Calendar of the Soul, Week 29 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 9 *
Sich selbst des Denkens leuchten
Im Innern kraftvoll zu entfachen,
Erlebtes sinnvoll deutend
Aus Weltengeistes Kräftequell,
Ist mir nun Sommererbe
Ist Herbstesruhe und auch Winterhoffnung.
The Glowing Light of Thinking
Within oneself powerfully to enkindle,
Life's meaningfulness interpreting
Out of the World-Spirit's Power-Source,
Is to me Summer's inheritance,
Is Fall's Rest and also Winter's Hope.
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 had all Summer. Last week, we felt this growing
self-consciousness cause our being to widen: thinking found itself able to
solve seemingly-insoluable mysteries of life, and in our feelings, many
wishes we had given up on now we see it possible to realize. This week, we
should feel this growing power of Thinking as the gift of our Summer
experience, making sense out of all that seemed senseless in life; giving us
a feeling of a restful pause and an expectation of good in the coming Winter.
The Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of Libra from
Oct. 13th to Nov. 9th in our era. The symbolic image of the Scales 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 13th. Moon Capricorn. First Quarter. Angelus.
Monday October 14th. Moon Aquarius. Callistus.
Tuesday October 15th. Moon Aquarius. 1844 Friedrich Nietzche born.
Wednesday October 16th. Moon Pisces. Gallus (the appointer of the cloisters
of St. Gallen).
Thursday October 17th. Moon Pisces. Hilarius.
Friday October 18th. Moon Aries. Luke (the Evangelist).
Saturday October 19th. Moon Aries. Ptolemäus.
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.