'Nature always works with small deviations from the norm, with numbers that
leave remainders - numbers that mathematicians call incommensurables, which
condition all cosmic processes and keep them in motion. Incommensurables
represent the 'open space' that always keeps a process from becoming
mechanical. Often these are tiny eccentricities such as we have repeatedly
referred to as being characteristic of organic laws.' Theodor Schwenk
On Saint Stephen's Day, the day after Christmas, the Earth quaked, the
Tsunami rolled and the Earth rang like a bell....
'Researchers at the Lamont-Doherty facility in New York, part of Columbia
University, have been tracking earthquakes for decades and say their
instruments showed that the quake rang the Earth like a bell. Seismic waves
emanated from the epicenter, like ripples moving out from a pebble thrown
onto a pond surface.' end quote
'The Australian National University (ANU) said the reverberations were
similar in form to the ringing of a bell, though without the sound, and were
picked up by gravity monitoring instruments.' end quote
This is a momentous thought. A festive Christmas Peal, or perhaps a
Doleful Tolling, a toll-charge, an account, a note struck and reverberating
through the universe. There are several science sourced accounts and reports
of this Earthquake induced 'ringing' of the earth, vibrating rings, ripples,
resounding at a Holy season when Star-Windows of the Hierarchies stand open.
What might this portend, what might it announce, warn, proclaim, or mourn? I
leave that thought and that question open.
There were also reports from various scientific observers and researchers
of an alteration, a wobble, of the earth's axis, which Tarjei brought to our
attention on the AT forum some weeks ago.
'The twinned earthquake and tsunami that struck Southeast Asia altered the
angle of the Earth on its axis, moved the North Pole, pushed walls of water
throughout all the world's oceans and shifted the soil as far away as
Newark, researchers are reporting.
Calculations performed by Richard Gross of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory
in California show that the quake sped up the rotation of the Earth and
enlarged its wobble, causing the length of a day to shrink permanently by 3
millionths of a second. It also moved the North Pole 1 inch, he found.' end
This may or may not be truth. Most of us have no real way of knowing,
but either as physical fact or simply as thought form, it is a symptom, and
so deserving of serious consideration.
The earth's axis is not itself physical, but it is a reality. Bradford
has done great work on the relationship of human being, of cell and DNA to
earth and cosmos, and also the number 23, which we find again in relation to
the axis of the earth, as we'll discover later. We need to remember and
integrate all this in the light of anthroposophy if it is to be 'versed'
(turned) to good, if we are to be well versed in the symptomology of the
times, and re-turn good for evil. This means to 'resist not evil' but to set
it spinning, make it vortice like receptive for new forms, new energies, new
potential, a human-angel wrought poetry of deed.
Earth-human relatedness and correspondence is the foundation of our power
to alter-altar world conditions and world-events. If we did not do this by
virtue of non physical, etheric energies, if we had to fight force with
force, to 'battle' using earthly means alone, we would be on a losing side,
but our means and techniques are not those of the physical, earthbound
forces. We shall work infinitely gently and all powerfully with Keely's
moral 'Amplitude of Force'. Working song-wise, sympathetically resonant, in
the sense of New Day and New Song. 'My Kingdom is not of this world.' but
plays, spins, whorls and spirals, dances into this world. Christ truly is
'Lord of the Dance'
Our world must be whirled, vortexed, alive and dancing with Planets,
always set true to its Star, which is its Sun-Future. This also is our
orientation, our encompassing compass, our direction. The North Pole is
said to have shifted since the earthquake.. Our Pole Star must not. We
remain surely orientated to Christ.
Before going further into the altered axis question, let us look at the
nature of the vortex.
Quote from 'The Basis of Potentization Research' by Theodor Schwenk
"While a revolving wheel reaches its greatest velocity at the outside
edge, whirlpools in fluids do so at their center. The outer ring of a
whirlpool revolves slowly, the center attempts an infinite rate of speed.
In the physical realm this goal cannot, of course, be perfectly achieved.
Earthly, statically conceived space turns, at the whirlpool's center, into a
dynamic-suctional hollow emptiness, empty of fluid and drawing in air from
Suctional forces were described above as having an essential relationship
to the etheric formative forces. Rotating movements of this kind are also to
be found in the orbits of the stars, expressed externally-mathematically in
Kepler's laws: the closer the approach to the center of the planetary system
the swifter the rotation, whereas it decreases it decreases with the degree
of distance from the center. To apply the law of movement inherent in the
ideal vortex to the universe would mean arriving at the conception of a kind
of force field rotating with a suctional center as its mid point, infinitely
dynamic and of an intensity decreasing toward the periphery.
Whirlpools have still another unique characteristic which relates them as
microcosms to the macrocosmic system of fixed stars.
