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  • Joseph Proskauer
    Dear Friends, I m writing with two notes about the listing for today in the Calendar of the Soul. First: Cosmas u. Damian, whose memorial day this is,
    Message 1 of 6 , Sep 26, 2004
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      Dear Friends,
       
      I'm writing with two notes about the listing for today in the Calendar of the Soul. 
       
      First:  "Cosmas u. Damian," whose memorial day this is, rather than being a "famous medical benefactor of the 3rd Century," were twin physicians born in Arabia and martyred on this date in about 287 A.D (see www.wf-f.org/StsCosmosDamian.html ).  Stories about these twins show them as selfless faith-filled physician-healers and transcenders of racial divisions.     Josef Beuys, anvant-garde artist and  probably one of the most famous anthroposophists, created a postcard of the World Trade Center Twin Towers where he hand-wrote the names "Cosmos" on one and "Damian" on the other (see http://www.zaunschirm.de/beuys.html ohttp://inside.bard.edu/blrc/projects/AmericanAge/CosmosundDamian.html ).  
       
      Second:  There is an extraordinary gesture (coincidentally? involving the Twins of the Zodiac) appearing in the pre-dawn skies this season -- and this morning (Monday 9/27) is the best chance to see it before the light from the waxing moon obscures it.  If it's a bit cloudy, don't give up:  I discovered this Friday morning amidst considerable clouds;  the five bright stars involved shown through.  Below is a description of the situation, with a chart.  If you have trouble opening or reading this, please let me know. 
       
      If you don't get a chance to see this stellar arc today, or this week, persevere;  while the form is at peak perfection now, it will remain for some time to come.   I would be most interested to hear folks' observations or impressions of the sky this season. 
       
                          -- Joe Proskauer 
             

      Michaelmas Skies

      September 26, 2004

       

      Every autumn, the Northern Cross and the Great Square of Pegasus rise in the evening sky like a great sword and shield, culminating between 10pm and midnight, and lowering in the west toward morning.+ 

       

      Right now, there’s another sword-like shape appearing in the sky – a thing of beauty and harmony that I have never noticed or heard of before.    

       

      Around midnight, Orion rises:  the strong, clear, long-known form of the Hunter, the two shoulders and two thighs of his tunic tied with a three-star belt.  Around 3 :30am, Venus follows – the brightest light in the night sky now (except the Moon).     

       

      Between these two, something new – worth looking for in the early morning sky (around 4 -6am*): 

       

      Follow Orion’s belt down to the left to Sirius -- the brightest star in any sky (though outshone by Venus now).  Above Sirius to the east (left -- about 2 hands-held-at-arm’s-length), the next bright star is Procyon.  Continuing up and east is Saturn (nearly as bright as Sirius, with a hint of yellow in its light).  And continuing above and left of Saturn, the brightest stars of the Twins – Pollux and Castor (about 2 fingers-held-at-arm’s-length). 

       

      These five form a clear arc -- like part of a spiral.  The spaces between them appear to grow regularly from left to right -- from Castor to Pollux to Saturn to Procyon to Sirius – like a 'growth-measure’ in projective geometry, or the increasing distances between the leaves going down the stem of an annual plant.  Indeed, Saturn is sitting at a point in the arc where the distances between it and both pairs of stars adjacent to it create nearly exact Golden Ratios! 

       

      This form comes about as Saturn passes between the two pairs of bright stars – the closely paired Twins and the two more widely spaced ‘dog stars,’ Sirius and Procyon.  Venus did this in early September.  Saturn, which moves much more slowly, seems to be placed most directly on this arc for about two weeks beginning at the autumn equinox (Sept. 22).  Michaelmas is at the center of this period, on Sept. 29th.  But the general form continues to be visible through the Orionid meteor shower (Oct. 19-23) and beyond.  Where will Saturn be during the Leonid meteor shower in mid-November, or the Geminiids in mid-December? 

       

      Right now*, the Twins are rising with Orion around midnight, Saturn around 1am, and Sirius (the lowest of the stars in the arc, and the last to rise) around 2am.  So the best viewing of the stellar arc is from around 3am to 6 – depending on the clouds, of course.  (Venus rises around 3:30am, so you might want to look after 4 or 5 to see her as part of the display.  She passes very close to Regulus on the morning of October 3rd.) 

       

      Because the moon is so near to full (it will be a fully full “Harvest Moon on Sept 27th and 28th), its light might drown the light of even these bright stars;  it would be prudent to try looking after moonset – 5:30am tomorrow morning (Sept. 27th).  The Moon crosses the arc itself on Oct. 7th;  it will be a half-moon by then, so it may leave the brightest stars visible.  Dates after that may offer better viewing, as the Moon wanes.  (A little patience may be rewarded.  All these stars are bright, and things can change quickly.  As I mentioned, I discovered this form on Friday morning – when it was cloudy and nothing else was visible.) 

