4730Soul-Calendar, Week 44
- Feb 3, 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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Ergriefend neue Sinnesreize
Eingedenk vollzogener Geistgeburt,
Verwirren sprossend Weltenwerden
Mit meines Denkens Schöpferwillen.
Grasping new sense-arisings
Filling the Soul-Clarity,
Mindful of acheived Spirit-Birth,
Enmeshing sprouting World-Becoming
With my Thinking’s Shaping-Will.
This week's mantra:
We are heading towards spring and summer, when our inner selves once more sleep while the Earth awakens.
This week, stirrings of life in the wakening
outer world combine with our wills as we continue to unfold the spirit-birth acheived at Christmas.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK
Sunday, February 3rd. Moon Capricorn. Ansgarius (brought Christianity to the Swedes and Danes in the 9th century).
Monday, February 4th. Moon Capricorn. Phileas (worker for Christianity in Egypt in the 4th century).
Tuesday, February 5th. Moon Aquarius. Thomas Carlyle died 1881.
Wednesday February 6th. Moon Aquarius. New Moon. 1807 Abolition of Slavery in England.
Thursday, February 7th. Moon Pisces. 1446 Columbus born.
Friday, February 8th. Moon Pisces. Solomon, King of Israel. Leyden University founded 1575. David Friedrich Strauss died 1874.
Saturday, February 9th. Moon Pisces. Apollonia, Christian martyr in Alexandria in the 3rd century.
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 near the Bull's horns.
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 Monday morning, so the 3 brightest things in the sky after the sun will all be together in the East before sunrise.
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