The Calendar of the Soul
- THIS WEEKS SOUL-CALENDAR
Heres the Soul-Calendar verse for the 9th week after Easter, in German
and English. Spiritual Sciences Soul-Calendar is 52 meditative verses
designed to enable one to experience the astral or soul events occurring both
within us and in the astral atmosphere of Earth in the course of the year.
* T H E M A N T R A *
Vergessend meine Willenseigenheit
Erfüllet Weltenwärme sommerkündend
Mir Geist und Seelenwesen;
Im Lichte mich zu verlieren
Gebietet mir das Geisteschauen,
Und kraftvoll kündet Ahnung mir:
Verieren dich, und dich zu finden.
Forgetting my Egohoods Will,
The World-Warmth, heralding Summer,
Fills my Spirit and Soul-Essence;
To lose myself in the Light,
The Spirit-Vision commands me,
And powerfully prophesies to me:
Lose yourself, and yourself youll find.
* T H E W E E K *
In addition to the mantrams, the original Soul-Calendar contained 12
drawings of the zodiac to be meditated on to sense the working of the solar
forces in the cosmos in the day, and the Moon's position in the
constellations was given for each night to sense the lunar forces. The Sun,
according to the Doctor, is under the influence of Gemini from June 16th to
July 20th in our era. The symbolic image of Gemini executed from sketches &
indictations by the Doctor is attached to this post. The Moon positions and
phases are listed below for each night, along with some of the birth & death
days of famous persons published in the first Seelencalendar: their lives
and contributions are fruitful material for contemplation on their days. Im
translating these to restore the Calendar to its intended use with the full
SUNDAY June18th. Moon Capricornus. Markus.
MONDAY June 19th. Moon Capricornus. Council of Nicea 325 A.D.
TUESDAY June 20th. Moon Aquarius. Silverius.
WEDNESDAY June 21st. Moon Aquarius. Eusebius.
THURSDAY June 22nd. Moon Aquarius. Wilhelm von Humboldt born 1767.
FRIDAY June 23rd. Moon Pisces. Colombus born 1456.
SATURDAY June 24th. Moon Pisces. John the Baptist (St. Johns Day).
For those not familiar with the use of mantras:
Anthroposophy is a Western path of knowledge which begins with the use of
the logical mind, which is then intensified by the use of visual images
called "Imaginations" and reciting mantras which lead to "Inspirations." The
meaning of the words of a mantra at first sight is not the essential thing,
but rather the repetitive recitation of it and entering with deeper soul
forces into the inner experience of what is described. Also, these mantras
were created in the German language and have their rhythms in it, so learning
an English version is just a first step to using the mantram in the original.
(Chanting "the jewel in the lotus" is different from "Om mani padme hum!")
Steiner spoke of how German had preserved words lost by other Indo-Aryan
languages, and could be what Sanskrit was in olden times: the language in
which spirit-truths are expressed. So in translating, Ive tried to keep
close to the original so that one can easily go from English to German.