Soul-Calendar, Week 11
- 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 all this unconsciously all through the year, but these meditative verses enable us to become conscious of it.
The 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, with some details added on the planets in the night sky this week as well.
THE ZODIAC IMAGE
The Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of the constellation TAURUS from May 1st to June 15th in our era. A version (done by Margaret Roessler) 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 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, your feeling to live through:
"Man's I can lose itself
And find itself in the World-I."
*******An interpretation based on working with the mantra:
The spiritual force of the 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.
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THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:
Sunday, June 13th Moon Cancer. Alfred.
Monday, June 14th. Moon Leo. Basilius.
Tuesday, June 15th. Moon Leo. Vitus.
Wednesday, June 16th. Moon Leo. Aurelius.
Thursday, June 17th. Moon Virgo. Montanus.
Friday, June 18th Moon Virgo. First Quarter. Markus.
Saturday, June 19th. Moon Libra. Council of Nicea 325 A.D.
PLANETS in the Night Sky:
Brilliant VENUS is an 'evening star' in the West above the setting sun.
Reddish MARS is to its left, high in the Western sky at sunset, close to the Lion's heart, the bright star Regulus.
SATURN is in the south at sunset to the left of Mars, beneath the Lion's tail.
This week, the moon will pass by each planet in turn. It will be seen near bright Venus Monday and Tuesday nights; then you can use it to find bright star Regulus and reddish Mars on Wednesday and Thursday nights, when the 3 will make a small triangle in the sky; then the Moon passes close to dim Saturn and the star Denebola (the Lion's Tail), making a triangle with them, on Friday and Saturday nights.
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