Will be celebrated on: Sunday, June 21, 2020, 4:00 PM In the garden at the home of Alicia Santacroce *
In The Cycle of the Year as a Path of Initiation, Sergei Prokofieff refers to St. John’s Day as a Festival of the Future. “Man is unable consciously to follow the soul of the Earth into the far reaches of the cosmos at this time of the year. He can only unite with it unconsciously in his nightly wanderings; it is not accessible to his modern waking consciousness.” This is the time of the year when the whole inner being of the Earth has breathed out and ascends to the far reaches of the cosmos, in blissful dreams.
The conditions of earthly life have been especially demanding for the last several months. Do you have a song or a poem, either a favorite you want to share, or one that you have created during the pandemic? Bring your poetic or musical voice, an instrument, a paintbrush or any expression you wish to share.
Bring your favorite afternoon treat! It will be a blessing to meet together safely and we are all looking forward to it!
Here is a link to the St. John’s Day Imagination for your individual study: The Four Seasons and the Archangels, /St. John’s Day, GA 229, by Rudolf Steiner:
* Please RSVP to email@example.com or call Alicia 760-451-0001 or Elizabeth 760-761-0414 for the address.
The festival of Whitsun, or Pentecost, is celebrated fifty days after Easter - ten days after the festival of Ascension. It celebrates the awakening of earthly ego-consciousness experienced by the apostles and symbolized by the “tongues of fire”.
The eleven apostles had been plunged into mourning by the crucifixion of Christ, then filled with joy at His reappearance in His resurrected form. For forty days thereafter the apostles received the teachings of the risen Christ, but as Rudolf Steiner describes, they were in a dream-like state of semi-consciousness throughout this time. Then, at Christ’s Ascension, they were once again grief stricken at the loss of their beloved teacher. It was on the tenth day of their grieving that the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the Comforter and Spirit of Universal Love, quickened their earthly ego-consciousness, inspiring and enabling them to carry the teachings of Christ out into the world.
Most significantly, Pentecost marks the entry of the Christ Being into the sphere of the earth. “For instead of passing, as does a human being, into Devachan, a realm of Spirit after death, the sacrifice offered up by the Christ Being was that he made the Earth his heaven … It is a saying of immeasurable greatness if we express this mystery in the following words: since the event of Pentecost the Christ Being has abided with human souls on the Earth; before then He did not abide with the souls of people on the Earth!” (Rudolf Steiner, The Fifth Gospel pp 46-47).
The festival of Ascension is celebrated 40 days after Easter, the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ, described by Rudolf Steiner as the Mystery of Golgotha. In 2020, Ascension is Thursday, May 21. It is a festival that is easily overlooked as it occurs ten days before Pentecost (the descent of the tongues of fire) which one could say is culturally more often remembered. Rudolf Steiner’s spiritual scientific research and experiences of the Mystery of Golgotha bring remarkable and profound realities to reflect upon during this festival.
After the Risen Christ presented himself to the disciples in his “resurrection body” he spent forty days with them, teaching and inspiring them. As a result of these experiences the disciples were awakened to clairvoyant consciousness. In this state of newly awakened imaginative consciousness they witnessed Christ’s Ascension into the spiritual world.
Rudolf Steiner further indicates that the resurrection of Christ points towards the redeeming of the physical body of mankind (through the rescuing of the phantom body, see From Jesus to Christ, by Rudolf Steiner, GA131, 1911) while the act of Ascension saved for mankind his etheric body. In Occult Science (also known as Esoteric Science) it is described how the natural tendency of the etheric body is to aspire to the Sun and away from the Earth. At his Ascension Christ held back this tendency as he had born the forces of the Sun into the Earth existence. Hence it is a deed performed for all of mankind, for Christ remains in union with the earth.
In very specific ways the Ascension points also to Christ’s participation in man’s life after death. “Since the Mystery of Golgotha there has stood before the soul of every human being who passes through death the Ascension picture which the disciples were able to behold that day, on account of their particular soul condition.” (see The Festivals and their Meaning, by Rudolf Steiner, lecture of 7 May, 1923)
Furthermore, it is described how the Christ relates to the souls of the dead on their sojourn through the Moon, Sun and starry realms so that they can work again on their karma in subsequent incarnation(s). “Thus in the scene of the Ascension we have an indication of the all-encompassing influence of the Christ-Being, after the Mystery of Golgotha, upon the sphere of the life of the human soul after death.” (See The Cycle of the Year as a Path of Initiation, p. 183, by Sergei O. Prokofieff.)
If one has opportunity this coming Thursday, here are references for further study:
You are invited to join, from your own home, a Monday Evening Steiner Study Group.
Prior to the current virus concerns, we had been meeting regularly in North County on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Mondays of the month to read various lecture series given by Rudolf Steiner. Now we would like to invite you to join us for the next seven Monday evenings.
Our rhythm has been to meet at a member's home at 7:00 for tea, dessert and visiting. Then at 7:30 we would begin the reading.
