Calendar of the Soul, Week 15 after Easter
- The "Calendar of the Soul"
The cycle of the year can be a meditation 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 52 meditative mantras enabling you to
consciously experience the 'astral' (soul) events occurring within you as
well as in outer Nature in the course of the year. These 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), a listing of the Moon's phase
and position in the constellations each night (for sensing the 'lunar'
forces), and a list of saints and other spiritual figures connected with
specific days of the week. We're presenting all that here. We begin with the
mantra in the original German and in translation:
* 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.
The summer is when we are meant to lose ourselves in the play of light
and warmth; then, from out of the Spirit revealed in the outer world, we are
to find our "selves" again in the World-Self. This week the Spirit we
experience through the beauty of the senses in the outer world has enwrapped
itself around the Ego, which would otherwise be cut off from the world--- a
"spell" cast over it which is unwrapped at Christmastime, which is the
opposite verse to this week's.
The Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of Gemini from
June 16th to July 20th in our era. The symbolic image of the Twins done from
Steiner's sketches & indications is attached to this post as a JPEG, although
it may go through to you or not depending on your settings.
The Moon positions and phases for the week are listed below along with
some of the spiritual figures connected with the days.
Sunday July 7th. Moon GEMINI. Demetrius.
Monday July 8th. Moon GEMINI. Aquila and Priscilla.
Tuesday July 9th. Moon CANCER. Anatolia.
Wednesday July 10th. Moon CANCER. 1509 Calvin born.
Thursday July 11th. Moon LEO. Pius I.
Friday July 12th. Moon LEO. 1536 Erasmus of Rotterdam died.
Saturday July 13th. Moon VIRGO. 1889 Robert Hamerling died.