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5593Calendar of the Soul, Week 34 after Easter

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  • Durward Starman
    Nov 25 10:29 AM
         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 Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of the constellation SCORPIO from November 10th through 30th in our era. A version (done by Margot Roessler) of a new symbolic image of the SCORPION 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, one of 5 shades of 'Magenta' we can't yet actually see, 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 # 34 *

    Geheimnisvolle das Alt-Bewahrte
    Mit neuerstandnem Eigensein
    Im Innern sich belebend fühlend:
    Es soll erweckend Weltenkräfte
    In meines Lebens Aussenwerk ergiessen,
    Und werdend mich ins Dasein prägen.

    Mysteriously what is preserved of Old
    With newly-arisen Self-Being
    Within me I feel enlivened:
    It shall let flow awakened World-Power
    Into my Life's outer work
    And transforming me, make my imprint in Existence.

      An interpretation of this week's mantra:
          Throughout the Fall our Self-Consciousness grows. Last week, this inner self-awareness grew to the point that we felt detached completely from the world, and saw it, without our soul's participation on it, as an icy, dead wasteland---and that all we create detached from the world would likewise be dead.

        Now, we find within this new growing self-consciousness, in a mysterious way, all our precious treasure of experience again come to life, and thus the World's power now consciously flows into the deeds of life in such a way that the self can imprint its nature onto the world.


    Sunday, November 25th. Moon Taurus. 1814 the Physicist J. R. Mayer born.

    Monday, November 26th. Moon Taurus. 

    Tuesday, November 27th. Moon Gemini. 1701 Celsius born.
    Wednesday, November 28th. Moon Gemini. Full Moon. Feast day of Noah.

    Thursday, November 29th. Moon Gemini. Alexander.

    November 30th. Moon Cancer. 1756 The Physicist Chladni born.

    December 1st. Moon Cancer.  Longinus.

       Jupiter is the bright white 'star' in the east that dominates the night sky, rising shortly after sunset, next to the bright star Aldebaran, the Eye of the Bull of Taurus. The full moon will be seen between both Wednesday night.

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