The "Calendar of the Soul"
Rudolf Steiner gave out the 'Soul-Calendar' in 1912, consisting of 52
meditative mantras to enable us to experience the 'astral' (soul) events
occurring within us as well as in Nature during the year, starting with the
first mantra every year on Easter Sunday.
These mantras for each week are well known to many students of Steiner,
but the original "Calendar " also had 12 Images of the Zodiac, to be
meditated with each month (to sense the working of the 'solar' forces in the
cosmos), plus a listing of the Moon's phases & position in the signs each
night (for sensing the 'lunar' forces), and a list of dates of births and
deaths of spiritual figures and dates of events to contemplate on specific
Here's the Soul-Calendar restored to its complete form.
The Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of the
constellation VIRGO from September 8th through October 12th in our era. A
version of the new symbolic image of the VIRGIN from the original
Soul-Calendar, done by an artist from Steiner's sketches & indications, is
attached to this electronic mail.
This week's mantra.
For those not familiar with the use of mantras: The anthroposophic path
uses symbolic images like the Zodiac image ("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
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.
* M A N T R A # 2 2 *
Das Lichte aus Weltenweiten,
Im Innern lebt es kr�ftig fort:
Es wird zum Seelenlichte
Und leuchtet in die Geistestiefen,
Um Fr�chte zu entbinden,
Die Menschenselbst aus Weltenselbst
Im Zeitenlaufe reifen lassen.
The Light out of World-Widenesses
In my Inner being lives as a continuing power;
It turns into Soul-Light
And shines in Spirit-depths,
The Fruit to release,
That Man's Self out of World's Self
In Time's course will allow to ripen.
A partial interpretation of this week's mantra:
Last week, that which was received spiritually from the Summer Light and
Warmth was felt as an ongoing power within us, releasing the fruit of its
working, to evolve a Self out of the World-Self. This is because, at the
time of change from Summer to Winter, we cease to be conscious of the
external world and instead become conscious again of ourselves, as if
awakening from a summer dream-state. Our Nature-Consciousness strives to
become inner Self Consciousness, but at first we may feel fear due to no
longer being able to lean on outer things for consciousness, which is why
the symbol of the warrior Archangel Micha-El is placed before us at
Michaelmas, summoning us to have courage, for we are not going to die as our
summer nature-consciousness wanes, but rather wake up.
This week's verse is the first appearance of Autumn's influence
beginning to dull the senses' summer brilliance; but that which has been
gained from the summer-experience now becomes our inner self-experience.
The Moon positions and phases for the week are listed below along with
some of the spiritual figures connected with the days.
Sunday, September 10th. Moon Taurus. Sosthenus (by Paul made a leader).
Monday, September 11th. Moon Taurus. Abraham (Race-father of the Old Hebrew
Tuesday, September 12th. Moon Gemini. Tobias.
Wednesday,September 13th. Moon Gemini. 1872 the Philosopher Ludwig
Thursday,September 14th . Moon Gemini. Last Quarter. Festival of the High
brought in 629 the Cross of Christ to Constantinople. 1769
Alexander von Humboldt born.
1887 The Philosopher Freidrich Theodore Vischer died.
Friday, September 15th. Moon Cancer. Nicodemus (who in John's Gospel was
Saturday, September 16th. Moon Cancer. 1736 The Natural Scientist Farenheit