5839Soul-Calendar, Week 10 after Easter- St. John's Tide
- Jun 21, 2014The '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 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 # 10*******
Zu sommerlichen Höhen
Erhebt der Sonne leuchtend Wesen sich;
Es nimmt mein menschlich Fühlen
In seine Raumesweiten mit.
Erahnend regt im Innern sich
Empfindung, dumpf mir kündend,
Erkennen wirst du einst:
Dich fühle jetzt ein Gotteswesen.
To summer-like Heights
Rises the Sun’s Light-filled Essence;
It draws my human Feeling
Into the widths of Space with it.
There anxiously stirs in my Inner self
Sensation, dimly prophesying to me
You will realize one day:
You feel now a God’s Essence.
An interpretation of the mantra: The spiritual force of the light in the outer world of the senses,
growing in this spring-to-summer-time, is now so strong that it draws our feelings out
with it, and we have a fore-sense of the divine spirit-being we will contact
in the heights of summer.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:Sunday June 22nd. Moon Taurus. Wilhelm von Humboldt born 1767.Monday June 23rd. Moon Taurus. Columbus born 1456.Tuesday June 24th. Moon Gemini. John the Baptist (St. John's Day).Wednesday June 25th. Moon Gemini. Wilhelm Jordan died 1904.Thursday June 26th. Moon Cancer. Julian the Apostate died 363 A.D.Friday June 27th. Moon Cancer. New Moon. Philipina.Saturday June 28th. Moon Cancer. Leo.-Starman
******* PLANETS IN THE EVENING SKY: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". Close 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.