News 2-24

HB Branch News -- Sunday 14 January
Week 2, 2024

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Calendar of Coming Events 

(in the Rudolf Steiner Centre, 401 Whitehead Road, Hastings
unless stated otherwise)

  • Friday 26 January 7 pm. Friday Group. Leading Thought # 62 to 65.
  • Weekend 24-5 February. 2-day Workshop (9am to 4:15 pm) on Threefold Social Order.
  • Wednesday 28 February. 7 pm Van James of Hawaii will speak on the occasion of Rudolf Steiner’s 163rd birthday with an illustrated talk on the Healing power of the Madonnas in Art.
  • Saturday 16 March 2 pm.  Annual General Meeting.

The Healing Power of the

Madonna Imagination

the Veiled Mystery of Isis-Sophia-Mary



An illustrated lecture by

Van James

Wednesday, 28 February 7 pm

“…the great healing principle to which humanity will again attain [will be] when it steeps itself anew in Spiritual Wisdom. We see what has remained of this in the wonderful symbol of the Virgin Mother with child…we see it in many pictures of the Madonna. We assert that these pictures have a curative effect…a picture of the Madonna is a means of healing.”

—Rudolf Steiner

Van James is an international guest tutor at Steiner-Waldorf teacher training centers and university art departments in Asia, Oceania and America. He is the artistic director of the AnthrOArt Center in Taiwan, a council member of the Visual Art Section of North America,

a mentor for Academy of Himalayan Art and Child Development, and editor of Pacifica Journal. He is an active visual artist:  Van James YouTube and an award winning author of numerous books on culture and the arts, including Teaching Art History  He lives and works in Honolulu, Hawai’i with his wife.

Rudolf Steiner Centre

401 Whitehead Road, Hastings

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Art @ the Centre

Photos taken by Jeff Worsnop in the Esk Valley - post Gabrielle - show the beauty that can be found in patterns, despite the devastation.


Contributions from Readers ... 

 Threefold Transformation


Working on

Practice in

Working with Others


Transforming Shadow

Caring for
the Other

Creating a
New Society









Feeling >>








Willing >>








Diagram from an article by Christopher Schaefer in Free, Equal and Mutual: Rebalancing Society for the Common Good.  ISBN 9781907359941

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 Threefold Temptation

Joseph Campbell, in his inimitable fashion (see YouTube: Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth: Ep1 “The Hero’s Adventure” after 13m40s) characterises the three temptations that Christ suffers as:

  1. An ECONOMIC temptation:
    ‘After he had fasted forty days and forty nights in the wilderness, he was hungry.  When the tempter came to him, he said, “If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made into bread.”  But he answered and said, “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” ’  (Matthew 4:3-4)   [Ahriman]
  2. A SPIRITUAL temptation:
    5 ‘Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,
    6 And saith unto him, “If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.”
    7 Jesus said unto him, “It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.” '  [Lucifer and Ahriman]
  3. A POLITICAL temptation:
    8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
    9 And saith unto him, “All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.”
    10 Then saith Jesus unto him “Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.”  [Lucifer]

Community Notices


Book Launch

Dear Friends of Homeopathy and Anthroposophy,

My book is finally out and I invite you to my NEW book launch on
Saturday 20 January 2024 2 pm at Rudolf Steiner Centre.

Please come if you are curious about how I have survived 10 years with a brain tumour, listen to my story and buy my book. $32 per copy - $2 from every book sale goes to the New Zealand Homeopathic Society to support homeopathy in Aotearoa New Zealand. 

Share refreshments afterwards and celebrate creativity in all its many forms. 

I look forward to seeing you there.

Angela Hair 

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Posted: Sat 13 Jan 2024