The "Calendar of the Soul"
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 52 meditative mantras
enabling you to consciously experience the 'astral' (soul) events occurring
within you as well as in outer 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), a listing of the
Moon's phase and position in the constellations each night (for sensing the
'lunar' forces), and a list of saints and other spiritual figures connected
with specific days of the week. We're presenting all that here. This week's
mantra in the original German and in translation:
* M A N T R A # 4 5 *
Es festigt sich Gedankenmacht
Im Bunde mit der Geistgeburt,
Sie hellt der Sinne dumpfe Reize
Zur vollen Klarheit auf.
Sich mit dem Weltenwerden einen will,
Des Denkens Licht empfangen.
Fast is Thinkings Might
In Union with the Spirit-Birth,
It brightens the senses dim risings
To full Clarity.
With World-Becoming would become one,
Must Senses revelation
Thinkings Light receive.
This week's mantram:
We are heading towards spring and summer, when our inner selves once more
sleep while the Earth awakens. Last week, stirrings of life in the wakening
outer world combined with our wills as we continued to unfold the
spirit-birth acheived at Christmas; this week, the power of thinking united
with what was born in us at Christmas makes clear to us all the early spring
stirrings of new life in the external world. In order for the Soul's fullness
of experience to unite with this "becoming" of Nature, we must unite our
thinking to our perceptions.
The Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of Aquarius
from Feb. 9th to Mar. 8th in our era. The symbolic image of the Water-Man
done from Steiner's sketches & indications is attached to this post.
The Moon positions and phases for the week are listed below along with
some of the spiritual figures connected with the days.
Sunday February 17th. Moon Aries. Giordano Bruno burned 1600. Olcott died
Monday February 18th. Moon Taurus. Luther died 1546. Michelangelo died
1564. Volta born 1745.
Tuesday February 19th. Moon Taurus. Copernicus born 1473. 1700, Acceptance
of the Gregorian Calendar by the Protestants.
Wednesday February 20th. Moon Gemini. Voltaire born 1694.
Thursday February 21st. Moon Gemini. Spinoza died 1677.
Friday February 22nd. Moon Cancer. Papias (Disciple of the Apostles, died
as a martyr 116 A.D.) Schopenhauer born 1788.
Saturday February 23rd. Moon Cancer. Lazarus (the poor man in the
Gospel). Lazarus (who as described in Johns Gospel by Christ was awakened).
Mathematician Gauss died 1855. Eduard von Hartmann born 1842.
P. S. The Moon will pass by Saturn on Wednesday night high overhead, near the
Bull's Eye. The Moon will pass by Jupiter on Friday night near the foot of
Castor, one of the Twins of Gemini.