Calendar and Zodiac

Calendar and Zodiac
Many thanks to OWEN DeRIS for the graphic .

Friday, December 25, 2015

DEC 21- JAN 20: COURAGE BECOMES THE POWER TO REDEEM

DEC 21 – JAN 20: 

COURAGE BECOMES THE POWER TO REDEEM
OPPOSITE: ANXIETY, TIMIDITY
By Jean Yeager

IN NATURE
            Do animals demonstrate courage?  Yes. Does their courage offer an opportunity to make up for previous fear or cowardice? Yes. Animals frequently demonstrate the capacity to change their behavior. Once they gain more strength and power, than they have previously had, they become quite different. I once saw a bull who when young was quite docile. Upon gaining power at adulthood, that bull demonstrated capacities which totally changed both its way of acting and how others (including humans) acted when around the animal.

IN THE HUMAN BEING
             I write this on Saturday before Martin Luther King Day (Monday), the 50th anniversary of the Selma, Alabama march in 1958. Last night we saw the film, “Selma”. I think this link to the IMDB site for this film will be my entry this month. Courage DID become the power to redeem. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1020072/

OPPOSITE: ANXIETY, TIMIDITY
Without courage or self-respect, we each have anxiety and timidity – the opposite of a positive self-image.


STARTING JANUARY 21 WE WILL BEGIN 
OBSERVING A NEW VIRTUES PAIR:
Jan 21 – Feb 20:
Discretion becomes Meditative Strength
Opposite: Criticism, Comment

NEXT MONTH:
Feb 21 – Mar 20:
Magnanimity Becomes Love
Opposite: Pettiness

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Friday, November 20, 2015

NOV 21- DEC 20: THOUGHT (CONTROL OF SPEECH AND TONGUE) BECOMES FEELING FOR THE TRUTH


NOV 21 – DEC 20:
THOUGHT (CONTROL OF SPEECH AND TONGUE)
BECOMES FEELING FOR THE TRUTH
OPPOSITE: GOSSIP OVER EXTERNALS, TALKATIVENESS
By Jean Yeager

IN NATURE
            A friend sent a link to a PBS show on “What Plants Talk About”
Quote from one viewer: “Plants were the first living organisms on the planet, the first to unite body and soul into life. They are the only organisms that convert solar energy into fuel for the body, which fuels the soul. Not only do they convert solar energy to spiritual energy, they provide critical components for other life forms to do the same. Perhaps we should reconsider our perspective of them on many levels. Plants rule!”
            Animals can “think” to a certain level. In many cases their thoughts are in keeping with “instinct” or learned patterns of behavior. Even instinctive responses are based on the “truth” of environment, or local situation. Migrating Salmon, for example, listen to the “sound” that water flowing down rivers make when it enters the sea in order to select their birth stream.
            Apparently all of nature is filled with beings that communicate with one another and may demonstrate knowledge of a higher order. When the environment changes – drought, flood, etc. – this is communicated by plants and animals and they alter their instinctive behavior. Their “Truth” changes. Darwin called this adaptation.

IN THE HUMAN BEING
             Nature is comprised of Truth and we can approach that Truth and get a “feeling for it”.
            How does Nature speak to us?  Many scientists such as Goethe, George Washington Carver and Luther Burbank report that Nature “spoke” to them directly and they “heard / saw” what she said through observation. What they said about these experiences, required that they controlled their thoughts. This gave them a feeling for the Truth about plants.
            There are lots of types of “truth” for human beings, aren’t there? They seem to vary widely. The truth of a scientist is different from the truth of the artist. The “truest” longings seem to be in the heart. Our observations can be wrong or incomplete. Inner truths may be very creative and unique. This virtue seems to depend upon improving our capacity for discernment. Wholeness is essential for “arriving” at the Truth and that phrase means we probably have to travel a distance to get the whole story.

OPPOSITE: GOSSIP OVER EXTERNALS
I worked as a news reporter for a while when I was young. We reported “what happened” which was, in many cases, not the whole Truth. Beware such factoids – they may lead you far from the Truth. Gossip sometimes feels like a “being” seeking to keep people from ever reaching the Truth.

STARTING DECEMBER 21 WE WILL BEGIN 
OBSERVING A NEW VIRTUES PAIR:

Dec 21 - Jan 20: Courage becomes the power to redeem
OPPOSITE: Anxiety, timidity

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

OCT 21 – NOV 20: PATIENCE BECOMES INSIGHT

OCT 21 – NOV 20: 
PATIENCE BECOMES INSIGHT
OPPOSITE: LOSS OF TEMPER
By Jean Yeager

IN NATURE
     The Cow: when one sees the cow ruminating, digesting, it is a picture of Patience. The animal is lying down and appears to be placid and at peace, however, a huge physical process is going on within her. Ruminants have a hard – wired process within them which requires that they spend a great deal of time on it.
      So in the animal, the process of Patience is in many ways linked to their physical nature.
The Great Blue Heron: The Great Heron slowly stalking in a pond is another picture of Patience. The Great Heron stalks through a pond slowly taking step after step. It does not frantically go after its prey. You will see no wasted motion. It is not caught up in the busyness which is more than likely happening in the pond beneath its feet from the animals which are scurrying to get away from the Heron. You can observe that when a Heron lands in a pond, all the frogs fall silent.
Patience is linked to the physical constitutional quality of self-control in the animal. It is in the human being this physical / emotional link is called your Temperament.

