Calendar of the Soul, Week 24 after Easter
- The "Calendar of the Soul"
The cycle of the year can be a meditation through which you can sense the
Beings that are behind the changing seasons, and Steiner gave out the
'Calendar of the Soul' to do this. It's 52 meditative mantras enabling you to
consciously experience the 'astral' (soul) events occurring within you as
well as in outer 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), a listing of the Moon's phase
and position in the constellations each night (for sensing the 'lunar'
forces), and a list of saints and other spiritual figures connected with
specific days of the week. We're presenting all that here. We begin with the
mantra in the original German and in translation:
* M A N T R A # 2 4 *
Sich selbst erschaffend stets,
Wird Seelensein sich selbst gewahr;
Der Weltengeist, er strebet fort
In Selbsterkenntnis neu belebt
Und schafft aus Seelenfinsternis
Des selbstsinns Willensfrucht .
In continually shaping one's Self,
Soul's Being becomes of itself aware;
The World-Spirit, it strives forward
In Self-Knowledge newly living
And shapes out of Soul-Darkness
The Self-sense's Will-Fruit.
This week's mantram:
The season of Autumn is the Michaelmas time: in the Summer 'waking
dream-state' , while our consciousness was turned outwards to Nature, a
spiritual 'seed' was planted, amd it now ripens into a Self-consciousness
instead of Nature-consciousness. This week, the Soul becomes aware of itself
through this constant creating of that Self; this Self is the World-Spirit
itself in us, the universe aware of itself through us. This now reaches into
the dark soul-contents; and through this sensing of Self, the Will, its
fruit, is unleashed.
The Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of Virgo from
Sept. 8th to Oct. 12th in our era. The symbolic image of the Virgin done from
Steiner's sketches & indications is attached to this post, although it may go
through to you or not depending on your settings.
The Moon positions and phases for the week are listed below along with
some of the spiritual figures connected with the days.
Sunday, September 8th. Moon Libra. Birth of Mary. Corbinianus, spreader of
Christianity in France & Germany in the 8th
Monday, September 9th. Moon Scorpio. 1828 Tolstoy born.
Tuesday, September 10th. Moon Scorpio. Sosthenus (by Paul made a leader).
Wednesday, September 11th. Moon Scorpio. Abraham (Race-father of the Old
Thursday, September 12th. Moon Sagittarius. Tobias.
Friday, September 13th. Moon Sagittarius. First Quarter. 1872 the Philosopher
Ludwig Feuerbach died.
Saturday, September 14th. Moon Capricorn. Festival of the High Cross.
brought in 629 the Cross of Christ to Constantinople. 1769 Alexander
Humboldt born. 1887 The Philosopher Freidrich Theodore Vischer died.
Here is the polar verse for the Southern Hemisphere, as I've worked it out.
* M A N T R A # 4 9 *
Ich fühle Kraft des Weltenseins:
So spricht Gedankenklarheit,
Gedenkend eignen Geistes Wachsen
In finstern Weltennächten,
Und neigt dem nahen Weltentage
Des Innern Hoffnungsstrahlen.
I feel the Power of the World-Existence:
So speaks Thinkings Clarity,
Thinking of its own Spirit-Waxing
In dark World-Night,
Its inner Rays of Hope
Drawing close to nearing World-Day.