- Sep 23, 2000THE "CALENDAR OF THE SOUL"
Here’s the "Soul-Calendar" for this 23rd week after Easter. The Calendar's
52 meditative mantras enable you to experience the 'astral' or soul events
occurring within you in the course of the year. It's in the original German
and in English.
Es dämpfet herbstlich sich
Der Sinne Reizesstreben;
In Lichtesoffenbarung mischen
Der Nebel dumpfe Schleier sich.
Ich selber schau in Raumesweiten
Des Herbstes Winterschlaf.
Der Sommer hat an mich
Sich selber hingegeben.
There is muffled Autumnally
The Senses' streaming Charms;
In Light-Revealings is mingled
The Fog's musty Veil.
I myself see in Space-Widenesses
The Autumn's Winter-Sleep.
The Summer has to me
Its own self given over.
For those not familiar with the use of mantras:
Anthroposophy intensifies the mind by the use of images called
"Imaginations" which awaken 'spiritual sight', and mantras which begin
'spiritual hearing' or "Inspirations". The meaning of the words of a mantra
at first sight is not the essential thing, but rather reciting it and
entering with deeper soul-forces into its inner experience. These mantras
were also, of course, created in the German language and have their rhythms
in it, so learning an English version is just a step to using the original.
Steiner spoke of how German has preserved words lost by other languages, and
could be for us today what Sanskrit was in olden times: THE language in which
spirit-truths are expressed. In translating therefore, I’ve tried to keep
close to the original, so that anyone can easily go from English to German.
This week's mantram:
Last week, that which was received spiritually from the Summer Light and
Warmth was felt as an ongoing power within releasing the fruit of its
working, to evolve a Self out of the World-Self. This is because, at the time
of change from Summer to Winter, we cease to be conscious of the external
world and instead become conscious again of ourselves, as if awakening from a
summer dream-state. Our Nature-Consciousness strives to become inner Self
Consciousness, but at first we may feel fear due to no longer being able to
lean on outer things for consciousness, which is why the symbol of the
warrior archangel is placed before us at Michaelmas, summoning us to have
courage, for we are not going to die as our summer nature-consciousness
wanes, but rather wake up. This week's verse is the first appearance of
Autumn dulling the senses' summer brilliance; but that which has been gained
from the summer-experience now becomes our inner self-experience.
* T H E W E E K S P I R I T U A L L Y *
In addition to the mantrams, the Soul-Calendar originally contained 12
drawings 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 given for each night to sense the lunar forces. The Sun,
according to the Doctor, is under the influence of Virgo from September 8th
to October 12th in our era. (The symbolic image for Virgo is attached to this
post.) The Moon positions and phases are listed below for each night, along
with some of the birth & death days of famous persons published in the first
‘Seelencalendar’: their lives and contributions are fruitful material for
contemplation on their days. I’m translating these to restore the Calendar to
its intended use with the full spiritual/solar/lunar connections.
Sunday September 24th. Moon Leo. 1750 the Natural Scientist G. Werner born.
Monday September 25th. Moon Leo. Cleophas (he who was a leader in the
Tuesday September 26th. Moon Virgo. Justina, who converted the Cyprian
Justinianus I, the founder of numerous Churches.
Wednesday September 27th. Moon Virgo. New Moon. Cosmas u. Damian, famous
benefactor of the 3rd Century. 1825 Opening of the first railway.
Thursday September 28th. Moon Virgo. 1895 the Natural Scientist Pasteur died.
Friday September 29th. Moon Libra. Michael (the Archangel).
Saturday September 30th. Moon Libra. Hieronymus, died 420, Christian Church
Happy Michaelmas to all!
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