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The Journey through Holy Week

A Deep Immersion into the Archetypes of the Planets

 Are you experiencing, as I am, the gravity of our present age?
     Those of us who strive to be awake to the spiritual needs of our time can vividly perceive how much has changed since the turn of the century. We have made great strides in technological development, in medical research, in astronomical exploration, and more. Yet through our increasing enchantment by the magic of the material world, our ability to perceive the deeper and truer levels of reality is becoming ever more threatened. And without clear knowledge of the entire spiritually-grounded meaning of life, our capacity to live and work worthily towards a moral and ethical future for the earth and humanity---and for the gods—is in jeopardy. Awareness of the needs of our time evokes in us a mood of soberness.
     In the Christian calendar, we deliberately pause before celebrating the resurrecting joy of Easter. In the season known as Lent, or Passiontide, we meditatively allow ourselves to contemplate the painful parts of the human experience. We let pass before our souls the picture of the Garden of Eden, which we have left long ago, and acknowledge how far we have come from paradise. We acknowledge that we cannot hear the voices of the gods speaking to us, nor easily see the elemental beings at work around us. All too clearly do we see what we are doing to our earth-mother, and what we are doing to one another in war and violence. We see then the lack of love in our own hearts, our arrogance and our self-righteousness, and know how much of the shadow lives within us.
     Then, in contemplating Easter, we must admit that we too could have been the ones who crucified Jesus. This might step in self-knowledge challenges us to engage in an ever-deeper commitment to spiritual development. Can we allow the spirit of resurrecting love become a reality for ourselves?
Once we awaken to this profound self-knowledge, we can prepare ourselves to walk the inner path towards a new commitment to the spirit at Easter.
 
     The seven days of the coming week, beginning with Palm Sunday, is known as the Holy Week. Each of the seven days carries the powerful archetype of its ruling planet, imprinted on the human psyche.
     Through the insights of esoteric Christianity, we can find a path of meaning through Holy Week, as we contemplate the archetypes of Lent. In the journey through the seven days, we face the deep questions of life: meaning, intention, birth, death, suffering, sorrow. These questions are not only for the religious person: these are the powerful questions that are brooding in all of us.
     The journey from Palm Sunday to Holy Saturday lead us from the exultation of a crowd of ecstatic worshippers to the gravity of the crucifixion that leads beyond death, into the solemn realms of the dead.      By studying the qualities of the planets and what we learn from the scriptures of what might have taken place on each of the seven days, we are filled with wonder of how the lord of Love fulfilled each archetype as he walked with righteousness and compassions through the traps of betrayal and death laid upon him by his foes.
     According to ancient wisdom, these archetypes are:                       
Sunday                        Sun                  Wholeness and abundance    au
Monday                       Moon                Reflection                                i
Tuesday                       Mars                Assertive opposition               ā
Wednesday                 Mercury           Agility and balance                 ē
Thursday                     Jupiter             Generosity, wisdom                o
Friday                          Venus              Love                                        ah
Saturday                      Saturn             Solemnity                                u
 
     The Saturday of Holy Week is called the last day of the ancient world, before the Turning Point of Time. Because the Lord of Love gave away his power to the created world, a wholly new creation could be born on the earth. Easter Sunday is thus the first day of the new world, suffused with the resurrection power of the new sun that has risen in this world, and may rise in the heart of every human being who seeks it.
     We can thus awaken to a new appreciation for the gift of being alive, of having been created and placed into time and space. We can draw nearer to understanding our ultimate responsibility: the task of creating the new human being through living on the earth in sacred service to the Creator and the created world.
     In that spirit, this year I will once again publish the 8 Easter essays I have written for this season, one for each day of the week. Each day contains an essay that describes the gifts of the planet that rules the day, and a description of the deeds of Christ on that day.




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Advent 2020 Week 4

The fourth light of Advent,

It is the light of Man,*

The light of love, the light of thought

To give and understand.

 

Of course, in the modern age we would substitute “human being” for “Man,” but the verse is not intending to speak of a gender but of the Human condition.

 

 

Even as a child, I was invited to partake in the magic celebration of Advent. Week by week, my family’s home was permeated with warmth and color and music, as we prepared for the festival of Christmas.

Now, as an adult, I cultivate the four weeks of Advent as a passage through wonder, taking time to witness and honor the majesty of the world we live in. In gratitude, I observe the minerals, plants and animals, mindful of both the visible world I see them in and also of the invisible dimensions of the etheric and astral worlds that they manifest.

