Southern Cross Review

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Number 87, March - April 2013

"The Coral Chain"

Wilhelm Gallhof (1878 - Died in Action 1918) was a German artist who studied in Munich, Karlsruhe, and with Lovis Corinth in Berlin. He worked in Weimar and Paris and was represented in many national and international exhibitions. As a sculptor and graphic artist, he was equally successful and brilliant as a painter. This particular painting appeared as a full page display in the German Magazine: Jugend (Youth), 1917, Volume II, No. 42, page 824/825).

Editor's Page

The Old Way and the New Way by Frank Thomas Smith


Dear Readers,

Sorry not to be able to offer the succinct words of wisdom that usually adorn this page. Instead, News, which I hope will interest many of you, both those who have been with us many of these 14 years and the newbies who have discovered more recently. The news is that SCR has become an quasi honest-to-goodness publisher. The oxymoronic “quasi” indicates that our publications are paperless – but far from clueless.


Current Events

The Paranoia of the Superrich and Superpowerful by Noam Chomsky

Does the United States still have the same level of control over the energy resources of the Middle East as it once had?
The major energy-producing countries are still firmly under the control of the Western-backed dictatorships. So, actually, the progress made by the Arab Spring is limited, but it’s not insignificant. The Western-controlled dictatorial system is eroding. In fact, it’s been eroding for some time. So, for example, if you go back 50 years, the energy resources -- the main concern of U.S. planners -- have been mostly nationalized. There are constantly attempts to reverse that, but they have not succeeded. Continue


Sinful Simon and the Holy Innocents by Frank Thomas Smith

I had just been released from the army after the Korean War and it was a fine spring day in Manhattan. I was strolling along watching the girls go by and trying not to remind myself that I’d have to get a job soon or find some way to avoid it, when I saw Sin approaching from half-way down the block. His face and bouncing gait were unmistakable. He had a pretty girl on his arm, to whom he was talking animatedly, which made me wonder because the last time I saw him he was a seminarian studying to be a priest. I waited till they were close and said, “Sin, is it you?” He stopped in his tracks and stared at me while his mind processed who I was. "Frankie, I can’t believe it.” Continue


Esoteric Lessons for the First Class of the School for Spiritual Science at the Goetheanum - Lesson Nine by Rudolf Steiner

I wish to begin today's lesson – without you taking notes, only listening at first – by speaking the mantric formula which points to what has resounded throughout the ages, first from the Mysteries, but previously for the Mysteries from the script written in the stars, in the whole cosmos, and which resounds in the human soul, in the human heart, as the great challenge to humanity to strive for a true knowledge of self. This challenge; “O man, know thyself!” rings forth from the whole cosmos. Continue

Karmic Relations, Volume II, Lecture 8 by Rudolf Steiner

Today we shall begin a series of studies which will throw light on the unfolding of human karma from the side of the external bodily form as we encounter it in the physiognomy, the play of gestures, in all the external manifestations of the human being in the physical world. For in considering individual karmic connections, I have already drawn attention to the fact that it is precisely by observing apparently insignificant trifles in the human being that karmic connections may be perceived. It is also a fact that the external appearance of the human being gives in many respects a picture of his moral and spiritual tenor in his previous earthly life, or in a series of previous lives... Continue

History of the Anthroposophical Movement - Lecture 4. Spiritual Truths and the Physical World by Rudolf Steiner

If we look at a phenomenon such as H.P. Blavatsky from the perspective which will have become clear to you, we need to be concerned first with her personality as such. The other aspect is the impact she had on a large number of people. Now it is true, of course, that this impact was in part quite negative. Those who had a philosophical, psychological, literary, scientific — let us say a well-educated — bent were glad to be rid of this phenomenon in one way or another. They could achieve this simply by saying that she had engaged in dishonest practices and that there was no need to spend time on something where there was evidence of that sort of thing... Continue


The Drone Cometh
by Frank Thomas Smith

All the people of the village unite
to sing and drink and dance the night;
The bride is lovely in her new white gown
Her smile lights up all the town.

Look out, be careful, the drone's a-comin'
The time has come to think of runnin'!


A Woman Waits for Me by Walt Whitman

A woman waits for me—she contains all, nothing is lacking,
Yet all were lacking, if sex were lacking,
the moisture of the right man were lacking.
Sex contains all,
Bodies, Souls, meanings, proofs, purities, delicacies,
results, promulgations, Songs, commands, health, pride,
the maternal mystery, the semitic milk,
All hopes, benefactions, bestowals,
All the passions, loves, beauties, delights of the earth... Continue

Letters to the Editor

This is such a wonderful story, Frank, beautifully rendered! Thanks very much.
And thanks for the editions of Southern Cross Review during the past years.
I particularly have enjoyed the lectures of Steiner's on the history of the Anthroposophical movement although I appreciate all the pieces.
You publish a great review! By the way, my firm is called New Moon Enterprises, and our motto is "Just because you can't see it/Doesn't mean it's not there. ...continue

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