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 # 2 7 *
In meines Wesens Tiefen dringen:
Erregt ein ahnungsvolles Sehnen,
Dass ich mich selbstbetrachtend finde,
Als Sommersonnengabe, die als Keim
In Herbstesstimmung wärmend lebt
Als meiner Seele Kräftetriebe.
In my essence's deeps is a force:
It excites a premonition-filled yearning
That I in my self-contemplation find
As Summer-Sun's gift, which as a seed
In Autumn's approach warming lives
As my Soul's Power-Drive.
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. Two weeks ago this developing
self-consciousness placed us in a state of being completely alone; last week
this developing ego-consciousness, the gift of the soul's experience in
Summer, we carried into our own Wills, and this gave backbone to the drives
of our human spirits so that they had a stamp of Self-feeling--- this is the
solar essence we carry within us into the 'night-time' of the year. This
week's verse describes a feeling of simply finding a driving force present in
our soul depths as a result of this; when I look within, I find a strong
yearning for what I sense must now begin to happen in the future; a powerful
force lives in the soul's drives which we must sense as a seed of future
development as we press on into the Autumn.
The Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of Virgo from
Sept. 8th to Oct. 12th in our era. The symbolic image of the Virgin 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 September 29th. Moon Cancer. Last Quarter. Michael (the Archangel).
Monday September 30th. Moon Cancer. Hieronymus, died 420, Christian Church
Tuesday October 1st. Moon Leo. 1386 Founding of the University of Heidelburg.
1847 Annie Besant born.
Wednesday October 2nd. Moon Leo. Frumentius (spreader of Christianity in
Ethiopia in the 4th Century). 1892 Ernst Renan died.
Thursday October 3rd. Moon Virgo. Dionysius the Aeropagite, comrade of Paul.
Jairus (in Matthew's Gospel). Simplicius.
Friday October 4th. Moon Virgo. Marcianus (spreader of Christianity in Egypt
in the 4th Century).1226 Francis of Assizi died.
Saturday October 5th. Moon Placidus (bringer of Christianity to Sicily in
the 6th Century). 1582 The Gregorian Calendar became established.
The verse for the Southern Hemisphere this week:
* M A N T R A # 5 2 *
Wenn aus den Seelentiefen
Der Geist sich wendet zu dem Weltensein
Und Schönheit quillt aus Raumesweiten,
Dann zieht aus Himmelsfernen
Des Lebens Kraft in Menschenleiber
Und einet, machtvoll wirkend,
Des Geistes Wesen mit dem Menschensein.
When out of the Souls Deeps
The Spirit winds its way to World-Being
And Beauty swells into the widths of Space,
Then is drawn from farthest Heavens
The Life Force into Mans bodies
And there becomes one, mightily working,
The Spirits Essence and Mans being.
Happy Michaelmas all. =-Dr. Starman