Calendar of the Soul, Week 15
- 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 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), as well as 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.
First, this week's meditative mantra in the original German and in
* M A N T R A # 1 5 *
Ich fühle wie verzaubert
Im Weltenschein des Geistes Weben
Es hat in Sinnesdumpfheit
Gehüllt mein Eigenwesen,
Zu schenken mir die Kraft
Die, ohnmächtig sich selbst zu geben,
Mein Ich in seinen Schranken ist.
I feel how enchanted
Into World-Shining is the Spirit's Weaving:
It has in Senses' Dimness
Enclosed my Self-Essence
To give me the Power:
That, powerless myself to give
My "I" in its boundaries is.
In the Summer the human spirit 'loses itself' in the world, and then in
Winter it separates itself from it again. This week this 'losing oneself' in
the outer world is at its height: this verse is the polar opposite of the
Christmas verse where the spirit is 'born' out of the world again, so now we
feel enraptured by its power, which encloses us. This happens because the
limited self does not have the power it can have by so being enchanted into
the senses' glories. We 'fall asleep' into the world of the senses so that
the cosmos will itself 'awaken' in us at Christmas.
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 Cancer---the Doctor said the Sun is under its
influence from July 21st to August 3rd in our era.
Sunday July 22nd. Moon Leo. Mary Magdalene. The astronomer Bessel born 1784.
Monday July 23rd. Moon Leo. Apollinaris, School of Peter. Syrus, Christian
Tuesday July 24th. Moon Virgo. Christiana.
Wednesday July 25th. Moon Virgo. St. Chistopher.
Thursday July 26th. Moon Virgo. Anna.
Friday July 27th. Moon Libra. Martha.
Saturday July 28th. Moon Libra. 1750 Johann Seb. Bach died. 1794
executed.1804 Philosopher Ludwig Feuerbach born.
- I have been viewing the images of the zodiac with interest and have a
couple of questions. Were these images drawn by Steiner? Can anyone
speak about them a bit more? For instance, this week's image of
Cancer - with the reflecting, mirroring from left to right, under the