3 September 2016 – Astro-Weather: The Moon’s absence from the morning sky these next ten days provides an excellent opportunity to see the zodiacal light. As we get closer to the autumnal equinox viewing the elusive glow before sunrise is the best time. It appears slightly fainter than the Milky Way, so you’ll need a clear moonless sky & an observing site located far from the city. Look for a cone-shaped glow that points nearly straight up from the eastern horizon shortly before morning twilight begins (around 5 am CDT). The Moon remains out of the morning sky until September 14, when the waxing gibbous returns & overwhelms the much fainter zodiacal light
“To truly know the world, look deeply within your own being; to truly know yourself, take real interest in the world.” ~Rudolf Steiner
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
264 – Deathday of Sun Xiu, Chinese emperor
301 – San Marino, one of the smallest nations in the world, situated on the Italian Peninsula on the northeastern side of the Apennine Mountains, is the world’s oldest republic still in existence, is founded by stone carver Saint Marinus. One of the wealthiest countries in the world, the lowest unemployment rates in Europe, no national debt &a budget surplus. It is the only country with more vehicles than people
590 – Consecration of Pope Gregory the Great, he was the prefect of Rome before he was 30. After five years in office he resigned, founded six monasteries on his Sicilian estate & became a Benedictine monk.
Ordained a priest, he became one of the pope’s seven deacons,& also served six years in the East as papal representative in Constantinople. He was recalled to become abbot, & at the age of 50 was elected pope.
He was direct and firm. He removed unworthy priests from office, forbade taking money for many services, emptied the papal treasury to ransom prisoners & to care for persecuted Jews & the victims of plague & famine. Responsible for the revision of “Gregorian” chant
1189 –Richard “the Lionheart” is crowned at Westminster
1658 – Richard Cromwell becomes Lord Protector of England
1666 – The Royal Exchange burns down in the Great Fire of London
1783 – American Revolutionary War ends with the signing of the Treaty of Paris by the United States & the Kingdom of Great Britain
1838 – Future abolitionist Frederick Douglass escapes from slavery
1939 – World War II: France, the United Kingdom, New Zealand & Australia declare war on Germany after the invasion of Poland, forming the Allies
1939 – World War II: The United Kingdom & France begin a naval blockade of Germany that lasts until the end of the war. This also marks the beginning of the Battle of the Atlantic
1941 – The Holocaust: Karl Fritzsch, deputy camp commandant of the Auschwitz concentration camp, experiments with the use of Zyklon
1942 – World War II: Dov Lopatyn leads an uprising in the Ghetto of Lakhva, in present-day Belarus
1943 – World War II: The Allied invasion of Italy begins on the same day that U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower & Italian Marshal Pietro Badoglio sign the Armistice of Cassibile aboard the Royal Navy battleship HMS Nelson off Malta
1944 – Holocaust: Diarist Anne Frank & her family are placed on the last transport train from the Westerbork camp to the Auschwitz concentration camp
1959 – Birthday of my beloved husband Chuck Ginsberg :0
1962 – Deathday of E. E. Cummings
1976 – Viking program: The American Viking 2 spacecraft lands at Utopia Planitia on Mars?
2014 – Heavy monsoon rains and flash floods leave over 200 people dead across India & Pakistan
2081 – a Total Solar Eclipse, part of the Solar Saros 136 series, repeating every 18 years, 11 days, contains 71 events. The series started on Jun 14, 1360.The series ends at member 71 on July 30, 2622, with the entire series lasting 1262 years
My POD (Poem Of the Day)
~ Languishing on the swing
Like a lotus,
Quiet upon the water…
& repeat the silence…
In the house of perpetuity
A tongue of fire
Burning up flesh
What would Goldilocks do?
“The hatred and antipathy in the world today can indeed be followed by international love with healing in its wings. This is indeed possible. But we are living in an age when all that is possible must be consciously, deliberately and freely striven for by human beings. There must be knowledge of the conditions requisite for uniting the peoples of the Earth, in order that, as a result of this knowledge, each individual people may help to make the waves of love follow those of hatred. Human love alone has power to heal the wounds of hatred. If humankind has no wish for this love, chaos will remain. That is the terrible alternative now facing human beings who have knowledge. Those who realise its terrors know that the souls of human beings dare not sleep, for otherwise, as a result of the powerlessness caused by the sleep into which the souls of the peoples have fallen, the healing waves of love will not be able to flow over the waves of hatred.
Human beings who realise this will acquire the kind of knowledge that flows from a spiritual conception of the relationships between the peoples. They will take this knowledge into their feeling — love for humanity will be born. They will take this knowledge into their will-deeds for humanity will be accomplished. The evolution of the age, with all the terrible paralysis that is appearing at the present time, places a solemn duty before the soul: to gather together all that can unite humsnkind in love and array it in opposition to the destructive elements that have made their appearance in recent times. This quest for loving unification, for unifying love is not merely a vague feeling. To those who understand the conditions of life today, it is the very highest duty of humanity.” ~ The Peoples of the Earth in the Light of Anthroposophy, A Lecture given by Rudolf Steiner, Stuttgart, March 10th, 1920 http://wn.rsarchive.org/Lectures/19200310p01.html
In gratitude ~Hazel Archer Ginsberg