September 2014 Newsletter

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Michael as Globe Protector, with a Rod of Iron

Michael as Globe Protector, with a Rod of Iron. Michael is depicted actively protecting the globe in which lives the true image of man. He is protecting human freedom. He decidedly wards off the encroaching power of evil with his cosmic rod of iron. The gesture of indecision of the Janus figure on the left and the figure on the lower right who is in utter despair. These figures can be understood in connection with schizophrenia and depression. By artist David Newbatt, from The Twelve Aspects of Michael Contrasted by their Counter-Images, available from Wynstones Press

In this issue:

  • Welcome to Michaelmas!  Three separate Michaelmas events in our community make up quite a series!
  • The Michael Inspiration:  This lecture by Rudolf Steiner helps to lead us into the spiritual experiences we can have at this time of year – and helps to explain our summer to us!  A good preparation for any or all of the three events at the end of the month.
  • Calendar of the Soul Verses for September
  • Portland Branch CalendarCheck it out, don’t miss out!
  • Sponsors’ Page
  • Fliers:
    • Spacial Dynamics Institute; New Level One Training Program Fall 2014
    • Art Hall Exhibit:  Marie-Laure Valandro

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Standing Between Heaven and Earth

– The Circle of the Year, Mission of Michael, and Human Freedom –

O Nature, your maternal life
I bear within the essence of my will.
And my will’s fiery energy
Shall steel my spirit striving,
That sense of self springs forth from it
To hold me in myself.

 – The Calendar of the Soul for Michaelmas


“Humanity had to undergo a period of spiritual evolution for the purpose of freeing itself from that relation to the spiritual world which threatened to become an impossible one. Then the evolution was guided, through the Michael Mission, into paths which brought the progress of Earth humanity once more into a good and healthy relation to the spiritual world.”

Anthroposophical Leading Thoughts 1924

The cycle of the year is a mighty breathing process of the Earth. The Earth grows and evolves through this breathing if human beings standing between Heaven and Earth consciously bring Heavenly forces to the Earth through their own on-going personal evolution.  In autumn, when the consciousness of Earth and humanity begin waking from summer’s dream, Michael guides our awakening to Heavenly thoughts by helping us overcome our earthly habits and subjectively colored  perspectives.

On this autumn evening we are going to focus on the intimate interactions taking place between Heaven and Earth through the active mediation of human beings.  Through this we will seek a positive way of participating in this evolutionary path together; for navigating our lives in the present; and for contributing to the ultimate future of Heaven, Earth, and Humanity.

WHO: This lecture, sponsored by the Portland Branch of the Anthroposophical Society, is open to everyone interested in the subject.

WHEN: Thursday, September 25th, from 7:30 PM until 9:00 PM

WHERE: In the South Space at the Cedarwood Waldorf School,3030 SW 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97201. Parking is available in front of the school and on nearby streets.

QUESTIONS? Contact James Lee at or 503 249-3904.

Chiaki UchiyamaSPEAKER: Chiaki Uchiyama’s journey into Anthroposophy began in 1996 when her infant son died and she sought to understand the meaning of his brief life. For the past fifteen years she has taught Japanese language at Cedarwood Waldorf School. She has been organizing annual Waldorf language teacher conferences for Japanese teachers and teaching anthroposophically imbued pedagogical workshops over four years.  She served at Cedarwood Waldorf School as College Chair from 2006 through 2013, and is currently serving as Program Chair, overseeing pre-kindergarten through grade 8 programs.  She is a member of the School of Spiritual Science and the Pedagogical Section; has studied eurythmy intensively; is currently training in Spacial Dynamics; and with her partner, Charles Forster, works as an astrosopher.


Please see the PDF flyer for the event here.

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