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5472Soul-Calendar, Week 19 after Easter

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  • Durward Starman
    Aug 12, 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 LEO from August 4th to September 7th in our era. A version (done by Margot Roessler) of a new symbolic image of the LION 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, Blue, 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 # 19 *

    Geheimnisvoll das Neu-Empfang'ne

    Mit der Erinnerung zu umschliessen,

    Sie meines Strebens weitrer Sinn:

    Es soll starkend Eigenkräfte

    In meinem Innern wecken

    Und werdend mich mir selber geben.


    Mysteriously the newly-received

    Within Memory to enclose,

    Be my Striving's wider Sense:

    It will stronger Self-forces

    In my Inner awaken

    And becoming me, give me my self.


    An explanation 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 that process is at the point where we have received this 'world self' in the past month, have taken in to the soul's depths, and now we seek to enclose this "Summer-Event" within memory. In the future, the world's very essence will become something permanently part of us, giving us a new 'self' as it evolves us further.



    Sunday, August 12th. Moon Gemini.   Clara. Hilaria. Sulpicius.

    Monday,  August 13th. Moon Cancer Hippolytus.

    Tuesday, August 14th. Moon Cancer Eusebius.
    Wednesday,  August 15th. Moon Leo. Mary's Ascension to Heaven.

    Thursday, August 16th. Moon Leo. 1743 the Chemist Lavoisier born.

    Friday August 17th. Moon Virgo.
      New Moon.  Augusta.

    Saturday,  August 18th. Moon Virgo.
     Joachim (Father of Maria).


       The Perseid meteor shower peaks tonight, Aug. 12th. They appear to radiate from the constellation Perseus in the north. 
     "Evening stars" Mars and Saturn are conjunct, making a triangle with the star Spica in the west after sunset. 


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