Calendar of the Soul, Week 22
- 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 Rudolf 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 published 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 # 2 2 *
Das Lichte aus Weltenweiten,
Im Innern lebt es kräftig fort:
Es wird zum Seelenlichte
Und leuchtet in die Geistestiefen,
Um Früchte zu entbinden,
Die Menschenselbst aus Weltenselbst
Im Zeitenlaufe reifen lassen.
The Light out of World-Widenesses
In my Inner lives as a continuing power;
It turns into Soul-Light
And shines in Spirit-deeps,
The Fruit to unbind,
That Man's Self out of World's Self
In Time's course will allow to ripen.
This week's mantram:
In the Summer we take the Divine into us while drinking in the treasures
of the senses, but in a sort of waking-dream state, so that the cosmos will
itself 'awaken' in us later. Two weeks ago, as this process progressed, we
felt the Self for the first time since 'losing' it in the Summer light &
warmth, felt it as something separating from that world we are part of in
the waking-dream state; but along with this was an acute sense that we would
perish along with all our creations if built from that Self ALONE, if we
build in the future ONLY from it. Last week, the spiritual 'seed' that was
planted in this summer 'dream-state' reached a stage of ripening where it
began to 'lend' to us a 'spiritual Self' instead; and we had a strong
fore-sensing that THIS 'Self' will be able to join with the deepest inner
forces which the ordinary self would not be able to tap into. This week's
mantra focuses our attention on how this light-seed lives on within us, how
that which was received spiritually from the Summer Light and Warmth can be
felt as an ongoing power within, releasing the fruit of its working, to
evolve in the future a Self out of the World-Self.
As we change from Summer to Winter, we cease to be conscious of the
external world and instead become conscious again of ourselves, as if
awakening from a dream; our Nature-Consciousness strives to become Self
Consciousness, but at first we may feel fear due to no longer being able to
lean on outer things for consciousness, which is why the symbol of the
warrior archangel is placed before us at Michaelmas, summoning us to have
courage, for we are not going to die as our summer nature-consciousness
wanes, but rather wake up.
Next week's verse is the first appearance of Autumn dulling the senses'
summer brilliance; but that which has been gained from the summer-experience
will become our inner self-experience.
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 symbolic image of the constellation VIRGO---the Doctor said the Sun is
under its influence from Sept. 8th to Oct. 12th in our era.
Sunday September 9th. Moon Taurus. 1828 Tolstoy born.
Monday September 10th. Moon Taurus. Sosthenus (by Paul made a leader).
Tuesday September 11th. Moon Gemini. Last Quarter. Abraham (Race-father of
Wednesday September 12th. Moon Gemini. Tobias.
Thursday September 13th. Moon Cancer. 1872 the Philosopher Ludwig Feuerbach
Friday September 14th. Moon Cancer. Festival of the High Cross. Heraclius,
brought in 629
the Cross of Christ to Constantinople. 1769 Alexander von Humboldt
born. 1887 The
Philosopher Freidrich Theodore Vischer died.
Saturday September 15th. Moon Leo. Nicodemus (who in John's Gospel was made a