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    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
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          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.

                                           ************ ********* ********* ********* *
                                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  # 1 0 *

    Zu sommerlichen Höhen

    Erhebt der Sonne leuchtend Wesen sich;

    Es nimmt mein menschlich Fühlen

    In seine Raumesweiten mit.

    Erahnend regt im Innern sich

    Empfindung, dumpf mir kündend,

    Erkennen wirst du einst:

    Dich fühle jetzt ein Gotteswesen.


    To summer-like Heights

    Rises the Sun’s Light-filled Essence;

    It draws my human Feeling

    Into the widths of Space with it.

    There anxiously stirs in my Inner self

    Sensation, dimly prophesying to me

    You will realize one day:

    You feel now a God’s Essence.


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

    growing in this spring-time, is now so strong that it draws our feelings out

    with it, and we have a fore-sense of the divine spirit-being we will contact

    in the heights of summer.

    The summer motif is"Lose yourself to find yourself."  


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    Sunday, June 14th. Moon Pisces. .Basilius.


    Monday, June 15th. Moon Pisces. Last Quarter. Vitus.


    Tuesday, June 16th. Moon Aries.  Aurelius.


    Wednesday, June 17th. Moon Aries. Montanus.


    Thursday, June 18th. Moon Taurus. Markus. .


    Friday, June 19th. Moon Taurus. Council of Nicea 325 A.D.


    Saturday, June 20th. Moon Gemini.  Silverius.



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    PLANETS in the Night Sky: Saturn is visible in the South from sunset on, beneath the stars of the Lion.


    PLANETS in the Morning Sky: Before sunrise, Venus and Mars are visible in the East amongst the dim stars of the Fishes every morning this week, while the waning crescent moon passes close to both Thursday and Friday mornings.

    Jupiter is the bright 'star' in the southeast-south from midnight till dawn. 




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