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Mantra #12-St. John's Day

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  • Durward Starman
    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
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 24, 2007

      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 days.

      Here's the Soul-Calendar restored to its complete form. I have added some
      details on the planets in the night sky as well.

      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.

      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 2 (St. John�s Tide) *
      Der Welten Sch�nheitsglanz,
      Er zwinget mich aus Seelentiefen
      Des Eigenlebens G�tterkrafte
      Zum Weltenfluge zu entbinden;
      Mich selber zu verlassen,
      Vertrauend nur mich suchend
      Im Weltenlicht und Weltenw�rme.

      The world's beautiful glitter
      Forces me, out of Soul's Deeps,
      My individual life's godly forces
      To World-Flowing to release;
      My self to abandon
      Trusting only in my seeking
      In World-Light and World-Warmth.

      This week is the event the previous several week's mantras have been
      leading up to: it is the irresistible drive of the deepest forces of the
      soul to surrender ourselves to the light and warmth of the upper spheres, to
      give yourself over completely to the outer world. The motif of St.
      John's/Midsummer: "To find yourself, first lose yourself."


      Sunday, June 24th. Moon Scorpio. John the Baptist (St. John�s Day).

      Monday, June 25th. Moon Scorpio. Wilhelm Jordan died 1904.

      Tuesday, June 26th. Moon Scorpio. Julian the Apostate died 363 A.D.

      Wednesday June 27th. Moon Sagittarius. Phillipina.

      Thursday, June 28th. Moon Sagittarius. Leo.

      Friday, June 29th. Moon Capricorn. Festival of Peter and Paul. Rubens born

      Saturday, June 30th. Moon Capricorn. Full Moon. Festival in Memory of Paul.

      VENUS is a brilliant Evening Star high in the West above the setting
      sun each evening. To the left of it is dimmer yellowish SATURN, and to its
      left is the star Regulus, the 'heart of the Lion'. All three are seen lined
      up in a straight line this week in the West at sunset; Venus will come
      closer and closer to Saturn till it conjuncts it Saturday and Sunday.

      Bright JUPITER rises in the southeast at sunset, to the left of
      brilliant red Antares, the Heart of the Scorpion. The waxing moon, close to
      full, will pass by it Wednesday and Thursday nights.

      Dr. Starman


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