4959Soul-Calendar, week 32 after Easter
- Oct 26, 2008
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. 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 LIBRA from Oct. 13th to Nov. 9th in our era.
A version of a new symbolic image of the SCALES (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 fühle fruchtend eigne Kraft
Sich stärkend mich der Welt verleihn;
Mein Eigenwesen fühl ich kraftend
Zur Klarheit sich zu wenden
I feel my Power bearing fruit
Strengthening me, the World to lend;
My Ego-Essence I feel forcefully
Wending its way to Clarity
An interpretation of this week's mantra:
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 had all Summer.
Last week, in this ongoing process, we felt how the spiritual light of thinking sought to emerge into the outer world, turning into will-forces for living and illuminating sense-existence, to turn the blind urges of the soul into creative forces.
This week's verse describes how these will-forces are now strong enough for the outer world to connect with us so that we gain clear insight into the Destiny (karma) events in our lives.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:
Sunday, October 26th. Moon Libra. Thaddeus (found in Matthew's Gospel).
Monday, October 27th. Moon Libra. Sabina.
Tuesday, October 28th. Moon Scorpio. New Moon. Simeon and Judas (relatives of Jesus). 1704 John Locke died. 1466 Erasmus of Rotterdam born.
Wednesday, October 29th. Moon Scorpio. Narcissus.
Thursday, October 30th. Moon Sagittarius. Claudius.
Friday, October 31st. Moon Sagittarius. Wolfgang.
Saturday, November 1st. Sagittarius Catholic Festival of All Hallows ((became since the seventh century celebrated, as an imitation of the worship that was used in the Pantheon in Rome for all the heathen Gods. The Pantheon was given to Pope Boniface IV by Caesar Photius and consecrated to all the Holies.)
PLANETS IN THE NIGHT SKY:
JUPITER is the bright white 'star' in the southwest at sunset. To its right in the southern sky may be seen brilliant Venus, the 'evening star' above the setting sun. These are the 2 brightest things in the sky after sun and moon. Venus will get closer and closer to Jupiter every night through late November when they will be conjunct. The first crescent of the new moon should be visible near Venus Friday night, just above the sunset, and then will move from Venus to Jupiter over Monday and Tuesday nights Nov. 3rd & 4th.
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