5331Soul-Calendar, Week 17 after Easter
- Aug 14, 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 # 17 *
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 to Soul's Ground:
"Fill your Spirit-Depths
With my World-Widenesses
To find one day Me in you."
An interpretation of 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 in that process, 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.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:
Sunday, August 14th. Moon Pisces. Eusebius.
Monday, August 15th. Moon Pisces. Mary's Ascension to Heaven.
Tuesday, August 16th. Moon Aries. 1743 the Chemist Lavoisier born.
Wednesday, August 17th. Moon Aries. Augusta.
Thursday, August 18th. Moon Aries. Joachim (Father of Maria).
Friday, August 19th. Moon Taurus. 1662 Blaise Pascal died.
Saturday, August 20th. Moon Taurus. 1854 the Philosopher Schelling died.
******* 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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