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 3 *
Es d�mpfet herbstlich sich
Der Sinne Reizesstreben;
In Lichtesoffenbarung mischen
Der Nebel dumpfe Schleier sich.
Ich selber schau in Raumesweiten
Des Herbstes Winterschlaf.
Der Sommer hat an mich
Sich selber hingegeben.
There is muffled Autumnally
The Senses' streaming Charms;
In Light-Revealings is mingled
The Fog's musty Veil.
I myself see in Space-Widenesses
The Autumn's Winter-Sleep.
The Summer has to me
Its own self given over.
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 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 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 dulling 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 17th. Moon Leo. Justinus.
Monday, September 18th. Moon Leo. Titus (Disciple of Paul).
Tuesday, September 19th. Moon Virgo. Eustachius.
Wednesday,September 20th. Moon Virgo. Castor.
Thursday,September 21st . Moon Virgo. Matthew (the Evangelist).
Friday, September 22nd. Moon Libra. New Moon. 1452 Savanarola born.
Saturday, September 23rd. Moon Libra. 63 B.C. Augustus born.