IN THE HUMAN BEING
     Temperaments are in-built – we may have several. The Choleric person is stereotypically small, compact, strong, a tendency toward aggression, certainly quick to act. The Phlegmatic is larger, rounder, slower, thoughtful, certainly more inward and oriented toward food. The Sanguine is tall, slender, light and airy, lively, won’t hold a grudge. The Melancholic is serious, very inward, deep, won’t forget any injury, does hold a grudge – forever.
Patience is a learned quality of self-control which may change or “temper” inbuilt Temperamental qualities. For example if you are a choleric person and by temperament more inclined to act quickly and impulsively, you may learn to “temper” this quality and, when appropriate, learn to wait. A more phlegmatic or slow moving individual might need to learn to become more quick in certain situations and overcome their natural tendency for slowness. Tempering ourselves, tempering our temperaments, knowing how to change.
     Patience has to do with situational TIMING.
     Take baseball batters for example. Successful baseball batterers have just moments to decide whether or not to swing at a pitch. So in some ways, Patience is related to being able to observe the situation, and know when and how to react.
     Learning Patience gives an individual Insights into themselves and how to observe situations. What is your natural tendency? What is physically in-built for you?  What is required by the situation? What is appropriate question for change.

OPPOSITE: LOSS OF TEMPER
     Self-control is the act of “tempering” our behavior. Loss of Temper does not necessarily mean you have gotten angry, but have acted inappropriately for the situation, acted at the wrong time, too hastily or too late. Gaining insight about ourselves and the situation comes about through self-reflection.

STARTING NOVEMBER 21 WE WILL BEGIN 
OBSERVING A NEW VIRTUES PAIR:
Nov 21 - Dec 20: Thought Control (of Speech and Tongue)
Becomes Feeling For The Truth
OPPOSITE:Gossip over externals, talkativeness

THEN IN DECEMBER: 
Dec 21 - Jan 20: Courage becomes the power to redeem
OPPOSITE: Anxiety, timidity

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Sunday, September 20, 2015

SEPT 21 - OCT 20 - CONTENTMENT BECOMES EQUANIMITY

       SEPT 21 – OCT 20
CONTENTMENT BECOMES EQUANIMITY
      OPPOSITE:  Dissatisfaction

  By Jean W. Yeager
IN NATURE:
            I stand beneath grey mist and indigo clouds. Dark piles billow high with white outlines and reverse light/depth appearances. The cool sets in and the windows are all put down. Almost as if the projects outdoors are fading before your eyes. Raspberries hang on and get deep red while their cousins who will never ripen hang out and hope for sunshine or warmth.
     The earth and sun stand with wide spread arms on the Equinox. An eclipse marks the day. The trough is being built into which all of life in the northern hemisphere will slide. The circadian rhythms slow. The lack of sunlight causes the cold and flu season. Viruses love it and grow rapidly.

IN THE HUMAN BEING: Go for The Long Form
     I want the gray tumbling above to fill my heart with slowness. To ease the natural tendency for speed and fire and help me learn to focus, to turn inward. As I am growing more used to the coming autumn, more accepting and ready, I can sense contentment beginning to form in me and balance my sympathy and antipathy for winter with equanimity. Grey skies help me center. Sit down. Slow down. Where more layers. Drink hot cider. Read bigger books. Go for that Long Form.

OPPOSITE: Dissatisfaction

    As the days grow shorter after the Autumnal Equinox it is easy to grow dissatisfied with the lack of sunlight, the warmth of summer, the growth of spring. It is a challenge to love the dark, the cold, the gloom. Especially, if you are young and not in the Autumn of your life.

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STARTING OCTOBER 21 WE WILL BEGIN OBSERVING A NEW PAIR OF VIRTUES
 October 21 – November 20: Patience becomes Insight
OPPOSITE: Loss of Temper

Thursday, August 20, 2015

AUG 21 - SEPT 20 - COURTESY BECOMES TACTFULNESS OF HEART


       AUG 21 - SEPT 20 - 
COURTESY BECOMES TACTFULNESS OF HEART
      OPPOSITE:  Inconsiderateness

  By Jean W. Yeager
IN NATURE:
    September is perhaps the time that one begins to see geese flying overhead in formation, warming up for the autumn migration.  Over the next few months, in many parts of the country, this site is a common one. This is a "tactic" by the geese to save energy during their long journeys. It requires that the geese maintain a certain distance from one another. It is a type of self-control in flight which enables another goose to maintain their place in the overall formation - and eases the physical demands of flight. One may say that it is a instinctual form of "courtesy" which is inbuilt into the geese and their flight patterns. This instinctual way of acting is something that is at the "heart" of being a goose or a good member of a "flock".


