Soul-Calendar, Week 28
- 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 as well.
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THE ZODIAC IMAGE
The Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of the constellation LIBRA from Oct. 13th to Nov. 9th in our era.
A version of a new symbolic image of the SCALES (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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Ich kann in Innern neu belebt
Erfühlen eignen Wesens Weiten
Und kraftefüllt Gedankenstrahlen
Den Lebensrätseln lösend spenden,
Erfüllung manchem Wunsche leihen,
Dem Hoffnung schon die Schwingen lähmte.
I can in Inner newly enlivened
Feel my own Essence widen
And power-filled Thinking-rays
Out of Soul's Sun-Might
To Life-Riddles loosening giving,
Lending fulfillment to many Wishes
The Hope for had had its wings lamed.
This week's mantram:
The season of Autumn is the Michaelmas time, in which we are meant to develop Self (inner)-consciousness instead of the Nature (outer)-consciousness we have had all Summer. This developing self-consciousness by last week had produced a powerful force in our soul-drives, which was sensed as a seed of future development going into the Autumn. This week, we feel this new force enlivening our inner selves and causing our being to widen out of its isolation within self into the wide world, and newly-empowered thinking finds itself able to solve what had been before seemingly-insoluable mysteries of life --- which in turn leads to the feeling that many wishes, whose hopes of fulfillment we had given up on, we now see it will be possible to realize.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK
Sunday, October 14th. Moon Sagittarius. Callistus.
Monday, October 15th. Moon Sagittarius. 1844 Friedrich Nietzche born.
Tuesday, October 16th. Moon Capricorn. First Quarter. Gallus (the appointer of the cloisters of St. Gallen).
Wednesday October 17th. Moon Capricorn. Hilarius.
Thursday, October 18th. Moon Aquarius. Luke (the Evangelist).
Friday, October 19th. Moon Aquarius. Ptolemäus.
Saturday, October 20th. Moon Pisces. Arthur.
PLANETS IN THE NIGHT & MORNING SKY:
Bright JUPITER is in the southwest at sunset, above brilliant red Antares, the Heart of the Scorpion. The first crescent of the moon will appear near both Monday & Tuesday nights.
The planet MARS rises in the East about midnight, to the left of the stars of Orion the Hunter.
Just before sunrise, VENUS can be seen as a brilliant morning star in the East; dimmer, yellowish SATURN is close to it. Both are beneath the Lion's Heart, Regulus.
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