 

Now, in the fourth week of Advent, my thoughts turn to the Human Being. And now, the considerations become more complex. I cannot in good conscience write a simple, one-dimensional essay. To write of the human being means to “go deep.”

 

What am I? what does it mean to be a human being? Am I only body? Am I only nature? Am I only my desires and dreams? When the vicissitudes of inner and outer life toss me hither and thither, do I have any freedom?

 

These are the questions of the ages. And in the asking of the question and the seeking for the answers, we create our future, and the future of the planet.

My personal life journey took me far and wide before it led me to the work of Anthropo-sophy, the work of Rudolf Steiner, from which I gain great strength and understanding of the challenge and the miracle of being a human being.

Anthropo-sophy means “wisdom of the human being.” Never dogmatic but always engaging, it is an invitation to embark on a path to be a modern spiritual seeker, fully and completely engaged in contemporary life yet always considering the spiritual dimensions that underlie all things, all circumstances, all understanding.

After decades of anthroposophical study I understand that, even as the minerals have their highest self in lofty realms of pure spirit, the plants have theirs in a realms one step closer to the earth, and the animals have their group-souls very near to the earth, we human beings are completely here, on the earth. We are the ones in whom body and spirit are interwoven in complex and perfect relationship.

In contrast to those “lower” kingdoms, we are fully here, not living under the compulsions or mandates of the natural or the spiritual world. We have been bestowed the wonderful and powerful possibility of freedom, to choose what and how we think, and from there, what and how we do.

Admittedly, we do not always do a great job of it! But it is our challenge to recognize and tame the so-called “lower nature” in us, and to deal responsibly with the gift of existence. Each individual must choose for themselves what goals to pursue, what star to follow in writing the biography of his or her own life.

 

The journey of Anthroposophy is a continual encouragement to ask living questions of life. How am I related to the other kingdoms of nature? What is beyond the mechanical level of physical existence? What is the nature of thinking? Is there an objective morality? Can I know truth? How can I be of service?

 

And finally, these all lead me to the fundamental question: where do I come from? Who, or what, or where is God?

Must I abandon my thinking and freedom and follow blind faith and dogma in my search for “a god”?

In Anthroposophy, each human being must stand before this question in complete freedom.

 

    At last, this question may lead us to the profound Christmas question: how can I find a true, living relationship with Spirit? Can Spirit be born in me?

     And if so, what shall I do to make a place for Spirit?

     How can I sanctify my own inner life, so that in the depths of darkness of my own free will I can make a space for the birth of spirit in my own self? 

 

      This is the true meaning of the story of Advent. At this time of the year, when the light of the outer sun fades into twilight, when the earth is shrouded in mystery, we can create a place for a new “sunrise of the spirit” in our own souls. The ancient mysteries that were celebrated in the great stone circles such as Stonehenge are now celebrated in the homes and houses of any deeply committed human being who creates a place of quiet in the darkest time of the year. Each year, the world offers us this sacred time of mid-winter to open ourselves to the in-flooding of spirit light and love.
 
    Now we can ask: how can I make my own self into a “womb?”
    Can I prepare a place in myself for the birth of the Divine in me?
    Am I ready to evolve?

 

We human beings are far from being what we will evolve towards.

We are beings in the process of a great becoming.

We are vastly different from what we were in the ancient shadows of mythological history, where we felt as if we walked with gods.

We are different from what we were when we built pyramids in ancient countries, sailed the seas as conquerors or slaves, studied manuscripts in monasteries or labored in the farms or factories of the industrial revolution.

Here and now, we are changing again, working with a new kind of consciousness. We will continue to evolve into the far distant future. I believe a new human being will learn to perceive all the invisible and intangible beings who have brought this creation into being. And to the extent that we dedicate our work towards serving the creative forces that have made us, towards serving nature and our fellow human beings, we will also be serving the further evolution of our creator and of the entire universe.

  I believe a new human being will learn to perceive all the invisible and intangible beings who have brought this creation into being. And to the extent that we dedicate our work towards serving the creative forces that have made us, towards serving nature and our fellow human beings, we will also be serving the further evolution of our creator and of the entire universe.

     And the radical turn we may accomplish is that the human race may finally understand how to value the gift of life. We may finally understand gratitude. And out of gratitude, we may become bestowers of love—enough love to give birth to a new world.

