The Book of Nature in the Michael Age

A Corps de Michael Michaelmas Festival [Sun 7th Oct, 2:15pm--(Arrival), 2:30pm--(Michaelmas Verse)]

Michael Room
Widow Logan House
Stonehaven Farms (Founded 1737)
Hershey, Pennsylvania USA

Corps de Michael cordially invites you to celebrate Michaelmas with a festive study (link below) commemorating a new Michaelic impulse—the re-opening of the great Book of Nature:

This is the impulse of Michael...The great Book of Nature will be opened again. Humanity will read once more in the Book of Nature. In reality, everyone who is in the anthroposophical movement should feel that one can only understand one's karma when he or she knows that one is personally called to read once more, spiritually, in the Book of Nature—to find the spiritual background of the Book of Nature, God having given His Revelation for the intervening time.

                                    --Rudolf Steiner, Karmic Relationships, Volume III, Lecture VIII

For centuries the great Book of Nature was considered an equal and viable path to experiencing the divine revelation that underlies scriptures and the Book of Revelation. Natura is, after all, the outer garment and handiwork of the Creator—His revelation before our very eyes:

Some people read books in order to find God. Yet there is a great book, the very appearance of created things. Look above you; look below you! Note it; read it! God, whom you wish to find, never wrote that book with ink. Instead, he set before your eyes the things that He had made.

                                                                                        --Saint Augustine

With the rise of materialistic science, however, the Book of Nature fell into disfavor. The positing of a world of atoms and molecules, accessible only by instruments and lying behind Nature's garment, gradually displaced the inner revelation formerly experienced by reading in the Book of Nature.

The Rosicrucian initiate, Goethe, formulates a new science. In the tradition of Parzival he sees the outer garment of Natura as a question, a half-truth, that calls for the soul's inner activity to resolve into truth and wholeness. Goethe carefully observes outer Nature, but then retires into his study to place his observations before the 'eye of the soul'. In time, meditation, quiet inner activity, and Grace grant the revelation of the archetypal plant before his inner gaze. Goethe discovers that the deepest objective lives in the subjective ground of the human soul. A 'revelation' might well overwhelm the soul and come unexpectedly or without explanation. Goethe discovers a new reading in the Book of Nature appropriate to the new Age of Michael. Goethe's meditation completes outer experience and derives from his inner individuality bringing into relationship and cognitive focus his countless observations via the physical senses.

That there are two aspects of reality—one that comes initially from the senses as outer 'question', and a second ideal activity that completes the outer stimulus on the stage of human consciousness—is formally articulated in Rudolf Steiner's Philosophy of Freedom.  Methodical observation of this process on the stage of human consciousness is itself a 'non-sensual' spiritual perception and the epistemological basis of a modern Spiritual Science or Anthroposophy (the awareness of one's humanity).

The blundering, inadequate, and frequently repulsive attempts of modern materialistic science must be transmuted by a spiritual world-conception, till there arise from them a true reading of the Book of Nature. 

--Rudolf Steiner, Karmic Relationships, Volume III, Lecture VIII

The great Book of Nature is opened again as humanity becomes an active co-creator in the universal world process. You are cordially invited to join Corps de Michael and Friends as we celebrate this Michaelic impulse in the sweetness of Natura.

Please click the link below for an online version of the festival study.  As always, a time will be offered near the opening of our session for a sharing of Goethean jewels derived from the reading:

Lecture: Karmic Relationships, Volume III: Lecture VIII: Ahriman's Fight Against the Michael Principle. The Message of Michael

 

In the literature of the Middle Ages, the goddess Natura was the personification of Nature. She ruled over social relations and was the inspiration for right living according to reason.

            --Thomas Glick (editor), Medieval Science, Technology, and Medicine: An Encyclopedia

Nous avons hate de vous voir a l' Endroit le plus Doux sur Terre,

(We look forward to seeing you in the Sweetest Place on Earth),

Corps de Michael