Soul-Calendar, Week 38: CHRISTMAS
- ******* Because we start with the first mantra on Easter Sunday, which changes its date each year (varying from the end of March to the end of April), this week's is the Christmas mantra even though Christmas is still 2 weeks away on the typical calendar. But Christmas is a season, not a day.
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 8 (CHRISTMAS) *
Ich fuhle wie entzaubert
Das Geisteskind im Seelenschoss;
Es hat in Herzenshelligkeit
Gezeugt das heilige Weltenwort
Der Hoffnung Himmelsfrucht,
Die jubelnd wachst in Weltenfernen
Aus meines Wesens Gottesgrund.
"I feel set free from a spell
The Spirit-Child in Soul's Womb;
It has in Heart's Clear Light
Begotten the holy World-Word
Of Hope the Heavens' Fruit,
To joyously grow into World-Farnesses
Out of my Essence's God-Ground."
We give birth to a new consciousness that will grow out into the world all the year to come.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:
Sunday, December 7th. Moon Aries. First German railroad opened 1835.
Monday, December 8th. Moon Aries. Festival of the Conception of Mary (Remembrance of the conception without sin of Mary through her mother Anna).
Herbert Spencer died 1903.
Tuesday, December 9th. Moon Taurus. Poet Milton born 1608.
Wednesday, December 10th. Moon Taurus. 1520 Luther burns Papal Bull..
Thursday, December 11th. Moon Gemini. Full Moon. 1843 Robert Koch born.
Friday, December 12th. Moon Gemini. Albrecht von Haller died 1777.
Saturday, December 13th Moon Cancer. Friedrich Hebbel died 1863.
PLANETS IN THE NIGHT SKY:
JUPITER and VENUS are the bright white 'stars' in the southwest at sunset; Venus is the brighter one. These are the 2 brightest things in the sky after the sun and moon. Venus appears further east, moving right to left, away from Jupiter, each night.
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