1716The Calendar of the Soul, Week 7
- May 27, 2001For those new to the 'Calendar': 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 made up of 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.
The 52 mantras (for which Steiner later gave the eurythmy forms) are well
known to many anthroposophists, but the original Calendar 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 and is available
nowhere else, as far as I know; I have the original 'Calendar' in German and
am translating it section by section, and 12 Zodiac images by Magaret
Roessler after von Eckherdstein's originals).
First, this week's meditative mantra in the original German and in
Mein selbst, es drohet zu entfliehen,
Vom Weltenlichte mächtig angezogen.
Nun trete du mein Ahnen
In deine Rechte kraftig ein
Ersetze mir des Denkens Macht
Das in der Sinne Schein
Sich selbst verlieren will.
My Self, it threatens to fly out
To World-Light mightily drawn.
Now enter you, my foreboding,
Into your rightful place forcefully,
Restore for me Thinking’s Might
That in the Senses’ Shine
Would lose itself.
About this week's mantra:
Spring is when we change from an inner "self-consciousness" to outer
"nature-consciousness". Verse 1 (at Easter) spoke of how the Sun spoke to our
senses; verse 2, how thinking lost its separate existence by joining with it;
week 3, how the true "I" felt it penetrated to its Essence in the outer
world; week 4, how Sensation added warmth to thinking; week 5, how the Light
weaving in Space creating is the same essence as the Soul. Last week's mantra
pictured the experiencing of the True Self reflected in the whole world
around us, showing us an image of ourselves as we truly are (the macrocosm
and the microcosm). In all these, the inner self has been directed to the
outer world of the senses. This week, the Self being drawn into the senses
and the Light, could be drawn too much out: so a counter-force comes in, a
feeling of foreboding about the future, to keep thinking from losing itself
in the outer world. Self-consciousness is kept from being lost in the play
of the senses by this "ahnen" (sensing of the future, foreboding) rightfully
drawing thinking back to itself. This is the astral force we seek to
consciously work with now.
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 JPEG image of the sign Taurus (the Doctor said the Sun is under its
influence till June 15th in our era.)
Sunday May 27th. Moon Cancer. Maria of Magdala. Dante born 1265. Calvin
Monday May 28th. Moon Leo. Wilhelm.
Tuesday May 29th. Moon Leo. First Quarter. Christiana.
Wednesday May 30th. Moon Virgo. The Maid of Orleans burnt 1431.
Thursday May 31st. Moon Virgo. Petronella.
Friday June 1st. Moon Virgo. Nicodemus.
Saturday June 2nd. Moon Libra. Erasmus.