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 4 , Jan 20View SourceThe '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 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 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, 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 CAPRICORN from January 5th through Feb. 8th in our era. A version (done by Margot Roessler) of a new symbolic image of the GOAT 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 # 42 *
Es ist in diesem Winterdunkel
Die offenbarung eigner krafte
Der Seele starker Trieb,
In Finsternisse sie zu lenken,
Und ahnend vorzufühlen
Durch Herzenswärme 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.
An explanation of this week's mantra:
Last week's verse, when worked with, led us to feel how the power working
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 this gives us within our hearts a prophetic sensing of the reality to come in the coming spring and summer, when the earth awakens.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:Friday January 25th. Moon Cancer. Anniversary of Paul’s Conversion on the Way to Damascus. Philosopher Jacobi born 1743.Sunday, January 20th. Moon Taurus. Sebastian.Monday, January 21st. Moon Gemini. Eusebius.Tuesday, January 22nd. Moon Gemini. Francis Bacon von Verulam born 1561. Lessing born 1729. Byron born 1788. Ampere born 1775.Wednesday, January 23rd. Moon Cancer. Wedding Anniversary of Mary & Joseph.Thursday, January 24th. Moon Cancer. Day of St. Timothy (School of Paul, stoned to death in Ephesus because of his preaching against the worship of Diana).Saturday, January 26th. Moon Leo. Full Moon. Polycarp (School of the Evangelist John, taken to Smyrna in old age and burned to death in the year 169).
******* PLANETS IN THE EVENING SKY:Jupiter is the bright white 'star' in the east that dominates the night sky, already risen at sunset, next to the bright orange-red star Aldebaran, the Eye of the Bull of Taurus. Both will be seen above the full moon as it rises Friday and Saturday nights.-Starman