THE CALENDAR OF THE SOUL
Here’s the 26th week after Easter of the "Soul-Calendar", the Michaelmas
time exactly opposite Easter. The Calendar has 52 meditative mantras (which
enable you to consciously experience the 'astral' or soul events occurring
within you in the course of the year), 12 images of the zodiac (to be
meditated on to sense the working of the solar forces in the cosmos in the
day within this), and the Moon's position in the constellations each night
(to sense the lunar forces). There's also a list of saints and other
spiritual figures and events connected with specific days.
The mantra in the original German and in English:
Natur, deine mütterliches Sein,
Ich trage es in meinem Willenswesen;
Und meines Willens Feuermacht,
Sie stählet meines Geistes Triebe,
Dass sie gebären Selbstgefühl,
Zu tragen mich in mir.
Nature, your mother-like Being,
I carry you in my Will-Essence;
And my Will's Fiery Might,
It steels my Spirit-Drive,
That this bears Self-Feeling,
To carry myself in me.
(For those not familiar with the use of mantras:
The anthroposophic path uses symbolic images ("Imaginations") to awaken
spiritual sight and mantras ("Inspirations") to begin spiritual hearing. The
meaning of the words of a mantra at first sight is not important, but rather
reciting it and entering with deeper soul-forces into its inner experience.
Also, these mantras were created in the German language and have their
rhythms in that, so learning an English version is just a step to using the
original; I’ve kept close to it in translating, so anyone can easily go from
English to German.)
This week's mantra:
The season of Autumn is the Michaelmas time, in which we are meant to
develop Self (inner)-consciousness instead of the Nature
(outer)-consciousness we have in summer. Last week this developing
self-consciousness placed us in a state of being completely alone, so that
the Light which within could be shed on the otherwise dark outer world. This
week is the mood of Michaelmas verse itself---the developing
ego-consciousness we have at this season we can feel is the Being of Nature
itself, and we carry this into our own Wills; then, the will can give 'steel'
or backbone to the drives of our conscious human spirits, so that they have a
stamp of Self-feeling; and if we flow with this, then, we have the experience
of a second Self we carry within our ordinary selves.
* T H E W E E K S P I R I T U A L L Y *
The Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of Libra from
Oclober 13th to Nov. 9th in our era. (The symbolic image done from Steiner's
sketches & indications of Libra accompanies this post as an attachment. We
are working on making the attachments smaller.) The Moon phases and positions
in the stars are listed below for each night, along with the birth & death
days of famous spiritual figures published in the first ‘Seelencalendar’:
their lives and contributions are fruitful material for contemplation on
their days. (I’m in the process of translating these to restore the Calendar
to its intended use with the full spiritual/solar/lunar connections.)
Sunday October 15th. Moon Aries. 1844 Friedrich Nietzche born.
Monday October 16th. Moon Taurus. Gallus (the appointer of the cloisters
of St. Gallen).
Tuesday October 17th. Moon Taurus. Hilarius.
Wednesday October 18th. Moon Gemini. Luke (the Evangelist).
Thursday October 19th. Moon Gemini. Ptolemäus.
Friday October 20th. Moon Cancer. Arthur.
Saturday October 21st. Moon Cancer. Ursula (dignitary with 11,000 maidens
imprisoned and executed by the Huns).