The "Calendar of the Soul"
Dr. 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 CAPRICORN from January 5th through February 8th in our era.
A version of the new symbolic image of the WATER-GOAT from the original
Soul-Calendar, done by an artist from Steiner's sketches & indications, is
attached to this e-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 # 4 2 *
Es ist in diesem Winterdunkel
Die offenbarung eigner krafte
Der Seele starker Trieb,
In Finsternisse sie zu lenken,
Und ahnend vorzuf�hlen
Durch Herzensw�rme Sinnesoffenbarung.
It is in this Winter-dimness
The revealing of its own Strength
The Soul�s strong Drive,
In Darkness so to lead,
And feeling full of presentiment
Through Heart's Warmth, Senses' Revelation.
Partial interpretation of this week's mantra:
Last week's verse, when worked with, led us to feel how the power
in the foundation of the soul strove outward, so that divine forces could
pour themselves into what we create, both in our love and in our work.
This week we feel the strong drive to continue unfolding this power, and
gives us within our hearts a prophetic sensing of the reality to come in the
coming spring and summer, when our inner selves once more sleep while the
The Moon positions and phases for the week are listed below along with
some of the spiritual figures and events connected with the days.
Sunday, January 28th. Moon Gemini. Day of Remembrance of Charlemagne (died
Monday, January 29th. Moon Cancer. Constantine the Great (first Christian
Roman Emperor, baptized shortly before his death in 312 A.D.). Theobald
(advanced Christianity in England in the 13th century).
Tuesday, January 30th. Moon Cancer. Alexander.
Wednesday, January 31st. Moon Cancer. Marcella. Petrus Nolascenus.
Thursday, February 1st. Moon Leo. Full Moon. Brigid, patron saint of
Ireland, died 500. Ignatius (school of the Evangelist John, by command of
the Emperor Trajan torn apart by wild animals).
Friday, February 2nd. Moon Leo. Mary�s Light-mass (Candlemas). Simeon (the
old man that according to the Evangelist recognized Jesus at his
presentation in the Temple).
Saturday, February 3rd. Moon Virgo. Ansgarius (brought Christianity to the
Swedes and Danes in the 9th century).
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