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5062Soul-Calendar, Week 17 after Easter

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  • Durward Starman
    Aug 2, 2009

       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 CANCER from July 21st to August 3rd in our era.  A version (done by Margaret Roessler in what Steiner said was the color of the sign, green) of a new symbolic image of the CRAB from the original Soul-Calendar (created originally by artist Imma von Eckherdstein from Dr. 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.  

    *  M A N T R A  # 1 7 *

    Es spricht das Weltenwort,

    Das ich durch Sinnestore

    In Seelengründen durfte führen:

    Erfülle deine Geistestiefen

    Mit meinen Weltenweiten,

    Zu finden einstens mich in dir.

    There speaks the World-Word,

    That I through the Senses' Gate

    Would lead into the Soul's Ground:

    "Fill your Spirit-Deeps

    With my World-Widenesses

    To find one day Me in you."

       An interpretation based on working with the mantra: The summer is when we are meant to lose ourselves in the play of light and warmth, so strong that it dims down the Ego's thinking; then, from out of the Spirit revealed in the outer world, we are to find our "selves" again in the World-Self. 

       This week that world speaks to us through the senses' beauty which we take in to the soul's depths, saying that, as we fill our "I" with
    the expanse of the world, its very essence will become something permanently part of us, which we'll discover later in the year.

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            THE DAYS OF THE WEEK: 

    Sunday, August 2nd. Moon Capricorn. Hannibal. 1832 Olcott born.


    Monday, August 3rd. Moon Capricorn,  1492 Start of the first Voyage of Columbus.


    Tuesday, August 4th. Moon Aquarius. Dominic (Founder of the Dominican Order). Josias, King of Judea. Josias, the Prophet. Tertullian. Aristarchus. 1792 the Poet Shelley born.


    Wednesday, August 5th. Moon Aquarius. Full Moon. 1396 Gutenberg born.   


    Thursday, August 6th. Moon Aquarius.   Sixtus. 


    Friday, August 7th. Moon Pisces.  Asra. Cajetan. Donatus. Petrus and Julianus. Ulrika.


    Saturday, August 8th. Moon Pisces.  Cyriacus. Justinus. Romanus. Eseverus. Smaragdus. Ladislaus. 

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    PLANETS in the Night Sky:  Jupiter is the bright 'star' in the southern sky from shortly after sunset till dawn. The almost-full moon is near it Sunday and Monday nights August 2nd and 3rd. The full moon Wednesday night will be eclipsed for an hour, about 9PM EST.


    PLANETS in the Morning Sky: Before sunrise, Venus and Mars are visible in the East. Mars is close to the brilliant orange-reddish "Bull's Eye", Aldebaran, while Venus is lower down, closer to the horizon, amongst the stars of the Twins.




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