The Soul's Calendar, Week 33
- THE 'CALENDAR OF THE SOUL'
Here’s the 33rd week of the Soul's Calendar. It's made up of 52 meditative
mantras enabling 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 in the cosmos into you
in the day, and the Moon's position in the constellations each night to sense
the lunar forces; and a list of saints and other spiritual figures and events
to meditate about on specific days of the week.
The mantra in the original German and in English:
So fühl ich erst die Welt,
Die ausser meiner Seele Miterleben
An sich nur frostig leeres Leben
Und ohne Macht sich offenbarend,
In Seelen sich von neuem schaffend,
In sich den Tod nur finden könnte.
Now I feel for the first time the World
That, without my Soul's Living-With-it,
As only a frozen empty Life
And without Power is revealed;
All in the Soul of new Shaping,
If it stays in itself, can find only Death.
For those not familiar with the use of mantras:
The anthroposophic path uses symbolic images or Imaginations to awaken
spiritual sight and mantras to begin Inspiration or 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 mantra:
The season of Autumn is the time in which we are meant to develop Self
(inner)-consciousness instead of the Nature (outer)-consciousness we had all
Last week's verse described how, as a part of this growing self-awareness,
our will-forces became strong enough to give clear insight into the Destiny
(karma) events in our lives. This week this process of seeing the external
world from the outside (rather than being within it, as in summer) reaches
the point where we feel intensely that, without our souls' participation in
it, it is an empty wasteland: and that all our creative forces, if we keep
them within our own souls, will die, for they are meant to connect with and
renew something in that outer world that can have no life without them.
* 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 Sagittarius
from Dec. 1st to Jan. 4th. The symbolic image of the Archer 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 spiritual figures published in the
first ‘Seelencalendar’: these are fruitful material for contemplation on
those days. I’m in the process of translating these to restore the Calendar
to its intended use with the full spiritual/solar/lunar connections.
Sunday December 3rd. Moon Aquarius. Last Quarter. Fracis Xavier,
well-known converter of heathens in the 16th century.
Monday December 4th. Moon Pisces. 1409 The University of Leipzig founded.
1798 Galvani died. 1795 Carlyle born.
Tuesday December 5th. Moon Pisces. 1791 Mozart died.
Wednesday December 6th. Moon Pisces. Nikolaus (Legend: A father, on the
way to Hunger and Poverty, was going to hand over his three daughters to
shamefulness; Nikolaus discovered this and at night threw a bundle of gold
through the window of the man, enough to provide his three daughters with a
dowry and for the man to live on. From this the tradition, that on this day
we give gifts to children.) Max Muller the Orientalist born 1833.
Thursday December 7th. Moon Aries. First German railroad opened 1835.
Friday December 8th. Moon Aries. Festival of the Conception of Mary
(Remembrance of the conception without sin of Mary through her mother Anna).
Herbert Spencer died 1903.
Saturday December 9th. Moon Taurus. Milton born1608.
P.S. The almost-full Moon will appear close to Saturn and Jupiter in the
Eastern sky on both Dec. 9th and 10th, all 3 rising higher in the sky all
night after sunset. The Moon will appear to the right of Saturn on Dec. 9th,
to the left of bright Jupiter on the 10th.
*The Micha-Elic use of Technology*
- Hello starman and all,
This one mantra from the Soul Calendar is reall speaking to me.
This past weekend I went to an exhibit of Impressionist paintings (monet,
renoir, pisarro, van gogh, etc. and pre-impressionists) in Richmond, VA. The
exhibit was wonderful, and when viewing I was particularly struck by one
piece of Pisarro--a winter forest landscape wherein a small figure of a
woman carrying a pail (i forget the name of the painting). Anyway, when
viewing it so much flooded me-feelings, thoughts. I leaned in to the
painting and said to myself, "here i am, so near to Pisarro's soul, or That
Soul, or here he is so near to me." Moreover, i was thinking how the
presence of the woman/human figure added depth to the snowy forest
landscape, and also thinking of how the forest on its own was nothing. What
is needed is the human presence--the woman figure helps, but more the
presence of the Artist and the presence of the viewer.
Then, later when I tried to draw a simple perspective drawing (not simple
for me) I realized that the perspective was not working out because I was
not really seeing and not really seeing my own seeing as part of the
drawing. Seeing my seeing is one way of defining *perspective.*
So, the so-called world out there, as the Mantra says, is but Death "without
my Soul's-Living-in-it", as the Mantra says.
This is a lesson I am learning, not only in drawing but in the quality of
living/seeing/en-souling. I guess the Impressionists had some sense of
this, and what a powerful gift they gave to the world suffering from the
death of naive realism in art.
This Mantra for week 33 is also about the very purpose of Mantra, that we
enter them not through the words but through living into the soul of the
> The mantra ((...snip the German))
>Now I feel for the first time the World
>That, without my Soul's Living-With-it,
>As only a frozen empty Life
>And without Power is revealed;
>All in the Soul of new Shaping,
>If it stays in itself, can find only Death.
> For those not familiar with the use of mantras:
> The anthroposophic path uses symbolic images or Imaginations to awaken
>spiritual sight and mantras to begin Inspiration or spiritual hearing. The
>meaning of the words of a mantra at first sight is not important, but
>reciting it and entering with deeper soul-forces into its inner experience.
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- Dear Elaine,
I teach drawing and am also an artist (though I tend toward sculpture).
I wish I could help you with seeing your seeing. I know exactly what you mean.
Let me try:)
One point perspective:
A horizon line is something that is observable. It is the place where everything above it radiates upward and everthing below it radites downward.
The point is called a vanishing point.
Thank you for the insight into the painting. Do yo remember the title?