Calendar of the Soul, Week 12 after Easter
- Sorry to be late with this week's mailing.
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 2 (St. John's Tide) *
Der Welten Schönheitsglanz,
Er zwinget mich aus Seelentiefen
Des Eigenlebens Götterkrafte
Zum Weltenfluge zu entbinden;
Mich selber zu verlassen,
Vertrauend nur mich suchend
Im Weltenlicht und Weltenwärme.
The world's beautiful glitter,
It forces me, out of Soul's Deeps,
My individual life's godly forces
To World-Flowing to release;
My self to abandon
Trusting only in my seeking
In World-Light and World-Warmth.
This week is the event the previous several week's mantras have been
leading up to: it is the irresistible drive of the deepest forces of the soul
to surrender ourselves to the light and warmth of the upper spheres.
The motif of St. John's/Midsummer: "To find yourself, first lose yourself."
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 27th. Moon Scorpio. Phillipina.
Monday, June 28th. Moon Scorpio. Leo.
Tuesday, June 29th. Moon Sagittarius. Festival of Peter and Paul. Rubens born 1577.
Wednesday, June 30th. Moon Sagittarius. Festival in Memory of Paul.
Thursday, July 1st. Moon Capricorn. G.W. Leibnitz born 1646.
Friday, July 2nd. Moon Capricorn. Full Moon. 1778 Rousseau died.
Saturday, July 3rd. Moon Aquarius. Anatolius.
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.