*******Apologies for this going out late; the purpose in uploading that file
you all got a notice about was to remember St. Francis of Assisi on his
Saint's day, yesterday, October 4th (the day he died). Unfortunately
circumstances delayed me from writing to you all yesterday to explain this. I
hope you all looked at the prayer of St. Francis there-- -- -- here is
another famous one.
O Most High, Almighty Good Lord God, to Thee belong praise, glory, honor
and all blessing.
Praised be my Lord God, with all His creatures, and especially our brother
the Sun, who brings us the day and who brings us the light: fair is he, and
he shines with a very great splendor.
O Lord he signifies to us thee!
Praised be my Lord for our sister the Moon, and for the Stars, the which
he has set clear and lovely in the heaven.
Praised be my Lord for our brother the wind, and for air and clouds, calms
and all weather, by which thou upholdest life and all creatures.
Praised be my Lord for our sister water, who is very serviceable to us,
and humble and precious and clean.
Praised be my Lord for our brother fire, through whom Thou givest us light
in the darkness; and he is bright and pleasant and very mighty and strong.
Praised be my Lord for our mother the earth, the which doth sustain us and
keep us, and bringeth forth divers fruits and flowers of many colors, and
Francis of Assisi
Attached to this post it is a copy of a page from the original Calendar
of the Soul, which will show you how Steiner intended it to be used: there's
the image of the constellation which the sun is in for the whole month (and
each one has a symbolic meaning to be meditated on), then each day has the
image of the sign that the moon is in that night, along with saints and other
spiritual individualities associated with each day for us to meditate on.
Then there was a mantra to use each week. It's all astrological and was meant
to be used to deepen the experience of the seasons-- -- -- to make Time into
a meditative exercise.
As you can see by looking at any book about the Calendar of the Soul
nowadays, all it has is the 52 mantras. All the astrology has been taken out,
and without all that, in my experience, anthroposophists just recite those
mantras (at the start of a meeting, for instance) without being able to
understand a single line of them. But if they're worked with, they are a
spiritual Path in themselves, one that particular personalities (namely the
phlegmatic or Watery temperament) will find the best one.
What Frankie's been posting is that, right about this time that Steiner
created these fifty-two mantras, in 1912, he was working with artists in
speech and movement and the building of the society's headquarters and the
creation of his "Mystery Plays", and out of this came the art of Eurythmy,
which makes what lived inside a poet or musician when he created a poem or
piece of music visible in movement on stage. Steiner had created the mantras
out of spiritual experience, and he was able to give out the Eurythmy forms
for all 52 of them, along with indications about the use of color to make
them spiritually visible by the use of costuming and stage lighting.
The Calendar was created to replace the old church calendar, and to
provide us with something that we can carry with us to be used anytime,
anyplace. Perhaps someday we can once again publish it in a little book form
that we anthroposophists could use as a year-book, like the many appointment
books that have pictures and sayings for each week of the year. In the
meantime we have this Internet version circulating each week. As I find time,
I'm going to try to post things relating to the personalities mentioned for
each week. Perhaps others might find some people of interest on the lists.
For instance October 6th is the old feast day of the Patriarchs, Abraham,
Isaac and Jacob; October 15 is Nietzsche's birthday, and October 18 is the
old day of St. Luke.