Soul-Calendar Week 34
- 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 SAGITTARIUS from December 1st through January 4th in our era.
version of the new symbolic image of the ARCHER 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 # 3 4 *
Geheimnisvolle das Alt-Bewahrte
Mit neuerstandnem Eigensein
Im Innern sich belebend f�hlend:
Es soll erweckend Weltenkr�fte
In meines Lebens Aussenwerk ergiessen,
Und werdend mich ins Dasein pr�gen.
Mysteriously what is preserved of Old
With newly-arisen Self-Being
Within me I feel enlivened:
It shall let flow awakened World-Power
Into my Life's outer work
And transforming me, make my imprint in Existence.
Interpretation of this week's mantra:
Throughout the Fall our Self-Consciousness grows. Last week, this inner
self-awareness grew to the point that we felt detached completely from the
world, and saw it, without our soul's participation on it, as an icy, dead
wasteland---and that all we create detached from the world would likewise be
Now, we find within this new growing self-consciousness, in a
mysterious way, all our precious treasure of experience again come to life,
and thus the World's power now consciously flows into the deeds of life in
such a way that the self can imprint its nature onto the world.
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, December 3rd. Moon Gemini. St. Francis Xavier.
Monday, December 4th. Moon Gemini. Full Moon. Thomas Carlyle b. 1795.
Galvani d. 1798
Tuesday, December 5th. Moon Gemini. Mozart died 1791.
Wednesday, December 6th. Moon Cancer. Nikolaus (Legend: A father, on the
way to Hunger and Poverty, was going to hand over his three daughters to
shamefulness; Nikolaus discovered this and at night threw a bundle of gold
through the man's window, enough to provide his three daughters with a dowry
and for the man to live on. From this the tradition, that on this day we
give gifts to children.) Max Muller the Orientalist born 1833.
Thursday, December 7th. Moon Cancer. First German railroad opened 1835.
Friday, December 8th. Moon Leo. Festival of the Conception of Mary
(Remembrance of the conception without sin of Mary through her mother Anna).
Herbert Spencer died 1903.
Saturday, December 9th. Moon Leo. Poet Milton born 1608.
******The Planets: The Moon will be seen next to the planet Saturn Friday
and Saturday nights. It appears as a bright yellowish 'star'.
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