Soul-Calendar, Week 15
- 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 5 *
Ich f�hle wie verzaubert
Im Weltenschein des Geistes Weben
Es hat in Sinnesdumpfheit
Geh�llt mein Eigenwesen,
Zu schenken mir die Kraft
Die, ohnm�chtig sich selbst zu geben,
Mein Ich in seinen Schranken ist.
I feel how enchanted
Into World-Shining is the Spirit's Weaving:
It has in Senses' Dimness
Enclosed my Self-Essence
To give me the Power:
That, powerless to myself to give,
My "I" in its boundaries is.
The summer is when we are meant to lose ourselves in the play of light
and warmth; then, from out of the Spirit revealed in the outer world, we are
to find our "selves" again in the "World-Self."
This week the Spirit we experience through the beauty of the senses in
the outer world has enwrapped itself around the Ego, which would without
this beauty-experience be cut off from the world. This wrapping all around
our innermost essence is a "spell" cast over it, one which is "unwrapped" at
Christmastime, which is the opposite verse to this week's.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK
Sunday July 15th. Moon Leo. The Day that, according to legend, the Apostles
set out on their missions and each chose a different region to go to. 1099
The Crusaders stormed Jerusalem.
Monday, July 16th. Moon Leo. The Flight of Muhammed 622 A.D. (Hegira).
Tuesday, July 17th. Moon Virgo. Leo IV.
Wednesday July 18th. Moon Virgo. St. Thomas Aquinas.
Thursday, July 19th. Moon Libra. St. Vincent de Paul.
Friday, July 20th. Moon Libra. The Prophet Elijah (Elias). First Moon
Saturday, July 21st. Moon Libra. First Quarter. Daniel.
PLANETS IN THE NIGHT SKY:
VENUS is a brilliant Evening Star high in the West above the setting sun
each evening. It is very close to the star Regulus, the 'heart of the Lion'.
To the right of both is dimmer yellowish SATURN. Monday night the first
crescent of the new moon will be seen close to Saturn, then close by Venus
and Regulus Tuesday night.
Bright JUPITER is in the south at sunset, to the left of and above brilliant
red Antares, the Heart of the Scorpion.
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