Friday, 2 June 2017

The real meaning of Whitsuntide

June 4th 2017 is the beginning of the week long Christian Festival of Whitsuntide.

When I was a little girl living in northern England in the fifties, Whitsuntide was always exciting because we were bought a brand new outfit of summer clothes.  The full monty:  dress, hat or bonnet, gloves, handbag, shoes and coat, which, from then on, would be worn for ‘best’ and for Sunday church, until the winter came along. We also had a two week school holiday - the first of our summer season - which meant long adventure filled days playing outside unsupervised (it was very safe in those days). 

Here's me aged five 
dressed ready
for the procession
On Whit* Sunday (aka Pentecost), the first day of the week of Whitsuntide, we dressed ourselves in our lovely new things took our fresh flower basket in hand, and presented ourselves at our respective Churches in plenty of time to line up behind the big Banner, carried by the congregation's strongest men, in readiness to walk in a long procession down the main street of the town.  The procession was watched by thousands who lined the streets, three deep or more in places.  As I think of it now I suppose the watchers were the non church-goers come to watch the church goers proclaim their faith.  People who knew me would rush to me as I walked and press money into my hand which I would then gratefully transfer into my 'new' handbag.  I never questioned these gifts as it was just what people did.  Now I realise what these gifts signified. Firstly the gift of the Holy Spirit, as Pentecost celebrates the disciples receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit or Christ consciousness.  Secondly, after Golgotha, people would donate money to the Apostles who would then distribute it as charity to those in need. 

Festival of Flowers?

Whitsuntide was a Festival of Flowers in my Congregational (later renamed United Reformed) church.  I felt close to nature as the beautiful flowers bedecked the church.  The Summer Solstice was just around the corner, June 21st, the first day of summer when the Sun comes closest to the Earth.   

  “the heart of man opens as the flower bud opens”.
 Rudolph Steiner


My understanding of Whitsuntide until I was fourteen was the time of the ‘Procession of Witness’.  I naively thought it was allowing others to witness one’s faith in God.  Now I realise that the Festival was all about proclaiming our faith in and expressing our gratitude for, the Sun and its' Radiance. And of course all that meant. There is no life without our Sun.  Our Sun is the hub of our Solar System.  Our Sun was created first and the Solar System around it.  It is the ‘Life Giver’ to our part of the Universe.  So in a way the Sun is our local god because it is our life-giver.  It's not 'God' as in our 'Creator'.  Not the Almighty, Supreme Being, Source of All.  Not Mother/Father God.  Not the Divine Architect. Not the Omnipresent Omnipotent One. Not Unity.  But a ‘Son’ or child of God created in order to provide a source of life.

So the more I thought about the name Whitsuntide the more I wondered about its true origins. So my research began and I was amazed at what I found. 


Whit Sun Tide 

According to Rudolph Steiner ‘Whit Sun Tide’ signifies and is defined as "a small part of the radiance of the sun in waves like the tide".


Sun's radiance like waves of rays


Now that got my attention because I remember how the Church discouraged, in no uncertain terms, the pagan Sun Worshippers.  So what was the church doing celebrating the Sun?  The plot thickened!

Steiner stated that Whitsun enlivens the flame of the etheric heart.  He also said that our purpose is to spiritualise matter during our earthly incarnation.  

Think about that for a moment.  We are matter. The earth is matter.  So our job is to spiritualise matter. How are we designed to do that?  Read on and you will discover how.

Pentecost and Trinity Sunday

Whitsuntide is heralded by Pentecost and falls on the 50th day after Passover  (Passover celebrates the biblical account of Moses leading the flight of the Hebrews from Egypt) and synchronistically occurs 50 days after the Ascension of the Christ Being on Golgotha (see previous blog for more Truth about Easter.) 

Trinity Sunday on June 11th and Spirit Monday June 12th end the Whitsuntide Festival. Trinity in the modern Church definition represents the three aspects of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit and is a relatively recent addition to the festival.

The Hara Line and Golgotha

Steiner explained that in order for each one of us to benefit from the deed of Golgotha we must connect ourselves directly to the Christ energy.  In my modern day terminology this means we must connect our Hara Line to what I now term the Unity Grid, located approximately a metre above our heads. This grid forms the collective consciousness of humanity and the Christ Consciousness energy is held within this grid in the same way that electricity is generated and held within the electrical grid system awaiting our need for power when we plug in the kettle or computer.  Where does the Christ Consciousness energy get generated though?  Well it is sent to us via our Sun. 


The Pleaides Cluster with Alcyone its Sun
It comes from the original Unity, the Grand Central Sun of the Cosmos via the Sun of the Pleaides known as Alcyone, via our Sun and into our energy system via the Unity Grid.  By drawing on this Unity energy the Christ impulse becomes individual in each human being.  
This is what is meant by the biblical phrase ‘it came to pass for all mankind’.


* Whit - a noun

Definition:  a very small part or amount.
"the last whit of warmth was drawn off by the setting sun"   

synonyms: scrap, bit, tiny amount, speck, iota, particle, jot, atom,

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