Mantra #12-St. John's Day
- 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 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 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 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."
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK
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.
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 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.
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