     We can learn to hold space for the sacred communion that can happen in each listening heart when we become quiet on Christmas Eve.

     From these thoughts, we can prepare ourselves rightly for the holy evening of Christmas.

    In the fourth week of Advent, we have the opportunity of contemplating deeply the mystery of human life, and of the path we take in our own biography.
 
     From these thoughts, we can prepare ourselves rightly for the holy evening of Christmas.

     We can learn to hold space for the sacred communion that can happen in each listening heart when we become quiet on Christmas Eve.
 
   And the radical turn we may accomplish is that the human race may finally understand how to value the gift of life. We may finally understand gratitude. And out of gratitude, we may become bestowers of love—enough love to give birth to a new world.

 

 

In the fourth week of Advent, we have the opportunity of contemplating deeply the mystery of human life, and of the path we take in our own biography.

From these thoughts, we can prepare ourselves rightly for the holy evening of Christmas.

We can learn to hold space for the sacred communion that can happen in each listening heart when we become quiet on Christmas Eve.

And the radical turn we may accomplish is that the human race may finally understand how to value the gift of life. We may finally understand gratitude. And out of gratitude, we may become bestowers of love—enough love to give birth to a new world.

To practise love is burdensome.

 ‘Tis not enough merely to love.

We must ourselves, like God,

be Love.

Summer Ripening through Eurythmy

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“We are in the midst of a great ripening”

 

In the long heat of high summer, the world seems to sleep in a rich, deep sun-drenched world. Flowers–especially those of the fruit-bearing trees–have been pollinated, and long since dropped their petals. Now the fertilized seeds hang on the boughs, encased in their delicate sheathes.  
     Throughout the weeks that follow, the light of the sun weaves a cloak of world-wisdom into this world of senses. The sunlight is no mere “carrier of hot photons:” rather, it carries  universal, cosmic archetypes from spirit realms into the natural world. It brings to each plant exactly what it will need to fulfill its own ripening. And in these long days of summer, as the flesh of the fruit becomes ripe and rich and full of flavor and goodness, the tremendous gifts of spirit are woven out of pure light, and given to the sentinet beings of the natural world as gifts of beauty and nourishment.
    And how is with us, human beings, living in the light of the spirit sun? How do we find our ripening?
     We, too, are as seeds, slowly maturing through the course of our lifetimes.
We are seeds of the spirit. Our ripening selves live in the core of our hearts. Through the seasons of the year, we have been laid into the earth at winter, and received the gift of new life at Easter. And in the bounty of spring, we have unfolded the flower of our hearts, and been fertilizied.
     Now, it is our time to let our seed ripen. At every moment of our lives , we are given an invitation from the spirt, to open ourselves to the spirit sun that is unceasingly, continuously drenching our world with light,.
     We, seeds of the future, are only beginning our evolution. We must open our hearts to allow this light to teach us, guide us, shape us, lest our ives remain empty and cold, devoid of meaning/. 
     This  living light drenches our world with love.
     And as we allow it to enter us, it shapes us, matures us, makes us whole. Our fruit becomes a gift for the world,, nourishment for world evolution. 
 
     I witness the tumultuous events of our present age, and I perceive many, many threads of meaning underlying it. 
     But most of all, I rest in the deep confidence that this story, all of it, is part of our great ripening. Even as we are being surrounded by forces of hate and feat and despair and distrust, we can find a way to traverse these trials in peace. Even deeper than the forces of destruction and trials are the forces of light and of love and of wisdom. At every moment, those forces are here with us as the emanations of living, loving Being. 
     We are being ripened, as we seek to live in the reality of this light, which loves our earth, our natural world, and us human beings, as we ripen towards our future as cosmic creative beings.

 

 

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  • Star Wisdom: the Zodiac and the Planets
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Saturday of Holy Week

HOLY WEEK CONTEMPLATION 

SATURDAY

U:300

SATURDAY
PLANET: SATURN
QUALITY: SOLEMNITY
COLOR:BLUE
SOUND:U
METAL: LEAD
TREE: FIR
ORGAN: SPLEEN

Read slowly, and allow the words to come alive within you.

Saturday of Holy Week

THE DAY DEATH DIED

I have heard a beautiful story from Rudolf Steiner.

