Soul-Calendar Week 18
- 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 LEO from August 4th to September 7th in our era.
A version of a new symbolic image of the LION (from the original
Soul-Calendar, done by an artist from Steiner's sketches & indications), is
attached to this e-mail.
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 8 *
Kann ich die Seele weiten,
Dass sie sich selbst verbinden
Ich ahne, dass ich Kraft muss finden
Die Seele w�rdig zu gestalten
Zum Geistes-Kleide sich zu bilden.
Can I the Soul widen
That she herself can bind
To conceived World-Seed-Word?
I sense that I strength must find
The Soul worthily to form
To Spirit-Clothing to build itself.
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, in the wintertime.
This week we feel a fore-sensing of the need for more inner strength, to
more so as to take in that world that speaks to us through the senses'
beauty (which we have been taking in to the soul's depths since Summer
began). The expanse of the world in its very essence is already a seed
planted within us by the Cosmic Word, like a conception which will lead to
Christmastime; we feel the need to form our Soul well enough to provide the
outer garment for this spirit when it 'incarnates'.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK
Sunday August 5th. Moon Taurus. Last Quarter. 1396 Gutenberg born.
Monday,August 6th. Moon Gemini. Sixtus.
Tuesday, August 7th. Moon Gemini. Asra. Cajetan. Donatus. Petrus and
Wednesday August 8th. Moon Gemini. Cyriacus. Justinus. Romanus. Eseverus.
Thursday, August 9th. Moon Cancer. Cajetan. Ericus.
Friday, August 10th. Moon Cancer. Agathe. Laurentius.
Saturday, August 11th. Moon Leo. Alexander. Gottlieb. Hermann. Radegunde.
PLANETS IN THE NIGHT SKY:
Bright JUPITER rules the night sky; it's in the south at sunset, to the left
of and above brilliant
red Antares, the Heart of the Scorpion.
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