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5385Soul-Calendar, Week 35 after Easter

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  • Durward Starman
    Dec 18, 2011
        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 1st 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.

       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 SAGITTARIUS from Dec. 1st through Jan. 4th in our era. A version (done by Margot 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) in the color he said corresponded to the sign, a shade of magenta, is attached to this e-mail.


       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 5  *

    Kann ich das Sein erkennen

    Dass es sich wiederfindet

    Im Seelenschaffensdrange?

    Ich fuhle, das mir Macht verlieh'n

    Das eigne Selbst dem Weltenselbst

    Als Glied bescheiden einzuleben.


    Can I so know Existence

    That it is found again

    In my Soul's Creative Urge?

    I feel that Might is lent me

    For my Self to live at one with

    and be a modest instrument of the World-Self.


    An interpretation of this week's mantra:

        Throughout the Fall our Self-Consciousness grows. 

       Last week, we found within this growing self-consciousness the World's power flowing into deeds
    in such a way that the self could imprint its nature onto the world. 

       This week the soul seeks to so know the world that it is that world, not just the self, which works creatively in us; and we feel power lent us to so be one with the world.



    Sunday, December 18th. Moon Libra. Lamarck died 1829.
    Monday,  December 19th. Moon Libra.  Abraham.

    Tuesday, December 20th. Moon Scorpio. Ammon, Christian teacher of the 2nd century.      

    Wednesday,  December 21st. Moon Scorpio.   Feast day of Thomas the "Doubting" Apostle. 

    Thursday,  December 22nd. Moon Scorpio. Theodosius.

    Friday,  December 23rd. Moon Sagittarius.  Dagobert.

    Saturday,  December 24th. Moon Sagittarius. New Moon. Adam and Eve. 1st of 13 days of Christmas.



        "Evening star" Venus can be seen low in the southwest at sunset. Jupiter is the bright "star" high in the southern sky from sunset till shortly before dawn.


    "Morning star" dim, reddish Mars rises about midnight and is visible directly south at sunrise.  

    FOR THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE: Start with the 9th mantra today.


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