Soul-Calendar, Week #11
- 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 GEMINI from June 16th through July 20th in our era.
A version of a new symbolic image of the TWINS (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
from English to German.
* M A N T R A # 1 1 *
Es ist in dieser Sonnenstunde
An dir, die weise Kunde zu enkennen;
An Weltensch�nheit hingegeben,
In dir dich f�hlend zu durchleben:
Verlieren kann das Menschen-Ich
Und finden sich im Welten-Ich.
It is in this sun-hour
For you, the wise prophecy to know;
To World-Beauty given over,
In you you feel to live through:
Man's I can lose itself
And find itself in the World-I.
The spiritual force of the light in the outer world of the senses is now
so strong that we must give ourselves over to it in feeling, and when we do,
we have a fore-sensing of the losing of one's ordinary selfhood to find
ourselves again in spirit-being we go through in the height of Summer.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK
Sunday, June 17th. Moon Leo. Montanus.
Monday, June 18th. Moon Leo. Markus.
Tuesday, June 19th. Moon Virgo. Council of Nicea 325 A.D.
Wednesday June 20th. Moon Virgo. Silverius.
Thursday, June 21st. Moon Virgo. Eusebius.
Friday, June 22nd. Moon Libra. First Quarter. Wilhelm von Humboldt born
Saturday, June 23rd. Moon Libra. Colombus born 1456.
PLANETS IN THE NIGHT SKY:
Venus is a brilliant Evening Star high in the West above the setting sun
each evening, to the left of the "Twin" stars Castor and Pollux of Gemini.
To the left of it, Saturn is in the stars of Leo, at the feet of the Lion.
The crescent Moon will pass close to Venus Sunday night and then Saturn
Bright Jupiter rises in the southeast shortly after sunset, to the left of
brilliant red Antares, Heart of the Scorpion.
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