Re: [anthroposophy] Year cycle and Christian festivals
- Starman: >>>...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 astralyear-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 haveNature-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?
<< 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. >>
*******Well, the inner astral body must have a resonance with the astral body
of the earth. So since the astral cycle of the year (in the temperate zones)
is connected with the seasons, it too must be. In other words it expands out
into the world in the earth's 'summer', and contracts into itself in
'winter'. But these are opposite in North and South Hemispheres, so the
Christian festivals it would seem should likewise be reversed, insofar as
they are meant to stimulate the astral body. And isn't that the intent oif
looking on the mother and child in midwinter, the god resurrecting in spring,
the light and fire above at Ascension and Pentecost now here in the North?
I wonder if any of our members in the Southern Hemisphere have any
thoughts on the matter.