Posts made in January, 2019


Meeting a Descendant of Novalis by Susan Koppersmith

, January 23, 2019

In Vancouver we had several events over the past Holy Nights. One of them was held at my apartment in the downtown core. Before the event the group was asked to read a Steiner lecture: The Christmas Mystery and Novalis the Seer (22 December, 1908). The plan was that we would look at some of Novalis’ poetry as well as share thoughts about the reading. Novalis was the pen name of Friedrich von Hardenberg (1772-1802); he was a philosopher and scientist as well as a poet. In the lecture of Dec. 22 1908, Steiner says that, through a life shattering event (the death of his fiancé, Sophie von Kuhn, at the tender age of 14), Novalis’ spirit eyes were opened and he could experience a great vista of past cosmic and earthly events. He experienced the Christ as the power by which the Earth’s body will be transformed into...

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The Intimate Relationship between Sophia and the Holy Spirit by Trinh Huynh

, January 23, 2019

The traditional Chinese character“Ming” (明) consists of the character of the sun on the left and that of the moon on the right: It means both “light” and “wisdom”. Did not ancient Chinese wisdom already hint to us that “light” and “wisdom” are intimately related? “Ming” appears almost literally in the Bible at least twice, one in the very beginning, one near the end. In the Book of Genesis, we find that the sun and the moon were first separated on the fourth day of Creation, which was also the day when “light upon the earth” was first mentioned, or created, explicitly. There we read, on the fourth day: “…God madethe two great lights–the greater lightto rule the day and the lesser lightto rule the night–and the stars. God set them in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth, to rule over the day and...

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World Waldorf Alumni Festival in Halifax in August 2019

, January 23, 2019

A small but dedicated group of young people under the leadership of Council member, Micah Edelstein, is working hard to create a world-wide Waldorf AlumniFestival which will celebrate 100 years of Waldorf education. This event will take place August 7-12, 2019 in HalifaxNS; it is a collaboration between the Anthroposophical Societies of the US and Canada.  The Anthroposophical Youth Section (AYS) of North America has decided to hold its2019 conference at the same time and in the same place. The groups are still exploring how they can do a collaborative cross-over-day(s) between the two events.    Micah Edelstein   Micah was inspired to want to create an Alumni Festival by reading a fascinating book: “An Exploration into the Destiny of the Waldorf School Movement” by Frans Lutters, a former Waldorf teacher and anthroposophist. In his book Frans presents research into the karmic connections between the first Waldorf school teachers...

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Discovering Michael in the European Landscape by Michel Dongois *

, January 23, 2019

In this article I shall attempt to convey the feeling of wonder I experienced when discovering how the ancient routes leading to Mont-Saint-Michel, “The Roads to Paradise”, have taken on new life. To date, seven of these pilgrimage routes have been mapped out, one of which begins at the cathedral of Chartres. This latter is the one I chose to take in September, starting at the Royal Portal of the cathedral and journeying on foot all the way to Mont-Saint-Michel. My intention was to connect two of the jewels of our civilisation, all the while strengthening my own connection with the Archangel whose name I     bear. I began my journey on the morning of September 11 as the mist rose over the river Eure. “You are now going to reorient your life by walking from birth to death”: these words were spoken by my host in Chartres...

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From the World Society

, January 22, 2019

Dear Members and Friends of the Anthroposophical Society in Canada On Form and Efficacy Each November a set of important gatherings take place at the Goetheanum. These meetings can be seen as an inner reflection and preparation that complements the General Assembly (Annual General Meeting) of the General Anthroposophical Society that takes place on the Palm Sunday weekend. This set of meetings begins with a large gathering of the International Circle of Class Holders whose task has become to work in an ever deeper way with the Executive Committee (Vorstand), to support their task of carrying responsibility for the School for Spiritual Science and the life of the Esoteric (First Class) Lessons of the School. In this most recent November meeting, the four current members of the Executive Council, along with Paul Mackay, each provided a significant contribution to an overarching theme of great significance – Form and Efficacy....

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