Soul-Calendar, Week 38 after Easter (CHRISTMAS)
Keep the Christmas spirit all the 12 Nights. -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' (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 SAGITTARIUS from December 1st through January 4th in our era. A version (done by Margaret Roessler) of a new symbolic image of the ARCHER 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 # 3 8 (CHRISTMAS) *
Ich fuhle wie entzaubert
Das Geisteskind im Seelenschoss;
Es hat in Herzenshelligkeit
Gezeugt das heilige Weltenwort
Der Hoffnung Himmelsfrucht,
Die jubelnd wachst in Weltenfernen
Aus meines Wesens Gottesgrund.
"I feel set free from a spell
The Spirit-Child in Soul's Womb;
It has in Heart's Clear Light
Begotten the holy World-Word
Of Hope the Heavens' Fruit,
To joyously grow into World-Farnesses
Out of my Essence's God-Ground."
An interpretation based on working with the mantra:
We give birth to a new consciousness that will grow out into the world all the year to come.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:
Sunday, December 27th. Moon Taurus. Day of John, author of the Gospel. Kepler born 1571.
Monday, December 28th. Moon Gemini. Day of Remembrance of the Innocent Children murdered by Herod.
Tuesday, December 29th. Moon Gemini. The Prophet Nathan. Malthus the national economist died 1834.
Wednesday, December 30th. Moon Cancer. Day of David, King of Israel.
Thursday, December 31st. Moon Cancer. Full Moon. J. Wycleff died 1384.
Friday, January 1st. Moon Leo. Ulrich Zwingli born 1484.
Saturday, January 2nd. Moon Leo. Adam's Sons Abel and Seth. Melchior, one of the holy 3 Kings. Lavater died 1801.
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PLANETS in the Night Sky: Jupiter is the bright 'star' in the southwestern sky at sunset, still ruling the night sky. Bright yellowish-red Mars rises in the East shortly after the Jupiter sets in the West: look for it beneath the full moon. It's at its closest approach to the earth now.
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