“Imagine,” he says, “that you were looking at the Earth from the far distances of space.
Imagine that you had been doing this for long long ages of time.
For, he says, there came one moment when you could see something astonishing.
Suddenly, the earth began to glow. To shine. To radiate light out into space.
The light that it sent out was no reflected light, such as the moon sends sunlight back into space.
This light came from within the earth itself, when the blood of Christ flowed into the Earth.

This,” 
he says, “is what happened on Good Friday.”

 
        Through his sacrificial death, Christ offered Holy Communion to the earth.
        The soul of Christ then entered with His body and blood deep into the earth.

        How was the death of Christ different from other deaths? Christ’s being did not rise away from the earth and dissolve into the expanses of the spiritual world. Christ continued to contract His being upon death. His work was to permeate every layer of this created world with the seed forces of vital creative life, to wrest it from death and bestow upon it the forces of continued future existence.
          Even as it was dark on the earth, as the earthquakes still rumbled and madness permeated the city, the sun-seed in the earth began to shine. Spirit light was born in the core of the earth.

       We human beings were created to be citizens of both worlds: of the heaven and of the earth. Or perhaps to say it better: when we were created, both worlds were still one. But as the earth-world became more solid and as we human beings became more enmeshed in it, the spiritual world faced the very real danger of losing the human race to materialism.
        When they die, human beings who have not cultivated a relationship to the spiritual world while on the earth face the very real danger of not being able to find their way in the land of spirit. They face the danger of dying not only in body, but also in consciousness.
         Our consciousness has relevance not only for ourselves, but also for the spiritual world. Dead thoughts rely heavily on material processes and the brain, but living thinking can access the spiritual world. Living thinking can build the bridge to the spirit even while we are living on earth.
        Yet, the more people turn away from the spirit, the less they can access higher world and the fewer the forces of spirit rejuvenation the earth has access to. This sets the stage for a continuing cycle of cosmic-earthly devolution.
        Christ, the creating spirit of both worlds, bridges spirit and matter. With the force of a spiritual sun, his gift of light, love and life to the world returns life forces to the earth, and shines in the spiritual world for all people, whether living in body or not.

     Each individual must find his or her way to the seed forces of the I-AM alone. The awakening must occur from within, in freedom. The I-AM is not a thing. It is a verb, an activity of presence-ing. of being consciousness. An active I-AM resurrects at every moment,  out of the state of death that we live in even when alive. The I-Am is a living seed, planted in the human heart. It will sprout, grow and flower in the soil of love.

            It is said that the new Sunrise of Easter already occurred deep in the center of the earth on Holy Saturday. There the new day dawned for those human souls who had previously not been able to find their way back to spirit.
            The death of matter has been overcome. The resurrection of the human race in the realm of the etheric forces has begun.
             Can we awaken in ourselves the capacity for love and living consciousness? Can we grasp what really happened on Easter? Can we be part of the new future?

Good Friday 2020: The Gift of Supreme Love

HOLY WEEK CONTEMPLATION 
FRIDAY
PLANET: VENUS
QUALITY: LOVE
COLOR:GREEN
SOUND: AH
METAL: COPPER
TREE: BIRCH
ORGAN: KIDNEYS
A:300
Read slowly, and allow the words to come alive within you.

Friday of Holy Week

The journey through the week before Easter takes us through the archetypes of the seven planets, the seven stages of planetary/cosmic evolution. What then does it mean that on Friday,  the day of the crucifixion, we live in the sphere of Venus? By all traditions, Venus is the goddess of love and beauty. When we behold the violence, hate and true evil of the day of crucifixion, it is hard to reconcile that discrepancy.
     What aspect of Good Friday can be called “good,” when it was a day of suffering and death?

LIVING IN THE WORLD OF THE SENSES

    We can begin by considering the life of Christ-Jesus. What can it mean that Christ, in becoming human, actually lived in a body with eyes to see, ears to hear, hands to touch? What can it mean that the world Creator could step into this limited dimension and see the world as we do, an image–only an image–of His own thoughts and love.
     This world is infinitely precious, but also fraught with pain and trials. This plane of existence poses almost insurmountable challenges to human beings. Too often we undervalue the gift of existence: we forget to ask essential questions, become consumed with frivolities, distract ourselves to death. On our long and arduous journey towards freedom, we too often forget the unspeakable great gift of life.
     What would the experience be of a God who becomes Human? How would it be to touch this world with such hands of love and healing and knowing? Would not every word, every deed, be suffused with awe, appreciation, wonder–the very essence of Love?
     And what does it mean when a God suffers? When a God dies?
     Although many readers will have heard the story of the death and resurrection of 2000 years ago, its deeper meaning can only be fully grasped if we dare to wrestle with it deeply.
     Was there actually a chance that He would not be strong enough? Not able to overcome Death? Can we dare to ask such a question?
     He, the world creator, entered this state of being. He, who brought love, was crucified by those whom he had created.

