5395Soul-Calendar, Week 37 after Easter (WINTER)
- Jan 1, 2012The '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 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 IMAGEThe 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.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 7 *
Zu tragen Geisteslicht in Weltenwinternacht
Erstrebet selig meines Herzens Trieb
Dass leuchtend Seelenkeime
In Weltengrunden wurzeln
Und Gotteswort im Sinnesdunkel
Verklarend alles Sein durchtont.
To carry Spirit-Light in this World-Winter-Night,
Strives joyfully my Heart's Drive
So that light-filled Soul-Seeds
In World-Ground may take root
And God's Word in Senses' Darkness
Makes clear all Being it resounds through.
An interpretation of this week's mantra:
In winter we develop our Self-Consciousness (as opposed to summer's "Nature Consciousness").
Last week, this grew to the point where the divine world spoke in the soul's depths in a way that could be sensed through use of the mantra, saying that, if our deeds would be filled with its Light, we could be its channels to others.
This week, it plants luminous seeds in the soul for future work, and through the work with the mantra, we can feel ourselves striving to carry these into the world, as light-beings carrying the Spirit into the darknesss of matter, so that the divine working through us enlightens it.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:Sunday, January 1st. Moon Aries. Ulrich Zwingli born 1484.Monday, January 2nd. Moon Taurus. Adam's Sons Abel and Seth. Melchior, one of the holy 3 Kings. Lavater died 1801.Tuesday, January 3rd. Moon Taurus. Caspar, one of the holy 3 Kings. Enoch, Father of Methusalah. Slavery lifted in North America 1865. Balthasar, one of the holy 3 Kings.Wednesday, January 4th. Moon Taurus. Methusalah, died shortly before the Flood, which legend says happened in his 969th year. Jacob Grimm born 1785. Mos. Mendelssohn died 1786.Thursday, January 5th. Moon Gemini. 12th Day of Christmas. Francis Drake died 1596.Friday, January 6th. Moon Gemini. Epiphany, the Festival of the Appearance of Christ. Day of the 3 Holy Kings. Joan of Arc born 1412. Schliemann born 1822.Saturday, January 7th. Moon Cancer. Lucian, the Editor-in-Chief of the Greek Bible text in the 3rd cent. A.D. in Antioch, who had 70 assistants.******* PLANETS IN THE NIGHT SKY:"Evening star" Venus can be seen in the southwest at sunset.Jupiter is the bright "star" high in the southern sky from sunset till shortly after midnight. The moon passes close by it Monday and Tuesday nights.******* PLANETS IN THE MORNING SKY:Reddish Mars rises in the East before midnight and is visible in the southern sky until sunrise, to the east of the Lion. It is approaching as close as it ever gets to earth in its orbit, so it will brighten to yellowish-red and turn retrograde in the sky, meaning it will appear to stay near the same stars it is near now for most of the coming spring and summer, in fact returning to the stars of the Lion is passed through this fall.FOR THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE: Start with the 11th mantra today.-Starman
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