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 5 , Jul 27View 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 CANCER from July 21st through August 3rd in our era. A version (done by Margot Roessler) of a new symbolic image of the CRAB 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, green, 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 # 18 *
Kann ich die Seele weiten,
Dass sie sich selbst verbinden
Ich ahne, dass ich Kraft muss finden
Die Seele würdig zu gestalten
Zum Geistes-Kleide sich zu bilden.
Can I the Soul widen
That she herself can bind
To conceived World-Seed-Word?
I sense that I strength must find
The Soul worthily to form
To Spirit-Clothing to build itself.
An interpretation of the mantra:
The summer is when we are meant to lose ourselves in the play of light
and warmth; then, from out of the Spirit revealed in this outer world, we are
to find our "selves" again in the World-Self, in the wintertime.
This week we feel a foresensing of the need for more inner strength, to widen ourselves more so as to take in that world that speaks to us through the senses' beauty (which we have been taking in to the soul's depths since Summer began). The
expanse of the world in its very essence is already a seed planted within us by the Cosmic Word, like a conception which will lead to birth at Christmastime; but now we feel the need to form our Soul well enough to provide the outer garment for this spirit when it 'incarnates'.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:
Sunday, July 28th. Moon Aries. 1750 Johann Seb. Bach died. 1794 Robespierre executed.1804 Philosopher Ludwig Feuerbach born.
Monday, July 29th. Moon Taurus. Last Quarter. Simplicius. 1856 Robert Schumann died.
Tuesday, July 30th. Moon Taurus. Ruth.
Wednesday, July 31st. Moon Gemini. 1472 University of Munich founded.
1556 Ignatius von Loyola died. 1886 Franz Liszt died.
Thursday, August 1st. Moon Gemini. Macabees. 1744 Natural Scientist Lamarck born.
Friday August 2nd. Moon Gemini. Hannibal. 1832 Olcott born.
Saturday, August 3rd. Moon Cancer. 1492 Start of the first Voyage of Columbus.
******* PLANETS IN THE EVENING SKY:Venus is the bright white 'star' low in the West at sunset. It will rise higher every night over the next several months.Saturn is high in the southern sky at sunset, near the stars of Scorpius.-Starman