Soul-Calendar, Verse 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 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 CANCER from July 21st to August 3rd in our era.
A version of a new symbolic image of the CRAB (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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Kann ich die Seele weiten,
Dass sie sich selbst verbinden
Ich ahne, dass ich Kraft muss finden
Die Seele würdig 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 foresensing of the need for more inner strength, to widen ourselves
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 birth at
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, July 20th. Moon Pisces. The Prophet Elijah (Elias).
Monday, July 21st. Moon Pisces. Daniel.
Tuesday, July 22nd. Moon Pisces. Mary Magdalene. The astronomer Bessel born 1784.
Wednesday July 23rd. Moon Aries. Apollinaris, School of Peter. Syrus, Christian Teacher in Justinian's Time.
Thursday, July 24th. Moon Aries. Christiana.
Friday, July 25th. Moon Taurus. Last Quarter. St. Christopher.
Saturday, July 27th. Moon Taurus. Martha.
PLANETS IN THE NIGHT SKY:
SATURN and MARS are both in the West at sunset. Saturn is close to the Heart of the Lion, Regulus. Mars is further Eastward (to the left).
JUPITER is the bright white 'star' rising in the southeast at sunset.
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