5330Soul-Calendar, Week 16 after Easter
- Aug 7, 2011The '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 this week as well.
THE ZODIAC IMAGE
The Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of the constellation LEO from August 4th through Sept. 7th in our era. A version (done by Margaret Roessler) of a new symbolic image of the LION from the original Soul-Calendar (created originally by artist Imma von Eckherdstein from Dr. Steiner's sketches & indications) in the color he said corresponded to the sign (blue) 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 # 15 *
Zu bergen Geistgeschenk im Innern,
Gebietet strenge mir mein Ahnen,
Dass reifend Gottesgaben
In Seelengründen fruchtend
Der Selbstheit Früchte bringen.
To preserve the Spirit-Gifts in my Inner self
Bids me strongly my sensing of the future,
So that those ripening God-gifts
In the Soul’s Ground bearing fruit,
The Selfhood's Fruit will bring.
An interpretation of the mantra:
The summer is when we are meant to lose ourselves in the summer play of light and warmth, to find ourselves in a different way later in the year; and
this is just what the past few week's verses have pictured.
Now in this ongoing process, this Spirit we surrendered to so strongly has wrapped itself about the Ego, planting seeds we sense will grow towards the future, and as they ripen, our own abilities will.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:
Sunday, August 7th. Moon Sagittarius. Asra. Cajetan. Donatus. Petrus and Julianus. Ulrika.
Monday, August 8th. Moon Sagittarius. Cyriacus. Justinus. Romanus. Eseverus. Smaragdus. Ladislaus.
Tuesday, August 9th. Moon Capricorn. Cajetan. Ericus.
Wednesday, August 10th. Moon Capricorn. Agathe. Laurentius.
Thursday, August 11th. Moon Aquarius. Alexander. Gottlieb. Hermann. Radegunde. Susanna. Tiburtius.
Friday, August 12th. Moon Aquarius. Clara. Hilaria. Sulpicius.
Saturday, August 13th. Moon Aquarius. Full Moon. Hippolytus.
******* PLANETS IN THE NIGHT SKY:
Dim, yellowish Saturn is in the west at sunset, amongst the stars of the Virgin. It will only be visible a few more days.
******* PLANETS IN THE MORNING SKY:
The brilliant "morning star" Jupiter and dimmer, reddish Mars are both visible in the east just before sunrise, Jupiter is the bright "star" high in the southern sky.
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