World Ritual

The “Cognitive Ritual” of Anthroposophia – Living into the New Mysteries with~Hazel Archer-Ginsberg

FRIDAY 23 SEPTEMBER 2022, Front Range Anthroposophical Cafe, 6 pm PT, 7 pm MT, 8 pm CT, 9 pm ET

When Rudolf Steiner founded the ‘New Mysteries’ thru Anthroposophia at the Christmas Conference of 1923-24, he laid the foundation on earth for a new cultus”, which had been part of the Michael School in the Super-sensible world during the 18th & 19th Centuries. He referred to this practical aspect of the New Mysteries as: the “Cognitive Ritual”, the “Ritual of Knowledge”, the “Spiritual Communion of Humanity”, the “Cosmic Communion”, the “World Ritual”, the “Reverse Ritual, or “the “Cosmic Ritual”. How is it different from the Sacramental Communion? And why is it important for us today?

15 September 2022 – “Speaking with the Stars”

Lectures by Rudolf Steiner on this date


Peter Murphy

The feast of Our Lady of Sorrows  (Latin: Mater Dolorosa) The Seven Sorrows (or Dolors) are events in the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary:

  1. The Prophecy of Simeon. (Luke2:34–35)
  2. The escape and Flight into Egypt. (Matthew2:13)
  3. The Loss of the Child Jesusin the Temple of Jerusalem. (Luke 2:43–45)
  4. The Meeting of Mary and Jesus on the Via Dolorosa.
  5. The Crucifixion of Jesuson Mount Calvary. (John 19:25)
  6. The Piercing of the Side of Jesus, and His Descent from the Cross. (Matthew 27)
  7. The Burial of Jesusby Joseph of Arimathea. (John 19:40–42)

921 – At Tetin, Saint Ludmila, a Czech saint, the grandmother of Saint Wenceslaus, widely referred to as Good King Wenceslaus, is murdered at the command of her daughter-in-law, Drahomíra, who was jealous of Ludmila’s influence over Wenceslaus. Antonín Dvořák composed his oratorio Svatá Ludmila for her

1254 – Birthday of Marco Polo, Italian merchant & explorer

1616 – The first non-aristocratic, free public school in Europe is opened in Frascati, Italy

1821 – Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, & Costa Rica jointly declare independence from Spain

1916 –Tanks are used for the first time in battle, at the Battle of the Somme World War I

1935 – The Nuremberg Laws deprive German Jews of citizenship

1935 – Nazi Germany adopts a new national flag bearing the swastika

1944 – Franklin D. Roosevelt & Winston Churchill meet in Quebec as part of the World War II Octagon Conference to discuss strategy.

1945 – A hurricane strikes southern Florida & the Bahamas, destroying 366 airplanes & 25 blimps at Naval Air Station Richmond, 230 die

1947 – Typhoon Kathleen hit the Kanto Region in Japan killing 1,077

1961 – Hurricane Carla strikes Texas with winds of 175 miles per hour, kills 23

1963 – 16th Street Baptist Church bombing , an act of white supremacist terrorism, in Birmingham, Alabama, occurred when four members of the Ku Klux Klan planted at least 15 sticks of dynamite attached to a timing device beneath the front steps of the church.Described by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as “one of the most vicious and tragic crimes ever perpetrated against humanity”. The explosion killed four girls & injured 22 others.

No prosecutions ensued of the Klan members involved until 1977, when Robert Chambliss was tried & convicted of the first degree murder of one of the victims, 11-year-old Carol Denise McNair. Thomas Blanton & Bobby Cherry were each convicted of four counts of murder & sentenced to life imprisonment in 2001 & 2002, but Herman Cash, was never charged .

