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Calendar of the Soul, Week 11 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 4 , Jun 22, 2009

                           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 GEMINI from June 16th through July 20th in our era.  A version (done by Margaret Roessler in the color of the sign, orange) of a new symbolic image of the TWINS 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 1 *

    Es ist in dieser Sonnenstunde

    An dir, die weise Kunde zu enkennen;

    An Weltenschönheit hingegeben,

    In dir dich fühlend zu durchleben:

    Verlieren kann das Menschen-Ich

    Und finden sich im Welten-Ich.


    It is in this sun-hour

    For you, the wise prophecy to know;

    To World-Beauty given over,

    In you you feel to live through:

    Man's I can lose itself

    And find itself in the World-I.


    *******The spiritual force of the summer light in the outer world of the senses is now so strong that we must give ourselves over to it in feeling, and we have a

    fore-sense of the losing of one's ordinary selfhood to find ourselves again in spirit-being in the height of summer.

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


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    Sunday, June 21st. Moon Gemini.  Eusebius.


    Monday, June 22nd. Moon Cancer. New Moon. Wilhelm von Humboldt born 1767.  


    Tuesday, June 23rd. Moon Cancer. Colombus born 1456.


    Wednesday, June 24th. Moon Leo.  John the Baptist (St. John’s Day).


    Thursday, June 25th. Moon Leo. Wilhelm Jordan died 1904.


    Friday, June 26th. Moon Virgo. Julian the Apostate died 363 A.D..


    Saturday, June 27th. Moon Virgo.  Phillipina.


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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 by it Saturday night.


    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.

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




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