- Feb 7, 2000THE "CALENDAR OF THE SOUL"
Here is the Soul-Calendar verse for this week in German and in English,
with the Moon's position in the stars for each night and some of the birth &
death days of famous persons (saints, etc.) which Steiner published with the
first Seelencalendar in 1912 (I�m translating them to restore the Calendar to
its intended use with its spiritual-historical, solar and lunar connections).
In addition to a mantram for each week of the year, in the original were
12 drawings of the zodiac to be meditated on, to sense the spiritual working
of the solar forces in the cosmos in the daytime monthly. The Moon's position
in the constellations each night was to sense the lunar forces each evening.
The Sun, according to the Doctor, enters the influence of Aquarius on Feb.
8th. (Unfortunately we cannot send the images of the constellations through
this medium as yet.) The Moon positions are listed daily.
*******45th Week after Easter.
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 Thinking�s 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
Thinking�s Light receive.
SUN. 2/6 Moon Pisces. 1807 Abolition of Slavery in England.
MON. 2/7 Moon Pisces. 1446 Columbus born.
TUES. 2/8 Moon Pisces. Solomon, King of Israel. Leyden University
founded 1575. David Friedrich Strauss died 1874.
WED. 2/9 Moon Aries. Apollonia, Christian martyr in Alexandria in the 3rd
THURS. 2/10 Moon Aries. Theophany of Paul on the Way to Damascus. 1847
Edison born. 1755 Montesquieu died.
FRI. 2/11 Moon Taurus. 1650 Descartes died.
SAT. 2/12 Moon Taurus. Half Moon. 1804 Kant died. 1809 Darwin born.
For those not familiar with the use of mantrams:
Anthroposophy is a Western path of knowledge which begins with reading of
books and use of the ordinary logical mind; then, an intensification process
can be begun by the use of visual images Steiner gave out called
"Imaginations" and reciting mantras or combinations of words which leads a
step higher to "Inspirations." The 12 signs of the Zodiac, for instance, are
The meaning of the words of a mantra as read at first sight is not the
essential thing, but rather the repetitive recitation of them and entering
with deeper soul-forces into the inner experience of what is described.
Also, the mantrams were created in the German language and have their
rhythm from this, so that learning an English version is just a step to
learning to use the real mantram in the original, which is much preferred.
(Chanting "the jewel in the lotus" is very different from "Om mani padme
hum.") Steiner spoke often of the specialness of the German tongue, and how
it had preserved words lost by other Indo-Aryan languages, and said that it
could become what Sanscrit was in old Vedic times: the language in which
spirit-truths are expressed. In translating, I have tried to keep close to
the original so that one can most easily step from the English to the German.
Thanx to Bruce for the umlauts.*******
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