Wyrd Factor

How the 'Macbeth' Witches Drive the Play's Plot

The modern English word “weird” is derived from the Old English term *wyrd,* meaning “destiny.” By the late Middle Ages, *wyrd* had evolved into a concept similar to the Eastern notion of karma. It implied that the momentum of past events plays a strong role in shaping the future, but that human willpower can nevertheless also have a hand in creating upcoming events. In some uses, *wyrd* could even mean “the power to control destiny,” as exemplified by the three Weird Sisters of Shakespeare’s *MacBeth.*

Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth', John Singer Sargent, 1889 | Tate
John Singer Sargent

I bring this up, because of day’s look at history, & also because my Wyrd Factor is pretty high lately. While the consequences of the past are certainly impacting my present, I’ve rarely had a greater ability to co-create with these forces thru the strength of my intentions.

Step of Faith Painting by Pennie Mirande
Pennie Mirande

On a not unrelated note, here’s Caroline Myss’ explanation of faith: “Faith is the power to stand up to the madness and chaos of the physical world while holding the position that nothing external has any authority over what heaven has in mind for you.”

If you don’t like the word “heaven” substitute a term that works for you, like “higher self” or ”destiny” or “my soul’s code.”

Leap of Faith Painting by Zoe Oakley
Zoe Oakly

We are always called on to modify what’s not quite right for our needs. Let’s keep tinkering…


Blessings & Peace ~Hazel Archer Ginsberg 


Watercolour Ripples – Wild Yorkshire
Kenny Lowe

POD (Poem Of the Day)
‎~I am an oar made ready…
Like water – adaptable
I follow my-Self
Flowing on…


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19 August 2020 – “Speaking with the Stars”: Tonight asteroid Iris makes a hairpin turn against the background stars, smack dab in the middle of our dusty Milky Way. Two hours after sunset, Iris is high in the south.

Sunrise: 6:16 A.M.
Sunset: 7:50 P.M.
Moonrise: 6:38 A.M.
Moonset: 8:41 P.M.
Moon Phase: Waxing crescent (1%)


Temple of Horus at Edfu

Quote from the entrance to the College of Priests, Temple of Horus at
Edfu, Egypt:

Knowledge is the Way to Life;
The Way to Life leads to the Way to God.
The Way to God leads to Inner Knowledge.
Inner Knowledge leads to Wisdom.
Wisdom becomes Life

Isis and Osiris: Death and Rebirth in Ancient Egypt

Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day


 “Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.” ~H.G. Wells

World Humanitarian Day

Temple of Venus 1747 Painting by Louis - Joseph Le Lorrain ...

295 BC – The first temple to Venus, the Roman goddess of love, beauty & fertility, is dedicated by Quintus Fabius Maximus Gurges during the Third Samnite War


43 BC –Caesar Augustus, compels the Roman Senate to elect him Consul

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14 AD – Deathday of Roman Emperor Caesar Augustus

Lancashire Witch Trials of 17th-Century England

1612 – The “Samlesbury witches“, three women from the Lancashire village of Samlesbury, England, are put on trial, accused of practicing witchcraft, one of the most famous witch trials in British history

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1662 – Deathday of Blaise Pascal a French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer &Christian philosopher. He was a child prodigy, while still a teenager he started some pioneering work on calculating machines. Following a religious experience in late 1654, he began writing influential works on philosophy & theology. His two most famous works set in the conflict between Jansenists & Jesuits. Rudolf Steiner wrote about him in GA 131, From Jesus to Christ: Lecture I: Jesuit and Rosicrucian Training

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1692 – Salem witch trials: In Salem, Province of Massachusetts Bay, five women, & a clergyman, are executed after being convicted of witchcraft

France gave the daguerreotype photographic process as a free gift ...

1839 – The French government announces that Louis Daguerre’s photographic process is a gift “free to the world”. Viewing a daguerreotype is unlike looking at any other type of photograph. The image does not sit on the surface of the metal, but appears to be floating in space, & the illusion of reality.

Two Treaties of Fort Laramie | What Really Happened at Standing Rock?

1854 – The First Sioux War begins when United States Army soldiers kill Lakota chief Conquering Bear & in return are massacred

Producing helium from natural gas

1868 – Jules Janssen discovered Helium during a solar eclipse

1919 – Afghanistan gains full independence from the United Kingdom

40 Adolf Hitler Quotes on War, Politics, Nationalism, And Lies

1934 – The German referendum of 1934 approves Hitler’s appointment as head of state with the title of Führer.