7:30 - A candle is lit ...
The Calendar of the Soul verse is read ...
The reading of the lecture begins in turn by those present.
For our study, we have selected THE DRIVING FORCE OF SPIRITUAL POWERS IN WORLD HISTORY, seven lectures given in Dornach from the 11th to the 23rd of March, 1923.
|May 4, Monday||Lecture One, 3/11/23|
|May 11, Monday||Lecture Two, 3/12/23|
|May 18, Monday||Lecture Three, 3/16/23|
|May 25, Monday||Lecture Four, 3/17/23|
Please feel free to post any questions or comments.
We hope you can share the reading of these important lectures with us!
Dear Members and Friends,
In the interest of sound and prudent judgment based on our current environment, we will temporarily suspend all Anthroposophical Society sponsored gatherings in our area through the month of April. This includes all study groups and the School of Spiritual Science First Class. We will, however, continue to assess the facts and keep you updated.
With this unexpected change to our habits, we are presented with an opportunity to take stock of ourselves as we continue on our path of spiritual development.
In Knowledge of the Higher Worlds and its Attainment, (GA 10, 1904) Rudolf Steiner describes the soul strength which is required for this process:
“… The would-be initiate must bring with him a certain measure of courage and fearlessness. He must positively go out of his way to find opportunities for developing these virtues. His training should provide for their systematic cultivation. In this respect, life itself is a good school — possibly the best school. The student must learn to look danger calmly in the face and try to overcome difficulties unswervingly. For instance, when in the presence of some peril, he must swiftly come to the conviction that fear is of no possible use; I must not feel afraid; I must only think of what is to be done …”
“… It is pre-eminently a question of cultivating this courage and this fearlessness in the inmost depths of thought-life. The student must learn never to despair over failure. He must be equal to the thought: I shall forget that I have failed in this matter, and I shall try once more as though this had not happened. Thus he will struggle through to the firm conviction that the fountain-head of strength from which he may draw is inexhaustible. He struggles ever onward to the spirit which will uplift him and support him, however weak and impotent his earthly self may have proved …”
He also said to doctors in Arnheim on July 24 1924,
“If we could not become ill, we could also not become spiritual beings … If we could not become ill, we would remain fools for our entire lifetime. The possibility of illness is due to the possibility of becoming human beings who think, feel and will … Spiritual insight into both health and illness enriches our entire view of nature.” As Richard Leviton said in his introduction to The Healing Process, a collection of Steiner’s 1923-1924 lectures, “It reminds us that as humans we are embedded in a world of natural processes and dynamic interactions that span the micro level of cells and the macro level of galaxies. We are not estranged from the environment; we are the environment in human form. Illness is not an irrelevancy in our lives; it is a clue to the core of our life.”
There have been many references to Rudolf Steiner’s comments about the nature of viruses and we republish this article from the Goetheanum as one of them:
Under normal circumstances we would be meeting together on Easter Saturday, April 11th, to study and meditate on this sacred time of the year. Although we will not be able to physically meet, we offer these suggestions to you for developing a deeper understanding of this Festival.
(Left: Easter, Rudolf Steiner)
The Easter Festival in Relation to the Mysteries
by Rudolf Steiner, April, 1924, GA 233, Lecture One:
Festivals and the Mysteries. The Adonis Mystery. The Easter Thought … https://wn.rsarchive.org/Lectures/GA/GA0233a/19240419p01.html
The Four Seasons and the Archangels
by Rudolf Steiner, October 1923, GA229, Lecture Three:
The Easter Imagination
For music to accompany your thoughts during Holy Week (beginning Palm Sunday, April 5 to Easter Sunday, April 12) here are a few suggestions:
Bach’s ST. MATTHEW PASSION, BWV 244. Karl Richter (1971)
PARZIVAL, an opera by Richard Wagner, conducted by Horst Stein, Bayreuth
THE MESSIAH, G.F. Handel (Easter portion)
Let us hold one another in our thoughts and prayers as we read, listen and meditate - and, as Rudolf Steiner said, “ Let us fill ourselves with love and spiritual equanimity as a protection."
The soul of the world lies out-stretched
Upon the cross of the world’s body.
In five out-beaming rays, luminously it lives
Through wisdom, love, and power of will,
Through all-awareness and ego-awareness,
Within itself the Spirit of the World.
with Joan D. Treadaway, M.S.
A joint Branch and WISC event:
Saturday, February 22, 2020
9 am - 1:30 pm
at the Waldorf School of San Diego 3547 Altadena Avenue, San Diego 92105
In 1922 Rudolf Steiner approached Dr. Felix Piper, an anthroposophical physician, to work with him in treating children and adults with the healing pictures of the Raphael Madonna series. Known as “THE MADONNA TREATMENT”, it is used as a therapy in Camphill Special Schools and in many healing practices. The 15 pictures have a regenerative force, enlivening the human being through the streaming movement of the five etheric streams.