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Calendar of the Soul, Week 24 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 , Sep 4, 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's the "Soul-Calendar" restored to this complete form. 

         The Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of the constellation LEO from August 4th through Sept. 7th  in our era. Here's the symbolic image of the LION 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 4  *

      Sich selbst erschaffend stets,
      Wird Seelensein sich selbst gewahr;
      Der Weltengeist, er strebet fort
      In Selbsterkenntnis neu belebt
      Und schafft aus Seelenfinsternis
      Des selbstsinns Willensfrucht .

      In continually shaping one's Self,
      The Soul's Being becomes aware of itself ;
      The World-Spirit, it strives forward
      In Self-Knowledge newly living
      And shapes out of Soul-Darkness
      The Self-sense's Will-Fruit.

      An interpretation of this week's mantra:
         The season of Autumn is the 'Michaelmas' time: in the Summer 'waking dream-state' , while our consciousness was turned outwards to Nature, a spiritual 'seed' was planted, and it now ripens into a Self-consciousness to replace the former Nature-consciousness.

         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 4th.  Moon Virgo.  Marcellus, School of Peter. Moses.

      Monday,  September 5th. Moon Libra.  Nathaniel (he who in John's Gospel was named a 'true Israelite').
      Tuesday,  September 6th. Moon  Libra.  Zacharias the Prophet. 1729 Moses
                         Mendelssohn born. 1809 the Biblical critic Bruno Bauer born.

      Wednesday, September 7th. Moon Scorpio. Regina.

      Thursday, September 8th. Moon Scorpio. Birth of Mary. Corbinianus, spreader of
                                        Christianity in France & Germany in the 8th century.

      Friday, September 9th. Moon Sagittarius. 1828 Tolstoy born.

      Saturday, September 10th. Moon Sagittarius. Sosthenus (by Paul made a leader).

      *******The Moon can be seen close to the brilliant conjunction of Jupiter and Venus in Libra in the west just above the sunset on Monday and Tuesday nights.

      Dr. Starman

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