THE WORLD BECOMES SILENT

     Paintings, poetry and stories tell of the grim stories of the afternoon of Good Friday. The world seems to remember the mood of those hours even today, for if we walk in nature at the hour of death on that day, between noon and 3 pm, the world still seems shrouded in quiet, waiting.
     The seed has fallen to the ground. It will be given unto the earth.
     Those who choose to meditate on the mystery of this death will allow themselves to cultivate silence on this day. They will take the time to deeply ponder the veil that separates us from spiritual world. We will wonder why we are born, why we die. And when we come to the core of the question in our hearts, we will meditate on the power of the seed.
       Are the forces of life strong enough in us so that, even if we die, we will live?

THE QUESTION AND THE FREEDOM

      Where is Love in that Friday drama?

      Christ will never force anyone to believe in Him, to acknowledge Him, to follow His way, for if He did, He would be denying them their freedom. And this is the gift that He came to offer.
     Christ’s creating being is identical with love. In living on earth and becoming Human, He gave Himself away, in abundant, creating love.
     Of all the great spirits of the universe, it is said the Christ alone became fully human, and He alone died. There have been initiates, masters, heroes, and world teachers, but only once did a God pass through death into the core of the earth..
      As the sun sets on Good Friday night, the entire universe waits to behold:.what will happen when love is slain? Will it disappear, victim of its own created world?

Seed Valentine

 Not until when we can look back

with unlimited divine consciousness

on these ant-like lives we led here

and feel the kind of kindness

and fiery love only a god can send

like a thunder-bolt into the heart

of a planet teetering on the edge

of a new life will we really sense

how exhausted all the metaphors

of spring still tumble toward

some new death nature conceives

sprouting with all we must rise to

a new magic worked on matter

this time from the inside

a light certain as a flower

            Peter Rennick

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True forces of healing are found in the dimensions that are above our our physical plane. Eurythmy can access these fields, connecting us with the archetypal human Self, the Spiritual Ego. By learning to fill ourselves with the spiritual-physical archetypes of cosmos and earth through Eurythmy, we carry in ourselves the power to strengthen our blood, our breath, our lungs and our heart. Practicing eurythmy, we learn to our etheric bodies, even as we face down fear with our courage, and diminish stress with our strength.

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1.  The entire online curriculum:   https://eurythmyonline.com/product/full-curriculum/ 
      Over 52 lessons to create a full practice
                        Normally $1299, now $650


 2.  Basic warmup exercises    https://eurythmyonline.com/product/basic-warm-up-exercises/    
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     Includes the three beautiful Soul Exercises “Ah-reverence, Hope-U and Love-E,”
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     Includes Contraction/Expansion and also Hope-U, the primary exercise for strengthening the breathing process and overcoming fear, and more 
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     Contains Contraction/Expansion, B for self-protection, and A-Reverence for strengthening your access to spiritual resources and overcome stress
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      Includes Contraction/Expansion and Love-E, to gentle the anxiety of your heart, and more  
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7.  Finally, as an offering to the affected families, the entire Eurythmy for Homeschool families will also be discounted.
      Purchase https://eurythmyonline.com/product/high-school-curriculum/ and receive access to pre-kindergarten through high school plus eurythmy for the home schooling parent.
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I am also available to do online counseling and consultation. You can make an appointment by contacting me at info@eurythmyonline.com

Eurythmy has a unique contribution to offer during these wild and challenging times we live in now. Take hold of your own journey!


 
 
 
 
 

Living in Crisis in China

Have you wondered: what would you do if you were quarantined in your home?

For the past six years, I have traveled repeatedly to mainland China and Taiwan, offering in-depth workshops in Eurythmy and Anthroposophy.

This year, we are compelled to call off our spring workshops, due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) that is affecting every aspect of life in China. Today’s news said that as many as 760 MILLION people are quarantined in their homes. This accounts from more than half of the citizens of mainland China.

