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Soul-Calendar, Week 8

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  • Durward Starman
    The Calendar of the Soul Rudolf Steiner gave out the Soul-Calendar in 1912, consisting of 52 meditative mantras to enable us to experience the astral
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 4, 2006
      The "Calendar of the Soul"

      Rudolf Steiner gave out the 'Soul-Calendar' in 1912, consisting of 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 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 its complete form. (This has at
      last recently been reprinted by Steinerbooks.)


      The Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of the
      constellation TAURUS from May 1st through June 15th in our era. A version of
      the symbolic image of the BULL in the original Soul-Calendar, done from
      Steiner's sketches & indications, is attached to this post.

      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 # 8 *
      Es w�chst der Sinne Macht
      Im Bunde mit der G�tter Schaffen,
      Sie dr�ckt des Denkens Kraft
      Zur Traumes Dumpfheit mir herab.
      Wenn g�ttlich Wesen
      Sich meiner Seele einen will,
      Muss menschlich Denken
      Im Traumessein sich still bescheiden.

      There waxes the Senses� Might
      In Union with the Gods� Shaping,
      It draws my Thinking�s Power
      Down to Dream Dimness.
      When godly Essence
      With my soul would become one,
      Must Man�s Thinking
      Quietly humble itself to Dream-existence .

      (A partial interpretation: The spiritual force of the light in the outer
      world of the senses,
      growing in this spring-time, is so strong that it dims down thinking, and
      this week that very dim dream state is more what we must pay heed to.)

      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, June 4th. Moon Virgo.
      Karpasius. Whitsunday (Pentecost).

      Monday, June 5th. Moon Libra.
      Boniface (the Apostle to Germany in the 8th century).

      Tuesday, June 6th. Moon Libra.
      Julian the Apostate born 331.

      Wednesday, June 7th. Moon Scorpio.

      Thursday, June 8th. Moon Scorpio.
      Muhammed died 632.

      Friday, May June 9th. Moon Scorpio.

      Saturday, June 10th. Moon Sagittarius.

      *******The moon is seen near Jupiter Thursday night.

      Dr. Starman

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