648Calendar of the Soul, Week 31 after Easter
- Nov 12, 2001The cycle of the year can be a meditation in itself, through which you can
sense the Beings that are behind the changing seasons, and Rudolf Steiner
gave out the 'Calendar of the Soul' to do this. It's 52 meditative mantras
enabling one to consciously experience the 'astral' (soul) events occurring
within you as well as in external Nature in the course of the year. These are
well known to many anthroposophists; but the ORIGINAL Calendar published in
1912 ALSO contained 12 images 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 listed for each night, for sensing the
'lunar' forces). There was also a list of saints and other spiritual figures
to meditate on connected with specific days of the week, because the
entrances and exits of human spirits are also connected with the cosmos and
Time. We're presenting all that here each week---this has not been done since
1912, as far as we know, and is available nowhere else, not even at the
First, this week's meditative mantra in the original German and in
* M A N T R A # 3 0 *
Das Licht aus Geistestiefen,
Nach aussen strebt es sonnenhaft:
Es wird zur Lebenswillenskraft
Und leuchtet in der Sinne Dumpfheit,
Um Kräfte zu entbinden,
Die Schaffensmächte aus Seelentrieben
In Menschenwerke reifen lassen.
The Light out of Spirit-Deeps
Strives outwards like the Sun:
It turns into Life-Will-Force
And shines into the Senses' Dullness,
The Powers to unbind,
That Shaping-Might out of Soul-Drives
In Man's Work will let ripen.
For those not familiar with the use of mantras:
The anthroposophic path uses symbolic images ("Imaginations") to awaken
spiritual sight and mantras ("Inspirations") to begin spiritual hearing. The
meaning of the words of a mantra at first sight is not important, but rather
reciting it and entering 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; Ive kept close to it in translating, so anyone can easily go from
English to German.
This week's mantram:
The season of Autumn is the Michaelmas time, in which we are meant to
develop Self (inner)-consciousness instead of the Nature
(outer)-consciousness we had all Summer. Last week, we felt this growing
thinking consciousness directing all our feelings from vagueness to
certainty, as our summer soul-experience awakened fully. This week, the verse
focuses our attention on the spiritual light of thinking and how it seeks to
turn to the outer world, turning into will-forces for living and illuminating
the otherwise dull sense-existence, and thus turning the blind urges of the
soul into creatively-shaping forces.
* T H E W E E K S P I R I T U A L L Y *
The Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of Scorpio from
Nov. 10th to 30th in our era. The symbolic image of Scorpio done from
Steiner's sketches & indications accompanies this post as an attachment.
The Moon positions and phases for the week are listed below along with some
of the spiritual figures connected with the days.
Sunday November 11th. Moon Virgo. St. Martin's Day.
Monday November 12th. Moon Virgo. 1869 Maler Fr. Overbeck died.
Tuesday November 13th. Moon Libra. Nicholas I (was in the 9th century as
Pope defender of celibacy for priests).
Wednesday November 14th. Moon Libra. 1716 the Philosopher Leibnitz died.
1825 Jean Paul died. 1831 Hegel died.
Thursday November 15th. Moon Skorpius. New Moon. Albertus Magnus (the great
scholar and researcher of the 13th century, Teacher of Thomas Aquinas). 1630
Astronomer Kepler died. 1738 Astronomer Herschel born. 1741 Lavater born.
Friday November 16th. Moon Skorpius. Edmund (King of England).
Saturday November 10th. Moon Skorpius. 1875 Blavatsky founded the
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