- Dec 29, 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 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 # 40 *
Und bin ich in den Geistestiefen,
Erfüllt in meinen Seelengrunden
Aus herzens Liebewelten,
Der Eigenheiten leerer Wahn
Sich mit dem Weltenwortes Feuerkraft.
And when I am in the Spirit-Depths,
Filled in my Soul's Ground
Out of Heart's Love-World
Is the selfhood's empty illusion
With the World-Word's Fire-Strength.
An interpretation of this week's mantra: Last week we felt given over to the revelations coming from our inner Spirit to gain the experiencing of the Light that infuses the outer world, and the power of thinking (which we do with the spirit) gave us the feeling of ourselves as a reality in the world. This week, this reality of selfhood, which would otherwise remain an illusion, is made real by the fiery power of the World-Word, through Love.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:Sunday, December 29th. Moon Sagittarius. The Prophet Nathan. Malthus the national economist died 1834.
Monday, December 30th. Moon Sagittarius. Day of David, King of Israel.
Tuesday, December 31st. Moon Capricorn. J. Wycleff died 1384.
Wednesday, January 1st. Moon Capricorn. New Moon. Ulrich Zwingli born 1484.
Thursday, January 2nd. Moon Aquarius. Adam's Sons Abel and Seth. Melchior, one of the holy 3 Kings. Lavater died 1801.
Friday January 3rd. Moon Aquarius. Caspar, one of the holy 3 Kings. Enoch, Father of Methusalah. Slavery lifted in North America 1865.
Saturday, January 4th. Moon Pisces. Balthasar, one of the holy 3 Kings. Methusalah, died shortly before the Flood, which legend says happened in his 969th year. Jacob Grimm born 1785. Mos. Mendelssohn died 1786.
******* PLANETS IN THE EVENING SKY:In the East, Jupiter rises next to the Twins about 6 P.M.