From the time we began planning the Have Seeds journey, we have received words of encouragement and support from Yiana Belkalopoulos. It was essential to us that we meet her before we arrived in Dornach for the 100th anniversary. It was Yiana who had asked the question out of the Dornach 2013 group when we returned from our gathering in February: “How do we who were not able to attend stay connected in essence with those who were able to attend?” Out of this question, which stayed as a foundation in our hearts, we found a way when the idea of returning in September for the 100th was a surety. From that point on, we knew we had to meet with Yiana, Michael Roboz, Michel Joseph, and Eliah Rael along with our return to Dornach. We were not sure how we were going to do it with only ten days in total to make our journey, and everyone we wanted to meet was in opposite directions from one another geographically and also from where Elizabeth and Dottie themselves were positioned. When we learned that Yiana would not be home on Vancouver Island but in Sacramento instead, we decided to reroute our trip further. The decision to be in Sacramento gave us the opportunity for even more wonderful encounters and conversations!
When Yiana was seven years old, her parents divorced. The year was 1969, and man walked on the moon. These two pictures—the effect of divorce on a child’s destiny and humanity’s relationship to the cosmos—informed most of our conversation with Yiana and, indeed, her work in the world.
For 20 years, Yiana worked with the Eleusis Mysteries and then began studying the work of Rudolf Steiner. Through her practice, she found that one can discover her own Akashic record.
Yiana’s father was Greek/British and her mother Scottish. She had the experience of helping her mother to cross the threshold when she was 24. In speaking of her background, Yiana told us about how her family had run from the Turks. Her grandfather died in a monk’s cave. It offered us a beautiful picture to learn that her last name means “pure person of the people.”
Yiana had studied Greek drama at university, and at age 31 she wrote a play about the space walk. She was interested in the effect of technology on relationships. During the play, a child walked onto the stage right into the story itself, shocking everyone in that moment. At every point in our conversation, there was the very clear connection of earth and cosmos trying to find a meeting one to the other.
At 32, Yiana left Vancouver and became a child advocate in India. She was connected to Adola McWilliams, who worked out of curative education and has led workshops on the human condition influenced by the zodiac and therapeutic puppetry. Adola had been instrumental in setting up the Ita Wegman Association and School on the North Shore of Vancouver, where Yiana said a real center was now blossoming. Our visit to Vancouver the next day brought her words home for us as we got to know this thriving community!
Yiana trained as a public school teacher, and she had great concern for the education these children were to receive. As Yiana’s work began shifting, she turned toward a consideration of ages and stages of adult development. She could feel it in her soul, and she was becoming more fortified.
She is now working on a book that takes up the theme of children of divorce, while researching out of Sophia University. She has interviewed a couple of young anthroposophists who grew up in divorced families. She is currently working on professional interviews, with William Bento as her mentor.
She experienced heart strain, which put her in the hospital at age 32. She then found her way to the Findhorn community and to the work of yogi master and silent monk, Baba Hari Dass, where she discovered real spiritual community. Yiana was searching for spiritual sustenance. She later found genuine spiritual development happening in Vancouver, which taught her meditation and inward looking. On Salt Spring Island, she participated in a Sacred Clowning workshop. She soon found herself on what she described as the Wegman path of art and healing.
Children of divorce, Yiana said, often find their way to spiritual community early. It’s as if they make a spiritual bypass. This topic is clearly close to Yiana’s heart, as her face beamed with light at the questions posed. She went on to describe how children of divorce often live out the battle that the parents did not. They develop a huge sense of compassion and empathy through finding the center out of polarity. Out of this centering, one can find the development of the etheric heart, in which a new auric space is to open.
Yiana’s husband was Russian/Greek, her true soul mate. They knew they had a past together. Her husband died at age 41 after 16 years in the light body through a prolonged illness.
Yiana came to anthroposophy while on Salt Spring Island over the course of seven years (like the journey of Odysseus). The first anthroposophical book she read was Education Towards Freedom, followed by the Universal Human and How to Know Higher Worlds. Reflecting on anthroposophy, Yiana said she would love to see it spread out into more spheres. What would an anthroposophical approach to law look like, for example? Are we ready for an intentional, intergenerational living community? Or work with a benevolent, philanthropic focus such as an orphanage?
A challenge that Yiana observes is that we need to see more spiritual development. All that we do comes out of spiritual work. How do we put anthroposophy out in clarity to young people rather than in a confusing way? She appreciates the work that she sees coming out of the arts, such as that of Jordan Walker.
