July 3-July 8
Cosmic Cycles, Earthly Rhythms
with Mary Stewart Adams
The descent from eternal ideas borne of communion with the gods to the single earthly life is uniquely shaped by humanity’s developing sense of the universe and our place within it. Using great literature as our research manual, we will plumb the depths of the soul to find our way to the stars, engaging with the astronomical thoughts contemporaneous to the master works of Homer, Dante, Tennyson, Eliot, Dylan (Bob), and a few others. The intent is to unveil the consequence of our ideas regarding our place in the cosmos, as individuals, as a culture, and as a humanity, 100 years after Rudolf Steiner described a ripening capacity to know we are speaking to the stars.
No prior knowledge of these poets or the stars is required, just a healthy enthusiasm and a willingness to see great images into the cosmos. In addition to lecture and discussion-style format, participants will be led through artistic engagement with the content that includes the geography of biography, the soul in the spheres, mapping the night sky, and stargazing, to instill and restore a healthy sense of being human at this moment in history.
Mary Stewart Adams is a Star Lore Historian and host of the weekly public radio program and podcast The Storyteller’s Night Sky. She published her first book The Star Tales of Mother Goose ~ For Those Who Seek the Secret Language in the Stars, in 2021. As a member of the School for Spiritual Science, Mary combines her extensive knowledge of ancient mythologies with the research and ideas of contemporary astronomy to offer unique perspectives concerning the astrosophy, or star wisdom, of our era. As a global advocate for starry skies, Mary led the team that established the 9th International Dark Sky Park in the world in 2011, which later led to the State of Michigan protecting 35,000 acres of state land for its natural darkness. The mother of four, with three grandchildren, she makes her home along the northern shores of Lake Michigan.