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The New Images of the Zodiac in the Cycle of the Year ~ Registration Now Open

May 17, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Beginning May 2021, Mary Stewart Adams will lead a once-each month online series on the New Images of the Zodiac in the Cycle of the Year for the Anthroposophical Society in America. These interactive, online sessions will take place the third Monday of every month from May 2021 to April 2022. You can register at this link. 

Sessions occur the third Monday each month, near the date when the Sun makes its sidereal ingress into the region of zodiac being considered, as follows:

May 17, 2021 Taurus

June 21, 2021 Gemini Summer Solstice is a day earlier, on June 20 at 11:31 pm edt

July 19, 2021 Cancer

August 16, 2021 Leo

September 20, 2021 Virgo Autumn Equinox occurs two days later, September 22, at 3:20 pm edt

October 18, 2021 Libra

November 15, 2021 Scorpio

December 20, 2021 Sagittarius Winter Solstice occurs the next day, December 21 at 10:58 am est

January 17, 2022 Capricorn

February 21, 2022 Aquarius

March 21, 2022 Pisces Spring Equinox happens one day earlier, on March 20, at 11:32 am edt, followed by Vernal Full Moon nearly a month later, on April 16, 2022

April 18, 2022 Aries Known as “Easter Monday” in some traditions, the date for our final session occurs the day after Easter, which is April 17 in 2022.

When he introduced The Calendar of the Soul in 1912, Rudolf Steiner described how it contained new images that “differ from those handed down by tradition, because the latter are no longer suitable for modern consciousness. These pictures of the Zodiacal constellations are representations of actual experiences connected with the waking and sleeping of particular spiritual beings. We have in these pictures a renewal of certain knowledge that needs to be renewed at the present time…”
The images were created by Rudolf Steiner’s colleague Imma von Eckardstein, based on his direction that she meditate on the after image that rose up in her once the sun broke the horizon each morning, bearing in mind that the sun gradually moves through different regions of stars as we make our way through the year.
It was 1912. The Gregorian Calendar had just been adopted by China, securing its place as the world civic calendar, with its fixed starting date on January 1st. Through the Calendar of the Soul, with its moveable start date rooted in the Easter Festival and the Mystery of Golgotha, together with these new images of the zodiac, Rudolf Steiner provided an opportunity for those who work with the Calendar an alternative to the fixed nature of the Gregorian Calendar, and the outmoded symbols of the zodiac. “In what is uniform and fixed there is the impress of death; and our Calendar is intended to be a creative impulse for life.”
In this monthly, interactive workshop on the new images of the zodiac, Mary Stewart Adams will lead us through the historical context for understanding these new images, their physiological context, their shining celestial colors, and how they can be worked with to support our engagement with the Being of the Year.  Direction will also be given for how to proceed artistically.

Each one of you will be able to use this Calendar of the Soul every year. In it you will find something that might be described as the finding of the path leading from the human soul to the living Spirit weaving through the Universe.

I have thus tried to justify the deed that has taken the form of the Calendar. It is not to be regarded as a sudden inspiration but as something organically connected with our whole Movement.

~Rudolf Steiner, May 7, 1912, Cologne



May 17, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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