- Nov 24, 2013View SourceThe '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 # 35 *
Kann ich das Sein erkennen
Dass es sich wiederfindet
Ich fuhle, das mir Macht verlieh'n
Das eigne Selbst dem Weltenselbst
Als Glied bescheiden einzuleben.
Can I so know Existence
That it is found again
In my Soul's Creative Urge?
I feel that Might is lent me
For my Self to live at one with
and be a modest instrument of the World-Self.
An interpretation of this week's mantra: Throughout the Fall our Self-Consciousness grows.
Last week, we found within this growing self-consciousness the World's power flowing into deeds in such a way that the self could imprint its nature onto the world.
This week the soul seeks to so know the world that it is that world, not just the self, which works creatively in us; and we feel power lent us to so be one with the world.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:
Monday, November 25th. Moon Virgo. 1814 the Physicist J. R. Mayer born.
Tuesday, November 26th. Moon Virgo. Alexander.
Wednesday, November 27th. Moon Libra. 1701 Celsius born.
Thursday, November 28th. Moon Libra. Feast day of Noah.
Friday November 29th. Moon Scorpio. 1800 Decimal System adopted in France.
Saturday, November 30th. Moon Scorpio. 1756 The Physicist Chladni born.
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