle’s gift to humanity……his Categories?
Perhaps , YES! But an initial acquaintance with them can lead out of the confinement of the intellectual concept to an experience of expansion supported by Eurythmy.
In the evening lecture Claudia will introduce the life of the Categories before they became concepts – Bringing the symbols in a sequence of sounds (called the Evolutionary Sequence ) out of their conceptual form, to life, supported by Eurythmy and examples of poetry.
During the workshop we will enter into the movement of the poetry presented during the lecture. This will be accessible to Eurythmists as well as to anyone interested in the life of language, poetry and our alphabet.
For more info contact Cultural Events & Festivals Coordinator
Claudia Fontana saw a Eurythmy performance when still a teenager. Unbeknownst to her at the time, that performance was the gate to her destiny path. Soon thereafter she studied Eurythmy in Vienna and subsequently spent fourteen years as a performer with the Dornach, London and Stuttgart Eurythmeum ensembles. Teaching became the next challenge which she happily met in the United States, Europe. Before Covid, she spent seven years teaching all levels in Thailand, Malaysia and China. She resides in Ann Arbor, MI still performing and teaching.
“Lazarus – Come Forth” – An exploration of the1st Christian Initiation, thru the Word & Eurythmy
with Rev. Jeana Lee, Mary Ruud & Hazel Archer-Ginsberg
Starting at Sundown on the eve of Lazarus Saturday 31 March 2023
7 pm – 8:30 pm CT at the Christian Community 2135 W. Wilson
Leading Thoughts & Close of Day with Rev. Jeana Lee
Continuing on 1 April 2023
10 am – 12 noon CT
at the Rudolf Steiner Branch Chicago 4249 N. Lincoln Ave
$10 more or less or pay what you will
Please bring a potluck dish to share for the luncheon after the Festival
For more info. contact Cultural Events & Festivals Coordinator Hag@rschicago.org
Mary Magdalene & the Women at the Tomb – A Festival of Resurrection
with Hazel Archer-Ginsberg,
Song-Circle with Velsum,
Eurythmy – & an artistic break out session
Holy Saturday 8 April 2023
1 pm – 3pm CT a hybrid event in-person at the Rudolf Steiner Branch Chicago & on zoom
Meeting ID: 705 017 4041
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 a Hybrid event in person* & 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.
Zoom: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83663366670?pwd=L292UzlOR1pkZjBXSWpxK1B2b0o1dz09 Meeting ID: 836 6336 6670 / Passcode: 397593