The Stars of the 1790s

Here is a summary of the recent Section for Literary Arts & Humanities meeting of the local group in Fair Oaks, CA. This meeting occurred on May 1, 2021 via Zoom.

“At a Glance . . .”

The Stars of the 1790s / Brian Gray’s Presentation
On Saturday, May 1 Brian Gray joined our meeting to give a presentation. A recording of Brian’s presentation is available on our shared drive (see below). Brian joined us previously to present the Birth Chart of Novalis. We hope to have him back for future meetings of the Section. Thank you, Brian!

A Birthday Salon for Novalis / A New Moon Salon
On Sunday, May 2 we celebrated the birthday of Friedrich von Hardenberg, the poet Novalis (May 2, 1772) with an artistic evening of music, poetry, art, and fellowship.

Our Next Guest
Our next meeting guest is Fred Dennehy. Fred is on the calendar for June 5. Watch this space for details.

News from Christiane Haid and the Goetheanum
I recently received this link from Dr. Haid. As you will see, there is quite a bit going on! Click this sentence to read the Newsletter; follow the topic discussion: “Life and Society in Transition.” As they said back-in-the-day in the 1790s when this all got started: The Time is At Hand!

Artwork Above: “The American River” Photo by Bruce Donehower

“Tell me more . . .”

One Picture is Worth . . .
Well, you know the old saying. In keeping with such sage Taoist advice, here are links to various videos from the recent meetings.

Click this to watch Brian Gray’s Presentation / The Stars of the 1790s.

Click this to enjoy the New Moon Salon / “Novalis Birthday Celebration” May 2, 2021.

“Procession to the Bridge” Photo by Bruce Donehower

No Section Meeting on May 8
A little bird flew by to say:
“No meeting on the 8th of May.”
“Why not!” The bumble bee exclaimed.
“We had two meetings at Beltane!”

Beltane? Say What? Huh?
Yup! The would be May 1 and May 2. So: No Section meeting on May 8. Our next meeting is on May 15. On May 15th, we will continue our May Festivities with a Big Surprise! (Shh! Don’t tell the birds or the bees!)

As usual, I’ll send out the Zoom credentials to inquisitive folks on the Friday preceding.

“The flowers are full of honey, but only the bee finds out the sweetness.”
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“On This Land” Photo by Bruce Donehower

“In the midst of the awful realm of force, and in the midst of the divine realm of law, the aesthetic impulse to form constructs unnoticed a third happy realm of play and of appearance in which the fetters of all circumstance are taken from man, releasing him from everything that could be called either moral or physical constraint.”
— Friedrich Schiller, Letters on the Aesthetic Education of the Human Being