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4086Calendar of the Soul, Week 38 after Easter (Christmas mantra)

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  • Durward Starman
    Dec 31, 2006
      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

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


      The Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of the
      constellation SAGITTARIUS from December 1st through January 4th in our era.
      A version of the new symbolic image of the ARCHER from the original
      Soul-Calendar, done by an artist from Steiner's sketches & indications, is
      attached to this e-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 # 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."

      We give birth to a new consciousness that will grow out into the world
      all the year to come.

      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, December 31st. Moon Gemini. J. Wycleff died 1384.

      Monday, January 1st. Moon Gemini. Ulrich Zwingli born 1484.

      Tuesday, January 2nd. Moon Cancer. Adam's Sons Abel and Seth. Melchior,
      one of the holy 3 Kings. Lavater died 1801.

      Wednesday, January 3rd. Moon Cancer. Full Moon. Caspar, one of the holy 3
      Kings. Enoch, Father of Methusalah. Slavery lifted in North America 1865.

      Thursday, January 4th. Moon Cancer. Balthasar, one of the holy 3 Kings.
      Methusalah, died shortly before the Flood, which legend says happened in his
      969th year. Jacob Grimm born 1785. Mos. Mendelssohn died 1786.

      Friday, January 5th. Moon Leo. 12th Day of Christmas. Francis Drake died

      Saturday, January 6th. Moon Leo. Epiphany, the Festival of the Appearance
      of Christ. Day of the 3 Holy Kings. Joan of Arc born 1412. Schliemann born

      Dr. Starman


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