Soul-calendar, Week 17 after Easter
- 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 CANCER from July 21st through August 3rd in our era.
A version of a new symbolic image of the CRAB (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 7 *
Es spricht das Weltenwort,
Das ich durch Sinnestore
In Seelengr�nden durfte f�hren:
Erf�lle deine Geistestiefen
Mit meinen Weltenweiten,
Zu finden einstens mich in dir.
There speaks the World-Word,
That I through the Senses' Gate
Would let lead to Soul's Ground:
"Fill your Spirit-Deeps
With my World-Widenesses
To find one day Me in you."
The summer is when we are meant to lose ourselves in the play of light
and warmth, so strong that it dims down the Ego's thinking; then, from out
the Spirit revealed in the outer world, we are to find our "selves" again in
This week that world speaks to us through the senses' beauty
which we take in to the soul's depths, saying that, as we fill our "I" with
the expanse of the world, its very essence will become something permanently
part of us.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK
Sunday July 29th. Moon Aquarius. Full Moon. Simplicius. 1856 Robert Schumann
Monday, July 30th. Moon Aquarius. Ruth.
Tuesday, July 31st. Moon Pisces. 1472 University of Munich founded.
1556 Ignatius von Loyola died. 1886 Franz Liszt died.
Wednesday August 1st. Moon Pisces. Macabees. 1744 Natural Scientist Lamarck
Thursday, August 2nd. Moon Aries. Hannibal. 1832 Olcott born.
Friday, August 3rd. Moon Aries.1492 Start of the first Voyage of Columbus.
Saturday, August 4th. Moon Taurus. Dominic (Founder of the Dominican
Order). Josias, King of Judea. Josias, the Prophet. Tertullian. Aristarchus.
1792 the Poet Shelley born.
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. Both planets are about to
disappear into the Sun' s glow and become invisible for a time.
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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