To Yiana, anthroposophy is an inner path of self-development, which allows her to meet the times she has chosen to meet. It offers a clearly defined practice and a clearly comprehensible understanding of working together. Really taking up the practice leads to a clearing of conflicts. Sometimes one meets someone who seems to be opposite of oneself, but we can see that we are actually on the same circle and can move toward the center together. She also shared that she feels the feminine side has not been allowed to come into anthroposophy so much.
When asked what she loves, Yiana laughed and said, “Chocolate!” She then added “Love. I love love and closeness between people, intimate friends, and brotherhood in freedom. I love spirit and divine grace.”
A question Yiana carries has to do with Europe. “Are some European streams stuck in the Intellectual Soul, or have they experienced a move toward the Consciousness Soul?”
Yiana also told us about Elizabeth May, a Green party candidate from Canada’s federal election. Yiana introduced her to threefolding. With all that is thriving in Vancouver and the way the anthroposophical initiatives are weaving into the community, we have great hope that the threefold impulse could come forward here! Yiana offered her appreciation for Seth Jordan and shared that she would really like to find a way for him to come to Vancouver for a conference.
A wonderful connection we made was to learn that Yiana is the godmother of Ariel Paul Saunders’ daughter, Willow. She has taken up this task with great earnestness, journaling for her godchild writing that will be shared with her when she is older. It is so beautiful to find these constellations of friends coming together all around us. How lucky this child is to have Yiana in her life! And how lucky we all are to have her in our community!
In the afternoon, Yiana joined us on our trek out to Berkeley hoping to find Larry Temple. While we did not get the chance to meet Larry, we appreciated the extra time with Yiana in which we began to discover the depth of her relationship to the stars. Yiana has a beautiful understanding of the stars that weaves its way in and out of conversation. It provides a luminous backdrop to her consideration of any subject.
To close, we would like to share that, with such beauty, it was as if the starry world was right on her face for all to see with the little crescent moon scar on her nose. We are so excited to have met Yiana as well as the whole Vancouver community. They give us so much hope in the world with all they are creating!
Yiana on the Stars:
While we were in Sacramento, we thought to drive over to Berkeley to meet Larry Temple. Unfortunately, we missed him when we tried to visit. Yiana Belkalopoulos made the journey with us, and the three of us spent time together outside of his home, hoping we might catch him. We almost thought we found him, but, alas, it was merely a smiling, passing stranger looking for directions. (We realized the mistake when Dottie was ready to move in for a hug and the gentleman stared at her in confusion, not understanding English.)
This adventure did give us a wonderful chance to hear more from Yiana, and on the drive the depth of her relationship to the stars became so apparent. We asked her to consider how she might share the star knowledge, which comes to her so easily and beautifully. We had a question about a picture she shared with us regarding generations and cosmic crosses. She generously agreed to write a description for us to offer forward. The writing that follows is Yiana’s:
“There are three cosmic crosses: The Fixed Cross: Aquarius at top, as that is the age that we are in – the Consciousness Soul era. Opposite that is Leo, at a square to the left is Scorpio, and at its opposite is Taurus. Many Anthroposophists will know of this as it is mentioned a great deal by Steiner as the Cross of our times – Human, Eagle, Lion, and Bull. Aquarius, Scorpio, Leo, Taurus.
“When Pluto goes through any of these signs, it updates that sign in its sense of empowerment and change. Everything left from the past in that sign which is not meant to align with the next stages of consciousness gets pared away one way or another. In the last 8 generations of Pluto, which passes through a sign approx. every 12 years, two of the Fixed Cross signs have had an update in consciousness – Leo and Scorpio. Taurus was going through a Pluto update just prior to 1900 – according to the cosmos, changing our sense of materialism and updating the issues of ownership, land use, farming, animal care and mothering. Aquarius will go through its update in 10 years’ time. There are people alive today who were born in the fixed Pluto progressions of Leo and Scorpio – they are in their early 50s (Pluto in Leo/”Boomers”) to early 70s (Pluto in Scorpio).
