For those new to the 'Calendar': the cycle of the year can be a meditation
in itself, through which you can sense the Beings that are behind the
changing seasons, and Steiner gave out the 'Calendar of the Soul' to do this.
It's made up of 52 meditative mantras enabling one to consciously experience
the 'astral' (soul) events occurring within you as well as in external Nature
in the course of the year.
The 52 mantras are well known to many anthroposophists, but the original
Calendar in 1912 ALSO contained 12 images of the zodiac (to be meditated on
to sense the working of the 'solar' forces in the cosmos in the day) and the
Moon's position in the constellations was listed for each night (for sensing
the 'lunar' forces), as well as a list of saints and other spiritual figures
to meditate on connected with specific days of the week, because the
entrances and exits of human spirits are also connected with the cosmos and
Time. We're presenting all that here each week---this has not been done since
1912 and is available nowhere else.
First, this week's meditative mantra in the original German and in
* M A N T R A # 1 9 *
Geheimnisvoll das Neu-Empfang'ne
Mit der Erinnerung zu umschliessen,
Sie meines Strebens weitrer Sinn:
Es soll starkend Eigenkräfte
In meinem Innern wecken
Und werdend mich mir selber geben.
Mysteriously the newly-received
Within the Memory to enclose,
Be my Striving's wider Sense:
It will strong Self-forces
In my Inner awaken
And becoming me, my Self give.
Interpretation: In the Summer we take the Divine into us while drinking
in the treasures of the senses, so that the cosmos will itself 'awaken' in us
later, in Winter. Last week, as this process progressed, we felt a need to
widen the soul-life to join it to this 'seed' placed in us, and to find
strength for the future when spiritual forces will use us as their
instrument. This week's mantra is of feeling how we strive to place this
'seed' into our Memory, to be the basis for a new way of feeling our Self in
that future time.
The Moon positions and phases for the week are listed below along with
some of the spiritual figures connected with the days. Attached to this post
is the JPEG image of the sign Leo---the Doctor said the Sun is under its
influence from August 4th to Sept. 7th in our era.
Sunday August 19th. Moon Leo. New Moon. 1662 B. Pascal died.
Monday August 20th. Moon Leo. 1854 the Philosopher Schelling died.
Tuesday August 21st. Moon Virgo. Sigismund.
Wednesday August 22nd. Moon Virgo. Hippolytus, Christian teacher of the 3rd
Thursday August 23rd. Moon Libra. Claudius.
Friday August 24th. Moon Libra. Barnabas, the companion of Paul.
Bartholomew, the Christian Apostle to India.
Saturday August 25th. Moon Skorpius. Ludwig IX of France, the Crusader.
1900 Nietzche died. 1844 Herder born.
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