Re: [anthroposophy] Year cycle and Christian festival
- Dear Starman and all,
Of course you are right.
What ever inner attitude one has it cannot be ripped apart from the outer
impression. Soul and body. What I tentatively try to say is that the Spirit
makes, creates the balance, the flow between inner and outer. It manifests
their congruence, that is it can create out of nothing a transparency
between what is inner and what is outer. To do so it finds or creates a
point of view where that is possible. A little bit like finding the place
where your to apply your lever so that you can manifest yourself and change
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Sent: Friday, May 18, 2001 6:26 PM
Subject: Re: [anthroposophy] Year cycle and Christian festival
> Dear Franky,
> *******All of what you right may be true. I was just noting was that the
'astral' year seems to have a definite connection to the seasons--- and the
use of the verses, I'd imagine, can't be separated from that. For instance,
it wouldn't make sense to have people in the Southern Hemisphere using
Christmas verses about the 'World-Cold' and such in their Midsummer to sense
the astrality around them, now would it? So clearly, the astral body of the
earth has a connection with the 'breathing process' of the seasons in the
earth's temperate zones. So anyone from down under reading these should be
aware of this!
> It's an open question as to the relation of the Festivals to the astral
year-cycle. St. John's Day being at the point when the Sun begins to
decrease, which the Doctor connected with that saying of John about "He must
increase while I decrease"---well, June 24th is the opposite time in the
Southern Hemisphere. So does one celebrate St. John's on June 24th or in
'midsummer', which is two opposite times in North and South?
> similarly, the 'Solar' half of the year is when we have
Nature-Consciousness while the 'Lunar' or Winter half is when we have
Self-Consciousness, 'outer/inner' rhythm. The Doctor describes how we lean
on outer nature in summer, and then the plants begin to die and we feel fear
in Autumn, hence the need for courage and 'facing the Dragon' of death and
mortality to kindle SELF consciousness again. Then, should not people in the
Southern Hemisphere have the image of Michael and the Dragon before them in
March, not September?
> Just wondering...