Tuesday, April 15, 2014

‘The Sacred Circle: Ancient and Modern’

The Rosicrucian Order has planned a week’s worth of discussion on how we Westerners, and Rosicrucians particularly, divide our time. From the publicity:

The Sacred Circle of the Year:
Ancient and Modern
Monday, April 21 through Friday, April 25
Nightly, from 6:30 to 7:30

Rosicrucian Cultural Center
2303 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevard

As this week falls between the Christian celebration of Easter (this time coinciding on the same date for the Eastern and Western churches) and May 1 (May Day), we will explore the inheritances of the calendar we follow today in most of the Western world from the ancient Pre-Christian European Calendar’s Eight-Fold Cycle of the Year, and their parallels. In particular, what is the Rosicrucian approach to these cycles and this inheritance.

Attendees are invited to share their own experiences of the Cycle of the Year during this participatory workshop, and also their own expertise in other yearly cycles from all world cultures.

Since the Rosicrucian Year began on the Spring Equinox (March 20), our journey of exploration will begin with this Festival, and proceed around the Sacred Circle of the Year.

The facilitator of this workshop, Steven A. Armstrong, is a professional historian, philosopher, and teacher based in the San Francisco Bay area. He serves at the Grand Lodge (San Jose) in Membership Services. He is an active member of the Rosicrucian Order, AMORC and the Traditional Martinist Order, and has served as an officer in both.

His current areas of interest include how the Primordial Tradition permeates all world traditions, and the way in which the Rosicrucian and Martinist paths provide a unique and unifying viewpoint on those traditions. Author of more than 30 published papers, articles and podcasts, and a lecturer for the RCUI, he is no stranger to New York City, as he received two of his Master’s Degrees at Fordham University’s Rose Hill Campus.

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