The Calendar of the Soul The cycle of the year can be a meditation through which you can sense the Beings behind the seasons. Steiner gave out the Calendar
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, Nov 17, 2002
The "Calendar of the Soul"
The cycle of the year can be a meditation through which you can sense the Beings behind the seasons. Steiner gave out the 'Calendar of the Soul' for this, 52 meditative mantras enabling you to experience the 'astral' (soul) events occurring within you and in Nature during the year. These verses are well known to many anthroposophists---- but the original Calendar published in 1912 ALSO had 12 Images of the Zodiac (to be meditated with each month to sense the working of the 'solar' forces in the cosmos in the day), a listing of the Moon's phases 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.
We begin with the mantra in the original German and in translation:
* M A N T R A # 3 4 *
Geheimnisvolle das Alt-Bewahrte
Mit neuerstandnem Eigensein
Im Innern sich belebend fühlend:
Es soll erweckend Weltenkräfte
In meines Lebens Aussenwerk ergiessen,
Und werdend mich ins Dasein prägen.
Mysteriously what is preserved of Old
With newly-arisen Self-Being
Within me I feel enlivened:
It shall let flow awakened World-Power
Into my Life's outer work
And transforming me, make my imprint in Existence.
This week's mantram:
Throughout the Fall our Self-Consciousness grows. Last week, this inner self-awareness grew to the point that we felt detached completely from the world, and saw it, without our soul's participation on it, as an icy, dead wasteland---and that all we create detached from the world would likewise be dead.
Now, we find within this new growing self-consciousness, in a mysterious way, all our precious treasure of experience again come to life, and thus the World's power now consiously flows into the deeds of life in
such a way that the self can imprint its nature onto the world.
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.
The Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of Skorpius from Nov. 10th to 30th in our era. The symbolic image of the 'Skorpion' done from Steiner's sketches & indications is inserted below.
The Moon positions and phases for the week are listed below along with some of the spiritual figures connected with the days.
Sunday, November 17th. Moon Taurus. 1875 Blavatsky founded the Theosophical Society.
Monday, November 18th. Moon Taurus. 1789 Daguerre, the inventor of photography, born.
Tuesday, November 19th. Moon Taurus. Full Moon.
Wednesday, November 20th. Moon Gemini. Amos (the Prophet). 1497 Vasco de Gama circumnavigated the Cape of Good Hope. 1910 Tolstoy died.
Thursday, November 21st. Moon Gemini. Festival of the Offering of Mary.
Friday, November 22nd. Moon Cancer. 1694 Voltaire born.
Saturday, November 23rd. Moon Cancer. Clemens (the companion of Paul).
The verse for the Southern Hemisphere for this week:
* M A N T R A # 4 *
Ich fühle Wesen meines Wesens:
So spricht Empfindung,
Die in der sonnerhellten Welt
Mit Lichtesfluten sich vereint;
Sie will dem Denken
Zur Klarheit Wärme schenken
Und Mensch und Welt
In Einheit fest verbinden.
"I feel the essence of my essence":
So speaks Sensation,
That in the sun-illumined World
With flooding light becomes one;
It will join warmth
To Thinking's Clarity,
And Man and World
In oneness bind fast together.
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