5718Soul-Calendar, Week 16 after Easter
- Jul 14, 2013The '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 GEMINI from June 16th through July 20th in our era. A version (done by Margot Roessler) of a new symbolic image of the TWINS 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, yellow, is attached to this e-mail.THE WEEK'S MANTRA:For those not familiar with the use of mantras: The anthroposophical 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 # 16 *
Zu bergen Geistgeschenk im Innern,
Gebietet strenge mir mein Ahnen,
Dass reifend Gottesgaben
In Seelengründen fruchtend
Der Selbstheit Früchte bringen.
To save Spirit-Gifts in my Inner self
Bids me strongly my sensing of the future,
So that those ripening Godly-gifts
In the Soul’s Ground bearing fruit
The Selfhood's Fruit will bring.
An interpretation of the mantra:
The summer is when we are meant to lose ourselves in the summer play of light and warmth, to find ourselves in a different way later in the year; and
this is just what the past few week's verses have pictured.
Now this Summer Spirit we surrendered to so strongly has wrapped itself about the Ego, planting seeds we sense will grow towards the future---- and, as THEY ripen, our OWN abilities will.Sunday, July 14th. Moon Libra. First Quarter. 1801 Johannes Muller (the Natural Scientist) born.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:Friday July 19th. Moon Sagittarius. St. Vincent de Paul.Monday, July 15th. Moon Libra. The Day that, according to legend, the Apostles set out on their missions and each chose a different region to go to. 1099 The Crusaders stormed Jerusalem.Tuesday, July 16th. Moon Scorpio. The Flight of Muhammed 622 A.D. (Hegira).Wednesday, July 17th. Moon Scorpio. Leo IV.Thursday, July 18th. Moon Sagittarius. St. Thomas Aquinas.Saturday, July 20th. Moon Capricorn. The Prophet Elijah (Elias).Starman
******* PLANETS IN THE EVENING SKY:Venus is the bright white 'star' low in the West at sunset. It will rise higher every night over the next several months.Saturn is high in the southern sky at sunset, near the stars of Scorpius. The waxing moon, just past half-full, goes by it Tuesday and Wednesday nights.
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