IN HUMAN NATURE:
    One sees in dance performances and awareness between each of the individual performers regarding their specific place on the stage. In addition, one sees many interactions within organizations in which individuals follow a particular seating order, or put themselves into a standing or relationship with one another due to some inbuilt agreement. If one violates an individual's spatial needs and comes too close, one can expect a reaction of disapproval or hostility. Courtesy to one another is built up over time as a "tactic" to create or maintain a certain kind of relationship. "Tactfulness" for us is not terribly dissimilar to the tactics used by geese to save energy on long journeys. To be positive with one another generally saves us energy as well.


OPPOSITE: Inconsiderateness

    "Learning something by heart" happens with lots of repetition. Once you get to know someone and what "presses their buttons", you have learned their triggers by heart and can avoid them, be tactful, or be considerate. 


-   Jean Yeager
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STARTING SEPTEMBER 21 WE WILL BEGIN OBSERVING A NEW PAIR OF VIRTUES
September 201 - October 20: Contentment becomes equanimity
OPPOSITE:Dissatisfaction

Monday, July 20, 2015

JULY 21-AUG 20 - COMPASSION LEADS TO FREEDOM

JULY 21 - AUG 20
COMPASSION LEADS TO FREEDOM
OPPOSITE: Heartlessness

By Jean W. Yeager
IN NATURE:
     In high mountain lakes in the Rocky Mountains, the population of native trout are usually one species - Greenback Cutthroat trout. The population in the lake comes to balance the food use out of a natural, in-built compassion. They are not competitive with each other. There are no aggressors.
Let just one of a competitive, more aggressive species – such as Rainbow Trout - be introduced into that lake and the total population of native trout will drop.
That native population of trout is “free” to compete with one another for food but does not complete with its brothers and sisters – or with the aggressive trout should one be introduced. Competitiveness is not "natural" to every animal species.

IN HUMAN NATURE:
     In his lecture, "Brotherhood/Sisterhood And The Fight For Existence,"(1) Rudolf Steiner renames "brotherhood/ sisterhood" as "mutual help". Mutual help is a way of living and working that is based in compassion not competition. In the lecture Steiner traces the historical development of “mutual help” communities and trade guilds through the middle ages.
     Steiner contrasted "mutual help" with the “modern” attitude that we as individuals, and our communities, can only benefit by personally growing smarter, having greater physical prowess, and by having incredible personal expertise that puts us ahead of other individuals or communities.
     He suggested that in reality, we should do both.
     "It is right to make ourselves as strong as possible, but the question is, can we really become strong without love?"
In an example, the cells in our body must work cooperatively with other cells and each of them must be as healthy as possible so that the entire body is healthy.
Steiner goes on to say that everybody has a soul and then he says that communities have a "soul" and Love adds a dimension to our lives as well and the community “soul” is called "brotherhood/ sisterhood" or "mutual help".
Steiner says that it is NOT one or the other: the "Fight For Existence" personal desire to excel is to be expected; along with it he says we must also develop the capacity to help others excel – “mutual help.”
In this way the individual has options in their lives and the community has greater capacities and choices. By adding the capacity for compassion, one also adds freedom.

NOTES:

(1) Brotherhood and the Fight for Survival, GA 54

Berlin, 23 November, 1905
Translated by Manfred Maier and Nicholas Stanton
Privately Printed For Study Purposes

THE OPPOSITE – HEARTLESSNESS
     There is a spectrum of egocentric hard heartedness in humans based upon upbringing, education and culture. The human being is not hard-wired instinctively to be self-centered as are certain species. But even in animals, this instinct is variable. Some fish species will actually feed their young.

-   Jean Yeager
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Sunday, June 21, 2015

JUNE 21 - JULY 20 - COMPASSION LEADS TO FREEDOM



JUNE 21 - JULY 20 –
COMPASSION LEADS TO FREEDOM
OPPOSITE: Heartlessness
IN NATURE:
            In high mountain lakes the population of native trout are usually one species. They come to balance the food use out of a natural, in-built compassion. Let just one of a competitive, more aggressive species be introduced into that lake and the total population of native trout will drop. That native population of trout is free but does not try to overly complete with its brothers and sisters – or with the aggressive trout should one be introduced. Competitiveness is not "natural" to that species.
IN HUMAN NATURE:
            In his lecture, "Brotherhood/Sisterhood And The Fight For Existence," Rudolf Steiner renames "brotherhood/sisterhood" as "mutual help". Mutual help is a way of living and working that has a basis in compassion. In the lecture Steiner traces the historical development of communities and guilds through the middle ages. And says that it is not a choice between compassion and making oneself as strong as possible.
            "It is right to make ourselves as strong as possible, but the question is, can we really become strong without love?" The cells in our body must work cooperatively with other cells and each of them must be as healthy as possible so that the entire body is healthy. He goes on to say that anybody has a soul and then he says that communities have a "soul" as well and this is called "brotherhood/sisterhood" or "mutual help".
            We have a common attitude today that we as individuals can only benefit by growing smarter, having greater physical prowess, or having incredible personal expertise that puts us ahead of everyone else. Steiner says this "Fight For Existence" is to be expected, along with it he says we must add expertise in positive work with one another. In this way the individual has options in their lives and are not totally isolated to only working for or with themselves. By adding the capacity for compassion, one also adds freedom.