Of course I feel tremendous compassion for the pain and suffering of individuals who have contracted the disease themselves or have seen their loved ones suffer. When the disease becomes acute in a person, it attacks first the lungs and then can lead to pneumonia. In severe cases, it continues to create massive organ failure and possibly death.

How is it then for the millions of people who are quarantined in their homes, unable to socialize, unable to reach out beyond their own four walls except possibly through the internet? And so, as much as I regret the interruption in our work, and even as care deeply for those who are afflicted, I have also been so curious about those others whose lives have been curtailed so radically.

To find out more, I called some people last week to hear their stories.

As far as I could tell, all—or nearly all—the major cities in China are shut down. Wuhan, the epicenter of the disease, has been described as a “ghost town.” The streets are empty: the only vehicles one might see are the patrolling military, the ubiquitous delivery trucks, and the medical cars. The silence is stunning: only the occasional barking of a dog or the wail of a distant ambulance punctuate it.

Even in other cities, in which the virus is perceived more as a distant threat, the streets are largely empty. The majority of businesses are still closed: people work from home when possible. A family I know of there that owns a restaurant has no idea when it might be allowed to open again. Schools are shuttered: it is likely that when they are allowed to reopen, summer vacations will be cancelled to resume teaching as vigorously as possible.

Those who are quarantined are virtually confined to their homes. If they want to go out, they have to have a permit. Even then, they know that when they walk on the streets they will be subjected to frequent stops by security forces who are mandated to check everyone’s temperature.

I confess that all this sounds very difficult.

And then, as always, I look deeper. I wonder: is there anywhere some redemption, some blessing in all of this?

Yesterday I called two of my friends who live in two different cities to ask them how they are doing. And both of them, independently of one another,  aid “I actually think that this will be good for our country.”

“Please,” I urged, “tell me what you are seeing.”

“This can bring us back to our roots. Here in China, we are living such a crazily busy lifestyle. We are always rushing, buying, desiring things. We are so restless. We have lost our center. We have lost our way. Now we are forced to become quiet. We have to find a new way of being.”

One friend, a master teacher of NVC (non-violent conversation) imagines how people have received the challenge and the gift of having to look for new depths of connection and relationship with the people they live with. How easy it is, she said, for us to live a distracted life! How easy to turn our attention away from our families or those with whom we live, and lose ourselves in the drive and stimulation of daily urban life. How different it is in these days, when people must sit together, must re-learn and re-discover how to share life.

My friend in Shanghai told me of another woman, a spiritual teacher there, who, focusing on the nature of the disease which aggressively attacks the lungs, proposed this picture. She says that in the chaos of life, the Chinese people have lost their center, their middle, their breath. They need to learn to breathe again. To that end, she proposes that people should cultivate practices of quiet breathing during the day. They should strengthen their heart, their lungs, their sense of rhythm.

This is a reality that is also at the heart of anthroposophical medicine, which affirms that “all true healing comes from the balancing of the Rhythmic system, the heart-lung center.”

I have heard that many people in their homes are turning to Art. Those who have studied to become Waldorf teachers have been instructed in many practices of painting and music-making. Now, in these long hours of confinement, they finally are finding the time to turn to their inner journeys of self-transformation and renewal through the arts. In that way, the hours and days and weeks of confinement can lead to a new-found sense of the meaning of life.

And those who have worked with me are telling me that they now know in a new way how to turn to eurythmy. Now they can understand on new levels how to practice it, so it can bring them into contact with the true sources of their humanity.

It heartens me to hear this news. I understand well, how easy it is to forget. Now they now, vividly, how much health and well-being, so much spiritual reality flows to us through the personal practice of eurythmy.

And so I invite us all to ask ourselves: what would I do, if I were confined to the small world of my house and home? In all earnestness, I know I would take up my study of spirituality, of anthroposophy, of meditation, and of eurythmy. That is where we can find true healing. That is where we can find our true selves, born out of the love of the creator and learning, slowly but surely, to become truly Human.

The Three Kings

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What star will inspire your journey this year?

