Soul Calendar Week 9-Lose Yourself
- 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 ZODIAC IMAGE
The Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of the
constellation TAURUS from May 1st through June 15th in our era.
A version of the new symbolic image of the BULL from the original
Soul-Calendar, done by an artist from Steiner's sketches & indications, is
attached to this e-mail, below.
THE WEEK'S MANTRA:
For those not familiar with the use of mantras: The anthroposophic path
uses symbolic images, like the Zodiac image (called "Imaginations"), to
awaken "spiritual sight", and mantras ("Inspirations") to open "spiritual
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
experience. Also, these mantras were created in the German language and have
theirrhythms 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
English to German.
* M A N T R A # 9 *
Vergessend meine Willenseigenheit
Erf�llet Weltenw�rme sommerk�ndend
Mir Geist und Seelenwesen;
Im Lichte mich zu verlieren
Gebietet mir das Geisteschauen,
Und kraftvoll k�ndet Ahnung mir:
Verieren dich, und dich zu finden.
Forgetting my Egohood�s 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 you�ll find.
*******A few words about the mantra's meaning:
This is the first mantra with the Summer theme of losing the self in
order to find it later. The spiritual force of the Light in the outer world
of the senses at this time in the Northern Hemisphere, grows so strong that
the soul and spirit wants to let go of self-will and lose our being in it.
This is just what we SHOULD do at this time, consciously, by use of the
mantra, for it's a stage in a process necessary in order to find oneself
again anew later in the year.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK
Sunday, June 3rd. Moon Capricorn. Clotilde.
Monday, June 4th. Moon Aquarius. Karpasius.
Tuesday, June 5th. Moon Aquarius. Boniface (the Apostle to Germany in the
Robert F. Kennedy assassinated 1968.
Wesnesday June 6th. Moon Aquarius. Julian the Apostate born 331.
Thursday, June 7th. Moon Pisces. Lucian.
Friday, June 8th. Moon Pisces. Last Quarter. Muhammed died 632.
Saturday, June 9th. Moon Aries. Columban.
PLANETS IN THE NIGHT SKY:
Venus is a brilliant Evening Star high in the West above the setting sun
each evening, below and to the left of the "Twin" stars Castor and Pollux of
Nearby, further to the left, Saturn is in the stars of Leo, at the feet of
Bright Jupiter rises in the southeast shortly after sunset, to the left of
brilliant red Antares, Heart of the Scorpion.
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