- Oct 22, 2000THE CALENDAR OF THE SOUL
Here’s the 27th week (after Easter) of the Soul-Calendar. The Calendar has
52 meditative mantras which enable you to consciously experience the astral
or 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 into
these in the day, and the Moon's position in the constellations is listed for
each night to sense the lunar forces which work into the astral as well.
Also, there is a list of saints and other spiritual figures and events
connected with specific days of the week.
The mantra in the original German and in English:
In meines Wesens Tiefen dringen:
Erregt ein ahnungsvolles Sehnen,
Dass ich mich selbstbetrachtend finde,
Als Sommersonnengabe, die als Keim
In Herbstesstimmung wärmend lebt
Als meiner Seele Kräftetriebe.
In my essence's deeps is a force:
It excites a premonition-filled yearning
That I in my self-contemplation find
As Summer-Sun's gift, which as a seed
In Autumn's approach warming lives
As my Soul's Power-Drive.
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 what's important, but
rather reciting it and entering with deeper soul-forces into its inner
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. Two weeks ago this developing
self-consciousness placed us in a state of being completely alone; last week
this developing ego-consciousness, the gift of the soul's experience in S
ummer, we carried into our own Wills & this gave backbone to the drives
of our human spirits so that they had a stamp of Self-feeling; this is the
solar essence we carry within us into the 'night-time' of the year. This
week's verse describes a feeling of simply finding a driving force present in
our soul depths as a result of this; when I look within, I find a strong
yearning for what I sense must now begin to happen in the future; a powerful
force lives in the soul's drives which we must sense as a seed of future
development as we press on into the Autumn.
* 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 Libra from
Oclober 13th to Nov. 9th. (The symbolic image done from Steiner's sketches &
indications of Libra accompanies this post as an attachment.) 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 22nd. Moon Leo. 1811 Franz Liszt born.
Monday October 23rd. Moon Leo. Ignatius.
Tuesday October 24th. Moon Virgo. Raphael (the Archangel).
Wednesday October 25th. Moon Virgo. 1806 Max Stirner born.
Thursday October 26th. Moon Libra. Thaddeus (found in Matthew's Gospel).
Friday October 27th. Moon Libra. New Moon. Sabina.
Saturday October 28th. Moon Scorpius. Simeon and Judas (relatives of
Jesus). 1704 John Locke died. 1466 Erasmus of Rotterdam born.
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