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3834Soul-Calendar, Week 24 after Easter

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  • Durward Starman
    Sep 24 11:47 AM
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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
      days.

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

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      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
      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 # 2 4 *

      Sich selbst erschaffend stets,
      Wird Seelensein sich selbst gewahr;
      Der Weltengeist, er strebet fort
      In Selbsterkenntnis neu belebt
      Und schafft aus Seelenfinsternis
      Des selbstsinns Willensfrucht .

      In continually shaping one's Self,
      Soul's Being becomes of itself aware;
      The World-Spirit, it strives forward
      In Self-Knowledge newly living
      And shapes out of Soul-Darkness
      The Self-sense's Will-Fruit.

      A partial interpretation:
      The season of Autumn is the Michaelmas time: in the Summer 'waking
      dream-state' , while our consciousness was turned outwards to Nature, a
      spiritual 'seed' was planted, and it now ripens into a Self-consciousness
      instead of Nature-consciousness.
      This week, the Soul becomes aware of itself through this constant creating
      of that Self; this Self is the World-Spirit itself in us, the universe aware
      of itself through us. This now reaches into the dark soul-contents; and
      through this sensing of Self, the Will, its fruit, is unleashed.

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

      Sunday, September 24th. Moon Scorpio. 1750 the Natural Scientist G. Werner
      born.

      Monday, September 25th. Moon Scorpio. Cleophas (he who was a leader in the
      Gospels).

      Tuesday, September 26th. Moon Scorpio. Justina, who converted the Cyprian
      Magicians.
      Justinianus I, the founder of numerous Churches.

      Wednesday,September 27th. Moon Sagittarius. Cosmas and Damian, famous
      medical
      benefactors of the 3rd Century. 1825 Opening of the first
      railway.

      Thursday,September 28th. Moon Sagittarius. 1895 the Natural Scientist
      Pasteur died.

      Friday, September 29th. Moon Capricorn. Michael (the Archangel).

      Saturday, September 30th. Moon Capricorn. Hieronymus, died 420, Christian
      Church teacher.

      Dr. Starman

      www.DrStarman.com
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