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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 , Jul 31, 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 6 *
      Zu bergen Geistgeschenk im Innern,
      Gebietet strenge mir mein Ahnen,
      Dass reifend Gottesgaben
      In Seelengr�nden fruchtend
      Der Selbstheit Fr�chte bringen.

      To save the Spirit-Gifts in my Inner self
      Bids me strongly my sensing of the future,
      So that those ripening God-gifts
      In the Soul�s Ground bearing fruit
      The Selfhood's Fruit will bring.

      The summer is when we are meant to lose ourselves in the summer play of
      light and warmth, to find ourselves in a different way later in the year;
      this is just what the past few week's verses have pictured. Now this Spirit
      we surrendered to so strongly has wrapped itself about the Ego, planting
      seeds we sense will grow towards the future, and as they ripen, our own
      abilities will.


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

      Sunday, July 30th. Moon Libra. Ruth.

      Monday, July 31st. Moon Libra. 1472 University of Munich founded.
      1556 Ignatius von Loyola died. 1886 Franz Liszt died.

      Tuesday, August 1st. Moon Scorpio. First Quarter. Macabees. 1744 Natural
      Scientist Lamarck born.

      Wednesday, August 2nd. Moon Scorpio. Hannibal. 1832 Olcott born.

      Thursday, August 3rd. Moon Sagittarius. 1492 Start of the first Voyage of

      Friday, August 4th. Moon Sagittarius. Dominic (Founder of the Dominican
      Order). Josias, King of Judea. Josias, the Prophet. Tertullian. Aristarchus.
      1792 the Poet Shelley born.

      Saturday, August 5th. Moon Capricorn. 1396 Gutenberg born.

      Dr. Starman

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