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5403Soul-Calendar, Week 40 after Easter

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  • Durward Starman
    Jan 22, 2012
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        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 CAPRICORNUS from Jan. 5th  through  Feb. 8th in our era. A version (done by Margot Roessler) of a new symbolic image of the SEA-GOAT 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  # 40 *

    Und bin ich in den Geistestiefen,

    Erfüllt in meinen Seelengrunden

    Aus herzens Liebewelten,

    Der Eigenheiten leerer Wahn

    Sich mit dem Weltenwortes Feuerkraft.


    And when I am in the Spirit Depths,

    There's filled in my Soul's Ground

    Out of Heart's Love-World

    The selfhood's empty illusion

    With the World-Word's Fire-Strength.


     An interpretation of the mantra:

          Last week we felt given over to the revelations coming from our inner Spirit to gain the experiencing of the Light that infuses the outer world, and the power of thinking (which we do with the spirit) gave us the feeling of ourselves as a reality in the world.

         This week, this reality of selfhood, which would otherwise remain an illusion, is made real by the fiery power of the World-Word, through Love.


    Sunday, January 22nd. Moon Aquarius. Francis Bacon von Verulam born 1561. Lessing born 1729.  Byron born 1788.  Ampere born 1775.
    Monday,  January 23rd. Moon Aquarius. New Moon. Wedding Anniversary of Mary & Joseph. 

    Tuesday, January 24th. Moon Aquarius.  Day of St. Timothy (School of Paul, stoned to death in Ephesus because of his preaching against the worship of Diana).
    Wednesday,  January 25th. Moon PiscesAnniversary of Paul’s Conversion on the Way to Damascus. Philosopher Jacobi born 1743.    

    Thursday,  January 26th. Moon Pisces.  Polycarp (School of the Evangelist John, taken to Smyrna in old age and burned to death in the year 169). 

    Friday,  January 27th. Moon Aries.   John Chrysostom (Bishop to Constantinople, operated under Emperor Eudoxia, sharply censured him morally, burned 407). Mozart born 1756. Schelling born 1775. 1814 Fichte died. 1808 David Friedrich Strauss born. 

    Saturday,  January 28th. Moon Aries.   Day of Remembrance of Charlemagne (died 814).                


        "Evening star" Venus can be seen in the southwest at sunset. The first crescent of the new moon will appear near it Wednesday and Thursday nights.
       Jupiter is the bright "star" high in the southern sky from sunset till about midnight. The moon will move from Venus closer to Jupiter over Friday and Saturday nights, reaching closest to it on Sunday the 29th.


       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 13th mantra today.


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