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3830Soul-Calendar Week 22 after Easter

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  • Durward Starman
    Sep 10, 2006
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      The "Calendar of the Soul"

      Rudolf Steiner gave out the 'Soul-Calendar' in 1912, consisting of 52
      meditative mantras to enable us to experience the 'astral' (soul) events
      occurring within us as well as in Nature during the year, starting with the
      first mantra every year on Easter Sunday.

      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

      Here's the Soul-Calendar restored to its complete form.


      The Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of the
      constellation VIRGO from September 8th through October 12th in our era. A
      version of the new symbolic image of the VIRGIN from the original
      Soul-Calendar, done by an artist from Steiner's sketches & indications, is
      attached to this electronic mail.

      This week's mantra.
      For those not familiar with the use of mantras: The anthroposophic path
      uses symbolic images like the Zodiac image ("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

      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 # 2 2 *
      Das Lichte aus Weltenweiten,
      Im Innern lebt es kr�ftig fort:
      Es wird zum Seelenlichte
      Und leuchtet in die Geistestiefen,
      Um Fr�chte zu entbinden,
      Die Menschenselbst aus Weltenselbst
      Im Zeitenlaufe reifen lassen.

      The Light out of World-Widenesses
      In my Inner being lives as a continuing power;
      It turns into Soul-Light
      And shines in Spirit-depths,
      The Fruit to release,
      That Man's Self out of World's Self
      In Time's course will allow to ripen.

      A partial interpretation of this week's mantra:
      Last week, that which was received spiritually from the Summer Light and
      Warmth was felt as an ongoing power within us, releasing the fruit of its
      working, to evolve a Self out of the World-Self. This is because, 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 Micha-El 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 wake up.
      This week's verse is the first appearance of Autumn's influence
      beginning to dull the senses' summer brilliance; but that which has been
      gained from the summer-experience now becomes our inner self-experience.


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

      Sunday, September 10th. Moon Taurus. Sosthenus (by Paul made a leader).

      Monday, September 11th. Moon Taurus. Abraham (Race-father of the Old Hebrew

      Tuesday, September 12th. Moon Gemini. Tobias.

      Wednesday,September 13th. Moon Gemini. 1872 the Philosopher Ludwig
      Feuerbach died.

      Thursday,September 14th . Moon Gemini. Last Quarter. Festival of the High
      Cross. Heraclius,
      brought in 629 the Cross of Christ to Constantinople. 1769
      Alexander von Humboldt born.
      1887 The Philosopher Freidrich Theodore Vischer died.

      Friday, September 15th. Moon Cancer. Nicodemus (who in John's Gospel was
      made a

      Saturday, September 16th. Moon Cancer. 1736 The Natural Scientist Farenheit

      Dr. Starman