Lenten-Tide Day #3:
Befriend your Guardian Angel. I am often in conversation with my Angel. Right before sleep usually, when I thank, & acknowledge this being who serves me thru many lifetimes. And I also use this time to ask questions or set goals that I need help with.
I am using this time to set new rhythms.
The first rhythm is Rest or Peace, which for me still engages the will, it is active: playing, praying, holding reverence, wonder, gratitude & awe.
With a focus on seeing: Christ in every human being.
To Listen – In an age when smartphones & social media have made communication with people around the globe easier than ever, hearing that still small voice of the Divine in the midst of competing voices can often be difficult. Of course, this isn’t an entirely unique problem: Proverbs 8 describes both Wisdom & Folly crying out from the high places of the city to all who would pass by. The good news is that the gods are always speaking. The bad news is, so is are the adversarial voices.
What would it look like, to devote a designated period of time disconnected from all devices & distractions? What if you spent that time praying to more clearly hear the voice of Wisdom?
Proverbs 8 – Wisdom’s Call
8 Does not wisdom call out?
Does not understanding raise her voice?
2 At the highest point along the way,
where the paths meet, she takes her stand;
3 beside the gate leading into the city,
at the entrance, she cries aloud:
4 “To you, O people, I call out;
I raise my voice to all mankind.
5 You who are simple, gain prudence;
you who are foolish, set your hearts on it.[a]
6 Listen, for I have trustworthy things to say;
I open my lips to speak what is right.
7 My mouth speaks what is true,
for my lips detest wickedness.
8 All the words of my mouth are just;
none of them is crooked or perverse.
9 To the discerning all of them are right;
they are upright to those who have found knowledge.
10 Choose my instruction instead of silver,
knowledge rather than choice gold,
11 for wisdom is more precious than rubies,
and nothing you desire can compare with her.
12 “I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence;
I possess knowledge and discretion.
13 To fear the Lord is to hate evil;
I hate pride and arrogance,
evil behavior and perverse speech.
14 Counsel and sound judgment are mine;
I have insight, I have power.
15 By me kings reign
and rulers issue decrees that are just;
16 by me princes govern,
and nobles—all who rule on earth.[b]
17 I love those who love me,
and those who seek me find me.
18 With me are riches and honor,
enduring wealth and prosperity.
19 My fruit is better than fine gold;
what I yield surpasses choice silver.
20 I walk in the way of righteousness,
along the paths of justice,
21 bestowing a rich inheritance on those who love me
and making their treasuries full.
22 “The Lord brought me forth as the first of his works,[c][d]
before his deeds of old;
23 I was formed long ages ago,
at the very beginning, when the world came to be.
24 When there were no watery depths, I was given birth,
when there were no springs overflowing with water;
25 before the mountains were settled in place,
before the hills, I was given birth,
26 before he made the world or its fields
or any of the dust of the earth.
27 I was there when he set the heavens in place,
when he marked out the horizon on the face of the deep,
28 when he established the clouds above
and fixed securely the fountains of the deep,
29 when he gave the sea its boundary
so the waters would not overstep his command,
and when he marked out the foundations of the earth.
30 Then I was constantly[e] at his side.
I was filled with delight day after day,
rejoicing always in his presence,
31 rejoicing in his whole world
and delighting in mankind.
32 “Now then, my children, listen to me;
blessed are those who keep my ways.
33 Listen to my instruction and be wise;
do not disregard it.
34 Blessed are those who listen to me,
watching daily at my doors,
waiting at my doorway.
35 For those who find me find life
and receive favor from the Lord.
36 But those who fail to find me harm themselves;
all who hate me love death.”
Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day
19 February 2021 – “Speaking with the Stars”: First-quarter Moon shines between Aldebaran & the Pleiades.
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
1473 – Birthday of Nicolaus Copernicus, Polish mathematician & astronomer
1807 – Former Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr is arrested for treason in Wakefield, Alabama and confined to Fort Stoddert. Aaron Burr was an American politician & lawyer. He served as the third vice president of the United States during President Thomas Jefferson’s first term from 1801 to 1805. During his last year as vice president, Burr engaged in the duel in which he fatally shot Hamilton, his political rival. Although dueling was illegal, Burr was never tried, and all charges against him eventually were dropped. Nevertheless, Hamilton’s death ended Burr’s political career.
Burr traveled west to the American frontier, seeking new economic & political opportunities. His secretive activities led to his 1807 arrest in Alabama on charges of treason. He was brought to trial more than once for what became known as the Burr conspiracy, but was acquitted each time. Nevertheless, with large debts & few influential friends, Burr left the United States to live as an expatriate in Europe. Handicapped by a stroke and financially ruined, Burr died at a boarding house in 1836.
1878 – Thomas Edison patents the phonograph.
1884 – More than sixty tornadoes strike the Southern United States, one of the largest tornado outbreaks in U.S. history.
1899 – End of the Kali Yuga according to Elisabeth Vreeda, which began in 3001 BC.
1899 – Birthday of Ehrenfried Pfeiffer, a German scientist, soil scientist, leading advocate of biodynamic agriculture, anthroposophist and student of Rudolf Steiner.
1942 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs executive order 9066, allowing the United States military to relocate Japanese Americans to internment camps.
1953 – Book censorship in the United States: The Georgia Literature Commission is established
1963 – The publication of Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique reawakens the feminist movement in the United States as women’s organizations and consciousness raising groups spread
can you utter the name of your soul
& bring yourSelf back to light…?
from the fruits of your labor do you know
… who you are…?
can you speak your destiny
with willful words that vibrate
to create a life full filled…?
