Soul_calendar Week 12 after Easter: St. John's Tide
- 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.
THE ZODIAC IMAGE
The Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of the constellation TAURUS from May 1st through June 15th in our era.
A version of a new symbolic image of the BULL (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.
M A N T R A # 1 2 (St. John’s Tide) *
Der Welten Schönheitsglanz,
Er zwinget mich aus Seelentiefen
Des Eigenlebens Götterkrafte
Zum Weltenfluge zu entbinden;
Mich selber zu verlassen,
Vertrauend nur mich suchend
Im Weltenlicht und Weltenwärme.
The world's beautiful glitter
Forces me, out of Soul's Deeps,
My individual life's godly forces
To World-Flowing to release;
My self to abandon
Trusting only in my seeking
In World-Light and World-Warmth.
This week is the event the previous several week's mantras have been leading up to: it is the irresistible drive of the deepest forces of the soul to surrender ourselves to the light and warmth of the upper spheres. The motif of St. John's/Midsummer: 'To find yourself, first lose yourself.'
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK
Sunday, June 8th. Moon Virgo.. Muhammed died 632.
Monday, June 9th. Moon Virgo. First Quarter. Columban.
Tuesday, June 10th. Moon Virgo. Onophrius.
Wednesday June 11th. Moon Libra. Alexander the Great died 323 B.C. Roger Bacon died 1294.
Thursday, June 12th. Moon Libra. Basilides.
Friday, June 13th. Moon Scorpio. Alfred.
Saturday, June 14th. Moon Scorpio. Basilius.
PLANETS IN THE NIGHT & MORNING SKY:
SATURN and MARS are both in the West shortly after sunset. The Moon is close to Saturn, which is close to the Heart of the Lion, Regulus, on Sunday night. All three make a small triangle. Mars is appraoching closer to Saturn all through the month of June and will be seen to conjunct it in early July.
JUPITER risies in the East a few hours after sunset, in the Southeast near the stars of the Scorpion.
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