       

      And stay for the sunrise. 

       

      * The times above are for the end of September.  Stars will rise about a half-hour earlier each week, and Venus about a quarter-hour later.  (The planets regularly move against the stars from night to night – counter-clockwise in the northern hemisphere -- except when they are making their retrograde loops.)  Since the sun is rising later as well, the best time for seeing this new curve of bright stars would get later by about a half-hour each week in October.  The later in the morning or the month, the higher overhead the curve will climb. 

       

      And -- Jupiter is joining Venus in the morning sky:  it’s now rising in the twilight about 6:30am;  in mid-October, it will be well above the horizon by that time, and Mars will be joining too.  The tip of the spiral, Castor, will be near the zenith.  Saturn will also be high overhead in the center of the spiral.  From Saturn, follow a nearly straight line (or a very gentle curve) toward the eastern horizon through Regulus (the Heart of the Lion), Venus, Jupiter, Mars -- and the place where the sun will rise. 

       

       *                     *             *        *        *             *                     *

       

      Here’s a slightly distorted chart of the stellar arc now appearing between Orion and Venus, shown for about 5am. 

       

       

       

       Notes on the stars mentioned above (from various sources):   

       

      +  The Northern Cross and the Great Square of Pegasus

       

      In the evening sky, the ‘Great Square’ of Pegasus and the Northern Cross -- Cygnus, the Swan –

      rise toward their culmination, passing through the zenith between 8pm and midnight.  As the Swan descends from about 8:30 on, Pegasus continues to rise.  As I first noticed last autumn when Mars, at its brightest,

      was between them, these two forms make a striking pair:  an open, containing field (perhaps a shield?),

      and a strong sword-like directional force—peripheral and centrifugal aspects of four-squareness. 

      The mythological figures present a contrast as well, in consonance with the movements of their constellations these evenings:  Pegasus bore poets (or the ill-fated Bellerophon, who fell while seeking to join the gods) aloft;  the swan-form was often adopted by a god descending to visit mortals on the earth.  The rising Pegasus and descending Cygnus may seem in harmony with a theme of Michaelmas:  the inward re-arising of the human spirit before the nature-dying of winter. 

       

      Orion

       

      Not only do the character and image of Orion resonate with the ‘courage and form’ sung of in a Michaelmas song, but his story resonates with Michaelmas as well.  He is a mighty hunter, a giant.  Instead of a dragon, he does battle with a Scorpion – a powerful one, since it is sent in some versions by Apollo (to prevent his sister Artemis from marrying Orion), and in others by the earth goddess (responding to Orion’s claim that there is no beast he cannot beat).  Orion fights bravely, but is unable to pierce the Scorpion’s thick armor.  In one version, the Scorpion poisons and kills the demi-god Orion (just as he was about to leave the realm of land for the realm of his father Poseidon, god of the sea).  In another, Orion prevails, but Apollo then tricks Artemis, challenging her to hit a distant object in the sea with her arrow;  she does, and kills Orion.  Artemis prevails upon Zeus to place Orion in the sky so she (and we) would remember him through time.  The Scorpion is placed in the opposite side of the sky:  whenever Scorpio starts to rise, Orion is sinking in the west. 

       

       

      In ancient Egypt, this constellation represented the soul of Osiris, and Sirius was the soul of Isis. 

       

      Sirius

       is the brightest star (-1.46m) in the night sky. In 1841[?] Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel deduced that Sirius was actually a double star. In 1862 Alvan Graham Clark discovered the companion, which is called Sirius B, or affectionately "the Pup". The visible star is now sometimes known as Sirius A. The two stars orbit each other with a separation of about 20 AU and a period of close to 50 years. In 1915 astronomers at the Mt. Wilson Observatory discovered that Sirius B was a white dwarf, the first to be discovered. Interestingly, this means that Sirius B must have originally been much the more massive of the two, since it has already evolved off the main sequence.

       

      Historically, many cultures have attached special significance to Sirius. Sirius was worshipped in the valley of the Nile long before Rome was founded, and many ancient Egyptian temples were constructed oriented so that light from the star could penetrate to their inner altars. The Egyptians based their calendar on the heliacal rising of Sirius, which occurred just before the annual flooding of the Nile and the Summer solstice. In Greek mythology, Orion's dog became Sirius. The Greeks also associated Sirius with the heat of summer: the name Sirius is derived from Seirios meaning "the scorcher." This also explains the phrase "dog days of summer".

