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 8 *
Ich kann in Innern neu belebt
Erfühlen eignen Wesens Weiten
Und kraftefüllt Gedankenstrahlen
Den Lebensrätseln lösend spenden,
Erfüllung manchem Wunsche leihen,
Dem Hoffnung schon die Schwingen lähmte.
I can in Inner newly alive
Feel my own Essence widen
And power-filled Thinking-rays
Out of Soul's Sun-Might
Life-Riddles loosening giving,
Lending fulfillment to many Wishes
That before even the Hope for had its wings lamed.
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 had all Summer. This developing
self-consciousness by last week had produced a powerful force in our
soul-drives, which was sensed as a seed of future development going into the
Autumn. This week, we feel this new force enlivening our inner selves and
causing our being to widen out of its isolation within self into the wide
world, and newly-empowered thinking finds itself able to solve what had been
before seemingly-insoluable mysteries of life; which in turn leads to the
feeling that many wishes, whose hopes of fulfillment we had given up on, we
now see it will be possible to realize.
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 as a JPEG, 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 October 6th. Moon Libra. New Moon. Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Angela
(who converted Francis of Assizi to Christianity).
Monday October 7th. Moon Scorpio. Serapius.
Tuesday October 8th. Moon Scorpio. Ephraim (Joseph's Son). 1502 Founding of
the University of Wittenberg.
Wednesday October 9th. Moon Sagittarius. Dionysius (he who conducted the
counting of the years since the Birth of Christ and decided the the method
for fixing the celebration of the Easter festival).
Thursday October 10th. Moon Sagittarius. Gideon.
Friday October 11th. Moon Capricorn. 1531 Zwingli died.
Saturday October 12th. Moon Capricorn. Wilfred (acted for the spreading of
Christianity in Sweden in the 11th century).
The verse for the Southern Hemisphere this week:
* M A N T R A # 5 2 *
Wenn aus den Seelentiefen
Der Geist sich wendet zu dem Weltensein
Und Schönheit quillt aus Raumesweiten,
Dann zieht aus Himmelsfernen
Des Lebens Kraft in Menschenleiber
Und einet, machtvoll wirkend,
Des Geistes Wesen mit dem Menschensein.
When out of the Souls Deeps
The Spirit winds its way to World-Being
And Beauty swells into the widths of Space,
Then is drawn from farthest Heavens
The Life Force into Mans bodies
And there becomes one, mightily working,
The Spirits Essence and Mans being.