4722Soul-Calendar, Week 43 after Easter
- Jan 27, 2008The '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 this complete form. I have added some details on the planets as well.
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THE ZODIAC IMAGE
The Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of the constellation CAPRICORN from January 5th to February 8th in our era.
A version of a new symbolic image of the SEA-GOAT (from the original Soul-Calendar, done by an artist from Steiner's sketches & indications) , is attached to this e-mail.
THE WEEK'S MANTRA:
For those not familiar with the use of mantras: The anthroposophic spiritual path uses symbolic images, like the Zodiac image (called 'Imaginations' ), to awaken 'spiritual sight', and mantras ('Inspirations' ) to open 'spiritual hearing.'
The meaning of the words of a mantra at first sight is not important, but rather what happens when you recite it and enter 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.
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In Winterlichen Tiefen
Erwarmt des Geistes wahres Sein;
Es gibt dem Weltenscheine,
Durch Herzenskräfte Daseinsmächt
Der Weltenkälte trotzt erstarkend
Das Seelenfeuer in Menscheninnern.
It Winter-like depths
Grows warm the Spirit’s true Being;
It gives to World-Shining (appearance),
Through Heart’s strength, Existence’s Might:
The World-Cold despite, there strengthens
The Soul-Fire in Man’s Innerness.
Last week's verse, when worked with, led us to feel the strong drive to continue unfolding the inner soul's power (we awaken inside in winter as the earth sleeps), and this gave us within our hearts a prophetic sensing of the reality to come in the coming spring and summer, when our inner selves once more sleep while the Earth awakens.
This week, the spirit pours into the soul's fiery power, growing stronger, and through the
heart, gives to the mere appearance of the outer world a reality it otherwise would not have, makes it have a reality greater than the icy emptiness of frozen Nature outside.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK
Sunday, January 27th. Moon Libra. John Chrysostom (Bishop to Constantinople, operated under Emperor Eudoxia, sharply censured him morally, burned 407). Mozart born 1756. Schelling born 1775. 1814 Fichte died. 1808 David Friedrich Strauss born.
Monday, January 28th. Moon Libra. Day of Remembrance of Charlemagne (died 814).
Tuesday, January 29th. Moon Scorpio. Constantine the Great (first Christian Roman Emperor, baptized shortly before his death in 312 A.D.). Theobald (advanced Christianity in England in the 13th century).
Wednesday January 30th. Moon Scorpio. Last Quarter. Alexander.
Thursday, January 31st. Moon Sagittarius. Marcella. Petrus Nolascenus.
Friday, February 1st. Moon Sagittarius. Brigid, patron saint of Ireland, died 500. Ignatius (school of the Evangelist John, by command of the Emperor Trajan torn apart by wild animals).
Saturday, February 2nd. Moon Sagittarius. Mary’s Light-mass (Candlemas). Simeon (the old man. that according to the Evangelist recognized Jesus at his presentation in the Temple).
PLANETS IN THE NIGHT & MORNING SKY (Northern Hemisphere):
MARS rises in the East at sunset, to the north of the stars of Orion the Hunter. It is bright yellowish-red, now between the stars of the Twins of Gemini and the Bull as it slowly moves backwards through the stars.
Yellowish SATURN rises in the East before midnight, beneath the Lion, south of the Big Dipper.
VENUS and JUPITER, the brightest objects in the sky besides Sun and Moon, can be seen as brilliant 'morning stars' in the southeast from about an hour before sunrise on till dawn, next to the stars of the Scorpion in the south. The waning crescent Moon joins them on Saturday, Sunday and Monday mornings Feb. 1st-3rd, so the 3 brightest things in the sky after the sun will all be together in the East before sunrise on those mornings.
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