Calendar of the Soul, Week 27 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 7 *
In meines Wesens Tiefen dringen:
Erregt ein ahnungsvolles Sehnen,
Dass ich mich selbstbetrachtend finde,
Als Sommersonnengabe, die als Keim
In Herbstesstimmung wärmend lebt
Als meiner Seele Kräftetriebe.
In my essence's depths is a force:
It excites a premonition-filled yearning
That I, in my self-contemplation, find
As Summer-Sun's gift, which as a seed
In Autumn's approach warming lives
As my Soul's Power-Drive.
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 this developing ego-consciousness, the gift of the soul's experience in Summer, we carried into our own wills, and this gave backbone to the drives of our human spirits so that they had a stamp of Self-feeling. This is the "solar" essence we carry within us into the 'night-time' of the year.
This week's verse describes a feeling of simply finding a driving force present in our soul depths as a result of this ongoing process. When I look within, I find a strong yearning for what I sense must now begin to happen in the future; a powerful force lives in the soul's drives, which we must sense as a seed of future development as we press on into the Autumn.
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, October 10th. Moon Virgo. Gideon.
Monday, October 11th. Moon Virgo. 1531 Zwingli died.
Tuesday, October 12th. Moon Libra. Wilfred (acted for the spreading of Christianity in Sweden in the 11th century).
Wednesday, October 13th. Moon Libra. New Moon. Angelus.
Thursday, October 14th. Moon Scorpio. Callistus.
Friday, October 15th. Moon Scorpio. 1844 Friedrich Nietzche born.
Saturday, October 16th. Moon Sagittarius. Gallus (the appointer of the cloisters of St. Gallen).
There will be an eclipse of the sun on Wednesday Oct. 13th.