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Soul-Calendar, Week 20 after Esater

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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 1 , Aug 23, 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.s
         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 LEO from August 4th to September 9th in our era.  A version (done by Margaret Roessler in what Steiner said was the color of the sign, blue) of a new symbolic image of the LION 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. 


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    So fühl ich erst mein Sein,

    Das fern vom Welten-Dasein

    In sich, sich selbst erlöschen

    Und bauend nur auf eignem Grunde

    In sich, sich selbst ertöten müsste.


    So feel I first my Being

    That far from World-Existence

    In itself, itself loses

    And building only out of its own Ground

    In itself, itself must die.


    This week's mantra:

        This week, we begins to feel our selves for the first time since 'losing' them in the light & warmth of the summer; it is the start of the change from Summer to Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere.  

       But, along with this is the feeling that oneself, isolated from the world, will perish along with all that one attempts to BUILD from self --- IF that is the SOLE basis of one's creations.

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            THE DAYS OF THE WEEK: 

    Sunday, August 23rd. Moon Libra.  Claudius. 


    Monday, August 24th. Moon Scorpio.  Barnabas, the companion of Paul.  Bartholomew, the Christian Apostle to India. 


    Tuesday, August 25th. Moon Scorpio.  Ludwig IX of France, the Crusader. 1900 Nietzche died. 1844 Herder born.


    Wednesday, August 26th. Moon Sagittarius.  Samuel the Isarelite Priest. 


    Thursday, August 27th. Moon Sagittarius. First Quarter. 1770 Hegel born.  


    Friday, August 28th. Moon Sagittarius..Augustine, the famous Church leader died 430. 1749 Goethe born. 


    Saturday, August 29th. Moon Capricorn. Beheading of John the Baptist.




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    PLANETS in the Night Sky:  Jupiter is the bright 'star' in the southern sky from sunset till dawn, ruling the night sky.





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