       

      There are a few unsolved mysteries regarding Sirius. Firstly, it has been suggested that there is a third very small companion star, but it appears that this has not yet been definitely confirmed. Secondly, ancient observations of Sirius describe it as a red star, when today Sirius A is bluish white. The possibility that stellar evolution of either Sirius A or Sirius B could be responsible for this discrepancy is rejected by astronomers on the grounds that the timescale of thousands of years is too short and that there is no sign of the nebulosity in the system that would be expected had such a change taken place. Alternative explanations are either that the description as red is a poetic metaphor for ill fortune, or that the dramatic scintillations of the star when it was observed rising left the viewer with the impression that it was red. A third mystery is a suggestion that the Dogon tribe of Africa knew about unseen companion star(s) before they were discovered in the 19th century. This is a source of speculation for UFO enthusiasts and was the subject of the book The Sirius Mystery by Robert Temple.


      Procyon

       

      is the brightest star in the Lesser Dog, Canis Minor.  It’s name means ‘first dog’ or ‘before the dog,’ since it rises about 20 minutes before the other dog star – Sirius, the brightest star in Canis Major. 

       

      Astronomers have been watching its pulsations since 1986. So when scientists recently announced that the most sensitive observations ever made of the star show nothing of the sort, it created controversy. 

       

      Canis Minor in total is consists of over 40 stars, however only four other main ones. 

       

      Saturn

       

      Roman god of agriculture, concerned with planting seeds, transformed from the Greek Kronos -- youngest of the Titans, and father of many gods. 

       

      Saturn is still rising especially high in the sky for observers in midnorthern latitudes.  It’s rings are also still tilted beautifully for telescope observers. 

       

      Pollux and Castor

       

      are the two brightest stars in the constellation of Gemini:  These stars mark the heads of the twins, with there bodies heading southwards below. 

       

      The constellation is of the Twins is often drawn in two ways, one with a rectangular body, the other as two ‘stickmen’ holding hands.  Gemini is one of the original 48 constellations as well as one of the 12 Zodiac patterns.  It lies on the ecliptic and the summer sun passes through the constellation.  

       

      Within Greek mythology the constellation represents the twins Castor and Pollux, also known as Dioskouroi, "Zeus's sons".  The mortal Castor and the immortal Pollux were fathered by Zeus, after Leda was seduced by him while he was disguised as Cygnus the Swan.  The twins were very affectionate towards each other and they were amongst Jason’s Argonauts aboard the Argo Navis.  Castor was a skilled warrior and horseman, while Pollux was an unbeatable boxer.  (Castor means ‘The Horseman’ and Pollux means ‘The Pugilist’.)  During their adventures the twins helped save the ship during a storm; for this reason they became protectors of the sailors, who believed to see them on the masts during storms.  Egyptians called the Twins, Horus the elder and younger. Horus the younger was the son of Osiris.  Horus is often portrayed as a falcon-headed man. 

       

                                                                                                      Joe Proskauer

                                                                                                      JP@...

       
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      Sent: Sunday, September 26, 2004 11:05 PM
      Subject: Re: Beauty in the skies this Michaelmas

      Thanks for this - unfortunately, this computer only has Wordpad and is unable to open Word docs.  Any other way of sending me the document?  Can you cut and paste it into an e-mail?  Thanks, Demetra
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      Sent: Sunday, September 26, 2004 9:15 PM
      Subject: [steiner] Calendar of the Soul, Week 25 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 dates of births and deaths of spiritual figures and dates of events on specific days. 
         Here's the Soul-Calendar restored to its complete 'astrosophical' form. 

         The Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of the constellation VIRGO from Sept. 8th to Oct. 12th in our era. Here's a version of the symbolic image of the VIRGIN in the original Soul-Calendar, 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  # 2 5  *

      Ich darf nun mir gehören
      Und leuchtend breiten Innenlicht
      In Raumes- und in Zeitenfinsternis.
      Zum Schlafe drängt natürlich Wesen,
      Der Seele Tiefen sollen wachen
      Qnd wachend tragen Sonnengluten
      In kalte Winterfluten.

      I now must belong only to myself
      And spread glowing Inner Light
      Into Space- and Time-Darkness.
      As towards sleep draws all natural Essence,
      The Souls's Depths shall awaken
      And waking, carry the Sun's Glow
      Into the cold Winter-flowing.


      Interpretation of this week's mantra:
         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 in summer. This week, this developing self-consciousness places us in a state where it is necessary to be completely alone, so that the Light which is only within can be shed on the otherwise dark outer world. This is the solar essence we carry within us into the night-time of the year.

                                          **********************************
        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, September 26th.  Moon Pisces.  Justina, who converted the Cyprian Magicians.  
                  Justinianus I, the founder of numerous Churches.

      Monday, September 27th. Moon Aries. Cosmas u. Damian, famous medical benefactor of the 3rd Century.
                    1825 Opening of the first railway.

