5844Soul-Calendar, Week 15 after Easter
- Jul 27, 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 CANCER from July 21st through August 3rd in our era. A version (done by Margot Roessler) of a new symbolic image of the CRAB 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, green, 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 # 15 *******
Ich fühle wie verzaubert
Im Weltenschein des Geistes Weben
Es hat in Sinnesdumpfheit
Gehüllt mein Eigenwesen,
Zu schenken mir die Kraft
Die, ohnmächtig sich selbst zu geben,
Mein Ich in seinen Schranken ist.
I feel how enchanted
Into World-Shining is the Spirit's Weaving:
It has in Senses' Dimness
Enclosed my Self-Essence
To give me the Power:
That, powerless myself to give,
My "I" in its boundaries is.
An interpretation of the mantra:
The summer is when we are meant to lose ourselves in the play of light
and warmth; then, from out of the Spirit revealed in the outer world, we are
to find our "selves" again in the World-Self.
This week the Spirit we experience through the beauty of the senses in the outer world has wrapped itself around the Ego, which would otherwise be cut off from the world--- a "spell" is cast over it, which is unwrapped at Christmastime (the opposite verse to this week's).
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:Sunday July 27th. Moon LEO. Martha.Monday July 28th. Moon VIRGO. 1750 Johann Seb. Bach died. 1794 Robespierre executed.1804 Philosopher Ludwig Feuerbach born.Tuesday July 29th. Moon VIRGO. Simplicius. 1856 Robert Schumann died.Wednesday July 30th. Moon VIRGO. Ruth.Thursday July 31st. Moon LIBRA. 1472 University of Munich founded. 1556 Ignatius von Loyola died. 1886 Franz Liszt died.Friday August 1st. Moon LIBRA. Macabees. 1744 Natural Scientist Lamarck born.
Saturday August 2nd. Moon SCORPIO. Hannibal. 1832 Olcott born.-Starman
******* PLANETS IN THE EVENING SKY:Mars is high in the southwest at sunset, a brilliant yellow-red "star". It's now between the bright star Spica (the ear of corn held by Virgo the Virgin) on the right and yellowish Saturn to the left (east). The moon, nearing half-full, will be seen between them Saturday night.
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