THE 'CALENDAR OF THE SOUL'
Here’s the 30th week of the "Soul-Calendar", which is made up of 52
meditative mantras which enable you to consciously experience the 'astral'
(soul) events occurring within you in the course of the year, along with 12
images of the zodiac (to be meditated on to sense the working of the solar
forces in the cosmos into you in the day) and the Moon's position in the
constellations each night (for sensing the lunar forces), as well as a list
of saints and other spiritual figures and events to meditate on connected
with the specific days of the week.
The mantra in the original German and in English:
Es spriessen mir im Seelensonnenlicht
Des Denkens reife Früchte
In Selbstbewusstseins Sicherheit
Verwandelt alles Fühlen sich.
Empfinden kann ich freudevoll
Des Herbstes Geisterwachen:
Der Winter wird in mir
Den Seelensommer wecken.
There sprouts in Soul-Sun-Light
The ripening Fruits of Thinking
Into Self-Consciousness' certainty
Transforming all Feelings.
I can perceive joyously
The Autumn's Spirit-Watch:
The Winter becomes in me
The Soul-Summer's wakening.
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 rhy
thms 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 mantram:
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 had all Summer. Last week, we felt a growing power
of Thinking as the gift of our Summer experience, making sense out of all
that seemed senseless, giving us a feeling of a rest and an expectation of
good in the coming Winter. This week, we feel this growing thinking
consciousness directing all our feelings from vagueness to certainty, as our
summer soul-experience awakens fully.
* 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 Scorpio from
Nov. 10th to 30th in our era. The symbolic image of Scorpio done from
Steiner's sketches & indications accompanies this post as an attachment. The
Moon phases and positions in the stars are listed below for each night, along
with the birth & death days of some of the 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
Sunday November 12th. Moon Taurus. 1869 Maler Fr. Overbeck died.
Monday November 13th. Moon Taurus. Nicholas I (was in the 9th century as
Pope defender of celibacy for priests).
Tuesday November 14th. Moon Gemini. 1716 the Philosopher Leibnitz died.
1825 Jean Paul died. 1831 Hegel died.
Wednesday November 15th. Moon Gemini. Albertus Magnus (the great scholar
and researcher of the 13th century, Teacher of Thomas Aquinas). 1630
Astronomer Kepler died. 1738 Astronomer Herschel born. 1741 Lavater born.
Thursday November 16th. Moon Cancer. Edmund (King of England).
Friday November 17th. Moon Cancer. 1875 Blavatsky founded the Theosophical
Saturday November 18th. Moon Leo. Third Quarter. 1789 Daguerre, the
inventor of photography, born.
A note for sky-watchers:
The Full Moon apears quite near the planet Saturn Sunday night Nov. 12th. It
will pass to the East of Jupiter on the night of the 13th. The Leonid meteor
shower begins that night also, with meteors radiating from the constellation
Leo: this is in the East about midnight.