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5838Soul-Calendar, Week 9 after Easter: Lose Yourself

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  • Durward Starman
    Jun 15, 2014
         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 Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of the constellation GEMINI from June 16th through July 20th in our era. A version (done by Margot Roessler) of a new symbolic image of the TWINS 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, yellow, 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 # 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:

    Verliere 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.

       An interpretation of the mantra: The spiritual force of the light in the outer world grows so strong that the soul and spirit wants to let go of self-will and lose our being in it; this is what we should do at this time, for it's a stage in a process necessary in order to find oneself again anew later in the year.


    Sunday June 15th. Moon Aquarius.  Vitus.

    Monday June 16th. Moon Aquarius.  Aurelius.

    Tuesday June 17th. Moon Pisces.

    Wednesday June 18th. Moon Pisces. Markus.

    Thursday June 19th. Moon Aries. Last Quarter.  Council of Nicea 325 A.D. 

    Friday June 20th. Moon Aries. 

    Saturday June 21st. Moon Taurus.  Eusebius.




       Brilliant Jupiter is now high in the West beneath the Twins at sunset and sets a short while later. Mars is high in the south at sunset, a brilliant yellow-red "star". To the left of it is the bright star Spica (the ear of corn held by Virgo the Virgin); and further left is dimmer yellowish Saturn.