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5466Soul-Calendar, Week 17 after Easter

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  • Durward Starman
    Jul 29, 2012
        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 CANCER from July 21st to August 3rd in our era. A version (done by Margot Roessler) of a new symbolic image of the CRAB 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, Green, 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.                               

     *  MANTRA # 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 into the 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 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.


    Sunday, July 29th. Moon Sagittarius.  Simplicius. 1856 Robert Schumann died.

    Monday,  July 30th. Moon Capricorn. Ruth.

    Tuesday, July 31st. Moon Capricorn.  1472 University of Munich founded.

                      1556 Ignatius von Loyola died. 1886 Franz Liszt died.

    Wednesday,  August 1st. Moon Aquarius. Full Moon.  Macabees. 1744 Natural Scientist Lamarck born.

    Thursday, August 2nd. Moon Aquarius. Hannibal. 1832 Olcott born.

    Friday August 3rd. Moon Pisces.
     1492 Start of the first Voyage of Columbus.

    Saturday,  August 4th. Moon Pisces. 
    Dominic (Founder of the Dominican Order). Josias, King of Judea. Josias, the Prophet. Tertullian. Aristarchus. 1792 the Poet Shelley born.


        "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 very soon. 


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