5762Calendar of the Soul, week 36 after Easter
- Dec 1, 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 SAGITTARIUS from December 1st through January 4th in our era. A version (done by Margot Roessler) of a new symbolic image of the ARCHER 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' 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 # 36 *
In meines Wesens Tiefen spricht
Zur Offenbarung drangend
Geheimnisvoll das Weltenwort:
Erfulle deiner Arbeit Ziele
Mit meinem Geisteslicht
Zu opfern dich durch mich.
In my Being's Depths speaks,
Urging me to Revelation,
Mysteriously, the World-Word:
"Fill your Work's Objectives
With My Spirit-Light
To offer yourself up through Me."
An interpretation of the mantra:
This week, the divine world speaks in the soul's depths in a way we can sense, saying that, if we allow our deeds to be filled with its Light, we can be its channels to others, offering ourselves through it.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:
Monday, December 2nd. Moon Sagittarius. New Moon. Cortez died 1547.
Tuesday, December 3rd. Moon Sagittarius. St. Francis Xavier.
Wednesday, December 4th. Moon Capricorn. Thomas Carlyle born 1795. Galvani died 1798.
Thursday, December 5th. Moon Capricorn. Mozart died 1791.
Friday December 6th. Moon Aquarius. St. Nikolaus (Legend: A father, on the way to Hunger and Poverty, was going to hand over his three daughters to shamefulness; Nikolaus discovered this and at night threw a bundle of gold through the man's window, enough to provide his three daughters with a dowry and for the man to live on. From this the tradition, that on this day we give gifts to children.) Max Muller the Orientalist born 1833.
Saturday, December 7th. Moon Aquarius. First German railroad opened 1835.
******* PLANETS IN THE EVENING SKY:In the East, Jupiter rises next to the Twins about 11 P.M.