      Tuesday, September 28th. Moon Aries. Full Moon. 1895 the Natural Scientist Pasteur died.

      Wednesday, September 29th. Moon Aries.  Michael (the Archangel).

      Thursday, September 30th. Moon Taurus.  Hieronymus, died 420, Christian Church teacher.

      Friday, October 1st. Moon Taurus. 1386 Founding of the University of Heidelburg. 
                    1847 Annie Besant born.

      Saturday, October 2nd. Moon Gemini.
      Frumentius (spreader of Christianity in Ethiopia in the 4th Century).
                   1892 Ernst Renan died.

      Dr. Starman

      Happy Michaelmas, anthroposophists!

      www.DrStarman.net


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    • LilOleMissy@SBCglobal.net
      Joseph is absolutely correct! Our clear as a bell sky out here during this time of year allowed a remarkable showing of this just a very short while ago!!! I
      Message 2 of 6 , Sep 27, 2004
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        Joseph is absolutely correct! Our "clear as a bell" sky out here during this time of year allowed a remarkable showing of this just a very short while ago!!! I so hope everyone is able to catch this. Thank you, Joseph. I am very grateful for your write up on this! Happy Michaelmas indeed to all!

        Sheila Pickerill

        Joseph Proskauer wrote:
        Dear Friends,
         
        I'm writing with two notes about the listing for today in the Calendar of the Soul. 
         
        First:  "Cosmas u. Damian," whose memorial day this is, rather than being a "famous medical benefactor of the 3rd Century," were twin physicians born in Arabia and martyred on this date in about 287 A.D (see www.wf-f.org/StsCosmosDamian.html ).  Stories about these twins show them as selfless faith-filled physician-healers and transcenders of racial divisions.     Josef Beuys, anvant-garde artist and  probably one of the most famous anthroposophists, created a postcard of the World Trade Center Twin Towers where he hand-wrote the names "Cosmos" on one and "Damian" on the other (see http://www.zaunschirm.de/beuys.html ohttp://inside.bard.edu/blrc/projects/AmericanAge/CosmosundDamian.html ).  
         
        Second:  There is an extraordinary gesture (coincidentally? involving the Twins of the Zodiac) appearing in the pre-dawn skies this season -- and this morning (Monday 9/27) is the best chance to see it before the light from the waxing moon obscures it.  If it's a bit cloudy, don't give up:  I discovered this Friday morning amidst considerable clouds;  the five bright stars involved shown through.  Below is a description of the situation, with a chart.  If you have trouble opening or reading this, please let me know. 
         
        If you don't get a chance to see this stellar arc today, or this week, persevere;  while the form is at peak perfection now, it will remain for some time to come.   I would be most interested to hear folks' observations or impressions of the sky this season. 
         
                            -- Joe Proskauer 
               

        Michaelmas Skies

        September 26, 2004

         

        Every autumn, the Northern Cross and the Great Square of Pegasus rise in the evening sky like a great sword and shield, culminating between 10pm and midnight, and lowering in the west toward morning.+ 

         

        Right now, there’s another sword-like shape appearing in the sky – a thing of beauty and harmony that I have never noticed or heard of before.    

         

        Around midnight, Orion rises:  the strong, clear, long-known form of the Hunter, the two shoulders and two thighs of his tunic tied with a three-star belt.  Around 3:30am, Venus follows – the brightest light in the night sky now (except the Moon).     

         

        Between these two, something new – worth looking for in the early morning sky (around 4 -6am*): 

         

        Follow Orion’s belt down to the left to Sirius -- the brightest star in any sky (though outshone by Venus now).  Above Sirius to the east (left -- about 2 hands-held-at-arm’s-length), the next bright star is Procyon.  Continuing up and east is Saturn (nearly as bright as Sirius, with a hint of yellow in its light).  And continuing above and left of Saturn, the brightest stars of the Twins – Pollux and Castor (about 2 fingers-held-at-arm’s-length). 

         

        These five form a clear arc -- like part of a spiral.  The spaces between them appear to grow regularly from left to right -- from Castor to Pollux to Saturn to Procyon to Sirius – like a 'growth-measure’ in projective geometry, or the increasing distances between the leaves going down the stem of an annual plant.  Indeed, Saturn is sitting at a point in the arc where the distances between it and both pairs of stars adjacent to it create nearly exact Golden Ratios! 

         

        This form comes about as Saturn passes between the two pairs of bright stars – the closely paired Twins and the two more widely spaced ‘dog stars,’ Sirius and Procyon.  Venus did this in early September.  Saturn, which moves much more slowly, seems to be placed most directly on this arc for about two weeks beginning at the autumn equinox (Sept. 22).  Michaelmas is at the center of this period, on Sept. 29th.  But the general form continues to be visible through the Orionid meteor shower (Oct. 19-23) and beyond.  Where will Saturn be during the Leonid meteor shower in mid-November, or the Geminiids in mid-December? 

