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Calendar of the Soul, Week 12 after Easter (St. John's)

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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
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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.

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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 2 (St. John’s Tide) *

    Der Welten Schönheitsglanz,

    Er zwinget mich aus Seelentiefen

    Des Eigenlebens Götterkrafte

    Zum Weltenfluge zu entbinden;

    Mich selber zu verlassen,

    Vertrauend nur mich suchend

    Im Weltenlicht und Weltenwärme.


    The world's beautiful glitter

    Forces me, out of Soul's Deeps,

    My individual life's godly forces

    To World-Flowing to release;

    My self to abandon

    Trusting only in my seeking

    In World-Light and World-Warmth.


      This week is the event the previous several week's mantras have been leading up to: it is the irresistible drive of the deepest forces of the soul

    to surrender ourselves to the light and warmth of the upper spheres. The motif of St. John's/Midsummer: "To find yourself, first lose yourself."


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    Sunday, June 28th. Moon Libra. First Quarter.  Leo.


    Monday, June 29th. Moon Libra.  Festival of Peter and Paul. Rubens born 1577.


    Tuesday, June 30th. Moon Libra. Festival in Memory of Paul. .


    Wednesday, July 1st. Moon Scorpio. G.W.  Leibnitz born 1646. .


    Thursday, July 2nd. Moon Scorpio. 1778 Rousseau died. .


    Friday, July 3rd. Moon Sagittarius. Anatolius.


    Saturday, July 4th. Moon Sagittarius.. Ulrich.


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    PLANETS in the Night Sky: Saturn is visible in the West 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.

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




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