”The next cross represents the Mutable Cross generations: Sagittarius at the top (most recent update), Gemini opposite, Pisces at square to the right and Virgo at square to the left. Pluto in the mutable signs changed the issues of all of these signs except Pisces. Pluto will start go through Pisces in about 22 years. Children born now will reach age 21 around that changeover and will be very influenced by mystic, spiritual, compassion issues. Gemini had its update at the turn of the 20th century and there are still people alive today who represent that generation. Of course the updates live into all the generations for the next 144 years until the next update of that particular sign. The generation which signifies the change is most like the lightening rod, so to speak, or the herald of the new changes and updates.
“The third cross is the Cardinal Cross: Capricorn opposed by Cancer, with Aries at a square to the right and Libra at a Square to the left. Capricorn is undergoing the update now, as started in 2008. It will continue in this update for 10 more years. The issues of Capricorn, thus, are very pertinent to our times: banking, government, structures, authority, inner self-dominion, father issues, refined materialism issues, discipline issues. This year, the opposite Cancer energy is strengthened by Jupiter, bringing healing, the unconditional mother who does not function the way the earthy Taurus mother does with attachment and familial bonds, but rather the Divine spiritual mother who cares for flocks unconditionally and not necessarily people related to themselves. Nurses are a firm example of the Cancer energy. Libra had its update in the 70s and many people in their mid-30s to early 40s are Pluto in Libra generation. Their issues are around peace keeping, creativity, beauty, justice, rights, and balance. They are at squares to this Capricorn update and are challenged to strengthen themselves into capability with the structures of the earth and making things from the earth for human consumption and survival in a way that is sustainable and ethical, while not losing their sense of human beauty, nature, and peace. The Aries energy has not had an update since the time around the Michael arrival, say 1880. (I don’t have an ephemeris that far back just now but I know the timings generally.) Aries is the warrior, the boy child, the blind hero, the impulsive initiator, and the undeveloped ego striving toward higher self-development. It is the hardest energy to bring consciousness to itself because of impatience and ram-headedness. It acts before thinking. Two years ago, Uranus entered into Aries as a challenge to the Pluto in Capricorn update. The challenge has been an awakening in the boy warrior energy which sees the need to initiate very new conscious activity but doesn’t want to listen to wisdom from Capricorn, and wants to just do things for himself or to show his heroism to Libra, the wife and partner, or to Cancer, the fluid, divine mother/healer. These energies are in every person, whether they represent a more feminine or a more masculine etheric force. One big problem is that both of these energies are coming from very old places and trying to update at the same time but in different ways – old power versus new power, and they’re both at the same slower consciousness than all of the other signs which have already had an update in the generations of people alive today. All except Pisces and Taurus. For the next 11 years, we also have Neptune in an old Pisces energy, making people blissful and escapist about old Piscean values such as mysticism. The Pisces can help them re-enter into a spiritual life, but the methods will be very confused for years to come. Taurus, the materialist and the tribal, folk soul mother is standing very confused in it all and just trying to hold down the farm, so to speak. They don’t like not knowing their footing, so they’re holding fast to old forms because they won’t get an enlightened update for another 5 years, and then only through consciousness, not necessarily through empowerment. It’s why they’re trying to ride on the father (Capricorn) energy just now as it is having the power update that the earth mother energy would like to feel more secure about.
”So! 1900 – Pluto in Gemini, then Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius – all representing people alive today in their various generations (there are always at least 7 generations alive on the earth at any one time, as the First Nations peoples have often said). As of 2008, the Pluto in Capricorn generation started birthing and we are all feeling what they are coming in on. They will experience a new empowerment much later, around 35 or so years later when the Capricorn energy is challenged by Pluto in Aries. For now, we have 10 more years of this Cardinal – meaning active- energy of Pluto in Capricorn, rebuilding societal structures and inner structures.
”The crosses again: 1. Mutable: Starting with the Pluto in Gemini (pretty much the eldest people on the earth Gemini today) group (earlier I presented it as Sagittarius at the top because it was the latest energy to update in the mutable crosses but here I’m showing it in progression), -opposite Sagittarius, squared by Virgo opposite Pisces.
”1. Gemini – Sagittarius, squared to Virgo – Pisces. Mutable
2. Cancer – Capricorn, squared to Libra – Aries. Cardinal. (The boomers’ older brothers and sisters.)
3. Leo – Aquarius, squared to Scorpio – Taurus. Fixed.
All of the 3 crosses are always in action on the earth at any time, but some are more stimulated. Pluto is a highly stimulating influence psychologically and in all human realms, especially now that we are in the psychological era – soul consciousness of itself era.”