Soul-Calendar, Week 37: WINTER
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 SAGITTARIUS from December 1st to January 4th in our era.
A version of a new symbolic image of the ARCHER 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 # 3 7 (WINTER) *
Zu tragen Geisteslicht in Weltenwinternacht
Erstrebet selig meines Herzens Trieb
Dass leuchtend Seelenkeime
In Weltengrunden wurzeln
Und Gotteswort im Sinnesdunkel
Verklarend alles Sein durchtont.
"To carry Spirit-Light in World-Winter-Night,
Strives joyfully my Heart's Drive
That light-filled Soul-Seeds
In World-Ground take root
And God's Word in Senses' Darkness
Makes clear all Being it resounds through."
Last week, the divine world spoke in the soul's depths in a way that could be sensed (through use of the mantra), saying that, if our deeds would be filled with its Light, we could be its channels to others.
This week, it plants luminous seeds in the soul for future work, and through the mantric work we can feel ourselves striving to carry these into the world, as light-beings carrying the Spirit into the darknesss of matter, so that the divine working through us enlightens it.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:
Sunday, November 30th. Moon Capricorn. 1756 The Physicist Chladni born.
Monday, December 1st. Moon Capricorn. Longinus.
Tuesday, December 2nd. Moon Aquarius. Cortez d. 1547.
Wednesday, December 3rd. Moon Aquarius. St. Francis Xavier.
Thursday, December 4th. Moon Pisces. Thomas Carlyle b. 1795. Galvani d. 1798.
Friday, December 5th. Moon Pisces. First Quarter. Mozart died 1791.
Saturday, December 6th Moon Aries. Nikolaus (Legend: A father, on the way to Hunger and Poverty, was going to hand over his three daughters to shamefulness; Nikolaus discovered this and at night threw a bundle of gold through the man's window, enough to provide his three daughters with a dowry and for the man to live on. From this the tradition, that on this day we give gifts to children.) Max Muller the Orientalist born 1833.
PLANETS IN THE NIGHT SKY:
JUPITER and VENUS are the bright white 'stars' in the southwest at sunset; Venus is the lower and brighter one. These are the 2 brightest things in the sky after sun and moon. The crescent moon is near both Sunday night and then appears further east, moving right to left, away from them, each night.
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