Re: The Soul Calendar, Week 31
- THE 'CALENDAR OF THE SOUL'
Here’s the 31st week of the "Soul-Calendar", which is made up of 52
meditative mantras enabling one 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 into you in the day) and the Moon's position in the constellations
each night (for sensing the lunar forces), as well as a list of saints and
other spiritual figures to meditate on connected with specific days of the
The mantra in the original German and in English:
Das Licht aus Geistestiefen,
Nach aussen strebt es sonnenhaft:
Es wird zur Lebenswillenskraft
Und leuchtet in der Sinne Dumpfheit,
Um Kräfte zu entbinden,
Die Schaffensmächte aus Seelentrieben
In Menschenwerke reifen lassen.
The Light out of Spirit-Deeps
Strives outwards like the Sun:
It turns into Life-Will-Force
And shines into the Senses' Dullness,
The Powers to unbind,
That Shaping-Might out of Soul-Drives
In Man's Work will let ripen.
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 had all Summer. Last week, we felt this growing
thinking consciousness directing all our feelings from vagueness to
certainty, as our summer soul-experience awakened fully. This week, the verse
focuses our attention on the spiritual light of thinking and how it seeks to
turn to the outer world, turning into will-forces for living and illuminating
the otherwise dull sense-existence, and thus turning the blind urges of the
soul into creatively-shaping forces.
* 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 Scorpio from
Nov. 10th to 30th in our era. The symbolic image of Scorpio done from
Steiner's sketches & indications 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 some of the 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
Sunday November 19th. Moon Leo. Pope Zacharias.
Monday November 20th. Moon Leo. Amos (the prophet). 1910 Tolstoy died.
Tuesday November 21st. Moon Virgo. Festival of the Offerring of Mary (Day
of Remembrance of the Bringing of Mary to the Temple in Jerusalem in the 3rd
Year of her upbringing).
Wednesday November 22nd. Moon Virgo. 1694 Voltaire born.
Thursday November 23rd. Moon Libra. Clemens (the Companion of Paul).
Friday November 24th. Moon Libra.1632 Spinoza born.
Saturday November 25th. Moon Scorpius. New Moon. 1814 the Physicist J.R.