Soul-Calendar, Mantra #12 [ST. JOHN'S DAY]
- 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 GEMINI from June 16th to July 20th in our era. A version (done by Margaret Roessler) 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) in the color he sais corresponded to the sign, yellow, 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.
An interpretation based on working with the mantras: This week is the event the previous several weeks' 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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THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:
Sunday, June 20th Moon Libra. Silverius.
Monday, June 21st. Moon Scorpio._ Eusebius.
Tuesday, June 22nd. Moon Scorpio._Wilhelm von Humboldt born 1767.
Wednesday, June 23rd. Moon Scorpio. Colombus born 1456.
Thursday, June 24h. Moon Sagittarius. John the Baptist (St. John’s Day).
Friday, June 25th Moon Sagittarius. Wilhelm Jordan died 1904.
Saturday, June 25th. Moon Capricorn. Julian the Apostate died 363 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, higher in the Western sky. Between them is the Lion's heart, the bright star Regulus.
SATURN is in the southwest to the left of Mars, beneath the Lion's tail.
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