When a small floating object such as a cork has a pointer attached to it
and is then launched into a vortex, it is carried along on its whirling
journey with the pointer always oriented towards the same infinitely distant
point, a fixed star, as a result of the variations in velocity described
No matter how many fixed pointer-orientations are involved, each single
one always keeps on pointing in the same original direction. Every point in
a rotating fluid structure thus keeps itself orientated towards its
particular fixed star as the vortex whirls, hung as though by an invisible
thread in a network of relationships beginning at the cosmic periphery and
raying in the direction of the vortex. On a planetary scale, the earth
itself may be looked upon as such a floating object whose pointer, the
earth's axis, always points to the same fixed star, the Pole Star, and
remains parallel to itself as the earth moves on its orbit. ' end quote.
If you want to thank and bless any water you have washed up or bathed in
or used in any way, as it goes on its journey, bless it when it spirals out
of the sink or bath in a vortex..... It is then most receptive.
So the Earth, tilted on and orientated by its axis, with its mantle of
watery, open sensitive membranes consisting of a myriad of millions of
shifting sliding receiving surfaces, is itself a sense organ, open to forces
flowing from the planets and the sun.
In 'Water, the Element of Life,' Schwenk says the following, as he traces
the correspondences of ratio and rhythm, the linkage and resonance of earth
Quote 'Let us state it without further ado; the main starting point of all
the rhythms involved in living processes is to be found in the tilt of the
earth's axis in relation to its horizontal orbit. This is what causes the
seasonal pendulum swing of the sun as it climbs toward summer and descends
toward winter; there are four steps during each revolution of the earth
around the sun.
From the End of march to the end of June, an ascent to the zenith;
From the end of June to the end of September, a turnabout and descent to
From the end of September to the end of December, a further decent to
From the end of December to the end of March, a turnabout and ascent to
There are thus four 'vertical' steps to a single more or less horizontal
revolution. Thus the carrying out of the year's time schedule shows a ratio
of 1:4 in relation to the rhythm of the four seasons.' end quote
The human being has a 1:4 ratio of heartbeat, pulse, to breath. 18 breaths
to 72 heartbeats in a ratio of 1"4.
Ernst Bindel 'The Numerical Basis of Music' Quote - 'the ego that has its
being in our blood is the conductor who decrees this 1:4 tempo for our music
making life-spirits as we play the symphony of our lives.' end quote
Theodor Schwenk - Quote 'The fact that the earth's axis maintains its own
prescribed tilt makes it possible for the earth to have its three familiar
climatic zones. This makes for a middle zone of considerable breadth,
characterized by rhythms we are justified as describing as musical. Space
is created for a temperate middle zone, a scene of equilibrium as well as
motion where the four yearly seasons come into being, a space where balance
The spatial measurement of the degree of tilt in the earth's axis is
known; it is 23.5 degrees of arc, which conditions the position of the
tropics in the heavens and on the earth. But 23.5 degrees is approximately
one quarter of the angle between the equator and the poles, which confronts
us again with a 1:4 ratio, this time in relation to space.....from the
aspect of both space and time the earth's organism is built on a ratio of
1:4.' end quote
The DNA in human cells is packaged into 23 different chromosomes--22
autosomes and an X or Y sex chromosome. (Again, I refer back to Brad's work
for more detail and insight)
Doctor Shoichiro Tsukita 'Cell biologists often describe the architecture
of cells using such words as "beautiful," meaning the great orderliness and
practical placement of the various components for optimized functionality
and efficiency. To achieve this the cell must have an axis that defines
where everything is to be placed as well what is inside and outside the
cell. The mystery is how the cell translates the direction imposed by its
external environment into an orientation of its internal machinery of its
cellular axis.' end quote
If there was a significant shift in the tilt of the earth's axis, the
balance of the middle would be lost. Extremes of heat and cold would
instead prevail, in a dual not threefold paradigm. Ahrimanic beings consist
of intellect and will, with no balancing heart forces. Sorathic human
beings likewise have no feeling, no remorse or care for what they inflict
upon others. The earth would lose its temperate zones.
An axis and an orientation presupposes a surrounding environment with
something to be orientated toward, which for the earth is the Universe, and
its stars. In fact, Beings of infinite variety, Beings who interact,
co-operate, harmonize, oppose, sacrifice, create or dissolve and whose
forces and influences flow into and maintain the life and growth rhythms of
the biosphere. Who maintain our bodies, affect our lives, our thoughts, our
own being, who increasingly choose to leave us more and more free, but
remain willing to work with us and for our good evolving, if we can be aware
of them. We know that we can increasingly choose which Beings, which
influences we each absorb and work with.
