5760Calendar of the Soul, Week 34 after Easter
- Nov 17, 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 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, a shade of 'magenta' or purple we cannot yet see, 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 # 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.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:
Sunday, November 17th. Moon Taurus. Full Moon. 1875 Blavatsky founded the Theosophical Society.
Monday, November 18th. Moon Gemini. 1789 Daguerre, the inventor of photography, born.
Tuesday, November 19th. Moon Gemini. Zacharius.
Wednesday, November 20th. Moon Cancer. Amos (the Prophet). 1497 Vasco de Gama circumnavigated the Cape of Good Hope. 1910 Tolstoy died.
Thursday, November 21st. Moon Cancer. Festival of the Offering of Mary.
Friday November 22nd. Moon Leo. 1694 Voltaire born.
Saturday, November 23rd. Moon Leo. Clemens (the companion of Paul).
******* PLANETS IN THE EVENING SKY:
Venus is the bright white 'star' in the West at sunset. In the East, Jupiter rises next to the Twins about 11 P.M. The waning moon is seen close to it late Thursday night.
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