5102Soul-Calendar, Week 36 after Easter
- Dec 13, 2009
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 SAGITTARIUS from December 1st through January 4th in our era. A version (done by Margaret Roessler) of a new symbolic image of the ARCHER 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.
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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 Depths speaks,
Urging me to Revelation,
Mysteriously, the World-Word:
'Fill your Work's Aims
With My Spirit-Light
To offer yourself up through Me' "
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, December 13th. Moon Scorpio. Friedrich Hebbel died 1863.
Monday, December 14th. Moon Sagittarius Tycho Brahe born 1546.
Tuesday, December 15th. Moon Sagittarius. St. Ignatius.
Wednesday, December 16th. Moon Capricorn. New Moon. Ludwig van Beethoven born 1770. Wilhelm Grimm died 1878.
Thursday, December 17th. Moon Capricorn. Day of Lazarus, he who by Christ was awakened.
Friday, December 18th. Moon Capricorn. Lamarck died 1829.
Saturday, December 19th . Moon Aquarius. Abraham.
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PLANETS in the Night Sky: Jupiter is the bright 'star' in the southwestern sky from sunset till midnight, still ruling the night sky. The crescent moon will be near it Saturday night. Bright yellowish-red Mars rises in the East shortly before midnight.
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