- 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 astralMessage 1 of 3 , Dec 21, 2008View SourceThe '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.
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Und bin ich in den Geistestiefen,
Erfüllt in meinen Seelengrunden
Aus herzens Liebewelten,
Der Eigenheiten leerer Wahn
Sich mit dem Weltenwortes Feuerkraft.
And when I am in the Spirit-Deeps,
Fulfilled in my Soul's Ground
Out of Heart's Love-World
The selfhood's empty illusion
Is with the World-Word's Fire-Strength.
Last week we felt given over to the revelations coming from our inner Spirit to gain the experiencing of the Light that infuses the outer world, and the power of thinking (which we do with the spirit) gave us the feeling of ourselves as a reality in the world.
This week, this reality of Selfhood, which would otherwise remain an illusion, is made real by the fiery power of the World-Word, through Love.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:
Sunday, December 21st. Moon Scorpio. Feast day of Thomas the "Doubting" Apostle.
Monday, December 22nd. Moon Scorpio. Theodosius.
Tuesday, December 23rd. Moon Sagittarius. Dagobert.
Wednesday, December 24th. Moon Sagittarius. Adam and Eve. 1st of 13 days of Christmas.
Thursday, December 25th. Moon Sagittarius. Birth of Jesus. Newton born 1642. Charlemagne crowned King in Rome 799.
Friday, December 26th. Moon Capricorn. St. Stephen, the first Martyr.
Saturday, December 27th Moon Capricorn. New Moon. Day of John, author of the Gospel. Kepler born 1571.
PLANETS IN THE NIGHT SKY:
VENUS is the bright white 'star' in the southwest every night at sunset. SATURN can be seen amongst the stars of the Lion in the East after midnight.
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