5578Soul-Calendar, Week 24 after Easter
- Sep 16, 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 VIRGO from September 8th through October 12th in our era. A version (done by Margot Roessler) of a new symbolic image of the VIRGIN 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, Indigo, 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.* MANTRA # 24 *
Sich selbst erschaffend stets,
Wird Seelensein sich selbst gewahr;
Der Weltengeist, er strebet fort
In Selbsterkenntnis neu belebt
Und schafft aus Seelenfinsternis
Des selbstsinns Willensfrucht .
In continually shaping one's Self,
The Soul's Being becomes of itself aware;
The World-Spirit, it strives forward
In Self-Knowledge newly living
And shapes out of Soul-Darkness
The Self-sense's Will-Fruit.
An interpretation of this week's mantra:
The season of Autumn is the Michaelmas time: in the Summer 'waking dream-state' , while our consciousness was turned outwards to Nature, a spiritual 'seed' was planted. It now ripens into a Self-consciousness instead of Nature-consciousness.
This week, the Soul becomes aware of itself through this constant creating of that Self; this Self IS the World-Spirit itself in us, the universe aware of itself through us. This now reaches into the dark soul-contents; and through this sensing of Self, the Will, its fruit, is unleashed.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:Friday September 21st. Moon Sagittarius. Matthew (the Evangelist).Sunday, September 16th. Moon Libra. 1736 The Natural Scientist Farenheit died.Monday, September 17th. Moon Libra. Justinus.Tuesday, September 18th. Moon Scorpio. Titus (School of Paul).Wednesday, September 19th. Moon Scorpio. Eustachius.Thursday, September 20th. Moon Sagittarius. Castor.Saturday, September 22nd. Moon Capricorn. First Quarter. 1452 Savanarola born.
******* PLANETS IN THE EVENING SKY:Reddish Mars is still visible low in the southwest for about an hour after sunset. The crescent moon will be seen close to it Wednesday night.-Starman
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