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 astralMessage 1 of 3 , Mar 30, 2008View Source
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 this complete form. I have added some details on the planets as well.
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THE ZODIAC IMAGE
The Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of the constellation PISCES from March 9th to April 13th in our era.
A version of a new symbolic image of the FISHES (from the original Soul-Calendar, done by an artist from Steiner's sketches & indications) , is attached to this e-mail.
THE WEEK'S MANTRA:
For those not familiar with the use of mantras: The anthroposophic spiritual path uses symbolic images, like the Zodiac image (called 'Imaginations' ), to awaken 'spiritual sight', and mantras ('Inspirations' ) to open 'spiritual hearing.'
The meaning of the words of a mantra at first sight is not important, but rather what happens when you recite it and enter 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.
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Ins Aussre des Sinnesalls
Verliert Gedankenmacht ihr Eigensein;
Es finden Geisteswelten
Den Menschensprossen wieder,
Der seinen Keim in ihnen,
Doch seine Seelenfrucht
In sich muss finden.
In outer World of the Senses
Thinking’s might loses its Self-existence;
The Spiritual Worlds find
The offspring of Man again,
Whose seed is in them
But who must find its Soul-Fruit
The dark time of Winter ends, the Sun returns. We are thus drawn out by our senses, to find our connection to the cosmos through them. Our thinking thus loses its character of closing itself off within itself--- and this IS the spiritual world itself finding ITSELF through US.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK
Sunday, March 30th. Moon Capricorn. Guido v. Arezzo (Benedictine monk of the 11th century, worked at reforming Church music).
Monday, March 31st. Moon Aquarius. The Prophet Amos. The Prophet Jeremiah. Newton died 1727. Bunsen born 1811.
Tuesday, April 1st. Moon Aquarius. Hugo (11th cent. Guardian of the Cartesian Order).
Wednesday April 2nd. Moon Pisces. Francis de Paul, founder of the order in the 15th century. Theodosia, martyr in 4th century. Charlemagne born 742. Morse died 1872.
Thursday, April 3rd. Moon Pisces. The 3rd of April 33 A.D. Is what spiritual-scientific investigation shows as the day of Death of Jesus Christ.
Friday, April 4th. Moon Aries. Bishop Ambrose died 398 (he by whom Augustine was baptized). University of Basel founded 1460.
Saturday, April 5th. Moon Aries. New Moon. Vincentius (Christian writer, died 1264). Volta died 1827.
PLANETS IN THE NIGHT & MORNING SKY (Northern Hemisphere):
MARS is on the meridian at sunset, near the foot of Castor (one of the Twins of Gemini).
Yellowish SATURN is in the southeast at sunset, beneath the Lion's Heart, Regulus, south of the Big Dipper.
JUPITER, the brightest object in the sky after the Sun and Moon and Venus, can be seen as a brilliant 'morning star' in the southeast from about 2 hours before sunrise on till dawn. Bright white Jupiter is next to the stars of the Scorpion in the south; the waning moon is seen close to it Monday morning the 31st.
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