4934Soul-Calendar, Week 25 after Easter
- Sep 7, 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 VIRGO from Sept. 8th to Oct. 12th in our era.
A version of a new symbolic image of the VIRGIN (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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Ich darf nun mir gehören
Und leuchtend breiten Innenlicht
In Raumes- und in Zeitenfinsternis.
Zum Schlafe drängt natürlich Wesen,
Der Seele Tiefen sollen wachen
Qnd wachend tragen Sonnengluten
In kalte Winterfluten.
I now must belong only to myself
And lightening, spread Inner Light
Into Space and Time darkness.
As towards sleep draws all natural Essence,
The Souls's Deeps shall awaken
And waking, carry the Sun's Glow
Into the cold Winter-flowing.
This week's mantram:
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 have in summer. Outer Nature is heading towards 'Sleep' while we awaken.
Last week in the soul, there was an intense becoming aware of itself which reached down into the dark soul-contents, and through this the Will was unleashed.
This week this developing self-consciousness places us in a state where it is necessary to be completely alone, so that the Light which is only within can be shed on the otherwise dark outer world. This is the solar essence we carry within us into the night-time of the year.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:
Sunday, September 7th. Moon Sagittarius. First Quarter. Regina.
Monday, September 8th. Moon Capricorn. Birth of Mary.
Corbinianus, spreader of Christianity in France & Germany in the 8th century.
Tuesday, September 9th. Moon Capricorn. 1828 Tolstoy born.
Wednesday, September 10th. Moon Capricorn. Sosthenus (by Paul made a leader).
Thursday, September 11th. Moon Aquarius. Abraham (Race-father of the Old Hebrew People).
Friday, September 12th. Moon Aquarius. Tobias.
Saturday, September 13th. Moon Pisces. 1872 the Philosopher Ludwig Feuerbach died.
PLANETS IN THE NIGHT SKY:
JUPITER is the bright white 'star' rising in the southeast at sunset and dominating the southern night sky. The moon will pass by it Monday and Tuesday nights. It has been the only 'evening star' but Venus is now becoming visible each night above the setting sun.
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