578Calendar of the Soul
- Jun 11, 2001THIS WEEK'S SOUL-CALENDAR
Here's the Soul-Calendar for this 9th week after Easter; it has 52
meditative mantras that enable one to experience astral/soul events occurring
within and without in the course of the year. The verse is given in German
For those not familiar with the use of mantras:
Anthroposophy is a path of knowledge which begins with the use of the
logical mind, which is then intensified by the use of visual images called
"Imaginations" and reciting mantras which draws in "Inspirations." The
meaning of the words of a mantra at first sight is not the essential thing,
but rather the repetitive recitation of it and entering with deeper
soul-forces into the inner experience of what is described. Also, the
mantras were created in the German language and have their rhythms in that,
so learning an English version is just a first step to using the mantram in
the original. (Chanting "the jewel in the lotus" is different from "Om mani
padme hum," for example.) Steiner spoke of how German had preserved words
lost by other languages, and could be for us what Sanskrit was in olden
times: the language in which spirit-truths are expressed. So in translating,
I've tried to keep close to the original, so that one can easily go from
English to German.
* M A N T R A # 9 *
Vergessend meine Willenseigenheit
Erfüllet Weltenwärme sommerkündend
Mir Geist und Seelenwesen;
Im Lichte mich zu verlieren
Gebietet mir das Geisteschauen,
Und kraftvoll kündet Ahnung mir:
Verieren dich, und dich zu finden.
Forgetting my Egohood's Will,
The World-Warmth, heralding Summer,
Fills my Spirit and Soul-Essence;
To lose myself in the Light,
The Spirit-Vision commands me,
And powerfully prophesies to me:
Lose yourself, and yourself you'll find.
This is the first verse of the year to speak of losing oneself in the light
and warmth of approaching summer.
* T H E W E E K S P I R I T U A L L Y *
In addition to the mantrams, the anthroposophical Soul-Calendar
originally contained 12 drawings of the zodiac to be meditated on to sense
the working of the solar forces in the cosmos in the day, and the Moon's
position in the constellations was given for each night, to sense the lunar
forces. The Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of Taurus
until June 15th and then Gemini from June 16th to July 20th (in our era). A
symbolic image of Taurus executed from sketches & indications by the Doctor
is attached to this post. The Moon positions and phases are listed below for
each night, along with some of the birth & death days of famous persons
published in the first 'Seelencalendar': their lives and contributions are
fruitful material for contemplation on their days. I'm translating these to
restore the Calendar to its intended use with the full spiritual/solar/lunar
Sunday June 10th. Moon Aquarius. Onophrius.
Monday June 11th. Moon Aquarius. Last Quarter. Alexander the Great died 323 B.C. Roger Bacon died 1294.
Tuesday June 12th. Moon Pisces. Basilides.
Wednesday June 13th. Moon Pisces. Alfred.
Thursday June 14th. Moon Pisces. Basilius.
Friday June 15th. Moon Aries. Vitus.
Saturday June 16th. Moon Aries. Sun enters influence of GEMINI. Aurelius.
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