Weaving a non-gendered Feminist Reality with Hazel Archer-Ginsberg*
Friday 5 March 2021 – 6:30 am – 8 am Central Time as part of the The International Youth Initiative Program Initiative Forum
What are the qualities of the Divine Feminine? How can we use them to empower an innovative way of thinking, feeling & willing, to create a new world, where the human being is free?
Have paper & colored pencils at the ready for this hands-on workshop.
*Hazel Archer-Ginsberg – Founder of Reverse Ritual: Understanding Anthroposophy through the Rhythms of the Year & the ‘I Think Speech’ Podcast. Trans-denominational Minister, Essayist, Lecturer, Poet, Anthroposopher – working as the Festivals Coordinator of the Chicago Rudolf Steiner Branch, & the Central Regional Council of the Anthroposophical Society. Past Video Recordings
The 8-Fold Path to the Easter Elementals
Holy Week 2021 (March 28 – April 4): Starting on Palm Sunday then thru-out Holy Week including Easter Morning, we will meet every day on Zoom at 10:10 am (Central Time) to create together a Thought-Seed Egregore based on the Herbert Hahn Verse
“When I think light, my soul shines,
When my soul shines, the earth is a star,
When the earth is a star, then I am, a true human being”
& then we will take turns sharing the indications for that day from Rudolf Steiner / The Buddha’s 8 –fold Path, known as the ‘Weekday Exercises’ (let me know if you would like to lead one of the days? (5 min) Holy Week chart
Resolves or ‘RIGHT JUDGMENT.’ having been formed independently of sympathies and antipathies.
Talking – ‘RIGHT WORD.’
External actions- ‘RIGHT DEED.’
The ordering of life. – ‘RIGHT STANDPOINT.’
Human Endeavour. – ‘TO LET ALL THE EXERCISES BECOME A HABIT.’
The endeavor to learn as much as possible from life. – ‘RIGHT MEMORY.’ (Remembering what has been learned from experiences).
To pay attention to one’s ideas. – ‘RIGHT OPINION.’
The octave of the New Sun
To turn one’s gaze inwards –
Whoever is holding the leading thoughts for that day will tie it into some 5-10 min. artistic exercise based on the indications
Group sharing (5 min)
We close with the ‘reversed’ Hahn verse.
I am a True Human Being
For the Earth is a Star
The Earth is a Star
When I Think Light
When I think Light
My Soul Shines
Easter Sunday – 4 April 2021, in person at the Rudolf Steiner Branch Chicago & online 2 pm – 4 pm Central Time.
Group Eurythmy with Mary Ruud
Hazel Archer – The octave of the New Sun
Keynote with Ines Katharina (Bee Keeper, Founder of the Biodynamic Emerald Honeybee Sanctuary, Waldorf Teacher) Ines will connect the Easter Thought with the Elemental Beings & the flight of the Queen Bee.
Mary Ruud will give us a performance of ‘Rock Spring Wonder’
We close with singing ‘Now the green Blade Riseth’
Potluck Social Time in the Schreinerei – Please bring food & drink to share
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Topic: The 8-Fold Path thru Holy Week 2021
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3 thoughts on “Wisdom Calls”
That energy of yours is just humming today Hazel. Re your POD, it struck me today that as Jesus arrived in the region of the Gadarenes (Mark 5), after He had cast out the unclean spirit of the shackled man, He asked “What is your name?” Your POD asks us a similar question, can we name our soul?
Proverbs 8 is one of my favorites. And it’s chilling later on that Wisdom is appealed to by those who didn’t heed her call, but She refuses to help them because they didn’t listen. So important that, as you say, we take time to be still and listen for the small voice. In fact, I read something today that told me that this is a big part of the spiritual origin of our current pandemic – it is forces that are telling us to do just that. Will we (society) learn? Here’s the excerpt, from a Cayce reading:
“7. The greater lesson, then, to be learned by the entity in this experience is PATIENCE! For in patience one becomes aware of one’s soul and of its continuity of existence, of awareness, of consciousness, in every sphere of activity. And as the promise has been in Him, and FROM Him, in patience ye become aware. And when this is not as an activative force of being still, of being quiet, not as an ACTIVE influence, one may find those impelling forces that make it aware of those influences that have impelled, do promote activity, even from the beginning.”
He emphasizes that patience isn’t passive; it’s an active force, and when it isn’t present in us, as we see in our “fast-paced” society, then there will appear “impelling forces [viruses, etc.] that MAKE it aware”.
Yes, practicing patience is a big one, especially in our society that craves to indulge every sense impression NOW,
& as you say the result becomes a karmic reckoning.
I work with the Steiner verse often called ‘rest’ which i change to peace to help me with this since this is big on my list of virtues to cultivate
In contemplating Proverbs 8, it led me to write what I did on the “Rhythms” post, about the two Gods of Genesis, and then also continue in search of what has now come forth out of the great and primordial Mother Lodge itself. This can be found concerning the births of Jesus and John the Baptist, according to the Gospel of Luke lectures, ref. 4 & 5, and also this which helps immensely in clarifying just who Jahve is:
“When all that has come over into Earth evolution from the Saturn, Sun and Moon periods is grasped in its natural aspect, then we find it symbolised in the old Hebrew tradition through Eve. Eve — the vowels are never clearly pronounced — Eve! Add to it the sign for the divine Being of Hebrew antiquity who is the Ruler of Earth-history, and we have a form which is quite as valid as any other — Jehve-Jahve, the ruler of the Earth who has its symbol in the moon. If we bring this into conjunction with what has come over from the Moon period and with its outcome for Earth evolution, we have the Ruler of the Earth united with the Earth Mother, whose powers are a result of the Moon period … Jahve! Hence out of Hebrew antiquity there emerges this mysterious connection of the Moon forces, which have left their remains in the moon known to astronomy and their human forces in the female element in human life. The connection of the Ruler of the Earth with the Moon Mother is given to us in the name Jahve.”