The Three Kings  
“Hearts must now learn to think”

   And so: now the new year begins. And now we ask: what star will we follow, as we begin our new year?
   New Year’s Day, January1, marked the beginning of the new calendar year. But the Festival of 12 Holy Nights that stretches between Dec. 25 and Jan.5 ends on Three Kings’ Day, January 6.
   Thus, we have just finished the sacred journey that we traverse every winter, from the two distinct hallmarks of Christmas.
   It opens with the image of shepherds, people in touch with the natural wisdom of the earth and its season, opening their hearts as they celebrated the birth of light in the darkness.
   It ends now with the festival that celebrates three Wise Kings. These represent those who have cultivated the paths of wisdom and head-knowledge. The kings were guided to the midwinter mystery of birth by reading the stars. As kings, they were the wisdom-holders of the cultures, the sages and initiates who could read the patterns written in the stars and match them with the event on the earth.
   These archetypes find deep resonance in our souls as well. As modern human beings, we are called to practice clear, radiant, non-sentimental thinking, developing our consciousness to be vessels for the divine. We must be kings in our practices of consciousness, for there is much that could lead us astray.
   And all the more are we called to open our hearts, to find the limitless wellspring of love that has made the world and has made us. We must find the true sources of kindness, compassion and even wisdom in our loving hearts.
   This is the way of the future. Love of power and wealth, self-image and prestige, comfort and greed will blind us. But there is a way through all of this: the path of the heart.

“So there abide: faith, hope and love, these three. But the greatest of these is love.”

Now, as we aspire to give shape to the resolutions we have made, the dreams we have envisioned during the 12 Holy Nights, the image of the star can guide us. We can resolve, every day, to align ourselves with the best that lives in us, with the Good, the True and the Beautiful in service of Love.
With this, the baptismal blessing of the epiphany can awaken us.

 

Winter’s Cloak by Joyce Rupp 


This year I do not want 
the dark to leave me. 
I need its wrap 
of silent stillness, 
its cloak 
of long lasting embrace. 
Too much light 
has pulled me away 
from the chamber 
of gestation. 

Let the dawns 
come late, 
let the sunsets 
arrive early, 
let the evenings 
extend themselves 
while I lean into 
the abyss of my being. 

Let me lie in the cave 
of my soul, 
for too much light 
blinds me, 
steals the source 
of revelation. 



Let me seek solace 
in the empty places 
of winter’s passage, 
those vast dark nights
That never fail to shelter me

 

 

 

What star will inspire your journey this year?

The Twelve Holy Nights

Deepen your experience of the Holy Nights with a profound eurythmy study of the zodiac.

From the bottom of my heart, I wish you all a very beautiful Christmas season. Here in my home, the skies are gray, the grass is green, the trees are bare, the birds have arrived from high in the mountains, and chirp in all the trees as they wait for spring. Everything is becoming quiet in preparation for the Christmas Eve, the prelude to the 12 holy nights. 
In my family, we celebrate Christmas Eve with a silent, candlelight dinner. With a few friends, we gather around our Christmas tree and light the candles, celebrating the birth of new life and love on earth.
For us, Christmas day is also a day to celebrate quiet. We continue to cultivate peace, mindfulness and love for 12 Days and nights, until at last we come to three Kings Day, on January 6.
During these twelve days, if we celebrate quietly, we really gain new strength and inspiration for the coming year. This is a time to dream your future into reality!

christmas-2871064_1920 THE TWELVE HOLY NIGHTS

We are all familiar with the popular tune, “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” But what do they really signify? 
Many ancient civilizations followed the course of the year by using the Lunar Calendar. This calendar measures the time it takes for the moon to complete one full cycle, such as from full moon to full moon, or from new moon to new moon. This cycle takes just less than 29.5 days. Twelve lunar cycles complete one lunar year, the time it takes for the moon to return to its starting point. (For instance, if the first full moon would be in Capricorn, the next would be in Aquarius, the next in Pisces, etc. After 12 cycles the next moon would again be in Capricorn.) Thus, the lunar year takes just over 353  days.
The calendar commonly used in the west, the Christian calendar, follows instead the cycle of the sun.  It thus takes 365 (or 365.25) days for the sun to return to where it had been a year previously.
Deep mysteries are woven into this story. We must cultivate here the difference between sun knowledge and moon knowledge. The moon is a perfect reflector, whereas the sun serves as the source of light and love. In our souls, the moon seeks to serve what is greater, whereas the sun is the source itself. Our soul, our psyche, lives in the dynamic interplay between the moon aspect of our daily self and the sun aspect of our authentic self. This dance is a precious mirror of the connection between sun and moon.
You will have seen that the difference between the lunar calendar and the solar calendar is 12 days. An old tradition chose to honor the dynamic tension between the two calendars now, during the 12 days that follow Christmas. 
We can follow this story deeper. Thus:
December 25 is thus considered the day when the shepherds visiting the holy child in the simple cattle stall in Bethlehem. It is a time of quiet blessing and inwardness.
January 6 is considered by many to be the day when the three kings, who had traveled from distant lands, finally found their way to the holy child and offered their more worldly gifts. (In many cultures, this is the day when presents are shared.) To one who pays attention, the mood from the inwardness to worldliness always changes on New Year’s Day, halfway through the twelve days.
January 6 is also called the day of Epiphany, the day when Jesus, at age 30, was baptized in the river Jordan and began to embody the spirit of the Christ-Logos in himself.

