Soul-Calendar, Week 35 after Easter.
- 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. We experience this unconsciously all through the year, but these meditative verses enable us to become conscious of it.
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 am adding 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 SCORPIO from Nov. 10th to Nov. 30th in our era.
A version of a new symbolic image of the SCORPION 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 das Sein erkennen
Dass es sich wiederfindet
Ich fuhle, das mir Macht verlieh'n
Das eigne Selbst dem Weltenselbst
Als Glied bescheiden einzuleben.
Can I so know Existence
That it is found again
In my Soul's Creative Urge?
I feel that Might is lent me
For my Self to live at one with
and be a modest instrument of the World-Self.
Some help to interpreting this week's mantra:
Throughout the Fall our Self-Consciousness (as opposed to outer, summer "Nature-Consciounes s") grows.
Last week, we found within this growing self-consciousness the World's power flowing into our deeds in such a way that the self could imprint its nature onto the world.
This week the soul seeks to so know the world that it is that world, not just the self, which works creatively in us; and we feel power lent us to so be at one with the world.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:
Sunday, November 16th. Moon Cancer. Edmund (King of England).
Monday, November 17th. Moon Leo. 1875 Blavatsky founded the Theosophical Society.
Tuesday, November 18h. Moon Leo. 1789 Daguerre, the inventor of photography, born.
Wednesday, November 19h. Moon Virgo. Last Quarter. Zacharius.
Thursday, November 20. Moon Virgo. Amos (the Prophet). 1497 Vasco de Gama circumnavigated the Cape of Good Hope. 1910 Tolstoy died.
Friday, November 21st. Moon Virgo. Festival of the Offering of Mary.
Saturday, November 22nd. Moon Libra. 1694 Voltaire born.
PLANETS IN THE NIGHT SKY:
JUPITER and VENUS are the bright white 'stars' in the southwest at sunset; Venus is the lower one. These are the 2 brightest things in the sky after sun and moon. Venus will get closer and closer to Jupiter every night through late November when they will be conjunct.
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