Calendar of the Soul, Week 38 after Easter: CHRISTMAS
- ********Have a merry Christ-Mass, anthroposophists. Never doubt that we will win the ultimate Victory through the Help of Him whose birth we remember on these holy days.
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 to contemplate on specific days.
Here's the Soul-Calendar restored to this complete 'astrosophical' form.
The Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of the constellation SAGITTARIUS from Dec. 1st to Jan. 4th in our era. Here's a version of the symbolic image of the ARCHER 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 # 3 8 (CHRISTMAS) *
Ich fuhle wie entzaubert
Das Geisteskind im Seelenschoss;
Es hat in Herzenshelligkeit
Gezeugt das heilige Weltenwort
Der Hoffnung Himmelsfrucht,
Die jubelnd wachst in Weltenfernen
Aus meines Wesens Gottesgrund.
"I feel set free from a spell
The Spirit-Child in Soul's Womb;
It has in Heart's Clear Light
Begotten the holy World-Word
Of Hope the Heavens' Fruit,
And joyously grows into World-Farnesses
Out of my Essence's Godly-Ground."
Interpretation of the mantra:
We give birth to a new consciousness that will grow out into the world all the year to come.
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, December 26th. Moon Cancer. Full Moon. St. Stephen, the first Martyr.
Monday, December 27th. Moon Cancer. Day of John, author of the Gospel. Kepler born 1571.
Tuesday, December 28th. Moon Leo. Day of Remembrance of the Innocent Children murdered by Herod.
Wednesday, December 29th. Moon Leo. The Prophet Nathan. Malthus the national economist died 1834.
Thursday, December 30th. Moon Leo. Day of David, King of Israel.
Friday, December 31st. Moon Virgo. J. Wycleff died 1384.
Saturday, January 1st. Moon Virgo. Ulrich Zwingli born 1484.