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 Rudolf 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 published 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 # 2 7 *
In meines Wesens Tiefen dringen:
Erregt ein ahnungsvolles Sehnen,
Dass ich mich selbstbetrachtend finde,
Als Sommersonnengabe, die als Keim
In Herbstesstimmung wärmend lebt
Als meiner Seele Kräftetriebe.
In my essence's deeps is a force:
It excites a premonition-filled yearning
That I in my self-contemplation find
As Summer-Sun's gift, which as a seed
In Autumn's approach warming lives
As my Soul's Power-Drive.
This week's mantram:
The season of Autumn is the Michaelmas time, in which we are meant to
develop Self (inner)-consciousness instead of the Nature
(outer)-consciousness we have in Summer. Two weeks ago this developing
self-consciousness placed us in a state of being completely alone; last week
this developing ego-consciousness, the gift of the soul's experience in
Summer, we carried into our own Wills & this gave backbone to the drives of
our human spirits so that they had a stamp of Self-feeling; this is the solar
essence we carry within us into the 'night-time' of the year. This week's
verse describes a feeling of simply finding a driving force present in our
soul depths as a result of this; when I look within, I find a strong yearning
for what I sense must now begin to happen in the future; a powerful force
lives in the soul's drives which we must sense as a seed of future
development as we press on into the Autumn.
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 symbolic image of the constellation of the Scales---the Doctor said
the Sun is under its influence from Oct. 13th on in our era.
Sunday October 14th. Moon Virgo. Callistus.
Monday October 15th. Moon Virgo. 1844 Friedrich Nietzche born.
Tuesday October 16th. Moon Libra. New Moon. Gallus (the appointer of the
cloisters of St. Gallen).
Wednesday October 17th. Moon Libra. Hilarius.
Thursday October 18th. Moon Skorpius. Luke (the Evangelist).
Friday October 19th. Moon Skorpius. Ptolemäus.
Saturday October 20th. Moon Sagittarius. Arthur.
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