Rudolf Steiner’s Work on Karma – April 26-27

Emperor Julian, Herzeleide and Tycho Brahe

With Linda Connell, Jannebeth Röell, MariJo Rogers, and Diane Rumage

Those who study the stars have God for a teacher.
– Tycho Brahe


Bothmer Hall, 5919 SE Division St., Portland, Oregon

Friday, April 26

  • 8:00 p.m.
    •  Introductory Thoughts on Rudolf Steiner’s Work on Karma – Linda Connell
    • The Stars Spoke Once to Man, a verse by Rudolf Steiner – Diane Rumage
    • Emperor Julian, “the Apostate” – Jannebeth Röell
  • 9:30 Refreshments

Saturday, April 27

  • 9:00 a.m.
    • The Karma Exercises of Rudolf Steiner – Jannebeth Röell
    • The Stars Spoke Once to Man – Diane Rumage
    • Herzeleide, the mother of Parzival – MariJo Rogers
  • 11:00 Break with refreshments
  • 11:30 Movement with Diane Rumage
  • 12:30 p.m. Lunch break
  • 2:00
    • Tycho Brahe – Linda Connell
    • Tycho’s Influence on the Future, indications by Rudolf Steiner – MariJo Rogers
  • 3:30 Break
  • 3:45 Working Together on the Karma Exercise
  • 5:00 The Stars Spoke Once to Man – Diane Rumage

This workshop is dedicated to Rudolf Steiner’s work on karma by using one of the karma exercises he gave at the end of his life.  We will explore a series of incarnations cited by Rudolf Steiner in 1910 in Occult History and in 1924 in Karmic Relationships, Vol. II.  After the presentation of these incarnations there will be a conversation with all participants using the Saturn, Sun, and Moon exercise in which we try to experience for ourselves the connection between these incarnations and something of the true impulses of this individuality.

Emperor Julian (331-363) was a Roman emperor who worked to keep the Mysteries alive when faced with the way the new religion of Christianity appeared in the world.  Behind Herzeleide (9th c.), the mother of Parzival as represented in Wolfram von Eschenbach’s story, was a real person, the incarnated individuality of Julian. Tycho Brahe (1546-1601), the next incarnation of that individuality, was a Danish astronomer who is regarded as the founder of accurate instrumental astronomy.


Julian, Herzelyde, & Tycho, by Jannebeth Röell

The Stars spoke once to Man.

It is World-destiny
That they are silent now.
To be aware of the silence
Can become pain for earthly Man.

But in the deepening silence
There grows and ripens
What Man speaks to the Stars.
To be aware of the speaking
Can become strength for Spirit-Man.

– Rudolf Steiner,
Translated by George and Mary Adams


  • Linda Connell is a member of the Western Regional Council of the Anthroposophical Society and the Los Angeles branch.  She lives in Glendale CA with her husband Philip Mees.
  • Jannebeth Röell is a member of the Portland OR branch where, with her husband James, she has had a study group on Karma for the past nine years.
  • MariJo Rogers is an active member of the Faust Branch in Fair Oaks.  She met Anthroposophy through her interest in Parsival.
  • Diane Rumage is an Astrosopher and a native of Portland.  She is a proud grandmother of three.

Suggested reading of  lectures by Rudolf Steiner:  Occult History, Lectures 4 and 5, December 30 and 31, 1910; Karmic Relationships ,Vol. II, May 4 and 9, 1924; Karmic Relationships, Vol. IV, September 12 and 14, 1924.

Requested donation $50 for the weekend.  If you would like work-study or a scholarship, please contact Robin to make arrangements: 503-222-1192[email protected]
We are a branch of the Anthroposophical Society in America and a 501c3 corporation.

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