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Calendar of the Soul, Week 19 after Easter

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    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
    Message 1 of 3 , Jul 31, 2005
      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 is the Soul-Calendar restored to this complete form. 

         The Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of the constellation CANCER from July 21st through August 3rd in our era. Here's the symbolic image of the CRAB from the original Soul-Calendar, done by artist Imma von Eckherdstein from sketches and indications of Steiner's, later colored with the corresponding color by Margaret Roessler:

      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 9 *
      Geheimnisvoll das Neu-Empfang'ne
      Mit der Erinnerung zu umschliessen,
      Sie meines Strebens weitrer Sinn:
      Es soll starkend Eigenkräfte
      In meinem Innern wecken
      Und werdend mich mir selber geben.

      Mysteriously the newly-received
      Within the Memory to enclose,
      Be my Striving's wider Sense:
      It will strong Self-forces
      In my Inner being awaken,
      And transforming me, give me my self.

      *******The summer is when we are meant to lose ourselves in the play of light
      and warmth; then, from out of the Spirit revealed in the outer world, we are
      to find our "selves" again in the World-Self.
          This week that process is at the point where we have received this 'world self' in the past month through sense-experience, have taken in to the soul's depths---- and now we seek to enclose this "Summer-Event" within memory as an experience passed through.
          In the future, the world's very essence will become something permanently part of us, giving us a new 'self' as it evolves us further.


        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,  July 31st.  Moon Gemini.  1472 University of Munich founded.
                                                                                      1556 Ignatius von Loyola died.
                                                                                      1886 Franz Liszt died.

      Monday,  August 1st. Moon Cancer. . Macabees. 1744 Natural Scientist Lamarck born.
      Tuesday,  August 2nd. Moon Cancer. Hannibal. 1832 Olcott born.

      Wednesday, August 3rd. Moon Leo.   1492 Start of the first Voyage of Columbus.

      Thursday, August 4th. Moon Leo. New Moon. Dominic (Founder of the Dominican Order).
                                                                                                              Josias, King of Judea.
                                                                                                              Josias, the Prophet.
                                                                                                              1792 the Poet Shelley born.

      Friday, August 5th. Moon Leo.1396 Gutenberg born. 

      Saturday, August 6th. Moon Virgo.  Sixtus. Verklarung Christi.

      Dr. Starman
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