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Soul-Calendar, Week 18

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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
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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

      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 8 *
      Kann ich die Seele weiten,
      Dass sie sich selbst verbinden
      Empfangnem Welten-Keimesworte?
      Ich ahne, dass ich Kraft muss finden
      Die Seele w�rdig zu gestalten
      Zum Geistes-Kleide sich zu bilden.

      Can I the Soul widen
      That she herself can bind
      To conceived World-Seed-Word?
      I sense that I strength must find
      The Soul worthily to form
      To Spirit-Clothing to build itself.

      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, in the wintertime.
      This week we feel a fore-sensing of the need for more inner strength, to
      widen ourselves
      more so as to take in that world that speaks to us through the senses'
      (which we have been taking in to the soul's depths since Summer began). The
      expanse of the world in its very essence is already a seed planted within us
      by the Cosmic Word, like a conception which will lead to birth at
      Christmastime; we feel the need to form our Soul well enough to provide the
      outer garment for this spirit when it 'incarnates'.


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

      Sunday, August 13th. Moon Aries. Hippolytus.

      Monday, August 14th. Moon Taurus. Eusebius.

      Tuesday, August 15th. Moon Taurus. Last Quarter. Mary's Ascension to Heaven.

      Wednesday, August 16th. Moon Gemini. 1743 the Chemist Lavoisier born.

      Thursday, August 17th. Moon Gemini. Augusta.

      Friday, August 18th. Moon Cancer. Joachim (Father of Maria).

      Saturday, August 19th. Moon Cancer. 1662 Blaise Pascal died.

      Dr. Starman

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