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Soul-Calendar, Week 17

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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 , Aug 6, 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 LEO from August 4th to September 7th in our era. A version of
      the symbolic image of the LION 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
      rather reciting it and entering with deeper soul-forces into its inner

      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 7 *
      Es spricht das Weltenwort,
      Das ich durch Sinnestore
      In Seelengr�nden durfte f�hren:
      Erf�lle deine Geistestiefen
      Mit meinen Weltenweiten,
      Zu finden einstens mich in dir.

      There speaks the World-Word,
      That I through the Senses' Gate
      Would let lead to Soul's Ground:
      "Fill your Spirit-Deeps
      With my World-Widenesses
      To find one day Me in you."

      A partial 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
      the Spirit revealed in the outer world, we are to find our "selves" again in
      the World-Self.
      This week that world speaks to us through the senses' beauty
      which we take in to the soul's depths, saying that, as we fill our "I" with
      the expanse of the world, its very essence will become something permanently
      part of us.


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

      Sunday, August 6th. Moon Capricorn. Sixtus. Verklarung Christi.

      Monday, August 7th. Moon Capricorn. Asra. Cajetan. Donatus. Petrus and
      Julianus. Ulrika.

      Tuesday, August 8th. Moon Aquarius. Cyriacus. Justinus. Romanus. Eseverus.
      Smaragdus. Ladislaus.

      Wednesday, August 9th. Moon Aquarius. Full Moon. Cajetan. Ericus.

      Thursday, August 10th. Moon Pisces. . Agathe. Laurentius.

      Friday, August 11th. Moon Pisces. Alexander. Gottlieb. Hermann. Radegunde.
      Susanna. Tiburtius.

      Saturday, August 12th. Moon Aries. Clara. Hilaria. Sulpicius.

      Dr. Starman

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