         

        Right now*, the Twins are rising with Orion around midnight, Saturn around 1am, and Sirius (the lowest of the stars in the arc, and the last to rise) around 2am.  So the best viewing of the stellar arc is from around 3am to 6 – depending on the clouds, of course.  (Venus rises around 3:30am, so you might want to look after 4 or 5 to see her as part of the display.  She passes very close to Regulus on the morning of October 3rd.) 

         

        Because the moon is so near to full (it will be a fully full “Harvest Moon on Sept 27th and 28th), its light might drown the light of even these bright stars;  it would be prudent to try looking after moonset – 5:30am tomorrow morning (Sept. 27th).  The Moon crosses the arc itself on Oct. 7th;  it will be a half-moon by then, so it may leave the brightest stars visible.  Dates after that may offer better viewing, as the Moon wanes.  (A little patience may be rewarded.  All these stars are bright, and things can change quickly.  As I mentioned, I discovered this form on Friday morning – when it was cloudy and nothing else was visible.) 

         

        And stay for the sunrise. 

         

        * The times above are for the end of September.  Stars will rise about a half-hour earlier each week, and Venus about a quarter-hour later.  (The planets regularly move against the stars from night to night – counter-clockwise in the northern hemisphere -- except when they are making their retrograde loops.)  Since the sun is rising later as well, the best time for seeing this new curve of bright stars would get later by about a half-hour each week in October.  The later in the morning or the month, the higher overhead the curve will climb. 

         

        And -- Jupiter is joining Venus in the morning sky:  it’s now rising in the twilight about 6:30am;  in mid-October, it will be well above the horizon by that time, and Mars will be joining too.  The tip of the spiral, Castor, will be near the zenith.  Saturn will also be high overhead in the center of the spiral.  From Saturn, follow a nearly straight line (or a very gentle curve) toward the eastern horizon through Regulus (the Heart of the Lion), Venus, Jupiter, Mars -- and the place where the sun will rise. 

         

         *                     *             *        *        *             *                     *

         

        Here’s a slightly distorted chart of the stellar arc now appearing between Orion and Venus, shown for about 5am. 

         

         

         

         Notes on the stars mentioned above (from various sources):   

         

        +  The Northern Cross and the Great Square of Pegasus

         

        In the evening sky, the ‘Great Square’ of Pegasus and the Northern Cross -- Cygnus, the Swan –

        rise toward their culmination, passing through the zenith between 8pm and midnight.  As the Swan descends from about 8:30 on, Pegasus continues to rise.  As I first noticed last autumn when Mars, at its brightest,

        was between them, these two forms make a striking pair:  an open, containing field (perhaps a shield?),

        and a strong sword-like directional force—peripheral and centrifugal aspects of four-squareness. 

        The mythological figures present a contrast as well, in consonance with the movements of their constellations these evenings:  Pegasus bore poets (or the ill-fated Bellerophon, who fell while seeking to join the gods) aloft;  the swan-form was often adopted by a god descending to visit mortals on the earth.  The rising Pegasus and descending Cygnus may seem in harmony with a theme of Michaelmas:  the inward re-arising of the human spirit before the nature-dying of winter. 

         

        Orion

         

        Not only do the character and image of Orion resonate with the ‘courage and form’ sung of in a Michaelmas song, but his story resonates with Michaelmas as well.  He is a mighty hunter, a giant.  Instead of a dragon, he does battle with a Scorpion – a powerful one, since it is sent in some versions by Apollo (to prevent his sister Artemis from marrying Orion), and in others by the earth goddess (responding to Orion’s claim that there is no beast he cannot beat).  Orion fights bravely, but is unable to pierce the Scorpion’s thick armor.  In one version, the Scorpion poisons and kills the demi-god Orion (just as he was about to leave the realm of land for the realm of his father Poseidon, god of the sea).  In another, Orion prevails, but Apollo then tricks Artemis, challenging her to hit a distant object in the sea with her arrow;  she does, and kills Orion.  Artemis prevails upon Zeus to place Orion in the sky so she (and we) would remember him through time.  The Scorpion is placed in the opposite side of the sky:  whenever Scorpio starts to rise, Orion is sinking in the west. 

         

         

        In ancient Egypt, this constellation represented the soul of Osiris, and Sirius was the soul of Isis. 

         

        Sirius

         is the brightest star (-1.46m) in the night sky. In 1841[?] Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel deduced that Sirius was actually a double star. In 1862 Alvan Graham Clark discovered the companion, which is called Sirius B, or affectionately "the Pup". The visible star is now sometimes known as Sirius A. The two stars orbit each other with a separation of about 20 AU and a period of close to 50 years. In 1915 astronomers at the Mt. Wilson Observatory discovered that Sirius B was a white dwarf, the first to be discovered. Interestingly, this means that Sirius B must have originally been much the more massive of the two, since it has already evolved off the main sequence.

