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 days.
Here's the Soul-Calendar restored to its complete form. I have added some
details on the planets in the night sky as well.
THE ZODIAC IMAGE
The Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of the
constellation GEMINI from June 16th through July 20th in our era.
A version of a new symbolic image of the TWINS (from the original
Soul-Calendar, done by an artist from Steiner's sketches & indications), is
attached to this e-mail, below.
THE WEEK'S MANTRA:
For those not familiar with the use of mantras: The anthroposophic path
uses symbolic images, like the Zodiac image (called "Imaginations"), to
awaken "spiritual sight", and mantras ("Inspirations") to open "spiritual
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
theirrhythms 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 # 1 4 (Summer) *
An Sinnesoffenbarung hingegeben,
Verlor ich mein Eigenwesens Trieb,
Gedankentraum, er schien
Bet�ubend mir das Selbst zu rauben,
Doch weckend nahet schon
In Sinnenschein mir Weltendanken.
To Senses' offerings given over
I lose my Self-Essence's Drive;
Dreaminess of Thinking, it seems
To stupefy me, the Self to rob,
But a waking now approaches
From Senses' Shining in me of World-Thinking.
The summer is when we are meant to lose ourselves in the play of light and
warmth, so strong that it dims down the Ego's thinking; then, from out of
the Spirit revealed in the outer world, we are to find our "selves" again in
the World-Self. This is the St. John's experience of "I must decrease that
He may increase."
This week that World-Thinking, the Ideas the Spirit uses to build Nature,
now begins to approach us in our summer waking-dream state, where we are
immersed in the senses' beauty. We lose our private thinking to have the
world's thinking start to awaken in us.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK
Sunday July 8th. Moon Taurus. Aquila and Priscilla.
Monday, July 9th. Moon Taurus. Anatolia.
Tuesday, July 10th. Moon Gemini. 1509 Calvin born.
Wednesday July 11th. Moon Gemini. Pius I.
Thursday, July 12th. Moon Cancer. 1536 Erasmus of Rotterdam died.
Friday, July 13th. Moon Cancer. 1889 Robert Hamerling died.
Saturday, July 14th. Moon Cancer. New Moon. 1801 Johannes M�ller (the
Natural Scientist) born.
PLANETS IN THE NIGHT SKY:
VENUS is a brilliant Evening Star high in the West above the setting
sun each evening. To its right is dimmer yellowish SATURN, and to its
left is the star Regulus, the 'heart of the Lion'.
Bright JUPITER is in the southeast at sunset, to the left of
brilliant red Antares, the Heart of the Scorpion.