The "Calendar of the Soul"
The cycle of the year can be a meditation 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 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. First, this week's
mantra in the original German and in translation:
* M A N T R A # 2 *
Ins Aussre des Sinnesalls
Verliert Gedankenmacht ihr Eigensein;
Es finden Geisteswelten
Den Menschensprossen wieder,
Der seinen Keim in ihnen,
Doch seine Seelenfrucht
In sich muss finden.
In outer World of the Senses
Thinkings might loses its Self-existence;
The Spiritual Worlds find
The offspring of Man again,
Whose seed is in them
But who must find its Soul-Fruit,
The dark time of Winter ends, the Sun returns. We are thus drawn out by
our senses, to find our connection to the cosmos through them. Our thinking
thus loses its character of closing itself off within itself--- and this is
the spiritual world itself finding itself through us.
The Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of Pisces from
Mar. 9th to Apr. 13th in our era. The symbolic image of the Fishes done from
Steiner's sketches & indications is attached to this post as a JPEG, although
it may go through to you or not depending on your settings. We're at work on
a web site so we could send links that would always enable you to see it.
The Moon positions and phases for the week are listed below along with
some of the spiritual figures connected with the days.
Sunday April 7th. Moon Aquarius. Egesippus (Christian writer of the second
century in Rome).
Monday April 8th. Moon Pisces. Wilhelm von Humboldt died 1835.
Tuesday April 9th. Moon Pisces. Mary Cleophas (who with Mary of Magdala and
the Mother of Jesus in Johns Gospel was present at the Crucifixion).
Theophilus (Bishop of Alexandria in the 5th century). Francis Bacon of
Verulam died 1626.
Wednesday April 10th. Moon Aries. The Prophets Daniel and Ezekiel.
Thursday April 11th. Moon Aries. Leo (Pope that turned back the wave of
Attila from Italy).
Friday April 12th. Moon Aries. New Moon. Zeno.
Saturday April 13th. Moon Taurus. Justin Martyr (famous Christian writer of
the time of Marcus Aurelius).