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Calendar of the Soul, Week 15 after Easter

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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 4 , Jul 23, 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 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

      Here's the Soul-Calendar restored to its complete form.


      The Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of the
      constellation CANCER from July 21st to August 3rd in our era. A version of
      the symbolic image of the CRAB in the original Soul-Calendar, done from
      Steiner's sketches & indications, is attached to this electronic mail.

      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
      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 5 *
      Ich f�hle wie verzaubert
      Im Weltenschein des Geistes Weben
      Es hat in Sinnesdumpfheit
      Geh�llt mein Eigenwesen,
      Zu schenken mir die Kraft
      Die, ohnm�chtig sich selbst zu geben,
      Mein Ich in seinen Schranken ist.

      I feel how enchanted
      Into World-Shining is the Spirit's Weaving:
      It has in Senses' Dimness
      Enclosed my Self-Essence
      To give me the Power:
      That, powerless myself to give
      My "I" in its narrow boundaries is.

      A partial interpretation: 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 the Spirit we experience through the beauty of the senses in
      the outer world enwraps itself around the Ego, which would otherwise be cut
      off from the world--- a
      "spell" cast over it which we can "unwrap" at Christmastime (the polar
      opposite verse to this week's), and through this process give birth to a new
      self then.


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

      Sunday, July 23rd. Moon Cancer.
      Apollinaris, School of Peter.
      Syrus, Christian Teacher in Justinian's Time.

      Monday, July 24th. Moon Leo. New Moon.

      Tuesday, July 25th. Moon Leo.
      St. Chistopher.

      Wednesday, July 26th. Moon Leo.

      Thursday, July 27th. Moon Virgo.

      Friday, July 28th. Moon Virgo.
      1750 Johann Seb. Bach died.
      1794 Robespierre executed.
      1804 Philosopher Ludwig Feuerbach born.

      Saturday, July 29th. Moon Libra.
      1856 Robert Schumann died.

      Dr. Starman

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