Saturn & Spleen - Guardians of the Self

  • 15 Oct 2021
  • 17 Oct 2021
  • Online via Zoom


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Saturn & Spleen – Guardians Of The Self
October 15, 16, 17, 2021  *  On-Line Conference Jointly Hosted By
The Rhythmical Massage Therapy Association of North America
& The North American Anthroposophic Nurses Association (NAANA)

James Dyson, MD  *  Alan Thewless  *  Karen Derreumaux

This course is continuing education for graduates of an Anthroposophic Nurse Foundation Course or Rhythmical Einreibungen Foundation Course or Rhythmical Massage Therapy Training.

Saturn is the most distant of the classical planet of our solar system.  It slow movement at the outermost boundary of the planetary spheres is an indication of its foundational influence in an individual human life.  Saturn is connected to the strength and stability of our bony structure as well as to the blood renewing forces of our inner most marrow.  Saturn’s influence also extends into the highly spiritual organ of the ego organization – the Spleen.  

The Spleen’s dynamics in the body are entirely focused on establishing and maintaining the inner household through the blood and the digestive system.  Working via rhythmical signatures, the spleen navigates the transformation of self and non-self.  To that end karmic events, allergies, autoimmune illnesses and cancers are all fundamentally Saturn – Spleen illnesses.

Alan Thewless will open the conference by introducing to the being of Saturn and illustrating this through the Grimm’s fairy tale of Faithful John.  Karen Derreumaux will introduce eurythmy gestures to support our connection with Saturn and our Spleen through movement.  On Saturday and Sunday, Dr. James Dyson will lead us through embryology, anatomy and physiology to understanding Spleen’s role in physical and soul health and illness. 

You can access a PDF version of the course agenda here.

Reading Resources Related To The Organs:

A Grimm’s Fairy Tale that relates to the Spleen:  Faithful John

“An Occult Physiology”, Rudolf Steiner, Ph.D,  Focus on Lectures given March 23, 1911 – March 24, 1911

"Introducing Anthroposophical Medicine", Rudolf Steiner, Ph.D., Focus on Lectures given March 29, 1920 - April 1, 1920

“Spiritual Relations in the Human Organism”, Rudolf Steiner, PhD, 3 Lectures given in Dornach, Oct 20, 22, 23, 1922, Mercury Press, Spring Valley, NY

"The Healing Power of the Planetary Metals", Henning M. Schramm, Lindisfarne Books, Great Barrington, MA 2013

“The Human Organs, Their Functional And Psychological Significance”,Walter Holtzapfel, MD, Lanthron Press, Callington, Cornwall, 1993
“Nutrition from Earth & Cosmos”, Eighteen lectures and essays which consider the significance of nutrition within a spiritual context.  Karl König, MD, Floris Books, 2015.  Note:  This is a new translation of lectures given by KK on the 4 organs – these lectures were previously published in “Living Physiology”, by Camphill Books, 1999.

“If the Organs Could Speak:  The Foundations of Physical and Mental Health, Understanding the Character of Our Inner Anatomy”, Olaf Koob, MD, Temple Lodge, 2018.

“The Seven Planets”, Adam Bittleston, Floris Books, University Press, Oxford, 1985

"Functional Morphology, The Dynamic Wholeness of the Human Organism", Johannes W. Rohen, Adonis Press, 2007

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Course Tuition 

$125. Tuition for members & $150 non-members; whether watching live or only viewing the recording after the conference. 

Financial Assistance 

Limited financial assistance is available upon written request.


The main presentations will be recorded & available
for viewing for 2 months after the conference.
Breakout sessions will not be recorded. 

Contact Course Coordinator: Elizabeth Sustick as needed.
Sessions will be recorded!

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