We know from Rudolf Steiner's 'Lectures to the Priests on the Book of
Revelation' that Ahriman 'eerily lurks in the cosmos' trying to drag the
earth out of its orbit and away into alien territory. We can see,
mirror-like, his attacks on the integrity and wholeness of DNA and cell. But
we know also that a 'wobble' can itself demonstrate the power and ability of
the earth to self regulate and return to its own dynamic rhythm. It is in
slight deviation that new impulses of form can arise in nature, from the
asymmetrical axis that progressive transformations occur in the embryo, for
In our own lives we often find that it is in the deviations from so called
'norms' that we later harvest the richest fruit, or set a new and clearer
course, in our own 'wobbles' along the winding, curved, spirit-receptive
Path of the Prodigal that we achieve and most value balance.
Nor do we know to whom we owe the preserved and maintained regularity and
balanced condition of the earth through times such as these when every
possible attack is brought upon it, but we might make a guess. Rudolf
Steiner, and other brothers/sisters of the Christian Initiation work on
tirelessly, and we can choose to work with them.
Science, being a window into the mystery-magic of the world, often gives a
clue as to how things work.
A catalyzing agent, a remainder number, an imponderable, a trace-element,
an anonymous human being - such are agents of great power.
Theodor Schwenk 'The basis of Potentization Research' Quote 'Catalysis -
whereby the mere presence of certain substances either enables chemical
reactions to take place or accelerates them without the so-called catalyzing
agents themselves undergoing any physically or chemically discernable change
or becoming exhausted. The attention shifts from chemical and quantitative
aspects to the qualitative, specific uniqueness of the catalyzer, for
example. The influences and great significance of the so called trace
elements, of vitamins, enzymes and biological catalyzers show conclusively
that where they are active at important guiding points they occupy a place
in the realm of life related to the scene of action of the potencies.' end
If we potentize ourselves as spiritually active beings, might we not be
catalyzers also, changing and enlivening the world around us which is
increasingly subject to deadening, repetitive vibrations, so that new and
vital impulses find appropriate rhythms and receptors for their activity?
The 'I am' of an initiated, developed individual can remain, cataalyst like,
uniquely itself, acting qualitatively, subtly, even unseen or unrecognized.
And yet be an essential 'trace element' a catalyst, Altar-ing by simply
being uniquely and fully itself, by being consciously present in the mix.
If we take the sentence 'axis of evil' out of any political/national context
and view it simply as a concept, we find a picture of an entity, perhaps the
earth, perpetually oriented via an evil-axis to a source or star of
anti-life, anti-evolution. The Earth oriented to Anti-Christ. This is the
Adversary polar opposite of progressive evolution as envisioned by Rudolf
Steiner in the light of the Christian Initiation.
We are free to choose our own orientation, our own Pole Star, our own
supersensible, self righting axis, and, 'verse-ing' literally turn the
earth's troubles around......
We are potentially potent beings, and we can take every glitch, snag,
aberration that the Adversaries hurl at us and at the Earth, and weave it
gently, poetically into a richer, more living pattern. We are each the
Prodigal Son, called to work with endless prodigal, prodigious forces,
inexhaustible etheric energies.
There is, also, a grotesque Ahrimanic travesty of this concept of
inexhaustible etheric powers currently being propagated by some of those who
adhere to the 'Rapture' fantasy. It is thought that God will continue to
provide on earth for those who are to be Raptured, that despoiling and
consuming the earth is all to the good, since 'When the last tree is felled,
Jesus will appear in His Second Coming' therefore the destruction of the
Earth's biosphere can only hasten this supposed happy event. This is an
Ahrimanic construct, a lie we must counter by a deepening knowledge of the
true nature of Moral Technology, the reality of Virtue, or power, and an
increasing awareness of and relationship with all the manifold Beings who
seek our co-operation in working for a Christed evolution of the earth.
So it may be that the Tsunami disaster, coming in the period of the Holy
Nights, and the great human loving response and care for those affected,
which arose to meet it, perhaps enables spiritual beings to work further
with the event and those killed by it. And by the Grace of the Holy Season,
and our conscious responding, catch and transform it so that what the Earth
rang out, bell like, during the Holy Nights was not only the funeral tolling
of death, but hopefully, future good flowing into the parched and abused
realms of life on earth. We see such earthly events and their physical
effects, but do not know what the hierarchies could make of even such
terrible disasters, especially at Christmas, if the human catalyst -
potentially you and I - is in place. The Adversary Beings will not cease in
their endeavours and have great physical and earthly power at their
disposal. Again I say that if we had to overcome them using their means and
methods, the powers that they use, we should fail. But Christ has overcome
the World. We can use the power of potentization, of the creative hollow, of
'The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took,
and sowed in his field: Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when
it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that
the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.' Matthew
Ultimately, the future will depend upon the orientation, the perpetual and
tireless, minute by minute act of spiritual self righting, spirit aligning,
the resolute returning from every 'wobble' of each one of us on our own
'No man is an island, entire of itself
Every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were,
As well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were
Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls
It tolls for thee.
-- John Donne
And with Thee, and by Thee, in hope of Thee and because of Thee.....