         

        Historically, many cultures have attached special significance to Sirius. Sirius was worshipped in the valley of the Nile long before Rome was founded, and many ancient Egyptian temples were constructed oriented so that light from the star could penetrate to their inner altars. The Egyptians based their calendar on the heliacal rising of Sirius, which occurred just before the annual flooding of the Nile and the Summer solstice. In Greek mythology, Orion's dog became Sirius. The Greeks also associated Sirius with the heat of summer: the name Sirius is derived from Seirios meaning "the scorcher." This also explains the phrase "dog days of summer".

         

        There are a few unsolved mysteries regarding Sirius. Firstly, it has been suggested that there is a third very small companion star, but it appears that this has not yet been definitely confirmed. Secondly, ancient observations of Sirius describe it as a red star, when today Sirius A is bluish white. The possibility that stellar evolution of either Sirius A or Sirius B could be responsible for this discrepancy is rejected by astronomers on the grounds that the timescale of thousands of years is too short and that there is no sign of the nebulosity in the system that would be expected had such a change taken place. Alternative explanations are either that the description as red is a poetic metaphor for ill fortune, or that the dramatic scintillations of the star when it was observed rising left the viewer with the impression that it was red. A third mystery is a suggestion that the Dogon tribe of Africa knew about unseen companion star(s) before they were discovered in the 19th century. This is a source of speculation for UFO enthusiasts and was the subject of the book The Sirius Mystery by Robert Temple.


        Procyon

         

        is the brightest star in the Lesser Dog, Canis Minor.  It’s name means ‘first dog’ or ‘before the dog,’ since it rises about 20 minutes before the other dog star – Sirius, the brightest star in Canis Major. 

         

        Astronomers have been watching its pulsations since 1986. So when scientists recently announced that the most sensitive observations ever made of the star show nothing of the sort, it created controversy. 

         

        Canis Minor in total is consists of over 40 stars, however only four other main ones. 

         

        Saturn

         

        Roman god of agriculture, concerned with planting seeds, transformed from the Greek Kronos -- youngest of the Titans, and father of many gods. 

         

        Saturn is still rising especially high in the sky for observers in midnorthern latitudes.  It’s rings are also still tilted beautifully for telescope observers. 

         

        Pollux and Castor

         

        are the two brightest stars in the constellation of Gemini:  These stars mark the heads of the twins, with there bodies heading southwards below. 

         

        The constellation is of the Twins is often drawn in two ways, one with a rectangular body, the other as two ‘stickmen’ holding hands.  Gemini is one of the original 48 constellations as well as one of the 12 Zodiac patterns.  It lies on the ecliptic and the summer sun passes through the constellation.  

         

        Within Greek mythology the constellation represents the twins Castor and Pollux, also known as Dioskouroi, "Zeus's sons".  The mortal Castor and the immortal Pollux were fathered by Zeus, after Leda was seduced by him while he was disguised as Cygnus the Swan.  The twins were very affectionate towards each other and they were amongst Jason’s Argonauts aboard the Argo Navis.  Castor was a skilled warrior and horseman, while Pollux was an unbeatable boxer.  (Castor means ‘The Horseman’ and Pollux means ‘The Pugilist’.)  During their adventures the twins helped save the ship during a storm; for this reason they became protectors of the sailors, who believed to see them on the masts during storms.  Egyptians called the Twins, Horus the elder and younger. Horus the younger was the son of Osiris.  Horus is often portrayed as a falcon-headed man. 

         

                                                                                                        Joe Proskauer

                                                                                                        JP@...

         
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        Thanks for this - unfortunately, this computer only has Wordpad and is unable to open Word docs.  Any other way of sending me the document?  Can you cut and paste it into an e-mail?  Thanks, Demetra
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        Subject: [steiner] Calendar of the Soul, Week 25 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 dates of births and deaths of spiritual figures and dates of events on specific days. 
           Here's the Soul-Calendar restored to its complete 'astrosophical' form. 

           The Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of the constellation VIRGO from Sept. 8th to Oct. 12th in our era. Here's a version of the symbolic image of the VIRGIN in the original Soul-Calendar, 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  # 2 5  *

        Ich darf nun mir gehören
        Und leuchtend breiten Innenlicht
        In Raumes- und in Zeitenfinsternis.
        Zum Schlafe drängt natürlich Wesen,
        Der Seele Tiefen sollen wachen
        Qnd wachend tragen Sonnengluten
        In kalte Winterfluten.