Federico García Lorca (Author of La casa de Bernarda Alba)

1936 – Deathday of Federico García Lorca, Spanish poet, playwright, & director He was executed by Nationalist forces at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War

FRANCE END OF WWII | Buy Photos | AP Images | DetailView

1944 – World War II: Liberation of Paris: against German occupation with the help of Allied troops

collapse of the Soviet Union | Causes, Facts, Events, & Effects ...

1991 – Dissolution of the Soviet Union, August Coup: Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev is placed under house arrest while on holiday in the town of Foros, Ukraine


Classroom Alive Homecoming
Such joy & laughter at the telling

August 20-23, 2020 Questions of Courage Youth Conference at Elderberries

Questions of Courage 2020 in Chicago – August 20-23 Elderberries Biodynamic Outpost and 3Fold Cultural Hub 4251 N. Lincolon Ave. Chicago, IL. 60618

August 20: COMMUNITY POTLUCK GATHERING to Welcome the Youth. Please bring a dish & beverages to share – Time TBA

Check-in, share conversation, build the ground for the journey together.

August 21-22: Travel to Wisconsin Move together towards the land, link up with Farmer John and Haidy Angelic Organics Biodynamic Farm, and also with Dana and Phil Burns at Healing Traditions and Alizur farm. Connect with the land, plants, animals, and one another, through creative explorations and “roughin’ it” type amendments. Sleep under the stars or indoors.

August 23: Return to Chicago WELCOME HOME POTLUCK COMMUNITY GATHERING – Please support the youth with dinner, beverages & desert!

Enter back into the metropolitan context, into the social questions of urban life, and close the gathering together at Elderberries, setting the ground for future work out of questions of courage that are present.

Other locations and collaborators are currently in dialogue, and will be updated here.

The gathering is essentially about stepping into the living natural element, step by step, making an integral connection, with one another, ourselves, and the elements that support us here on the Earth…”

registration: https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSdY7KXHkjUPV2h9UD…/viewform

Thank you Elderberries for giving us an anchor to build our heartland gathering around!

Elderberries Biodynamic Outpost + Threefold Cultural Hub, 4251 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618

Co-sponsored in part by The Rudolf Steiner Branch Chicago, Hazel Archer-Ginsberg, Festival & Program Coordinator


August 27-30 How We Will 2020: 3-Folding our Cultural Revolution is continuing its journey of transforming our ideals into action. The theme this year is Forming Curative Communities: actively uniting with one another in the emerging economic, political/rights and social/cultural/spiritual forms seeking to reshape the ills plaguing humanity into a healthy social organism for our time. Please join us if you’d like to hear from, and collaborate with those on the front lines inspired out of the fruits of Rudolf Steiner’s work: can your own hopes for the world find a way to connect with others striving to do the good as our friend Bernard Lievegoed was wont to say? Our own hero Ella Baker shares: ‘we must not stop until we can get people to recognize that they themselves have to make the struggle for freedom and human dignity everyday, in the year, every year, until they win it.’

Invitation and Registration are now open:How We Will 2020

Michaela Gloeckler of the Medical Section in Dornach and cofounder of Allianz ELIANT brings the Archetypal Picture of Ita Wegman and the Young Doctors and their courageous movement for a Michaelic renewal of civilization as a World War II raged all around them. 

Bart Eddy of Brightmoor Makers and Sunbridge will speak to what it takes to initiate our ideals into action that are inspired by the our higher natures and our wish to serve others in our time. His ‘brought down to earth visioning’, is serving the youth in one of the poorest parts in Detroit where entrepreneurs for the good are in training, not only learning to support their own livelihoods but also empowering change in their communities where devastating health and environmental issues abound: his inspired ideas for our time keep unfolding new forms for these youth! 

Kait Ziegler of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, and Repairers of the Breach, working with Reverends William Barber and Liz Theoharis, and a small beyond dedicated team, will share on this ‘turning inside out’ and what it takes to organize for social change along side of four pillars: Racism, Poverty, Ecological Devastation and the War/Prison Economy which requires a new narrative above all and a capacity to work with those who have very divergent views in the activist community. John Bloom of Rudolf Steiner Finance and General Secretary of the Anthropsophical Society will offer a conversation Toward Justice and Freedom and Capital, Money, Spirit and Matter.

Nicanor Perlas, a long time advocate for social change in the Philippines and youth mentor, will shape a conversation around ‘The Future will be what we Fight For’. His country continues to be on lockdown where they are not allowed to go outside their houses even for food and whose president recently said that he ‘would work with the military to distribute the vaccine’.

