Calendar of the Soul, Week 10
- For 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
* M A N T R A # 10 *
Zu sommerlichen Höhen
Erhebt der Sonne leuchtend Wesen sich;
Es nimmt mein menschlich Fühlen
In seine Raumesweiten mit.
Erahnend regt im Innern sich
Empfindung, dumpf mir kündend,
Erkennen wirst du einst:
Dich fühle jetzt ein Gotteswesen.
To summer-like Heights
Rises the Sun’s Light-filled Essence;
It draws my human Feeling
Into the widths of Space with it.
There anxiously stirs in my Inner self
Sensation, dimly prophesying to me
'You will realize one day:
You feel now a God’s Essence'.
About this week's mantra:
Spring is when we change from an inner "self-consciousness" to outer
"nature-consciousness". In all the spring verses, the inner self was
directed to the outer world of the senses. Last week the first theme of
'losing oneself in the light and warmth of summer' began. This week's mantra
continues this, as the Sun's power draws us out into the external world in
preparation for a connection forming with the Divine, the event of this
Sunday (St. John's Day), the highest point of the Sun.
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 Gemini (the Doctor said the Sun is under its
influence from June 16th on in our era.)
Sunday June 17th. Moon Aries. Montanus.
Monday June 18th. Moon Taurus. Markus.
Tuesday June 19th. Moon Taurus. Council of Nicea 325 A.D.
Wednesday June 20th. Moon Gemini. Silverius.
Thursday June 21st. Moon Gemini. New Moon. Eusebius.
Friday June 22nd. Moon Cancer. Wilhelm von Humboldt born 1767.
Saturday June 23rd. Moon Cancer. Colombus born 1456.
Sunday June 24th is John the Baptist's day (St. John’s Day).