        I now must belong only to myself
        And spread glowing Inner Light
        Into Space- and Time-Darkness.
        As towards sleep draws all natural Essence,
        The Souls's Depths shall awaken
        And waking, carry the Sun's Glow
        Into the cold Winter-flowing.


        Interpretation of this week's mantra:
           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 in summer. This week, this developing self-consciousness places us in a state where it is necessary to be completely alone, so that the Light which is only within can be shed on the otherwise dark outer world. This is the solar essence we carry within us into the night-time of the year.

                                            **********************************
          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, September 26th.  Moon Pisces.  Justina, who converted the Cyprian Magicians.  
                    Justinianus I, the founder of numerous Churches.

        Monday, September 27th. Moon Aries. Cosmas u. Damian, famous medical benefactor of the 3rd Century.
                      1825 Opening of the first railway.

        Tuesday, September 28th. Moon Aries. Full Moon. 1895 the Natural Scientist Pasteur died.

        Wednesday, September 29th. Moon Aries.  Michael (the Archangel).

        Thursday, September 30th. Moon Taurus.  Hieronymus, died 420, Christian Church teacher.

        Friday, October 1st. Moon Taurus. 1386 Founding of the University of Heidelburg. 
                      1847 Annie Besant born.

        Saturday, October 2nd. Moon Gemini.
        Frumentius (spreader of Christianity in Ethiopia in the 4th Century).
                     1892 Ernst Renan died.

        Dr. Starman

        Happy Michaelmas, anthroposophists!

        www.DrStarman.net



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        ... *******Thanks, Joseph, for providing some more information about some of the obscure characters mentioned in the daily entries section of the Calendar. I
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          JP@... writes:
            "Cosmas u. Damian," whose memorial day this is, rather than being a "famous medical benefactor of the 3rd Century," were twin physicians born in Arabia and martyred on this date in about 287 A.D (see www.wf-f.org/StsCosmosDamian.html ).  Stories about these twins show them as selfless faith-filled physician-healers and transcenders of racial divisions.     Josef Beuys, anvant-garde artist and  probably one of the most famous anthroposophists, created a postcard of the World Trade Center Twin Towers where he hand-wrote the names "Cosmos" on one and "Damian" on the other (see http://www.zaunschirm.de/beuys.html or http://inside.bard.edu/blrc/projects/AmericanAge/CosmosundDamian.html ). 


          *******Thanks, Joseph, for providing some more information about some of the obscure characters mentioned in the "daily entries" section of the Calendar. I have the original German of the Calendar (see page attached) and have been translating it a bit at a time.

             The description "famous medical benefactor of the 3rd century", of course, is my translation of Steiner's words in the original Calendar, except it should have been plural, for the 2 of them.

             By the way, the daily entries appears to be a sort of updated saint's days calendar by Steiner--- that is, it has all the old Christian saints (and some pre-Christian dates, like the death of Socrates), and adds to these all the influential scientists, philosophers, artists, inventors, and some events of the modern era. So I trust no one will think me heretical if I add to it that this week, Oct. 9th was also John Lennon's birthday. (Also, Mahatma Gandhi's was Oct. 2nd.)

          -starman
          www.DrStarman.net
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          *******Sorry to be late with this week s calendar. -starman The Calendar of the Soul   Rudolf Steiner gave out the Soul-Calendar in 1912, 52 meditative
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            *******Sorry to be late with this week's calendar.     -starman

            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 every year on Easter.

               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 dates of births and deaths of spiritual figures and dates of events to contemplate on specific days. Here's the "Soul-Calendar" restored to this complete form. 

               The Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of the constellation VIRGO from Sept. 8th through October 12th in our era. Here's the symbolic image of the VIRGIN from the original Soul-Calendar, done from sketches and indications of Steiner's, colored with the corresponding color:
                
              
                              

            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  # 2 5  *

            Ich darf nun mir gehören
            Und leuchtend breiten Innenlicht
            In Raumes- und in Zeitenfinsternis.
            Zum Schlafe drängt natürlich Wesen,
            Der Seele Tiefen sollen wachen
            Qnd wachend tragen Sonnengluten
            In kalte Winterfluten.


            I now must belong only to myself
            And lightening, spread Inner Light
            Into Space and Time darkness.
            As towards sleep draws all natural Essence,
            The Souls's Deeps shall awaken
            And waking, carry the Sun's Glow
            Into the cold Winter-flowing.


            This week's mantra:
               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 in summer. Last week in the soul, there was an intense becoming aware of itself which reached down into the dark soul-contents, and through this the Will was unleashed. This week this developing self-consciousness places us in a state where it is necessary to be completely alone, so that the Light which is only within can be shed on the otherwise dark outer world. This is the solar essence we carry within us into the night-time of the year



               This week, the Soul becomes aware of itself through the constant creating of that Self. This Self is actually the World-Spirit itself in us, the universe become aware of itself through us. This newly living awareness now reaches into the dark soul-contents; and through this sensing of Self, the Will, its fruit, is unleashed.


