Calendar of the Soul, Week 25
- 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 5 *
Ich darf nun mir gehören
Und leuchtend breiten Innenlicht
In Raumes- und in Zeitenfinsternis.
Zum Schlafe drängt natürlich Wesen,
Der Seele Tiefen sollen wachen
Qnd wachend tragen Sonnengluten
In kalte Winterfluten.
I now must belong only to myself
And lightening, spread Inner Light
Into Space and Time darkness.
As towards sleep draws all natural Essence,
The Souls's Deeps shall awaken
And waking, carry the Sun's Glow
Into the cold Winter-flowing.
This week's mantram:
The season of Autumn is the Michaelmas time, in which we are meant to
develop Self(inner)-consciousness instead of the Nature(outer)-consciousness
we have in summer. Last week in the soul, there was an intense becoming aware
of itself which reached down into the dark soul-contents, and through this
the Will was unleashed. This week this developing self-consciousness places
us in a state where it is necessary to be completely alone, so that the Light
which is only within can be shed on the otherwise dark outer world. This is
the solar essence we carry within us into the night-time of the year.
At the time of 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 summer dream-state. Our Nature-Consciousness strives to
become inner 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 AWAKEN. May this Michaelmas find us
all with the strength needed to face the Dragon.
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 of the Virgin---the Doctor said
the Sun is under its influence from Sept. 8th to Oct. 12th in our era.
Sunday September 30th. Moon Aquarius. Hieronymus, died 420, Christian Church
Monday October 1st. Moon Pisces. 1386 Founding of the University of
1847 Annie Besant born.
Tuesday October 2nd. Moon Pisces. Full Moon. Frumentius (spreader of
Ethiopia in the 4th Century). 1892 Ernst Renan died.
Wednesday October 3rd. Moon Aries. Dionysius the Aeropagite, comrade of
Jairus (in Matthew's Gospel). Simplicius.
Thursday October 4th. Moon Aries. Marcianus (spreader of Christianity in
Egypt in the 4th
Century).1226 Francis of Assizi died.
Friday October 5th. Moon Taurus. Placidus (bringer of Christianity to Sicily
in the 6th
Century). 1582 The Gregorian Calendar became established.
Saturday October 6th. Moon Taurus. Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Angela (who
Francis of Assizi to Christianity).