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3241Soul-Calendar, Week 12 after Easter (St. John's Tide)

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  • DoctorStarman@aol.com
    Jun 15, 2005
      *******Sorry to be late again with this week's Calendar mailing.   -starman

        The Calendar of the Soul

        Rudolf Steiner gave out the 'Soul-Calendar' in 1912, 52 meditative mantras to enable us to experience the 'astral' (soul) events occurring within us and in Nature during the year, starting with the first mantra every year on Easter.
         These mantras for each week are well known to many students of Steiner, but the original "Calendar " also had 12 Images of the Zodiac, to be meditated with each month (to sense the working of the 'solar' forces in the cosmos), plus a listing of the Moon's phases & position in the signs each night (for sensing the 'lunar' forces), and a list of dates of births and deaths of spiritual figures and dates of events to contemplate on specific days. Here is the Soul-Calendar restored to this complete form. 

         The Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of the constellation TAURUS from May 1st to June 15th in our era. Here's the symbolic image of the BULL from the original Soul-Calendar:     

      This week's mantra.
          For those not familiar with the use of mantras: The anthroposophic path uses symbolic images like the above ("Imaginations") to awaken spiritual sight, and mantras ("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 English to German.

      *  M A N T R A  # 1 2 (St. John's Tide) *
      Der Welten Schönheitsglanz,
      Er zwinget mich aus Seelentiefen
      Des Eigenlebens Götterkrafte
      Zum Weltenfluge zu entbinden;
      Mich selber zu verlassen,
      Vertrauend nur mich suchend
      Im Weltenlicht und Weltenwärme.

      The world's beautiful glitter
      Forces me, out of Soul's Deeps,
      My individual life's godly forces
      To World-Flowing to release;
      My self to abandon
      Trusting only in my seeking
      In World-Light and World-Warmth.

         Partial Interpretation:  This week is the event the previous several week's mantras have been leading up to: it is the irresistible drive of the deepest forces of the soul
      to surrender ourselves to the light and warmth of the upper spheres.
         The motif of St. John's/Midsummer: "To find yourself, first lose yourself." 


        The Moon positions and phases for the week are listed below along with some of the spiritual figures and events connected with the days.                              

      Sunday,  June 12th.  Moon Virgo. Basilides.

      Monday,  June 13th. Moon Virgo. Alfred.
      Tuesday,  June 14th. Moon Virgo. First Quarter.  Basilius.

      Wednesday, June 15th. Moon Libra.  Vitus.

      Thursday, June 16th. Moon Libra. Aurelius.

      Friday, June 17th. Moon Scorpio.  Montanus.

      Saturday, June 18th. Moon Scorpio.  Markus.  

      Dr. Starman

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