SOUL-CALENDAR, WEEK 29 AFTER EASTER
- The "Calendar of the Soul"
Dr. 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 LIBRA from October 13th to November 9th in our era. A
version of the new symbolic image of the SCALES from the original
Soul-Calendar, done by an artist 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 # 2 9 *
Sich selbst des Denkens leuchten
Im Innern kraftvoll zu entfachen,
Erlebtes sinnvoll deutend
Aus Weltengeistes Kr�ftequell,
Ist mir nun Sommererbe
Ist Herbstesruhe und auch Winterhoffnung.
The Glowing Light of Thinking
Within oneself powerfully to enkindle,
Life's meaningfulness interpreting
Out of the World-Spirit's Power-Source,
Is to me Summer's inheritance,
Is Fall's Rest and also Winter's Hope.
An interpretation of this week's mantra:
The season of Autumn is the Michaelmas time, in which we are meant to
develop Self (inner)-consciousness instead of the Nature
(outer)-consciousness we had all Summer.
Last week, we felt this growing self-consciousness cause our being to
widen: thinking found itself able to solve seemingly-insoluable mysteries of
life, and in our feelings, many wishes we had given up on now we see it
possible to realize.
This week, we should feel this growing power of Thinking as the gift of
our Summer experience, making sense out of all that seemed senseless in
life; giving us a feeling of a restful pause and an expectation of good in
the coming Winter.
The Moon positions and phases for the week are listed below along with
some of the spiritual figures AND EVENTS connected with the days.
Sunday, October 29th. Moon Aquarius. First Quarter. Narcissus.
Monday, October 30th. Moon Aquarius. Claudius.
Tuesday, October 31st. Moon Pisces. Wolfgang.
Wednesday, November 1st. Moon Pisces. Catholic Festival of All Hallows
((became since the seventh century celebrated, as an imitation of the
worship that was used in the Pantheon in Rome for all the heathen Gods. The
Pantheon was given to Pope Boniface IV by Caesar Photius and consecrated to
all the Holies.)
Thursday, November 2nd. Moon Aries. Festival of All Souls (since 1020 as a
Catholic Festival established).
Friday, November 3rd. Moon Aries. Malachi (the Prophet).
Saturday, November 4th. Moon Taurus. 1493 Columbus landed in Guadaloupe.
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