4965Soul-Calendar, Week 36 after Easter
- Nov 23, 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 SCORPIO from Nov. 10th to Nov. 30th in our era.
A version of a new symbolic image of the SCORPION 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 meines Wesens Tiefen spricht
Zur Offenbarung drangend
Geheimnisvoll das Weltenwort:
Erfulle deiner Arbeit Ziele
Mit meinem Geisteslicht
Zu opfern dich durch mich.
"In my Being's Deeps speaks
Urging me to Revelation
Mysteriously the World-Word:
'Fulfill your Work's Objectives
With My Spirit-Light
To offer yourself up through Me' "
Interpretation: This week, the divine world speaks in the soul's depths in a way we can sense, saying that if our deeds will be filled with its Light, we can be its channels to others, offering ourselves through it.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:
Sunday, November 23rd. Moon Libra. Clemens (the companion of Paul).
Monday, November 24th. Moon Scorpio. 1632 Spinoza born.
Tuesday, November 25h. Moon Scorpio. 1814 the Physicist J. R. Mayer born.
Wednesday, November 26th. Moon Scorpio.
Thursday, November 27th. Moon Sagittarius. New Moon. 1701 Celsius born.
Friday, November 28th. Moon Sagittarius. Feast day of Noah.
Saturday, November 29th Moon Capricorn.
PLANETS IN THE NIGHT SKY:
JUPITER and VENUS are the bright white 'stars' in the southwest at sunset; Venus is the lower one. These are the 2 brightest things in the sky after sun and moon. Venus is approaching conjunctuion to Jupiter this week. The crescent of the new moon will be seen near both Saturday night.
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