The Calendar of the Soul, week 16
- 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 6 *
Zu bergen Geistgeschenk im Innern,
Gebietet strenge mir mein Ahnen,
Dass reifend Gottesgaben
In Seelengründen fruchtend
Der Selbstheit Früchte bringen.
To save the Spirit-Gifts in my Inner self
Bids me strongly my sensing of the future,
So that those ripening God-gifts
In the Soul’s Ground bearing fruit
The Selfhood's Fruit will bring.
In the Summer the human spirit 'loses itself' in the world, and then in
Winter it separates itself from it again. Last week this giving oneself over
to the Spirit was at its strongest: this week we seek to hold onto what our
inner selves have received from the Spirit for the future. The cosmos will
itself 'awaken' in us at Christmas, and as it does, our own fruits will ripen
along with its.
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 29th. Moon Skorpius. Simplicius. 1856 Robert Schumann died.
Monday July 30th. Moon Skorpius. Ruth.
Tuesday July 31st. Moon Sagittarius.1472 University of Munich founded.
1556 Ignatius von Loyola died. 1886 Franz Liszt died.
Wednesday August 1st. Moon Sagittarius. Macabees. 1744 Natural Scientist
Thursday August 2nd. Moon Capricornus. Hannibal. 1832 Olcott born.
Friday August 3rd. Moon Capricornus. Full Moon. 1492 Start of the first
Saturday August 4th. Moon Aquarius. Dominic (Founder of the Dominican Order).
King of Judea. Josias, the Prophet. Tertullian.
Aristarchus. 1792 the Poet