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Re: [steiner] Calendar of the Soul, Week 52

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  • George Thomas
    Dear Dr. Starman- I m curious now to see how we work through the next couple of weeks before Easter. Are we to continue on this verse until then? Thank you-
    Message 1 of 3 , Mar 24, 2003
      Dear Dr. Starman-

      I'm curious now to see how we work through the next
      couple of weeks before Easter. Are we to continue on
      this verse until then?

      Thank you-

      --- DRStarman2001@... wrote:
      > The "Calendar of the Soul"
      > � The cycle of the year can be a meditation, and Dr.
      > Steiner gave out the
      > 'Calendar of the Soul' for this, 52 meditative
      > mantras enabling us to
      > experience the 'astral' (soul) events occurring
      > within us and in outer Nature
      > during the year. These verses are well known to many
      > anthroposophists---- but
      > the original Calendar published in 1912 also had 12
      > Images of the Zodiac, to
      > be meditated with each month to sense the working of
      > the 'solar' forces in
      > the cosmos in the daytime, a listing of the Moon's
      > phases 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.
      > ��� Here is the whole 'Soul-Calendar' as it was
      > meant to be used.
      > ��� First, the mantra in the original German and in
      > translation:
      > * M A N T R A # 5 2 *
      > Wenn aus den Seelentiefen
      > Der Geist sich wendet zu dem Weltensein
      > Und Sch�nheit 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 Soul's 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 Man's bodies
      > And there becomes one, mightily working,
      > The Spirit's Essence and Man's being.
      > This week's mantra:
      > Last week, we felt, through the use of the mantra,
      > how the richness of all
      > the sprouting new growth of Nature poured into us,
      > so that Nature itself was
      > being transformed into something new through us.
      > This week's mantra begins
      > the Easter mood of 'resurrection' of our life
      > forces, as in our depths, our
      > Spirit forms its yearly connection with the cosmos
      > once again---after having
      > withdrawn into the Earth in winter---and the etheric
      > body is renewed through
      > this connection to the World Spirit.
      > ��� ( The anthroposophic path uses symbolic images
      > or 'Imaginations' to
      > awaken spiritual 'sight' and mantras or
      > 'Inspirations' to begin spiritual
      > 'hearing'. The meaning of the words of a mantra at
      > first sight is not
      > all-important, but rather the reciting of it and
      > entering with deeper
      > soul-forces into its experience. These mantras were
      > created in the German
      > language and have their rhythms in that, so learning
      > an English version is
      > just a step to using the original; I've kept close
      > to it in translating, so
      > you can easily go from the meaning to the actual
      > mantra. }
      > �����������������������
      > **********************************
      > ���� The Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the
      > influence of PISCES from
      > March 9th to April�13th in our era. The symbolic
      > image of the Fishes done
      > from Steiner's sketches & indications is inserted
      > below.
      > ����������������� [Unable to display image]����
      > ���� The Moon positions and phases for the week are
      > listed below along with
      > some of the spiritual figures connected with the
      > days.
      > Sunday,� March 23rd. Moon Sagittarius. Theodoricus
      > (worthy spreader of
      > Christendom to Holland, 10th century).
      > Monday,� March 24th. Moon Capricorn. Last Quarter.
      > Catherine (of the
      > Christian song, which converted 50 philosophers to
      > Christendom). The
      > Archangel Gabriel.
      > Tuesday,� March 25th. Moon Capricorn. The
      > Annunciation to Mary. Novalis died
      > 1801.
      > Wednesday, March 26th. Moon Aquarius.� Israel
      > (Isaac's Son). Beethoven died
      > 1827.�
      > Thursday, March 27th. Moon Aquarius. 1845 R�entgen
      > born.
      > Friday,�March 28th. Moon Aquarius. 1749 LaPlace
      > born.
      > Saturday,� March 29th.�Moon Pisces. 1772 Swedenborg
      > died.
      > The verse for the Southern Hemisphere for this week:
      > * M A N T R A # 2 2 *
      > Das Lichte aus Weltenweiten,
      > Im Innern lebt es kr�ftig fort:
      > Es wird zum Seelenlichte
      > Und leuchtet in die Geistestiefen,
      > Um Fr�chte zu entbinden,
      > Die Menschenselbst aus Weltenselbst
      > Im Zeitenlaufe reifen lassen.
      > The Light out of World-Widenesses
      > In my Inner lives as a continuing power;
      > It turns into Soul-Light
      > And shines in Spirit-deeps,
      > The Fruit to unbind,
      > That Man's Self out of World's Self
      > In Time's course will allow to ripen.
      > Dr. Starman
      > http://www.DrStarman.net

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    • DRStarman2001@aol.com
      ... *******Glad to hear you re actually working with them. It s a question that must come up whenever someone does, because the verses are keyed to Easter. Dr.
      Message 2 of 3 , Mar 24, 2003
        social_artist@... writes:
        Dear Dr. Starman-
        I'm curious now to see how we work through the next
        couple of weeks before Easter.  Are we to continue on
        this verse until then?
        Thank you-

        *******Glad to hear you're actually working with them. It's a question that must come up whenever someone does, because the verses are keyed to Easter.

            Dr. Steiner referred often to the fact that the date of Easter is not 'regular' like the dead mineral-physical world, but is created by the interaction of the rhythms of the Sun and Moon, in other words is an astral and etheric phenomenon. As such, it can sometimes be about a full month after the vernal equinox (as it is this year), and other times only a day or two after it-- -- -- so that sometimes not a full 52 weeks elapse between one Easter and the next, while in other years it can be up to 56 weeks. This year, the week of the 52nd verse ends on March 29th, while we don't take up the Easter verse until April 20th.

            I've heard that some people have adopted an 'Ahrimanic' method of dealing with this, namely by dividing the time from one Easter to another by 52-- -- -- but then we would not be dealing with an actual 'week' (which is a cosmic time period, old name the 'woch'), nor be taking up a new verse on the Sun's day.

            In observing Time through the years, I've found that for instance there is a truth to traditional common people's observations such as the old proverb from the middle ages that when there is a late Easter, there is a late spring (it certainly is late in coming here in Virginia Beach!). The years are different from each other, when you don't homogenize them like by using the above-mentioned method. We are now entering a period of three weeks in which the previous year has ended, while the new year has not yet begun. During this time I have continued to use the 52nd verse in past years. There is also a correspondence between the 52nd verse and the first one we will take up at Easter (April 20th), so I was thinking about presenting both of those here as reflective of the mood of this time of this special solar-lunar 'year'. This is the time when we receive a renewed etheric body for the coming year, by the soul connecting with the cosmos. It is a very special time, and was always treated so by Christians.

        Dr. Starman
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