FRAC : Mary Stewart Adams (6/18/21)
'The Sun’s High Hour'
The Sun achieves its highest hour at Summer Solstice, which begins on June 20 this year, followed four days later by Full Moon at the Feast of St. John. Once we step into July, the planet Saturn will occupy a unique position relative to Rudolf Steiner's death in 1925, and the Moon will come Full quite near where the Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn occurred at Winter Solstice, six months ago. In this evening's presentation, Mary will use this celestial backdrop to explore how we can regain an understanding of how to think with the course of the year, as Rudolf Steiner described in his 1923 lecture series The Cycle of the Year as a Breathing Process:
"When it is understood how to think with the course of the year, then forces will intermingle with the thoughts that will let men again hold a dialogue with the divine spiritual powers revealing themselves from the stars. Men have drawn down from the stars the power to establish festivals which have an inner human validity. Festivals must be founded out of inner esoteric force. Then…by finding the right inward festival mood, men will also again be able to hold converse with the Gods and link human existence with divine existence."
~Rudolf Steiner, Cycle of the Year as a Breathing Process, lecture II, 1 April, 1923
To consider as we approach our time together: What did you carry into the Sun's darkest hour at Winter Solstice 2020, when Saturn and Jupiter came conjunct, and what, if anything, has blossomed forth that can now be offered to the Sun at its highest hour? And also, with whom do you share this striving?
Mary Stewart Adams is a star lore historian and host of the weekly public radio segment and podcast “The Storyteller’s Night Sky.” Mary led the team that established the 9th International Dark Sky Park in the world, in 2011, and for the last decade has led award-winning night sky programs on land and (inland) sea. She published her first book “The Star Tales of Mother Goose” in 2021. Mary serves on the council of the Anthroposophical Society in America, and on the board of the Great Lakes branch, in Ann Arbor.
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