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Calendar of the Soul, Week 14 after Easter (Summer)

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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 2 , Jul 16, 2006
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      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 as well as 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.


      The Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of the
      constellation GEMINI from June 16th to July 20th in our era. A version of
      the symbolic image of the TWINS 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 Zodiac image ("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 4 (Summer) *
      An Sinnesoffenbarung hingegeben,
      Verlor ich mein Eigenwesens Trieb,
      Gedankentraum, er schien
      Bet´┐Żubend mir das Selbst zu rauben,
      Doch weckend nahet schon
      In Sinnenschein mir Weltendanken.

      To Senses' offerings given over
      I lose Self-Essence's Drive;
      Dreaminess of Thinking, it seems
      To stupefy me, the Self to rob,
      But a waking now approaches,
      From Senses' Shining in me, of World-Thinking.

      An interpretation: The summer is when we are meant to lose ourselves in
      the play of light and warmth, so strong that it dims down the Ego's
      thinking; then, from out of the Spirit revealed in the outer world, we are
      to find our "selves" again in the World-Self. This is the St. John's
      experience of "I must decrease that He may increase."
      This week that World-Thinking, the Ideas the Spirit uses to build Nature,
      now begins to approach us in our summer waking-dream state, where we are
      immersed in the senses' beauty.

      The Moon positions and phases for the week are listed below along with
      some of the spiritual figures connected with the days.

      Sunday, July 16th. Moon Aries.Last Quarter. The Flight of Muhammed 622 A.D.

      Monday, July 17th. Moon Taurus. Leo IV.

      Tuesday, July 18th. Moon Taurus. St. Thomas Aquinas.

      Wednesday, July 19th. Moon Taurus. St. Vincent de Paul.

      Thursday, July 20th. Moon Gemini. The Prophet Elijah (Elias).

      Friday, May July 21st. Moon Gemini. Daniel.

      Saturday, July 22nd. Moon Cancer. Mary Magdalene. The astronomer Bessel born

      Dr. Starman

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