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 theMessage 1 of 3 , Dec 23 2:30 PMView SourceThe 'CALENDAR OF THE SOUL'Merry Christmas, all.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 1st mantra every year on Easter Sunday. We experience this unconsciously all through the year, but these meditative verses enable us to become conscious of it.The 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 ofdates 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, with some details added on the planets this week as well.THE ZODIAC IMAGEThe Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of the constellation SAGITTARIUS from December 1st through Jan. 4th in our era. A version (done by Margot Roessler) of a new symbolic image of the ARCHER from the original Soul-Calendar (created originally by artist Imma von Eckherdstein from Dr. Steiner's sketches & indications) in the color he said corresponded to the sign, one of 5 shades of 'Magenta' we can't yet actually see, is attached to this e-mail.THE WEEK'S MANTRA:For those not familiar with the use of mantras: The anthroposophical 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.* MANTRA # 38 (Christmas) *
Ich fuhle wie entzaubert
Das Geisteskind im Seelenschoss;
Es hat in Herzenshelligkeit
Gezeugt das heilige Weltenwort
Der Hoffnung Himmelsfrucht,
Die jubelnd wachst in Weltenfernen
Aus meines Wesens Gottesgrund.
I feel set free from a spell
The Spirit-Child in Soul's Womb;
It has in Heart's Clear Light
Begotten the holy World-Word,
Of Hope the Heavens' Fruit,
To joyously grow into World-Farnesses
Out of my Essence's God-Ground.
An interpretation of this week's mantra:
We give birth to a new consciousness that will grow out into the world all the year to come.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:Friday December 28th. Moon Cancer. Full Moon. Day of Remembrance of the Innocent Children murdered by Herod.Sunday, December 23rd. Moon Taurus. Dagobert.Monday, December 24th. Moon Taurus. Adam and Eve. 1st of 13 days of Christmas.Tuesday, December 25th. Moon Gemini. Birth of Jesus. Newton born 1642. Charlemagne crowned King in Rome 799.Wednesday, December 26th. Moon Gemini. St. Stephen, the first Martyr.Thursday, December 27th. Moon Cancer. Day of John, author of the Gospel. Kepler born 1571.Saturday, December 29th. Moon Cancer. The Prophet Nathan. Malthus the national economist died 1834.
******* PLANETS IN THE EVENING SKY:Jupiter is the bright white 'star' in the east that dominates the night sky, rising at sunset, next to the bright orange-red star Aldebaran, the Eye of the Bull of Taurus. The full moon will be seen not far from it Thursday and Friday nights.-Starman