Branch News 14 August


Anthroposophy, Culture and Spirit

Reminder Notice 


The Increasing Relevance of Biographical Work in Today's World 


Tomorrow, Monday, 15th August, 5.00p.m, at the Centre

Soup will be served from 5.00p.m. and Jocelyn Freeman's talk will begin about 5.30.

Jocelyn will share some of her journey with Anthroposophical Nursing and how she has come to find that Biographical Work is increasingly relevant in today's world.

All Welcome.  

Bernie and Diana


Notes from Chairperson for Sunday 14 August

There have been now two Introductory ‘Library Talks’ but as the group has been too large for the Library we have been seated in the Foyer.  Hans Mulder has presented the first two and will present the third as well.  After that, over the following 3 weeks, other speakers will speak for 30 minutes (Wednesday s at 1:45pm) on themes of The Child’s First Seven Years.

For the second talk Hans spoke on ‘How do we understand ourselves as humans in relation to the mineral, plant and animal realms?’

Examples from the Three Kingdoms of Nature were characterised, not defined and fixed, so the concepts can continue to grow.  Here are some brief (hopefully coherent) notes.

First Hans showed and shared a Quartz crystal as a representative of the Mineral kingdom.

Characteristics: A spatial object with a rigid form having straight lines and sharp angles.  Substance subject to gravity – falling vertically towards the centre of the earth.  Chemical composition SiO2, made up of fixed proportions of 1 part Silicon and 2 parts of Oxygen as a Chemical law.  A crystal can grow, but only through formative forces and substance from thevOUTSIDE not from the inside. No transformation of substance in this growth process.  It follows the Law of entropy (disorder) – if it falls to the floor and shatters it won’t grow together again – it can become dispersed and diluted which it cannot reverse.  Form is fixed, only size changes.  It is dead, not alive. A concentrated solution can be diluted, not the reverse.

Second: a flowering Daisy [Day’s Eye] as a representative of the Plant kingdom. 

Characteristics: A daisy is a spatial object with changing form with curved lines and surfaces.  Formative forces work from both outside and inside.  Its growth is rhythmical – Expansion and contraction.  Form metamorphic [seed>root>stem>leaf>bud>flower>fruit>seed] with Time: day and season; Sleeping/Waking. (seed [minimum substance]—full plant [maximum substance]—seed).  Dependent on environment – sunshine, temperature and moisture.  Growth involves a transformation of substance through Photosynthesis involving Sunlight, Carbon dioxide CO2 and Water H2O and Chlorophyll into Carbohydrates (sugar, starch, cellulose, lignin).  Grows into an upright position. Levity = overcoming gravity.  Order overcomes disorder.  Processes can lead from dilution to concentration.  Plants can reproduce, self-generate, self-repair (think of pruning)

Third: a Deer, very nervously reacting to its environment, as a representative of the Animal kingdom

Characteristics: It is a spatial object having 'form' filled with living substance. Life cycle. Changing form in time. Embryo—fawn—deer. Both inner and outer movement. Outer space becomes/informs inner space.  Sentient being with feelings, instincts, awareness, or consciousness.  Spine horizontal.  Form and function determined by instincts. Less dependent on environment.  Blastula and gastrula. Protein.  Forgetting/Memory

Fourth: a Human Being

Characteristics: Spatial object/form with Substance, Life and Consciousness and Self-consciousness. Knows that it Knows. Individuality, “I”, Ego, personality. A Spirit amongst Spirits. Freedom of Choice.
DNA, finger printing, Iridology.  Ego transforms Soul into Thinking, Feeling and Willing.  Upright at age 1; Speech at age 2, Thinking (saying I to itself) at age 3.

The Human Being incorporates all 4 Elements.  4-fold Human Being Organic basis: Warmth, “I” organization Blood and immune system.  Air  “Soul” organization.  Nerves and senses.  Water, “Life” organization, Glands, secretion and hormones.  Earth, “Physical” organization.  Skeleton.

Talk 3:               1:45pm Wednesday 17 August

How do we understand ourselves in relation to the mineral, plant and animal realms?

  • The archetypal nature of Threefoldness.

See you there.  All are welcome – we don’t mind if we have to move into and fill the Main Room.

We hope that all those who ventured to Lower Hutt for the Anthroposophical Society in New Zealand AGM travelled safely and enjoyed the fellowship.

Robin Bacchus


Art Displays at the Rudolf Steiner Centre, Hastings

Do you have a body of artwork which you would like to display?

If you feel a connection to the Steiner Centre, Hastings,
this space might be what you are looking for.

The Foyer at the Steiner Centre is a welcoming space for visitors to the Centre. We endeavour to enrich this space through exhibitions changing
every 2 months.

There are basic frames available for use and picture rails for hanging artworks.

It is a pleasure when work is well presented and titled.

We also encourage you to add a small artist’s biography and a short description of your work and contact details.

The Steiner Centre is located on 500 Nelson St North,
entrance from 401 Whitehead Rd.

It is open to the public when users of the centre are present.

There are no regular opening times.  Artworks are displayed at your own risk.

There is no emphasis on art sales and any sales resulting from a display are a private transaction between the artist and a patron.

There is no charge for displaying your work at the centre, however a donation to the Hawkes Bay Anthroposophical Society would be welcome.

If you are interested in displaying your art work please contact:

Eva Steinmetz-Urieli, e-mail:   phone: 021 0277 1201

Angela Hair, e-mail:   phone: 027 4436 737

Friday night Discussion Group Meetings August

"The Friday Gatherings are from 7 to 8:30 on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month.  We begin with a discussion on current affairs or matters of interest to those who come, then we focus on, ask questions and discuss, one of Rudolf Steiner's Leading Thoughts where he endeavours to encapsulate the essence of Anthroposophy.  The gatherings in August will be on Friday  12th  and 26th studying Leading thoughts 7 and 8 respectively.

The Leading Thoughts be found at

Posted: Sun 14 Aug 2022