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3898Re: Soul-Calendar, Week 31 after Easter

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  • thepathofthesunflower
    Nov 13, 2006
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      --- In steiner@yahoogroups.com, "Durward Starman" <DrStarman@...>
      wrote:
      >
      > The "Calendar of the Soul"
      >
      > Dr. 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.
      >
      > **********************************************************
      >
      > The Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of the
      > constellation SCORPIO from November 10th through 30th in our era. A
      > version of the new symbolic image of the SCORPION 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 # 3 1 *
      >
      > Das Licht aus Geistestiefen,
      > Nach aussen strebt es sonnenhaft:
      > Es wird zur Lebenswillenskraft
      > Und leuchtet in der Sinne Dumpfheit,
      > Um Kräfte zu entbinden,
      > Die Schaffensmächte aus Seelentrieben
      > In Menschenwerke reifen lassen.
      >
      > The Light out of Spirit-Deeps
      > Strives outwards like the Sun:
      > It turns into Life-Will-Force
      > And shines into the Senses' Dullness,
      > The Power to unbind,
      > That Shaping-Might out of Soul-Drives
      > In Man's Work will let ripen.
      >
      > A partial interpretation of this week's mantra:
      > 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 had all Summer.
      > Last week, we felt this growing thinking consciousness
      directing all
      > our feelings from vagueness to certainty, as our summer soul-
      experience
      > awakened fully within us.
      > This week, the verse focuses our attention on the spiritual
      light of
      > thinking and how it seeks to turn to the outer world, turning into
      > will-forces for living and illuminating the otherwise dull sense-
      existence,
      > thus turning the blind urges of the soul into creatively-shaping
      forces.
      >
      > **********************************
      >
      > 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, November 12th. Moon Leo. Last Quarter. 1869 Maler Fr.
      Overbeck died.
      >
      > Monday, November 13th. Moon Virgo. Nicholas I (was in the 9th
      century as
      > Pope defender of celibacy for priests).
      >
      > Tuesday, November 14th. Moon Virgo. 1716 the Philosopher Leibnitz
      died. 1825
      > Jean Paul died. 1831 Hegel died.
      >
      > Wednesday, November 15th. Moon Libra. Albertus Magnus (the great
      scholar and
      > researcher of the 13th century, Teacher of Thomas Aquinas). 1630
      Astronomer
      > Kepler died. 1738 Astronomer Herschel born. 1741 Lavater born.
      >
      > Thursday, November 16th. Moon Libra. Edmund (King of England).
      >
      > Friday, November 17th. Moon Libra. 1875 Blavatsky founded the
      Theosophical
      > Society.
      >
      > Saturday, November 18th. Moon Scorpio. 1789 Daguerre, the inventor
      of
      > photography, born.
      >
      > Dr. Starman
      >
      > www.DrStarman.com
      >
      > _________________________________________________________________
      >Thanks for this; it is wonderful work. Friday 17th is quite a
      special date - I'll be glad to be aware of this on this day.
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