Calendar of the Soul-CHRISTMAS (Week 38)
- The "Calendar of the Soul"
The cycle of the year can be a meditation. Steiner gave out the 'Calendar of the Soul' for this, 52 meditative mantras enabling you to experience the 'astral' (soul) events occurring within us as well as in outer Nature during the year. These verses are well known to many ---- but the original Calendar published in 1912 ALSO had 12 Images of the Zodiac (to be meditated with each month to sense the working of the 'solar' forces in the cosmos in the day), a listing of the Moon's phases 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 present the whole Calendar here as it was meant to be used, for the first time since 1912.
The mantra in the original German and in translation:
* M A N T R A # 3 8 (CHRISTMAS) *
Ich fuhle wie entzaubert
Das Geisteskind im Seelenschoss;
Es hat in Herzenshelligkeit
Gezeugt das heilige Weltenwort
Der Hoffnung Himmelsfrucht,
Die jubelnd wachst in Weltenfernen
Aus meines Wesens Gottesgrund.
"I feel set free from a spell
The Spirit-Child in Soul's Womb;
It has in Heart's Clear Light
Begotten the holy World-Word
Of Hope the Heavens' Fruit,
To joyously grow into World-Farnesses
Out of my Essence's God-Ground."
This week's mantram:
Last week we felt ourselves as light-beings carrying the Spirit into the
darknesss of matter, so that the divine working through us can enlighten it.
This week we give birth to a new consciousness that will grow out into the
world all the year to come.
(For those not familiar with the use of mantras:
The anthroposophic path uses symbolic images or Imaginations to awaken spiritual 'sight' and mantras or Inspirations to begin spiritual 'hearing'. The meaning of the words of a mantra at first sight is not important, but rather reciting it and entering with deeper soul-forces into its inner experience. Also, these mantras were created in the German language and have their rhythms in that, so learning an English version is just a step to using the original; I’ve kept close to it in translating, so anyone can easily go from the English meaning to the actual German mantra. )
The Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of Sagittarius from Dec. 1st to Jan. 4th in our era. The symbolic image of the 'Archer' done from Steiner's sketches & indications is inserted below.
The Moon positions and phases for the week are listed below along with some of the spiritual figures connected with the days.
Sunday, December 15th. Moon Taurus. St. Ignatius. (Third Sunday of Advent.)
Monday, December 16th. Moon Taurus. Ludwig van Beethoven born 1770. Wilhelm Grimm died 1878.
Tuesday, December 17th. Moon Gemini. Day of Lazarus, he who by Christ was awakened.
Wednesday, December 18th. Moon Gemini. Lamarck died 1829.
Thursday, December 19th. Moon Cancer. Full Moon. Abraham.
Friday, December 20th. Moon Cancer. Ammon, Christian teacher of the 2nd century.
Saturday, December 21st. Moon Cancer. Feast day of Thomas the "Doubting" Apostle
P.S. The Full Moon will appear close to Saturn Wednesday and Thursday nights.
Sorry if this doesn't fit in with all the talk about booze & sex here at Christmastime, but perhaps there are some people interested in spiritual things like meditation, the birth of the Christ, and how anthroposophy enables us to experience it and Him.
The verse for the Southern Hemisphere for this week:
* M A N T R A # 8 *
Es wächst der Sinne Macht
Im Bunde mit der Götter Schaffen,
Sie drückt des Denkens Kraft
Zur Traumes Dumpfheit mir herab.
Wenn göttlich Wesen
Sich meiner Seele einen will,
Muss menschlich Denken
Im Traumessein sich still bescheiden.
There waxes the Senses' Might
In Union with the Gods' Shaping,
It draws my Thinking's Power
Down to Dream Dimness.
When godly Essence
With my soul would become one,
Must Man's Thinking
Quietly humble itself to Dream-existence .