Sorry to be late with this week's 'Calendar' again.
For those new to the 'Calendar': the cycle of the year can be a
meditation in itself, through which you can sense the Beings that are behind
the changing seasons, and Steiner gave out the 'Calendar of the Soul' to do
this. It's made up of 52 meditative mantras enabling one to consciously
experience the 'astral' (soul) events occurring within you as well as in
external Nature in the course of the year.
The 52 mantras are well known to many anthroposophists, but the original
Calendar in 1912 ALSO contained 12 images of the zodiac (to be meditated on
to sense the working of the 'solar' forces in the cosmos in the day) and the
Moon's position in the constellations was listed for each night (for sensing
the 'lunar' forces), as well as a list of saints and other spiritual figures
to meditate on connected with specific days of the week, because the
entrances and exits of human spirits are also connected with the cosmos and
Time. We're presenting all that here each week---this has not been done since
1912 and is available nowhere else.
First, this week's meditative mantra in the original German and in
* M A N T R A # 1 4 (Summer) *
An Sinnesoffenbarung hingegeben,
Verlor ich mein Eigenwesens Trieb,
Gedankentraum, er schien
Betäubend mir das Selbst zu rauben,
Doch weckend nahet schon
In Sinnenschein mir Weltendanken.
To Senses' offerings given over
I lose Self-Essence's Drive;
Dreaminess of Thinking, it seems
To stupefy me, the Self to rob,
But a waking now approaches
From Senses' Shining in me of World-Thinking.
This is the Summer 'Fire' theme of 'losing oneself'. This fiery feeling
of the senses is at its height, and threatens to deprive us of all
self-awareness; but within the senses' brilliance is a forecast that the
thinking of the cosmos will itself awaken in you.
The Moon positions and phases for the week are listed below along with
some of the spiritual figures connected with the days. Attached to this post
is the JPEG image of the sign Gemini (the Doctor said the Sun is under its
influence from June 16th to July 20th in our era.) We will send Cancer next
Sunday July 15th. Moon Taurus. Vitus.
Monday July 16th. Moon Taurus. Aurelius.
Tuesday July 17th. Moon Taurus. Montanus.
Wednesday July 18th. Moon Gemini. Markus.
Thursday July 19th. Moon Gemini. Council of Nicea 325 A.D.
Friday July 20th. Moon Cancer. New Moon. Silverius.
Saturday July 21st. Moon Cancer. Eusebius.