- 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 astralMessage 1 of 1 , Sep 16, 2007View Source
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 this 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 VIRGO from September 8th through Oct. 12th in our era.
A version of a new symbolic image of the VIRGIN (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 spiritual path uses symbolic images, like the Zodiac image (called 'Imaginations' ), to awaken 'spiritual sight', and mantras ('Inspirations' ) to open 'spiritual hearing.'
The meaning of the words of a mantra at first sight is not important, but rather what happens when you recite it and enter with deeper soul-forces into its inner experience. Also, these mantras were created in the German language and have their rhythms 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.
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Sich selbst erschaffend stets,
Wird Seelensein sich selbst gewahr;
Der Weltengeist, er strebet fort
In Selbsterkenntnis neu belebt
Und schafft aus Seelenfinsternis
Des selbstsinns Willensfrucht .
In continually shaping one's Self,
Soul's Being becomes of itself aware;
The World-Spirit, it strives forward
In Self-Knowledge newly living
And shapes out of Soul-Darkness
The Self-sense's Will-Fruit.
Last week's verse was the first appearance of Autumn dulling the senses' summer brilliance; but that which has been gained from the summer-experience now becomes our inner Self-experience. For the season of Autumn is the 'Michaelmas' time: before, in the Summer 'waking dream-state' , while our consciousness was turned outwards to Nature, a spiritual 'seed' was planted---- it now ripens into a SELF-consciousness instead of mere NATURE-consciousness of the outer world.
This week, as this waking progresses, the Soul becomes aware of itself through the constant CREATING of that Self; and this Self IS the World-Spirit itself IN US, the universe aware of itself through us. This awareness now reaches down into the dark, subconscious soul-contents, and through this sensing of Self, the WILL, its fruit, is unleashed.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK
Sunday September 16th. Moon Scorpio. 1736 The Natural Scientist Farenheit died.
Monday,September 17th. Moon Sagittarius. Justinus.
Tuesday, September 18th. Moon Sagittarius. Titus (School of Paul).
Wednesday September 19th. Moon Capricorn. Eustachius.
Thursday, September 20th. Moon Capricorn. First Quarter. Castor.
Friday, September 21st. Moon Capricorn. Matthew (the Evangelist).
Saturday, September 22nd. Moon Aquarius. 1452 Savanarola born.
PLANETS IN THE NIGHT SKY:
Bright JUPITER rules the night sky; it's in the southwest at sunset, above brilliant red Antares, the Heart of the Scorpion. The crescent of the 'waxing' moon will pass close to both Monday and Tuesday nights.
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