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5464Soul-Calendar, Week 15 after Easter

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  • Durward Starman
    Jul 15, 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 GEMINI from June 16th to July 20th in our era. A version (done by Margot Roessler) of a new symbolic image of the TWINS 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, Yellow, 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  # 15 *

    Ich fühle wie verzaubert

    Im Weltenschein des Geistes Weben 

    Es hat in Sinnesdumpfheit

    Gehüllt mein Eigenwesen, 

    Zu schenken mir die Kraft

    Die, ohnmächtig sich selbst zu geben,

    Mein Ich in seinen Schranken ist.

    I feel how enchanted

    Into World-Shining is the Spirit's Weaving:

    It has in Senses' Dimness

    Enclosed my Self-Essence

    To give me the Power

    That, powerless myself to give,

    My "I" in its boundaries is.

    An interpretation of the mantra:

       The summer is when we are meant to lose ourselves in the play of light and warmth; then, from out of the Spirit revealed in the outer world, we are
    to find our "selves" again in the World-Self. 

       This week the Spirit we experience through the beauty of the senses in the outer world has enwrapped itself around the Ego, which would otherwise be cut off from the world--- a "spell" cast over it which is unwrapped at Christmastime, which is the opposite verse to this week's.


    Sunday, July 15th. Moon Gemini. The Day that, according to legend, the Apostles set out on their missions and each chose a different region to go to. 1099 The Crusaders stormed Jerusalem.  

    Monday,  July 16th. Moon Cancer. The Flight of Mohammed 622 A.D. (Hegira).

    Tuesday, July 17th. Moon Cancer. Leo IV.
    Wednesday,  July 18th. Moon Cancer. New Moon. St. Thomas Aquinas.

    Thursday, July 19th. Moon Leo. St. Vincent de Paul.

    Friday July 20th. Moon Leo. 
    The Prophet Elijah (Elias).

    Saturday,  July 21st. Moon Virgo.


        "Evening stars" Mars and Saturn continue to dominate the night sky. Reddish Mars is high in the south at sunset, to the left of the Lion.  Yellowish Saturn is further east, above Spica, the ear of corn in the hand of Virgo the Virgin. Mars is approaching Saturn and will conjunct it in August. 


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