Laura Summer of Free Columbia, an art and education initiative in Philmont New York, will present on New Forms Around Art – Art Dispersal and Local Grants to increase diversity in diverse communities. Art Accessible to 100% of the People! 

Naim EdwardsSeneca GonzalezMelody BrinkKristin BuckbeeAkil BellMonika PudelkoJoan JaeckelPatrice MaynardHazel Archer-Ginsberg

Dottie Zold and Frank Agrama of the Elderberries community and newly formed Circles for a Renewal of Culture non profit, will invite an open conversation as to how it is that the Steiner students here in our country and around the world can be good advocates for emergent healing forms, where the essence of what is human is at the center of our concerns. This threefold social form has yet to be realized and yet we see all around us new forms coming into being. What do the Steiner students have to contribute to the conversation of human rights in these three realms and do we have the will to unite together for the common good of humanity? Can we organize for the future needs out of the fruits of Rudolf Steiner’s work in the world? Do we have the will for this? If so can we make a beginning at organizing and shaping our actions now?


Invitation and Registration are now open:How We Will 2020


Louis Maurice Boutet de Monvel

This years theme for Michaelmas with be an exploration of Joan d’Arc…

Including a performance of ‘The Passage” by Lucian Dante Lazar

Stay tuned for details!

2 thoughts on “Wyrd Factor

  1. Hi Hazel,

    You are doing something here that is very important in the trace of every month. Every month, the moon and sun come into a kind of conjunction, in which they both coincide in the early morning sky. This can be seen esoterically as the conjunction of Jahve and Christ, and so we should consider it as such. You wrote:

    19 August 2020 – “Speaking with the Stars”: Tonight asteroid Iris makes a hairpin turn against the background stars, smack dab in the middle of our dusty Milky Way. Two hours after sunset, Iris is high in the south.

    Sunrise: 6:16 A.M.
    Sunset: 7:50 P.M.
    Moonrise: 6:38 A.M.
    Moonset: 8:41 P.M.
    Moon Phase: Waxing crescent (1%)

    Now, we know that the moon ascends every day from new moon, whilst the sun remains rather consistent over 30 days in the sign of its appearance. This expresses the speed of the moon vs. the slow progression of the sun, and how we here on earth experience the balance between these two forces of sun and moon. Yet, we should also acknowledge a third party to this engagement, which is the Eighth Sphere. It is presently dubbed as the so-called, “phases of the moon”, but don’t let yourself be fooled. Steiner gave an important lecture-course in September 1908, wherein he describes the original design of the Egyptian Mystery of Osiris-Isis-Horus. So, we should look at this as we contemplate New Isis.


    As well, it appears that the Michaelmas agenda has shifted to Joan of Arc, and this is awesome for its content. You see, she wields the triple-edged sword of meteoric iron, and yet, she was just a ‘slip of a girl’. Steiner gave important references to this maid of Orleans, and I would like to help give you a list of important remarks made on her behalf.

    My own, as you know, comes from a revelation out of the Book of Ruth. I will always accord you with the greatest respect, Hazel, for making your distinctions here from the Whitsun festival concerning the figures of Naomi and Ruth. As you know, I see them as reincarnating at the time of Christ, and described in the gospels as the twelve year old girl who appears about to die, and the woman with the blood disease for twelve years, and embraces the gown of Christ, and is healed.

    So, Steiner spoke in a number of places about Joan of Arc. They are really good, and he always makes the case about how important she was in proving the Christ Impulse working in the world. Here are a few places about Joan:

    GA 126, December 1910
    GA 149, December 1913
    GA 157, January 1915
    GA 159, May 1915

    I like this because whether I am right about Ruth and Naomi or not, I know that I am right about Joan. She is a matter of history, and vouchsafed for it. Whether there is more to the story here might have to come from occult sources, like Charles VII. He had the effect of putting Joan into a kind of swoon, and yet challenged that she would know him sight unseen. She did. His own story is one of rejection, but Joan, well Joan was just a little ‘slip of a girl’. She would one day fit nicely into her suit of armor, and a nice short haircut. Her cause was to make the appearance, and show France what had to take place.

    1. Yes the little slip of a girl incorporated into by Michael called out to me for Michaelmas this year.
      I have not studied anything from spiritual Science on her, nor do i really vibe with what we were taught in history, since it brings up my our karma of torture & burning.I think perhaps this will give me an opportunity on a personal level to heal & also tap into a new source of research. So thank you for the lecture references.

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