5245Soul-Calendar, Week 33 after Easter
- Nov 14, 2010The '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 all this unconsciously all through the year, but these meditative verses enable us to become conscious of it.
The 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, with some details added on the planets in the night sky this week as well.
THE ZODIAC IMAGE
The Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of the constellation SCORPIO from Nov. 10th to 30th in our era. A version (done by Margaret Roessler) of a new symbolic image of the SCORPION from the original Soul-Calendar (created originally by artist Imma von Eckherdstein from Dr. Steiner's sketches & indications) in an approximation of the color he said corresponded to the sign (one of 5 shades of purple we can't yet actually perceive), 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 # 3 3 *
So fühl ich erst die Welt,
Die ausser meiner Seele Miterleben
An sich nur frostig leeres Leben
Und ohne Macht sich offenbarend,
In Seelen sich von neuend schaffend,
In sich den Tod nur finden könnte.
So feel I first the World,
That without my Soul's Living-With it
As but a frozen empty Life
And without Power is revealed,
In new shaping out of the Soul,
In itself alone, can only find Death.
An interpretation of this week's mantra:
In the Autumn, we gradually gain greater Self-Consciousness rather than outer consciousness of external nature which is strong in summer.
Last week, we felt how our consciousness was now strong enough to gain clear insight into the Destiny (karma) events in our lives.
This week, we reach the point in the growth of self-consciousness where we first feel detached completely from the outer world, and see that, without our sou's participation on it, it would be an icy, dead wasteland--- while we feel a strong urge to create, but must see that, if we create what has meaning only for ourselves, it will likewise be dead.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:
Sunday, November 14th. Moon Pisces. 1716 the Philosopher Leibnitz died. 1825 Jean Paul died. 1831 Hegel died.
Monday, November 15th. Moon Pisces. Albertus Magnus (the great scholar and researcher of the 13th century, Teacher of Thomas Aquinas). 1630 Astronomer Kepler died. 1738 Astronomer Herschel born. 1741 Lavater born.
Tuesday, November 16th. Moon Aries. Edmund (King of England).
Wednesday, November 17th. Moon Aries. 1875 Blavatsky founded the Theosophical Society.
Thursday, November 18th. Moon Aries. 1789 Daguerre, the inventor of photography, born.
Friday, November 19th. Moon Taurus. Zacharius.
Saturday, November 20th. Moon Taurus. Amos (the Prophet). 1497 Vasco de Gama circumnavigated the Cape of Good Hope. 1910 Tolstoy died.
******* PLANETS IN THE NIGHT SKY:
Brilliant JUPITER is high in the southeast at sunset and may be seen in the southern sky all night long. The waxing moon appears near it Monday and Tuesday nights.
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