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The Calendar of the Soul
Rudolf Steiner gave out the 'Soul-Calendar' in 1912, 52 meditative
enable us to experience the 'astral' (soul) events occurring within us
Nature during the year, starting with the first mantra every year on
These mantras for each week are well known to many students of
the original "Calendar " also had 12 Images of the Zodiac, to be
each month (to sense the working of the 'solar' forces in the cosmos),
listing of the Moon's phases & position in the signs each night (for
'lunar' forces), and a list of dates of births and deaths of spiritual
and dates of events to contemplate on specific days. Here's the
restored to this complete form.
The Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of the
LIBRA from October 13th to November 9th in our era. The symbolic image
the SCALES from the original Soul-Calendar, done from sketches and
of Steiner's, colored with the corresponding color, is attached to this
This week's mantra.
For those not familiar with the use of mantras: The anthroposophic
symbolic images like the above ("Imaginations") to awaken spiritual
mantras ("Inspirations") to begin spiritual hearing. The meaning of the
a mantra at first sight is not important, but rather reciting it and
with deeper soul-forces into its inner experience. Also, these mantras
created in the German language and have their rhythms in that, so
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 1 *
Das Licht aus Geistestiefen,
Nach aussen strebt es sonnenhaft:
Es wird zur Lebenswillenskraft
Und leuchtet in der Sinne Dumpfheit,
Um Kräfte zu entbinden,
Die Schaffensmächte aus Seelentrieben
In Menschenwerke reifen lassen.
The Light out of Spirit-Deeps
Strives outwards like the Sun:
It turns into Life-Will-Force
And shines into the Senses' Dullness,
The Powers to unbind,
That Shaping-Might out of Soul-Drives
In Man's Work will let ripen.
An nterpretation 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 had all Summer. Last week, we felt this
growing thinking consciousness directing all our feelings from
vagueness to certainty, as our summer soul-experience awakened fully.
This week, the verse focuses our attention on the spiritual light of
thinking and how it seeks to turn to the outer world, turning into
will-forces for living and illuminating the otherwise dull
sense-existence, and thus turning the blind urges of the soul into
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 23rd. Moon Cancer. Ignatius.
Monday, October 24th. Moon Leo. Last Quarter. Raphael (the Archangel).
Tuesday, October 25th. Moon Leo. 1806 Max Stirner born.
Wednesday, October 26th. Moon Leo. Thaddeus (found in Matthew's
Thursday, October 27th. Moon Virgo. Sabina.
Friday, October 28th. Moon Virgo. Simeon and Judas (relatives of
1704 John Locke died.
1466 Erasmus of Rotterdam born.
Saturday, October 29th. Moon Libra. Narcissus.
*******Venus the "evening star" can be seen in the West just above the
Brilliant yellowish-red Mars, now in its closest approach to earth,
rises in the
East at sunset, near the Pleiades.