Calendar of the Soul, Week 11 After Easter
The "Calendar of the Soul"
Rudolf Steiner gave out the 'Soul-Calendar' in 1912, 52 meditative mantras to enable us to experience the 'astral' (soul) events occurring within us and in Nature during the year, starting with the first mantra on Easter Sunday.
These mantras for each week are well known to many students of Steiner, but the original "Calendar " also had 12 Images of the Zodiac, to be meditated with each month, to sense the working of the 'solar' forces in the cosmos, plus a listing of the Moon's phases & position in the signs each night, for sensing the 'lunar' forces, and a list of people and events connected with specific days. Here's the Soul-Calendar restored to its complete form.
The Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of the constellation GEMINI from June 16th to 30th in our era. Here's a version of the symbolic image of the TWINS done from Steiner's sketches & indications:
This week's mantra.
For those not familiar with the use of mantras: The anthroposophic path uses symbolic images like the above ("Imaginations") to awaken spiritual sight and mantras ("Inspirations") to begin spiritual hearing. The meaning of the words of a mantra at first sight is not important, but rather reciting it and entering with deeper soul-forces into its inner experience. Also, 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 anyone can easily go from English to German.
* M A N T R A # 1 1 *
Es ist in dieser Sonnenstunde
An dir, die weise Kunde zu enkennen;
An Weltenschönheit hingegeben,
In dir dich fühlend zu durchleben:
Verlieren kann das Menschen-Ich
Und finden sich im Welten-Ich.
It is in this Sun-Hour
For you, the wise prophecy to know:
To World-Beauty given over,
In you your feeling to live through:
"Man's I can lose itself
And find itself in the World-I."
*******The spiritual force of the light in the outer world of the senses is now
so strong that we must give ourselves over to it in feeling, and we have a
fore-sense of the losing of one's ordinary selfhood to find ourselves again
in spirit-being in the height of summer.
The Moon positions and phases for the week are listed below along with some of the spiritual figures and events connected with the days.
Sunday, June 20th. Moon Leo. Silverius.
Monday, June 21st. Moon Leo. Eusebius.
Tuesday, June 22nd. Moon Virgo. Wilhelm von Humboldt born 1767.
Wednesday, June 23rd. Moon Virgo. Colombus born 1456.
Thursday, June 24th. Moon Virgo. John the Baptist (St. John's Day).
Friday, June 25th. Moon Libra. Wilhelm Jordan died 1904.
Saturday, June 26th. Moon Libra. Julian the Apostate died 363 A.D.
Planets : Jupiter is the brilliant white "star" that can be seen high in the South at sunset and for a few hours afterwards in the Southwest, amongst the stars of the Lion.