The "Calendar of the Soul"
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 Rudolf Steiner
gave out the 'Calendar of the Soul' to do this. It's 52 meditative mantras
enabling you to consciously experience the 'astral' (soul) events occurring
within you as well as in outer Nature in the course of the year. These are
well known to many anthroposophists; but the original Calendar published 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), a listing of the
Moon's phase and position in the constellations each night (for sensing the
'lunar' forces), and a list of saints and other spiritual figures connected
with specific days of the week. We're presenting all that here. This week's
mantra in the original German and in translation:
* M A N T R A # 4 6 *
Die Welt, sie drohet zu betäuben
Der Seele eingeborene Kraft;
Nun trete du, Erinnerung,
Und stärke mir das Schauen
Das nur durch Willenskräfte
Sich selbst erhalten kann.
The World, it threatens to benumb
The Souls inborn strength;
Now tread you, Memory,
Out of Spirit-Deeps enlightening
And make strong for me Vision,
That only through Will-Strength
Can preserve itself.
This week's mantram:
We are heading towards spring and summer, when our inner selves once more
sleep while the Earth awakens. Last week, the power of thinking united with
what was born in us at Christmas & made clear to us all the early spring
stirrings of new life in the external world, uniting with this "becoming" of
Nature through joining our thinking to our perceptions. This week, this
surging new life in the outer world would benumb our souls if the force of
memory didn't come in to play its proper role of preserving the Vision the
spirit had of what it wishes to create this year.
The Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of Aquarius
from Feb. 9th to Mar. 8th in our era. The symbolic image of the Water-Man
done from Steiner's sketches & indications is attached to this post.
The Moon positions and phases for the week are listed below along with
some of the spiritual figures connected with the days.
Sunday 2/24 Moon Leo. Matthias the Apostle, chosen in Judas place.
Gutenberg died 1468.
Monday 2/25 Moon Leo. Cellini died 1571.
Tuesday 2/26 Moon Virgo. Full Moon. Jonas (the Prophet).
Wednesday 2/27 Moon Virgo. Ernst Renan born 1823. Martialis (acted for the
spreading of Christendom in Gallien in the 3rd century).
Thursday 2/28 Moon Libra. Montaigne (the Skeptic) born 1533. Leander
Friday 3/1 Moon Libra. Alcuin (teacher of Charlemagne, Christian author).
399 before Christ Socrates takes the poison. Swidbertus (conveyor of
Christendom to the Frisians).
Saturday 3/2 Moon Scorpio. 321 A.D. The celebration of Sunday begins to