The 16th Street Baptist Church bombing marked a turning point in the United States during the Civil Rights Movement & contributed to support for passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

1966 – U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson, responding to a sniper attack at the University of Texas at Austin, writes a letter to Congress urging the enactment of gun control legislation

1968 – The Soviet Zond 5 spaceship is launched, becoming the first spacecraft to fly around the Moon and re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere

1971 – The first Greenpeace ship sets sail to protest against nuclear testing on Amchitka Island

1972 – A Scandinavian Airlines System domestic flight is hijacked

1974 – Air Vietnam Flight 706 is hijacked, then crashes while attempting to land with 75 on board

2008 – Lehman Brothers files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history

Free Money Day is an annual, global event held since 2011 as a social experiment to promote sharing & alternative economic ideas. The day is held annually on September 15, the anniversary of the Lehman Brothers’ 2008 filing for bankruptcy. Participants offer their own money to passing strangers at public places, two coins or notes at a time. Recipients are asked to pass on one of the notes or coins to someone else

International Day of Democracy …’democracy is a universal value based on the freely-expressed will of people to determine their own political, economic, social and cultural systems, and their full participation in all aspects of life’

translated (with added titles) by Roy Sadler
The Yield Of Summer

In autumn haze
the senses’ lure fades;
a mist arising veils
the light’s revealing.
In widths of space I see
the autumn landscape fall asleep;
the summer’s yielded me her being
for me to reap.

In this week’s mirror verse, for the Celtic Wise Woman festival
at Samhain [‘Summer’s End’], the summer’s being begins to shine
as the summer of the soul, the cosmic light living on with inner power.
Sun Inspiration

In sunlight of my soul
spring thought’s ripe fruits;
all feeling turns to sureness
of self-awareness.
I joy to sense
the autumn’s rousing of the spirit;
within me will the winter wake
the summer of the soul.

Sophie Takata

You are invited: Saturday/Sunday 24-25 September 2022
The BDANC Fall Michaelmas Gathering
hosted Gloria Decater at Live Power Community Farm, Covelo

*Honoring the Cow
*Honoring the Elementals – 
with Hazel Archer Ginsberg 
*Hands on prep making 
with Harald Hoven
*The Evolution of Biodynamic Legacy Farms – Old farms that need new farmers – Round table discussion with Gloria Decater and Chuck Ginsberg

*Bridging Heaven and Earth through Singing, Storytelling and Biography Work with Hazel Archer Ginsberg

 The Michaelmas 2022 Bridging Project at Live Power Farm

We will work in conscious community to connect beyond the threshold for the future evolution of the Earth. Spiritual Science brings us many teachings on communicating with the ‘so-called dead’, working with the spiritual hierarchies, & coming to know the Christ as the meaning of the Earth.  We can learn what our beloved dead & the unborn can teach us about what it means to be human in a spiritual sense here on Earth.

*Discussion about Sequential Spraying for Drought Remediation with Michael Aldinger
*Catered dinner

*Eurythmy  –  with Cynthia Hoven 
*Anthroposophical Salon – with Hazel Archer Ginsberg and Nancy Poer

For details, accommodations, meal reservations and schedule see 

Live Power Community Farm is a seasoned, long-time biodynamic farm whose farming family have passed through many seasons of soul, soil and spirit.  Gloria Decater, whose husband Stephen crossed the threshold last year, is currently in the process of exploring how the future incarnation of this living farm individuality needs to evolve.  Although the CSA aspect of the farm is on hold right now, Gloria has been continuing to host educational activities for children and adults.

PURCHASING PREPARATIONS: Preps must be ordered at least three days in advance – by Sept 21st – to be picked up at the meeting. These BD preparations are hand made by groups of BDANC practitioners on various BD farms around NORCAL. Supervision and distribution by Harald Hoven.

Horn Manure (500)                                        $5 members/$7 non-members

Horn Silica (501)                                             $3 members/$4 non-members

Compost Prep Set (502-507)                       $18 members/$21 non-members

Compost Prep (Barrel Compost) $5 members/$7 non-members

Contact Harald Hoven – Phone: (916) 837-8776 Email:

“From Gondishapur to Covid-19 and the 4th Industrial Revolution” with Richard Ramsbotham

Sun, Sep 25 at 3:00pm EST

How are our modern day approaches to pandemics, technology advancements and governments influenced by thinking impulses originating in The Academy of Gondishapur?

