- Oct 8, 2000THE CALENDAR OF THE SOUL
Here’s the 25th week after Easter of the "Soul-Calendar". The Calendar has
52 meditative mantras which enable you to consciously experience the 'astral'
(soul) events occurring within you in the course of the year, 12 images of
the zodiac to be meditated on to sense the working of the solar forces in the
cosmos in the day within this, and the Moon's position in the constellations
each night to sense the lunar forces. There's also a list of saints and other
spiritual figures and events connected with specific days.
The mantra in the original German and in English:
Ich darf nun mir gehören
Und leuchtend breiten Innenlicht
In Raumes- und in Zeitenfinsternis.
Zum Schlafe drängt natürlich Wesen,
Der Seele Tiefen sollen wachen
Qnd wachend tragen Sonnengluten
In kalte Winterfluten.
I'm allowed only to myself to belong
And luminously spread Inner Light
Into Space- and Time-darkness.
As towards sleep draws all natural Essence,
The Souls's Deeps shall awaken
And waking, carry the Sun's Glow
Into the cold Winter-flowing.
(For those not familiar with the use of mantras:
The anthroposophic path uses symbolic images ("Imaginations") to awaken
spiritual sight and mantras ("Inspirations") to begin spiritual hearing. The
meaning of the words of a mantra at first sight is not important, but rather
reciting it and entering with deeper soul-forces into its inner experience.
Also, these mantras were created in the German language and have their
rhythms in that, so learning an English version is just a step to using the
original; I’ve kept close to it in translating, so anyone can easily go from
English to German.)
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. Last week, there was an intense becoming aware of self
which reached down into the darkest soul-contents, and through this the Will
was unleashed. This week this developing self-consciousness places us in a
state where it is necessary to be completely alone, so that the Light which
is only within can be shed on the otherwise dark outer world. This is the
solar essence we carry within us into the night-time of the year.
* T H E W E E K S P I R I T U A L L Y *
The Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of Virgo from
September 8th to October 12th in our era, and comes under the influence of
Libra from Oclober 13th on. (The symbolic images done from Steiner's sketches
& indications of Virgo and Libra accompany this post as attachments.) The
Moon phases and positions in the stars are listed below for each night, along
with the birth & death days of famous spiritual figures published in the
first ‘Seelencalendar’: their lives and contributions are fruitful material
for contemplation on their days. (I’m in the process of translating these to
restore the Calendar to its intended use with the full spiritual/solar/lunar
Sunday October 8th. Moon Capricornus. Ephraim (Joseph's Son). 1502
Founding of the University of Wittenberg.
Monday October 9th. Moon Aquarius. Dionysius (he who conducted the
counting of the years since the Birth of Christ and decided the the method
for fixing the celebration of the Easter festival).
Tuesday October 10th. Moon Aquarius. Gideon.
Wednesday October 11th. Moon Pisces. 1531 Zwingli died.
Thursday October 12th. Moon Pisces. Wilfred (acted for the spreading of
Christianity in Sweden in the 11th century).
Friday October 13th. Moon Aries. Full Moon. Angelus.
Saturday October 14th. Moon Aries. Callistus.
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