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5582Soul-Calendar, Week 27 after Easter

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  • Durward Starman
    Oct 7, 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 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.


       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 # 27 *


    In meines Wesens Tiefen dringen:

    Erregt ein ahnungsvolles Sehnen,

    Dass ich mich selbstbetrachtend finde,

    Als Sommersonnengabe, die als Keim

    In Herbstesstimmung wärmend lebt

    Als meiner Seele Kräftetriebe.


    In my essence's depths is a force:

    It excites a premonition-filled yearning

    That I in my self-contemplation find

    As Summer-Sun's gift, which as a seed

    In Autumn's approach warming lives

    As my Soul's Power-Drive.


    An interpretation of this week's mantra:

       The season of Autumn is the Michaelmas time, in which we are meant to develop Self (inner)-consciousness instead of the Nature (outer)-consciousness we have in Summer. Last week this developing ego-consciousness, the gift of the soul's experience in Summer, was carried into our own wills, and this gave backbone to the drives of our human spirits so that they had a stamp of Self-feeling; this is the solar essence we carry within us into the 'night-time' of the year. 

      This week's verse describes a feeling of simply finding a driving force present in our soul depths as a result of this; when I look within, I find a strong yearning for what I sense must now begin to happen in the future; a powerful force lives in the soul's drives which we must sense as a seed of future development as we press on into the Autumn. 


    Sunday,  October 7th. Moon CancerSerapius.

    Monday,   October 8th. Moon Cancer. Last Quarter. Ephraim (Joseph's Son). 1502 Founding of the University of Wittenberg.

    Tuesday,  October 9th. Moon Leo.  Dionysius (he who conducted the counting of the years since the Birth of Christ and decided the the method for fixing the celebration of the Easter festival).
    Wednesday,  October 10th. Moon Leo.  Gideon.

    Thursday,  October 11th. Moon Virgo. 1531 Zwingli died.

     October 12th. Moon Virgo. Wilfred (acted for the spreading of Christianity in Sweden in the 11th century).

    October 13th. Moon Libra.  Angelus.

    Morning sky:  Jupiter and Venus are the bright 'stars' in the East for a few hours before dawn. 

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