4925Soul-Calendar, Week 24 after Easter
- Aug 31, 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. We experience this unconsciously all through the year, but these meditative verses enable us to become conscious of it.
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 am adding 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 LEO from August 4th to Sept. 7th in our era.
A version of a new symbolic image of the LION (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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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.
An interpretation of this week's mantra:
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, amd it now ripens into a Self-consciousness instead of Nature-consciousness; that which has been gained from the summer-experience now becomes our inner self-experience. We begin to wake up out of our summer waking-dream state.
This week, as this process is ongoing, the Soul becomes aware of itself through the 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.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:
Sunday, August 31st. Moon Virgo. Joshua, the successor to Moses.
1821 the Natural Scientist Helmholtz born.
Monday, September 1st. Moon Libra. Firminus.
Tuesday, September 2nd. Moon Libra. Absalom.
Wednesday, September 3rd. Moon Scorpio. Eusebius.
Thursday, September 4th. Moon Scorpio. Marcellus, School of Peter. Moses.
Friday, September 5th. Moon Scorpio. Nathaniel (he who in John's Gospel was named a 'true Israelite').
Saturday, September 6th. Moon Sagittarius.Zacharias the Prophet.
1729 Moses Mendelssohn born.
1809 the Biblical critic Bruno Bauer born.
PLANETS IN THE NIGHT SKY:
JUPITER is the bright white 'star' rising in the southeast at sunset and dominating the southern night sky. It is currently the only 'evening star' but Venus will soon join it.
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