5767Soul-Calendar, Week 39 after Easter
- Dec 22, 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 # 39 *
An Geistesoffenbarung hingegeben
Gewinne ich des Weltenwesens Licht.
Gedankenkraft, sie wächst
Sich klärend mir mich selbst zu geben,
Und weckend löst sich mir
Aus Denkermacht das Selbstgefühl.
To Spirit-Revealing given over,
I win the World-Essence's Light.
Thinking's Strength, it grows
In clarity myself to give
And waking loosens for me
Out of Thinking's Might, Self-Feeling.
An interpretation of the mantra:
Last week we felt ourselves give birth to a new consciousness that will grow out into the world all the year to come. This is the height of self-consciousness. This week's verse describes how, when we give ourselves over to the revelations coming from our inner Spirit, we gain the experiencing of the Light that infuses the outer world; and the power of thinking (which we do with the spirit) as it grows stronger, gives us the feeling of ourselves as a reality in the world.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:
Monday, December 23rd. Moon Virgo. Dagobert.
Tuesday, December 24th. Moon Virgo. Adam and Eve. 1st of 13 days of Christmas.
Wednesday, December 25th. Moon Libra. Last Quarter. Birth of Jesus. Newton born 1642. Charlemagne crowned King in Rome 799.
Thursday, December 26th. Moon Libra. St. Stephen, the first Martyr.
Friday December 27th. Moon Scorpio. Day of John, author of the Gospel. Kepler born 1571.
Saturday, December 28th. Moon Scorpio. Day of Remembrance of the Innocent Children murdered by Herod.
******* PLANETS IN THE EVENING SKY:In the East, Jupiter rises next to the Twins about 7 P.M.
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