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 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. These 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).
There was also 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, as far as we
know, and is available nowhere else, not even at the Goetheanum.
First, this week's meditative mantra in the original German and in
* M A N T R A # 2 9 *
Sich selbst des Denkens leuchten
Im Innern kraftvoll zu entfachen,
Erlebtes sinnvoll deutend
Aus Weltengeistes Kräftequell,
Ist mir nun Sommererbe
Ist Herbstesruhe und auch Winterhoffnung.
The Glowing Light of Thinking
Within oneself powerfully to enkindle,
Life's meaningfulness interpreting
Out of the World-Spirit's Power-Source,
Is to me Summer's inheritance,
Is Fall's Rest and also Winter's Hope.
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 had all Summer. Last week, we felt this growing
self-consciousness cause our being to widen: thinking found itself able to
solve seemingly-insoluable mysteries of life, and in our feelings, many
wishes we had given up on now we see it possible to realize. This week, we
should feel this growing power of Thinking as the gift of our Summer
experience, making sense out of all that seemed senseless in life; giving us
a feeling of a restful pause and an expectation of good in the coming Winter.
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 to Nov. 9th in our era.
Sunday October 28th. Moon Pisces. Simeon and Judas (relatives of Jesus).
1704 John Locke died. 1466 Erasmus of Rotterdam born.
Monday October 29th. Moon Pisces. Narcissus.
Tuesday October 30th. Moon Aries. Claudius.
Wednesday October 31st. Moon Aries. Full Moon. Wolfgang.
Thursday November 1st. Moon Taurus. Catholic Festival of All Hallows
(became since the seventh century celebrated, as an imitation of the worship
that was used in the Pantheon in Rome for all the heathen Gods. The Pantheon
was given to Pope Boniface IV by Caesar Photius and consecrated to all the
Friday November 2nd. Moon Taurus. Festival of All Souls (since 1020 as a
Catholic Festival established).
Saturday November 3rd. Moon Gemini. Malachi (the Prophet).
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