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 # 3 0 *
Es spriessen mir im Seelensonnenlicht
Des Denkens reife Früchte
In Selbstbewusstseins Sicherheit
Verwandelt alles Fühlen sich.
Empfinden kann ich freudevoll
Des Herbstes Geisterwachen:
Der Winter wird in mir
Den Seelensommer wecken.
There sprouts in Soul-Sun-Light
The ripening Fruits of Thinking
Into Self-Consciousness' certainty
Transforming all Feelings.
I can perceive joyously
The Autumn's Spirit-Watch:
The Winter becomes in me
The Soul-Summer's wakening.
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 a growing power
of Thinking as the gift of our Summer experience, making sense out of all
that seemed senseless, giving us a feeling of a rest and an expectation of
good in the coming Winter. This week, we feel this growing thinking
consciousness directing all our feelings from vagueness to certainty, as our
summer soul-experience awakens fully.
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 November 4th. Moon Gemini. 1493 Columbus landed in Guadaloupe.
Monday November 5th. Moon Gemini. 1494 Hans Sachs born.
Tuesday November 6th. Moon Cancer. 1771 Senefelder, the inventor of
Wednesday November 7th. Moon Cancer. 1775 Goethe entered into Weimar.
Thursday November 8th. Moon Leo. First Quarter. 1674 Milton died.
Friday November 9th. Moon Leo. Day of Remembrance of 40 Martyrs, who
because they refused to participate in a Feast to pagan gods, were murdered
by the Langobards.
Saturday November 10th. Moon Virgin. 1483 Luther born. 1759 Schiller born.
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