Register here:

Richard Ramsbotham was born in Northumberland in 1962. After attending Cambridge University and Emerson College he taught literature at Warsaw University (1989-1993) and then trained at the Artemis School of Speech and Drama. Since then he has worked as a teacher, lecturer, writer and theatre director. He is the author of ‘Who Wrote Bacon? Shakespeare, Bacon and James 1’; ‘An Exact Mystery – the Poetic Life of Vernon Watkins’; several plays and many articles on cultural, historical and current themes (e.g. 9/11 and Covid-19). He has also translated and directed Rudolf Steiner’s 4 Mystery Dramas. He is the co-founder of Fourfold Living Arts, an initiative bringing together the performing arts with the exploration of important cultural and current themes.


Shining a Light into the Darkness

Path of Knowledge inner development is itself a process of shining light into the darkness. 

As social challenges are intensifying, we are called upon more urgently to develop new capacities in understanding the human being, nature and medicine in wholeness. This series will focus on historical thinking influences which still darkly affect the soul of every modern human being.

Because we see everywhere today that the “light shines into the darkness and the darkness comprehends it not”, what is our response to the recognition of darkness which lives within the thinking of each of us?

This series is open to all who study anthroposophy.

Proceeds will benefit anthroposophic organizations worldwide.

Register here for all talks:

“From Gondishapur to Covid-19 and the 4th Industrial Revolution”
Richard Ramsbotham

“The Lives of Francis Bacon and the Anvil of Scientific Materialism”
Richard Ramsbotham

“Jesuitism, Bolshevism, and Americanism”
Rev. Patrick Kennedy

“Kaspar Hauser: Understanding his Task as Related to the World Today. How Does our Time Reflect the Events of the 19th Century and Transform Them?” Richard Steel

“Living Picture Imaginations: Healing from the Effects of Propaganda”
Dennis Klocek

“Overcoming Materialistic Thinking: Anthroposophic Pharmacy as a Modern Rosicrucian – Alchemical Path” Albert Schmidli

“What is Christianized Thinking in Medicine? Illness and Healing as Threshold Experiences“ Michaela Gloeckler, MD

“After Auschwitz. Reflections on the Future of Medicine and Society”
Peter Selg, MD

SUNDAY, MARCH 26, 2023 / 3PM EST
“Meeting Christ in the Etheric in Response to the Challenges of Our Times”
James Dyson, MD

4 thoughts on “World Ritual

  1. Ramsbotham’s work on Bacon and Shakespeare sounds interesting. In the 19th century, the big controversy was over who authored Shakespeare. This was primarily something of an American interest… as it was noted that the English did not even want to acknowledge any possibility that Shakespeare was not the true author of his work. But this is the first time I hear of someone bringing up ‘Who Wrote Bacon?’ Ignatius Donnelly dedicated around 1000 pages to the Shakespeare authorship question – who’s final resting place/home is just a 20 minute drive from my home. I ended up taking a trip to the Minnesota Historical Society, and browsed through some microfilm of Donnelly’s handwritten notes. He was ‘really’ engrossed in this subject… and, the Great Cryptogram hypothesises that Bacon actually was the primary author of Shakespeare – who’s identity (he claims) is stated in Henry the IV.

    So, I can only wonder what Ramsbotham has come across with ‘Who Wrote Bacon’. And it is even more curious that he happens to be English!

    1. This is an interesting debate. But if you read what Steiner says about bacon, who he was & ‘who’ he was ‘working’ for it ends the Shakespeare debate for me.

      1. I briefly read some passages Steiner said I’m regards to Bacon. I think I see what you mean now. That is quite an eye-opener. It also makes sense in terms of who he ‘works’ for and how that spirit has worked through him. I guess it is also important to note that this debate happened during the height of materialism in the 19th century (roughly).

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