Soul-Calendar, Week 20
- 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.
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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 # 2 0 *
So fühl ich erst mein Sein,
Das fern vom Welten-Dasein
In sich, sich selbst erlöschen
Und bauend nur auf eignem Grunde
In sich, sich selbst ertöten müsste.
So feel I first my Being
That far from World-Existence
In itself, itself loses
And building only out of its own Ground
In itself, itself must die.
This week's mantra:
This week one begins to feel one's Self for the first time since 'losing' it in the light & warmth of the summer --- but along with this is the feeling that oneself, isolated from the world, will perish along with all that one attempts to build from self, IF that is the SOLE basis of one's creations.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK
Sunday August 19th. Moon Scorpio. 1662 Blaise Pascal died.
Monday,August 20th. Moon Scorpio. First Quarter. 1854 the Philosopher Schelling died.
Tuesday, August 21st. Moon Sagittarius. Sigismund.
Wednesday August 22nd. Moon Sagittarius. Hippolytus, Christian teacher of the 3rd century.
Thursday, August 23rd. Moon Capricorn. Claudius.
Friday, August 24th. Moon Capricorn. Barnabas, the companion of Paul.
Bartholomew, the Christian Apostle to India.
Saturday, August 25th. Moon Aquarius. Ludwig IX of France, the Crusader. 1900 Nietzche died. 1844 Herder born.
PLANETS IN THE NIGHT SKY:
Bright JUPITER rules the night sky; it's in the south at sunset, above brilliant red Antares, the Heart of the Scorpion. The moon passes close to both Tuesday night.
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