            ***************************************************************************************************

              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,  September 11th.  Moon Virgo. Abraham (Race-father of the Old Hebrew People).

            Monday,  September 12th. Moon Capricorn.  Tobias.
                         
            Tuesday,  September 13th. Moon  Capricorn.  1872 the Philosopher Ludwig  Feuerbach died.

            Wednesday, September 14th. Moon Aquarius. Festival of the High Cross. Heraclius, brought in 629 the Cross of Christ to Constantinople. 1769 Alexander von Humboldt born. 1887 The Philosopher Freidrich Theodore Vischer died.

            Thursday, September 15th. Moon Aquarius. Nicodemus (who in John's Gospel was made a leader).

            Friday, September 16th. Moon Pisces. 1736 The Natural Scientist Farenheit died.

            Saturday, September 17th. Moon Pisces. Full Moon. Justinus.

            *******The brilliant conjunction of Jupiter and Venus in Libra in the west can be seen for a few more nights just above the sunset.

            Dr. Starman


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            The CALENDAR OF THE SOUL Dr. Rudolf Steiner gave out the Soul-Calendar in 1912, consisting of 52 meditative mantras to enable us to experience the
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            The 'CALENDAR OF THE SOUL'  
                Dr. Rudolf Steiner gave out the 'Soul-Calendar' in 1912, consisting of 52 meditative mantras to enable us to experience the 'astral' (soul) events occurring within us as well as in Nature during the year, starting with the 1st mantra every year on Easter Sunday. We experience this unconsciously all through the year, but these meditative verses enable us to become conscious of it.

               The 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 dates of births and deaths of spiritual figures and dates of events to contemplate on specific days. 
            Here's the Soul-Calendar restored to this complete form, with some details added on the planets this week as well.

                    THE ZODIAC IMAGE
                The Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of the constellation VIRGO from September 8th through October 12th in our era. A version (done by Margot Roessler) of a new symbolic image of the VIRGIN from the original Soul-Calendar (created originally by artist Imma von Eckherdstein from Dr. Steiner's sketches & indications) in the color he said corresponded to the sign, Indigo, is attached to this e-mail.

            THE WEEK'S MANTRA:

               For those not familiar with the use of mantras: The anthroposophic spiritual path uses symbolic images, like the Zodiac image (called 'Imaginations' ), to awaken 'spiritual sight', and mantras ('Inspirations' ) to open 'spiritual hearing.' The meaning of the words of a mantra at first sight is not important, but rather what happens when you recite it and enter 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.                               


             *  MANTRA # 25 *




            Ich darf nun mir gehören

            Und leuchtend breiten Innenlicht

            In Raumes- und in Zeitenfinsternis.

            Zum Schlafe drängt natürlich Wesen,

            Der Seele Tiefen sollen wachen

            Und wachend tragen Sonnengluten

            In kalte Winterfluten.

             

            I now must belong only to myself

            And lightening, spread Inner Light

            Into Space and Time darkness.

            As towards sleep draws all natural Essence,

            The Souls's Deeps shall awaken

            And waking, carry the Sun's Glow

            Into the cold Winter-flowing.

             

            An interpretation of this week's mantra:

               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 in summer.

                Last week in the soul, there was an intense becoming aware of itself which reached down into the dark soul-contents, and through this the Will was unleashed. 

                This week this developing self-consciousness places us in a state where we feel it is necessary to be completely alone, so that the Light which is only within can be shed on the otherwise dark outer world. This is the solar essence we carry within us into the night-time of the year.


            THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:

            Sunday,  September 23rd. Moon Capricorn. 63 B.C. Augustus born.


            Monday,   September 24th. Moon Aquarius.  1750 the Natural Scientist G. Werner born.

            Tuesday,  September 25th. Moon Aquarius. Cleophas (he who was a leader in the Gospels).
              
            Wednesday,   September 26th. Moon Aquarius. Justina, who converted the Cyprian Magicians.  

                        Justinianus I, the founder of numerous Churches.


            Thursday,  September 27th. Moon Pisces. Cosmas and Damian, famous medical benefactors of the 3rd Century. 
                        1825 Opening of the first railway.

            Friday 
             September 28th. Moon Pisces. 1895 the Natural Scientist Pasteur died.


            Saturday,  September 29th. Moon Aries. Full Moon.
             Michael (the Archangel).


            ******* PLANETS IN THE EVENING SKY:
               Reddish Mars is still visible low in the southwest for a short time after sunset. 

            -Starman 


            www.DrStarman.com
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