Saturn–Mary–Sophia (2020) includes articles of interest on star wisdom (Astrosophy), as well as a guide to the correspondences between stellar configurations during the life of Christ and those of today. This guide comprises a complete sidereal ephemeris and aspectarian, geocentric and heliocentric, for each day throughout the year. Published yearly, new volumes are generally available beginning in November for the coming new year.
According to Rudolf Steiner, every step taken by Christ during his ministry between the Baptism in the Jordan and the Resurrection was in harmony with—and an expression of—the cosmos. The Star Wisdomseries is concerned with these heavenly correspondences during the life of Christ and is intended to help provide a foundation for cosmic Christianity, the cosmic dimension of Christianity. It is this dimension that, by and large, has been missing until now from Christianity and its the 2,000-year history.
Readers can begin on this path by contemplating the movements of the Sun, Moon, and planets against the background of the zodiacal constellations (sidereal signs) today in relation to corresponding stellar events during the life of Christ. In this way, the possibility is opened for attuning in a living way to the life of Christ, who is now—since the onset of his Second Coming in 1933—spiritually present in the etheric aura of the Earth.
Volume 2 of Star Wisdom highlights the 100th-year anniversary of Rudolf Steiner’s lecture series on Isis, Mary, and Sophia in December 1920. In those lectures, Steiner laid out a path for new forms of both star wisdom and nature wisdom, which laid the foundation for his Astronomy Course a month later. According to the anonymous author of Meditations on the Tarot, the guiding being of the Saturn Sphere is none other than the Virgin Mary, who has manifested in history as both Isis and Sophia. The year 2020 is very special for the planet Saturn.
The year begins with a conjunction of Saturn and Pluto in January and ends with a conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter (a “Great Conjunction) in December. This year’s contributions will highlight, from a variety of perspectives, the influence and guidance we can receive in a particularly potent way during 2020—the year of Saturn and Isis–Mary–Sophia.
Finally, the monthly commentaries for the year are provided by Joel Matthew Park, supported by Julie Humphrey’s astronomical previews for each month. They offer us an opportunity to connect the spiritual with stellar configurations during 2020. This direct interaction of human beings on Earth with angels—as well as other heavenly beings connected with the stars—is intended to help the reader develop the capacity to receive the wisdom-filled teachings of the angelic hierarchies.
JOEL MATTHEW PARK is a Hermeticist based in Copake, New York. From 2011 to 2019 he was a life-sharing coworker at Plowshare Farm (a Camphill affiliate), farming and candlemaking with people from a variety of countries, ages, and developmental backgrounds. During that time, he earned a certification in Social Therapy from the School of Spiritual Science through the Camphill Academy. He is now, along with his wife Molly, householding at an elder-care house, Ita Wegman, in Camphill Village Copake. Joel has been a student of Anthroposophy since 2008 and a Christian Hermeticist since 2010. In 2015, he joined the Grail Knighthood, a group for spiritual practice offered through the Sophia Foundation. Through this, he met Robert Powell, whose work he had been studying since 2009. Since then, Joel has been working with him to continue the karma research Robert began in 1977, exemplified in works such as the two volumes of Hermetic Astrology and Elijah, Come Again. Joel has led two retreats titled “Tarot and the Art of Hermetic Conversation” (2017 and 2019) and given talks on the karmic biography of Anfortas, the Three Essentials of Camphill, and the Ideal Social Organism. Most recently he led courses on Astrological Biography and an exploration of Dieter Brull’s Creating Social Sacraments. His first contribution to the Journal for Star Wisdom was for 2018, after which he became editor of the journal, now the Star Wisdom series, the first volume of which was published in November 2018.
JULIE HUMPHREYS is a graduate of Stanford and a former pediatric nurse and Waldorf mom. An early interest in astrology lay dormant for more than three decades until she was introduced to the sidereal system, the works of Robert Powell, and the visions of Anne Catherine Emmerich. Ms. Humphreys has taken great joy in researching astrological phenomena for the annual series Star Wisdom(formerly Journal for Star Wisdom). She lives in Carmel, California.
YVAN RIOUX was taught by Christian Brothers and Franciscans and a keen naturalist as a boy. He studied biology at Montreal University, but it left him cold, as it didn’t deal with anything living. Working for ten years as a biodynamic farmer in Québec, however, he encountered living ecosystems. Later, in Montreal, he taught on the relationship between human physiology and nature. In 1992 he moved to England with his two boys and joined a family of two girls and their mother, Gabriel Millar, who became his muse. Retiring ten years ago, he decided to write about his knowledge gained from twenty-five years of teaching experience, culminating in his previous publication, The Mystery of Emerging Form.
- KEVIN DANN
, PhD, has taught history at SUNY Plattsburgh, the University of Vermont, and Rutgers University. His books include Bright Colors Falsely Seen (1998); Across the Great Border Fault (2000); Lewis Creek Lost and Found (2001); A Short Story of American Destiny, 1909–2009 (2008); and (with Robert Powell) Christ & the Maya Calendar: 2012 & the Coming of the Antichrist (2009) and The Astrological Revolution: Unveiling the Science of the Stars as a Science of Reincarnation and Karma (2010). -
DAVID BOWDEN is a high school teacher in Steiner Waldorf schools in Australia. He originally trained in electronics and telecommunications and is currently a researcher and teacher of projective geometry and the new Goethean physics.
- CLAUDIA MCLAREN LAINSON
is a teacher and Therapeutic Educator. She has been working in the field of Anthroposophy since 1982, when she founded her first Waldorf program in Boulder, Colorado. She lectures nationally on various topics related to Spiritual Science, human development, the evolution of consciousness and the emerging Christ and Sophia mysteries of the twenty-first century. Claudia is the founder of Windrose Farm and Academy near Boulder. Windrose is a biodynamic farm and academy for collaborative work in anthroposophic courses, therapeutic education, cosmic and sacred dance, and nature-based educational programs. Claudia most recently founded the School for the Sophia Mysteries at Windrose. She is the author of The Circle of Twelve and the Legacy of Valentin Tomberg
BECCA S. TARNAS, PhD, is a scholar, artist, and editor of Archai: The Journal of Archetypal Cosmology. She received her doctorate in Philosophy and Religion from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) with her dissertation, The Back of Beyond: The Red Books of C. G. Jung and J. R. R. Tolkien. Becca received her BA from Mount Holyoke College in Environmental Studies and Theater Arts, and an MA in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness at CIIS. Her research interests include depth psychology, literature, philosophy, and the ecological imagination. She teaches in the Jungian Psychology and Archetypal Studies program at Pacifica Graduate Institute, and online for Nura Learning and PsicoCymática. Becca lives in Nevada City, California, where she has a private astrological counseling practice
LUCIAN SCHLOSS is a psychotherapist, astrologer and family constellation facilitator living in Oregon’s Willamette Valley with his wife and three kids. He is a Waldorf graduate and has been studying Anthroposophy for the past 18 years.
PHILIP MALONE practices Structural Integration in Peterborough, New Hampshire. He has been a student of Christian Hermeticism since 2001, with Rudolf Steiner and Valentin Tomberg being his primary influences. Currently he is engaged in a long-term meditative study of the Tarot de Marseille. He also enjoys singing in choirs, prayer eurythmy, basketball, and exploring cosmology.