Calendar of the Soul, Week 25 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 5 *
Ich darf nun mir gehören
Und leuchtend breiten Innenlicht
In Raumes- und in Zeitenfinsternis.
Zum Schlafe drängt natürlich Wesen,
Der Seele Tiefen sollen wachen
Und wachend tragen Sonnengluten
In kalte Winterfluten.
I now must belong only to myself
And lightening, spread Inner Light
Into Space and Time darkness.
As towards sleep draws all natural Essence,
The Souls's Deeps shall awaken
And waking, carry the Sun's Glow
Into the cold Winter-flowing.
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 have in summer. Last week in the soul, there was an intense becoming aware
of itself which reached down into the dark soul-contents, and through this
the Will was unleashed. This week this developing self-consciousness places
us in a state where it is necessary to be completely alone, so that the Light
which is only within can be shed on the otherwise dark outer world. This is
the solar essence we carry within us into the night-time of the year.
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 15th. Moon Capricorn. Nicodemus (who in John's Gospel
was made a leader).
Monday, September 16th. Moon Aquarius. 1736 The Natural Scientist Farenheit
Tuesday, September 17th. Moon Aquarius. Justinus.
Wednesday, September 18th. Moon Aquarius. Titus (School of Paul).
Thursday, September 19th. Moon Pisces. Eustachius.
Friday, September 20th. Moon Pisces. Castor.
Saturday, September 21st. Moon Aries. Full Moon. Matthew (the Evangelist).
This week's verse for the Southern Hemisphere:
* M A N T R A # 5 0 *
Es spricht zum Menschen-Ich
Sich machtvoll offenbarend,
Und seines Wesens Kräfte lösend
Des Weltendaseins Werdelust:
In dich mein Lebend tragen
Aus seinem Zauberbanne
Erreiche ich mein wahres Ziel.
There speaks to Mans I
With mighty revelation,
And its Essences Power unloosing
The World-Existences Growth-Joy:
In you my Life carrying
Out of its magic spell
I reach my true aim.