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Calendar of the Soul, Week 8 after Easter

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  • Durward Starman
    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
    Message 1 of 5 , May 31, 2009

    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 TAURUS from May 1st through June 15th in our era.
    A version (done by Margaret Roessler in the color of the sign, orange) of a new symbolic image of the BULL from the original Soul-Calendar (created originally by artist Imma von Eckherdstein from Dr. 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  # 8 *

    Es wächst der Sinne Macht

    Im Bunde mit der Götter Schaffen,

    Sie drückt des Denkens Kraft

    Zur Traumes Dumpfheit mir herab.

    Wenn göttlich Wesen

    Sich meiner Seele einen will,

    Muss menschlich Denken

    Im Traumessein sich still bescheiden.


    There waxes the Senses’ Might

    In Union with the Gods’ Shaping,

    It draws my Thinking’s Power

    Down to Dream Dimness.

    When godly Essence

    With my soul would become one,

    Must Man’s Thinking

    Quietly humble itself to Dream-existence .


       (An interpretation: The spiritual force of the light in the outer world of the senses,

    growing in this spring-time, is so strong that it dims down thinking, and

    this week that very dim dream state is more what we must pay heed to.)          


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    Sunday, May 31st. Moon Virgo.   Angela. 


    Monday, June 1st. Moon Libra. Nicodemus.  


    Tuesday, June 2nd. Moon Libra. Erasmus.


    Wednesday, June 3rd. Moon Scorpio. Clotilde.


    Thursday, June 4th. Moon Scorpio. Karpasius..


    Friday, June 5th. Moon Scorpio. Boniface (the Apostle to Germany in the 8th century).


    Saturday, June 6th. Moon Sagittarius. Julian the Apostate born 331.


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    PLANETS in the Night Sky: Saturn is visible in the South from sunset on, beneath the stars of the Lion. The moon passes close to it Sunday night.


    PLANETS in the Morning Sky: Before sunrise, Venus and Mars are visible in the East amongst the dim stars of the Fishes, while Jupiter is the bright 'star' in the south. 




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