5842Soul-Calendar, Week 13 after Easter
- Jul 12, 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 # 13*******
Und bin ich in den Sinneshöhen,
So flammt in meinen Seelentiefen
Aus Geistes Feuerwelten
Der Götter Wahrheitswort:
In Geistesgründen suche ahnend
Dich geistverwand zu finden.
And when I am in the Senses' Heights
There flames up in my Soul's Depths
Out of Spirit Fire-Worlds
The Gods' Truth-Word:
In Spirit-Ground seek expectantly
Your spirit-relation to find.
An interpretation of the mantra:
The spiritual force of the light is so strong now that we lose ourselves totally in the senses, which is the World Spirit (we sense it through our inner selves in Winter and through our bodily senses in Summer): and this is what we must experience fully in order to find our own Spirit which is united to it.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:Sunday July 13th. Moon Aquarius. 1889 Robert Hamerling died.Monday July 14th. Moon Pisces. 1801 Johannes Müller (the Natural Scientist) born.Tuesday July 15th. Moon Pisces. The Day that, according to legend, the Apostles set out on their missions and each chose a different region to go to. 1099 The Crusaders stormed Jerusalem.Wednesday July 16th. Moon Pisces. The Flight of Muhammed 622 A.D. (Hegira).Thursday July 17th. Moon Aries. Leo IV.Friday July 18th. Moon Aries. Last Quarter. St. Thomas Aquinas.
Saturday July 19th. Moon Taurus. St. Vincent de Paul.
******* PLANETS IN THE EVENING SKY:Mars is high in the south at sunset, a brilliant yellow-red "star". Very close to it is the bright star Spica (the ear of corn held by Virgo the Virgin). Dimmer, yellowish Saturn is further to the left (east) of both.
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