If we are able to cultivate a special spiritual practice during these twelve days and nights, we can experience them as a journey that feels somehow “lifted out of time.” It is felt that the formative forces of the spiritual beings who have made our existence stand guard over us in this season, holding a space free for our growth. If we choose to look deeply, the  demands of daily life can fade into the background, leaving for us a free space to look for the ‘sun in the midnight hour,” the glow of the living heart forces within and around us.

Tradition holds that these 12 days may pre-visage the year to come. The first day of Christmas may be a microcosmic precursor of January: the second day of February, and so on. This happens through the doorway of the twelve signs of the zodiac, the portals through which the spiritual beings can work upon our earth. 
Farmers and stewards of the land watch these days to gain an inkling of what the weather might be in these months. Superstition? or fact? It may be tested to find out.
Those who dream make a special practice of noticing their dreams in those nights, and possibly catch a vision of what dynamic will play out in the months to come.
THE TWELVE SIGNS THROUGH EURYTHMY
Through the journey of eurythmy, we can consciously approach the beings and powers of the constellations through meditatively and eurythmically engaging with the twelve signs of the zodiac. 
In this sense, I invite you now to look back over the twelve free lessons that I created for you over the course of the past year. Each lesson is a deep meditative picture of the unique power of each sign of the zodiac. You can read the essay that I wrote and you can watch the video I recorded and learn how to move the gesture and the sound that belongs to each sign of the zodiac.
It would be a wonderful practice to begin with Capricorn on the first day of Christmas, and continue through the 12 signs of the year, working with one sign each day. If possible, live with the imprint of that sign in your work and your study and your art. 
With these words, I send you my heartfelt Christmas greetings. I wish you joy, and beauty, and peace, and fellowship, even as I also hope you will find the way to open your heart deeply to the love that is looking for you.
Here are the links to the studies and the videos for each day:
PLEASE NOTE: IF ANY OF THESE VIDEOS DO NOT PLAY FOR YOU, THEY CAN ALL BE FOUND ON MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL, “CYNTHIA HOVEN”
PROLOGUE:https://eurythmyonline.com/gods-of-the-word-and-the-zodiac-prologue/
ARIES: https://eurythmyonline.com/aries/
https://eurythmy-online.s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/Aires.mp4
 TAURUShttps://eurythmyonline.com/taurus-the-bull/
https://eurythmy-online.s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/Taurus.mp4
GEMINI: https://eurythmyonline.com/gemini-and-the-t…ncing-polarities/
https://eurythmy-online.s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/Gemini.mp4
CANCER: https://eurythmyonline.com/cancer-the-crab/
 https://eurythmy-online.s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/Cancer.mp4
LEO: https://eurythmyonline.com/leo-the-lion-the…wer-of-the-heart/
https://eurythmy-online.s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/Leo.mp4
VIRGO: https://eurythmyonline.com/virgo-the-divine-feminine/
https://eurythmy-online.s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/Virgo.mp4
LIBRA: https://eurythmyonline.com/libra-the-scales/
https://eurythmy-online.s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/Libra.mp4
SCORPIO: https://eurythmyonline.com/scorpio-the-sign…and-resurrection/
https://eurythmy-online.s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/Scorpio.mp4
SAGITTARIUS: https://eurythmyonline.com/sagittarius-the-archer/
https://eurythmy-online.s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/Sagittarius.mp4
CAPRICORN: https://eurythmyonline.com/capricorn/
https://eurythmy-online.s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/Capricorn.mp4
AQUARIUS: https://eurythmyonline.com/aquarius/
https://eurythmy-online.s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/Aquarius.mp4
PISCES: ttps://eurythmyonline.com/pisces-the-sign-of-the-human-being/
https://eurythmy-online.s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/Pisces.mp4